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Five fantastic bands for your Essex wedding

16 Oct 2017

Find the perfect entertainment for your Essex wedding with one of these five bands from Alive Network

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Congratulations; you’re engaged and you’ve added ‘party entertainers’ to your list of wedding must-haves. Good work. But how exactly do you find the Essex-based party band that’s right for you, that can guarantee you a night of finger pointy dancing and cheeks that hurt from smiling? Alive Network's five uber cool picks will help ease your shopping around.

1. The Hot Shots

Winners of The Wedding Industry Awards 2015 and 2016; introducing The Hot Shots. These four fellas are the real deal; regularly performing on the festival scene, they’re an award-winning wedding band of cool, young, energetic musicians with tons of experience, talent and an ever-expanding repertoire of current hits, rock and indie tracks and songs from the ‘50s onwards. You can expect covers of Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Jessie J mixed in with Foo Fighters, The Killers, Oasis, as well as Queen, Stevie Wonder, and The Beatles – to name just a tiny selection. The Hot Shots will also perform your first dance completely free of charge, offer a wedding DJ package, and can perform a stunning acoustic set to melt your heart and make your special day perfect. They can also adapt their performance for venues with sound limiters. Get on it.

What did their wedding clients have to say?

“You guys were amazing. Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. Everyone loved your music. Can we do it again?” Liane, Alive client review

“The Hot Shots lived up to all our expectations when they performed at our wedding. They were punctual, professional and most importantly, had everyone up on the dancefloor. Their song choices were perfect for our mix of guests and they even managed to fulfil some of the slightly more obscure song requests from our guests. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a great band for an event.” Penny, Alive client review


2. Tritts And The Numbers

Tritts And The Numbers are totally electrifying, and will get your wedding party pumping for sure. They’re a fantastic five-piece that blend rock, pop, soul and dance music. They have performed together for more than 10 years, so they’re tight, talented, true professionals and experienced at performing entertainment for weddings, touring the UK and performing at festivals and events in various guises, and playing alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and for BBC 6 Music. And they have optional extras too, such as song requests, late finish, and DJ service and – party poopers beware – they can work around venues with awkward sound limiters too. 

What did their wedding clients have to say?

“Words cannot describe how amazing Tritts and the Numbers were. They completely made our night. We had guests coming up to us saying they wanted to book them for their wedding and we've had loads of people saying it was the best wedding party they've ever been to... which is completely down to the band. I am so so pleased we booked them and they literally made it the best night of our lives. The music was perfect and they got everyone in the room dancing all night – I would recommend them to everyone and we are desperate to watch them live again."

"All members of the band were friendly and professional. Their personalities really added to our night. The band were well organised and their timing was perfect. They were really flexible with us as the day was running behind schedule, so were really happy to accommodate to our needs. They were well worth the money – we would have even paid more. The night was priceless. We have recommended them to everyone, so you will definitely be seeing us at a party in the future." Amy, Alive client review


3. Sonic Moon

Sonic Moon have a massively diverse repertoire and a cool, lively style. From Van Morrison to Oasis, Bob Marley to Kings Of Leon, and Mumford to Dizzee, you’ll be over the moon dancing to their fabulous take on old school and contemporary classics. Members of the four-piece party band have bags of experience too – they’ve performed on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing, and at festivals, sharing stages with Lonely The Brave and Ed Sheeran.

What did their wedding clients have to say?

“These guys played at our wedding and I can't recommend them enough. Playing music from all genres and generations, the dancefloor was rocking all night. Extremely professional set up and sound.” Andrew, Alive client review

“Was lucky enough to see these guys at my friend’s wedding last month. They were incredible. Had everyone up dancing and seemed like so nice and professional too. Would highly recommend – they are now booked to play at my cousin's wedding this summer.” Lucy, Alive client review

4. Atlantic Groove

Atlantic Groove are a fabulous line up of nine top session musicians, including three formidable vocals and harmonies across their amazing repertoire of seventies funk, soul, disco and Motown, with modern touches to rock the dancefloor. From Jungle Boogie to Crazy In Love, the band covers music by the likes of James Brown, Chaka Khan, David Bowie, Moloko, Amy Winehouse, and classic Michael Jackson. The band are funky, sparkling, dazzling, smooth and totally tight, which makes for the most memorable of performances. If it’s wow factor you’re after on your wedding day, Atlantic Groove have got it. When a band is having fun making music together, you know you’re going to have a top wedding party.

What did their wedding clients have to say?

“Thank you for learning the first dance so brilliantly, and for such a great set. You all smashed it.” James, Alive client review

“We really can't thank you enough, the band were incredible and you totally made our night. The pair of saxes coming onto the dancefloor was a huge highlight. Thanks again for making our party such a huge success; you made the day so special.” Amy, Alive client review

5. Funk Soul Stars

This groovy gang of six popular music-makers have lots of experience of funking up Essex with their own style of soul, Motown, r'n'b, and funk. With both female and male vocals, the Funk Soul Stars have an infectious energy, covering the best of the era: from Al Green, Otis Redding, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Jackie Wilson, and Aretha Franklin, to The Commitments covers. For a wedding party that will blow your minds, the band can also perform with a brass section and additional percussion. Play That Funky Music… they can and they will.

What did their wedding clients have to say?

“The dancefloor was full to overflowing and the crowd begged for more. The Funk Soul Stars were enthusiastic and seemed to be enjoying themselves, which added to the atmosphere. They exceeded expectations, even the hotel staff commented, I believe the barman was dancing.” Julie, Alive client review

For Alive Network’s complete selection of the best wedding bands Essex has to offer, check out their website at AliveNetwork.com. It's packed full of wedding entertainment ideas and bands for hire - from jazz bands, tribute bands, folk bands and swing bands, to wedding singers, string quartets, pianists and wedding DJs. 

Featured image: Andrew Billington Photography

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