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 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

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!
 

Bank Holiday boogie

Another busy bank holiday weekend for Func On The Rocks! But today we’re looking back at another triple whammy weekend.
Friday was the return to one of our favourite Yorkshire venues; The Great Barn at East Riddlesden Hall. The romantic barn overlooks the duck pond and idyllic grounds which are owned by the National Trust.

East Riddlesden Hall Yorkshire Wedding Venue

The stage is curtained off during the wedding breakfast, which means we can sneak into the venue set up discreetly.
After the speeches we opened the curtains to reveal the live band set up so the guests knew the evening reception was underway!

The bride and groom chose ‘Baby I’m yours’ by the Arctic Monkeys for their first dance which we performed live. We then invited the happy couples friends and family up onto the dance floor for the evening celebrations.

East Riddlesden Hall Yorkshire Wedding Venue Live Band

As the bride and groom said their goodbyes to their loved ones we played ‘Unstoppable’ by Lianne La Havas which was the perfect finish to a beautiful day.

Yorkshire Wedding Band

Saturday was a long road trip from Leeds to Clissold Park Mansions in London.
This wedding was made extra special as our lead vocalist Cherie, who went to school with the bride and her ‘unofficial’ bridesmaids in Teesside and they were all very excited to have a dance to the live music.

Clissold Park House Mansions Wedding Venue London

The bride and groom had their initial wedding ceremony in the Scottish Hebrides and arranged an intimate celebration for their close friends and family at the park.
There was an array of personal touches at the wedding including a ‘Bake off Table’ which hosted an array of delicious desserts and treats homemade by the guests. The father of the bride serenaded guests on the piano during the Mediterranean buffet and the tables were decorated with stunning colourful wildflower.
As the sun went down the sky became an electric blanket of reds and oranges, it was a spectacular sight and the perfect indication to move friends and family inside for party time!

Clissold Park London Wedding Band

 

Instead of a first dance the bride and groom asked us to play ‘Where You Lead’ by Carole King. We performed the special song at the start of the second set and it was so lovely to hear everyone singing along with huge smiles on their faces.

Bride and Groom with Wedding Band Singers

To finish our trio of weddings we traveled to Heaton House Farm in Macclesfield Cheshire.
This was a new venue for us so we were very impressed with the beautiful venue and really helpful staff.
Our drummer was over the moon to have his very own drum platform on the stage.
We even spotted ourselves on the unique rustic itinerary board.

Rustic Wedding Itinerary Board

After performing the couples first dance the groom’s brother took to the microphone and said a few moving words and then surprised the groom with a Birthday cake for his 30th birthday! The best man joked that the bride had picked that day for their wedding so the groom would never forget their anniversary 🙂

Mr & Mrs Cunningham had prepared their wedding to last detail to make sure on the day they could sit back, relax and enjoy every moment. They were in very safe hands, as the team at Heaton House Farm went above and beyond to ensure the Bride and Groom had an incredible day which ran effortlessly from start to finish.

White Van Man

Well it’s been an eventful few weeks for Func On The Rocks! We sadly had to say goodbye to Pauline our big red van, who has safely escorted us to gigs up and down the UK for the past four years. From Leeds to Glasgow, Somerset and The Isle of Man (to name but a few).
We met our new van Roda the Renault… who has very quickly settled into the function band family and is a big hit with the band mascot, Charlie.

White van man

We were thrilled to be taking our first trip in style returning to the North East’s historic Durham Castle for a wedding event.
Durham is such a stunning city with so much history and charm. The River Wear looping around the Romanesque Durham Cathedral and Norman Durham Castle; the perfect spot for our bride and groom Kirsty and Danny to celebrate their marriage.

Durham Castle Wedding Venue

Durham Castle Wedding Breakfast

We set up our band equipment in the magnificent Great Hall, on the large stage at the back of the room ready for the evening’s wedding reception.

Durham Castle Wedding Live Music Stage

After announcing the cutting of the cake we got the guests around the dance floor to await the happy couple’s first dance as husband and wife.

We were in awe of Kirsty’s incredibly unique pale green wedding dress which was complimented by the floor length rose bridesmaid dresses.

