Countdown

Location London
Starting from £3,000.00
2 reviews
Location London
Starting from £3,000.00
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Countdown are a sensational 9-piece function band performing a fantastic mix of Swing, Rat Pack and Soul music to give you a night to remember! 

These experienced musicians can also provide classical or contemporary music for your wedding ceremony, and will learn your favourite song to make the first dance even more special. 

This versatile and talented band transform the atmosphere of your event – playing sophisticated jazz music during dinner, Swing and Rat pack classics to get your guests on their feet, and Soul and Motown hits guaranteed to fill your dancefloor all night long!

Countdown also have some great Christmas repertoire so are the perfect addition to any Christmas party.

** PLEASE NOTE: All quotes indicated are based on the 9 Piece line-up. Smaller line-ups are also available at reduced rates. **

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Countdown are a sensational 9-piece function band performing a fantastic mix of Jazz, Rat Pack and Soul music to give you a night to remember!

These experienced musicians can also provide classical or contemporary music for your wedding ceremony, and will learn your favourite song to make the first dance even more special.

This versatile and talented band transform the atmosphere of your event – playing sophisticated jazz music during dinner, Swing and Rat pack classics to get your guests on their feet, and Soul and Motown hits guaranteed to fill your dancefloor all night long!

  • Fun, energetic, and highly experienced jazz and soul musicians
  • Strong female vocals and accomplished male/female band
  • Previous clients include Virgin, Lindt, Dell, and many satisfied private customers
  • Self contained for all events with high quality PA system and lights as standard

Your event is special to the band and every gig is treated separately ensuring that your requirements are met. From choosing the perfect line-up to suit your event to smaller details such as the dress code special requests and performance times Countdown aim to be completely flexible to make sure that you get entertainment perfect for your event.

Both the 7 and 9 piece bands fit into a very small performance space and are perfect for any venue and any sized audience from 40 people to 400+. The band is self-contained with a compact yet powerful QSC PA system as standard and lighting rig with effects. Music between sets is provided free of charge along with a microphone for speeches.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

Additional Vocals
Having an extra vocalist adds a stunning extra dimension to the band's performance. You can choose extra female or male vocals - or even both! Please speak to your agent for more information.

Auto DJ
Save on the cost of hiring a DJ and have complete control over your disco by using Countdown's iPod DJ - bring along your own iPod or laptop with your choice of music, and play it through the band's top quality sound system.  Please speak to your agent for more information.

Ceremony Music
Countdown also provide classical or contemporary music for your wedding reception. Bandleader Mike is a highly trained pianist and church organist, and has played at over 150 wedding ceremonies. He will work with you to choose music that suits your religious or non-religious ceremony. Additional musicians, such as a singer, trumpeter, cellist or vocalist can join with Mike to perform before the service and during the Signing of the Register.

Jazz Band
Countdown are also able to provide background jazz music for drinks receptions and during dinner. Check out Dixie Countdown and Countdown Jazz today - and speak to your agent for a special discounted package price.

Christmas Parties
Countdown are perfect for Christmas Parties, performing carefully selected Christmas hits made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams and The Jackson 5 alongside their usual Swing and Soul repertoire.

Standard line-up:

  • 9-piece: female vocals, piano, bass, drums, keyboards, trumpets (2), alto sax/flute, tenor sax/clarinet, backing vocals provided from instrumentalists in the band

Larger line-ups!

  • 10-piece: as above plus male vocalist
  • 11+ piece: as above plus extra vocalists, baritone saxophone or percussion

Smaller line-ups:

  • 7-piece: female vocals, piano, bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, tenor sax
  • 6-piece: female vocals, piano, bass, drums, trumpet, tenor sax

Countdown also provide small jazz groups who can be booked as part of a wedding package. Check out Dixie Countdown and Countdown Jazz and speak to your agent for a special package price!

Countdown can also provide musicians to play classical and contemporary music for your wedding ceremony - please enquire for details.

