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About OLD SKOOL

Step back in time with the ultimate party band!
Function band
Colchester
Public liability insurance of £10 million

OLD SKOOL are a professional party band based in Essex that offer a unique experience to take you back to your youth! Our 7 piece line-up (complete with horn section) and fronted by an experienced female vocalist can be booked for parties, functions, weddings, pubs, clubs and even school reunions!

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We have our own portable piano/keyboard
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Soul, Motown, R&B, Funk, Disco, Covers
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Christmas party
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Song list

1960s
Get Ready - The Temptations
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
Uptight - Stevie Wonder
What a Man - Linda Lyndell
How Sweet it is to be Loved by You - Marvin Gaye
Baby Love - The Supremes
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
I Feel Good - James Brown
Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher - Jackie Wilson
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Beggin' - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
Think - Aretha Franklin
Land of  1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
Reach Out - The Four Tops
1970s
Shake Your Body - The Jacksons
Upside Down - Diana Ross
Love Train - The O'Jays
Everybody Dance - Chic
Yes Sir I Can Boogie - Baccara
It Feels Like I'm in Love - Kelly Marie
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Play that Funky Music - Wild Cherry
That's the Way I Like It - KC & the Sunshine Band
Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Boogie Nights - Heatwave
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Lady Marmalade - Patti LaBelle
Relight my Fire - Dan Hartman
Blame it on the Boogie - The Jacksons
It Only Takes a Minute - Tavares
Ain't No Stopping Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
Celebration - Kool & the Gang
Dance to the Music - Sly and the Family Stone
1980s
Labour of Love - Hue & Cry
Don't You Want Me - Human League
Teardrops - Womack & Womack
We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off - Jermaine Stewart
1,2,3 - Gloria Estefan
Loco in Acapulco - The Four Tops
Rhythm of the Night - De Barge
Club Tropicana - Wham!
Bad - Michael Jackson
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
You Might Need Somebody - Randy Crawford
Let's Hear it for the Boy - Denice Williams
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
Into the Groove - Madonna
I Feel For You - Prince
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Love Shack - The B52's
1990s
This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
Poison - Bell Biv Devoe
Here Comes the Hotstepper - Ini Kamoze
Never Gonna Get It - En Vogue
Whatta Man - Salt-n-Pepa
Sing it Back - Moloko
I've Got a Little Somethin' for Ya - MN8
Remember the Time - Michael Jackson
Waterfalls - TLC
The Best Things in Life are Free - Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson
Together Again - Janet Jackson
My Prerogative - Bobby Brown
Groove is in the Heart - Dee-Lite
Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison
Step Back in Time - Kylie Minogue
Say My Name - Destinys Child
No Scrubs - TLC
No Diggity - Blackstreet
Finally - Ce Ce Peniston
Shackles - Mary Mary
2000s
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
SOS - Rihanna
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande
What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
1 Thing - Amerie
Like I Love You - Justin Timberlake
Groovejet - Spiller/ Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Sax - Fleur East
Caught Up - Usher
Yeah - Usher
Low - Flo Rida
Beggin' - Madcon/Frankie Valli
Cake by the Ocean - DNCE
Crazy in Love - Beyonce
Toxic - Britney Spears
Just a Little - Liberty X
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients love our high-energy performances and our brass section bring that extra oomph! We always make sure the dance floor is filled and everyone always loves our song choices whether they love motown, disco or some 90s RnB!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed at a huge range of pubs, restaurants, hotels and wedding venues. Too many to mention!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We love all the Old Skool greats! If you book us you can expect to hear some Michael Jackson, Prince, Luther Vandross, various Motown classics right up to the more modern Bruno Mars and Beyonce who still have that retro vibe.

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

We strive to make sure the line-up you see is what you get on the night. We do have 'dep' musicians available in case a band member falls ill or is unavailable. As a professional band our reputation means everything so you can be confident that all of our players are of a very high level.

Do you have different line-up options?

We have a 7-piece line-up which includes trumpet and trombone. Our singer and guitarist also go out as a spin-off duo for smaller venues or more laid back events when the full band might be a bit too much!

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

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

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

Absolutely!

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually take about 1.5-2 hours to set up.

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?

Of course!

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 an additional fee to take into account rehearsal times etc.

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Emma P, 2 years ago

A fun filled set with plenty to dance to! Old Skool created a party atmosphere that kept me on the dance floor for most of the night!

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Jason D, 2 years ago

Extremely entertaining and interactive. Full of energy and enthusiasm. Sounded great and looked amazing!