Real Parties

Function Central customers report back from balls, birthday parties, christenings, anniversaries and garden parties across the UK. They tell us why they organised live music for their event, and how it was received by guests. They also share their tips for creating a successful party.

Supper Freak at The Bloomsbury Ballroom | Party Up

19 Feb

Party Up are the resident band for Supper Freak, an immersive dining event held at The Bloomsbury Ballroom celebrating classic funk and soul music.

Nicola’s 60th Birthday Party at Blackstock Country Estate | The Merry-Makers

31 Jan

A sunny summer 60th birthday celebration at Blackstock Country Estate in Sussex with The Merry-Makers Steel Band.

Sky Christmas Party – Gem Bar, London | Party Up

12 Jan

Val hired Party Up for the second year in a row for the Sky Christmas Party at The Gem Bar in London and loved them even more than ever! Here are the photos of their evening.

Ian & Lou’s 25th Anniversary Party | The Merry-Makers Steel Band

27 Jun

Ian and Lou held a Caribbean themed party to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and chose The Merry-Makers Steel Band (Acoustic) to help create the perfect party atmosphere!

Jamie’s 40th Birthday | Siobhan Marie (harpist)

18 Feb

Jamie celebrated his 40th birthday at high altitude with a meal for friends and family at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard. He booked London harpist Marie S to provide background music in a variety of styles including Thai and Scottish music.

Alexander’s Bar Mitzvah | Hava Tequila

11 Nov

Suzanne Lehrer threw a fun and relaxed party at Cecil Sharp House for son Alexander’s Bar Mitzvah. Function Central’s very own Hava Tequila played klezmer music and jazz for dancing, conga lines and the traditional chair dance!

Karen’s 50th Birthday Party | Rockit

24 Jul

Karen hired London party band Rockit to help celebrate her 50th birthday in a marquee in her garden. The theme was “festival fun”, with face-painting, funky lighting and magic!

Richard’s 70th Birthday Party | Richard (guitarist)

16 Sep

Richard celebrated his 70th birthday party at home in Lancashire with friends, family and a vintage bottle of Petrus! One of Function Central’s most in-demand guitarists (also named Richard), played a mixture of background classical, pop and jazz. His wife Carolyn tells us about the day.

Simba’s & Christiana’s Engagement Party | Marie (singer)

26 Aug

Marie entertained guests at Simba and Christiana’s engagement party in Greenwich, alongside Zulu Dancers and male models! Simba tells us more about the event.

Andy & Dick’s 50th Birthday Party | Panama

03 Apr

Exciting four piece party band Panama more that satisfied the varied musical tastes of Dick and Andy at their 50th birthday bash. Guests of all ages and nationalities danced the night away to Panama’s great variety of music.