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.

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 piñata 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

#firstdancefriday

If you and your partner have been racking your brains to come up with that perfect first dance choice but just can’t quite decide… To give you a bit of inspiration we’ve recently been uploading some of our past first dance rehearsals on Facebook every #firstdancefriday.

This week we’ve put together our top 5 faves as a little recap and we hope you’ll be tuning in to see the next installments over the coming weeks. Find us on Facebook here.

 

 

 

Come and see us LIVE

We’re often asked… would it be possible to come and see you perform live? The calendar is packed full of exciting events, however the vast majority of these are private functions.

So here’s your chance to not only come and watch us perform but also do your bit for charity by helping to raise money for a very worthy cause. Bethany’s Smile Foundation is a charity fronted by the inspirational Bethany Hare raising money for children with life threatening illnesses. Their annual charity ball will be held on Saturday 4th October 2014 at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds and you can get your tickets now by emailing bethanyssmile@virginmedia.com. Get your glad rags on and we’ll see you there!

Charity Ball Headingley Leeds

Bethany’s Smile

Video

We’re delighted to share with you a great video from last year’s James Bond 007 themed charity ball for Bethany’s Smile, a local charity fronted by an inspirational young lady raising money for sick children.

We know so much hard work went into putting the event together, and it was all worth it because they raised an amazing amount of money for children with life threatening and life limiting illnesses. Click here to find out more about the story of Bethany’s Smile.

Keep up the great work, we hope to be back there again next year!

NEW video coming soon!

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

We had a ball!

A massive congratulations to Nicola and all involved for such a hugely successful Charity Ball last weekend to raise money for FSID. It was an honour to have been a part of it. http://www.alexanderscharityball.co.uk

Nicola Richardson - Alexanders Charity BallThe Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths is the UK’s leading baby charity aiming to prevent unexpected deaths in infancy and promote infant health.

Performing alongside a great selection of entertainment including Magician Mark Waddington and Grosvenor Fun Casino was an absolute pleasure.

In total the event raised a staggering £16,000 in memory of the tragic loss of Nicola’s son Alexander.

Photos by Capture Photography

Alexanders Charity Ball

Alexanders Charity Ball“I wanted to say a Massive Thank You to you all for Saturday night. The band were AMAZING and I don’t think I’ve seen a dance floor fill up so quickly ever! My guests loved the whole thing and the band certainly made an impression on them.

I had hoped for target of £15,000 for this year but we’ve exceeded that with £16029 which is overwhelming and I Thank You for being a part of it.
Best wishes
Nicola x”

– Nicola Richardson

Grosvenor Fun Casino

We look forward to the same time next year!

Corporate Events

Func On The Rocks perform at a variety of Corporate Events up and down the country. Most recently at Headingley Carnegie Stadium to help raise money for the Princes Trust.

Do you have an event coming up that could be the highlight of everyone’s social calendar? Func On The Rocks can provide the perfect mix of Soul, Motown, Pop, Rock and Funk to get your guests up on their feet at the end of the night.

Waiting to go on stage

Cherie GearsCorporate PartyPrinces Trust Headingley Carnegie Stadium