Kirsty and Danny showed off their quirky and fun personalities with a mash up of ‘Close to You’ by The Carpenters and the Rocky Horror Picture Show classic ‘The Time Warp’. Friends and family joined the newlyweds on the dance floor and showed us their best Time Warp moves which turned into an infectious dance off!
This set the bar pretty high for the rest of the evening’s dance moves but they were definitely up for the challenge.

Durham Castle Wedding Guests Dancing

Mr & Mrs Roberts told us their favourite tunes in advance so we could design their special day playlist around their personal taste and family favourites including Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran and Foo Fighters.

During the second set of live music the guests most certainly let their hair down and boogied the night away until midnight.

Dance Floor Wedding Guests Dancing

We performed ‘You Got The Love’ by Florence and the Machine as the encore and dedicated it to the happy couple with friends and family singing along. The perfect finish to a perfect day.

Thanks so much to the Durham Castle staff who we very helpful and such a pleasure to work alongside. We hope to return to the North East of England again soon.

Durham Castle Night Lights

Road trip to Essex

At 9am we set off on our journey from Leeds, West Yorkshire down South on the A1 to sunny Essex. Our bass player Chris was super excited as he is an Essex boy himself so was looking forward to visiting his home town.

Func on the Rocks function band

We arrived at Boreham House, Chelmsford and made our way to the marquee round the side of the Manor House to set up on the band equipment and organise plans with the Events Manager for the wedding day of Mr & Mrs Heighway.

Boreham House Wedding Venue Chelmsford Essex

Monique and Craig's Wedding Marquee Essex

The wedding ceremony was held in the magnificent Manor House, followed by the drinks reception on the lawn overlooking spectacular views. We managed to spot a little fawn under a tree! Which we were very excited about.

The guests were led into the grand marquee for speeches given by the Father of the Bride, Groom and Best Man. Smoothly followed by wedding breakfast, the cutting of the cake and Monique and Craig‘s first dance as husband and wife.

Monique and Craig Bride and Groom with wedding singers

We were so thrilled to see everyone spilling onto the dance floor from our first song. The groomsmen called out for Stevie Wonder so we obliged and performed Superstition whilst the guests showed off their best moves!

Dance floor singer

After our first set of live music we managed to catch up with Jackie, the mother of the bride who had been conversing with our Manager Annie when booking the band to make sure everything was perfect for her daughter’s big day. Jackie couldn’t have been more welcoming and friendly to Func On The Rocks; and after chatting with Mum and Dad, we soon felt like new additions to the family!

Mother and Father of the Bride

Once the sun had gone down friends and family were guided outside to watch a spectacular firework display; it was truly breathtaking and a highlight of the evening wedding reception entertainment.

Fireworks

By the second set of our party music the night was in full swing. We made sure to include all of the bride and grooms favourite songs and special requests, which were guaranteed dance floor fillers.

The saxophone and trumpet solos enticed the guests to release their inhibitions and boogie the night away in style!

Wedding Live Music Band Trumpet Singer Guitar

Towards the end of the set we heard cries from the bridesmaids and groomsmen to perform some Fleetwood Mac, so for our encore we played a special rendition of the classic ‘Everywhere’, and we encouraged all the guests to sing along. It was a very special moment.

As northerners we really were blown away by the hospitality and kindness of the staff and managers at Boreham House. The Giordmaina family could not have been more accommodating and lovely, we really hope to be back down to Essex and Boreham House again soon!

Some kind words from the Mother of the Bride:
“Hi Annie, I would like to say a BIG thank you to the band on Saturday, they were just brilliant.
The stage was full all the time they were on. Everyone commented how good they were,and they enjoyed them so much.  You must be proud of them.
We wish the band good wishes for the future and I for one would recommend them to anyone who wants a band.
Take care Annie
Kind Regards
Jackie Giordmaina”

Magnificent marquee wedding

Congratulations to everyone who took part and supported ITU World Triathlon in Leeds this weekend, truly inspirational athletes.

We were aware roads around the City Centre would be closed for the event, however luckily for us we only had to make a short trip to one of Yorkshire’s little gems – Ilkley.

We were stunned to see Ilkley Golf Club green had been transformed into a Wedding Wonderland.

