The Sweet & Lowdown

  • from £1195 for 4-piece in South East Help
  • from £1195 for 4-piece in London
  • from £1195 for 4-piece in East of England
  • from £1250 for 4-piece in South West
  • from £1290 for 4-piece in East Midlands
  • from £1325 for 4-piece in West Midlands
  • from £1550 for 4-piece in North West

Speakeasy-style 4-piece with spectacular four-part harmonies and female/male lead vocals, playing jazz standards through to rock/pop classics with a vintage twist! Afternoon set and DJ service also available.

Special offer! Discounts available for weekday events and for most dates from October to March

The band have worked closely together for over 10 years, in various formats, and The Sweet & Lowdown is the culmination of their experience in the industry and honed musical stylings. The members’ impressive credits include playing with Bat For Lashes and 30 Seconds To Mars, composition and scoring for TV documentaries, performances all across the globe, and numerous sessions. They are an extremely busy band, whose performances are professional, slick and most importantly, fun!

Describing themselves as "a new band but with an old soul", this highly professional outfit deliver tailored and refined performances with a friendly, easy and attentive service. Whether you're looking for a high-energy knees-up, a night of cheek-to-cheek romantic tunes, or a mixture of both, The Sweet & Lowdown are a vintage band with a modern twist who will fit the bill!

Now working as one of Function Central's exclusive wedding and party bands, the band has an extensive repertoire that delivers fantastically-crafted interpretations of the last century's coolest classics, ranging from jazz standards to swinging renditions of modern hits, to floor-filling timeless classics. All songs are executed with great finesse and with a strong emphasis on tomfoolery and fun, to assure a memorable night! All of the band's equipment is top quality, self-contained and fully PAT tested to meet any venue's regulations.

Due to high demand, please expect an increase on the advertised guide fees for all Saturdays between April and September and 2017.

Performance information

Line-up Female lead vocals/guitar; male keys/lead vocals; bass/vocals; drums/vocals
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 6pm; allow 60 minutes to set up
Requirements Help Space of 5 x 3 metres; power supply; rider

Booking options

Requests (if not in repertoire) One free request (if suitable)
Extra performances Add £240 for 1 x 60 minute afternoon easy-listening set
DJ service (provided by act)

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

Add £125

What people say Help

  • Extremely satisfied!! The Sweet and Lowdown were absolutely fantastic on the night - our dancefloor was full all night, and they played a brilliantly varied set which kept everyone entertained and engaged. Incredibly accommodating as we overran on dinner and speeches, and they played later than planned. They also allowed my groom to indulge his passion for keys by allowing him to play with them! So happy we went with this band and would not hesitate to recommend to anyone else thinking about booking them.

    Debbie, Wedding, Sherborne, August 2016
  • Extremely satisfied. We hired the band to play the ceremony, the afternoon reception and then the evening party. They played a good variety of music that created the perfect atmosphere for each part. The band arrived in good time, were flexible in terms of set up to fit in with the various elements of the day and were good natured and friendly throughout. They learnt a song specific to the day, which Emma walked down the aisle to, and they played it beautifully. Their music during the signing of the register moved Emma's mother - who had held it together until then - to tears.
    Ever since our wedding, all our friends and family can talk about is how good the band were. We've heard how they got people dancing who never dance and how they're the best wedding band they've ever seen (from someone who is in a wedding band)! We had an amazing time ourselves as so many of the songs had relevance to different people there - from 'Happy' for Emma's university friends, 'Come on Aileen' for the uncles, and of course Call me Al' for Al - which got everyone very excited!
    We couldn't have been happier with the band and would definitely recommend them. We have already given their name to a few of our guests who have asked, and are already wondering if we could have them again for our 40ths!

    Alex, Wedding Alfristor, June 2016
  • Hello! Just wanted to say many thanks for your wonderful set at our wedding on Saturday 4th June at Hillfields Farm. You had everyone dancing the whole night and personally I couldn't stay away from the dance floor when you were playing! Thanks also for your great rendition of our first dance song, we really enjoyed that moment. We chose you for our wedding after we had seen you at a good friends' reception and I hope that more of my friends do the same so that we get to see you again!

    Jack & Stella, Wedding, Berkshire, June 2016
  • We wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding at the end of May, you were amazing! A huge range of tunes, brilliantly played - all of our guests loved it, couldn't stop dancing and the chants for 'one more song' at the end said it all. The feedback since has been incredible - many have said you were the best wedding band they'd ever seen. Thanks again so much.

