Festival Beats
Wedding Band & Party Band
Guildford, Surrey
Pop Covers, Rock, Indie, Folk, Garage, 90s, RnB, Male & Female Vocals, DJ Service
Insured
£
2332.01 (avg. price)

About Festival Beats – professional covers band based in Surrey
7 reviews

Festival Beats are a 5 piece folk and pop band made up of female vocals, drums, guitar, bass/double bass and keyboard, as well as backing vocals.

Their versatility, enthusiasm and fun nature are making them a huge hit at festival style weddings throughout the UK.

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One of the great things about Festival Beats is that they offer two very different styles of music, which can add a little bit of variety and excitement to your event!

Their folky or "Mumford & Sons" style, sees them switch up the standard electric instruments for their acoustic counterparts.

In their folk sets they play songs by some of the world's most popular modern folk bands, such as Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers, but also introduce some unexpected songs with a whole new style.

They offer a unique twist on pop tunes with their own folk style using a line-up of double bass, keys, acoustic guitars, drums and female vocals.

Their set list is tried and tested and is sure to get your guests up and dancing. Festival Beats are ideal if you are having a festival wedding, or if you’re just looking for a band that can bring the fun!

Festival Beats offer more live music as standard than most bands out there, with 3 x 45-minute sets. These can be split into styles as you wish, so 1 set of folk and 2 sets electric or vice versa.

However, if you want even more music than that just let us know as the band can usually accommodate at an additional fee. Here is what the band will offer in a standard quote:

  • 3 x 45-minute sets of live music between 8pm and midnight.
  • Arrival at 5pm to set up and sound check by 7pm.
  • Pre-set playlist between sets so you don't need to hire a DJ. The band can also take some requests in advance for this.
  • First dance learnt.
  • Fully PAT certified equipment, PA and lighting.
  • All travel costs.
  • All necessary insurances to play at all UK wedding venues.

If you are also looking for extra entertainment for your ceremony, drinks reception, photo hour or wedding breakfast then just let us know and we can do you a bit of a deal.

The band also has a good selection of garage, 90s and RnB songs in their repertoire.

The band's folk style set would be perfect for afternoon entertainment, but they can also provide an additional jazz set which works excellently as background music.

The Musicians

The band originally met while studying at the Academy Of Contemporary Music in Guildford.

Since then they have worked separately on various projects, including theatre productions such as Singing in The Rain, playing festivals such as Camp Bestival, performing on live radio, and touring Europe with original bands.

Between them, they have a wealth of experience which is clear to see when you watch them perform.

The band has recently been booked on FixTheMusic for weddings at Old Luxters Barn in Oxfordshire and the Ham Polo Club in Richmond, London.

So if you're looking to hire the finest festival/folk style wedding band the UK has to offer, get in touch with Festival Beats.


FAQs

How long does the band take to set-up?

We like to have 1.5 hours to get everything set up and sound checked. This can be done quietly up until the last 25 minutes when we will need to check the levels of our instruments. Set-up time is usually between 5:30pm and 7pm. If you need the band set-up earlier let us know when you get in touch.

What time do you play?

We can play our sets any time to suit you. Most weddings tend to happen between 8pm and midnight. A good guide would be…

8:20pm – 9:00pm: First set and first dance
9:00pm – 10:00pm: Evening food with recorded music or DJ
10:00pm – 10:45pm: 2nd set
10:45pm – 11:10pm: Break with recorded music
11:10pm – midnight: 3rd set

This sort of thing tends to work best but we can be completely flexible during this time and can play it by ear not the night if needs be. Nothing needs to be set in stone unless you want to.

How long do you play for?

We can perform 3 x 45 minute live music for dancing in the evening with recorded music between sets. We can also add an hours more background music set if you like which is perfect for during dinner, drinks reception or the photo hour.

Do you have your own PA and lighting?

