Friday, 19 August 2016

The Hipcats star in Don't Tell the Bride - the inside story ...

The Hipcats were excited to get the call that they had been asked to star in Don't Tell the Bride - a show where the groom had two weeks to organise a wedding on a fixed budget without the bride being told anything about it.  It has recently moved from the BBC to Sky 1 and has a huge following.

The Hipcats were asked as they wanted the evening to end with some great jazz and swing with a 1920s feel but also with some contemporary grooves to get people dancing - the band was very happy to oblige.

In terms of the booking, it was all agreed just four days before the wedding date!  Wedding bands are usually booked anything from 6 to 18 months in advance but not this time.  Luckily, the band were free, helped by the fact it was a Friday rather than a Saturday.

Over those four days there were conversations with the groom and the team at Sky and a key thing that had to be done was clear the songs the band were going to play as some of them were allowed to be broadcast and some were not - interestingly King of the Swingers, Bear Necessities and Sway were struck off the list but Hit the Road Jack, Cheek to Cheek and Moondance were fine.

The final set list wasn't approved until 8.30am the morning of the wedding!

The band travelled to Brighton that day, meeting the crew and checking out the venue and were interested to see the whole process at work.  It seemed to be genuinely how it was on TV, the groom had organised the 1920s themed event, bought his wife the wedding dress and the whole day had gone really well.

The people at Sky were very unobtrusive, to the extent that they had small HD cameras and no lighting and so could have been any wedding video team rather than broadcasters.

The band performed two sets which the crowd loved, to the extent that the bride felt that she really needed to join the band onstage with backing vocals - a certain amount of alcohol may have encouraged her but she had a great time.  Unfortunately the cameras had left at that point and they also missed the food fight at the end but by then the band were safely in their cars and ready for the ride home.

Overall it was a great experience and Chris, the groom, expressed his huge thanks to the band for contributing to a brilliant day.

Transmission date yet to be confirmed.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Cool Nachos - new promotional video! Groovy Baby!

The Cool Nachos have just released a new promotional video for their unique brand of jazz, funk, latin & groove.

They are available for weddings and events so get in touch with them at

Based in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, The Cool Nachos have played at top events including Glastonbury Festival.  They are happy to travel and have performed at venues across the UK.

They are a VERY groovy band!

Stardust Music - Acoustic Jazz, Latin & Swing for outdoor events

Stardust Music are now offering an all-acoustic line-up for weddings and events where electricity is an issue, where they need to be a little quieter or where clients would like the band to be more mobile.

The band can now offer a great line-up including vocals, jazz guitar, double bass, saxophone, trumpet, percussion and even jazz violin.

Contact the band for anything from a soloist to a duo, trio or quartet.  They are happy to play jazz and swing music, gypsy jazz, latin & bossa music, along with some more contemporary tunes too.

More information at

Monday, 26 October 2015

Celebrity fans of The Hipcats - wow!

The Hipcats have played some star-studded events over the last couple of years and here are just some of the celebrities that have enjoyed their music ...

John Taylor from Duran Duran

Angela Ahrendts the CEO of Burberry

The legendary John Cleese

The brilliant star from 'Miranda' - Sally Phillips

The Hipcats Swinging in Oxford

The Hipcats seem to be the band of choice for Oxford events this year.  Magdalen College School booked the band again for their end of year extravaganza and The Hipcats have also played at The Oxford Union and Oxford Town Hall for other brilliant events.

The band's new second set of jazz, funk and groove classics is going down really well and includes Uptown Funk and Get Lucky alongside the likes of Moondance and La Bamba.

Book the band soon!

Monday, 4 August 2014

The Hipcats at Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa in Bath

The Hipcats' wonderful relationship with The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa continues with a gorgeous afternoon barbecue with jazz.  The sounds was just right and the band enjoyed playing under a shady tree.  Top marks to the chef for the greatest burgers the band have ever tasted!  Thanks to all at The Royal Crescent and the lovely guests.  More at

Bath Wedding at Green Park Brasserie with The Hipcats

A lovely August day in Bath where The Hipcats were chosen by the bride and groom to perform a mix of cool, classic and contemporary jazz, swing, latin and groove.  Big thanks to Green Park Brasserie for helping make the day a great success.  More at