Break out the banjo's and get set for a big old barn dance! Festival Folk are here to bring their roots-driven, Mumford & Sons style sound to bare on all your favourite hit tunes. A fun-filled, unforgettable addition to your Essex wedding band or high end corporate function.
Festival Folk are one of the countries most popular entertainment solutions for the festival-themed wedding, and it truly isn't hard to see why. They take their incredible plethora of musical talent and use it to sculpt two sets of captivating live music: The first takes a stunning selection of songs spanning four decades and offers them up with a whole new Folk driven spin; compete with banjo, double bass and soaring vocal harmony. For the second set, they go hard and loud with a blistering indie-rock set filled with your favourite festival tunes. Complete with stunning production, an on-site sound engineer, complete PA and lighting set-up, two hours of live music and a disco/DJ set provided as standard, every single aspect of your evening's entertainment will be covered. All's that's left for you to do is dance into the early hours with the people you love!
The band is assembled from four of the country's most prestigious session musicians, with a collective resume that is simply mind-blowing. Between them, their studio credits include Robbie Williams, Ed Sheeran, Roachford, Kylie Minogue among many others. They have shared the stage with acts ranging from The Rolling Stones to Hot Chip, at world renowned venues such as The o2, Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican. Their lead singer, Jamie, was previously signed to U.K. major label Island Records, and members of the band have performed live on US hit TV shows including Smallville, Charmed and The Late Late Show.
As standard we provide:
Sensational professional band, with awesome live show
Two hours of incredible live music
Set list full of upbeat classic dancefloor fillers from 60s to current chart
Professional PA, sound engineer, stage lighting and pre-mixed disco before & after live sets (so your whole night of entertainment is covered)
PAT tested equipment and Public Liability Insurance (your venue will require the band to have this)
Your choice of first dance performed
Festival Folk are based in Kent and are available for hire at weddings and high end corporate functions across the U.K. and Europe.
Blame It On Me - George Ezra Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison Budapest - George Ezra Crazy - Gnarls Barkley Don’t You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia Dreaming Of You - The Coral Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams Happy - Pharrell Williams Hard Day’s Night - The Beatles Help! - The Beatles Hey Ya! – Outkast Ho Hey - The Lumineers Hold Back The River - James Bay Hound Dog - Elvis Presley I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons I’m A Believer - The Monkees Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons Love Yourself - Justin Bieber Money - The Beatles Pencil Full Of Lead - Paolo Nutini Rather Be - Clean Bandit Riptide - Vance Joy Shake It Off - Taylor Swift Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses The Cave - Mumford & Sons Toxic - Brittany Spears Wake Me Up - Aloe Blacc & Avicii
All The Small Things - Blink 182 American Boy – Estelle A-Punk – Vampire Weekend Basket Case - Green Day Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake Common People – Pulp Dakota – Stereophonics Disco 2000 – Pulp Forget You - Cee Lo Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams Going Underground - The Jam Hate To Say I Told You So - The Hives Hounds Of Love - The Futureheads I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness I Bet That You Look Good On The Dance Floor - Arctic Monkeys I Predict A Riot - Kaiser Chiefs If You Wanna Come Back - The Vaccines It's The End Of The World As We Know It - Rem Kids - Mgmt Last Nite - The Strokes Molly’s Chambers - Kings Of Leon Mr. Brightside - The Killers Naïve - The Kooks Parklife - Blur Place Your Hands – Reef Riptide - Vance Joy Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran She’s Electric – Oasis Someday - The Strokes Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand Tears Dry On Their Own – Amy Winehouse The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani This Charming Man - The Smiths This Love - Maroon 5 Toxic - Brittany Spears Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars Valerie - The Zutons/Amy Winehouse What You Want - Two Door Cinema Club Wonderwall - Oasis
