Whiskey Wailers

Location East Sussex
Starting from £948.00
21 reviews
Location East Sussex
Starting from £948.00
Read 21 reviews

Whiskey Wailers are a skiffle and soul band who have been vagabonding around the UK for several years now, bringing their unique sound to venues up and down the country. 

  • A young, fun, vintage-style skiffle band who bring the whole package!
  • A diverse repertoire covering nostalgic Rock'n'Roll, Pop and R&B hits from 50's and 60's as well as vintage style modern chart hits!
  • Additional DJ and Solo Guitarist packages available (please see booking options).
  • Perfect for any event from vintage weddings to corporate parties.

Previous clients include: The Chelsea Flower Show, Cambridge University, Wilderness Festival, Bulliet Bourbon and many more...

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The Whiskey Wailers are a compact and soulful band who have been vagabonding around the UK for 5 years, stalking Brighton’s local watering holes monthly with residencies around the city. Swinging their way through churches, beautiful weddings, club nights, festivals, corporate parties, diners and dives; the band are the perfect choice for those looking for something special.

The Whiskey Wailers play anything from the obvious, the unusual and the surprisingly modern. With a back catalogue booming full of 50-60s Rock ‘n’ Roll and R ‘n’ B classics side by side with old school hip hop, pop hits, original tracks and 90s nostalgia. The Brighton based band serve up all kinds of songs straight off the grill with a side of swing and a skiffle dressing.

The band also pride themselves on their shape shifting ability, they’re able to scrub up for a wedding or scrub down for a club night.

The band come in three sizes!

  • Four piece line-up as standard
  • Seven piece line-up (+brass section and piano)
  • Or the vintage duo for receptions or smaller events.


  • Connie Francis - Stupid Cupid
  • Etta James - Something’s Gota Hold on Me
  • Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
  • Ray Charles - I Got a Woman
  • Sam Cooke - What a Wonderful World
  • Jacksons - Blame It on the Boogie
  • Etta James - At Last
  • The Five Royales - Think
  • The Jungle Book - I Wanna be Like you
  • The Supremes - You Cant Hurry Love
  • The Marvelettes - Please Mr Postman
  • Louis Prima - Just a Gigalo
  • Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • The Temptations - My Girl
  • Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  • Otis Reading - Try a Little Tenderness
  • Aretha Franklin - Think
  • Phil Phillips - Sea Of Love
  • The Dixie Cups - Going to the Chapel
  • Ray Charles - Hallelujah I Love Her So
  • Rosemary Clooney - Come On To My House
  • Benny Goodman - Sing, sing, sing
  • The Coasters - Down in Mexico
  • The Zombies - Time of the Season
  • Fontella Bass - Resue Me
  • Gladys Knight and The Pips - Heard it Through The Grapevine
  • Al Green - Lets Stay Together
  • Stevie Wonder - I wish
  • Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Jimmy Mack
  • Otis Reading - Stand by Me

Vintage Style Modern Tracks

  • Kelis - Milkshake
  • Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
  • Nelly - Hot In Herre
  • OutKast - Hey Ya!
  • Britney Spears - Toxic
  • R Kelly - Ignition
  • Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
  • Imelda May - Tainted Love
  • Blackstreet – No Diggity
  • Lou Bega - Mambo No.5
  • Justin Timberlake - Sorry
  • S Club 7 - Reach for the Stars

Classic Rock n Roll

  • Elvis Presley - All Shook Up
  • Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes
  • Elvis Presley - Shake Rattle and Roll
  • Elvis Presley - That’s Alright Mama
  • Bill Haley - Rock around the clock
  • Buddy Holly - Oh Boy
  • Buddy Holly - That’ll Be the Day
  • Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
  • Chuck Berry - Maybelene
  • Chuck Berry - Route 66
  • Chuck Berry - You Never Can Tell
  • Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lola
  • Gene Vincent - Crazy Legs
  • Hank Williams - Hey Good Looking
  • Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire
  • Johnny Cash - You’re My Baby
  • Johnny Cash/June Carter - Jackson
  • Little Richard - Long Tall Sally
  • Little Richard - Rip It Up
  • Little Richard - Tutti  Frutti
  • Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working
  • The 5 Royales - I got to know
  • Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
  • The Coasters - That Is Rock n Roll
  • Dick Dale - Miserlou
  • Dion - Run Around Sue
  • The Five Royales – I Got to Know
  • The Everly Brothers - Wake Up Little Susie
  • Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut
, Wedding, West Sussex

The Whiskey wailers were really amazing and had us dancing all night. They were very friendly and the lead singer has a great voice with lots of charisma. A big highlight was when they invited my daughter onto the stage to sing At Last by Etta James with them, she absolutely loved it. I would highly recommend the band.

