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The Big Smoke

The Big Smoke - Rock / Pop / Soul Showband in London

Key Info

Based: London

Guide Price: £2645

Genre: Rock / Pop / Soul Showband

Line-Up: 6-11 piece. (3 piece horn section, rhythm section, up to 4 vocalists)

Lead Vocals: Male & Female Vocals

About

About

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.

Our Style

Effortlessly poised and stylish with a laid-back, contemporary edge. A live soul showband to rival the very best live acts in music.

Our Experience

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

  • UK Garage Medley
  • Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan
  • Motown Medley
  • Never Too Much - Luther Van Dross
  • Ibiza Medley

The Basics

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

Optional Extras

  • Premium tech - staging, lighting rig, sound for up to 600.
  • Jazz trio background music
  • Pro DJ service
  • String quartet with beatbox
  • Cocktail Pianist
  • Extra Song Requests
  • Sound Engineer early arrival for mic for speeches and background music.
  • Israeli/Bollywood/Christmas Sets
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Repertoire

Soul/Motown

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

Chart

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

R&B

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

Indie/Rock

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

Party Classics

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

HipHop

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

First Dances

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

Testimonials

★★★★★

“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

FAQ

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.

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