Downtown Underground

from£1,685

This is the act's lowest available price for a local performance by their smallest line-up. It does not include any travel costs.

Please note that many acts charge higher rates for events taking place on summer Saturdays.

Do you want to relive the magic of the golden era of soul without missing out on the coolest contemporary chart-toppers? Do you want to ensure your guests dance with their smiles high? If your answer to both the above is a resounding yes, then Downtown Underground are the band for you!

The band's line-up includes vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums as well as saxophone and trumpet for a knock-out brass section. The group has been playing together for several years now and every member is a world-class professional musician with a wealth of experience.

The band is fronted by a bona fide American soul star with 25 years experience performing around the world, including session work for the legendary Philadelphia International record label. The band's guitarist is famous for producing platinum selling albums by artists including Bjork, Jamiroquai and The Stereo MC’s as well as winning "Busker Of The Year".

Downtown Underground have perfected the art of filling the dance floor with their seriously infectious feel-good covers. This is as good as it gets! Rob D, Producer for Lisa Stansfield, London

Downtown Underground's standard show is made up of two 60-minute or three 40-minute minute sets. These can contain any combination of the material mentioned to suit your needs. You are also welcome to request other songs which are not on this list but requests need to be made at the time of booking.

Shows of shorter or longer duration are also possible, and thanks to the wealth of talent within the band, other “extras” are available. These include an acoustic soloist or duo, a jazz trio for background music or a funk/party DJ to continue the music into the early hours.

Off-stage the band are friendly, polite and discreet. On-stage they are, in our opinion, the funkiest band for hire in Manchester and the North West, and we can't recommend them enough.

Whether you're planning a corporate function, wedding, engagement party, birthday bash, school reunion or anniversary, we guarantee that you and your guests will pile onto the dancefloor, get on the good foot and have a funky good time!

Performance info

Line-up Male vocals; guitar; bass; sax; keyboards; drums
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute sets
Interval music Yes (included in price)

Booking options

Song requests
Add £0
The band are happy to learn and perform a request (e.g. first dance), subject to suitability
Add trumpet
£250
Upgrade to a 2-piece brass section for extra impacr
Acoustic background music
Add £250 for 1 x 60 minute set
Live lounge style sets by the band's acoustic duo, ideal for drinks receptions or meals
Add a CD recording of the band's performance
Add £60
Never forget the band's performance with a recording of the gig (quality of recording subject to acoustics of venue)
DJ service
Add £240
Upbeat, mainstream pop music from all eras, run from a laptop equipped with virtual DJ software. Requests taken and mic available for announcements

Full song list

Classics

Ain't No Stopping Us Now – Mcfadden & Whitehead
Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Ritchie
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins (Reggae Version)
Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Fly Away – Lennie Kravitz
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
Green Onions – Booker T & The MG’s
Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
Hold On I’m Coming – Sam And Dave
I Feel Good – James Brown
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Kiss – Prince
Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Picket
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
Moon Dance – Van Morrison
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
My First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
Pass The Peas – The JBs
Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Reach Out (I'll Be There) – Four Tops
Sex Machine – James Brown
Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & the News
The Snake – Al Wilson
Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
Uptight – Stevie Wonder
Use Me – Bill Withers
We Will Rock You – Queen
Word Up – Cameo

Modern

Cheerleader – OMI
Closer – Neyo
Drake – One Dance
Ed Sheeran – Secret
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
Feel The Love – Rudimental
Forget You – Cee Lo Green
Get Lucky – Daft Punk Feat. Pharell
Got Your Money – Kelis & ODB
Happy – Pharrell
Hey Ya – Outkast
Ignition RMX – R Kelly
Liquid Spirit – Gergory Porter
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Never Forget – Take That
No Diggerty – Blackstreet
Nobody To Love – Sigma
Praying – Plan B
Rhianna – Work
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk – Mark Robson and Bruno Mars
World Hold On – Bob Sinclair

Slow Dances

Hallelujah (I Love Her So) – Ray Charles
Just The Way You Are – Barry White
L.O.V.E. – Nat King Cole
Latch - Sam Smith (Live Version)
Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
My Girl – Temptations
Never too Much – Luther Vandross (Ballad Version)
Secret – Seal
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran segue into Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye

Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson

Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

10

“There was only ever going to be one band we wanted at Stuart Walker's big birthday party and that was Downtown Underground and they didn't let us down, they were absolutely incredible. What a talented bunch of guy's, we can't recommend them highly enough, all our guests commented on how much they enjoyed seeing them perform. THANK YOU”

10

“Fantastic band and very good fun too. All the guest loved them!”

