Wedding Band in St Albans
Funcnation is a party and wedding band based in Cambridgeshire but available across the UK, including St Albans. With over 30 years of combined experience, Funcnation is a slick and professional outfit that understands how important your day is. We know how other standard function bands operate, having performed with many, and we believe that your special event deserves better!
Funcnation are made up of a core of 4 professional musicians who have one overriding thing in common – versatility. We offer a wide array of textures to your event; from modern pop to fill the dance floor when the party really gets going, all the way to solo classical guitar to give a ceremony added elegance. Our backing tracks are tailor made, giving each song a Funcnation flavour.
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“Many thanks Jamie and crew for making our wedding party really special. You coped brilliantly with the quirky venue and read the mood of the room just right. Top marks!” Jenny & Gregg
“Funcnation played at a party at our house and were a huge success. They turned up in plenty of time and were professional, polite and flexible. Arabella’s voice is truly amazing and the music the band produced meant that our guests danced all night. They played all the music we had asked for with massive charisma and enthusiasm. We recommend them wholeheartedly. Fabulous!”
– Mrs Russell Winchester
“Funcnation played at our wedding in Wiltshire, and without a doubt their incredible talent and enthusiasm totally made our party rock! The feedback from our guests has been endless compliments, Arabella has the most incredible voice!
From start to finish Jamie has been absolutely fantastic to work with, never faltering in his attention to detail, and also has so much patience to deal with my endless queries!
We opted for the Acoustic package during the drinks reception which went down a treat with the guests, getting them sufficiently in the party mood for later on in the day.
Funcnation come with a 5* recommendation from Mr and Mrs Noy!” – Emma Noy
- 4 Piece Party Band
- Playlist Disco
If you need a party band to keep your dance floor full then our basic package is for you:
Two hours of classic songs from the live band followed by one of our specialist playlists, or one of your own creation, so the party won’t stop when we do.
FUNCNATION Live Lounge
- 4 Piece Acoustic Band
- Playlist Disco
If you’ve found the perfect venue but they don’t cater for a full live band, or the venue is small but perfectly formed, fear not, we can help!
We can deliver high energy party hits without the high volume using acoustic instruments, we can also perform on the head of a pin!
- 5 Piece Party Band
- Playlist Disco & Optional Dancers
If you would like an extra vocalist to really make the show bounce, a saxophonist to add some sophistication, or some hypnotising female dancers, this option is for you.
Funcnation has an available pool of top class musicians and performers that can make your party unique.
If you’ve picked one of the electric packages for the evening and would like to add some cool ambience to a drinks reception or welcome party, we can provide an hour of laid back, live background music to start your event in style.
Classical guitar is an emotive accompaniment to a ceremony of any kind and also adds formality and style to a drinks reception.
“It don’t mean a thing…” We all know that Jazz is the epitome of cool, our instrumental jazz trio will play soft, swinging tunes for an hour to accompany your meal or drinks reception. Add a vocalist if you want to hear those romantic standards while you eat.
**All of the above options are interchangeable and can be combined to make sure you get exactly what you want at every stage of your event.**
Jazz Trio Sample
We specialise in delivering party classics that will keep your dance floor full all night long. If there are songs you specifically do or don’t want from the list then let us know. We pride ourselves on delivering a set that will please all event guests.
