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About Rare Groove

Party band
London
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Rare Groove are the perfect party band to make your event stand out from the crowd!

Rare Groove is not your average function band. After many years of performing at private events, members of the band wanted to create something different by injecting their own personal sensibilities and style into the music. This means you will hear songs like you’ve never heard them before performed with drive and enthusiasm. Rare Groove have been performing together for many years meaning there is true on stage chemistry, creating an energy that is engaging and infectious. Outside of the band our musicians have played at prestigious venues including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival, Royal Festival Hall and The Roundhouse as well as performing alongside artists such as Will Young, Olly Murs and Gregory Porter. Rare Groove play a vast selection of floor fillers from the past sixty years. They add their own unique twist, which creates a fresh new sound you won't hear anywhere else. Rare Groove will go above and beyond to make your event memorable and unique. The band are happy to learn a first dance or request a song exclusively for your special occasion. Whether its the five to seven piece band getting your party started, or the two to four piece acoustic band creating a sophisticated atmosphere, Rare Groove have the perfect line up to cater for any event.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Pop, Disco, Funk, Covers, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

90’s - Now
• American Boy - Estelle
• Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys (arr.)
• Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
• Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
• Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
• Crazy in Love - Beyonce (arr.)
• Everybody (Backstreets Back) – Backstreet Boys
• Get Lucky – Daft Punk
• Gotta Get Through This – Daniel Beddingfield
• I Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
• I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas (arr.)
• I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
• Happy – Pharell
• Hey Ya - Outkast
• Last Night – The Strokes (arr.)
• Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams
• Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
• Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
• Mercy - Duffy
• Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
• Rather Be – Clean Bandit (arr.)
• Relight My Fire - Take That (arr.)
• Rolling In The Deep – Adele
• Rude - Magic!
• Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
• Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon (arr.)
• Shake It Off – Taylor Swift (arr.)
• Shape of You - Ed Sheeran (arr.)
• Show Me Love - Robin S (arr.)
• Single Ladies - Beyonce
• Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
• Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (arr.)
• Survivor – Destinys Child
• Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
• Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
• Treasure – Bruno Mars
• Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
• Valerie – Amy Winehouse
• Wake Me Up - Avicii
• We Found Love – Rihanna (arr.)
• Who Do You Think You Are - Spice Girls
• You've Got The Love - Florence and the Machine
(arr.) = Funk Arrangement
Classics
• Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tami Tarrell
• Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
• All Night Long – Lionel Richie
• Best Of My Love – The Emotions
• Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (arr.)
• Blame it on the Boogie – The Jacksons
• Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
• Car Wash – Rose Royce
• Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen
• Give Me The Night - George Benson
• Good Times – Chic
• Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
• Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
• I’m Coming Out - Diana Ross
• I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
• I Want You Back – Jackson 5
• Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
• Kiss - Prince
• Lady Marmalade - Labelle
• Le Freak – Chic
• Lets Stay Together – Al Green
• Lets Dance - David Bowie
• Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi (arr.)
• Lovely Day – Bill Withers
• My Girl – The Temptations
• Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
• Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
• Respect – Aretha Franklin
• Rock With You – Michael Jackson
• Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones/Otis Redding
• September – Earth Wind and Fire
• Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
• Somebody Elses Guy – Jocelyn Brown
• Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
• Soul Man – Sam and Dave
• Stand By Me – Ben E. King
• Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns ’n’ Roses (arr.)
• Superstition – Stevie Wonder
• Tainted Love – Gloria Jones
• Think – Aretha Franklin
• Uptight – Stevie Wonder
• We Are Family – Sister Sledge
• You Make My Dreams Come True - Hall and Oates
(arr.) = Funk Arrangement
Customer questions

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

We always do our best to provide clients with the lineup as displayed in our images and videos however in the case that a band member is ill or unavailable we have high quality 'dep' musicians who are ready fill in. These players are always pre-auditioned and will be the same professional standard as the rest of the band.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes we have a wide range of lineups to suit your event. Our standard 5 piece band which consists of Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Bass and Drums can be reduced to 4 piece (without keys) or extended to a 6 piece (Sax), 7 piece (trumpet) or 8 piece (Extra singer or horn player)

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

We endeavour to remain as flexible as possible so just get int ouch with us and we will do our best to adapt to your special day.

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

Yes we provide laptop DJ service free of charge with all our packages. We are happy to stay until midnight after our set at no additional cost.

How much time do you need to set up?

We recommend between an hour and and an hour and a half to full setup our equipment as well as sound check.

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

Yes we encourage our clients to look through out repertoire and to pick the songs that they really want to hear. We combine this with our own experience of picking songs that we will know work well together and ensure a smooth set to keep all your guests on the dance floor.

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

Yes all our quotes are fully inclusive and we are fully self contained.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes we are happy to learn one request free of charge. This could be a first dance or just a song you really want to hear on the night. Additional song requests can be discussed for a small additional fee.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients love our positivity and enthusiasm for the music that we are playing. The band is made up of musicians that have been playing together for years so there is genuine chemistry happening on stage which guests can feel.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed at venues including the Savoy Hotel in Central London, Cambridge University, The Mayfair Hotel, London, Rugby School and many more

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We are massively influenced by all the classic Soul and Motown greats including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding and Earth, Wind and Fire. We try and channel their energy into everything we play including more contemporary Rock and Pop music.

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

We have performed at several high profile corporate awards shows including the BACSC and The Royal Dental Society.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1200
Up to 2 hours£1325
Up to 3 hours£1530
Available services
Acoustic Duo
+£440
Acoustic Trio
+£650

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Christina G, 2 years ago

I have received such great feedback on Rare Groove from everyone who attended our event. This genre of music was a break from the tradition but went down so well. The dance floor was full throughout the evening and the band created a brilliant vibe. The lead singer Elisa interacted well with the guests and the whole band were a pleasure to deal with. Very professional, and on the ball, and they were most flexible with our needs. I would not hesitate to use them again at our next event.

Phillip, O, 3 years ago

Got the place dancing. Did an acoustic set in the bar and then a full set in the main room. Smashed it. Great band for our wedding. All ages had a blast.

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