Versatile party band performing swing, jive, soul and Motown music appealing to audiences of all ages.

Energetic and versatile swing and soul band.

Filling dancefloors since 2005.

The Get Downs is a sensational swing and soul band available to hire for wedding receptions, corporate events and celebrations throughout the UK and internationally. 

The Get Downs is the original band created by Mike Paul-Smith in 2005. Over the 18 years since the band has gone on to perform at countless events and is now one of the most in-demand function bands in the country with a client list including Ferrari, Virgin, Bentley, Sony, Deborah Meaden and James Corden.

The band performs a huge range of music, and is incredibly versatile – with something for people of all ages in the set list, making it the perfect option for wedding receptions. 

Typically the band start the evening with lively swing and jive music, before performing soul and Motown medleys to keep your guests on the dancefloor and pop classics to round the night off in style. You can expect to hear everything from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to Steve Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Paolo Nutini and much more.

Each song performed by The Get Downs has been custom-written for the band – and every note you hear is live, with no click tracks or backing tracks, giving the band’s performance a fantastic sound and incredible spontaneity. We perform in a range of line-ups from an 8-piece band right up to a 27-piece (or larger!) orchestra. We can also provide a smaller 6-piece line-up The Get Downs Lite.

The band also love performing for Jewish weddings, with a great range of Israeli dancing music – find out more here.

Tailored live music packages from Mike Paul-Smith Music

At Mike Paul-Smith Music we love building whole day music packages – where other line-ups you see on our website perform earlier in the day, before The Get Downs take to the stage. Find out more about what we can offer for wedding receptions, corporate events and celebrations.

Our music packages can be tailored to suit your theme and budget, and we’re always at the end of the phone to answer any questions you may have. Scroll down to see The Get Downs in action and then get in touch today to book us for your event – we can’t wait to hear from you

Trusted by:

  • The band got everyone on their feet dancing and mingling together, from 2- to 92-year-olds. It was just as I had dreamed and ended the evening on an incredible high.

    Emily & Matt
    Wedding Reception, Buckinghamshire


  • I cannot thank you and the band enough. We simply couldn't have been happier with everything you did for us and the feedback has been extraordinary. YOU NAILED IT!

    Emma and Tom
    Wedding Reception, Sussex

The Get Downs: Set List

We’ve never played exactly the same set twice, but this is a fairly typical set list for most functions, weddings and corporate events. We play a mixture of swing, jazz, big band, soul, Motown and pop repertoire – this always gets people dancing.

We always keep your requests in mind when planning what to play at each party, and treat each performance separately. Please use this set list as a starting point, and get in touch with your ideas (and remember that we can perform two Soul & Motown sets if Swing & Jive isn’t your thing).

Remember that all of Mike Paul-Smith Music’s bands perform completely live with no click tracks or backing tracks!

Set One

Swing and Jive (60 Minutes)

Sing, Sing, Sing
Well Alright, OK, You Win
Twistin’ the Night Away
Jump, Jive & Wail
Feeling Good
Ain’t That a Kick In the Head
Cheek to Cheek
Mambo Italiano
Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano
Beyond the Sea
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
I Wanna Be Like You
Reet Petite
In The Mood
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Fly Me To The Moon
Mack the Knife

Set Two

Soul and Motown (60 Minutes)

Car Wash
Blame it on the Boogie
You Can’t Hurry Love
Dancing in the Street
I heard It Through the Grapevine
Rescue Me
I Say a Little Prayer for You
Best of My Love
I’m Every Woman
Lady Marmalade
I Feel Good
Sir Duke
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

New York, New York

  • The band were superb, they went down really well with our client and were fantastic every night. They were prompt, professional and very talented. We wouldn’t hesitate to book them again and again.

    Callum Barr
    Corporate Event, BMW

The Get Downs: Line Ups

The Get Downs can perform as anything from a 6-piece band (see The Get Downs Lite) to a 27-piece Orchestra. Here are some of the most popular line-up options.

x2 Vocalists*, piano, bass, guitar, drums, x2 trumpets, x2 saxophones

Female vocals, piano, bass, guitar, drums, x2 trumpets, x2 saxophones

x2 Vocalists*, piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, x2 trumpets, x3 saxophones

x4 Vocalists, piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, x2 trumpets, x3 saxophones

x4 Vocalists, piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, x2 trumpets, x3 saxophones, x3 strings

x4 Vocalists, x5 horns, x6-piece rhythm section and x12 string players

*either x2 female vocalists or
x1 female vocalist and x1 male vocalist

  • You and your band were fantastic, not just brilliant at the music but also lovely, helpful and a total pleasure to work with. You were exceptional!

    Deborah Meaden (Dragon's Den)
    Private party, Somerset
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