Live band hire for special celebrations

Mike Paul-Smith Music: an award-winning collective of live musicians.
Providing live band hire for parties and celebrations since 2005.

Whether you’re planning a wedding anniversary celebration, birthday party, charity fundraiser, outdoor concert, or just want an excuse to get together with friends and family, live music can transform a great event into an unforgettable one. 

Mike Paul-Smith Music is a small group of professional musicians, available to hire worldwide for parties large or small. 

We perform together in a range of different band line-ups – meaning that we can entertain your guests with the same musicians at different stages of the event. 

Read on to find out more about our line-ups, then book a consultation with Mike and let’s start planning your special event.

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Celebrations with Mike Paul-Smith Music

Celebrations with Mike Paul-Smith Music

Mike Paul-Smith Music’s line-ups are the perfect entertainment for any celebration – and they don’t come much bigger than the Leeds Castle Concert, which we have now been invited to perform at twice. 

This event takes place in the stunning grounds of Leeds Castle (near Maidstone in Kent) where, for one day each summer, more than 12,000 concert-goers don their Union Jack outfits and gather for a celebration of live music and (hopefully) glorious British weather. 

It’s a particularly special event because the headline act is the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by conductor John Rigby and featuring star soloists from the worlds of opera and the West End.

In both 2021 and 2022 Mike Paul-Smith’s vintage band Down for the Count was honoured to open the event.

Your Party with Mike Paul-Smith Music

Our group of musicians can perform for different stages of your event, giving your guests an unforgettable experience.


Arrival Drinks
Get your guests in good spirits with music from our roaming bands.


Dinner Music
Stylish and sophisticated bands to accompany your dinner.


The Party
Sensational party bands to fill the dancefloor, followed by partying into the early hours with our Auto DJ.

Step 1: Choose your party band

The centre piece of your party music package – choose from one of our sensational party band line-ups, all of whom perform completely live (with no backing tracks or click tracks), giving our bands unrivalled energy and spontaneity.

The Get Downs

Our original line-up, playing swing and soul music at thousands of events since 2005. With a huge and varied repertoire list this band is perfect for parties with mixed age groups and will give your guests something to talk about for years to come.

Capital Sounds Showband

A stylish and funky band to keep your guests on the dancefloor all night long! This band performs medleys of soul, pop, Motown and disco classics, and is available in line-ups from a 10-piece band all the way up to a 45-piece orchestra.

Down for the Count All-Stars

Our vintage swing band Down for the Count is regularly found at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and other world-famous clubs and theatres. Hire us for your party and we’ll get your guests dancing to the best vintage swing music!

The Get Downs Lite

If your budget doesn’t stretch to our full band, check out the 6-piece Get Downs Lite – performing the same great mix of swing and soul music, great at getting audiences of all ages on the dancefloor.

Step 2: Choose your other party entertainment options

As your guests arrive, entertain them with walkabout acts or static musicians – search through the various line-ups we have available to find the right style for you!

The Jazz Hours

Stylish and glamorous jazz standards from our vocal-led ensemble.

The Lady Gatsby Band

For events with a vintage twist.

The Vintage Strollers

Vocal-led roaming band with a feel-good performance.

Alexander's Ragtime Band

Instrumental group performing trad jazz.

Dinner Music

The perfect musical backdrop for your dinner, these groups can also provide music for your drinks reception

Cocktail Pianist

Performing jazz standards and contemporary tunes.

The Soul Essentials

Vocal-led band performing soul and pop.

The Jazz Essentials

Instrumental band performing laid-back jazz music.

Finishing Touches

Small extras that make a big difference.

Auto DJ Service

Your party doesn’t have to end when the band finishes – find out about using our top quality PA system to play your choice of recorded music, which is usually free of charge until midnight and can be extended afterwards for an additional charge.

Vintage Dancers

A vintage dance troupe available to hire alongside our party band. The dancers bring the party, starting off with a quick and easy vintage dance lesson before the band takes the stage – and then they keep your guests entertained with flashmobs and group Charlestons.

We also have a list of recommended suppliers we love working with – check them out here!

Event planning advice

We’ve been performing at weddings and celebrations for 18 years and have a wealth of experience. Here is our advice for dealing with noise limiters, planning your first dance and much more.



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