Yes – basic stage lighting will be included in our quote.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

Yes, to fit with most UK wedding venues regulations we have fully PAT certified equipment and insurance.

Can you perform a request?

Yes, we include one request in our quote. You can use this a first dance or perhaps another special request to finish the night. We tend to learn any requests in the week before the wedding but it’s best to let us know about a month in advance of the date.

How much space do you require?

We can squeeze in no problem but tend to ask for 3 x 5m if possible. Let us know if you are worried about space.

How much power do you require?

2 x 13 amp sockets is usually enough.

Do I need to provide food/drinks?

The band require a hot main meal and soft drinks tab on the night. It can be a long day, from packing the car before leaving home to unpacking when we get back, without much time for us to grab some food so meals need to be provided. Let us know if there is a problem and we may be able to sort something.


7 verified reviews

"Festival Beats were everything we hoped they would be and more. We spent a long time watching videos of bands for our wedding and were so excited when we found you. In the end you were even better than we had imagined. Everything from communications before the day, interaction with guests during your breaks and of course your live performance was perfect. We had so many people tell us that the band were the best they have ever seen at a wedding and we completely agree. We loved every second! Thank you again and all the best, Tom and Joanna."
– Tom McDowall, 29 October 2019, wedding in Henley-on-Thames
Verified booking Verified booking on FixTheMusic


"Please can you pass on our heartfelt thanks to each member of Festival Beats...they were absolutely amazing on our wedding day last week and made the whole day! They were so professional and efficient with their set up, they looked the part, played fantastically and got everyone dancing! When there was an issue with the venue's speaker they re did our first dance later on so that we could hear it properly, this was greatly appreciated and gave a whole different feel to the dance. I will highly recommend them to everyone after a band, I'm just trying to think of the next event I can hold to justify booking them!"
– Evie and Jamie West, 20 October 2019, wedding at Michelham Priory, Sussex
Verified booking Verified booking on FixTheMusic


"Could you please pass on, that Alex and I would like to say a massive thank you to the band for the amazing entertainment they gave us and our guests at our wedding on Saturday. We have had so many compliments. Especially about the rapping! Thanks again."
– George and Alex Berger, 12 August 2019, wedding in London
Verified booking Verified booking on FixTheMusic


"Good morning, apologies it has taken so long but since we got back from our honeymoon I have been tied up pretty much every day, this is my first set of real days off as it were. It is however really important to Laura and myself that you express our gratitude to the band for their performance at our wedding reception back in July. The band were truly exceptional and everyone at the wedding was asking after them, we seriously could not have asked for any more...their youtube videos were great but if anything we felt they were better live. I can only apologise that we didn't get to speak with them after their set ended, we wish we had managed to get to thank them personally but it was all a bit of a blur at the end. The music the band performed was just perfect, we had a real mix of ages there and everyone was impressed and catered for. The day was rounded off perfectly and I was personally dancing my ass off...I am glad the photographer left when she did or there may have been more evidence of that. heh heh! Anyway, we would really appreciate it if you could pass our appreciation on to the band, and we would be more than happy to add our feedback should you have anywhere we can upload it? Thanks again and Kindest Regards for making our special day so special."
– Tim and Laura Collins, 29 July 2019, wedding in Surrey
Verified booking Verified booking on FixTheMusic


"We wanted to say a huge HUGE thank you to the band, who were absolutely amazing at our wedding!!!! We had so many people comment on how brilliant they were and the dance floor was absolutely packed! We had the best time!! Please please pass on our thank yous to them - they made the whole evening extra special. All the best."
– Fran and Mike Adams, 11 July 2019, wedding in Surrey
Verified booking Verified booking on FixTheMusic


