About The Blue Tones – professional wedding band based in Surrey
The Blue Tones are a versatile and accomplished function band for hire for events across the UK and beyond.
With our repertoire covering popular classics from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, as well as the last 15 years, we can satisfy the musical tastes of anyone and everyone who likes to get on the dance floor and shake a leg to some real, authentic live music played by talented, young professional musicians – who absolutely love what they do!
Based in Surrey and London, we can either simply provide you with the perfect music for your party or, in addition, we can take care of the hire and installation of the sound system at your chosen location, freeing up some valuable time for you to handle other aspects of your event.
The full Blue Tones experience is with the 9 piece band, encompassing a 3 piece brass section and percussionist, just as you see in our live videos. However our most popular lineup is the 6 piece (as the 9 piece lineup minus trumpet, trombone and percussion).
We can offer smaller set ups in a number of instrument combinations – just get in touch to discuss your preferences and ideas for the event and we will work with you to plan the perfect set-up to meet your vision as well as your budget.
Collectively the band are all incredibly experienced and accomplished musicians – we’re all music graduates who have trained at some of the UK’s most prestigious music conservatoires, colleges and universities.
As individual musicians, we have performed at venues such as The O2, The Barbican and The Royal Festival Hall; at festivals such as Glastonbury, The Big Chill and Wilderness, and have been heard on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and BBC London amongst other radio stations.
The core of The Blue Tones formed at Cardiff University. Converse to the usual story, we’d all played in bands playing original material but really fancied having a go at playing classic, timeless songs that people knew – and enjoyed! By coincidence, we all lived in or around London, so after graduating we all decided to keep playing together, and haven’t looked back since.
Since we expanded the line up of the band, we’re now able to really go to town with classic soul, funk and pop songs from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, The Jackson 5, Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, through to modern classics from the likes of Bruno Mars, Jessie J, Amy Winehouse and many more.
That’s not to say we can’t rock it up if that’s what the client or crowd demands – our guitarist likes nothing more that to get his foot on the monitor and blast through those classic rock ’n’ roll riffs!
Above all else, what we’re best at is bringing people together to have a great time. In fact, our keyboard player and bass player met at one of our wedding shows and they now live together, proving that love can happen on both sides of the dancefloor at a wedding! And we’re not adverse to a bit of crowd participation, once even inviting an Elvis impersonator to join us on stage – unfortunately it was then quite hard to get ‘The King’ to leave the building…
As you can gather, despite being consummate professionals, we like to have fun. There’s nothing worse for an audience than seeing a bunch of stiff, lifeless musicians on stage. We love what we do, and we’ve found that love and sense of fun to be contagious when it comes to the crowd at our shows.
So if you're looking to hire arguably the finest wedding band Surrey has to offer, get in touch with The Blue Tones.
What is the lineup of the band?
The full Blue Tones experience is a 9-piece group, including a 3 piece brass section and percussionist – just as you see in our live videos. However our most popular lineup is our 6-piece band, encompassing female vocals, lead guitar & vocals, saxophone, keyboards, bass and drums. Just get in touch to discuss your preferences and ideas for the event. We will work with you to plan the perfect set up to meet your vision as well as your budget
How much do you charge?
Our prices depend on a number of different factors: namely the type of event we will be performing at, how far we will need to travel – the band are all based in Surrey and London – how long we will be required to perform and what equipment we will be expected to supply. Please give us as much information as possible when discussing your event to allow us to give you our most accurate quote.
How far will you travel?
Quite simply, the band will travel anywhere – a few years ago we spent a week in the mountains in Switzerland! However, the band are all based in Surrey and London, so please bare in mind our prices will often depend on how far we’ll have to travel from this area.
How long do you usually play for?
The band typically performs two 45-60 minute sets, with a short interval. Depending on requirements, this can be adapted to three 40 minute sets, though we generally find two sets works best.
Can you supply PA and lights?
Yes, we can supply PA and lights, though some venues may have their own in-house PA and lighting which may be more practical to use.
For larger events of around 250 people upwards, we can either work with our partners to provide you with a suitable production setup, or will provide you with our own tech riders where you have a production team already in place.
In addition, we can also supply interval / background music, played on an iPod, which we will play before our first set and in any following interval breaks.
How long does it take you to set up?
If we need to supply PA and lights, we would require around 60-90 minutes to set up and soundcheck, though if PA and lights are provided, we will be able to set in a shorter space of time.