    If you are thinking about hiring this band, do not hesitate - you will have a brilliant time!!

    Emma & Alex, Wedding, Surrey, May 2016
  • Hi all, Just a message to say thanks for making it a great evening, everyone had so much fun! So happy we booked you guys. All the best!

    Craig and Jodie, Wedding, Brighton, May 2016
  • The band was brilliant! Many of our guests were complimenting how good you guys were and I really do believe it added a different edge to our wedding. The range of songs you sang was perfect and really did get everyone up dancing. I'm sure you may have had a few laughs, watching our friends and families dance and have fun. Claire and I would also like to thank you for singing and playing our first dance. As asked, it felt like it had a little more tempo to it. Claire bless her was awfully nervous, but I hope you'll agree we did ok? Thank you again for making our day perfect.

    Jack and Claire, Wedding, Hampshire, February 2016
  • The Sweet & Lowdown were absolutely incredible on our wedding day. An amazing repertoire of music which was so in tune with our favourite songs, it was almost spooky! Even now in November, four months later, our wedding guests are still commenting on how incredible the band were! Our day was simply amazing and The Sweet & Lowdown were the icing on the cake. Polite, helpful, talented and an energetic!

    Stewart & Anna, Wedding, Sussex, July 2015
  • What better way to pay testimony to a band than a packed dance floor full of happy dancing and singing guests! We absolutely loved The Sweet & The Lowdown who played at our wedding - they were flawless musicians with a really excellent set list that kept us calm with seamless and smooth last minute time changes due to our schedule overrunning! We would highly recommend them to other couples looking for the perfect live band - they were the best!

    Claire, Wedding, Surrey, August 2015
  • They were absolutely incredible, from the booking and follow up calls they were professional and polite, they did everything to help with our requests including structuring a set list around our preferences and even took the time to learn a new song for our first dance. When they arrived they set up quickly and without any fuss and once they started playing we knew we'd made the right choice... They sounded awesome, don't hesitate to book this band, everyone was up dancing and their style is brilliant, slightly quirky and lot's of fun. Their rendition of the Black Keys 'Everlasting Light' for our first dance was excellent we were so pleased that they took the time to learn the song and add it to their playlist. Simply brilliant, all our guests commented on how good they were and how they made the whole wedding such a great day, thanks guys!

    Jonathan, Wedding, Kent, August 2015
  • The band were fantastic. They were incredibly friendly and gave an absolutely brilliant performance. Our guests absolutely loved them and they made our wedding extra special. I cannot recommend them enough!

    Sam, Wedding, London, June 2015
  • They're great! I wouldn't hesitate to reccomend them.

    Ben, Wedding, Berkshire, May 2015
  • Hi guys just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding on Saturday..you were amazing and we loved every minute! Shame it went so quick ! We have highly recommended you to everybody!

    Kate, Wedding, Berkshire, April 2015
  • Thank you so much for your brilliant sets at our wedding on 30th March! All our guests were raving about you, especially your version of Paul Simon's 'Call me Al' (and the impromptu conga line it generated - our friends clearly didn't understand out 'no cheese' policy :)) and the gorgeous rendition of 'Everlasting Light' for the first dance. You were all brilliant!

    Rose, Wedding, Suffolk, March 2015
  • Just wanted to let the band know that we have had SO much great feedback about you guys, everyone loved what you did!! I’ve passed Function Central's details to several people who are interested in hiring you for weddings/parties this year. I fear I was a little worse for wear by the time we bumped into each other later in the evening, but I hope you had everything you needed and were able to enjoy the evening yourselves. Again, thank you for a fantastic evening.

    Natasha, Corporate event, Oxfordshire, January 2015
  • We were both very happy with the performance of the band. They had such a great range of songs yet all in their individual style that we enjoyed so much from their showreel. All the band members were very friendly and had good banter with the guests and they seemed to enjoy how much we all enjoyed them and their sets.

    Richard, Wedding, Warminster, December 2014
  • The Sweet and Lowdown were amazing! Everyone loved them and they made it a night to never forget. We absolutely loved every song played! The band were absolutely brilliant and so friendly and professional. I think every guest got up on their feet to dance the night away. Just fantastic! Thank you!

    Emma, Wedding, Windsor, December 2014
  • We were over the moon with The Sweet and Lowdown's performance! The dance floor wasn't empty for a second and all generations enjoyed the band's mix of songs. They played our chosen first dance brilliantly and even filled the time during their break with a great playlist that kept people going. Everyone has said what an amazing band they were - highly recommended!

