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Having a function? You need a band!

The Function Band is the most followed event band in the world and highly sought-after in the industry

Louisa Walters is Features Editor at the Jewish News and specialises in food and travel writing

Performing at more than 250 events a year worldwide, and with a social media following of more than 365,000 followers, plus more than 125 million views on TikTok, The Function Band are the most sought-after band in the industry, and the most followed event band in the world. Comprising an incredible team of talented singers and musicians, The Function Band create an immersive experience for guests to enjoy and memories to last a lifetime.

The band members have entertained some of the biggest celebrities in music, sport, television and film, and performed alongside the likes of Ellie Goulding, Lewis Capaldi, Craig David, Dizzee Rascal, Roger Taylor (Queen), Cliff Richard, Madness, Alfie Boe, Michael Ball and many more.

The Function Band can do the full gamut of simcha entertainment, from a DJ Live set up to an all-singing all-dancing showband. They can also do an entire event package, as their many years in the industry (16 and counting) means the team have access to the best suppliers in the world. The production design team will build a custom stage, create a stunning light show and pull together your function in ways you never even dreamed of.

“Whether you have The Function Band DJ Live, consisting of six to 10 people, or The Function Band Showband of nine to 20 people, the chemistry is the same,” says owner Dan Rosen. “Our set lists are completely bespoke, comprising the regular favourites, chart hits and everything in between.”

What has been the biggest ‘wow’ moment for you?
We’ve been doing this for 16 years and every year brings new ‘wow’ moments. But recently we performed at the wedding of Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs. For us as musicians, there is no bigger compliment than huge-selling artists choosing us to provide their entertainment.

What are people choosing for their first dance song?
Last year we played a lot of Latch by Sam Smith and Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis.

How can you make a chuppah extra special?
Having a chazan and live music can really make the chuppah memorable and emotional.

What do you think makes a function great?
The guests and the entertainment. Nobody has ever left an event and said: “I ate the best chicken breast ever,” or “I saw the best flowers,” but if your Nana is
standing on the table singing Gangsta’s Paradise in the middle of the main course, you will remember that forever!

What is hot right now in terms of activities?
Disposable cameras on every table is a nice touch so you can get photos from your friends’ and family’s perspective.

When the audience is a mixed age group, how do you keep the balance right?
This is why having a good mix of music that tailors to every age group is so important. It wouldn’t be fun if it was just the bride and groom’s friends on the dance floor. You need to include everyone and if you get the music right, it will make the wedding.

What’s your top tip for lighting design to create an ambience?
If your venue allows, then you should definitely have haze, as it majorly enhances the lights, allowing you to see all the beams flooding across the room. However, even though lighting helps the room look special, it’s important to have something that works for you and your budget.

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