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About The Burning Shoes

"Elevating events with London's premier function band."
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The Burning Shoes are a dynamic, sophisticated, and entertaining band made up of seasoned musicians with over 15 years of live performance experience across various venues in London and the UK. They offer a diverse range of classic Rock, Pop, Soul, Funk, Reggae, uplifting Motown hits, and renowned Jazz standards. Experience an electrifying performance that will keep everyone on their feet dancing and singing along. Our complete music setup including equipment, lighting, and PA system can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of each event. Our approach is flexible and personalised, ensuring a professional experience from start to finish. We maintain open communication with clients to guarantee an unforgettable performance and exceptional service.

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Soul, Christmas, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Ragtime, Gospel, Pop, Acoustic, Funk, Disco, Covers, Motown, R&B, Funk rock, Top 40, Tribute, Rock 'n' Roll, Britpop, Classic rock, World music, Samba, Bossa nova, Cuban music, Reggae, Spanish music, Salsa, Latin
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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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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The Burning Shoes' Song list

Superstition - Stevie Wonder
My Girl - The Temptations
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley
Black or White - Michael Jackson
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Living For the City - Stevie Wonder
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Moondance - Van Morrison
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - The Temptations
Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
I Feel Good - James Brown
Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine - James Brown
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers
(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Blame It on the Boogie - The Jackson 5
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Fly Me to the Moon - Count Basie and Frank Sinatra
Cheek To Cheek - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Hotel California - Eagles
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Oye Como Va - Santana
Sway - Michael Bublé
I Just Want To Make Love To You - The Rolling Stones
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Light My Fire - The Doors
Just the Two of Us - Bill Withers and Grover Washington, Jr.
Fever - Peggy Lee
Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Proud Mary - Ike Turner and Tina Turner
You're Losing Me - Ann Sexton
I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
Turn Your Lights Down Low - Bob Marley and the Wailers and Lauryn Hill
Rock Me Baby - B.B. King
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Yesterday - The Beatles
Smooth Operator - Sade
Route 66 - Chuck Berry
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
Mercy, Mercy - Don Covay
When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Celebration - Eumir Deodato and Kool & The Gang
Disco Inferno - The Trammps
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
Faith - George Michael
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson
For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley and the Wailers
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley and the Wailers
Georgy Porgy - Toto
I'm So Excited - The Pointer Sisters
Hold On I'm Coming - Sam & Dave
Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart
I Got a Woman - Elvis Presley
Hallelujah I Love Her So - Ray Charles
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
Hard to Handle - Otis Redding
Drive My Car - The Beatles
Mustang Sally - The Commitments
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Shake Your Tailfeather - Ray Charles
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - The Blues Brothers
Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway and His Orchestra
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Livin’ on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
The Pretender - Foo Fighters
Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kiss - Prince
Come Together - The Beatles
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Devil in disguise - Elvis Presley
Feeling good - Nina Simone
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Can't help it - Michael Jackson
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
American Boy - Estelle
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Some Kind Of Wonderful - Grand Funk Railroad
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
Part Time Lover - Stevie Wonder
Thrill Is Gone - B.B King
It’s a man’s world- James Brown
Get up offa that thing- James Brown
Little L- Jamiroquai
I can see clearly now- Jimmy Cliff
Creep- Radiohead
All over the watch tower- Jimi Hendrix
Are you gonna be my girl- Jet
Lonely Boy- The Black Keys
Are you gonna go my way- Lenny Kravitz
American woman- Lenny Kravitz
Give it away- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Under the Bridge- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Jazz 1920s to now
Buona sera
Quizas quizas quizas
Whisky facile 
On the Sunny Side of the street 
Don't wait too long - Madeleine Peyroux 
My baby just cares for me- Nina Simone 
Pennies from heaven 
All of me
Putting on the Ritz 
Don't mean a thing 
Sing sing sing 
Via con me
Sheikh of Araby 
Tu vuo far l'Americano 
C'est si bon - Louis Armstrong
Sympatique - Pink Martini 
La vie en rose
Cheek to Cheek
Just a Gigolo
Les Champs Elisées
I'm in the mood for love 
Le poinçonneur des Lilas
Eri Piccola così
That's Amore 
When you're smiling 
Oh Marie
I’m in the mood for love
Quizas quizas
La vie en rose
My baby just cares for me
Via con me sing sing
Everybody wants to be a cat
Nothing’s too good for my baby
Let’s call the whole thing off
I wanna be like you
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

