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 swing and soul band performing a huge range of hits from the Big Band, Rat Pack, Soul & Motown eras. With a distinctive sound and unrivalled performance, they are guaranteed to transform the atmosphere of your event.

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 will give you a night to remember – 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 7 Piece line-up. Smaller line-ups are also available at reduced rates. **

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Countdown are a sensational swing and soul band performing a huge range of hits from the Big Band, Rat Pack, Soul & Motown eras. With a distinctive sound and unrivalled performance, they are guaranteed to transform the atmosphere of your event.

  • A sensational function band consisting of highly experienced professional swing and soul musicians
  • A huge repertoire featuring classic songs from the Swing, Rat Pack, Soul and Motown eras - designed to appeal to audiences of all ages.
  • Exceptional female vocals accompanied by an outstanding rhythm section and horn section
  • Additional male vocals, female vocals, percussion, strings and dancers can be added for an even more energetic show
  • Constantly in demand performing at corporate and private events in London and throughout the UK and internationally
  • Self-contained for all events with top-quality lights and sound equipment
  • Music provided between sets free of charge
  • Available in smaller line-ups with small jazz, soul or pop bands for earlier in the day - with great discounts if booked together with the main band
  • Also able to provide classical or contemporary music including string quartet for wedding ceremonies

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.

The band is 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

Musicians from Countdown can perform in smaller ensembles providing background music earlier in the day. Options available include:

  • Vocal-led roaming pop band (3- to 7-piece) performing walkabout music
  • Instrumental jazz bands, from a cocktail pianist to a jazz quartet
  • Vocal-led soul bands, performing relaxed pop and soul music

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:

  • 7-piece band - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, guitar, tenor sax, trumpet

Larger line-ups!

  • 9-piece band - as above plus alto sax and second trumpet
  • 12-piece - plus male vocalist, percussion, baritone saxophone
  • 15-piece - plus two additional female vocalists, keyboards
  • 18-piece - plus three string players (2 violins, 1 cello)

Smaller line-ups:

  • 6-piece: female vocals, piano, bass, drums, tenor sax then guitar or trumpet

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.

RAT PACK & 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
New York New York*
That’s Life
The Way You Look Tonight*
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Witchcraft*

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
Everything
Moondance (Van Morrison)

Etta James
At Last

Billie Holliday
That Ole Devil Called Love

Louis Armstrong
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
What a Wonderful World

Nina Simone
Feeling Good
My Baby Just Cares For Me

Ella Fitzgerald
Cheek to Cheek
Manhattan
Mas Que Nada*

Shirley Bassey
‘S Wonderful

Harry Connick Jr.
It Had To Be You (from When Harry Met Sally)

JUMP JIVE, BIG BAND SWING & LATIN

Jump Jive
Jump, Jive An' Wail (Louis Prima)
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens (Louis Jordan)
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie (Louis Prima)

Tu Vuo Fa' L'Americano (from The Talented Mr Ripley)
I Wanna Be Like You (Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen)
Reet Petite (Jackie Wilson)

Glenn Miller
American Patrol*
In The Mood*
Pennsylvania 6-5000*
Tuxedo Junction*

Count Basie
Well Alright, Okay, You Win
All of Me

Benny Goodman
Sing Sing Sing*

Doris Day
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps

Rosemary Clooney
Mambo Italiano
Why Don't You Do Right*

***SOUL & MOTOWN***
Stevie Wonder
Isn’t She Lovely
Knocks Me Off My Feet
Signed Sealed, Delivered
Sir Duke
Superstition*

Michael Jackson & Jackson 5
Blame it on the Boogie
Rock With You*
The Way You Make Me Feel*

Aretha Franklin
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough*
I Say a Little Prayer For You
Respect
Think*

Chaka Khan
I'm Every Woman

CeCe Peniston
Finally

Curtis Mayfield
Move On Up

Marvin Gaye
Heard It Through the Grapevine*

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
Heatwave

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
The Tracks of My Tears

Tom Jones
It's Not Unusual

Earth, Wind and Fire
September

Dolly Parton
9 to 5

Otis Redding
My Girl

Van Morrison
Moondance

The Emotions
Best of My Love

CeLo Green
Forget You

Gloria Gaynor
I Will Survive

LaBelle
Lady Marmalade*

, 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?
Performing together on hundreds of occasions 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 12-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.

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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