    Sophie, Wedding, Cambridge, December 2014
  • The Sweet & Lowdown were punctual, friendly, and they played brilliantly (including our first dance request). They were fun, energetic and really gave us a great party - I didn't leave the dance floor! Thank you very much to The Sweet and Lowdown, you really made our night fantastic!

    Beccy, Wedding, Dorset, November 2014
  • Absolutely brilliant. We loved the band and our guests thought they were brilliant (for some reason they had little faith in our band choice!) They were great! I wouldn't hesitate in booking them again.

    Hannah, Wedding, Aylesbury, September 2014
  • Thank you all for a fabulous set last Saturday at our wedding in suffolk! We had a fantastic time dancing the night away and our guests were full of compliments x

    Megs & Tyler, Wedding, Suffolk, September 2014
  • Thank you so much for a spectacular night of birthday fun, loved your unique sound and would highly recommend anybody to hire you guys!!!

    Natalie, Birthday Party, Brighton, September 2014
  • We booked The Sweet & Lowdown to play our wedding on 5th September 2014, after falling in love with their songs on the website. They were absolutely amazing! Such a talented group of musicians, also very friendly and professional. They were set up and ready to go in no time, with no fuss. They performed our first dance song which sounded fantastic! And the rest of the playlist was brilliant. They play such a diverse range of songs, there is something for everyone to enjoy. They had everybody up and dancing and created the best atmosphere for a party - which is exactly what we wanted for our wedding reception.

    If you are on the fence trying to decide… BOOK THIS BAND!! You will not be disappointed! Thank you to The Sweet & Lowdown for making an already perfect day even better!

    Gareth & Laura, Wedding, Berkshire, September 2014
  • I just wanted to say thanks again for giving us such a great night of music! You were by far and away the best wedding band that we have ever seen and so many people came up to us to say similar things. It really made our day so thank you!

    Ben & Claire , Wedding, Suffolk, September 2014
  • Leah and I are so happy that we booked you for our wedding. You were professional, friendly, accommodating (especially to four year olds wanting to play drums and sing!) and most of all sounded absolutely fantastic. I have had a lot of people comment on how good you were. Thank you for playing the music to our first dance, it was perfect. The range of music you played fitted the theme and mood of the wedding perfectly and helped the whole evening build to a crescendo of utter madness and fun.

    Thanks again so much. We'll never forget our day and you played a large part in that. Be assured that we will be recommending you to everyone!

    Tom & Leah, Wedding, Hamphsire, July 2014
  • Where do we even begin to thank you for such an epic performance at our wedding. You made the day for us and everyone has been raving about you. Can we have you every week?! Honestly, an amazing set. Thank you, thank you, thank you.xx

    Charlotte & Ed, Wedding, Yorkshire, June 2014
  • I'm only just getting round to doing thank you's. Thank you so much for playing at our wedding... You guys were brilliant!!! The dance-floor was packed all night and all of our friends and family said how great you were! I keep watching videos of our first dance and you were awesome, THANK YOU!xx

    Emily, Wedding, Kent, May 2014
  • I just wanted to say an enormous thank you, you were totally sensational and made the evening complete. I can't believe I was worried no one would dance! Safe to say I think everyone had a brilliant time, hope you enjoyed it too.

    Rosa, Private event, Surrey, February 2014
  • We wanted to send you a special message of thanks for your wonderful performance for our wedding on Boxing Day! You and the guys made our reception a very special event indeed, and your singing and playing have been much talked about and admired by all our family and friends. Once again, thank you so much!

    Tracey & Brian, Wedding, Cambridge, December 2013
  • We were very satisfied with the act. They were punctual, professional, lovely people. They played a fantastic set and our guests commented the whole night, about how great they were. Not your usual cheesy wedding band at all. Would thoroughly recommend this band.

    Tracey, Wedding, East Yorkshire, October 2013
  • I'm sorry it's taken so long to email to thank you guys for doing such an awesome job of playing at our wedding. We were really really happy with the job you did, you were brilliant, as we suspected you would be! Thank you for playing the songs we requested, Clare really enjoyed all the Disney and my friends and I loved the Beatles, especially Mr Postman. 3 of us play Beatles covers in Australia and that song is one of our favourites to do - it was unanimously agreed that you did a great job, the harmonies sounded great! Thank you very much for leaving the music running while you were taking stuff down, the guests loved having more dancing time, as I'm sure you could see. Thank you so much again, please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band and do let me know if there's anything we can do for you guys.

