Empire Beats

  • from £1220 for 6-piece in South East Help
  • from £1220 for 6-piece in London
  • from £1250 for 6-piece in East of England
  • from £1250 for 6-piece in East Midlands
  • from £1265 for 6-piece in West Midlands
  • from £1270 for 6-piece in Wales
  • from £1300 for 6-piece in Yorkshire & Humberside
  • from £1350 for 6-piece in North West
  • from £1370 for 6-piece in North East

Energetic, experienced and professional 6-piece band covering a seamless mix of smooth soul, funk, acid jazz, disco and banging dance tunes.

With a fantastically funky selection of 70s disco, smooth 60s soul and banging dance tunes from the nineties through the noughties, this band is guaranteed to get the dance floor pumping!

Empire Beats are fronted by outstanding vocalist Gloria, who has extensive session singing experience under her belt and is also a vocal coach. Gloria was selected in the last 75 in Pop Idol 2003, in the last 10 in the VH1 Divas London Auditions, has had TV appearances on MTV and has even supported Jools Holland. Her soulful, energetic and passionate delivery combined with a great stage presence and the ability to interact with the audience makes her stand out from the crowd.

Backing Gloria is an all-star band featuring guitar, drums, bass & trumpet/synths and a female backing vocalist. Between them members of Empire Beats have performed alongside and shared stages with some major acts, including; Jools Holland, The Beastie Boys, Dhol Foundation and Marlena Shaw.

Please expect an increase in guide fees on peak days and months due to high demand.

Performance information

Line-up Female lead vocals; drums; bass; guitar; keyboards; trumpet
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Help Yes (included in price)
Lighting Yes (included in price)
Arrival & set-up Help From 5:30pm; allow 60 minutes to set up
Requirements Help Space of 5 x 4 metres; power supply; rider

Booking options

Requests (if not in repertoire) One free request
Extra performances Add £150 for 1 x 30 minute set
Add saxophone Add £195
Add percussion (congas, tambourine, bells, shakers, etc) Add £195
Add saxophone and percussion Add £370

What people say Help

  • Superb. Even the staff at the venue stated it was among the very best groups they have ever had at the venue. All the guests commented that the music was unexpected as it covered all ages. The sound checks were done before the event and they cleared away calmly and quietly to let the disco do its 'thing'. The set up was early and 'demands' from the band didn't exist. We fed them and gave them a place to use as preparation and to dress and they got on with it. I cannot speak highly enough of them and their professionalism....and I have booked many bands over some 30 years!

    Mark, 60th Birthday Party, Norfolk, April 2017
  • Nice set guys - You were great! Thank you so much for playing!

    Dame Kelly Holmes, Charity Ball, Reading, 2016
  • You and your band were great, just what we hoped for!

    Ben, Wedding, London, October 2016
  • Wow! Thank you so much all of you! Valarie and I had a super evening. What a brilliant evening we ALL enjoyed last night dancing to your fab-u-lous music!! Everybody said what a great evening it was and that Empire Beats was the best group they had ever heard and we totally agree! Thanks to you all.

    Nigel & Valerie, Wedding, Surrey, September 2016
  • Just want to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the band for helping make the day so much more special. We've had so much feedback from guests saying you were the best wedding band they've ever seen. Me and my wife totally agree. Big thanks again.

    Peter & Olivia, Wedding, West Sussex, September 2016
  • The band were incredible, they got the whole crowd up and dancing, Gloria is a brilliant front woman and epic entertainer. The music was phenomenal, countless guests commented on how fantastic the band were. No one wanted them to leave, they really made our wedding epic!

    Fritha, Wedding, East Sussex, July 2016
  • Fabulous evening - thank you very much!

    Nick, Wedding, London, April 2016
  • I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you so much for playing our wedding in August. We thought you guys were absolutely amazing and have had so much praise for you from our guests. You did the first song perfectly!

