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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.
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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. The band is able to offer a range of line-ups and services to suit your event: - 6 Piece Pop Brass Band - high-energy party band that will get you and your guests singing and dancing along in no time - 7 Piece Roaming Band - have the band move around your venue and interact with your guests while they perform - Party Band With Singer - add the band's stunning singer to the line-up to kick the party up another notch - Oompah Party Band - the perfect addition to any Oktoberfest event

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Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
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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

6-Piece Party Band:
Africa - Toto
Ain't Nobody – Chaka Khan
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
American Boy – Estelle ft. Kanye
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Beggin' - Maneskin
Blame it on the Boogie – Jackson 5
Can't Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Everytime We Touch - Cascada
Feel it Still – Portugal. The Man
Freed From Desire - GALA
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - ABBA
Heaven – DJ Sammy
Hey Jude – The Beatles
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Livin la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Livin On a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Man Eater – Hall and Oates
Price Tag – Jessie J
PYT – Michael Jackson
Relight My Fire – Take That
Seven Days – Craig David
Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
Shotgun – George Ezra
Shut Up and Dance/You Can Call Me Al – Walk the Moon/Paul Simon
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
10/10 - Paulo Nutini
Party Band with Singer:
Africa – Toto
Ain't Nobody – Chaka Khan
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
American Boy – Estelle ft. Kanye
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Beggin' - Maneskin
Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom! – The Venga Boys
Can't Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Crazy in Love - Beyonce
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough/Blame it on the Boogie – Michael Jackson
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - ABBA
Heaven – DJ Sammy
Hey Jude – The Beatles
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Livin la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Livin On a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Man Eater – Hall and Oates
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
Price Tag – Jessie J
Proud Mary – Tine Turner
PYT – Michael Jackson
Relight My Fire – Take That
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Shotgun – George Ezra
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Stevie Wonder Medley – Stevie Wonder
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Touch – Little Mix
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
7-Piece Roaming Band:
Africa - Toto
Ain't Nobody – Chaka Khan
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
American Boy – Estelle ft. Kanye
Blame it on the Boogie – Jackson 5
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Everytime We Touch - Cascada
Feel it Still – Portugal. The Man
Freed From Desire - GALA
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - ABBA
Hey Jude – The Beatles
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Livin la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Livin On a Prayer – Bon Jovi
PYT – Michael Jackson
Relight My Fire – Take That
Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
Shotgun – George Ezra
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
The Tide Is High – Atomic Kitten
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
Under the Sea – Alan Menken
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
10/10 – Paulo Nutini
Oompah Party Band:
1. Africa - Toto
2. Ain't Nobody – Chaka Khan
3. American Boy – Estelle ft. Kanye
4. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
5. Beer Barrel Polka – Traditional
6. Beggin' - Maneskin
7. Bergvagabunden – Traditional
8. Blame it on the Boogie – Jackson 5
9. Dancing Queen - ABBA
10. Das Humbta-Tatara – Traditional
11. Das Schmekt – Traditional
12. Das Zischt – Traditional
13. Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis
14. Ein Prosit – Traditional
15. Everytime We Touch - Cascada
16. Feel it Still – Portugal. The Man
17. Freed From Desire - GALA
18. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
19. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - ABBA
20. Happy Wanderer – Traditional
21. Heaven – DJ Sammy
22. Hey Jude – The Beatles
23. I Want You Back – Jackson 5
24. Livin la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
25. Livin On a Prayer – Bon Jovi
26. Man Eater – Hall and Oates
27. Na Denn, Prost! – Traditional
28. Oktoberfest ist Heut’ – Traditional
29. Price Tag – Jessie J
30. Prima! Prima! – Traditional
31. Relight My Fire – Take That
32. Shotgun – George Ezra
33. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
34. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
35. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
36. Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
37. Treasure – Bruno Mars
38. Valerie – Amy Winehouse
39. Y.M.C.A – The Village People
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
Packages
Short roaming parade7 musicians
A short roaming procession from as little as 5 minutes to 25 minutes by our 7-piece Roaming Band. Perfect for a short walk from the church to the drinks reception or a grand arrival!
£950

Add-ons

Song request
+£50
DJ Package
+£250
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Rachel K
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

These guys were absolutely amazing at my wedding. They were my favourite part of the whole day & got everyone up and dancing. Would 100% recommend to anyone considering! I only booked them about 2 weeks before the wedding & they were so good with the organisation of it all. Thank you so much for making my day!!

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Flo T
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Big Smoke Brass band were absolutely incredible! Our only regret is that we didn't get them to play for longer. They had everyone up, singing and dancing! We loved the set list and we hope that we can arrange another party soon just as an excuse to book these guys again! Just brilliant! Our guest haven't stopped talking about you guys. We highly recommend booking Big Smoke Brass band to anyone wanting a great party atmosphere!

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Emily D
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Big Smoke Brass were phenomenal! They had every guest on the dance floor with their selection of songs to suit all ages, and everyone had a fantastic time. I would love to hire them again in future.

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Wesley E
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

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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Sarah V
8 months ago, for a Wedding in Stamford Works
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5 out of 5

Hiring Big Smoke Brass was one of the last things we booked for our wedding, as we decided we wanted to surprise our guests with a live brass band to sing along to, given the 18 months we’ve all had. It was the best decision we made for the whole wedding - everyone could not stop talking about how amazing you were, how good the song choices were and the fact that you walked through the restaurant and got everyone to follow you into the party room. It was epic. I had people asking me who you were and how to book you on Instagram! Thank you so much, you smashed it!

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Emily H
10 months ago, for a Wedding in Law Ln
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much to Big Smoke Brass UK for playing at our wedding. You were absolutely brilliant. The set was perfect, and our guests haven’t stopped telling us how how amazing you were!

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