The Marquee was beautifully decorated with delicate summer wildflowers and embellished with charming bunting, which was handmade by the Mother of the Bride. The Father of the bride designed stunning planters, which were gracefully poised at the entrance to the marquee.

The personal touch made Ilkley Golf Club the perfect setting for our Bride and Groom Jen and Rich.

Ilkley Golf Club Wedding Marquee

Whilst the guests enjoyed a cool glass of Pimms our boys performed a jazz trio ensemble; playing some well-loved Jazz standards and Rat Pack favorites including Autumn Leaves, Summertime and Fly Me To The Moon.

The trio played ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ as a special request for the Bride and head Bridesmaid to bring back memories of their time together in Brazil.

After the wedding breakfast and speeches Func On The Rocks we ready to get the party started and begin the evening reception.

The happy couple performed their first dance as husband and wife and chose one of our favorite Van Morrison classics Moondance.

Mr & Mrs Bean had perfected their unique dance routine, which stunned all their friends and family. It set the bar when it came to dancing for the evening!

Jen and Rich Wedding First Dance

The guests were certainly up for the dancing challenge and joined the newlyweds on the dance floor with delight, they even brought a blow up sheep with them which we found hilarious.

Yorkshire Wedding Party

Wedding Band Horns

After our first set we had a catch up with some familiar faces Cathrine and Jeff. We performed at Jeff’s Birthday party in Bramham Village Hall a few years ago and always spot the gorgeous couple on the dance floor at The Bramham Summer Ball at Bowcliffe Hall.

We will be performing at Jeff’s daughters wedding in September, which we are really looking forward to.

Familiar faces

We also had a chat with England Rugby star Phil Dowson and his beautiful fiancée Dani who are getting married in 4 weeks. Good luck guys we know your Wedding day will be incredible!

Wedding Singers with Phil Dowson

By the second set of live music the full moon was out in full glory, as were the extra special dance moves from Jen and Rich and their friends and family. There was such a sense of love and friendship on the dance floor, a truly humbling sight for us.

Wedding Band Dance Floor

Leeds Wedding Band Singers

To bring the live music to a close we got the crowd to sing their hearts out with us and I’m sure the passion in their voices could be heard for miles around.

Jen and Rich Wedding Ilkley Golf Club

Thanks so much to everyone for helping Jen and Rich celebrate their big day, I’m sure they will look back with such fond memories as their day was pure perfection from start to finish.

Bride and Groom Dance Floor

Lots of love to you both Mr & Mrs. Bean, we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

Jen and Rich Wedding Ilkley Golf Club

Bank Holiday Bliss

What an incredible May Bank holiday weekend!

With glorious sunshine and blue skies we took a trip from Leeds to North Yorkshire’s Allerton Mauleverer.

On arrival we were greeted by spectacular views, we had reached our destination, the prestigious Allerton Castle; a Grade I listed, nineteenth century Gothic mansion, which is a truly spectacular sight.

Allerton Castle describes itself as Englands most elegant and illustrious gothic revival stately home, and we believe this is no exaggeration.

Allerton Castle Yorkshire Wedding

We have performed at Allerton Castle numerous times over the past 12 years and every time we return we are still taken aback by its breathtaking beauty.

We set up in the Great Hall as the staff transformed the room ready for the evening wedding reception. Right on cue the speeches came to a close in the Ballroom and the evening guests began to arrive.

Chandelier Allerton Castle

As the guests gathered round the dance floor the Bride and Groom began their first dance as husband and wife. An acoustic version of Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ was the perfect choice for this fun loving couple. Katie and Ed’s friends and family beamed in happiness and love for the happy couple and soon flooded onto the dance floor to declare the evening celebrations had well and truly begun.

Dance floor

We kept our sets fairly modern and upbeat as requested by the bride and groom featuring songs from Maroon Five, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé along with some classic sing-along’s such as Higher and Higher and I Want You Back.

Wedding Band Leeds

After our first set we met Josh, an eight year old from Baildon who has taken drum lessons for the past six months. Our Drummer Steve let Josh show off his skills on his drum kit whilst his mum told us that he felt inspired by the band and we have influenced him to practice more, which is fantastic. Good luck Josh. Steve watch out we may be replacing you soon!

