The Heartbeats

  • from £550 for duo in South East Help
  • from £575 for duo in South West
  • from £590 for duo in West Midlands
  • from £590 for duo in East Midlands
  • from £590 for duo in London
  • from £610 for duo in Wales

Stylish and modern acoustic guitar & cajon duo from Oxford performing fantastic versions of some of your favourite contemporary and classic songs either for upbeat background music or dancing. 3 or 4-piece live band and DJ option available.

Now one of Function Central's most in-demand rock & pop duos, The Heartbeats have sung, drummed and strummed their way through more than 150 weddings, corporate and charity events for Function Central over the last three years, and never fail to raise the roof.

Their large songlist spans Ray Charles to Ed Sheeran and their unique instrumentation (cajon drum, vocals and guitar) is the ideal solution for clients who need enough of a beat to get people dancing, yet don't have the space or budget for a larger band.

When they're not performing at private events, The Heartbeats write and perform with top producers and labels representing household names such as Taio Cruz and Girls Aloud.

The duo are also able to add a female vocalist or extra harmonies, as well as drums and bass (in place of cajon drum), to create a bigger sound ideal for larger rooms. They're professional and well-presented, and are always happy to tailor performance details and dress code to your requirements. Lastly, they are open to song requests, ensuring the performance is personalised to your event.

Discounts available for bookings in January-March and for Mondays-Thursdays

Performance information

Line-up Male lead vocals/acoustic guitar; cajon/percussion/vocals
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 90 minutes before start
Requirements Help Space of 3 x 2 metres; power supply; rider

Booking options

Requests (if not in repertoire) One free request (if suitable)
Extra performances Add £65 per 1 x 30 minute set
DJ service (provided by act)

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

Soloist Deduct approx £215
3-piece band (guitar/vocals, bass & drums) & 4-piece band (adds extra guitar or keyboards) POA

What people say Help

  • The Heartbeats were a really fantastic act and made the evening reception at our wedding great fun! Patrick was great at communicating beforehand and learnt a song that we requested. They had everyone up on the dance floor, and all of our guests have been saying to us how much they loved their style of playing and the songs that they chose!

    Louise, Wedding, Oxford, October 2016
  • We could not have been happier with The Heartbeats, so over the moon with them. The duo were quite simply perfect for the evening of our special day. Patrick is an incredibly talented singer, sang and performed our chosen 'first dance' song perfectly in his own style, and all this aside, the duo were simply genuinely nice guys to have join us for our day, and all the guests agreed! Faultless. Can not recommend them enough, and will hope to book them in the future!

    Gary, Wedding, Kent, September 2016
  • I would recommend The Heartbeats to anyone. Really good vocals, great range of songs on the set lists just perfect!

    Michelle, Wedding, Sussex, August 2015
  • The guys in the band were all exceptionally kind and friendly, they were happy to fit in with what we wanted to do! They couldn't have been more helpful or professional. They are excellent musicians and we couldn't have been happier with them. Five stars and highly reccomended!

    Gemma, Wedding, Cheltenham, July 2015
  • We were very pleased with The Heartbeats. They contacted us about a fortnight before the event to discuss our requirements. I suggested that we would like to have a singsong during the evening and he learned a few songs that I suggested. On the evening itself they arrived in plenty of time to set up. They judged the mood of each part of the evening perfectly and were able to respond to requests as people got into the dancing. The singsong worked really well with everyone joining in and the guys were great fun as they worked through the songs. They did much more than what was expected, playing for longer and later. They set the night on fire and were much commented upon by the guests. The relaxed, friendly and fun atmosphere they created made everyone fall in love with The Heartbeats.

    JP, Wedding Anniversary, Hampshire, June 2015
  • The Heartbeats were an amazing band our wedding! They were very professional and all the guests loved their music! The perfect blend of chilled out classics and upbeat tunes perfect for dancing. They even got everyone on the dancefloor at the end for a hilarious dance off! The band also learnt a song for our first dance at our request and played along with me on the piano as I sang for my bride. They are great guys, very accommodating, and contributed to a magical day!

    Xin, Wedding, Oxfordshire, August 2014
  • Thanks to The Heartbeats for playing at our wedding. They were great, so professional, and all our guests loved them! Thank you so much for making our evening great.

    Gemma , Wedding, Hampshire, June 2014
  • We absolutely loved working with Function Central. Originally we had booked an act, whose profile said he would be willing to learn a new song. When he decided he had too much on his plate, Function Central helped us find a new act, The Heartbeats, who we are convinced we were meant to have from the start. Not only was he willing to learn the song we wanted to walk down the aisle to (You & Me Together by Dave Matthews), he also had Is This Love by Bob Marley in his repertoire, which we ended up using as our exit-music and as a sing-a-long. He played both before the ceremony and after and everyone raved about his voice and talent! We'd definitely recommend both him and Function Central!

    Rosie, Wedding, July 2014
  • We were extremely happy with the act. They arrived early, set up quickly and their performance was enjoyed by all our guests. We would be very happy to recommend them to anyone else!!

    Steven, Private Party, Leicestershire, August 2013
  • We loved The Heartbeats. They were very friendly, professional and calm. Everyone loved their music!!

