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Rocking Wedding Bands For Retro Weddings

One style of wedding music we’re seeing explode in popularity is the authentic rock ‘n’ roll wedding band. We’re not talking Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, or The Killers here, we’re talking about the original pioneers of the genre – the Elvis Presleys, the Buddy Hollys, the Little Richards – the legends who blew away the stuffiness of the post-war era with their tumbling piano runs, slicked-back quiffs and jaunty, jangly guitar riffs.

Arriving on the back of the vintage wedding trend, rock ‘n’ roll wedding bands are simply perfect for pretty much any wedding scenario: their smart retro attire and quirky style fits in beautifully at historic venues and boho, festival weddings alike; they’re a hit with every generation (often throwing in a few more modern tracks for the youngsters) and their music is just perfect for dancing to!

There’s a surprising diversity of old-school rock ‘n’ roll wedding bands out there: from purists who only perform the originals to those who relax the rules and throw in “modern” stuff by the Beatles, the Kinks and the Rolling Stones, not to mention bands who stray into related genres like blues, rockabilly and swing.

One thing’s for sure, if you want a whole lot of shakin’ going on at your wedding reception, a rock ‘n’ roll wedding band is guaranteed to get everyone twisting and shouting on the dance floor. Check out our selection of the best UK rock ‘n’ roll bands for weddings below and get ready to let the good times roll!


The Fat Cats

Bringing serious Buddy Holly vibes are The Fat Cats, one of the UK’s leading rock ‘n’ roll function bands. These vastly talented musicians offer an eclectic repertoire that features all the rock ‘n’ roll greats, as well as a few wedding reception classics and modern chart tunes thrown in for good measure.

Click here to hire this leading rock ‘n’ roll party band!


The Mersey Boys

A trio of best mates who simply adore rock ‘n’ roll music. The Mersey Boys have been performing together for over a decade. Their close bond and shared love of the music of the 50s and 60s shines through in their extraordinary live shows. You and you guests will fall in love with The Mersey Boys’ on-stage passion, sumptuous musical skill and evocative 3-part harmonies.

Visit The Mersey Boys’ profile to find out more!


The Platonics

The Platonics are original rock ‘n’ roll purists through and through. Performing on electric guitar, double bass and drums, The Platonics deliver sets of big-bopping classics and lesser known, but no less infectious, rock ‘n’ roll deep cuts. If you want a wedding band that looks and sounds like they’ve just stepped out of the 1950s, The Platonics are the act for you.

For fantastic fifties wedding music, book The Platonics!


Benny and The Beats

These dynamic young musicians breathe fresh new life into the rock ‘n’ roll genre. As well as their energetic performances of songs by all-time masters like Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash, Benny and The Beats mix things up with a few more modern rock hits by artists including Eric Clapton, Jet and The Killers.

Make your big day complete with a performance from Benny and The Beats!


Betty & The Boppers

Bold and Bluesy, Betty & The Boppers are an uncompromising rockabilly throwback whose smoky vocals, walking basslines and pleasingly plinky guitar solos will have everyone’s feet tapping and heads bobbing uncontrollably. A favourite on the vintage festival scene and in jazz and blues clubs, Betty and The Boppers bring a taste of the 1950s to your big day.

Don’t miss out on this stylish and charismatic band!


The Brogues

Are you looking for more of a traditional wedding function band with a rock and roll flavour? If so, you need to check out The Brogues. These versatile entertainers include a strong core of rock ‘n’ roll songs in their repertoire, which they supplement with funk, soul, pop, rock and indie from the 50s all the way up to the current charts. Perfect if you’ve got a mixed crowd to keep happy!

The Brogues are band who can do it all. Get in touch to book them today!


Jumpin Joe and The Dominoes

Before electric guitars got involved, early rock ‘n’ roll was characterised by its lively piano-led sound. Jumpin Joe and the Dominoes are a boogie-woogie influenced wedding band who deliver the crackling charisma of piano performers like Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. An effervescent addition to any wedding reception.

Hire Jumpin Joe and the Dominoes for rambunctious rock ‘n’ roll that’ll get everyone jumping along!


The Fresh Cuts

When you hire The Fresh Cuts, you’re effectively getting two bands in one! These talented entertainers open up with a set of good ole rock ‘n’ roll, before switching instruments for a heavy-hitting finale of indie rock anthems. They even offer a “live lounge” set that’ll go with your afternoon drinks reception like strawberries with champagne.

Click here to snap up The Fresh Cuts for the ultimate rocking reception.


Ramsgate Rockabillys

Featuring renowned retro musicians and insanely acrobatic stand-up bass surfing, Ramsgate Rockabillys supply a thrilling spectacle to go along with their impeccable musicianship. As well as country and rockabilly standards, the band’s extensive repertoire includes rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and a helping of laid-back jazz and swing.

For wedding entertainment with the wow-factor, book the Ramsgate Rockabillys!


Jumping Jacks

Straddling the transition between the swing era and the advent of rock ‘n’ roll, The Jumping Jacks specialise in energetic performances of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jive and jump blues. Past shows include “A Night With Arnold Schwarzenegger”, Kelly Brook’s birthday party and Sir Bobby Charlton’s charity night – with such an illustrious client list, you know your wedding reception is in capable hands!

There won’t be an occupied seat in the house when the Jumping Jacks are on stage!


How to Hire a Rock ‘n’ Roll Wedding Band

Ain’t that a shame, but that brings us to the end of this nineteen-fifties-infused rundown of the best rock ‘n’ roll wedding bands. If you’ve been inspired to hire a rock and roll band for your wedding, then take a trip over to the Entertainment Nation website. Entertainment Nation’s friendly wedding entertainment experts can be contacted when its most convenient for you: they’re available via phone, email and Live Chat from 10am until 10pm, 7 days a week.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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