Inject Some Soul Into Your Wedding Reception

Inject Some Soul Into Your Wedding ReceptionInject Some Soul Into Your Wedding ReceptionInject Some Soul Into Your Wedding ReceptionInject Some Soul Into Your Wedding Reception

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Choosing a band for your wedding reception can be a tricky job. They may sound fantastic on their website but how do you know that they can really do the business on the night? Will they whip the crowd up into a frenzy and have everyone dancing til the wee hours? It’s an important part of the event and you don’t want to leave it to chance. Maybe you have seen a great band at a previous wedding or event or maybe you’re happy to listen to recommendations from friends or other wedding vendors.

Here at Bridal Soup we have witnessed the good, the bad and even the ugly of wedding bands. One band which knows exactly how to get the party started and keep it going is Second City Soul. We caught up with Jo from the band to get her thoughts on what makes a truly great wedding band.

How did Second City Soul come about and how long have you been around?

We’re a close-knit unit, many of us have played together for 14 years. We’ve had a few other far-flung projects in between… but are now reunited doing what we love most!

How would you sum up your style?

Soul and Funk Classics

What are your most requested tracks?

We always get shouts for our medley of Black Eyed Peas’ “Shut Up” and Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” – we’ve put our own spin on it and have a blast performing it! Our version of Ne-Yo’s ‘Closer’ is really popular right now as well.

Do couples let you do your thing or supply requests before their wedding?

We tend to put the set lists together ourselves so that we keep people dancing but couples do put requests in  – especially for their first dance. We always aim to learn a couple’s first dance if requested in advance.

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How early should couples be planning their entertainment prior to the big day?

At least 6 months ahead!!  Give yourself plenty of time to be able to go and see them perform live before booking them!!

Do you have any favourite songs you love performing?

Too many to mention! Let’s start with Dancing on the Ceiling, Kiss, Disco Inferno and Lady Marmalade.

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What makes you different from other bands?

It’s so much more than a gig… it’s the Biggest Soul Party in Town! We provide a highlight to the evening that your guests will talk about for years.

How far will you travel for a wedding?

Bali, The Seychelles, West Indies- how far do you want?

What’s the craziest wedding you’ve performed at?

That would be the one where the couple wanted Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’ as the first dance! Sadly, not in our repertoire.

How long do you typically play for at a wedding?

Most couples have 2 x 45 minute sets but we can perform for up to 3 hours if required!

What’s next for the band?

Lots more weddings and corporate functions. We’re constantly building on our set lists and have a residency at the Ceol Castle in Birmingham where potential clients can come to see us perform and meet us.

Any other tips or suggestions for brides looking for a band for their wedding?

First and foremost – Choose your band carefully!  Always, always, always go and see them perform live before booking them!!  Talk to the person who does their bookings in advance and make sure that they are a band who will work around you on your big day!!

For more information visit the Second City Soul Website.

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