Down for the Count

One of the country's most popular and versatile wedding bands, with a delectable jukebox of swing, jive, soul and Motown classics. WINNERS of the 2017 Bridebook Wedding Awards!
Type of Performer(s) or Business
Ensemble / Group
Function Band
Jazz Band
Style of Music
Cermony Music
Drinks / Cocktails Music
Funk / 70s / Disco
Rat Pack / Swing
Reception Music
Soul / Motown / RnB
Swing / Jive
Primary Instrument(s)
Complete Band
Female Vocals
Male vocals
Other Instruments
Additional Services
Disco Ball
Disco Lighting
Learn New Songs
Noise Limiter Experience
PA System
Pre-wedding Consultation
Sound Equipment
Take Requests
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
  • £1800
You were exceptional
Nov 2016
Dear Mike, I know I thanked you on the night but just wanted to do so again in the cold light of day. You and your band were fantastic, ... 

You never fail to get everyone dancing!
Jul 2016
A happy couple
Dear Mike, we wanted to say a huge thank you for being part of our wedding. From the classical music during the ceremony to the full 9-p... 

You and the band were superb!
Jul 2016
A happy couple
Dear Mike, I’m sorry for not writing to you sooner to say thank you for everything. You and the band were superb - especially given the ... 

Everyone we have spoken to loved your performance
Jun 2016
A couple's parents
Mike, just a brief note to thank you and the band for helping make Sarah and Ben's wedding reception such a special occasion. The perfor... 

The band got everyone on their feet dancing
Jun 2016
A happy couple
We can't thank ‘Down For The Count' enough for providing such incredible live music and excellent service for our wedding and making a s... 

You sound wonderful
May 2016
A happy couple
Hi Mike, Sharon and I are back from our honeymoon now and wanted to send a quick message to thank you and the band for making our day s... 

Guests have not stopped talking about the music
Dec 2015
A happy couple
Hi Mike Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the wonderful performance at our wedding on 29th December. You and the band contribu... 

The band were outstanding
Sep 2015
A happy couple
Hi Mike, We had the most amazing day thank you so much to you and the rest of the band. The band were outstanding and everyone commente... 

We will be recommending you to everyone we can
Sep 2015
A happy couple
Hi Mike, We hope that you are well! We just wanted to say a massive thank you for your performance on the 19th. It was such a special d... 

They made our wedding totally raucous and quirky
Jul 2015
A happy couple
The band were sensational from start to finish. After arriving quietly and sorting themselves out, they really got the party started and... 

You were truly fantastic
Jul 2015
A happy couple
Thanks Mike for your incredible performance on our wedding night. We had so many compliments in your direction, you were truly fantasti... 

I'm unaware of an empty dance floor at any time
Jun 2015
A happy couple
Mike, Just to drop you a line to say thank you ever so much for your efforts on our wedding day. From your fantastic solo organ playing... 

Our guests loved them and so did we.
Feb 2015
A happy couple
We hired Down for the Count for our wedding. They were absolutely sublime. The jazz trio played for the drinks reception and the full sw... 

You added a lot of magic to a very magical day
Aug 2014
A happy couple
Dear Mike and all the Down for the Count players I wanted to thank you all for making our wedding day so very very very special – we ha... 

I can't believe how much energy you all put in!
Oct 2014
A happy couple
I would like to thank you so much for playing at our wedding! The band were absolutely amazing. Everyone is talking about how great you... 

Full Description
  • As one of the most experienced wedding bands in the UK, Down for the Count provide all the music you need for your special day with stunning music packages that entertain your guests from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave. Our SWING & SOUL BAND performs dancing music for your evening reception. With a huge set list of music designed to appeal to audiences of all ages, we make sure that your guests are dancing all night long. The standard line-up is a 9-piece band featuring female vocals and four horn players - although we can perform as anything from a 6-piece right up to a stunning 14-piece band. For your WEDDING CEREMONY, we offer classically trained musicians who can perform traditional or contemporary music. Options available include a string quartet, or classical pianist who can be joined by a trumpeter, cellist or vocalist. For RECEPTION DRINKS and DINNER MUSIC, ask as about our great jazz band line-ups. We can offer you a cocktail pianist, or to add a touch of class have our glamorous Hollywood Jazz Band, or 1920’s speakeasy-themed Lady Gatsby Jazz Band. Here are four reasons to book Down for the Count for your wedding reception: (1) Down for the Count formed in 2005 and over the past 12 years have performed at hundreds of weddings up and down the country and internationally; (2) We use top-of-the-range PA and lighting equipment to make sure each performance looks and sounds slick and professional; (3) We are extremely well rehearsed – really setting us apart from other wedding bands; (4) We pride ourselves on our personal service. Many clients comment on how easy we are to contact, and how approachable we are when discussing and planning your event - whether your event is large or small, we work with you to provide the best possible entertainment, to make your event one that sticks in everyone's memory for years to come. Get in touch today to find out how our wedding music packages can transform your special day!
  • Personal Message from the Manager
    Name of Wedding Contact: Mike Paul-Smith
    Thanks for your interest in Down for the Count - we have been providing wedding reception entertainment for nearly 12 years. We treat every event separately and pride ourselves on unparalleled customer service - so get in touch today and find out how we can transform your special event.
  • Experience
    Year Business Was Established
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    More than 50
    # Of People In Team
    Public Liability Insurance
Press & Awards
Press and Awards (2)
Rock My Wedding
Love My Dress
Industry Awards (2)
London Vintage Awards (Runner-up)
Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017 (Winner)
Location & Contact Details
  • Directions
    • Address
    • London, Greater London, England
    • Nearest Town
    • London
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction
    • M1, J1
    • Nearest Train Station
    • Finsbury Park
    • Travel Notes
    • We are a mobile business. Give us a call and we'll arrange somewhere to meet for coffee!
    • Nearest Airport
    • Heathrow airport
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Anthony and Becky's wedding at Pinewood Studios - we were there on the same day that Johnny Depp was filming on the 007 Stage, although sadly we didn't bump in to him!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Energetic, stylish, versatile, professional, reliable
What about your business are you most proud of?
Down for the Count started as a group of school friends in 2005. This gives us a unique bond which comes across in each and every performance.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
We've written a whole series of articles to help couples plan their wedding - check out our website! Our number one tip - leave a bit of time (at least 30 minutes) between the end of the meal/speeches, and your first dance. At this time your guests have been seated for several hours so will likely want to stretch their legs, go to the bar, smoke or catch up with other friends - and your fantastic, energetic party band may be playing to an empty room!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We work with wedding couples to provide bespoke entertainment packages for wedding receptions, providing all the live music you might need for your wedding day - from ceremony musicians, background jazz bands, energetic function bands and auto DJ services. The process starts with an email or phone call where you let us know what you're looking for. We will then put forward 2 or 3 proposals to give you a range of options to consider. We usually then schedule a meeting or call, ideally at the venue, to finalise your perfect wedding music package. We take a retainer fee of 20% to secure the booking, with the balance due 10 working days before the event. We're then always at the end of the phone until the wedding day, making sure all the plans are in place for your special day. On the day itself, we come and find you to say hello when we arrive, then we stay out of your way - hopefully the only time you'll notice us is when we're playing the music!
What makes a romantic first dance?
A song that is personal and means something to you. We can learn virtually any song for your first dance, as long as it suits the instrumentation of the band. However, don't feel pressured to have a first dance - many couples choose not to, and it's no problem at all if you'd rather not have one.
What is your number one floor-filler?
Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Which band from the past would you most like to have been part of?
Earth Wind & Fire
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
Bridebook benefits
  • Bridebook Discount: 5%