500 Miles (I’m Gonna Be) - The Proclaimers All Day & All Of The Night - The Kinks Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen Don’t Get Me Wrong - The Pretenders Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis Hard Day’s Night - The Beatles Help! - The Beatles Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles Hound Dog - Elvis Presley I’m A Believer - The Monkees I Want To Break Free - Queen I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry Jumpin’ Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones Keep On Runnin’ – The Spencer Davis Group Let’s Dance - David Bowie My Generation - The Who Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison Rock Around The Clock - Bill Hailey and the Comets Runaway – Del Shannon Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash Superstition - Stevie Wonder Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd Tempted - Squeeze Town Called Malice - The Jam Twist And Shout - The Beatles You Really Got Me - The Kinks You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry You're My Best Friend - Queen
8 Days A Week - The Beatles Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson Blame It On Me - George Ezra Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison Budapest - George Ezra Cant Hurry Love - The Supremes Cupid – Sam Cooke Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison Gracelands – Paul Simon Hard Day’s Night - The Beatles Harvest Moon - Neil Young Hey Ya – Outkast Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson Linger - Cranberries Love Yourself - Justin Bieber My Life - Billy Joel Pencil Full Of Lead - Paolo Nutini Riptide - Vance Joy Stand By Me - Ben E. King Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns N’ Roses Tender - Blur The Joker – The Steve Miller Band There She Goes – The Las Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran Three Little Birds - Bob Marley Toxic - Britany Spears Walk Like An Egyptian - The Bangles Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks Winter Winds By Mumford And Sons Yellow – Coldplay Your Love Gets Sweeter – Finley Quaye You're My Best Friend - Queen You're So Great - Blur
First Dance Suggestions
All Of Me - John Legend Better Together By Jack Johnson God Only Knows - The Beach Boys How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding I Will Wait - Mumford And Sons I'm Yours - Jason Mraz Make You Feel My Love - Adele Something - The Beatles Stand By Me By Ben E. King Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran Til Kingdom Come By Coldplay Yellow - Coldplay You’re My Best Friend - Queen
“Huge thanks from us both! You guys were epic! Great time had by all and a few sore heads to start the new year.”Sioned & Donald - Wedding, Winters Barn, Canterbury
“They were absolutely incredible, everybody absolutely loved them and people are still asking about them now!”Jade & James - Wedding, The Kingscote Barn, Tetbury
“Festival folk were simply brilliant. Thank you guys SO much for putting on such a spectacular show for our wedding day. Every set you did was incredible and all of our guests were commenting on how great the music was. We had such a stressful start to our wedding day when our marquee blew down in the wind but the band showed up at the new venue and just cracked on without a fuss and could not have been more helpful throughout. The accoustic roaming set during the drinks reception was the perfect backdrop and they were great throughout the evening about asking us if we wanted music through dinner, anything playing when we walked into the venue etc etc. Nothing was too much trouble. The evening sets were just amazing and such high energy we have never seen a wedding dance floor so consistently packed. We will be recommending you to everyone. A million thank yous!!”Holly - Wedding, Rectory Farm, West Sussex (Festival Folk)
“Please pass on the most massive thank you to Festival Folk ever! They did the most amazing job entertaining our guests, the roaming set in the sunshine was beautiful and they got every one up dancing in the evening!!
It's always a little worrying when you've never seen a band before, and doing your first dance to a version you've never heard but we were so so happy we did as it was amazing!\
Everyone keeps asking us where we found our band as they were amazing. They really really made our wedding!”Dominic Upton - Wedding, Millbridge Court, Surrey
“The band were incredible, so friendly and professional. We are thinking of throwing a party just so we can hire them again! Thank you to all involved, such an easy arrangement from beginning to end.”Charlotte Reeves - Wedding, Millbridge Court, Surrey
Responsive to emails - very clear about what you needed from us and the band info sheet for song selections etc. was very intuitive. Had a few email conversations about set structure and learning a first dance which we sent well in advance and had prompt and sensible responses to - no concerns!
Excellent fun. Clearly understood the feel we were going for and created a fantastic set based around that. Although our first dance song choice needed a bit of interpretation to fit with their arrangement they managed it perfectly and honestly I'd say it should be included in their repertoire!
Arrived on time, set up quietly, did one full song (not from set) as sound check with no additional noise made. Great crowd interaction, slick set with zero gaps between songs, played 2 full sets of great choices.
