Bootleg Boogie Band - Swing & Jazz in Bristol

Key Info

Based: Bristol

Guide Price: £1315

Genre: Swing & Jazz

Line-Up: Drums/Vocals, Piano, Guitar (with the option to add double bass and saxophone)

Lead Vocals: Male vocals


A smoky, swinging, dance floor filling thrill ride of a live band – offering a night of classic, speakeasy style dance hall tunes from across the ages. The Bootleg Boogie Band are the absolute cat’s pyjamas, and how!

Based in Bristol, The Bootleg Boogie Band are assembled from some of the finest young musicians in the country, all of whom boast credits working at the very pinnacle of the music industry. They come together here to offer something truly unique; a night of stunning vintage entertainment, dripping in unrivalled authenticity. No other band has the same ability to take you right back to those roaring dance hall days – once you’re swinging to their stunning catalogue of songs, you’ll feel like you’re practically there. Even the shiest of wallflowers will be powerless to the pull of this incredible live act.

They also offer the added benefit of flexibility in their line-up. From a fabulous five piece complete with horns and slamming double bass, to a tight trio of keys, drums and blues guitar. Whichever way you shake it, you still get the same swaggering live sound that’ll have your dance floor packed from first song to last. With two hours of peerless live music, concert level stage production and a disco/DJ set provided as standard, The Bootleg Boogie Band have every aspect of your night taken care of in a single booking. So what’re you waiting for, friend? Get your glad rags on and get dancing!

The Bootleg Boogie Band's standard entertainment package includes:

  • Professional swing covers band with male lead vocals
  • 2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minute live sets
  • Fantastic repertoire featuring the biggest classic swing hits
  • Professional PA and stage lighting
  • Bespoke pre-mixed disco before and after live sets
  • Your choice of first dance or special request performed
  • PAT certified equipment and Public Liability Insurance (required by venue)

The Bootleg Boogie Band are based in Bristol and are available for weddings, parties and corporate functions across the UK and Europe.

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Ain't Misbehaving - Fats Waller
Ain't Nobody's Business - Otis Spann
Alberta - Elmore James/Clapton
All Shook Up - Elvis Pressley
Backlash Blues - Nina Simione
Be Kind To Me - Michael Hurley
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers
Blue Moon - Billie Holiday
Caldonia - Louis Jordan
Come When I Call - John Mayer Trio
Drifting Blues - Chuck Berry
Fly Me To The Moon - Sinatra
Going Up Country - Canned Heat
Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - Disney
Goodnight Sweetheart - The Spaniels
Hallelujah I Just Love Her So - Ray Charles
Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson
High Heel Sneakers - Tommy Tucker
Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton/Elvis
House Of The Rising Sun
I Ain't Got No, I Got Life - Nina Simone
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
I Wanna Be Like You - Jungle Book
I'll Be Seeing You - Billie Holiday
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
It Hurts Me Too - Elmore James/Clapton
It's All Right - Madeleine Peyroux
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis
Jump, Jive an’ Wail  - Louis Prima
Just A Jigalo - Louis Prima
Let Me Go Home Whiskey - Amos Milburn
Lucille - Little Richard
Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
Man of Constant Sorrow - Traditional
Maybellene - Chuck Berry
Mess Around - Ray Charles
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
Nasty Boogie Woogie - Champion Jack Dupree
No Particular Place To Go - Chuck Berry
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out - Bessie Smith
One For My Baby - And One More For The Road
One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn
Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
St. James' Infirmary - Snooks Eaglin
Snatch It Back And Hold It - Junior Wells
Stack O Lee - Champion Jack Dupree
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Sweet Pea - Amos Lee
The Things I Used to Do - Chuck Berry
The Very Thought Of You - Al Bowly
These Foolish Things
Trouble In Mind - Nina Simone
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Why Don't You Do Right - Lil Green
You Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman
Your Feet Too Big - Fats Waller



“Hello Sam, Thank you for your email. I wanted to get back in touch to say how wonderful the bootleg boogie band were on Saturday. They sounded completely amazing and a huge number of our guests came to tell us how brilliant they thought they were. We were also incredibly glad we went with the full 5 piece band in the end, as the sound was incredible. The band kindly did a cover of a bill withers song for my first dance with my dad, despite me only thinking of it a week before the wedding. It was such a great cover in the end and made for a very special moment. To top this off the band were all genuinely lovely guys. So friendly and chatty. They were also so flexible and accommodating on the night when things hadn't gone slightly to plan with things like cutting the cake and first dance timings, they switched around the set and felt great. I will certainly be reccomending the band to anyone who will listen! I will also reccomened the tailored entertainment site to any friends getting married, as even if the bootleg boogie band isn't their style of music (although I'm not sure who couldn't like them), I think the whole experience from first enquiring to the actual day has be great.”Beth and Mike - Wedding, De Vere Theobalds Estate


“Just to add that we thought the band were superb. It was a Sunday wedding and people collected in a number of different rooms so the dancefloor wasn't packed, but that was the vibe we were looking for and the band played with really good intensity throughout. We had lots of positive comments about how good they were.”Pay & Helen - Wedding, Fredericks, London


“Hi, You played at our wedding on May 26th and I wanted to say a huge thank you for such an excellent job! We and all our guests absolutely loved the sets that you played and we had many many compliments of what you did. Thank you very much. I would highly recommend you. Many thanks once again and kind regards. All the best.”Richard & Lisa Puddifoot - Wedding, St Lukes, London


“5/5 - Great band! Thanks once again for a fantastic day.”Anna & James - Wedding, Wotton House, Surrey


“A huge thank you to the awesome Bootleg Boogie Band!!! We hadn’t really thought about vintage swing for our wedding before we booked them...but we just stumbled across their website and loved their videos and hoped our guests would too. Turns out, they really really did! Everyone was totally in awe them, they really made the night. Such nice guys too, and really accommodating. Thanks again.”Amy & William - Wedding, Shell Bay Restaurant, Studland


“We were so amazingly impressed with the band on our wedding day and would just like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for their amazing sets. The dance floor was completely full the whole night and everyone had a great time. They are a great asset to your business.”Holly & Phil - Wedding, Coombe Lodge, Bristol


“Please pass on our thanks to the Bootleg Boogie Band for a brilliant performance at our Park Lane hotel gala last week. They were prompt, professional and a total pleasure to deal with all day. Our clients were over the moon with the band. Would highly recommend them to anyone.”Denise Baxendale - Corporate Event at Park Lane Hotel, London


“Wow. What can I possibly say about the amazing Bootleg Boogie Band?! We booked them last minute for our new years party…we were after a proper swing band but did not really knowing what to expect…they absolutely blew us away! They were so cool, such good song choices and they had every one up and dancing all night. We loved them so much we’re booking them again for next year!!!”Simon Bainbridge - Private Party, Twickenham


“The band were just perfect, I knew as soon as I saw them that we had to have them and they were even better than I expected them to be! Both me and my husband are musicians, so the quality of the music on our day was really important to us, and Bootleg Boogie Band certainly delivered!”Jessica Broderick - Wedding, Bradford-On-Avon


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 classic, speakeasy style dance hall tunes from across the ages, 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.

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.

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 perform a 1 x 60-minute solo pianist set as an add-on, which is 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 trio line-up option performing at a venue within 30 miles of our base in Bristol. 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. 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?

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 £15 pp 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.



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