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If you are currently planning a festival wedding then one of the most important aspects will be the music and entertainment, after all that’s what a festival is all about! Choosing your wedding entertainment can be tricky at the best of times, with so much choice and so much on offer, so getting the music right for a festival wedding could be even harder. Well fear not, today the guys from Entertainment Nation are here to offer you some first class advice on what to choose and what works in different wedding situations.
Balmy evenings illuminated by lanterns. Tipis and tents under the sun and stars. The enticing aroma of sizzling street food. What could be better than reliving those heady nights of the big summer festivals of your youth and bringing together your festival-going friends for some nostalgic nuptials? There’s a reason festival weddings have gone beyond trend and become one of the most popular themes for cool young couples.
We’re biased but we think getting your wedding entertainment right is one of the most important elements in planning your wedding. And that goes double for an outdoor festival style wedding; what’s a festival without live music, after all?
If you’ve got your heart set on a summery celebration filled with singing and dancing, then you’re in the right place. We’re going to run through the most popular acts to make your big day shine whatever the weather gets up to!
Popularised by Ed Sheeran and others – versatile, inexpensive, very cool.
A singer and their guitar – no longer a campfire cliché. Acoustic Singer Guitarists are one of the most in-demand styles of act at the moment, thanks to the influence of stars like Ed Sheeran, James Arthur and George Ezra. The relatively low cost and sheer versatility of the one(or two)-person shows adds to their appeal. A singer-guitarist, whether booked as a solo or duo, can supply the soundtrack to your whole day: from gentle romance during your ceremony to mellow mood music for your afternoon drinks, to an uproarious sing-along during your evening reception.
Enduringly popular and fitting in perfectly with the boho vibe, Mumford & Sons themed indie-folk bands are the number one choice for festival-themed weddings. These bands bring infectious energy with every zestful strum of the acoustic guitar and twang of the banjo string, beckoning guests to the dance floor with driving modern folk and acoustic transformations of your favourite pop, rock and indie songs. Clad in country-casual clothing and brandishing burnished acoustic instruments, a folk wedding band is also the visual centrepiece that brings your festival theme together!
Summon the spirit of The Big Easy with a New Orleans brass band. Trumpets, trombones, and tubas, sousaphones and saxophones, all underpinned by pulsating drum-beats, combine to bring you irresistible Mardi Gras parade music and thumping brass reimaginings of everything from Bob Marley to Rage Against the Machine, via Dr Dre and the Backstreet Boys! And if your tastes are more beer than bourbon? Ask your brass band to throw in some Oompah to get the festivities started!
There’s nothing quite so impressive as seeing expert musicians up close – and maybe even joining in for a song or two. Roaming bands mingle with you and your guests as they perform, making them the ideal afternoon entertainment for a festival wedding. Thanks to the portability of their acoustic instruments, roaming bands are free to circulate around your venue, entertaining individual groups of guests and building a buzz of anticipation as others wonder what’s coming next, all while infusing the occasion with their own brand of music, whether that’s folk, acoustic rock, “live lounge” covers, mariachi or brass.
Conjuring visions of pearl white Caribbean coastlines, the easy-going whimsy of the steel pan drum naturally brings a smile to the face. Another act that pairs perfectly with an afternoon drinks reception, the steel pan drums create a feel-good ambience while leaving the focus on socialising, celebrating and raising cheers to the newly married couple. For the full flavour of the Caribbean combine with rum cocktails and jerk chicken canapes!
DJ Live acts are an increasingly popular choice for couples looking to blend the flexibility of a DJ with the impact of a live musician. Recreate those balmy Balearic sunsets on the beach with a saxophonist playing chilled Ibiza melodies over DJ music. As sunset darkens into night, add a percussionist to the mix to pick out the compulsive rhythms of house anthems and club classics to take your wedding celebrations into the early hours. Glo sticks and whistles are purely optional.
Finish your wedding festival in fitting style with a jump-kicking performance from a throwback pop-punk band to take you back to the good old days of baggy jeans, chains and skateboards. There’ll be pogo-ing aplenty as you and your guests are escorted by your low-slung-guitar-wielding chaperones through the effervescent music of the late nineties and early noughties. Blink 182, Sum 41, My Chemical Romance – if just reading those names is stirring your emotions, a pop-punk band is the act for you.
We hope we’ve helped inspire you find the perfect entertainment for your festival wedding. If you want to find out more about any of the acts we’ve suggested, then head on over to the Entertainment Nation website, where you’ll find a wealth of festival wedding entertainment and much more besides. For ideas and inspiration, be sure to get in touch with our friendly advisers, who are available from 10am until 10pm, 7 days a week, to help you with any aspect of booking your wedding entertainment.
Congratulations and happy wedding planning!
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