The Essentials

  • from £1165 for 7-piece in Yorkshire & Humberside Help
  • from £1175 for 7-piece in North West
  • from £1190 for 7-piece in East Midlands
  • from £1195 for 7-piece in West Midlands
  • from £1195 for 7-piece in North East
  • from £2015 for 7-piece in Wales
  • from £2015 for 7-piece in Scotland
  • from £2015 for 7-piece in South East

Exceptionally talented female-fronted 5-piece including sax, who can work any crowd into a sweat, with a broad rock, pop and soul repertoire suitable for all ages. Additional musicians, optional jazz sets and DJ service available.

Special offer! Book The Essentials within 7 days of your enquiry and get a FREE laptop DJ service provided by the band (worth £150).

Fronted by an energetic female vocalist with a huge stage presence, The Essentials are surely one of the most original and exciting bands on the function and wedding band scene today.

The band are all trained, and therefore able to adapt to any setting and any style required of them - they have a varied and exciting repertoire which includes modern artists such as Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber and Pharrell as well as legends such as Stevie Wonder and Dusty Springfield. Members of the band have performed for the Manchester Youth Jazz Orchestra as well as NYJO and numerous festivals of all musical origins! They're currently in demand as session musicians throughout the North West and further afield.

Thanks to the band's energy, versatility and professionalism they're now one of our most recommended female-fronted wedding bands in Leeds & Yorkshire.

Performance information

Line-up Female lead vocals; guitar; bass/male vocals; drums; alto sax; tenor sax; trumpet
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Help Yes (included in price)
Lighting Yes (included)
Arrival & set-up Help From 5pm; allow 60 minutes to set up
Requirements Help Space of 6 x 4 metres; power supply; rider

Booking options

Requests (if not in repertoire) One free request (if suitable)
DJ service (provided by act)

includes laptop with large song database + requests + mic for speeches + lighting

Add musician (trumpet, alto sax & tenor sax available) Add £200
Add 2 x 60 minutes acoustic duo sets Add £375
Add 1 x 60 minute jazz quartet set Add £375
Add 1 x 30 minute set of "party tunes" Add £185
Add 1 x 60 minute set of "party tunes" Add £360

What people say Help

  • The Essentials were wonderful - professional, slick and with an amazing setlist and stage-presence. Paul was easy-going and stress-free to deal with ahead of and during the event.

    Kyle, Wedding at Barn Bistro in Scarborough, September 2017
  • Booking was very easy, agency were responsive & the band did a fantastic job on the night. Everyone asked where I had found them and how good the set list was. Thanks so much!

    Catherine & James, Wedding at The Hall at Marthall, Cheshire, July 2017
  • Fabulous band! Kept everyone entertained and on the dance floor! The music choices and flow was perfect, would definitely recommend to anyone having a celebration, wedding, party or corporate event! The band played for a 25th wedding anniversary party with a wide mix of ages from young teens to late 90's! Everyone enjoyed the music and was up dancing till late at night! Thanks again guys, you were great!

    Teepee Tent Hire, Anniversary Party, Cheshire, October 2016
  • We were so impressed with The Essentials and so were all of our guests. They arrived with plenty of time, set-up discreetly and worked with us and the venue fantastically. Conversations with them prior to the event were really useful and basically had no issues at all with them. Their music choices were great and they learnt our song and performed it brilliantly. Such friendly people I couldn't recommend them enough. There were some venue issues to work with and they did so very professionally and in a way that none of our guests noticed. Fantastic!

    Sarah, Wedding, Betws-y-coed, August 2016
  • These guys are fantastic. We booked them for our wedding and pretty much all the guests have commented on how good they were. Couldn't have asked for more from them. They didn't disappoint in any way. Loved them. Thanks to you all for making our evening so special.

    Sandra, Wedding, Manchester, May 2016
  • Thanks again for a fantastic performance at our wedding last weekend, what a party we had!! Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band & let us know if you are ever in the area again as we would love to hear it all again!

    Charlie, Wedding, Manchester, May 2016
  • The Essentials were absolutely sensational and exceeded all our expectations. All of our guests commented on the high quality of this band and they really helped us have a fantastic day. There musically ability is second to none, They were also friendly and professional at all times.

    Julia, Wedding, Cheshire, February 2016
  • The Essentials were absolutely amazing! They really made my party, nothing was too much trouble and they played all my requests!

    Sarah, Birthday Party, Cannock, December 2015
  • Thanks guys for the fabulous sets last night at our wedding. Everyone commented on how great you were. Thanks again. Finished off a fabulous day!

    Richard, Wedding, Manchester, September 2015
  • The Essentials were fantastic, so pleased we chose them they were brilliant. Incredible sound and amazing vocals, they were really friendly to deal with and really chilled out but very professional which is exactly what you need on your wedding day. We had loads of great feedback about the band from guests - everyone really enjoyed it. Thank you!!!

    Katie & Joe, Wedding, Nantwich, August 2015
  • Hi guys, just wanted to say thanks so much for your performance on Saturday at our wedding. One thing we really wanted when planning the wedding was a good band and you definitely delivered! Everyone commented on how good you were and your fantastic choices for each set. It was lovely to see the dance floor full all night. We will definitely be suggesting you to friends.

