About The Pilgrims – professional wedding band based in London
The Pilgrims are a lively, talented and upmarket band who are perfect for any wedding or party.
Typically a 5 piece of male vocals and guitar with double bass, drums, sax and keyboard, the band perform a variety of classic and upbeat tunes from the 50’s to current day.
From Sinatra to Sheeran, Presley to Pharrell Williams, The Pilgrims can do it all whilst adding their unique touch which will leave your guests talking about your wedding or party for years to come!
London wedding band The Pilgrims provide live music entertainment that will really get your event going.
By offering options of booking a solo guitarist with vocals for a more relaxed atmosphere through to a lively quintet that will add a spark to your special day, The Pilgrims give you the unique ability to tailor your musical entertainment for your specific needs.
We play a range of covers, from classic pop and rock to more recent indie and folk-rock covers, such as songs by Mumford & Sons.
The Pilgrims wedding band are available in the following formats – these options are for 2 hours of live music divided to suit your requirements, background music through the sound system during breaks via iPod or similar, and the learning of a first dance song just for you:
The Pilgrims band employ only the very best musicians and use a number of professional musicians to perform.
In the event of any band member being unable to perform due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, The Pilgrims wedding band have a number of professional understudies to call upon. This will in no way interfere with the quality of the band's performance.
The Pilgrims band are based in London but we perform at weddings and events throughout Southern England, including Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex and Kent.
Can I see a band perform live before booking?
Unfortunately the only performances the band do tend to be private weddings and parties. Pubs and clubs just don’t pay for live music like they used to. However, the videos, audio samples and pictures give an excellent representation of the band.
How far will the band travel?
The Pilgrims are happy to travel anywhere for your event. However, please bear in mind that venues situated over 2 hours travel from where your band is based will incur additional costs for travel and accommodation as needed.
What is included in the quoted price?
The quoted price is based on a 5pm arrival at the earliest with 2 hours of live music divided to suit your requirements beginning at 6pm at the earliest (after a minimum of 1 hour set up time) and finishing at midnight at the latest.
It includes travel to your venue (if your venue is within 2 hours travel), all equipment needed, background music through the sound system during breaks and the learning of a particular song just for you (if required). Please enquire if you require different timings and you will be quoted a price based on your specific needs.
What happens if a band member is ill and has to cancel?
In the event of any band member being unable to perform due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, your band have a number of professional understudies to call upon. This will in no way interfere with the quality of the performance.
When will the band arrive?
For an evening performance, The Pilgrims can arrive at any time from 5pm to be ready to start at 6pm at the earliest (after 1 hour set up time). For an afternoon performance, they will arrive 1 hour before they are due to begin playing. Earlier arrival times are an option but will cost extra.
How long will the band take to set up their equipment?
The Pilgrims take 1 hour to be completely set up, sound checked and ready to start.
How long will the band play for?
The Pilgrims will play two hours of live music divided to suit you. This is commonly done as 2 x 1 hour sets or 3 x 40 minute sets. If you require additional sets of live music this can be arranged for you at extra cost.
How many songs will the band play during their set?
In the 2 hours of live music, your band can be expected to cover between 30 and 40 songs.
How long will the band’s interval(s) be?
The Pilgrims will usually take an interval of 10 to 15 minutes between sets. These can be extended to suit you.
What time will the band finish?
The Pilgrims can finish at any time before midnight. Alternatively, they can finish earlier and put party music through the sound system until midnight at the latest. Later finishing times are possible but will cost extra.
What happens when the band aren’t playing?
When the band isn’t playing, they will put appropriate party music through their sound system to keep the atmosphere going. An alternative is for you to provide an iPod or laptop with a playlist of your choice which they can then put through the sound system.
How loud will the band be?
In terms of volume, you can expect your band to be loud enough to dance to but quiet enough that your guests away from the dancefloor can hold a conversation comfortably. As they are using a sound system, they will be happy to adjust volume levels to suit your preference.
Our venue uses a sound limiter – is this a problem?
A sound limiter above 90db is perfectly manageable. Any lower than this and it is worth double checking as sound limiters usually work by cutting off the power to your band’s equipment which can cause damage.
What will the band wear?
The Pilgrims will be smartly dressed in black or white shirts, black trousers and smart shoes (or a smart dress for the girls). If you require specific outfits (tuxedos for example) please enquire and these can be hired in for an extra cost.
