Down for the Count
View photos (24)
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!
Pricing & Costs
Prices start at
Type of Performer(s) or Business
Ensemble / Group
Style of Music
Drinks / Cocktails Music
Funk / 70s / Disco
Rat Pack / Swing
Soul / Motown / RnB
Swing / Jive
Learn New Songs
Noise Limiter Experience
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 18-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; a glamorous Hollywood Jazz Band; 1920’s speakeasy-themed Lady Gatsby Jazz Band; or our walkabout brass and Dixieland acts. 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 13 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.
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
James & Alice
Married in July 2018
Life of the Party
Down for the Count were absolutely amazing and made our wedding day. They got everyone up on the dance floor, even my 93 year old Gran and Grandad! And no-one stopped dan...
Wedding: December 2018
Down for the Count are a truly amazing band who can cater for every possible taste. You cannot go wrong in having these wonderful people play at your wedding or party; I...
Greg & Jacks
Married in July 2018
Mike did a wonderful job co-ordinating musical arrangements for our wedding this summer. From beginning to end he made the process simple and fun and delivered exactly w...
Married in November 2018
Incredible and unique performance from Down for the Count. Every guest at our wedding commented how’s wonderful and fun they were corn the evening. We felt they were som...
Kate and Josh
Married in August 2018
Everyone was on the dance floor!
Totally amazing, as soon as they started performing all our guests were up and dancing. Great mix of songs which made everyone happy
Jessica and Bill
Wedding: October 2018
Such a feel good afternoon
It wasn’t a wedding but my partner (who doesn’t even like jazz) and I saw this band at a Sunday lunch at Ronnie Scott’s in October 2018. Such a relaxed, fun, feelgood af...
Location & Contact Details
Press & Awards
Accreditations / Associations (1)
Industry Awards (3)
Bridebook Wedding Awards 2017 (National winner)
The Wedding Industry Awards 2018 (Regional finalist)
Preferred Supplier List
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