When planning your event, please make sure the band are given sufficient time to set up and soundcheck to ensure their best possible performance – a rushed setup can result in unbalanced sound, insufficient lighting, and uncomfortable musicians.
However we will of course aim to set up as quickly as we can. Please be aware that if the band is required to set up far in advance of our actual performance time this may affect our fee.
How much space do you need to perform?
We’d ideally need around 18 square metres, 6m x 3m. Should space be an issue please don’t worry, as we can more than likely adjust (as we have done many times in the past). The standard 6-piece band will of course take up less space than the larger 9-piece – however – in our experience, deciding on which sized band to choose usually comes down to budget, rather than available space.
The core instruments of the band (drums, guitars, and keyboards) usually take up the most space, whereas singers and brass can ‘slot in’ to more easily.
What happens if one of you is sick on the day?
Although the musicians you see in our promotional material will work with the band on most occasions, sometimes emergencies do happen.
Should an emergency occur, we work with a pool of equally capable dep musicians, fully rehearsed and ready to step into the breach at short notice, so will you never have to worry that the band won’t be able to perform, or that the quality of the band will be affected.
Do we need to provide you with food and drink?
All we ask for in addition to our fee is that you can provide food and soft drinks for the band (and any associated crew, if applicable). Our working hours start from the minute we turn the key in the ignition in the car to leave for your event, which can often mean long hours with very few (if any) breaks.
Whilst we don’t necessarily expect a sit down meal, a hot meal is preferred. For example – If you’re providing a buffet or similar for your event, many clients often let the band help themselves along with their other guests.
Can we discuss your set / our first dance with you?
Collectively the band have performed at hundreds of events over the years, in a wide variety of guises, so know exactly what it takes to get the party started. Through our years of experience we know exactly which songs to place where, with our sets being specifically tailored to make sure energy levels are sustained throughout the evening.
That being said, we do of course welcome you to note your personal favourites (and pet hates!); but any specific requests, including first dances, should be sent to the band a minimum of 28 days prior to the date of engagement. The band will do their very best to adhere to all requests, but cannot guarantee all will be performed.
What kind of occasions is your music suited to?
Our diverse repertoire is such that we play every kind of occasion imaginable! From 21st birthdays to gold and even platinum wedding anniversaries.
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the band for last night. You absolutely made the night…We have been flooded with thank you’s from our guests for the evening and they all commented on how much they enjoyed the music.”
– 12 January 2018, Chris Porter, private function in Surrey
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“Just a belated email to say thanks a lot for performing at our wedding! As you will have gathered from the packed dance floor and fact that none of us wanted you to stop, it was a great evening and everyone enjoyed the music immensely! Thanks again, and please pass our thanks to the rest of the band!”
– 3 December 2017, Carlo & Lizzie Morandi, wedding in London
“Thank you so much for playing at our wedding yesterday! You guys were amazing.”
– 12 October 2017, Ewa Jozefkowicz, wedding in West Sussex
“We had an incredible night celebrating our birthdays and The Blue Tones really made it something special. I wanted to let you know just how much positive feedback we had and the Golf Club themselves said that The Blue Tones was the best band they have had there, so well done.”
– 1 October 2017, Phil & Stephanie Murphy, private party in Surrey
“We just wanted to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We had a wonderful day and the band really made the night. We have had a few people say how great you guys were. We really appreciate that you learnt the song for our first dance, it was perfect!”
– 12 September 2017, Chris & Jo Marshall, wedding in Surrey
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for a great evening. Everyone thought you were great and we’ll definitely recommend you.”
– 19 August 2017, Sam Allner, wedding in Surrey
The Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love
The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
Bill Haley – Rock Around The Clock
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood
Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley – Hound Dog
Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
The Monkees – I’m A Believer
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
Abba – Dancing Queen
Bad Company – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love
Big Brother & The Holding Company – Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Chic – Good Times
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
Jackson 5 – Blame It On The Boogie
Jackson 5 – Shake Your Body
James Brown – I Feel Good
Labelle – Lady Marmalade
Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Van Morrison – Moondance
Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
George Benson – Give Me The Night
Grover Washington Jr – Just The Two Of Us
Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
Katrina And The Waves – Walkin’ On Sunshine
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Lionel Ritchie – All Night Long
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Bruno Mars – Marry You
Bruno Mars – Treasure
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
Cee Lo Green – Forget You
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Duffy – Mercy
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl
Jessie J – Price Tag
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
Pharrell – Happy
Take That – Back For Good
Take That – Relight My Fire