Bands and entertainment

The Hit Squad

08456 424242, www.hitsquaddjsandentertainment.com The Hit Squad have supplied fantastic DJs and entertainment throughout the UK since 1999. Recent expansions have allowed a series of fabulous market-leading Deals when booking with. They include an incredible £1,700 party package Featuring top DJ, full sound and lighting show, compere, magician, and photographer.

Xtatic

020 8209 3430, www.xtatic.co.uk Always vibrant and entertaining, Xtatic, a musician's collective including high-quality musicians and vocalists, performs live music for every type of party.Offering anything from six- to 14-piece bands, it promises a high-energy performance with an extensive repertoire that includes Israeli, pop, Latin jazz and soul.

Innovation

0208 304 2358, www.innovationband.com When a showband seems a little over the top it's reassuring to know there's a band around that won't break the bank yet will still offer a fantastic night's entertainment in the professional manner you deserve honed from many years of experience. Offering a regular seven piece set up.

The Atlantic Band

07779 272 233, www.theatlanticband.com The Atlantic Band plays many genres of music including Soul, Tamla Motown, Rock N Roll, Disco, Swing and all the modern day classics. The Members of the band have many years experience and have played with the likes Of Simply Red, Rod Stewart, Madness, Rick Astley.

We cater for every occasion from weddings, Barmitzvahs, corporate events and all special occasions. So Contact us now to check the availability of this fabulous show band.

The Atlantic Band creates a mesmerizing, extremely polished live performance for any function of any kind with 4 extremely -talented lead vocalists. A superb 4-piece rhythm section and 3-piece or 6-piece sensational brass section..."You Are In For A Memorable Night!"

The Atlantic Band works as a 11, 8, 6 down to 5-piece band depending on your needs. If you really want the pinnacle of extravagance, we have another 3-piece brass section, making a dynamic 14-piece ensemble.

EDITORIAL FEATURE

  • Double act

    By Brigit Grant
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    These days the functions of the well-heeled boast more A-list entertainers than Harvey Goldsmith can line up at Wembley Arena - and those who can't afford Rhianna, Robbie or Rufus Wainwright still feel the need to provide a cross between Grace after Meals and Sunday Night at The London Palladium.

    This is particularly so at a bar/batmitzvah. The 12 and 13-year-olds feel the pinch of peer pressure if they go to a lot of parties and they soon start nudging the parents into a battle of one-upmanship. The demands can take many forms, but don't be surprised if it starts with your child's request for a personalised video. This film is meant to warm up the crowd and herald the arrival of the celebrant, so it usually has members of the family in the leading roles, a funky soundtrack, aerial photography and cameos by minor soap stars and a footballer or two, albeit second-division. None of this comes cheap, but to know what you are up against take a look at the MTV-style barmitzvah entries on YouTube.

    It is possible to shoot your own low-budget film on a video camera and screen it at the simchah, but if you want it to look good it may require expert editing.

    With the trailer in the can, it's on with the show and face it, if little Manny Goldstein can have Jedward at his barmitzvah, why shouldn't your son have Adele? Actually it is possible for anyone to have Adele at their function and for the surprisingly reasonable rate of around £575. Granted it's not the real Ms Adkins, but Rebecca Louise, bookable from Scott Jordan Associates.

    "Over the years I've seen a change in the way people organise function entertainment, as they now consciously try to outdo their friends with bigger names and fuller rosters," says Steve, a former wedding singer. "Somebody might have Amy Winehouse at a do and then the next host will book Celine Dion, Cheryl Cole.... and Amy Winehouse. They don't like to be outdone."

    Steve and Kim choose the acts they want to represent as rigorously as Simon Cowell and they are never in any doubt that the sound-alike they send to the simchahwill hit all the right notes.

    "If it is a function with a wide age range, it is better to have a tribute act that satisfies everyone," advises Steve. "Tina Turner, Tom Jones - those are the artists that have wide appeal and then there are The Beatles., The Bee Gees and The Blues Brothers."

    Imagine the function you could create. With Abba as support, Elvis as the headliner, Girls Aloud during tea and then The Gypsy Kings for the Hora. It's the Royal Command Performance with bells on.

    "There are performers to suit all pockets," says Steve, but he thinks 45 minutes to an hour is ample time for the lookalike act. "The bride and groom or the barmitzvah should get top billing; you don't want the guests sitting down all night watching Freddie Mercury and Lady Gaga."

    In the absence of starry names, a large, energetic and musically-diverse band is the best, such as the Gilev Band, a 12-15 strong collective. Some 19 years ago, Gilev was a GCSE music project created by nice Jewish boys Johnny Gilbert and Levi Levin (hence Gilev) who established themselves as a keyboard and vocals duo. They have since attracted the best brass, percussion and vocalists around and now have the sort of line-up you'd expect to see sharing the stage with Elton John.

    You could actually have Elton John --in tribute act form - but the Gilev Band has bookings confirmed until well into 2015, so you'll have to act fast to sign them up.

    Scott Jordan Entertainment
    0845 094 1455
    enquiries@scottjordan.co.uk

    The Gilev Showband
    Bookings: 020 8906 3355
    info@thegilevshowband.com

    Star Turn Videos
    Simon Williams, 0800 9558975
    weddingfilmstudio.co.uk