Winter to Spring catch up

We have loved performing at some beautiful winter weddings over the past few months and loved travelling to some new stunning wedding venues such as The Mill Barns in Bridgnorth and The Tithe Barn, Bolton Abbey.

We have also revisited one of our favourite seaside spots; Seaham Hall in Durham, enjoyed performing at our annual visit to Woodsome Hall Golf Club for the Captain’s Farewell Ball and revisiting our home from home venue; Middleton Lodge Estate.

Wedding First Dance Tithe Barn Bolton AbbeyWedding Party Tithe Barn Bolton AbbeyChristmas Party Band Aspire Leeds Venue

2019 has also brought along with it some very exciting news for our band members!

We are thrilled to announce that our bass player, Christopher Glanville and drummer, Stephen Drinkwater and both engaged to be married. The happy Grooms to be will be planning a Summer Wedding by the seaside and a cosy Yorkshire Winter Wedding for their beautiful Brides to be.

As we are lucky enough to have performed at so many prestigious and glorious wedding venues all around the country and UK, I am sure the happy couples will have no trouble with their wedding planning. If there is one thing we know, it’s how to ensure a perfect wedding ceremony, wedding reception and wedding party ‚Äď not to mention their perfect wedding band. And I am sure we could help out with choosing all the bridesmaids and groomsmen too ūüėä.

Our vocalist Cherie Gears is also excited to share that she is expecting her first baby, which is due at the end of May. I think Cherie’s baby is guaranteed to be a musician as the baby is already dancing around at all our gigs!

So as you can tell it’s all go for Func On The Rocks this year.

As the days are getting lighter and warmer, we can now feel the buzz of wedding season approaching us and we are delighted to start the season with a wedding fayre at one of our favourite venues Rise Hall in Rise, East Riding.

This beautiful venue caters for weddings, parties and corporate events. We love returning to Rise Hall as we know everything always runs smoothly, the wedding guests fill the dance floor and the event organisers are always an absolute delight to work alongside. We are lucky enough to be performing at Rise Hall throughout the year so if you haven’t checked out this stunning venue yet come along and say hello to us at their wedding fayre on Sunday 28th of April.

Wedding Band Rise Hall Yorkshire

One of the best things about being in a live music party band, is the ability to keep ourselves flexible, so we can accommodate the music requirements for any event.

From our core six member line up, all the way up to our deluxe 10 piece, which features three vocalists, and horn section – saxophone, trumpet and trombone and of course everything in between, we love to be able to tailor any event to the requirements of an individual. This luxury means we have at our fingertips, a pool of incredibly talented musicians who love to join us for special occasions.

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The Func On The Rocks family keeps on growing, and now we are lucky enough to have the incredible vocalist Louie McDonald join our team. Louie has an incredible punchy pop and soul sound and can fill any room with her energetic vocals and personality. This girl guarantees a full dance floor for your guests as soon as she starts singing! Which is perfect for us.

Bring on Summer time!

Louie McDonald Cherie Gears vocalists

New Stunning Coastline Venue

Saturday the 23rd of September was our first visit to Tynemouth Castle and Priory.

Although we often travel from Leeds to the North East, Tynemouth has somehow been missed out of the list until now. What a beautiful little town and stunning cliff face! We had a lovely drive through the traditional streets and made our way through the Castle walls and gatehouse into the English heritage site.

Tynemouth Priory Castle Wedding Marquee Live Music Party Coast

We definitely understand why this couple chose this for their wedding reception spot! The views are breathtaking and it was so special to be surrounded by the ruins of Benedictine priory.

The stunning marquee sat proudly amongst the history of the town taking in the fresh sea air.

Tynemouth Priory Castle Wedding Live Music Party Band Beach

After the speeches the best man announced the cutting of the cake, followed by their first dance as husband and wife. The newlyweds chose the popular 90’s hit Mr. Jones by Counting Crows. The new Mr & Mrs impressed the crowd with their dance routine including some impressive twirls and dips.