    Claire, Wedding, Surrey, August 2015
  • I just wanted to say HUGE thank you for being so brilliant on saturday 24th May. Rich and I had such a fantastic day celebrating and you and your band really helped. We have had so many positive comments about the music. You have a wonderful voice and the band were just fantastic. We really appreciated your version of the first dance - it worked so well and was perfect for that moment... Thank you again for being absolutely brilliant!

    Vicky, Wedding, Surrey, May 2015
  • Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. All of you were absolutely amazing. We've had so many compliments about the music and you've been a pleasure to deal with, so we'll definitely be recommending you to everyone.

    Jane & Gerry, Wedding, April 2014
  • Thank you for all playing at our wedding on the 3rd of August, we felt that you had an amazing voice and a very talented Band, We had many compliments from our guests and would certaintly hire you all again if we were having another event.

    Rachael & Tim, Wedding, August 2013
  • Empire Beats delivered an incredible performance during our Big Day and rocked our night. All the guests were very impressed by the quality of the performance and they got everybody dancing their best moves. The repertoire was just amazing and so spot on for what we wanted for our Big Night. Last but not least, they were able to perform live our first song, which made it even more incredible. They are top notch and we highly recommend them for anyone who would like to have the best. And thank you so much Empire Beats for having contributed to what made our Big Day perfect.

    Jean-Marc, Wedding, September 2012
  • Everyone must hire this band!!!!!! They ended the most perfect day in the most perfect style!!!!! The dancefloor was packed throughout the night. Empire Beats had an excellent playlist and sang each song outrageously well!!!!! The band themselves were accommodating, flexible and ever the true professionals.

    Everyone was raving about the band afterwards; those of our friends and family who are not yet married have said they want Empire Beats to be their wedding band. They were absolutely amazing.

    Iain, Wedding, Brentwood, September 2012
  • The band were fantastic. Everyone from the night up until now are still commenting how fantastic they were!!!! Thank you for making our evening PERFECT!!!

    Steve, Wedding, Hazlewood Castle, June 2012
  • Hi Beverley and Rob. What can we say…. You were fabulous. Everyone has commented on how absolutely brilliant the band was. I think the fact that the dance floor was packed from the first song to the last speaks for itself.

    We cannot fault your service or the band in any way. You really helped make the day the best day of our lives. I don’t think recommendations are needed; all our “singletons” have already stated they want Empire Beats as their wedding band. You may be seeing more of us than you imagined. We hope you had a good night too.

    Jennifer & Iain, Wedding, Essex, June 2012
  • I just wanted to thank you so much for all your hard work with our event. Empire Beats were exactly what I wanted them to be and really added to the ambience of the evening. I really appreciate the effort you all made and thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be heartily recommending your group to anyone who needs to organise an event and thank you for stepping in at the last minute to help us.

    Pam, Event Organiser, January 2012
  • My wife and I hired Empire Beats for our wedding. We trawled pretty much every website and listened to samples of many bands and felt that from what we heard from the group over the net was the best sound and take on the type of music we wanted for our big day. We were not disappointed. The band set up with absolutely no fuss and we completely flexible both before the wedding in terms of the sets they would play and also on the evening when a few things had overrun. From the start the music was fantastic - and everyone at the wedding and indeed afterwards were asking how we found the band and commented on how good they were. The guys are also all really nice people and had a quick beer with us after their set and helped make the whole experience a perfect one for our big day. I would without hesitation recommend the band to anyone- and finally get to thank them properly for a great set!!

    Paul, Wedding, Sussex, July 2011
  • I hired the band for my 50th Birthday party. I thought they were excellent, played exactly the kind of music I was looking for and which got everyone up on the floor dancing – even from the first song which is always difficult. The singers were superb and everyone enjoyed the interactive session, especially me! All of my guests were very complimentary about the band and we all had a brilliant time. In fact, we’re still talking about the party and what an excellent band they were. Function Central provided a straightforward service and I easily identified the type of band I was looking for. Once I had submitted an enquiry, the response was very quick and it was very easy to confirm the booking and finalise all the arrangements. An excellent service.

