Eight piece reggae function band, Festival Roots, hail from London and can conjure up incredible reggae and ska covers of your favourite tunes. Collectively the band members have performed across the globe and have been rocking dancefloors for over a decade.
All playing integral roles in other projects, Festival Roots first came together to play at a friend’s wedding and the party was such a success, that they thought it would be madness not to offer their music to others. And so it began. There are plenty of reggae cover and function bands out there, however, many can be a bit on the stale side. Not Festival Roots! With such an eclectic mix of great musicians that are all constantly gigging and performing in other acts, you are guaranteed to get a band that will have everyone dancing all night long.
Festival Roots also perform with smaller line ups for those on a tighter budget, a basic line up is a 5 piece band with no horns, but plenty of vibe!
Festival Roots is comprised of the best and most experienced musicians, which means that they are the ultimate live reggae and ska band and the only logical choice for anyone who wants to put on the perfect reggae party. Resident DJ, Thomas has toured extensively and has the knowhow and skills to pack any dancefloor. More than happy to play requests giving any song that reggae twist, both the band and Thomas will prepare tailored selections to make your event a truly special day. More than comfortable playing in any style they are happy to play anything from classic reggae to ska and dancehall.
The band always use a professional sound and lighting company for their set up, including a highly experienced sound engineer. They will provide you with the highest level of sound quality and the perfect bass allowing you to really feel the music! With this perfect partnership you can relax and enjoy your event, leaving Festival Roots to organise all of the music.
Full line up
- Male Vocal
- Female Vocal
- Festival Roots also perform with smaller line ups for those on a tighter budget, a basic line up is a 5 piece band with no horns, but plenty of vibe!
Sample Set List
- Toots and Maytals – Pressure Drop
- Steve Wonder – Masterblaster
- Bob Marley – Jammin'
- Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
- Damian Marley – Jam Rock
- Busy Signal – Missing You
- The Specials – Message to You Rudy
- Desmond Dekker – 007
- Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved
- Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere (Mighty Leap Version)
- Phil Collins – Easy Lover
- Bob Marley - Iron Lion Zion
- Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed Delivered
- Busy Signal - One More Night
- Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
- The Smiths - This Charming Man
- Gyptian – Hold yuh
- Ken Boothe - Everything I Own
- Elton John - Your Song
- Take That – Back For Good
- Lionel Ritchie – All Night Long
- Bedouin Soundclash – When The Night Feels My Song
- Mungo's Hifi – Did You Really Know
- Gentleman's Dub Club – High Grade
- The Roots – The Seed
- Manu Chao – King Of The Bongo / Mr Bobby
- Sublime – Wrong Way
- Jack Johnson – Better Together
- Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
- MGMT – Kids
- Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
- George Ezra – Budapest
- Hot Chip – Over and Over
- Paul Simon – Call Me Al
- Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
- Genesis – Invisible Touch
- The Human League – Don't You Want Me
- 10 CC – Dreadlock Holiday
- Paolo Nutini – New Shoes
- Weezer – Buddy Holly
- Radiohead – Karma Police
- Ash – Girl From Mars
- Johnny Cash – Walk The Line
Exceeding all of our expectations, filled the dance floor for the entire evening and played our two requested songs amazingly well. Didn't want them to leave! Book them now for your party!
We used Festival Roots for our wedding and they were absolutely amazing! Pretty much all our guests said they were the best wedding band they had ever seen!
Words can not describe how wonderful Festival Roots were at our wedding. From start to finish they were perfect. The afternoon session set the scene and was loved by everyone, their rendition of Three Little Birds during the ceremony made it extra special and their evening party set was incredible. The dance floor was packed from start to finish and every single guest is still raving about the music. Their unique blend of ska, reggae and wedding classics really do make them the perfect band, I challenge anyone not to get up and dance. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with from start to finish, so accommodating and flexible with all of our song choices and they gave up the BEST FIRST DANCE EVER. I could not recommend them highly, every party needs this band to play! We will be dancing off on our honey moon with their trumpet fanfare in our ears!
Festival Roots went above and beyond at every available moment. They were incredible on the lead up, specifically learning songs for us that are a favourite. On the day they kindly fitted around us by setting up before we sat down for the wedding breakfast. All our friends and family commented on how much they loved the whole band and every single song they played. They not only got people on the dance floor, they kept them there - from start to finish! We really couldn’t recommend Festival Roots more - they are incredible people and an incredible band.
We saw Festival Roots at one of our friend's weddings and, when we were arranging our own, there was only one band that we wanted! Not only are they absolutely fantastic live, James & co. were so friendly and fun to have at the big day, as well as being super easy to organize everything with in the run up as well! Would highly recommend for any event, top class.
We would love to leave a review for your wonderful band, Festival Roots. They played at our wedding in August and they were simply incredible, the dance floor was full from start to finish and no one sat down for the entire time. We still have friends talking about them and we were so happy with them. Over the moon, in fact! The groom was also in a signed band and is very particular about his music and he loved them!! If anyone is in two minds whether to book Festival Roots, dont be - just book. You will not be disappointed! Thank you for making our day so much fun! We want to do it all over again... We are still dancing!
We are so pleased we chose them as our wedding band! They set up quickly and discreetly after the meal and got the party started. Before we knew it, they had filled the yurt with a happy and laid-back vibe and filled the dance floor too, everyone loved it! We would definitely ask them back if we get married again!!!
We are so pleased we chose them as our wedding band! They set up quickly and discreetly after the meal and got the party started. Before we knew it, they had filled the yurt with a happy and laid-back vibe and filled the dance floor too, everyone loved it! We would definitely ask them back if we get married again!!
Collectively, Festival Roots have played all of the large festivals and venues throughout the UK and many in Europe. Members of the band have played alongside Madness, Mungo's Hifi and many others.
Do the band provide PA and Lighting for their performance?
Yes, we have full sound and lighting and can also provide music inbetween sets and for an hour afterwards.
Can we use the band's microphones for announcements and speeches?
We are happy to provide our sound system from any time in the day, until any time in the morning for an additional fee if required for speeches or additional music after the band finishes.
Will Festival Roots learn a request?
We are more than happy to play two requests that aren't on our setlist.
How much space do the band require?
The full line up requires at least a 2.5 x 4m stage space.
What else do I need to provide for the band?
Please provide food for the band. 1 memeber is allergic to wheat, 1 is allergic to wheat and dairy. If you are not able to provide food please let us know and we can make arrangements.
- 2 x 45 Minutes
DJ plays for a total of 2 hours (half hour before, half hour between, 1hr after)
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.