10

“Just had to contact you to thank you so much for providing us with such an excellent band! Downtown Underground were superb! From arrival, to performance, everything was totally professional and well executed. The guys were charming, discreet and easy to talk to and as for the music, as my daughters and their friends said, they were 'HOT'. All in all, the party was a great success and a huge part of that is due to Downtown Underground. Just trying to think of another excuse to hire them again! Thank you so much! Jacqueline & family x”

10

“Firstly our contact at the agency (Beverley) was brilliant and always came back to questions with full answers very quickly. Downtown Underground were amazing, got everyone dancing, played everything we asked for and more. So many people asked for their details. The dance floor was packed all evening!”

10

“Just wanted to say how great Downtown Underground were for our wedding on 17th October. Although we obviously said thanks to them on the day, we wanted to pass on our official 'thanks' to them via yourselves and to say how brilliant they were. Could you pass this on to them?! Many thanks!”

10

“The band were fantastic, brilliant music that had everyone dancing all night - would recommend them to anyone. Staff all said how great they were. Thank you.”

10

“You want relentless funk'til-you-drop delivered by one of the best outfits around? You've come to the right place... Downtown Underground have perfected the art of filling the dance floor with their seriously infectious feel-good covers. This is as good as it gets!”

10

“The guests loved the band and their songs choices!”

10

“Booking process was simple and easy. We chose Downtown Underground after seeing them at a wedding last year. They're brilliant, full of energy and had everyone up on their feet dancing!”

10

“Fantastic, thank you guys so much :-)”

10

“I would definitely recommend this band! They played at our wedding last week and were absolutely fantastic! Thank you guys.”

10

“Downtown Underground were absolutely incredible. Such a talented group of individuals who got the party started and kept it going until the wee hours! They were very accommodating when it came to learning a song for our first dance and they nailed it. I would not hesitate to recommend this band to anyone organising a wedding or similar function.”

10

“The band arrived and set up exactly as we required ready to perform later in the evening. They really were as good as the video clips that we had seen on the website - absolutely brilliant. They kept people on the dance floor all night, had a great sound and the singer has an amazing voice!”

10

“Thank you soooo much for an amazing night of music. We had so many comments on what a great choice of band you guys were. We couldn't be happier with the tone of the night, you guys are real pros!”

10

“We absolutely loved Downtown Underground, they were lively and so, so talented. Harry was especially helpful setting everything up and nothing was a problem. Lots of guests commented on what a classy choice the band were. We loved having the brass section, it made such a difference and we were so happy with our choice!”

10

“Fantastic band. Anyone getting married should definitely hire this band.”

10

“Absolutely incredible from start to finish. Worth every penny and more. Would definitely book for future events.”

10

“Thank you so much for a great performance at our wedding on Sunday night at Pendrell Hall. Absolutely fantastic set, got all the guests up (young and old) all night and helped to create an amazing atmosphere. Special mention for the soulful cover of Luther Vandross' Never Too Much as well. Goosebumps. Would highly recommend Downtown Underground for any occasion. Thanks again!”

10

“Very satisfied. Great sound, played the music we asked for and kept the party going. Everyone said they thought they we great.”

10

“Saw you up in Northumberland last night excellent sets. Brilliant. Had everyone up from the off. Would recommend without hesitation. Horn section superb. Very well done.”

10

“Your talent speaks volumes!!! Keep up the great work guys!!”

10

“Just wanted to say a big thank you for completely blowing us away during our wedding reception last Saturday. You were everything we thought you were going to be and didn't disappoint us. We danced all night to every song and all 3 sets were amazing. Many guests told us how much they enjoyed your music and enjoyed dancing to it. We cannot recommend you highly enough and any opportunity we have to book you again in the future we will do!”

10

“They were brilliant! Punctual and friendly and got all the guests up and dancing!”

10

“We were very satisfied with the act and they were exactly as described. Arrived on time, were very professional and had no unreasonable demands. Many guests commented on how good they were including the venue staff who said they were the best band they've had there!”

