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About The Groovy Cats

One of the most exciting wedding bands in the UK! We've played 700+ events and only had amazing reviews! Guaranteed to fill the dancefloor.
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Nottingham
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We’re The Groovy Cats - an exciting 7-piece band that plays weddings, corporate functions, and ski-resorts around the UK and Europe. If you’re looking for the perfect entertainment for your event, you’ve found it. We have a huge amount of experience, a diverse and exciting setlist, and a band full of outstanding musicians. What sets us apart? We’re a two-frontman funk and soul band with a killer horn section. We have a powerful sound, tons of energy, and we love to get an audience dancing. Our current setlist has been over a decade in the making. We have tried-and-tested hundreds of songs and selected only the ones that work best. On any given night, our setlist is a mix of high-energy dancing songs, party bangers and sing-along classics. We want the evening to go off without a hitch and a well-crafted setlist is absolutely essential for this to happen. Please do bear in mind that we will learn first dance request for our wedding clients! While we play music from all eras (1950’s-present day) and genres, every track is laced with funk and soul vibes. Our members have a wide range of experience, from rock and indie bands to folk ensembles and jazz orchestras. We also pride ourselves on being professional and accommodating during the planning stage. We will answer every question in a timely manner and try to accommodate any request. On top of that, we will use our extensive knowledge of events and weddings to help you plan the perfect celebration: “[the band] always went out of their way to help during the stressful time of planning a wedding… and as a result, the band was definitely the least stressful thing to organise…”. When you book The Groovy Cats, you can relax in the knowledge that your entertainment is taken care of. We will turn up early, set up our equipment in a professional and non disruptive manner, and get changed into our suits for the performance. We take great pride in our customer service and our ability to mix seamlessly with your guests. Then, when we take the stage, you can guarantee that the dancefloor will be packed! We play 2 x one-hour sets, building up the energy as the night progresses. Plus, we will DJ before, in-between, and after our performance (for free) to keep the guests having fun. The Groovy Cats also have a huge number of additional entertainment packages to make your event perfect: Planning a cocktail reception, and looking for a cool and classy jazz band? Look no further; several our members are conservatoire trained jazz musicians and would be delighted to perform a selection of standards for your guests. Think the party might continue until the early hours of the morning? We have a wide variety of packages available to keep the party going, such as later finish times, and additional DJ sets. We can even provide an acoustic group to play for you as you walk down the aisle! Contact us today to guarantee that The Groovy Cats are part of your event. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
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Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Acoustic, Funk, Disco, Motown, R&B, Covers, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Blues, Rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Easy listening
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Event types:
Wedding, Private event, Wedding proposal, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, Hotel / Restaurant event, Concert, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Song list

(**) – From our 2021 standard setlist
(^^) – From our additional packages
- Funk and Soul -
A Little Less Conversation – Elvis **
Ain't No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Barefootin’ - Robert Parker
Blame It on The Boogie - The Jacksons
Bring It on Home - Sam Cooke
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Faith – George Michael **
Forget You – Cee Lo Green
Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
I Feel Good – James Brown **
I Need a Dollar - Aloe Blacc
I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Just the Two of Us - Bill Withers
Kiss – Prince **
Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett **
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Papa’s Got a Brand-New Bag – James Brown **
Proud Mary – Tina Turner **
Sex Machine – James Brown
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Sitting On the Dock - Otis Redding
Spanish Joint - D’Angelo
Sunny – Bobby Hebb
Superstition – Stevie Wonder **
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Use Me – Bill Withers
Wonderful World - Sam Cooke **
- Rock and Pop –
Africa - Toto
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Kahn
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Baby I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton
Beggin’ – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Believe – Cher **
Black Magic Woman – Santana
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
Bright Side of The Road - Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison **
Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
Don’t You Want Me – The Human League **
Dreaming of You – The Coral
Easy Like Sunday Morning - Lionel Richie
Escape (Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
Give It Up - KC & The Sunshine Band **
Happy - Pharrell Williams
I Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
I Try - Macy Gray
It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
Let’s Dance – David Bowie **
Listen to The Music - The Doobie Brothers
Long Train Runnin' – The Doobie Brothers **
Love on Top - Beyonce
Loving is Easy – Rex Orange County
Man In the Mirror - Michael Jackson
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Our House - Madness
Price Tag - Jessie J
Señorita – Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
Seven Nation Army – White Stripes **
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Stuck In the Middle with You – Stealers Wheel **
Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics **
Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus **
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
Valerie – The Zutons **
Walk Of Life - Dire Straits
You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon **
- Singalongs and Ballads -
1000 Miles - The Proclaimers **
All Of Me - John Legend
Angels – Robbie Williams **
Blame It on Me - George Ezra
Budapest - George Ezra
Delilah - Tom Jones
Don't Stop Believing – Journey
Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis **
Hey Jude – The Beatles
I'm Not the Only One - Sam Smith
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Just You and I – Tom Walker
Let It Be - The Beatles
Purple Rain – Prince **
Sit Down – James
Stand By Me – Ben E. King **
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
Wild World – Cat Stevens
Wonderwall – Oasis
- Rock n Roll and Blues -
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles **
Crosscut Saw – Albert Collins
Everybody Needs Somebody - Blues Brothers
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley **
I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles **
If You Love Me Like You Say – Albert Collins
Leaving Trunk – Taj Mahal
Never Make Your Move Too Soon – B.B. King
Sweet Home Chicago – Robert Johnson
Tutti Frutti – Little Richard **
- Reggae and Ska -
Dreadlock Holiday – 10CC **
Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder **
Message To You Rudy – The Specials
One Step Beyond – Madness
- Country and Western -
Country Roads – John Denver **
Man, I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash **
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyd
- Swing / Jazz -
Ain’t Misbehavin – Ella Fitzgerald ^^
All of Me – Louis Armstrong ^^
Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
Bare Necessities - The Jungle Book
Beautiful Love – Bill Evans ^^
Billie’s Bounce – Charlie Parker ^^
Blue Bossa – Dexter Gordon ^^
But Not For Me – Chet Baker ^^
Bye Bye Blackbird – Miles Davis ^^
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra ^^
Footprints – Wayne Shorter ^^
I Wanna Be Like You - The Jungle Book
I’ll Close My Eyes – Blue Mitchell ^^
It Don’t Mean a Thing – Duke Ellington ^^
Like Someone in Love – Chet Baker ^^
Little Sunflower – Freddie Hubbard ^^
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Cannonball Adderley
Milestones – Miles Davis ^^
Moanin’ – Bobby Timmons ^^
Mr. PC – John Coltrane ^^
My Foolish Heart – Bill Evans ^^
Recordame – Joe Henderson ^^
Sandu – Clifford Brown ^^
Skylark – Bing Crosby ^^
Smile – Charlie Chaplin ^^
Someone to Watch Over Me – George Gershwin ^^
St. Thomas – Sonny Rollins ^^
Summertime – George Gershwin ^^
Take the A-Train – Duke Ellington ^^
There Will Never Be Another You – Chet Baker ^^
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole ^^
Work Song – Cannonball/ Nat Adderley ^^
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients love our huge sound; you can only get that from two frontmen, two keyboardists and a horn section! People tell us that they love our funky and groovy twists on classic tunes. Then when it's time to let rip, we have a band full of soloists to blow you away! Also, if you love great crowd-work and onstage banter, you'll love The Groovy Cats.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

