Festive Fun

On the second week of Christmas the weekend came early for us, as we were performing in the heart of Leeds City Centre at Aspire on Thursday.

Aspire is a premier, private event space which hosts an array of prestigious events throughout the year.

We set up on the stage alongside the DJ before the guests arrived.

The venue entrance had been transformed into a winter wonderland. Along with a log cabin interior affect and festive decorations; the guests knew they were in for a Christmas treat!

Christmas Party Aspire Leeds Live Music Dance Floor

Things were made extra Christmassy, as once the guests sat down for their meal, the heavens decided to open outside the venue and a beautiful shower of snow began to fall from the sky.

We performed our first set of live music at 10pm. It wasn’t hard to get these guys on the dance floor as they had already been warmed up by the very attentive DJ, Mike.

We performed some funky classics such as Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry and modern dance floor fillers including Katy Perry and Pharrell’s summer hit ‘Feels’, to keep the guests glued to the dance floor.

Christmas Party Aspire Leeds Live Music Dance Floor

To start our second set we decided to perform Mariah Carey’s iconic ‘All I want for Christmas’ – which really got the guests going! Singing at the top of their lungs we carried on the festive celebrations until midnight, handing the baton back to their DJ so they could continue the celebrations until 1am.

Christmas Party Aspire Leeds Live Music Dance Floor

On Saturday the 9th of December we headed North back to one of our favourite north-east wedding venues, Middleton Lodge in Richmond.

Middleton Lodge Band Set Up Wedding Venue Leeds Live Music

To make their winter wedding extra personal the first dance was performed by one of their guests, who just happens to be the big brother of the musician and songwriter John Newman.

John Newman is best known for his tracks ‘Love me Again’ and for his collaboration with Rudimental on ‘Not Giving in’ and ‘Feel the Love’.

The Bride and Groom chose James Arthur’s ‘Say you Wont Let Go’ for their first dance which James’s husky and passionate voice was perfect for.

The newlyweds requested we follow this with Jess Glynne’s number one hit ‘Hold My Hand’. This was the perfect choice as it immediately got all their friends and family up on the dance floor.

Middleton Lodge Wedding Venue Party Leeds Live Music Dancing

We continued the live music with a mixture of Motown, pop and funky house covers, requested by the new Mr and Mrs.

We finished our second set with a dedication to the Bride and Groom, getting them in the middle of the dance floor, surrounded by all their loved ones as we all sang together ‘You Got The love’ by Florence and The Machine.

Middleton Lodge Wedding Venue Party Leeds Live Music Dancing

We always love returning to Middleton Lodge as we know the staff will always take amazing care of their clients and their guests to ensure each wedding is flawless and unique.

See you again soon!

All aboard the Xmas train

Hurray! Christmas party season is in full swing and Func On The Rocks have been kicking off the festivities up and down the country.

During the first weekend in December we travelled southwest to one of Leeds neighbouring cities, Manchester. Worsley Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club had been transformed into a Las Vegas fun house; the red, black and white colour scheme, life size golden Oscars and a red carpet to escort guests into the function room created a truly glamorous setting for the event.

Christmas Party Oscars Live Music Marriott Hotel Manchester

The venue was also sprinkled with festive charm, including shimmering Christmas trees and winter wonderland garlands draped around the room.

Christmas Party Decorations Live Band Music Manchester Marriott Hotel

After a drinks reception the guests sat down for a three-course meal. Once their mains had been cleared the audience were surprised by three singing waiters; the trio performed a mixture of musical theatre, opera and 1960’s favourites.

The singing waiters were the perfect way to warm up the audience and prepare them for an evening of dancing fun!

Instead of our usual two sets of live music, the organiser asked us to perform one large set. This worked out perfectly as the guests were able to boogie to their favourite tunes without being interrupted.

As it was a mixed group of ages we decided to keep the live music varied throughout our set; including classics such as Jackson Five’s ‘Want You Back’, modern dance floor fillers ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars and ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ Justin Timberlake. We couldn’t help but play some Christmas favourites too, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas’ and glam rock band Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’.

Live Music Christmas Party Dancing Marriott Hotel Christmas Classics

The dance floor spilled out into all corners of the room as the guests strutted their best dance moves.

Full Dance Floor Christmas Party Marriott Hotel Manchester Live Music Yorkshire

Thanks to all the staff at The Marriott Hotel and to Arena Entertainment, who took very good care of us.

On the first Saturday in December we had a local event in the beautiful town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. The event took place at the Majestic Hotel, which is a stunning venue and perfect for large events. We have performed many times at this wedding and corporate location, including last years New Years Eve party.

For this event we arrived early and set up our equipment in the adjacent room to where the guests would be dining. The room looked sensational, as all the walls had been covered in a glistening star curtain; the LED light backdrop created a truly magical effect.

Live Music Christmas Party Glistening Backdrop Majestic Hotel Harrogate

We went on stage at 10pm after the guests had finished their evening meal.

The band kicked off with James Brown classic ‘I Feel Good’ to draw the guests into the party room. As the guests flooded onto the dance floor it was clear that Christmas party time was well and truly here!

The dance floor sparkled with stunning sequin ball gowns and suit jackets which added to the festive decorations, which twinkled around the room.

Majestic Hotel Harrogate Xmas Party Live Music Dancing Winter Wonderland

We had a fantastic time performing at the Majestic Hotel and look forward to coming back in a couple of weeks for another Christmas ball.

Winter Wonderland

Christmas came early for Func on the Rocks this year. Starting with a magical snowflake ball on Friday the 24th of November, at the Royal Armouries for the annual Burberry Christmas Party.

The Royal Armouries Museum sits proudly within the complex of Leeds Dock located in the heart of Leeds, West Yorkshire. The huge museum displays the National Collection of Arms and Armour along with hosting an array of corporate events. The Burberry Christmas ball catered for 400 guests who arrived in style; beautiful sequin dresses and black tie.

The evening certainly got everyone in the Christmas spirit. Huge snowflakes fell from the ceiling along which with glistening blue fairy lights, each table was decorated with a large snowball and glistening blue and shining Christmas crackers.

Christmas Ball Snowflakes Party Live Music Leeds Royal Armouries Xmas Event

We performed our first set at 9.45pm, kicking off the show with our rendition of Jocelyn Brown’s ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ including the famous vocal piano introduction to grab their attention and draw the crowd onto the dance floor.

Christmas Party Royal Armouries Leeds Live Music Jocelyn Brown Dancing

Our plan worked! The guests flooded onto the dance floor and began to show us their funky moves. We kept the live music up beat and groovy so we could keep the guests up on their feet from start to finish.

Our second set of live music brought the evening to a close. To make sure we finished the night in style, we performed ‘Sex on Fire’ by Kings of Leon as the encore and make sure everyone in the room was jumping and singing their hearts out. It was an amazing sight.

Christmas Party Dancing Dancefloor Best Function Band Leeds Royal Armouries

Really looking forward to a fun filled December of Christmas events, parties and festive weddings as we step into the Christmas countdown.

Christmas countdown Royal Armouries Leeds Live Singers Entertainment Party