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

Gorgeous Autumnal Weddings

As a wedding band we have noticed October is a becoming a very popular month for a couple to tie the knot; and we are not surprised!

The beautiful autumn colours, crisp clean air and clear skies add an extra magical touch, which provide the perfect setting for a new Mr & Mrs.

Over the past couple of weeks we have entertained at some gorgeous wedding venues.

We are very lucky to have an incredible family of singers; therefore we can always count on a singing sensation to lead our Yorkshire based party band. On the 21st of October our band was lead by singing sisters, Melody Reed and Marina Gears.

Wedding Singers Live Music Party Band Leeds Holdsworth House Halifax

The stunning Wedding venue, Holdsworth House Hotel and Restaurant in Halifax was the perfect location for our newlyweds autumnal wedding.

The Bride and Groom chose an intimate performance of ‘Northern Sky’ by Maximo Park for their first dance as Husband and Wife. To make this moment extra special for the happy couple, our live rendition was performed as a duet by vocalist Melody Reed and guitarist Jake Whitehouse. The new Mr & Mrs danced beautifully to the duos rendition of their personal song.

This memorable moment was then followed by a special request from the Bride. The full band kicked in with the 1970’s Van Morrison classic ‘Brown Eyed Girl’. The Bride danced to this song with another very important man in her life; her father! The proud Father of the Bride had a wonderful time dancing with his little girl to a live performance of their special song.

The evening continued with a dance-floor full of smiling faces all there to celebrate the marriage of Amanda and Matt.

Live First Dance Yorkshire Wedding Band Party Holdsworth House Dancing

Func On The Rocks thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the bride and grooms special day and would like to wish the happy couple a lifetime of happiness together.

On the 28th of October, Func On The Rocks headed up North from Leeds to one of our most visited wedding venue’s Middleton Lodge in Richmond.

The Bride first encountered Func On The Rocks at her sisters wedding in August 2016 at Eshott Hall, Northumberland and as she had such a good time listening to the live music she decided to book Func On The Rocks for her own wedding too.

She could then sit back and relax knowing she had picked a wedding band whom would stop at nothing to make sure their special day was unforgettable.

The huge illuminated initials of the Bride and Groom ‘K and J’ sat proudly on the dance floor and looked fantastic!

K&J Wedding Illuminations Dance Floor Middleton Lodge Wedding Party Band

We loved the earthy theme to this wedding; with wedding cake stand being a huge round tree stump and the gorgeous decorations around the wedding reception marquee.

Wedding Cake Autmnal Middleton Lodge Live Music Func On The Rocks

The Bride and Groom chose a very upbeat, feel good first dance; The 1966 hit ‘I’m A Believer’ by the Monkeys.

We were very excited to perform this live as we knew it would get the guests ready for an evening of dancing.

It was such a thrill to watch the couple have so much fun on the dance-floor and the friends and family of the Bride and Groom just couldn’t wait to get up and join in!

Wedding Party Crazy Dancing Bride and Groom Middleton Lodge Live Party Band Leeds

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, Beyoncé 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!
 

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Func On The Rocks Wedding

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Func On The Rocks featuring Cherie & Melody

You might ask, how can you improve on the perfect cocktail of Func On The Rocks? Well add an extra shot of hot sauce! By this we mean the perfect complimentary combination of super-talented vocalists leading the way.

We have the great pleasure of introducing to you, the secret weapon in the world of live music… The Func On The Rocks fully loaded 6-piece band featuring not one, but two of the north of England’s finest vocal talent… and they’re sisters!

Stay tuned for our exciting new video showcasing this fantastic line-up COMING SOON.

Vocalists Cherie Gears and Melody Reed

Walk of Smiles

The last of the English summer was smiling down on us for a great day at the Walk of Smiles charity event. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and helped support such a worthy cause.

Walk of Smiles

80% of the money raised from the 10km sponsored walk will go to Martin House Children’s Hospice, while the rest will be used by Bethany’s Smile to support children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Charity Event

We bumped into local celebrity Leeds Rhino mascot Ronnie enjoying the day.

Local Celebrity Leeds Rhino Mascot

Family Fun

If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry… you can visit justgiving.com/bethanyssmile to donate. Or catch the next event at Headingley Stadium on 20th October. Click here for more details.

Cherie Gears

Bethany would like to hear from anyone interested in doing a sponsored sky dive. E-mail bethany-ssmile@virginmedia.com for details.