As well as playing at beautiful stately homes and wedding venues all over the country, we've also played at festivals, music venues, and hundreds of pubs and clubs. Add to that list: RAF bases, train sheds, sports stadiums, radio stations, ski resorts, nature reserves, hotels, the odd yurt, and even a cave, and you get the idea: We play anywhere.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The Groovy Cats' members have a variety of backgrounds and influences, so our sound is a mix of different genres and styles! We all love the work of funk masters like James Brown, Kool and the Gang and Earth, Wind and Fire; but we also love jazz, neo-soul and reggae. Some of our members even play in rock bands. The mix of influences is what sets us apart.

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

In November 2018 and 2019, The Groovy Cats were invited to perform live on the BBC as part of Look North's Children in Need broadcast. We played several sets, live on television, that were broadcast on BBC1, BB2, BBC Look North and BBC Yorkshire! Over 6 million people were watching, and it was a really exciting experience for us!

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

99.9% of the time! We haven't had a situation where the singer or any other member can't perform an event. However, if something was to happen, we have a roster of high-quality 'dep' musicians that can fill in at a moment's notice. Thankfully we have two lead singers, so the frontman position will never be vacant!

Do you have different line-up options?

Our lineup is: Lead Vocals Guitar and Lead Vocals Trumpet, Keys and Backing Vocals Saxophone Piano Bass guitar and vocals Drums This is how we like to perform but if you would like to add an additional female singer, or a trombonist, please see our Add-Ons section.

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

We are happy to be flexible and work around the timings of your event, but our usual timings are as follows: 18:30 Arrive at venue 18:45 Begin load-in and setup 20:45 First set (one hour) 21:45 Break (15 mins) 22:00 Second set (one hour) 23:00 DJ Set (one hour) 00:00 Pack down For events that continue after midnight, see our Add-Ons section.

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

Yes we provide this for free before, in-between and for one hour after our last set (or until midnight). We charge £250 per hour for each addition hour after this time (see our Add-Ons section).

How much time do you need to set up?

We ask for two hours to set up, however it only takes an hour or so to set up, preferably before the guests arrive so we can soundcheck and keep the guests excited to hear us for the first time. As soon as we're set up we can provide some music through the PA to get the atmosphere right.

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. If you have specific requests we will do our best to incorporate them.

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

Yes. We have a full PA system (2000W) and professional lighting rig! We ask for a 4m x 3m performance space.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, we're happy to learn 1 song for free. This covers first dance songs or just one of your favourites!