Please note that songs marked with an asterisk can only be performed by the 9-piece band:

***RAT PACK AND SWING***
Frank Sinatra

  • Come Fly With Me*
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • For Once in My Life
  • Have you met Miss Jones
  • I Get a Kick Out of You*
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • The Lady is a Tramp*
  • Luck Be a Lady*
  • Mack the Knife
  • Me & My Shadow
  • My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)*
  • New York, New York*
  • Strangers in the Night
  • The Tender Trap*
  • That’s Life
  • The Way You Look Tonight*

Dean Martin

  • Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
  • Sway

Nat 'King' Cole

  • Almost Like Being in Love*
  • Let There Be Love
  • Let’s Face the Music and Dance*
  • L-O-V-E
  • Straighten up and Fly Right

Michael Buble

  • All of Me
  • Call Me Irresponsible*
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Moondance (van Morrison)

Etta James

  • At Last

Billie Holiday

  • That Ole Devil Called Love

Ella Fitzgerald

  • They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  • Manhattan

Bobby Darin

  • Beyond the Sea

Louis Armstrong

  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • What a Wonderful World

Nina Simone

  • Feeling Good
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me

Judy Garland

  • Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart*

Shirley Bassey

  • ‘S Wonderful

Dinah Washington / Jamie Cullum

  • What a Difference a Day Makes

Peggy Lee

  • Why Don't You Do Right

***CLASSIC BIG BAND AND LATIN***

Benny Goodman

  • Sing, Sing, Sing
  • Let's Dance
  • Stompin' at the Savoy

Glenn Miller

  • American Patrol*
  • In The Mood*
  • Moonlight Serenade
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000


Count Basie

  • Cute*
  • L'il Darlin'*
  • Ya Gotta Try*

Doris Day

  • Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps

Dizzy Gillespie

  • Manteca

The Andrews Sisters

  • Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy*

Ray Charles

  • One Mint Julep*

Perez Prado

  • Mambo No 5*

Rosemary Clooney

  • Mambo Italiano

Louis Prima

  • Jumpe Jive and Wail

Kenny Ball

  • I Wanna Be Like You

Louis Jordan

  • Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
  • Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

***SOUL & MOTOWN***

Stevie Wonder

  • Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing
  • I Just Called To Say I Love You
  • Isn’t She Lovely
  • Knocks Me Off My Feet
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  • Sir Duke
  • Superstition*

Michael Jackson & Jackson 5

  • Blame it on the Boogie
  • I Want You Back*
  • Man in the Mirror
  • Rock With You*
  • Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough*

Aretha Franklin

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough*
  • I Say a Little Prayer For You
  • Respect
  • Son of a Preacher Man
  • Think*
  • Until You Come Back to Me

Miscellaneous Soul & Motown

  • Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
  • Dusty Springfield -  Am I The Same Girl
  • Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On*
  • Rose Royce - Car Wash*
  • Etta James - I Just Wanna Make Love to You
  • Amy WInehouse - Valerie
  • James Brown - I Feel Good*
  • James Taylor - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
  • Andy Williams - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
  • Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Dancing in the Street
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Heatwave
  • Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual
  • Earth, Wind and Fire - September
  • Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
  • Jamiroquai - Love Foolosophy*
  • Otis Redding - My Girl
  • Average White Band - Work To Do*
  • Van Morrison - Someone Like You
  • CeCe Peniston - Finally
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tracks of My Tears
  • George Benson - Give Me The Night

***CHRISTMAS REPERTOIRE***

  • Let It Snow*
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You
  • Santa Baby
  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  • Frosty the Snowman

****JAZZ BAND REPERTOIRE***

  • All of Me
  • Angel Eyes
  • Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)
  • Beyond the Dea
  • Cheek to Cheek
  • Easy to Love
  • A Foggy Day
  • The Girl from Ipanema
  • Just Friends
  • Lullaby of Birdland
  • A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
  • Old Devil Moon
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • Satin Doll
  • Stompin' at the Savoy
  • Stormy Weather
  • Take the 'A' Train
  • These Foolish Things
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Witchcraft

...and many more!

