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Oktoberfest entertainment ideas

Party entertainment advice

Party entertainment advice

With Munich's Oktoberfest cancelled this year, why not book a brass oompah band and hold your own (socially-distanced) version instead. Here are our 3 favourite bands to compliment the beer-swigging and joyous music-making marathon that is Oktoberfest, plus our our top 10 drinking songs.

Oktoberfest entertainment ideas

With celebrations now spanning the globe, from Argentina to Vietnam, Munich's traditional Oktoberfest has become a festival of epic proportions. The Bavarian Volksfest (beer festival and traveling funfair) began in 1810 and is now bigger than ever, with its unique combination of local beer, music and attractions, making it a festival of serious fun!

Beer and music are the rudiments of any Oktoberfest celebration, with a whopping 6.5 million litres of beer consumed in Munich during the festivities last year. So with these being firm English favourites too, why not host your own Oktoberfest-inspired beer festival?

Oktoberfest entertainment ideas

Our Top 3 Oompah Bands for Oktoberfest

1. The Prosit Oompah Band

The Prosit Oompah Band are one of the UK's leading oompah bands, blasting out classic Bavarian tunes mixed with Oompah-style pop covers.

This lederhosen-clad lot recently featured on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch 2019’s Christmas special. So put on your dancing shoes, grab a stein and allow The Prosit Oompah Band to bring a slice of Bavaria to you!

2. The Lederpop Brass Band

This outrageously good fun bunch of lads not only play the German classics for a riotous and authentic oompah experience, but rousing renditions of popular songs in an oompah style, as well as the traditional games and fun!

The Lederpop Brass Band book well all year round, early booking for October is a must! So go on, grab a Maßkrug and get thigh slapping!

3. The Edelweiss All-Stars

London-based Oompah band The Edelweiss All-Stars, as well as being extraordinary musicians, perform in traditional German gear, providing an authentic focal point for your celebrations.

Lederhosen and dirndl dresses define the look of this iconic Bavarian celebration, so what better excuse to dress up, get hair-plaiting and dance along to your favourite oompah band.

Oktoberfest entertainment ideas

Our Top 10 Oktoberfest Songs

Check our our top ten favourite Oktoberfest classics for the ultimate night of partying! These range from traditional German, Austrian and Bavarian folk songs to rock, country and dance hits that have become popular at Oktoberfest due to their rowdy, sing-a-long hooks.

1. Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit – Bernhard Dietrich

2. Hey Baby – DJ Otzi

3. Das Esellied (Iha Iha Iha oh)

4. 99 Luftballons – Nena

5. Skandal im Sperrbezirk – Spider Murphy Gang

6. Country Roads – John Denver

7. Die Hände zum Himmel

8. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

9. Sierra Madre – Zillertaler Schürzenjäger

10. Living Next Door To Alice – Smokey

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