First Dance Live Music Wedding Leeds Tynemouth Priory Marquee

The first set of live music continued with some swinging classics, Soul, Motown and UK chart hits.

During our break we made friends with the singing chefs while they prepared fresh fish and chips for the evening buffet.

Live Entertainment Music Yorkshire Northumberland Singing Chefs Dancing

As we began the second set of live music our gorgeous Bride Alexandra appeared in a new knee length wedding dress. Alex certainly knows how to celebrate in style and the new outfit was the perfect transition to allow her to show her guests her best dance moves.

Gorgeous Bride and Groom Dancing Wedding Party Band

As our bride and groom are huge live music fans they requested we play 3 sets of live music, which we arranged prior to the wedding. We of course obliged and were very impressed with the dance floor stamina of their friends and family as they boogied the night away!

Party Time Packed Dance Floor Wedding Party Band Yorkshire

Coming Home

During wedding season The Great Barn at East Riddlesden Hall becomes a second home to Func On The Rocks. As we know this venue like the back our hand, we can load in our equipment and set up quickly and quietly without disturbing the guests.

We love how each wedding at East Riddlesden can be completely different and this wedding was most certainly no exception.

The vibrant and colourful decor inside the barn and pi√Īata and hay stacks outside are just a few examples of how Jolene and Matt made it their own.

Wedding Venue East Riddlesden Live Band Music First Dance

The wedding cake was one of the most amazing and individual cakes we have ever seen (and trust me we’ve seen hundreds). The cake consisted of five multicoloured layers and topped with two super cute figurines – and did I mention the cake sat in a light up box? A true example of this couples individuality and fun personalities.

Wedding Cake Original Light Box Cut the Cake Cute East Riddlesden

The bride and groom chose ‘For Once in my life’ Stevie Wonder for their first dance as husband and wife, which was a huge hit with their guests.

First Dance Live Music Wedding Band Leeds East Riddlesden

During the first set of live music we encouraged friends and family onto the dance floor with classics like ‘Rock with You’ Michael Jackson and some modern hits such as ‘Shape of You’ Ed Sheeran and ‘All About the Bass’ Meghan Trainor.

The following day we didn’t have to travel far as this wedding took place at the luxury stately home, The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds.

Once the wedding party had finished the wedding breakfast and moved downstairs for drinks we were able to set up the venue for the evening reception.

We began our first set of live music with the happy couples first dance ‘God Only Knows’ by the Beach Boys and followed it with ‘Marry You’ Bruno Mars to ensure we had all the guests on the dance floor.

We kept the live music penultimately modern, throwing in some classics such as ‘Play that Funky Music’ by Wild Cherry and ‘Proud Mary’ by Tina Turner.

There were some incredible dance moves!

Mansion Roundhay Live Music Leeds Wedding Band Dancing Party Crazy

Congratulations to our two beautiful couples and a big thanks to all the staff at East Riddlesden and The Mansion for being so easy to work with.

Wedding Band Leeds Behind the Scenes East Riddlesden Live Music Entertainment

Destination Duncombe Park

Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York was a new wedding destination to add to the long list of wedding venues that Func On The Rocks have performed at over the years; entertaining at weddings and corporate events.

Duncombe Park Wedding Venue Band Func on the Rocks Stately Home Live Band

The estate sits amongst 300 acres of parkland and shares its home with some very friendly sheep who are free to roam around the stunning grounds.

We passed the grand stately home and turned left, entering the enchanted forest. Our trail was illuminated by string of fairy lights which guided us to the wedding destination.
We set up the band equipment in the marquee as the staff arranged the finishing touches to the venue before the guests arrived.

Love Seat Bench Wedding Date Bride Groom

This wedding was made extra special for us as we performed with our horn section at the Father of the Bride’s birthday party a few years back in Bramham, North Yorkshire. We also caught up with Jeff and his partner Catherine when we performed at their friends’ wedding earlier this summer; so it was lovely to catch up with them and meet the rest of the family.