, Wedding, East Sussex
5/5

The band were sensational from start to finish. After arriving quietly and sorting themselves out, they really got the party started and were wonderfully flexible with slightly slow timings due to some rather long speeches! A few of our younger friends were dubious when we first said we'd booked a big band rather than the usual younger rock/pop style band, but absolutely everyone hit the dancefloor for the whole of the evening and cried out for more when time was up - young and old! Really can't recommend enough - they made our wedding totally raucous and quirky and we have received so many compliments on their behalf. Thanks Countdown!


, Corporate, Surrey
5/5

The band was fantastic, I really enjoyed them and the feed back I got from other people was the same. I will keep them in mind for next year depending on what we decide to do. Many thanks. Lesley


Previous Clients include:

  • Virgin
  • Lindt Chocolate
  • BMW
  • Triumph
  • Dell
  • AXA
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Deborah Meaden
  • Bosch
  • E.ON UK
  • BNY Mellon
  • Ernst & Young
  • BNP Paribas
  • The Royal Air Force

Venues:

  • The Shard
  • The V&A
  • The Science Museum
  • Claridges
  • Wembley Stadium
  • The Ethiad Stadium
  • Old Trafford Cricket Ground
  • The NEC Birmingham
  • The NIA Birmingham
  • Pinewood Studios
  • ExCel Centre, London
  • Lord's Cricket Ground, London
  • The Berkeley Hotel, London

Why should I book Countdown?
Countdown formed 12 years and our line-up hasn't changed since. Performing together on hundreds of occassions over the years has meant that we are extremely well rehearsed, and have developed a fantastic and unique sound that really sets us apart from other function bands.

We are extremely flexible, and can transform from a piano/cello duo for your wedding ceremony to a background jazz band playing over dinner, right up to a fantastic 9-piece function band (or bigger!) for dancing all night long.

We also use top quality PA and lighting equipment to make sure each performance looks and sounds slick and professional.

We pride ourselves on our personal service. We treat every event separately, whether large and small, to make sure that you get the perfect music for YOUR special occasion.

How far do you travel?
We regularly travel up to 150 miles from London. We are also happy to travel further than this, though we may need to arrange overnight accommodation which would incur additional charges.

Are you insured?
Yes, the band holds a £5m Public Liability Insurance policy with Musicians Insurance Services, and all of our electrical equipment is regularly PAT tested. Please ask us if you need copies of these documents.

What is your standard line-up?
Countdown usualy perform as a 9-piece band - this features a four-piece horn section, giving an amazing 'full' sound to our Rat Pack and Soul repertoire. Countdown are also available as a 7-piece line-up, and smaller jazz combos for more intimate events, and even larger line-ups for a really sensational performance.

How long do you need to set-up?
We need around 90 minutes to set up for the Function Band (the Jazz Band will take about 30 minutes to set up). It usually takes about 45 minutes to pack up when we've finished playing.

How much space do you need?
The function band needs about 18' x 8' performance space. However, we are used to squeezing into small spaces so we'll do our best wherever we are!

Can you play outside?
Yes, but only if we have adequate cover over us. This is to protect us - and more importantly our equipment - against both sun and rain, as both can get in the way of a good performance! You must also check that there is an adequate power supply close to the performance space.

How much electricity do you need?
The band needs at least three separate 13 amp sockets. This does NOT mean a four-way extension lead taken out of a single socket, as it will not provide enough power for the lights and speakers. The Jazz Band only needs one socket close to the performance space.

How much equipment do you bring with you?
Not as much as many other bands, and it doesn't compromise the way the band looks. We have a compact yet powerful PA system, and use simple, compact lighting which makes the band look a lot nicer!

Can you arrive to set up earlier in the day?
Yes we can, but if you want us to arrive more than three hours before we are due to start playing there may be an additional charge. We always aim to finish setting up before your guests arrive, and will be as flexible as possible to try and accommodate your needs.

Can I have the Jazz Band play during a drinks reception in the afternoon, and then have the Function Band in the evening?
Yes, we regularly do this and find it works very well. It also works out much cheaper than booking two separate bands!

