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Big Smoke Brass - UK

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About Big Smoke Brass - UK

London based 6 piece brass and percussion group with infectious energy performing original covers of all your favourite pop songs.
Brass band
London
Public liability insurance of £5 million
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Big Smoke Brass – UK are changing perceptions of brass instruments with their hard-hitting, high-energy performances of well-known pop tunes unlike anything you have heard before. Formed in 2017, the totally unique line up of 4 trumpets, sousaphone and drums creates a canvas for timeless songs to be reimagined into infectiously feel-good tunes which are perfect for getting the party started. The band was created by 6 friends whilst studying together at music college in London. Their repertoire of arrangements is arranged by the band and combines with sharp presentation (the band’s signature coloured braces) and tight choreography. Their eye-catching performances have included celebrity events, festival appearances, live radio broadcasts as well as a busy schedule of private events such as weddings and parties. Big Smoke Brass – UK have initiated a variety of different projects since their formation including collaborations with singers, dancers and choreographers, performance of classical works at famous venues around London, a West End club residency as well as recent trip to the recording studio to create their debut EP ‘Launch’. Musical influences for the band come from groups such as Mnozil Brass, Youngblood Brass Band and Lucky Chops.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Covers, Pop rock, Acoustic, Bavarian oompah, German music, Marching
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

1. Africa – Toto
2. All About You – McFly
3. American Boy – Estelle
4. Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons
5. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
6. Brooklyn – Youngblood Brass Band
7. Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake
8. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
9. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
10. Every Time We Touch – Cascada
11. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man
12. Freed From Desire – GALA
13. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
14. Hey Jude – The Beatles
15. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
16. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
17. Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
18. Maneater – Hall and Oates
19. Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
20. Our House - Madness
21. P.Y.T. – Michael Jackson
22. Relight My Fire – Take That
23. Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
24. Shotgun – George Ezra
25. Shut Up And Dance With Me/You Can Call Me Al – Walk The Moon/Paul Simon
26. Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
27. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
28. Sound Of The Underground – Girls Aloud
29. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
30. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics
31. This Love – Maroon 5
32. Thriller – Michael Jackson
33. Touch – Little Mix
34. Treasure – Bruno Mars
35. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
36. Valerie – Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Energy! Big Smoke Brass - UK pride ourselves on the positive energy that we can add to any event whether it be a wedding, birthday party, sporting event, club night or anything else. Our high impact visuals combined with infectious covers of classic pop songs guarantee a party atmosphere.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Individually our members have performed at renowned venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium, Birmingham Symphony Hall to name just a few. Big Smoke Brass - UK have performed at many exciting venues such as St John's Smith Square, ArcelorMittal Orbit, BBC Broadcasting House, Ashridge House and a large number of wedding venues across the UK.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Big Smoke Brass - UK draw influences from a whole host of musical acts including Youngblood Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band and Lucky Chops to name a few.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

We have performed live on BBC Radio 3, we have provided entertainment at celebrity launch events and made television appearances.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our pop music line-up is as follows: 4 trumpets, sousaphone, drums. Our classical music line-up is as follows: 2 trumpets, 2 flugelhorns, tuba, percussion. There is greater flexibility with the instrumentation of the classical music but we do not offer any other combinations for the pop music.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

If we are performing with our amplifier then we are happy to play either your playlist or one of own through in between sets. Please note however that it is not a substantial PA system and so is unlikely to replace the role of a professional DJ with more suitable equipment.

How much time do you need to set up?

Typically we do not need much more that 30 minutes to set up and be ready to perform. If we are using either our PA system or one provided by the venue we can sound check within this 30 minutes. These timings can of course vary depending on circumstances.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes - we are happy to roam around and interact with our audiences.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Our PA system is included in your quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £50 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. We cannot take song requests on the day of the event.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1215
Up to 2 hours£1610
Up to 3 hours£2395

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Wesley E, 10 days ago

Made the day! These gents are the best around. Fantastic guys, brilliant musicians and, most importantly, they bring the party! Huge smiles and a great vibe. We surprised the couple with the band on their way out of the civil ceremony and the whole wedding party was blown away. Thanks, gents! You were heroes!

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Katy M, 6 months ago

We could not be more delighted that Big Smoke Brass played at our wedding. Everyone told us how much they enjoyed their set and how much it contributed to the overall enjoyment of our day - the dance floor was packed throughout. They were so easy to communicate with also. We cannot reccomend them highly enough.

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James F, 1 year ago

Big Smoke Brass were absolutely fantastic to deal with throughout the entire process and were happy to listen to our ideas and requests leading up to the event. They are a great bunch of guys who really added to the atmosphere of our Christmas party. I would highly recommend them for any event you're planning! Great fun, thanks guys!

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Sam J, 2 years ago

A fun band, who are very easy to deal with and will definitely be using them again in the future!

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Ashley S, 19 days ago

Thank you again for bringing your energy and tunes to our day. Your presence was the best surprise, thanks to friends, and brought us so much joy, as well as memories that will last us a lifetime! Thank you!

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Charles R, 8 months ago

You guys were brilliant – your playlist was perfect! The sound was fantastic and everyone loved your set. Thank you!

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