10

“The act were great, amazing singer and the band were very professional. Everybody was dancing from first song until the last. Everybody has commented on how amazing they were and we would all definitely recommend them.”

10

“The band surpassed our expectations! Their level of performance was admired by all of our guests, they were incredible!! The guys were really engaging and friendly too, which was perfect for our family and friends. We couldn't have been happier with them and can't recommend them highly enough!!”

10

“Amazing! We loved the band. And our guests certainly did as well!”

10

“The band were spot on and all our guests kept commenting on how great they were. They even learnt and performed our first dance, Sam Cooke's 'That's Where It's At' for us which was very special. They were very easy to deal with when organising specific songs and extra bits and pieces and all of the band members were friendly and professional.”

10

“Downtown Underground were fantastic, when they first arrived to set up we were still finishing off speeches. The band had actually started setting up whilst the speeches were going on behind the partition wall and we didn't even notice, they were so quiet. We couldn't believe how many people were still there dancing at mid night to the band. Everyone on the night said how good they were and I cannot fault them, they made us feel so special! We couldn't believe how many people were still there dancing at mid night to the band, everyone on the night said how good they were and I can not fault them for making us feel special.”

10

“We were thrilled with the band they did an awesome job. We had countless comments of how brilliant everyone thought they were. We couldn't have been happier!!”

10

“The band were absolutely brilliant. I would say they are the best live Funk & Soul band I have ever seen. 10/10. The lead singer held the stage well and the overall timing of the band was perfect. Every one of the guests were blown away by their quality.”

10

“Downtown Underground were absolutely fantastic at our wedding they performed our first dance request and then launched into a floor-filling set-list that kept my wife and I and all of our guests rooted to the dance-floor for the whole evening... They took the time to learn a specific track to end the night with and all the feedback I've received from guests was glowing!!! When they played 'Sex Machine' I thought the roof would come off, that had people up shaking their thang/tail-feathers who never ever get up to dance... They even squeezed an encore in, as the crowd were wanting one more! They are brilliant musicians and I would simply say to anyone looking at booking these guy...shake ya money maker!!”

10

“Downtown Underground were very professional from the word go! They contacted us before the wedding to introduce themselves and got as much information from us as possible re: our first dance request, the songs we liked & interval music. On the day they started with 'Let's Stay Together' - Al Green, our first dance which we had spent weeks learning a choreographed dance to. They did it just as we asked so the dance would flow. Following this the band got everybody up dancing all night with their mix of funk & soul. We have had so many comments about them. Everybody said that they had never been to such a fantastic do. We were over the moon with the whole evening. Thank you!”

10

“I cannot speak more highly of the band. They were extremely professional: they contacted the wedding venue well in advance to ensure there were no issues, which put our minds at rest that everything would go to plan; they arrived and set up in time so as to be as unintrusive as possible and, most importantly, they put their heart and soul into the music which created a great atmosphere and got people dancing. They were a lovely set of guys and I'd certainly hire them again.”

10

“Tight, soulful, dynamic and always funky. The band could have played all night long if you ask me.”

10

“The band were very flexible and willing to the learn a song for our first dance that was amazing, so good we requested it twice and they were only too willing to oblige. The music was great we danced the whole way through and they were helpful with all our requests. In relation to Function Central the service was very good, responding quickly to questions and willing to put us directly in contact with the band.”

10

“Downtown Underground were amazing!! My husband and I couldn't get ourselves off the dance floor whilst they were playing! A lot of our guests commented on how brilliant they were, and how they would happily pay money to watch these guys perform! We are sooo pleased to have had them play at our wedding, they definitely made it a night to remember! Our experience of dealing with Function Central was all good. From my initial discussions with Alastair Lion, who put us onto Downtown Underground, to Beverley Davison who dealt with all the practicalities the service was always professional, friendly and helpful.”

10

“I whole-heartedly recommend Downtown Underground, they made my wedding so special. All of my guests commented on how amazing they were. The genre of music suited the wide range of ages and musical tastes. The band were so friendly and overplayed as my guests were pleading for more! We were absolutely astonished that the lead singer was a stand in- he was phenomenal. The band and Function Central were fantastic. The band was well worth every penny!”


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