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The Soul Establishment are a first class 2 - 11 piece soul band specialising in high energy music for weddings, corporate events and parties
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The Soul Establishment are a Soul, Funk, Pop, Rock professional band. • Some of the best session musicians in the UK • Over 200 years combined performance experience • Over 100 gigs performed as a band The band have performed all over the world and bring their vast musical experience to every performance. With all their own equipment and a huge catalog of songs suitable for any occasion The Soul Establishment will ensure your night runs smoothly and create a set list designed to keep your dance floor full ensuring that any event is a huge success. The Soul Establishment perform at all events, be it weddings, office parties, corporate events, private parties, they have it all covered. Every event is seen as being unique and is approached in that way, guaranteeing that the music performed and running of your night is a success. The Soul Establishment tailor every single performance to the clients needs, working as closely as possible to ensure that every event is stress free and memorable for all the right reasons. The Soul Establishment perform music from a huge and ever expanding catalog of songs ranging from Funk through to Jazz. They understand the importance of having the right songs performed at your event and tailor their set with that in mind. The Soul Establishment can perform any piece of music and are happy to arrange music for your event which may not be in their repertoire. The band can also tailor their band size to meet your needs and understand you may not have the space or the budget for a full 11 piece band. The Soul Establishment also perform as a 7 piece a 9 piece and 11 piece. The band is also available to perform jazz sets as a trio, quartet or quintet if you require music for canapes, wedding ceremonies or champagne receptions, The Soul Establishment have it all covered. The Soul Establishment bring in all their own equipment and sound system so once you've booked the band, decided on what music you want and when you want the band to perform there is nothing to worry about and they will take care of the rest. If you love live music there really is only one band you can have performing at your event and that is The Soul Establishment. Can I choose the band set up? The band can go out as 5 - 11 piece band. The core line up is male and/or female vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard and drumkit. On top of that you can add horns: • 7 piece band - trumpet or sax • 8 piece band - trumpet/sax • 9 piece band - trumpet/sax/trombone (We recommend the 9 piece band!) • Luxury 11 piece band - 5 horns ​If you have a preference let us know. We now have the option of adding a percussionist to all band sizes. (Highly Recommended) Can you provide daytime entertainment? Yes! We provide entertainment for all kinds of events, be it private parties, corporate functions or weddings. We provide the following daytime entertainment options: • Jazz Duos/Trios & Quartets • Solo cocktail pianist • Guitar Duo • Latin Duo • Acoustic guitar & Vocalist • Acoustic band (small set up) How long do the band perform for? All functions are different but 95% of the time the band perform three 1 hour sets. Some clients want more or less and this can be negotiated. How do you entertain guests in between sets? We always provide a DJ playlist in between our sets. This way the party continues throughout the night! If you have a specific playlist you like let us know and we can play it. Will you learn our first dance? Yes! Whatever your first dance me be we will arrange a unique and special version for the band to perform live free of charge. If you would like additional songs that are not in our repertoire there is a small fee per arrangement.

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This act has been working with Encore for over 5 years
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Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
Christmas, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Blues, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Jazz fusion, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Funk, Disco, Funk rock, Motown, Soul, R&B, Top 40, Rock, Classic rock, Britpop, Latin, Bossa nova
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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The Soul Establishment's Song list

Africa - ToTo
Ain’t no mountain high enough - Dianna Ross
Ain’t to proud to beg - The Temptations
All night - Beyonce
All you need is love - The Beatles
Ain’t nobody - Chaka Khan
Best Of my love - Emotions
Giant - Rag n Bone man
24K magic - bruno mars
Thats what I like - Bruno mars
Brickhouse - The Commodores
Blame it on the boogie - Jackson 5
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Carwash - Rose Royce
Can’t help myself - the four tops
Can’t stop the feeling - Justin Timberlake
Can’t turn you loose - The Blues Brothers
Celebration - kool and the gang
Chain of fools - Aretha Franklin
Chunky - Bruno Mars
Crazy in love - Beyonce
Come Together - The Beatles
Dancing In the streets - Martha and the vandals
Dancing on the ceiling - lionel ritchie
Dance to the music - sly and the family stone
Disco inferno - The trammps
Dock of the bay - Otis redding
Don’t get around much anymore - Duke ellington
Don’t mean a thing - Duke ellington
Don’t you worry about a thing - Stevie Wonder
Don;'t stop till you get enough - Michael Jackson
Easy - Lionel Ritchie
Everybody dance - chic
Forget you - cee loo green
Flash Dance - what a feeling
Get up of a dat thing - James Brown
Girls just wanna have fun - Cyndi Lauper
Give up the funk - Parliament
Go daddy o - Big bad voodoo daddy
Get down tonight - KC& the sunshine band
Get Ready - The temptations
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Gimme Some Loving - The blues brother
Hard to handle - otis reading
Heatwave - Martha and the vandals
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
Higher ground - Stevie Wonder
Hip to be square - Huey Lewis and the news
hold on i’m coming - sam and dave
How sweet it is - Marvin Gaye
I’ll be there - Michael Jackson
I can't feel my face - The weeknd
I feel good - James Brown
I heard it through the grapevine - Marvin Gaye
I wanna dance with somebody - Whitney Houston
I will survive - Gloria Gaynor
I wish - Stevie Wonder
I'm so excited - The pointer sisters
In the midnight hour - Wilson Pickett
Isn’t she lovely - Stevie Wonder
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
Jungle boogie - Kool and the gang
Juice - Lizzo
Junior senior - everybody
Ladies night - Kool and the gang
let's get it on - Marvin Gaye
Lady Marmalade - labelle
Locked out of heaven - bruno mars
Kiss - prince
Midnight train to georgia - Gladys Knight and the pips
Moves like Jagger - mAROON 5
Move on up - Curtis Mayfield
Oh what a night - Four seasons
one kiss - dua lipa
no place i'd rather be - clean bandit
Land of 1000 dances - The Blues Brothers
Let’s stay together - Al green
Move on up - Otis redding
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
My Girl - The temptations
never too much - luther vandros
Pass the peas - James Brown
Play that funky Music - Kook and the gang
Pick up the pieces - Average white band
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Recordame - Joe Henderson
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Rescue me - Fontella Bass
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Rock with You - Michael Jackson
Rock steady - Aretha Franklin
September - Earth wind and fire
Sex Machine - James Brown
Shake your booty - KC and the sunshine band
Signed sealed delivered - Stevie Wonder
Sing a song -Earth wind and fire
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Smooth - Santana
Soul Man - sam and dave
Son of a preacher man - Dusty springfield
Sun Goddess - Earth wind and fire
Sunday Morning - Maroon 5
Super what? - Superbad the movie
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Sugar - Maroon 5
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Take on me - AHA
Think - Aretha Franklin
Try a little tenderness - Otis redding
That’s the way I like it - KC and the sunshine band
This Love - Maroon 5
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Uptown funk - Bruno Mars
Vehicle - The ides of march
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Walking on sunshine - Katrina and the waves
We are family - Sister Sledge
You can’t hurry love - The supremes
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients most love our MUSICIANSHIP, WOW FACTR, REPERTOIRE and PROFESSIONALISM - see our Encore biography for more details.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We've played at wedding venues, pubs & clubs throughout the UK, including Murrayfield Stadium, Gleneagles Golf Course, Trump's Turnberry & we were scheduled to perform at the SCE in Glasgow before covid. Our musicians have performed prestigious venues throughout Scotland including the Royal Concert Hall, Edinburgh's Usher Hall, & at various music festivals,