    Liz & Mike, Wedding, Manchester, May 2015
  • Many thanks to The Essentials for entertaining our wedding guests on Saturday 5th July 2014!! You were amazing! Absolutely fantastic! I remember joining in the chant, "One more song! One more song!"...our guests did not want you to end. Many thanks from Jess Bickersand Rob Allan x

    Jess & Rob, Wedding, Manchester, July 2014
  • Hiring a band was one of our big, avoidable expenses but was something we were keen to do. We wanted one with several members (to increase the 'size' of the sound), a female singer and a set list that extended beyond Kings of Leon and The Killers. The Essentials sounded quite good on the website but were absolutely amazing live. That voice is incredible. I've no idea why they're not a full time band, they're honestly good enough. They were also very friendly, professional and looked great.

    We had an awesome day and The Essentials allowed the evening to continue in the same vein - big big thanks.

    Catherine, Wedding, Liverpool, July 2014
  • The band were fantastic in every way. They arrived promptly, looked great and helped to create a brilliant party atmosphere. I've never seen a wedding band able to get every person in the room up and dancing before - but they definitely managed it!

    The DJ service between sets kept the party going as well, with song requests met and a good range of music styles. Many thanks of making our night.

    Adam, Wedding, Cumbria, June 2014
  • The band were great. They liaised with the venue as we requested, set up all their equipment without any problems on the day and all the guests had a great time!

    Mark, Wedding, Manchester, October 2013
  • The band were amazing!!! There were incredibly professional; setting up while we were eating dinner and ready to start at the exactly on time. The singer was amazing and we had a number of comments on who the band were and where we had found them from. The music played was perfect for a wedding, modern but not so much so that it alienated the older generation. Overall, we couldn't of hoped for better and would book them again if we had an opportunity.

    Rachel, Wedding, Croton, September 2013
  • The Essentials were brilliant, really friendly - fantastic music!

    Olivia, Wedding, Oulton, August 2013
  • The Essentials were absolutely amazing! The lead singers voice is just fantastic. They got everybody up dancing and played a great mix of songs. My husband and I are so happy that we chose them to play at our wedding as I really think they made the evening and we had comments from so many people saying how great the band were. We are now trying to think of what we could celebrate next so that we could have them playing for us again! I would say to anyone trying to find a band for their celebration, look no further - pick these guys!!

    Clare & Pete, Wedding, July 2013
  • The Essentials are essential for a party! I must admit we were slightly nervous as to what to expect of the band, having booked them in a hurry and only viewing a short amount of footage. But, WOW! They blew us away. They absolutely made the evening and got everyone up and dancing. An unforgettable highlight and lots of our guests loved them too.
    My brother and Dad both have their own bands, and musicians themselves, both commended on how brilliant they were.

    Clarissa, the lead singer, has the most amazing stage presence and soulful voice. When we have our next party, we will most certainly be getting them to perform again. Booking through function central couldn't have been easier too and Alistair was extremely helpful and quick at answering all of my queries, an excellent service!

    Dani, Private party, June 2013
  • We were very pleased with The Essentials. We had a great night, danced all the time, and just enjoyed ourselves. One of the great things was that the band just played - I spoke to them once at the beginning, then when we made some speeches (and the PA was brilliant), and then at the end. The line-up was great, the lead singer had a lovely voice, and their choice of numbers, (and of tracks for the disco) was so good I didn’t have to think about it. All our guests enjoyed the music, and many complimented us on our choice of band, and especially the lead singer.

    Your service at Function Central was excellent, very straight forward, prompt, courteous, and re-assuring. Thanks for a great occasion.

    Adrian & Liz , Wedding, Cheshire, May 2013
  • Just a quick email to say that we were so pleased with The Essentials at our wedding. They had the dance floor packed all night, accommodated our requests, were extremely professional and we will definitely be booking them again! All of our guests have commented on how great they were and how much they enjoyed the evening!

    Dan, Wedding, February 2013
  • The band they were simply incredible, the lead singer was amazing and really got the whole party started. Without the band it would have been just another wedding do. So many people commented on how good the band was not only from a singing perspective but the music also. The variety of songs also went down really well and they catered for everyone at our party. From start to finish their professionalism was first class. I can't thank them enough and we wish them all the success in the future.

    Terry and Michelle, Wedding
  • Book this band for your wedding! The voice – absolutely amazing! All the musicians are very talented and work very well together. They even tailored one of our favourite songs for our first dance; absolutely beautiful. Everyone at our wedding was very impressed with The Essentials and had a great time dancing to their selection of songs. Thanks for your all your assistance.

    Bee, Wedding, Cheshire
  • I couldn't praise the band highly enough,they were marvellous everyone loved them, they were perfect. We had many positive comments and would book them again. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone who needs a band!

