Down for the Count

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COVID-19 Update
We're still taking enquiries and bookings for late 2020 and beyond, so please do continue to get in touch with your wedding details. We're also offering a flexible dates policy for any potential postponements so you can book with reassurance.
One of the country's most popular and versatile wedding bands, performing a delectable jukebox of swing, jive, soul and Motown classics. WINNERS of the 2017 Bridebook Wedding Awards!
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£1950
Details

Type of Performer(s) or Business

Disco
DJ
Ensemble / Group
Function Band
Jazz Band

Style of Music

Acoustic
Ceremony Music
Classical
Drinks / Cocktails Music
Funk / 70s / Disco
Jazz
Rat Pack / Swing
Reception Music
Soul / Motown / RnB
Swing / Jive

Primary Instrument(s)

Brass
Complete Band
Drums
Female Vocals
Guitar
Male Vocals
Other Instruments
Piano
Winds

Additional Services

Disco Ball
Disco Lighting
Learn New Songs
Noise Limiter Experience
PA System
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Sound Equipment
Take Requests
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 main party band THE GET DOWNS 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 27-piece orchestra. 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, we have loads of options including walkabout acts, cocktail pianists, acoustic jazz bands and stylish 1920s bands. 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 15 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 never use click tracks or backing tracks, giving our performance unrivalled energy and spontaneity you don't see with 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 over 15 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
2005
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
20
Reviews
(46)
Emma & Oliver
Married in February 2020
June 2020
We simply couldn't have been happier!
Dear Mike and Simon, I am mortified by how late this email is reaching you. Please forgive me. I cannot thank you and the band enough. We simply couldn't have been happier with everything you did for us and the feedback has been extraordinary. YOU NAILED IT! You looked great, you sounded great, you handled all our technical difficulties with aplomb...you helped us MAKE it. Thank you thank you thank you. We wish you all the success for the future. Emma
Amy and Ed
Married in February 2020
June 2020
We haven’t hesitated to recommend you
Hi Mike, We just wanted to thank you so much for such a brilliant job last Sunday. We loved every second of the music, beginning with the ceremony and then for dancing in the Porter Tun. Our friends and family also had lots of fun on the dance floor and we have lost track of the amount of praise we have heard for Down for the Count. Everything was spot on. The brilliant rendition of I’m A Believer prompted some of our friends to start dancing and to get us dancing and that set the tone for the whole evening. The Jewish stuff was all great. I loved the clarinet. Hannah and Callum aced every song. You all really helped to make the party atmosphere we had been after. So thank you a lot for the combination of brilliant music and energy that you all brought to the evening. We haven’t hesitated to recommend you to anyone who has asked - not least because you were also a pleasure to deal with to the run-up to the wedding. We hope you get further business from guests at our wedding. Thanks again, and all best wishes.
Ben and Nerissa
Married in November 2019
June 2020
Their communication was outstanding
"We were thrilled to have Down for the Count play for us. They were incredibly professional throughout all stages of planning. The whole process was clear, stress free and collaborative. The group made every effort to listen and accommodate our wishes, including rearranging a song for us - which was so special. Their communication was outstanding, we felt reassured that they could solve any issues on the day without disturbing us. It was a privilege for us and so memorable for all our guests!"
Beki and Steve
Married in November 2019
June 2020
We had so much fun boogie-ing the night away
"Dear Mike, So sorry it's taken forever for us to send over our formal thanks, it's been a hectic couple of months! Thanks so much for all your help in planning the day, you were so efficient with helping us put together our perfect band and music. It made the process so easy. We had so much fun boogie-ing the night away with you and have had so many complements from our guests that they loved it too. Thanks again, and hope you had a lovely Christmas and all the best for the New Year."
Rob and Rachel
Married in October 2019
June 2020
The dancefloor was never empty
"Thanks you all so much for providing such amazing music and entertainment on our wedding day. It was always an essential that Down for the Count were part of our day (the date was even picked after making sure you guys were available!), because we both love you and we wanted to share your awesomeness with our guests. The dancefloor was never empty - showing how right we were - and everyone had the best time. Thank you so much! Thank you also for allowing me to sing with you - it was a definite highlight of my day and surprised a lot of people."
Hannah and Dan
Married in September 2019
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Everyone absolutely loved it
"Thank you SO MUCH for playing for us on Saturday. Everyone absolutely loved it and kept commenting on what a fab band you are. We are so grateful - it really made our day! I’m sorry I didn’t really get a chance to chat to you much or the band members on Saturday, but please extend my thank you and tell them they’re awesome!"
Location & Contact Details

Address

London, Greater London, England

Travel Notes

We are a mobile business. Give us a call and we'll arrange somewhere to meet for coffee!

Nearest Town

London

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M1, J1

Nearest Train Station

Finsbury Park

Nearest Airport

Heathrow airport

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Press & Awards
(9)

Press & Awards (5)

The English Wedding Blog
Whimsical Wonderland Weddings
Smashing The Glass

Accreditations / Associations (1)

Musician's Union

Industry Awards (3)

Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017 (National winner)
The Wedding Industry Awards 2018 (Regional finalist)
FAQ
(9)

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 No. 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, or catch up with other friends - and your fantastic, energetic party band may be playing to an empty room! We know that often your photographer is booked until the end of the first dance, so think ahead and book them for that extra hour (then you get lots of great party snaps too).

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 an initial proposal for you to consider. We usually then schedule a meeting or call (potentially at your wedding venue) to finalise your perfect wedding music package. We ask for a retainer fee of 30% to secure the booking, with the balance due 10 working days before the event - but you can always make additions to your wedding music package up until the big day, subject to musicians' availability. 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. If you have a special song, you should also think carefully about whether or not you want the band to play it. It will never sound quite the same as your favourite recording and we honestly won't be offended if you choose to dance to an original recording instead of having us play it for you.

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

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