    Tom, Wedding, Bath, September 2013
  • Thanks so much for playing at my wedding yesterday. Everyone said how great you sounded, we loved everything you played. We had to rush off as our baby was desparate for sleep, so sorry we never got a chance to say 'bye. Thanks again!

    Karen, Wedding, September 2013
  • On behalf of me and my wife Karin, you guys were amazing at our Wedding. You really had people dancing from the get go until the end. Very impressed. Thank you guys Xx

    Kevin & Karin, Wedding, Surrey, September 2013
  • We were delighted with the band. They were punctual, professional, played to a very high standard and we had excellent feedback from our guests. We enjoyed the range of music they played. The dance floor was never empty.

    Keren, Wedding, Kent, August 2013
  • You were all fabulous and our friends and family enjoyed your music so much. Thank you for being part of out day and creating such an amazing atmosphere.

    Domie, Wedding, July 2013
  • Thanks so much for an amazing performance. Everyone loved you guys. You had everyone dancing all night!

    Nico, Wedding, June 2013
  • The Sweet & Lowdown were brilliant. They were very friendly and professional. The music was fantastic and we have had lots of positive feedback; people have been asking how to contact them!
    They were a pleasure to work with and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them to others and would book them again anyday!

    Claire, Speakeasy Ball, Surrey, June 2013
  • We were very satisfied. They were great fun and played the PERFECT sort of music! All our guests were glued to the dance floor and thought they were awesome. We also were very very happy with them. They were really nice people, thanks guys.

    Nicholas , Wedding, Essex, May 2013
  • A new band but with an old soul, this group of revellers – fur coats, vintage mic, trumpet and all – filled the dance floor from first to last song. The song choices were all so fun and well produced that as soon as you took a breather from dancing, you were forced straight back up. A cover of King of The Swingers was a highlight, and our first dance song, Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac, was virtually the original. I can't recommend The Sweet & Lowdown enough. Gush!

    Rosie & James, Wedding, Isle of Wight, December 2012
  • The Sweet & Lowdown are experienced beyond their years, read the audience well and have a wide, energetic and polished catalogue of covers and original material at their disposal. All vocalists were excellent and were both a pleasure to listen to and extremely versatile across their sets. The band's friendly personalities really shine through when they play. The Sweet & Lowdown looked great and have a great individual style when playing their own, accomplished tracks.

    Becky & Dave, Wedding, London, November 2012
  • The Sweet & Lowdown were such an easy addition to the day, they made no fuss and given prior notice of the music we wanted for our first dance, they absolutely nailed it! We could not have asked for a better, more entertaining group to help us celebrate. We felt we had a real personal service from them and that we were not just another generic wedding gig – this is just what we wanted. The Sweet & Lowdown are a young, imaginative and refreshing alternative to some of the tired and predictable circuit musicians offered to us when we began our search. It is worth noting that since our big day, we have had excellent comments about the music from almost every group in attendance, from the serious dancers, the oldies, the music lovers and the younger party boys and girls. This widespread praise is testament to their inclusive set list and accomplished sound.