    Sarah, Wedding, Manchester
  • The Essentials played at our wedding, in a nutshell... what a find!!! With nearly 280 guests to please the band did an absolutely amazing job! Everyone asked where we had found them and commented on how professional and friendly they were and what a great selection of music they played. The band really made our day so much more special, we would recommend them to anyone! Thanks again for providing such an amazing service! We will be certain to pass your details onto many friends who are due to get married and looking for live music!

    Kristen & Heather, Wedding, Bolton
  • We were thrilled with The Essentials! We thought they couldn't be as good as they sounded on their demos - but in fact they sounded identical! Their song choices were perfect for our mixed crowd, and they got everyone dancing. They were really easygoing and friendly too.

    Nicky, Wedding, Nottinghamshire
  • Superb - talented, friendly and professional, and stunning lead vocals. So many guests wanted to know where we found them. We were delighted when they performed At Last for our first dance. Please pass on my thanks.

    Denis, Wedding
  • A great night was had by all thanks to The Essentials - brilliant sounding, energetic and cool, and an incredible singer.

    Rob, Bar Manager, North West
  • The Essentials played at our Summer Ball and were a massive hit. The band created a amazing atmosphere and got everyone on the dancefloor! Highly recommended, whatever your event.

    Leanne, NHS Annual Party, Warrington, Lancashire
  • Thank you so much for playing at our wedding - the band sounded so good and were such a nice bunch. Do keep us posted if you're ever performing in the area again as we'd love to come and listen to you again!

    Bee, Wedding

Repertoire Help

  • 90s To Present
  • Alicia Keys - How Come You Don’t Call Me
  • Amy Winehouse - Valerie
  • Avicii - Wake Me Up
  • Basement Jaxx - Do You Thing
  • Basement Jaxx - Good Luck
  • Beyoncé - Love On Top
  • Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
  • Bruno Mars - Treasure
  • Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
  • Cardigans - Love Fool
  • Clean Bandit - Real Love
  • Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
  • DNCE - Cake By The Ocean
  • Duffy - Mercy
  • Estelle - American Boy
  • Florence + The Machine - You've Got The Love
  • Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
  • James Bay - Hold Back The River
  • Jamiroquai - Virual Insanity
  • Joss Stone - Free Me
  • Joss Stone - L-O-V-E
  • Joss Stone - Super Duper Love
  • Justin Bieber - Love Yourself
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling
  • Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
  • Laura Izibor - Shine
  • Lauryn Hill - To Zion
  • Little Mix - Black Magic
  • Lucy Pearl - Don't Mess With My Man
  • Maroon 5 - Sugar
  • Mary Mary - Shackles
  • Megan Trainor - All About That Bass
  • Olly Murs - Trouble Maker
  • Peter Andre - Mysterious Girl
  • Pharrell - Happy
  • Taylor Swift - Blank Space
  • The Bangles - Eternal Flame
  • The Killers - Human
  • The Noisettes - Never Forget You
  • U2 - Beautiful Day
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance
  • 70s & 80s
  • Michael Jackson - Rock With You
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • Jean Knight - Mr Big Stuff
  • Stevie Wonder - Signed Sealed Delivered
  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition
  • Stevie Wonder - I Wish
  • Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
  • The Beatles - Hey Jude
  • Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better
  • Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
  • Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
  • Stevie Wonder - For Once In My Life
  • Jocelyn Brown - Somebody Else's Guy
  • Rose Royce - Car Wash
  • Tom Petty - Free Fallin’
  • Jackson 5 - Blame It On The Boogie
  • Chaka Khan - Ain’t Nobody
  • Aretha Franklin - Natural Woman
  • Gwen McCrae- All This Love That I’m Giving
  • Eliza Doolittle- Pack Up
  • Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
  • Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You
  • Tom Browne - Funkin’ For Jamaica
  • Sam Brown - Stop
  • Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On
  • Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real
  • Frankie Valli - Beggin’
  • Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
  • 50s & 60s
  • Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
  • Dusty Springfield - Take Another Piece Of My Heart
  • Peggy - Lee Fever
  • Aretha - Franklin Think
  • Martha Reeves - Dancing In The Street
  • Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love To You
  • Jazz Quartet Sample (female vox lead)
  • Sample Set List - Vocal Lead Jazz Quintet -
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
  • Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
  • What A Difference A Day Made - Dinah Washington
  • Save Your Love For Me - Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson
  • At Last - Etta James
  • What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  • All Of Me - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Fever - Peggy Lee
  • Summertime - Nina Simone
  • A Fine Romance - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Fly To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
  • Let's Do It - Billie Holiday
  • The Ole Devil Called Love - Alison Moyet
  • The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
  • Jazz Quartet Sample (sax lead)
  • Canteloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
  • Mercy Mercy Mercy - Joe Zawinul
  • Killer Joe - Benny Golson
  • Impressions - John Coltrane
  • Blue Bossa - Joe Henderson
  • Work Song - Cannonball Adderley
  • Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
  • This Masquerade - George Benson
  • Oye Como Va - Carlos Santana
  • I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Nina Simone
  • Use Me - Bill Withers
  • All Blues - Miles Davis
  • Footprints - Wayne Shorter
  • Mo' Better Blues - Branford Marsalis
  • Moondance - Van Morrison


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