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We have wide and varying influences, from jazz through to 90s dance and everything in between. The band is modelled on popular bands like Bruno Mars, we love bringing funk and jazz to more modern pop songs. We can take any pop song and turn it into a 14 piece band arrangement filled with amazing vocals, fantastic solos and a really tight sound!

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

The after party of golfer Paul Lawrie's invitational, held at the prestigious Gleneagles hotel and golf course in Scotland. Guests included a host of celebrities from sport, TV and film. We had the dance floor full all night and many celebs came back stage to comment on how much they enjoyed the band.

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

We will always try our upmost to make sure the musicians in the video are the ones who perform. However, the show must go on and sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances between point of booking and engagement a deep must be brought in. All the musicians we use are professional working musicians.

Do you have different line-up options?

We have many different line ups available from 5 piece band up to a full 11 piece band with a 5 piece horn section. our standard line up is 9 piece (guitar, bass, keyboard, kit, trumpet, sax, trombone, male and female vocals.

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

Communicate your timings with us and we will make it work.

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

We always provide music before during and after the performance through an iPod or other device.

How much time do you need to set up?

We can comfortably set up in around 90mins. 1 hour at a push.

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

Og course, however our set lists are crafted from hundreds of performances and are done so with the audience in mind.

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


Can you learn song requests before the event?

of course. We will arrange 2 songs free of charge. After this each song is £40 per arrangement.

The Soul Establishment's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£2680
Up to 2 hours£2780
Up to 3 hours£2880


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The Soul Establishment's Reviews

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Steve H
10 months ago
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4.5 out of 5

Great band - a fantastic mix of classic songs and new tunes that had everyone at our wedding reception dancing. We were advised setup time would be 1 hour but it ended up taking over an hour and a half - the fact England had just lost to France left the mood flat whilst we waited for setup, but this is more an observation than a complaint as they were fantastic.

Reply from The Soul Establishment
9 months ago

Hi Steve, Thanks for the kind words. The set up took the band one hour from getting into the performance space. The band were waiting with all the equipment in the corridor to be given the green light by the venue and once inside were delayed further as the staff couldn't clear the floor quick enough. It is unfortunate that the delay in service has negatively impacted on the bands review. Sometimes things happen out of the bands control and we will always work as fast as we can to get things back on track. However i'm glad you enjoyed the bands performance and once again, thank you for this.

David C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

What an amazing band! Jenny the singer was fab but without a shadow of a doubt the hit of the night was the sax/DJ and the surprise drums that were included. Everyone said that it was the best wedding they had been to. Soul establishment was part of that great night and provided such a great atmosphere to everyone with a mixture for all ages to enjoy. The Americans enjoyed the Scottish ceilidh dancing albeit had no idea what to do. However the Ibiza theme to finish the night got everyone dancing. Thanks to all the band that made our night very special and would definitely recommend soul establishment to anyone.

Tracey B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Fantastic! Would certainly recommend

Lindsey B
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

The soul establishment were everything we wanted them to be and more ! Our first dance was perfect and the dance floor was not empty the entire night. The quality of the sounds and the set list were amazing. Everyone of our wedding guests commented on our choice of band. Would highly recommend

From other customers:

Colin E
3 years ago, for a Wedding in Scotland
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5 out of 5

Tom, as you promised us and we hoped for the band were absolutely amazing they were the talk of the wedding, everybody was up dancing, singing and had a fantastic night. Just looking back at video of our wedding, can't thank you enough again at short notice but what a night !!!! Soul Establishment was one of the highlights of our special day. Definitely our type of music and our guests had such an amazing night on the dance floor. Please thank all members of the band for us and we would absolutely recommend you, thank you for making our day complete.

Hector D
3 years ago, for a Wedding in Scotland
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for everything on the night, the band was absolutely smashing, even better than we were hoping for. We completely loved the arrangement for first dance, and all the tunes were played with such energy. It feels like a world away now but I'm looking forward to seeing the video when it's all edited.

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