Can you play after midnight?
If you want us to play past midnight, there may be an additional charge. Please ask us for more information.

What happens between sets?
We bring along a laptop computer and use it to play recorded music along the same lines as the ones we perform. However, we are also happy to play your choice of music, if you make a compilation of songs/mp3 files on a CD and give it to us beforehand. We are also able to plug your laptop, mp3 player or iPod into our PA system so that you have complete control over the songs played between sets.

Can we use your microphone for the speeches?
Yes, this is no problem. However, please note that you will not be able to stand further forward than our speakers - otherwise you'll get lots of horrible feedback!

I'm having a disco afterwards - can you help?
Our top-quality PA system is fantastic for a disco set after we've finished playing. There are some limitations with this, but generally speaking it's MUCH cheaper to use our equipment for your disco than hiring your own DJ.

Can you learn our first dance?
Often we can, yes. It's best you talk to us as soon as possible to discuss this if it's something you would like us to do.

What about other requests?
When you book the band you are more than welcome to go through our repertoire and highlight songs you particularly do or do not want us to play. Sometimes it is possible to learn new songs, but it can be hard to fit this into the band's busy schedule and may incur additional charges. Let us know well in advance and we can discuss the options with you straight away!

  • Standard performance: two 60 minute sets OR three 40 minute sets

Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.

Scotland

Aberdeen £7,800.00 Inverness £7,800.00 Perth £7,800.00 Sutherland £7,800.00 Ayrshire £7,800.00 Fife £7,800.00 Stirlingshire £7,800.00 West Lothian £7,800.00 Dumfries-shire £7,800.00 East Lothian £7,800.00 Lanarkshire £7,800.00 Midlothian £7,800.00 Glasgow £7,800.00 Edinburgh £4,800.00 Dundee £7,800.00

Foreign Locations

Europe £7,800.00 Rest of the world £7,800.00

North East

Durham £4,200.00 Northumberland £4,800.00 North Yorkshire £4,200.00 South Yorkshire £3,300.00 Tyne and Wear £4,200.00 West Yorkshire £4,200.00 Yorkshire £4,200.00 East Yorkshire £4,200.00 Leeds £4,200.00

North West

Cheshire £3,000.00 Cumbria £4,800.00 Manchester £3,300.00 Lancashire £3,300.00 Merseyside £3,300.00 Liverpool £3,240.00

East Midlands

Derbyshire £3,000.00 Leicestershire £3,000.00 Lincolnshire £3,000.00 Northamptonshire £3,000.00 Nottinghamshire £3,000.00 Rutland £3,600.00

East

Cambridgeshire £3,000.00 Norfolk £3,300.00 Suffolk £3,000.00 Norwich £3,300.00

Wales

Anglesey £5,400.00 Caernarvonshire £5,400.00 Denbigh £5,400.00 Flint £5,400.00 Cardigan £5,400.00 Brecon £3,600.00 Carmarthen £5,400.00 Glamorgan £5,400.00 Monmouth £5,400.00 Pembroke £5,400.00 Wrexham £5,400.00 Cardiff £5,400.00

West Midlands

Gloucestershire £3,000.00 Herefordshire £3,000.00 Shropshire £3,000.00 Staffordshire £3,000.00 Warwickshire £3,000.00 Worcestershire £3,000.00 Birmingham £3,000.00

South East

Bedfordshire £3,000.00 Berkshire £3,000.00 Buckinghamshire £3,000.00 East Sussex £3,000.00 Essex £3,000.00 Hampshire £3,000.00 Hertfordshire £3,000.00 Isle of Wight £4,200.00 Kent £3,000.00 Oxfordshire £3,000.00 Surrey £3,000.00 Sussex £3,000.00 West Sussex £3,000.00 London £3,000.00 Middlesex £3,000.00

South West

Cornwall £5,400.00 Devon £4,800.00 Dorset £3,600.00 Somerset £3,000.00 Wiltshire £3,000.00 Bath £3,000.00 Bristol £3,300.00
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