With our blend of styles, massive energy and all-around sophistication, we are the perfect choice for any party or celebration regardless of the age and background of the audience!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Dolce and Gabbana Nissan events Hampton Court Palace Cafe Nero's head office MNKY-HSE (Mayfair) Quaglinos (Mayfair) The Grim's Dyke Hotel (Harrow) Revolucion de Cuba (Southampton) Revolucion de Cuba (Reading) Revolucion de Cuba (Bristol) The Rose and Crown (Thorpe) Kinred (Hammersmith) And many more!

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 pre-auditioned musicians of our absolute trust, 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?

4-piece: Drums, Bass, Guitar and Vocals 5-piece: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys and Vocals 6-piece: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys, Saxophone and Vocals

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?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

Of course, you can: 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 and lighting system are included in our quote for events with up to 200 guests.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Of course, we can: we take up to 3 requests free of charge. We love requests as they help us to keep on making our song list bigger.!

The Burning Shoes' Prices

Last updated: 2024

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1625
Up to 2 hours£1875
Up to 3 hours£2125
Acoustic Guitar and Vocal Duo 2 musicians
Acoustic Guitar and Vocal Duo performance during the daytime or the afternoon for drinks reception at weddings. We offer 2 sets of 45 minutes performing background pop/ rock/ jazz / soul with our fantastic Duo.
ALL DAY (8 HOURS)4 musicians
Our quote covers 4 sets: -2 sets with our guitar and vocals Duo of 45 minutes each during the afternoon (2pm onwards) -2 sets of 50 minutes each with our full 4-piece band up till 10pm.
ALL DAY (9 hours)4 musicians
ALL DAY (9 HOURS) Our quote covers 4 sets: -2 sets with our guitar and vocals Duo of 45 minutes each during the afternoon (2pm onwards) -2 sets of 50 minutes each with our full 4-piece band up till 11pm.


Playlist service after the live sets
Full DJ set (With lights, effects and own sound system)
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The Burning Shoes' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Claire S
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

What can we say? Awesome Awesome Awesome - worth every penny! Really made a difference to our entire wedding day. Such great guys - fantastic band, great selection of songs. If you're looking for a wedding band, seriously, look no further. THANKS GUYS!

Amanda W
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

We hired The Burning Shoes for our 50 year anniversary work open day which had 3.5k people attending. The band were fantastic and we received overwhelmingly positive feedback. We would definitely hire them for another event.

Andrew G
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

The Burning Shoes played at our recent wedding, all comms ahead of the day were fantastic and on the day the band were superb, our guests all commented on the great atmosphere they created. I would not hesitate to book them again.

Andrew W
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

The band exceeded expectation. Great musicians who kept the dance floor full all night. I cannot praise them enough. They were a highlight of a very successful evening

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From other customers:

Stella D
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Chenies
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5 out of 5

Chema and the Burning Shoes played at our wedding and they brought the house down! We can not rave about them enough. We had a 6 piece band with both a male and a female singer and they managed to find that almost impossible balance of being inclusive with all our wedding guests, getting pretty much everyone up on their feet, singing and dancing, and yet it still feeling like a wedding and not a gig. The talented musicians themselves were outstanding, not to mention kind, warm and generous people. We nearly did not go with a live band but can not say how much of a great decision it was to go with Jose and The Burning Shoes - best money we have ever spent, hands down.

Eduardo M
3 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in London
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5 out of 5

The Burning Shoes , and Jose Sacristan, are some of the best guys and musicians I have had the pleasure to work with and to listen to . Their dedication and passion for music its contagious!

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