Line-Up: 6-11 piece. (3 piece horn section, rhythm section, up to 4 vocalists)
Lead Vocals: Male & Female Vocals
The Big Smoke are the UK’s best known and most successful soul showband, playing contemporary pop hits and timeless classics with spectacular musicianship and peerless style. Their live line-up is totally flexible, ranging from a six-piece band all the way up to a stunning 11-person soul revue – including up to four incredible vocalists! For a truly unforgettable night of live entertainment, it’s got to be The Big Smoke.
Effortlessly poised and stylish with a laid-back, contemporary edge. A live soul showband to rival the very best live acts in music.
The Big Smoke have performed at some of the biggest venues in music, for some of the industry’s most prestigious personalities. You’re booking the very best.
Top 5 Songs to Perform
As standard, The Big Smoke provide:
Stunning live professional band with up to 11-piece performance
2 hours of live music, split into sets as required
Concert level live sound production and stage lighting
Bespoke pre-mixed music before and after live sets
Special request performed
PAT Tested equipment and Public Liability Insurance
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan Best Of My Love – The Emotions Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson I Feel For You – Chaka Khan I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston I Want You Back – Jackson 5 Kiss – Prince Never Too Much – Luther Vandross Rock With You – Michael Jackson September – Earth Wind And Fire Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown
24k Magic – Bruno Mars Can’t Stop The Feeling – JT Chained To The Rhythm – Katy Perry Ciao Adios – Anne-Marie Feels – Pharrell/Calvin Harris Human – Rag ‘n’ Bone Man I Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd Lush Life – Zara Larsson Rather Be – Jess Glynne Shape of You – Ed Sheeran Symphony – Clean Bandit Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
Caught Up – Usher Don’t Let Go – En Vogue Family Affair – Mary J. Blige I Wanna Be The Only One - Eternal Independent Woman – Destiny’s Child No Scrubs – TLC Rock Your Body – JT Say My Name – Destiny’s Child Senorita – Justin Timberlake
Blues Brothers Medley Come Together – The Beatles Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi Mr Brightside – The Killers Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton Celebration – Kool & The Gang Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – MJ Easy – The Commodores Gold – Spandau Ballet Hey Jude – The Beatles Lady Marmalade – Labelle Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
UK House / Garage
Do You Really Like It - DJ Pied Piper Flowers – Sweet Female Attitude I Gotta Get Thru This – D. Bedingfield Move Your Feet – Junior Senior Red Alert – Basement Jaxx Re-Rewind – Artful Dodger Sambuca - Wideboys Sing It Back – Moloko Sweet Like Chocolate - Shanks and Bigfoot
Apache Jump On It – Sugarhill Gang Fresh Prince – Will Smith Hot In Herre – Nelly Ignition (Remix) - R Kelly It’s Like That – Run DMC Jump Around – House of Pain Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill Gang
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri Back At One – Brian McKnight Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – F. Valli Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel Lovely Day – Bill Withers Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
“The Big Smoke were exceptional! They tailored our taste in music for the song selection and delivered it with such professionalism! Our wedding wouldn’t have been as fun without them!”J. Cooper, Elmore Court, Gloucestershire
“An enormous thank you to The Big Smoke for an incredible 2 hour set at our wedding. Music played such an important part of our day, and they did not disappoint - they are so talented!! They performed such an amazing variety of songs from so many decades that they kept all of our guests dancing! We couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you”G. Tremaine, Wedding, Chichester
“We had The Big Smoke for our wedding in July and we were beyond impressed. All our guests have commented on how good the band were at getting everyone up and dancing and also sounded fantastic! We loved working with Joe, choosing the set list and looking at all of their medleys. On the day, the band were happy to work with the venue to get set up and packed down discreetly which was great. Their 2 sets were the perfect amount of time and there were songs for everyone in there. Thank you so much for all of your hard work, We will most definitely be recommending you to friends. Thanks again!”M Dunnett, Wedding, Ockenden
“We had The Big Smoke at our wedding, and it was the most fantastic band we could have ever imagined. A set list perfectly designed to keep guests jumping on the dance floor, wonderful communication in the lead up to the wedding and everything in place so my husband and I didn't have to worry about anything at all on the day. The Big Smoke is the only band you should consider hiring for your event! I will be looking out for every gig they play in the future, and be recommending them to everyone who's looking for a band for Christmas parties, Weddings, Anniversaries and Events. If you could give them 10 stars, I would.”R. Moynes, Wedding, Sussex
“?The band delivered everything we asked for! The set list was tailored to suit our guest list and had everyone up on the dance floor most of the evening. Glad we opted for the additional instruments (in particular sax) as everyone commented how beautiful the music was. Would highly recommend for any occasion!”A. Braham, Party, Kingston
“The Big Smoke played at our wedding party and did an amazing job helping to make it a night to remember. They got everyone on to the dance floor with a great selection of classic and modern songs with something in there for everyone. They are all incredible musicians and great personalities on stage. Everybody was buzzing; a great band. Thank you so much.”J. Benjamin, Wedding, Surrey
“I used the London party band for my husband's 30th and I couldn't be happier! They were extremely professional and accommodating and even learnt a couple of new songs, which were my husbands all time favourites. They were very punctual and extremely friendly and have such a great energy. On the night they were excellent and created such a fun atmosphere and everyone loved it - will definitely recommend them for a fun vibe for any party.”A. Ahmad, Party, 34 Mayfair
“These guys performed at our wedding as a 9-piece, where we happened to have a large number of serious musicians as guests! They were simply superb. The pre-wedding discussions about the playlist sets were easy and detailed, and they performed every song as requested. Soul, funk, jazz, disco, house, all "floor-fillers" impeccably delivered with a great ambiance and connection with the audience. Very impressive, and would def recommend them (and book them again!).”A. Davies - Wedding, Suffolk