Loved it!”Oliver Barker - Wedding, Elmore Court, Elmore
“We just wanted to pass on a quick message to the band because they were AMAZING!! Festival Folk absolutely made our wedding, every single song was brilliant and the dance floor was full from start to finish. Cannot recommend these guys enough, we have had so many comments from our guests saying they are the best wedding band they have ever heard. We just wish we could do it all again, thank you!!!”Charlotte & James - Wedding, Hidden Valley, Godalming, Surrey
“Thank you so much for playing so brilliantly at our wedding! We had the most fantastic day and you were a big part of that. We loved you rendition of Wagon Wheel' for your first dance, and your set list was perfect- the dance floor was full all night. So many of our guests have commented that you were the best band they've heard at a wedding. We'll definitely be recommending you to anyone we hear of who's looking for a band! Thanks again!”Samantha & Tom Fletcher - Wedding, Great Fosters Hotel, Surrey
“The band were just fantastic! The dance floor was packed all night and everyone said how great they were! Really impressed with them and all my communication with Tailored Entertainment. Very slick!”Emma - Wedding, The Crown Inn, Henley-on-Thames
“Festival Folk were absolutely incredible, we honestly couldn't be happier, and we've had a lot of comments about how brilliant they were. And everyone at Tailored Entertainment has been so helpful - booking our band was by far one of the least stressful parts of the whole wedding, and Tom and I are incredibly grateful to you all!”Sam - Wedding, Great Fosters Hotel, Surrey
“Thanks, you guys were amazing. Will definitely be recommending you if anyone asks me about live music in the future.”Colin D Miller Photography - Claire and Reanne's Wedding at Two Woods Events in Pulborough, Sussex
“The guys were bloody brilliant on Friday and we loved having them be a part of it - so much fun. We will of course send a proper review when we’re back from honeymoon and have finally got over our hangovers!”Steph & Rich - Wedding, Clock Barn, Hampshire
“5/5. The band were absolutely amazing thank you so so much, everyone was raving about them on the night. They were professional even when the timings got moved and interacted with everyone. Would highly recommend them.”Claire - Wedding - Two Woods Estate, Pulborough
“THANK YOU, for making our day so perfect and special.
We could not have asked for a better day!
We are still on cloud nine and we can’t stop looking at all the photos from the day.
Everything went so smoothly and all our guests were so impressed by the evenings entertainment. You really know how to get the party started. Our guests could not tear themselves away from the dance floor. It was just a perfect fit for us, the music, your personalities, your professionalism.
The service you provided is a credit to the hard work and dedication you put into your job. I know you must have hundreds of weddings but you made us feel like we were the only ones!
We honestly cannot thank you enough for all your hard work.
I hope our guests weren’t too crazy, many have said that it’s the best wedding they have ever been to!
Please do pass my message onto all the team so they are aware of what an asset you are to all the couples you entertain for.”Mr & Mrs Barnbrooke - Wedding, Southend Barns, Chichester
“Festival Folk were just awesome! They played at our wedding a few weeks ago and I really cannot thank you all enough for making the evening so memorable, personal and perfect. The band and the team were very professional & personable, they arrived with plenty of time for set up and once they started playing - WOW! All the guests are still talking about how great you were and what a fantastic evening they had, I don't think I left the dance floor all evening and you truly added to making our day so perfect. As having experience planning a wedding, I felt a little nervous not knowing exactly how the band would be as I hadn't seen them in person, however hands down Festival Folk really are fantastic and I would recommend to anyone booking them for an event or very special day. A big thank you to you all we hope to see you again soon at another wedding, or maybe we will plan another party :-)”Serena & Tom - Wedding, Wiltshire
“5/5 - The band were perfect for our wedding. All the guys got really involved in our wedding and were perfect gents all evening. They made our wedding a party to remember. Would highly recommend!!!! Thank you so much :)”Patricia - Wedding, Kingsettle Stud Farm, Salisbury
“5/5 Absolutely brilliant band! All our guests were commenting on how good they were. We love the fact they joined in on our day and had some food/drinks and had a laugh with us. All of the members of the band really made our day. Thanks guys!!”Katie batten & Arron dale - Wedding, Red Barn, Folkestone
“Festival Folk were amazing, the client loved them and they were perfect for our summer festival!”Lemonzest Events - Corporate, Birmingham
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you. Everyone has commented on how amazing the band were and we had a fantastic evening! It was great seeing my Mum and Dad up having a dance it really made my day!”Ell and Johnny - Wedding, The Oak Tree of Peover, Knutsford
“5/5 - We thought that the band were excellent. They played amazing songs and kept everyone dancing! We absolutely loved them and we know our best friends now also want to book them for their wedding!!! Thank you so much to the whole band! Fantastic!!”Caroline - Wedding, The Sussex Barn, Hellingly
“5/5 - Festival Folk were brilliant. They arrived on time and were friendly and polite. The guys had so much energy and enthusiasm, the performance was fantastic.”Elizabeth - Wedding, The Copse, Reading