Wedding Band First Dance Live Music Marquee Entertainment

The bride and groom kept their first dance top secret so they could surprise all their friends and family. As soon as we sang the first few notes the crowd joined in and their suspense turned into a warmth for the happy couple as the danced to ‘You Got The Love’ by Florence and the Machine.

As requested we followed the first dance with the Pharrell Williams hit ‘Happy’, which went down a storm! The dance moves were in full swing and from then on the new Mr & Mrs and their guests danced the night away.

Live Music Wedding Band Dancing Dance Floor Wedding Guests

There Goes The Summer

The last weekend in August was met with glorious sunshine.
On Friday we returned to Priory Barn and Cottages which are situated on a secluded farm in North Yorkshire near Wetherby.
The luxury venue hosts a rang of individually designed cottages which are the perfect spot to unwind after a big day of wedding celebrations.
Func On The Rocks performed here during December 2016 so it was lovely to see the difference to the landscape and decor for a summer wedding – this venue is perfect all year round!

We set up the wedding band equipment on the stage behind a white curtain and once the wedding speeches had come to a close we put on some background music.

Live Music Wedding Gig Set up DJ Music

The guests had a bit of time to refresh themselves before the evening reception was announced. We gathered all family and friends around the edge of the dance floor to support the Bride and Groom as they performed their first dance as Husband and Wife. The happy couple chose a beautiful song ‘Over and Over Again’ by¬†Nathan Sykes¬†and were thrilled to see the Bridesmaids¬†lead everyone on the dance floor for our first set of live music.

Dance Floor Dancing Live Band Music Wedding Leeds Func on the Rocks

As a special request the Best Man performed ‘Rocket Man’ by¬†Elton John¬†for the Bride and Groom, this added a personal touch to their evening and the crowd loved it!

Wedding Entertainment Guest Singer Rocket Man Leeds Band

The following day we headed from West Yorkshire to another Priory; this time Hodsock Priory in Blyth. The property is an historic country house set in beautiful gardens, which host an abundance of colourful wildflower.

We were given a little cottage to wait in until the wedding party had finished their wedding breakfast, then headed into the main room to set up whilst the staff turned the room around for the evening reception.

The Bride and Groom picked¬†Florence and the Machine’s version of ‘You Got The Love’ for their first dance which got the guests ready for a boogie!

We kept the set modern, performing songs from Ed Sheehan,¬†Beyonc√©¬†and¬†Bruno Mars, and threw in a few funk classics including Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ and¬†Lionel Richie’s ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ as they are guaranteed dance floor fillers.

Hodsock Priory Live Wedding Band Leeds

The following weekend we took a road trip to one of the Lake District’s most popular areas, Windermere.

Our debut performance at the Samling Hotel, Ambleside Road was a fantastic experience.

The newly refurbished wedding venue is breathtaking. Its interior decor is contemporary with a classic edge. Located on the top of a hill, the perfect spot for a couple looking for a magical wedding destination; the view of the lake below is breathtaking.

Lake Windermere Stunning Wedding Venue Live Music Band Leeds
We performed the couples first dance; an acoustic version of ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ as the Bride and Groom entered the room for the evening reception. Their guests filtered through and joined the couple on the dance floor where they stayed boogieing the night away.

During the second set of live music we performed some indie classics including ‘Mr Brightside’ by the Killers and ‘Sex On Fire’ by Kings of Leon, which went down really well. We we were impressed with the guests’ dance moves, who certainly knew how to let their hair down and rock out!

Live Music Dancing Wedding Dance Floor Leeds Band

All in all, an incredible two weeks of weddings around the UK. We are so happy to be able to share such a special day with our happy couples. Live music is the perfect way to get all friends and family celebrating together and we love to see this at every gig we do around England.

A huge congratulations to you all!