“Huge, huge thank you to Joe and the rest of the The Big Smoke for making our wedding! The band are true professionals who worked tirelessly in the lead up, and on the day to deliver the most perfect wedding music for us and i cannot recommend working with them enough. We had so many compliments on the day and were delighted by the set list, the music and the team. Can't wait to see them again soon!”A. Yaffe - Wedding, Braxted Park Estate
“I just wanted to write to say that the band absolutely nailed it last Saturday. They killed the first song, everyone loved the energy, the set list was perfect (you were right about the teenage boy medley, that got all the 20-35 year old boy cousins raging). We had so much fun. Everyone asked us about the band and commented on how good they were. Also, the lights were perfect! Please convey our thanks to Grace, Laura and the rest of the band. And thank you for all the coordination and support over the past few months. Happy new year!”G. Joy - Wedding, London
“Absolutely amazing! Honestly the band were out of this world. Everyone commented on how fantastic the band were. A massive thank you for all your help with the prep. Oh not forgetting Alastair who not only was a great guy but entertained the guests brilliantly. Have a great new year and we hope to see you and the band soon.”N. Oxley, Wedding, Dover
“A great night was had by all and the band were brilliant. As you saw everyone had a lot of fun and please could you send my thanks to the band for making the atmosphere so good.”L. Miller, Corporate, Principal Hotel London
“Thanks so much for helping create such an amazing night for Savills! We have received such raving feedback in general, and so many amazing comments about the band! We are sure to book you guys again, and can’t wait for the next event we work with you.”Natascha M, Corporate, Freemason’s Hall, London
“Consummate professionals - this band is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Incredible arrangements, incredible players and incredible vibe at every single gig. I have booked them for our wedding and every step of the way The Big Smoke have been the dream wedding band - from song choices, to first dance, to lineup choices, this is the best band in London. Absolutely, 100% book The Big Smoke for your party, event, wedding, festival - speak to Joe and he will deliver exactly the vibe you want. Can not recommend enough!”S. Morgan-Grahame, Wedding, Sussex
“THE BEST PARTY BAND IN LONDON (or anywhere). Such a good set, fun, interactive, sexy. Loved every second and wanted them to play all night. Heard them at a wedding but would be perfect for any event. Wonderful.”A. Knights, Party, Union Theatre, London
“Joe I had to email you to say what an incredible night last night was! Your band were insane!!!!There were a couple of absolutely gem moments (teenage dirtbag and Mr. bright side) when the singers came into the crowd and everyone just followed them to the music and they played us like puppets it was fantastic!!I had a lot of people ask me who the band were and I have been recommending you all in every way. Please pass on our massive thanks, it couldn’t have gone any better!!!!Best of luck for the future, you and your band are very talented and deserve a lot of success.”L. Tuohy, Wedding, Ham Polo Club
I really want to have a great party with everyone on the dance floor - are you the right band for that? Absolutely! We have been performing at weddings and events for several years and have an infectious live show that guarantees a packed dance floor and a party that you and your guests will remember for years to come! Our repertoire features the biggest soul and motown classics and current chart hits too, so there's certainly something for everyone.
Do you take requests? We are happy to perform one special request for you - for weddings this is usually the first dance. You can also let us know your top 10 preferences from the repertoire, as well as send up to 30 requests for the disco - so you can be sure to hear all your favourites on the evening.
How long do you take to set-up? 60-90 minutes. If you are organising a wedding or event where the evening reception is in the same room as your meal, we often arrive to set-up while the room is turned around - we can have background music playing within around 30 minutes of load in.
What time do you play? At a time to suit your event, standard prices are for 2 hours of live music, any time between 7pm and midnight.
How long do you play for? We perform 2 x 60-minute live sets (or 3 x 40 minutes) in the evening and also provide a pre-mixed disco (tailored to your tastes) before and after live sets, so your whole night of entertainment is covered in one booking.
Can you provide music for our drinks reception? Yes - we can provide a 1 x 60 minute live lounge-style trio set (female & male vocals, accompanied by piano) or a 60 minute solo piano set, as add-ons, which are perfect for during drinks or dinner.
Do you have your own PA and lighting? Yes – all included in the price. You won't have to hire any additional equipment in.
What is the website guide price based on? The published guide price is based on our 6-piece line-up performing at a venue within 30 miles of our base in London. We charge travel costs for venues further than 30 miles, and if your venue is more than a 2 hours 30 mins drive home, we charge a bit extra so we can book accommodation. We're a VAT-registered act and will need to add 20% VAT to the total price. For an accurate quote please contact us with your event date and venue details.
Our venue has a noise limiter, can you work with that? Yes, we regularly work at venues with noise limiters. We are happy to contact the venue in advance of the event to make sure we have all the required information to enable us to plan accordingly.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment? Yes.
Will you perform our first dance? Yes, as long as we have two weeks' notice we will learn the first dance of your choice.
How much space do you require? We have played in some very small spaces, but ideally a minimum of around 2.5m x 5m.
How much power do you require? 2 x 13-amp sockets is fine for our system.
Do I need to provide food/drinks? Ideally soft drinks and a hot meal or buffet. However, this is certainly not a deal breaker so if you can’t provide this, just let us know in advance and we’ll bring food & drink with us.
Can we see you play live before booking? As a professional function band our bookings tend to be weddings and private events that unfortunately we are unable to invite guests to. Our videos are a very accurate insight into our look and sound, and we'd also encourage you to check out our testimonials page to see what previous clients have said about their experience with the band.