How much space will the band need?
Based on a quartet or four-piece, The Pilgrims will need a space of roughly 4 metres across and 3 metres deep. If the band is larger or smaller, simply add or subtract an extra metre of width per band member.
Can we choose which songs the band will play?
The Pilgrims will have a set list consisting of songs which work well from their experience. They will also have an extended repertoire list of all the songs they know.
You are welcome to substitute any songs from the extended repertoire into the set list as long as this is done with enough notice for the band to perfect your requests.
In terms of songs not on the repertoire, your band will be happy to learn one song just for you (your first dance for example) for no extra charge, providing it works with the instrumental make up of the band.
Can we borrow the band’s microphone for speeches/announcements on the night?
Of course, clients often make use of the microphone for speeches/announcements. Although it is worth running through the logistics of when you would like to use the microphone before the day of the event.
Does the band provide PLI & PAT certificates?
The Pilgrims have up to date PLI (Public Liability Insurance) and PAT (Portable Appliance Test) certificates which some venues may ask for.
Do we need to provide anything?
As the band will be at your venue for the entire evening, we do ask that you provide some food and drink (some of the evening buffet and water are absolutely fine).
"Hi Ben, thanks very much. We’d like to say how fantastic we thought you were, you sounded brilliant and looked very dapper too. Everyone commented on how great you were and we were so pleased we chose you for our wedding day! You really made the day special for us. Thanks for accommodating the iPhone playlist too. All the best Carli & Markus."
– Carli and Markus Edwards, 31 October 2019, wedding in London
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"Many thanks to The Pilgrims wedding band for making our special day, even more fun. The guys fitted right in with atmosphere we were trying to create. They were professional, easy to get on with and such fantastic music. We will certainly be having them play at another event, whatever that may be."
– Simon Eade, 5 October 2019, wedding in London
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"The Pilgrims gave an outstanding performance at our engagement party and were instrumental in creating the great atmosphere enjoyed by all. Their professionalism was displayed throughout and we had endless feedback from our guests on how good they sounded. Everyone was impressed by them. They compliment each other perfectly and we have of course requested them to play at our wedding later this year!"
– Jonny and Penny Morgan, 21 September 2019, engagement party in Kent
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. The first dance song was incredible, as soon as you started playing it we knew we had picked the right band for our wedding day. People are still talking about the show you put on and asking for more information about where they can hear more! We will definitely be recommending The Pilgrims wedding band to anyone planning a wedding or any other event. Thanks again!"
– Jennifer Bartholomew, 12 August 2019, wedding in London
"Hello Ben, Thank you guys for playing such a great part in what was an amazing day (from what I can remember haha) but seriously you guys were awesome. We've had loads of great feedback and everyone thought you guys were fabulous!! Hope you all had fun too!! Thank you, Laura and Chris aka Mr and Mrs Tucker x"
– Laura and Chris Tucker, 21 September 2018, wedding in London
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
You Can’t Hurry Love - The Supremes
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
King Of The Swingers / The Bear-necessities
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
A Hard Day’s Night - The Beatles
Boy In The Bubble - Paul Simon
Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright - Bob Dylan
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Jacob’s Ladder - Huey Lewis & The News
I’m A Believer - The Monkees
Gimme Some Lovin’ - The Spencer Davis Group
Over The Hill - John Martyn
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You - James Taylor
Let’s Spend The Night Together - The Rolling Stones
Day Tripper - The Beatles
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Oh What A Night - The Four Seasons
Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
Wild Thing - The Troggs
The Locomotion - Little Eva
Get Off My Cloud - The Rolling Stones
Doo Wah Diddy - Manfred Mann
Wouldn’t It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Rockin All Over The World - Status Quo
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Suspicious Minds - Elvis
American Pie - Don Mclean
All Right Now - Free
New York New York - Ryan Adams
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Mercy - Duffy
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Black & Gold - Sam Sparrow
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree - Kt Tunstall
This Love - Maroon 5
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Twist & Shout - The Beatles
Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
C’mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson
I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
That’s Alright Mama - Elvis Presley
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
My Girl - The Temptations
I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
You’ve Got A Friend - Carole King
Imagine - John Lennon
Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Moondance - Van Morrison
Summertime - George Gershwin
Free Fallin’ - Tom Petty