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Rare Groove

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About Rare Groove

Rare Groove are the perfect party band to make your event stand out from the crowd!
Wedding band
London
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Rare Groove are here to take your party to the next level. After many years of performing at private events, members of the band wanted to create something unique by injecting their own personal sensibilities and style into the music. This means you will hear your favourite songs performed with real passion and excitement. 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, 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 4 to 6 piece party band getting your party started, the 2 to 4 piece acoustic band creating a sophisticated atmosphere or the deluxe 7 - 10 piece showband to really make a statement, Rare Groove have the perfect line up to cater for any event.

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6th Anniversary
This act has been working with Encore for over 6 years
Musicianship
Genres:
Covers, Jazz, Pop, Disco, Funk, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Rock, Acoustic
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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

Classics
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tami Tarrell
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
All Night Long – Lionel Richie
At Last – Etta James
Best Of My Love – The Emotions
Blame it on the Boogie – The Jacksons
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Franki Valli
Car Wash – Rose Royce
Dancing in the Street – Martha and The Vandellas
December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) – Franki Valli
Everybody Dance - Chic
Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen
Good Times – Chic
Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
I’m a Believer – The Monkees
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Jonny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
Kiss – Prince
Le Freak – Chic
Lets Stay Together – Al Green
Lets Dance - David Bowie
Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
My Girl – The Temptations
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Power of Love – Huey Lewis and The News
Proud Mary – Tina Turner
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
Satisfaction – Otis Redding
Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
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
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Tainted Love – Gloria Jones
Think – Aretha Franklin
Thinking of You – Sister Sledge
This Could Be an Everlasting Love – Natalie Cole
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
You Make My Dreams Come True - Hall and Oates
You’re All I Need to Get By – Marvin Gaye and Tami Tarrell
90’s - Now
American Boy – Estelle
Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys
Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Crazy in Love – Beyonce
Everybody (Backstreets Back) – Backstreet Boys
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Gotta Get Through This – Daniel Beddingfield
I Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Happy – Pharell
Hey Ya – Outkast
Juice - Lizzo
Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Mercy – Duffy
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
No Scrubs - TLC
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Relight My Fire - Take That
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Shotgun – George Ezra
Show Me Love - Robin S
Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Stacey’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Wannabe – Spice Girls
We Found Love – Rihanna
Who Do You Think You Are – Spice Girls
You've Got The Love - Florence and the Machine
Customer questions

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.

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), 8 piece (additional female vocals), 9 piece (Additional Male Vocals) or 10 piece (Trombone).

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

We endeavour to remain as flexible as possible so just get in touch 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.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1530
Up to 2 hours£1670
Up to 3 hours£1820

Add-ons

Acoustic Duo
+£550
Acoustic Trio
+£660
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Reviews

From customers:

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Christina G
6 years ago, for a Wedding in WC2R 0EU
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5 out of 5

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.

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Phillip, O
7 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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