“5/5. Where do I start with Festival Folk, they were absolutely amazing. They are really really nice guys and everyone keeps saying to us how amazing the band were. Please pass on our thanks for getting the party started and keeping the energy so high all night. Couldn’t recommend them enough, 5* from us :)”Emma Hargreaves - Wedding - Hampton Manor, Solihull
“The band were fantastic and we'd highly recommend them. They were polite and friendly and everyone told us how much they enjoyed them.”Paul - Wedding, Gaynes Park, Essex
“The sound engineer, the band and the whole experience from booking through to the night was absolutely amazing. You will not find a better and more professional live act! You guys rock!! You made our wedding off the scale! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! James and Fiona.”James Shutt - Wedding, The White Hart
“Festival folk were brilliant. All guests really enjoyed their sets and they played our first dance choice beautifully.”Matthew Hunter - Wedding, The Old Greens Barn
“Festival Folk were truly fantastic and met my high expectations, a lot of our guests commented on how great they were, they gave an excellent performance and really are a high quality band. I wouldn't hesitate to hire them again for another special occasion. Thank you all very much.”Mr and Mrs Brooks - Wedding, The Three Tuns, Dorset
“Festival Folk were fantastic. They played music for everyone. What a nice bunch of lads! Everyone one had a great time. I would not hesitate to book them again or to recommend then to other people. Thank you very much!”Neil Corbould - Private event - private address
“"Please pass on our thanks to the band for Tuesday! They were great fun and really pulled it out the bag when the venue decided to be difficult with noise levels. Really helpful and lovely and everyone thought they were a great addition to the event!”Gleam Futures, Preston Court, Canterbury
“Thank you so much for last night! It was an absolute epic set you guys played and you made the party. Thank you so much.”Jamie Calder-Smith - The Officers’ Wellington Barracks, London
“I just wanted to send an email to say a HUGE thank you!! The event was a great success on Friday and it was an absolute pleasure to work with Festival Folk! They were absolutely fantastic and fitted the bill perfectly!!! We will definitely be booking the guys again for our events :)”Charlotte - Lemon Zest Events, Donington Hall
“They were excellent in every way and such nice people to have at the wedding. Our guests loved the music, they were perfect. Will add some comments and will recommend them / you to all our friends. Please pass on our thanks and best wishes to them.”Stu - Wedding, Bignor Park, Pulborough
“I just wanted to feedback that the band were incredible on Saturday night. Just perfect in every way. Please pass on our huge thanks. They played the best songs and all our guests didn't want them to stop. We will never ever forget that night.”Christina - Wedding, Bignor Park, Pulborough
“I want to just say a big thank you to Festival Folk for making our big day so special. Everyone commented on how brilliant the band were and loved the different styles of music they played from the acoustic set outside in the afternoon to the full on party hits in the evening!”Toni & Ben Marshall - Wedding, Eastwell Manor, Kent
“I know from experience that it’s difficult to choose a band for an important occasion, particularly one you don't get to see in person. But not only are Festival Folk superb in the promotional video but they sounded exactly the same (if not better!) in real life!”Mr & Mrs Garrett - Wedding, Old Kent Barn, Kent
“Words are not enough to express how wonderful Festival Folk were at our wedding reception last Saturday! The band were amazing musicians, so friendly & professional and from the first dance (please thank them again for learning it!) to the last encore they had everyone up on the dance floor!”Bianca Mclean - Wedding, Preston Court, Kent
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 classic and current chart hits, 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? 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 perform a 1 x 60-minute acoustic band set as an add-on, which is perfect for during drinks or dinner.
What is the difference between the ‘pre-mixed DJ service’ that comes with the standard package and the 'band member to DJ live' which is an optional extra? The pre-mixed DJ service is where the band put on a bespoke playlist (you can request up to 30 songs in advance for this) through the PA before and after their live sets. We do this at most events and it works great - the volume of the music would be the same as if you had a DJ.
If you upgrade to the live DJ service, you can still send over preferences in advance, but you will also have a band member selecting and mixing tracks live on the night, as well as taking requests. The DJ will be happy to make important announcements but they will not talk constantly over or between tracks (that's just not our style!). We also think it's important to say that the DJ won't have a separate DJ booth - they will set up in an appropriate space (ideally to the side of the stage) and the PA/lighting will be the same as what is being used by the band.
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 4-piece line-up performing at a venue within 30 miles of our base in Kent. We charge travel costs for venues further than 30 miles, and if your venue is more than a 2 hour drive home, we charge a bit extra so we can book accommodation. 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 three 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 are fine for our system.
Do I need to provide food/drinks? The band's standard rider is for a hot meal and soft drinks for the band members or a £25 pp + sound engineer rider buyout.
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.