    Victoria & Dave, Wedding, Reading, August 2012

Repertoire Help

  • The 90's & 00's With A Cheeky Twist
  • Aloe Black - I Need A Dollar
  • Amy Winehouse - Back in Black / Valerie
  • Arcade Fire – Wake Up
  • Back Street Boys - Back Street’s Back
  • Blackstreet - No Diggity
  • Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk
  • Coldplay – Green Eyes
  • Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros – Home
  • Feist – Mushaboom
  • Foo Fighterds – Everlong (acoustic or electric)
  • Imelda May - Johnny Got a Boom Boom / Big Bad Handsome Man
  • Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity / Deeper Underground
  • Jason Mraz – I’m Yours / Better Together / Lucky
  • Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should Have Come Over / Lilac Wine / Hallelujah
  • Lianne La Havas - Age
  • Luniz - I Got 5 On It
  • Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
  • Noisettes - Never Forget You
  • ODB - Got Your Money
  • Outkast - Hey Ya
  • Paulo Nutini - Pencil Full Of Lead
  • Pharrell - Happy
  • Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows
  • Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of / Bombtrack
  • Ray La Montagne - You Are The Best Thing
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away / Aeroplane
  • Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
  • The Black Keys - Everlasting Light
  • The Coral - Dreaming Of You
  • The Lumineers - Ho Hey
  • The Strokes - Last Night
  • The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
  • TLC - No Scrubs
  • The Groovin' 70's & 80's
  • Al Green - Lets Stay Together / How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
  • Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand The Rain
  • Bill Withers – Lean On Me / Lovely Day
  • Blondie - Heart Of Glass / One Way Or Another
  • Bob Marley – I shot The Sherrif / Could You Be Loved
  • Bobby Hebb – Sunny
  • Bugsy Malone - Fat Sams Grand Slam
  • Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better
  • Chaka Kahn – Ain’t Nobody
  • Dexy’s Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
  • Dire Straits - Romeo & Juliet / Walk Of Life
  • E.L.O - Mr Blue Sky
  • Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
  • Eva Cassidy – Wade In The Water
  • Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere / Songbird / Never Going Back Again
  • George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
  • Hall & Oates - You Make My Dreams
  • Madness - Baggy Trousers / It Must Be Love
  • Marvin Gaye - Lets Get It On / Heard It Through The Grapevine / How Sweet It Is
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean / Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
  • Pastsy Cline - Crazy
  • Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
  • Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love / Don't Stop Me Now / You’re My Best Friend
  • Randy Newman - You’ve Got A Friend In Me
  • Soft Cell - Tainted Love
  • Steely Dan - East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition / I Wish / Higher Ground
  • Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut
  • Supertramp - Breakfast In America
  • The Travelling Wilburys - End Of The Line
  • Three Dog Night - Mama Told Me Not To Come
  • Van Morrison – Moondance / Brown Eyed Girl
  • The Jiving 50's & 60's
  • Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
  • Beatles - Octopus' Garden / Twist & Shout / Drive My Car / I Saw Her Standing There / I Wanna Hold Your Hand / Help / Til There Was You
  • Ben E King - Stand By Me
  • Bill Haley – Rock Around The Clock
  • Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
  • Disney - King of The Swingers / Bare Necessities / Ever'body Wants to be a Cat / Trust In Me
  • Dusty Springfield - Spooky / Son Of A Preacher Man
  • Elvis - Blue Suede Shoes / Thats Alright Mama / Little Less Conversation / Love Me Tender / I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
  • Everly Brothers - All You Have To Do Is Dream
  • Fleetwood Mac - Black Magic Woman / I Need Your Love So Bad
  • Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin
  • Frankie Vallie – Beggin’ / Grease Is The Word
  • Henry Mancini - Moon River
  • Jackie Wilson - Higher & Higher / Doggin Around / Reet Petite
  • Jerry Lee Lewes - Great Balls of Fire
  • Johnny Cash - Get Rhythm
  • Nat King Cole - L.O.V.E
  • Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Nina Simone – Feeling Good
  • Otis Reading - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
  • Peggy Lee - Fever / He's A Tramp
  • Ray Charles - Hallelujah I Love Her So / Leave My Woman Alone / Mess Around / Hit The Road Jack
  • Rosemary Clooney – Mambo Italiano
  • Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman / You Got It
  • Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight
  • The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman
  • The Chords - Sh'boom
  • The Contours – Do You Love Me
  • The Doors - People Are Strange / Love Me Two Times
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City
  • The Marvellettes – Mr Postman
  • The Monkees – I’m A Believer
  • The Penguins – Earth Angel
  • The Swinging 20's, 30's & 40's
  • Billie Holiday - All Of Me / 'Til There Was You / Stormy Weather / The Way You Look Tonight
  • Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea
  • Cab Calloway - Minnie The Moocher / Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
  • Connie Stevens - Sixteen Reasons
  • Dean Martin - That's Amore
  • Django Reinhardt - Minor Swing
  • Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
  • Ella Fitzgerald - It's Only a Paper Moon / They Can't Take That Away From Me / Blue Skies / Dream A Little Dream Of Me
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Baby It's Cold Outside / Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
  • Etta James - At Last
  • Fats Waller - Honeysuckle Rose / Ain't Misbehavin / Your Feets Too Big
  • Frank Sinatra - They All Laughed / Fly Me To The Moon
  • Fred Astaire - Cheek to Cheek / Putting On The Ritz •
  • George Gershwin - Summertime
  • John Williams - The Cantina Band (Star Wars)
  • Judy Garland - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
  • Peggy Lee - Why Don't You Do Right / He’s A Tramp
  • The Andrews Sisters - Bei Mir Bist Du Schön / Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
  • The Mills Brothers - Nagasaki / Sweet Georgia Brown / Diga Diga Doo

Bookings

For all bookings please contact Function Central:

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