"We would just like to say a massive thank you for your performance at our wedding at the Wetland Centre. We have had a lot of positive feedback about your singing and playing. The choice of songs was exactly as we’d hoped and you performed them brilliantly. We really appreciated how you tailored both the content and volume to the party atmosphere as it allowed our guests to listen or chat as they wished. A special thank you for learning ‘Better Together’ so that we could match our steps to it, down to the last beat! Wishing you every success in the future, Rachel and Cliff."
– Rachel and Cliff Murphy, 1 July 2019, wedding at the Wetland Centre
Verified booking Verified booking on FixTheMusic


"I just wanted to send you a few words of thanks to pass on to Festival Beats. It's two weeks since the wedding and I'm still hearing from people about how brilliant they were. I know they stepped in at relatively short notice but no one guessed. In fact, my now brother-in-law managed to have a 5 minute practice with them during the speeches, so he could sing Hallelujah with them for my wife and I. Really, they were very kind to let him do that and to play a few extra songs when the crowd were begging them not to stop at the end. I'll be selling them to every fiancé I know for a long while, in the selfish hope that I'll see them play again."
– Brett Jones, 6 March 2019, wedding in London
Verified booking Verified booking on FixTheMusic

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Audio samples
I Will Wait
Ho Hey
Mr Brightside
Shake It Off
I'm A Believer
Hello
Set List
Set 1s

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

Stuck In The Middle With You - Steelers Wheel

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Pencil Full Of Lead - Paolo Nutini

Seven Nation Army - White Stripes She Said - Plan B

Hey Ya - Outkast

Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac

Budapest - George Ezra

You Got The Love - Florence And The Machine

Ho Hey - Lumineers

Back For Good - Take That

Friday I’m In Love - The Cure

You & Me Song - The Wannadies

I’m Yours - Jason Mraz

Shotgun - George Ezra

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

Set 2s

Shut Up And Dance With Me - Walk The Moon

Don’t You Want Me Baby - The Human League

Hit Me Baby > Oops I Did It Again - Britney Spears

Single Ladies - Beyonce

Rolling In The Deep - Adele

Little Lion Man - Mumford And Sons

Wake Me Up - Avicii

We Found Love - Rihanna

Cheerleader - Omi

Rock N Roll Medley

Misirlou

Day Tripper - The Beatles

Twist And Shout - The Beatles

Johnny Be Good - Chuck Berry

Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis

Hound Dog - Elvis Presley

Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley And His Comets

Faith - George Michael

Valerie - Amy Winehouse

Gotta Get Through This - Daniel Bedingfield

Seven Days - Craig David

I’m A Believer - The Monkees

Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran

Sorry - Justin Bieber

Praise You - Fatboy Slim

Brimful Of Asha - Fatboy Slim

Summer Of 69 - Bryan Adams

Happy - Pharell

Set 3s

Funk Medley

Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry Get Lucky - Daft Punk

Good Times/ Rappers Delight - Chic Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars

Hip Hop Medley

No Diggity - Blackstreet

Here Comes The Hotstepper - Ini Kamoze

Boom Shake The Room - Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

This Is How We Do It - Monte Jordan

Gangsters Paradise - Coolio

Throwback Medley

Hot In Herre - Nelly

Senorita - Justin Timberlake Be Faithful - Fatman Scoop

90s Dance Medley

Rhythm Is A Dancer - Snap Mr Vain - Culture Beat Rhythm Of The Night - Corona Insomnia - Faithless

Ride On Time - Black Box

Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet

I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus

All The Small Things - Blink 182

Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis

Song 2 - Blur

Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon

Mr Brightside - The Killers

Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

Can’t Hold Us - Macklemore

Feel The Love - Rudimental Ft John Newman

In Too Deep - Sum 41

I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys

Park Life - Blur

Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis

Encores

Backstreets Back - Backstreet Boys

Take On Me - Aha

Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

Background Sets

Stand By Me - Ben E King

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

Eight Days A Week - The Beatles

Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen

Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

Lovely Day - Bill Withers

Wonderful World - Sam Cooke

My Girl - The Temptations

Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles

These Boots Were Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra

Free Fallin - Tom Petty

Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder

Star Girl - Mcfly

Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer

Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede

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