, Wedding, George IV Chiswick, London

The Whiskey Wailers were an absolutely fantastic band. We booked them for our wedding and couldn't have been happier. They were all really personable and introduced themselves to myself and my husband upon their arrival. They had everybody on the dance floor throughout both sets and everybody raved about how fantastic they were. I would highly recommend booking these guys. Worth every penny. Thank you again.

, Wedding, Loughborough High School, Leicestershire

The band were fabulous! Everyone loved them, and they were lovely to chat to afterwards - their vibe fitted our wedding perfectly! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a top-class act.

, Private Party, Tracey Estate Parkland and Gardens, Devon, Devon

Really good. Got everyone dancing and having fun. Fantastic singing and music. Highly recommended.

, Wedding, East Sussex

The band were truly wonderful, and kept the dancefloor totally packed! It was extra impressive that they'd just arrived on a flight from Switzerland but were all totally fresh and full of energy. All the guests were raving about the Whiskey Wailers. Thanks for helping to make out party truly fun, memorable and full of great tunes!

, Wedding, Surrey

We had the Whiskey Wailers play at our wedding reception and they were absolutely incredible! Their set list was great and we were asked in advance if we had any special requests. We didn't and just asked them to play what they wanted to. They provided music before and in between their two sets too, which was really great. Most importantly, they sounded amazing and our guests LOVED them! They were professional but super friendly and fun. If I was to need any live music for an event again, I would definitely want them!

, Corporate, Hampshire

The band were fantastic and responded extremely well to the limiting circumstances of the venue. I will send a personal thank you direct to the band too.

, Birthday Party, Kent

The band were great - exactly what I had hoped for.

, Wedding, Cheshire

Right from the beginning everything was fantastic with Warble Entertainment, the website was extremely easy to navigate with excellent bands, example videos and the easy "I'm interested" process. Nicola phoned me within hours of picking a selection of bands from the website and she kept up amazing communication throughout everything. We chose The Whiskey Wailers for our wedding, it was incredibly important for us to get the right band and for us to feel confident about the booking. Nicola's and Warble Entertainment's professionalism put our mind at ease. The Whiskey Wailers were incredible from start to finish. They arrived on time and performed exceptionally, with so much style and energy, they helped make our celebration totally perfect. Thank you all. Vic & Maria

, Wedding, Glamorgan

The Whiskey Wailers were fantastic! They were professional and friendly with a great set that got everyone up on the dance floor for our wedding. We would certainly recommend them to friends and family. Thank you so much!

, Wedding, Devon

We cannot thank Anna and the rest of the Whiskey Wailers enough for performing at our winter wedding all the way down on the North Devon coast. They were a pleasure to deal with from the discussions beforehand to the set up on the day. Very professional and lots of fun. Anna's voice is incredible and they had the whole venue up dancing. All of our guests are still commenting on how awesome they were. I hope I can find another excuse to book them again! Highly recommended.

, Wedding, London

They were truly, truly phenomenal and we have had similar feedback from pretty much everyone who was there... along the lines of... awesome wedding and the band were off the scale! The whole process was totally painless - thank you for all your help too.

, Wedding, Suffolk

The guys were all amazing! Very professional and we didn't have to worry about a thing all we needed to do was concentrate on dancing! They were so friendly and great fun! The sound of the band was even better than any sample videos, I would recommend them to anybody we had so many comments to say how amazing and different the band was so so happy with our choice they made our reception 100% cooler'!! Thanks again from the Buckinghams x

, Wedding, Berkshire

Everyone loved the band! I'd suggest a faster number is uploaded as one of their sample songs as the ones currently on the website suggest that they might not have songs appropriate for getting people on the dance floor - but they absolutely do; the dance floor was packed!

, Wedding, Surrey

Anna from the band was great to deal with both beforehand and on the night. They chose a great set list which got everyone dancing - just what you want at a wedding. The only thing that wasn't great in the build up was a lack of material to watch/listen to online. It felt like a gamble choosing them as I was relying on their setlist rather than their performances. I think they have added more videos now but for me they don't quite capture what I saw on the night, which was a buzzing, fun and energetic rock 'n' roll band. I would fully recommend them to anyone. All band members were courteous, professional and easy to work with on the night.

, Wedding, Hampshire

Exceptional entertainment, fabulous music at my wedding. The most perfect group for 50's lovers or theme.

, Wedding, East Sussex

Thank you and the band for such a great end to our evening, many people said it was the best wedding they had been to, a major reason for that is the great music, people were up dancing from the moment you started playing. Thank you once again for making our wedding special.

, Charity, Leeds

The band were great. They were friendly, polite and professional; and everyone loved their performance!

, Birthday Party, London

Whiskey Wailers were an absolute delight, my friends and family are still raving about their performance asking me how did I manage get such a fab band. They effortlessly made the night go with a bang. Will be in touch again.

, Birthday Party, East Sussex

I booked Whiskey Wailers for my wife's 50s themed birthday party. We had a great time, the entertainment was amazing, Anna and the guys did two great sets, and were great fun and enormously helpful from the planning phase all the way through to the end of the event. Lovely people, great talent and loads of fun, what more could you possibly want?