    Fiona, Wedding, Sheen, August 2013
  • The band were brilliant and I'm very happy to recommend them on all counts - very accomplished musically, great singing with a good play list and nice guys to boot. They made the party happen, which is what we wanted. They arrived with plenty of time before the evening bash, the weather was great so most of the guests stayed outside enjoying the sunshine, so the band were playing to young children for the first 40 mins or so, which they did really well. But when the adults came in the band really got the party going, lots of dancing - the venue room has a capacity of around 100 people and the band easily packed enough punch for a room that size. I'm sure they could comfortably hold bigger venues, equally smaller more intimate venues too. Our age group was mixed, teenagers to grandparents - but most of us in our 40s. Basically the Heartbeats are a great band (two piece).

    Ashley, Wedding, Sussex, July 2013
  • The Heartbeats were very professional, very talented and an absolute pleasure to have at home. They were very friendly, the weather was a problem but they weren't thrown by it and couldn't have been more helpful. Patrick made contact about 3 weeks before and was happy to "go with the flow" on the night and play what ever the audience wanted, many of my guests wanted to know where I had found them as they were so impressed by their music. I only hope we have another function soon as I would love to book them again. I can only wish them the very best for the future.

    Sheila, 50th Birthday Party, London, June 2013
  • We were very satisfied with the performance on the night. The band created a great atmosphere and despite me having worries with the venue and their noise limiter they were able to create an excellent party vibe and keep people dancing. They interacted with the crowd brilliantly and all my guests were left praising the band and music, saying how great they were.

    Nicola, Wedding, Oxford, September 2012
  • Not only were The Heartbeats prompt, amiable, and well attired, but their music was perfect for our Jubilee party. Both were excellent singers and the song selections were perfect. We have had many of our customers commenting very positively since. Great performers. Many thanks.

    John, Jubilee Party, June 2012
  • I will be asking The Heartbeats to play at my acoustic music nights as often as possible. Stunning vocals and guitar wizardy, and beautiful bvs, their take on some of the most popular songs ever written are pure class. Very entertaining and highly recommended!

    Lee, romotor, Oxford, July 2011
  • We booked The Heartbeats for an outdoor birthday party and it was such a lot of fun! Patrick made all the arrangements and came back to us immediately when we had questions about setting up or requests. Then on the night they went down a storm! They are both clearly very talented and lots of our guests said how much they enjoyed the music. We were all a bit disappointed when it was over, so we'll definitely be getting them back!

    Alison, Corporate Event, London, June 2011
  • We were so impressed by The Heartbeats! All of our guests raved about them and they were very friendly and professional. For two people they make quite an impact. They made our wedding extra special. I’d definitely recommend these guys!

    Liz, Wedding, June 2011

Repertoire Help

  • 1901 - Phoenix
  • A-Team - Ed Sheeran
  • Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers
  • Aint Nobody - Chaka Kahn
  • Another Day - Jamie Lidell
  • Better together - Jack Johnson
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Black and Gold - Sam Sparrow
  • Breakeven - The Script
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Cannonball - Damien Rice
  • Closer - Neyo
  • Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
  • Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
  • Dreaming of you - The Coral
  • Easy - The Commodores
  • Elusive - Scott Matthews
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Fire and Rain - James Taylor
  • Flaws - Bastille
  • Girl Put Your Records On – Corrine Bailey Rae
  • God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
  • Gravity - John Mayer
  • Have I told you lately that I love you - Van Morrison
  • High and Dry - Radiohead
  • Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
  • Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
  • Home Again – Carole King
  • I need a dollar - Aloe Blacc
  • I'm Getting Ready - Michael Kiwanuka
  • I’m Like A Bird – Nelly Furtardo
  • If I Aint Got You – Alicia Keys
  • Im Yours - Jason Mraz
  • Is This Love - Bob Marley
  • Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
  • Keep Your Head Up - Ben Howard
  • Kids - MGMT
  • Lean On Me - Bill Withers
  • Lego House - Ed Sheeran
  • Little Lion Man - Mumford and Sons
  • LOVE - Joss Stone
  • Lovely Day - Bill Withers
  • Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
  • Masterblaster (Jammin') - Stevie Wonder
  • Misstra Know It All - Stevie Wonder
  • Moondance - Van Morrison
  • Mr Brightside - The Killers
  • Multiply - Jamie Lidell
  • Naive - The Kooks
  • New Shoes - Paulo Nutini
  • No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
  • Only Love - Ben Howard
  • Ordinary People - John Legend
  • Please Dont Stop The Music - Rihanna
  • Price Tag - Jessie J
  • Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People
  • Redemption Song - Bob Marley
  • Rewind – Paulo Nutini
  • Rock With You – Michael Jackson
  • Romeo – Bassment Jaxx
  • Set the tigers free - The Villagers
  • Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
  • She Moves In Her Own Way - The Kooks
  • She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
  • Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
  • Stop This Train by John Mayer
  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  • The Bucket - Kings of Leon
  • The Fear - Ben Howard
  • The Great Escape - Patrick Watson
  • The Scientist - Coldplay
  • The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
  • Umbrella - Rihanna
  • Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
  • Valerie - The Zutons
  • We are the people - Empire of the Sun
  • When the night feels my song - Bedouin Soundclash
  • Wonderwall - Oasis
  • You to me are everything - The Real Thing
  • You've Got The Love - Florence and the Machine


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