Modern Pop Classics
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Get Lucky – Pharrell
Roar – Katy Perry
Firework – Katy Perry
Happy – Pharrell
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
Our Time – Lilly Allen
Counting Stars – One Republic
Just Dance – Lady Gaga
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Halo – Beyonce
Crazy Love – Beyonce
Love On Top – Beyonce
I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
Greatest Day – Take That
Bang Bang – Jessie
Only Girl In The World – Rhianna
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Waiting All Night – Rudimental
Feel the Love – Rudimental
Rather be – Clean Bandit
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Please Don’t Stop The Music – Rhianna
Nobody to Love – Sigma
Summer – Calvin Harris
My Love – Route 94
Blame – Calvin Harris
Love Me Again – John Newman
Heaven – Emeli Sande
We Found Love – Rhianna
Addicted To You – Avicii
Money On My Mind – Sam Smith
Changing – Paloma Faith
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Free – Alright Now
B 52’s – Love Shack
Abba – Dancing Queen
Kool and the Gang – Celebration
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
The Temptations – My Girl
I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) – The Proclaimers
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Dakota – Stereophonics
Hanging On The Telephone – Blondie
Jonny B Good – Chuck Berry
You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
Chic – Le Freak
Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
The Trammps – Disco Inferno
EW&F – September
EW&F – Boogie Wonderland
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Jackson 5 – Blame It On The Boogie
Rose Royce – Car Wash
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Everybody Dance – Chic
Here at Funcnation we understand that booking a band can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve never done it before. Below is a list of frequently asked questions and concerns. If you have a specific questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Which Package is best for my Event?
If you are unsure what you want for your event or would like us to cater to individual requirements then please don’t hesitate to write us a note on the additional information section of the quote form. We pride ourselves on versatility: we provide the entertainment you require.
How do I make a booking?
Simple! Fill in and send the quote form and one of our representatives will contact you to discuss your quote in detail. If you’re happy with the quote and wish to proceed a contract will be issued and a non-refundable deposit of 20% is payable to secure the date.
What security do I have?
As stated in our contract, once you’ve booked Funcnation for your event, we will not cancel unless a situation arises that is covered under the standard force majeure clause. Essentially we will never cancel an event. If it is physically possible to arrive, we will – that’s a cast iron guarantee!
Can we have a meeting to discuss our needs?
If you have extra special requirements or would like to discuss your event face to face we will arrange a meeting without charge but, due to our tight schedules, only once the deposit is paid. This free service is available in zones 1-6, London only.
What if I have to cancel?
All bookings have a 48 hour cooling off period whereby only the deposit is lost if you decide to cancel. If you need to cancel after this period then you have 2 choices –
a) Pay outstanding balance less travel expenses.
b) Transfer deposit to another date (this can only be done on one occasion).
My venue has a sound limiter, is this a problem?
In a word, no! As long as we are forewarned and the limiter is not set to an unworkable decibel level (roughly anything below 90db is unworkable for our electric band) then it will be fine. Our live lounge act is perfect for venues with sound limiters set below 90db. To put it into context, wedding reception crowds generally have a base db level of around 70-80db. Most venues are open to being flexible about sound limiters as long as the act is compliant to their volume expectations.
Can I request songs?
We are happy to learn one special song for your event, for example a first dance. If you wish to request songs that aren’t in our repertoire on top of this, then there will be a small charge to cover rehearsal costs. It is generally better if you inform us of a couple of songs you definitely do/don’t want from our rep and let us craft a set list that we know will work for your guests.
How long does it take to set up?
Notwithstanding venue/event specific factors it generally takes us 1 hour to set up and sound check from the point of having access to the space. During this time we will need to make noise at gig level to ensure the sound is just right for your event. We understand that sometimes this will not be possible, don’t worry we are highly experienced professionals and we can work in nearly any conditions.
How much space do you need?
Our 4 piece electric band inclusive of speakers and lights takes up roughly 4 metres x 3 metres. We are flexible with the space we use but there must be plug points in situ.
What do we have to provide on the day?
We are a completely self-contained act so we supply all sound and light equipment for your event. As stated in the contract we request a couple of simple things so that we can give you the best performance possible:
– A secure room to get changed and relax in while we are not playing. Bathrooms don’t count!
– Modest Rider – Being a function musician is hard work! In order for us to give our best, we need lots of energy to perform on stage. We require an evening meal (not a sandwich) per band member and soft drinks or water to keep hydrated. If you are happy for us to eat from your buffet that is fine as long as it can provide a substantial meal. For band members who are at your event all day some kind of lunch snack such as a sandwich should be provided.