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1100
Up to 2 hours£1200
Up to 3 hours£1400
Packages
Daytime Gig Offer7 musicians
15% off for events finishing before 17:00! If your event is due to finish before 17:00, The Groovy Cats would like to offer you a 15% discount on our standard package of a 7-piece band playing 2 x 60-minute sets. Bring the funk to your beautiful daytime wedding!
£1488
Re-bookings and Referrals7 musicians
We offer a 10% discount to all clients that re-book us, and extend that discount to all referrals from previous clients! This is our standard package of a 7-piece band performing 2 x 60-minute sets. 10% discount applied, includes professional lighting rig, full PA system, and complimentary DJ service.
£1575
Special Dates7 musicians
If you would like The Groovy Cats to be part of your Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, or New Year's Day celebrations, please select this package! Make that NYE countdown special, and ring in the New Year with a powerful 7-piece band. This package consists of a 7-piece band playing up to 3 x 45-minute sets, and includes a professional lighting rig, full PA system and DJ service until 02:00.
£3000

Add-ons

Complimentary DJ Service
Free
Acoustic Soloist - 1 x 60 minutes
+£125
Solo Jazz Saxophonist – 1 x 60 minutes
+£125
Solo Jazz Pianist – 1 x 60 minutes
+£125
First Dance Song
+£125
Solo Guest Jazz Vocalist – 1 x 60 minutes
+£175
Solo Jazz Pianist – 2 x 45 minutes
+£188
Solo Jazz Saxophonist – 2 x 45 minutes
+£188
Acoustic Soloist - 2 x 45 minutes
+£188
Additional Trombonist (with full band)
+£250
Solo Guest Jazz Vocalist – 2 x 45 minutes
+£250
Acoustic Duo - 1 x 60 minutes
+£250
Pianist with Jazz Saxophonist – 1 x 60 minutes
+£250
Pianist with Jazz Trumpeter – 1 x 60 minutes
+£250
Pianist with Guest Jazz Vocalist – 1 x 60 minutes
+£250
Additional Female Vocalist (with full band)
+£250
Additional DJ Service 00:00 – 01:00
+£250
Pianist with Guest Jazz Vocalist – 2 x 45 minutes
+£375
Pianist with Jazz Trumpeter - 2 x 45 minutes
+£375
Pianist with Jazz Saxophonist – 2 x 45 minutes
+£375
Acoustic Trio - 1 x 60 minutes
+£375
Acoustic Duo - 2 x 45 minutes
+£375
Jazz Trio – 1 x 60 minutes
+£375
Jazz Trio with Guest Jazz Vocalist - 1 x 60 minutes
+£375
Acoustic Quartet - 1 x 60 minutes
+£450
Jazz Quartet – 1 x 60 minutes
+£450
Jazz Quartet with Guest Jazz Vocalist – 1 x 60 minutes
+£463
Additional DJ Service 00:00 – 02:00
+£500
Jazz Trio with Guest Jazz Vocalist – 2 x 45 minutes
+£563
Jazz Trio – 2 x 45 minutes
+£563
Acoustic Trio - 2 x 45 minutes
+£563
Jazz Quintet – 1 x 60 minutes
+£563
Jazz Quintet with Guest Jazz Vocalist – 1 x 60 minutes
+£575
Jazz Quartet – 2 x 45 minutes
+£675
Acoustic Quartet - 2 x 45 minutes
+£675
Jazz Quartet with Guest Jazz Vocalist – 2 x 45 minutes
+£694
Additional DJ Service 00:00 – 03:00
+£750
Full 7-piece Band (Daytime Set) – 1 x 60 minutes
+£788
Late Finish (Band Only)
+£813
Jazz Quintet – 2 x 45 minutes
+£844
Jazz Quintet with Guest Jazz Vocalist – 2 x 45 minutes
+£863
Late Finish with DJ Set
+£1000
Full 7-piece Band (Daytime Sets) – 2 x 45 minutes
+£1180
Full 7-piece Band (Daytime Sets) – 2 x 60 minutes
+£1250
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Emma D
5 months ago, for a Wedding in Sherbourne Farm Rd
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5 out of 5

These guys are INSANE! Honestly, they were the highlight of my wedding (don’t tell my husband). We were let down by a previous band 6 weeks before the big day, and I really do feel in this case, everything happens for a reason. If it wasn't for that cancellation, we would have never found the Groovy Cats! Our wedding evening flew by with this amazing band. The music they played was awesome and all our guests were up dancing; even my 87-year-old grandad who was waving his walking stick in the air! The band learnt our first dance song and made it their own, along with a very funky version of Cher’s “Believe”. We had so many compliments on the night (and for days following our wedding) about how incredible the band were. Communication with the band was so easy too, Isaac was so quick to respond to our questions and was so chilled! I will be recommending the Groovy Cats to everyone who needs a band going forward. I'm also looking for more excuses for another party to have them there! Thanks again! Mr & Mrs Douglas x

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Rob P
7 months ago, for a Wedding in Fowey PL23 1NJ
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5 out of 5

The Groovy Cats were absolutely brilliant; from the moment we emailed about an enquiry they were so helpful. Amazing 7-piece band playing great songs to get you dancing. Our wedding guests thought they were brilliant and are still talking about it weeks later. I would 100% recommend to anyone.

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