Several key trends have emerged in wedding entertainment, especially where clients are looking to provide something a bit more unique than standard pop covers. Wedding bands have become much more sophisticated and professional, offering a range of genres to a very high standard. The best wedding bands will have invested time and money in high-quality promotional material as well as live videos which showcase exactly how the band will look and sound on your wedding day. 2023 promises to be a big year for these popular trends so let’s take a look at them in more detail.
:: DJ, Sax & Drums ::
From the trend-setting clubs of Ibiza came this concept in recent years. Primarily based on classic and modern house, the music combines a live DJ with amplified saxophone and sometimes live percussion, e.g. a bongo player. It’s not just the house genre and its variants that benefit from this instrumental treatment. Pop and rock covers can be given a modern twist with this combination. It’s a particularly dynamic and spectacular set-up, allowing for the sax and bongo player to roam amongst your guests as they accompany the DJ’s beats.
:: Roaming Bands ::
A roaming band provides something truly unique at weddings and events as the musicians move between guests and interact with the crowd. Most roaming bands are acoustic so more suitable for intimate events like small weddings or parties but some roaming bands (e.g. NOMAD) are wirelessly amplified and able to provide high-energy pop and rock covers for dancing.
:: Mumford & Sons style weddings bands ::
Mumford & Sons style wedding bands are still as popular as ever and certainly provide something a bit different for the musical entertainment. They create a rustic and folky vibe which is highly suitable for wedding venues like barns and country houses, as well as outdoor weddings or tipi weddings. Usually such bands will perform their first set acoustically, adding the folky vibe with a banjo, or maybe even a violin.
So, the first set will feature popular rock and chart music delivered in this Mumford style. For their second set, many of these bands offer a fully electric set to get guests onto the dance floor. The band will usually dress a la Mumford & Sons attire to complete the spectacle.
:: Wedding bands with male vocalists ::
We have certainly noticed that most wedding clients prefer a male singer. While it’s not certain why this is the case, it’s a trend that has kept its popularity right into 2023. It could be that clients are looking to recreate the sound of all-male bands, or the type of music that lends itself more to male vocals rather than female, arguably classic indie pop/rock from the 90s and 2000s. Either way, there’s no great need to analyse why this is the case, and there are probably several factors at play here.