, Corporate, Sussex

Whiskey Wailers set the whole venue alive with their skiffle set, which we presented alongside a 1950's stylist giving customers victory rolls and quiffs. The band looked the part and sounded it too - they are all fantastically accomplished musicians and great fun to work with. I only wish I'd given them a longer set!

  • Chelsea Flower Show
  • Hampton Court Flower Show
  • Vintage Nostalgia Festival
  • Wilderness Festival
  • Brighton Marathon
  • Bulliet Bourbon
  • University of Cambridge
  • Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Jing Institute of Advanced Massage
  • Greenwich Yacht Club
  • 2 Brydges Club
  • Proud Ballrooms

Our venue has a sound limiter, can you adapt your set up to suit our requirements?
Yes, in fact we pride ourselves on being a truly flexible 'pop-up' act. Our act can play high energy and high volume sets, however we can also perform sets that are almost entirely acoustic. You may have a venue in mind that does not allow drums under any circumstances due to noise restrictions, with this is mind we have a couple of solutions: Our drum set up is a traditionally small rig, consisting of snare, kick and ride,  several venues have allowed this un miced set up in the past despite their generic ban. If this still does not fix the problem we offer a 'lounge' set, using a cajon instead of a drum kit, which will inherently be a quieter and move relaxed experience. We have been asked in the past if we will use an electric drum kit, which we are not prepared to do. We are aware that most people book us for our authentic sound, look and instrumentation and as of yet this is something that electric drums cannot successfully replicate. 

Are you PAT tested and do you have Public Liability Insurance?
Yes, we take our personal and our clients safety very seriously. If you would like to see our certificates please ask Warble.

Can you learn some new songs for our event if they are not currently in your set list?
Yes we can, however we need two months notice and may include a slight additional charge.

Can I sing/play guitar/ perform for a few tracks?
Of course! we'd love to see you let loose. Just let us know in the client call prior to your event so we can plan our performances around it. 

The band offer a variety of set lengths however they are always happy to adapt to a clients needs.

The standard set lengths are:

  • 2 x 45 minutes
  • 2 x 60 Minutes

Whiskey Wailers also offer a manned laptop DJ service of vintage-current music for inbetween and after their performance. 

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.


Aberdeen £2,040.00 Inverness £2,040.00 Perth £2,040.00 Sutherland £2,040.00 Ayrshire £2,040.00 Fife £2,040.00 Stirlingshire £2,040.00 West Lothian £2,040.00 Dumfries-shire £2,040.00 East Lothian £2,040.00 Lanarkshire £2,040.00 Midlothian £2,040.00 Glasgow £2,040.00 Edinburgh £2,040.00

Foreign Locations

Europe £2,400.00 Rest of the world £4,800.00

North East

Durham £1,380.00 Northumberland £1,380.00 North Yorkshire £1,440.00 South Yorkshire £1,380.00 Tyne and Wear £1,380.00 West Yorkshire £1,380.00 Yorkshire £1,380.00 East Yorkshire £1,380.00 Leeds £1,380.00

North West

Cheshire £1,440.00 Cumbria £1,440.00 Manchester £1,440.00 Lancashire £1,440.00 Merseyside £1,440.00 Liverpool £1,440.00

East Midlands

Derbyshire £1,200.00 Leicestershire £1,200.00 Lincolnshire £1,200.00 Northamptonshire £1,200.00 Nottinghamshire £1,200.00 Rutland £1,200.00


Cambridgeshire £1,080.00 Norfolk £1,110.00 Suffolk £1,110.00 Norwich £1,110.00


Anglesey £1,440.00 Caernarvonshire £1,440.00 Denbigh £1,440.00 Flint £1,440.00 Cardigan £1,320.00 Brecon £1,320.00 Carmarthen £1,320.00 Glamorgan £1,320.00 Monmouth £1,320.00 Pembroke £1,320.00 Cardiff £1,440.00

West Midlands

Gloucestershire £1,140.00 Herefordshire £1,140.00 Shropshire £1,140.00 Staffordshire £1,140.00 Warwickshire £1,140.00 Worcestershire £1,140.00 Birmingham £1,140.00

South East

Bedfordshire £1,080.00 Berkshire £1,080.00 Buckinghamshire £1,080.00 East Sussex £960.00 Essex £1,080.00 Hampshire £1,080.00 Hertfordshire £1,080.00 Isle of Wight £1,200.00 Kent £960.00 Oxfordshire £1,080.00 Surrey £1,080.00 Sussex £1,020.00 West Sussex £1,020.00 London £948.00 Middlesex £1,080.00

South West

Cornwall £1,320.00 Devon £1,320.00 Dorset £1,320.00 Somerset £1,320.00 Wiltshire £1,320.00 Bath £1,320.00 Bristol £1,320.00
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