Drummers

As an eight piece band including saxophone and trumpet we made sure there was no excuse but to be on the dance floor showing off your best moves and boy were there some good moves. The dance-off during Stevie Wonders ‘Superstition’ was an incredible sight.

Brass section Singers

As the crowed chanted for more at the end of the second set we decided to get all the friends and family to sing along with us to the timeless ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen.

Dance Floor Wedding Singer

Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate Katie and Ed’s Wedding day with us and to all the staff at Allerton Castle who worked so hard to make sure the day was seamless for the happy couple.

Wedding Singers Bride

One Hull of a Wedding

On Saturday afternoon May 13th, we took a trip from Leeds to The East Riding of Yorkshire for another magical wedding at Rise Hall near Hull.

Rise Hall is one of our favorite wedding venues due to its stunning, picturesque grounds and fairytale wedding breakfast and reception area.

The sprinkle of candlelight around the room and twinkling fairy lights, which illuminated the ceiling, brought a magical and romantic touch to the big day.

Rise Hall Hull Wedding

After celebrating the cutting of the cake we performed the couple’s first dance as husband and wife. The guests gathered around the dance floor and shared the special moment, whilst the happy couple gently swayed to swinging melodies of ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Frank Sinatra.

We invited all the family and friends onto the dance floor; and as if by magic the energy in the room became addictive. All the guests danced and sang along to Soul, Pop and Motown in celebration for Natalie and James’ big day.

Natalie and James Wedding Rise Hall dancing

We were thrilled to see some familiar faces Liam and Heather. Func On The Rocks performed at their wedding almost two years ago at Hazlewood Castle. It was so lovely to have a catch up with them and hear all about married life.

Liam and Heather Wedding Guests Rise Hall

Before we started our second set of live music we noticed the Master of the house; Mr. Tom Cat asleep under one of the guests seats. We hope we didn’t disturb him with Tina Turner’s Proud Mary!

Rise Hall Cat Sleeping

The second set was met with even more energy than the first (if that was possible). We definitely learned some funky moves from these guys and we very impressed with their extensive lyrical knowledge. We had a ball performing for them!

Func on the Rocks Wedding Band

We never refuse an encore – and we love to make it extra special by inviting the Bride and Groom to the middle of the dance floor surrounded by their loved ones. We sang together at the top of our lungs to the iconic (I’ve had) ‘Time of My Life’ from the legendary movie Dirty Dancing. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Func on the Rocks Wedding Band

Saturday night’s wedding at Rise Hall has left us with more fond memories and we hope to return soon.

Hot new venue debut performance

This Saturday we travelled to Liverpool for the wedding of Jenny & Graham.

The Old Blind School located in the heart of Liverpool (aka the home of the Beatles) was the perfect spot for our super trendy couple.

Wedding Venue Liverpool

With it’s quirky and stylish decor the Old Blind School went the extra mile to make sure this wedding was one to remember.

Congratulations wedding sign

Jenny and Graham – our two fashionistas showed us just how unique you can be with your wedding dress, and groom attire.

Jenny wore a super glamorous 1950’s figure hugging dress for her first dance but soon transformed into a strapless pantsuit, which meant she could dance the night away like a true style icon!

Wedding Singers

Their guests, who were also dressed to the nines, were definitely ready to help the happy couple celebrate their special day. They partied hard until the wee small hours of Sunday morning.

We were asked to keep our repertoire pretty retro with artists like The Beatles, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie with a some added current tunes from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams. This proved to be the perfect cocktail of tunes.

You know a good wedding when all friends and family are mixed together on the dance floor and giving it everything they have from head to toe. The party people filled the dance floor from the first dance ‘Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac’ to our rocking out, sing along encore ‘Don’t Stop Believing by Journey’.

Jenny and Graham Wedding The Old Blind School Liverpool

A big shout out to The Old Blind School who were fantastic to work with. They mentioned that this was the first wedding hosted at the venue which is amazing as it ran so smoothly and the staff were on it every step of the way. As a function and corporate band we felt the evening ran smoothly and professionally from start to finish and we are sure they are going to have an abundance of wedding events moving forward as this really is a truly special place for any event.