    Debbie, 50th Birthday, London. September 2010
  • Having only heard the sound bites on the web for Empire Beats I was very nervous as to what they would sound like in the flesh on the night of my 40th - I have to say that there was no need to have worried at all - they were absolutely excellent! Everyone commented on how professional they were and how great they sounded - I was very, very pleased with their performance. In addition, they were very flexible over setting up early and adjusted their time slots on the night to suit the mood of the party. I would have no hesitation over booking them again. Very good service from Function Central too, great website, polite and helpful and got us exactly what we wanted on the night that we needed it. Great.

    Phil, 40th Birthday Party, Sussex, August 2010
  • Empire Beats were great. From the minute they started playing the dance floor was buzzing with funky tunes for everyone. I would not hesitate in recommending them for any wedding or private party. They were fab!

    Sarah, Wedding, London, 2009
  • Brilliant! They were so good we nearly missed out flight to Lisbon! Empire Beats are guaranteed to get any party started and we would have no problem in recommending them, in fact they took two bookings, from guests, on the night of our wedding!

    Graham, Wedding, Surrey, 2009
  • Thank you to the band for a superb gig at our wedding on Saturday 25th October. It made it a very special event for us and the dancing did not stop from the moment you started. It was great to hear such a varied repertoire so professionally sung, supported by TOP QUALITY musicians.

    There are bands and then there are BANDS..... and I can assure anyone reading this review who are considering you for a coming wedding or event that they will be knocked out by you. Fantastic. Good luck for the future... you deserve to be busy.

    Neil, Wedding, London, 2009

Repertoire Help

  • 90, 00s & 10s
  • Apparently Nothin’ - Brand New Heavies
  • Back to Life - Soul II Soul
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
  • Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
  • Crazy In Love - Beyonce
  • Dub Be Good To Me - Beats International
  • Finally - Cece Peniston
  • Forget you - CeeLo Green
  • Get Lucky - Daft Punk
  • Groove is in the heart - Dee Lite
  • Gypsy Woman - Crystal Waters
  • Happy - Pharrell
  • Killing Me Softly - The Fugees
  • Love Shack - The B52's
  • Real Love - Clean Bandit Ft Jess Glynne
  • September - Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Teardrops - Womack and Womack
  • Valerie - Amy Winehouse
  • Waka Waka - Shakira
  • 80s
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Celebration - Kool and the Gang
  • Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - Blues Brothers
  • Everyday People - Arrested Development
  • I'm Coming out - Diana Ross
  • It Must Be Love - Madness
  • Kiss - Prince
  • Last Night a DJ Saved My Life - Indeep
  • Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
  • Word up - Cameo
  • You’ve Got The Love - Candi Staton
  • 70s
  • Always and Forever – Luther Vandross
  • Back to My Roots - Odyssey
  • Bad Girls - Donna Summer
  • Blame It on the Boogie - Jackson 5
  • Express Yourself - Charles Wright
  • I Want You Back - Jackson 5
  • Lady Marmalade - Labelle
  • Le Freak - Chic
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green
  • Lovely Day - Bill Withers
  • No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
  • Oh What a Night - the Four Seasons
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  • Thinking of You - Sister Sledge
  • We Are Family - Sister Sledge
  • We’ve Only Just Begun - the Carpenters
  • You're All I Need to Get by - Marvin Gaye
  • 60s
  • Baby Love - The Supremes
  • Dancing in the Street - Martha and the Vandellas
  • Do You Love Me? – The Contours
  • Fever - Shirley Bassey
  • Higher And Higher – Jackie Wilson
  • I got you, I Feel Good - James Brown
  • Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett- The Commitments
  • R.E.S.P.E.C.T - Aretha Franklin
  • Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
  • Soul Man - Sam and Dave
  • Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
  • Think - Aretha Franklin
  • Christmas
  • Last Christmas - Wham!
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee


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