Services From Hot Shoes
Hot Shoes is a leading UK swing ensemble that offer a unique entertainment experience for all events including wedding receptions, parties and corporate functions.
The in demand 6 piece perform both authentic repertoire from the 20’s-40’s and modern pop tunes in a swing style. If you’re looking for a hot, swinging, vintage party band then look no further!
The band was founded with Lindyhop and Swing Dancers in mind, but we find that our broad repertoire is popular with all ages and tastes.
Ideal for weddings, parties and dance events the Hot Shoes is a professional, experienced and entertaining band that always goes down well!
The band was founded with dancing in mind and we find that our broad repertoire is popular with all ages and tastes. Ideal for weddings, parties and dance events - Hot Shoes is a professional, experienced and entertaining band that always goes down well!
We are steeped in the tradition of the 1920s swing era and perform classics such as The Charleston and It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. However, our speciality is performing modern Pop music in a swing style for weddings and parties. Our set includes songs from artists such as; Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk. See below for our full set list!
As you may have noticed, we have two different female singers. Both singers perform with us full time as we perform at a large number events throughout the year. We also offer the option of adding more brass or you can choose the slightly smaller five piece version of the band (see booking options).
Hot Shoes have a wealth of experience of performing for clients such as Porsche, GQ Magazine, Diageo and DHL as well weddings all over the UK. We have also had the privilege to play for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla and The Duchess of Cornwall. Furthermore, we’ve performed at Jazz clubs and festivals around the world, including London Jazz festival, Brecon Jazz festival, Langnau Jazz Nights Switzerland, The 606 Club London, Hay Festival of literature and art and countless more.
The core element of our music is based on the 1920s swing style, including songs such as the Charleston, It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing and Is you is or is you ain't my baby. However, we also cater for a larger audience by playing more up to date chart songs by artists such as George Ezra, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and many more.
The Hot Shoes often perform as a quartet, for more cozy intimate gigs, but we are more in our element as the 'full throttle' 6 piece band heard on the recordings.
We perform with a either a male or female singer, If you have a particular preference just let us know and we'll take care of it! There is also the option of having 2 singers, please get in touch to find out more.
Christopher Watson• June 23, 2018
Hot Shoes really made the night! We were having a 1920/30s-themed wedding and Hot Shoes provided us with the icing on the cake. They also helped out when the best man screwed up the playlist for the slot after the band finished playing, so that was very much appreciated too! You guys are very talented and great people so thanks for everything. Chris & Becky.
Mr and Mrs Lindon• Aug. 18, 2018
“The band were really helpful when we contacted them before the wedding. On the day they set up with no fuss, and let us borrow their mics for our speeches. Their 3 sets were all really good-everyone was dancing from the beginning until the end, and everyone has been commenting on what a great band they are. They were so full of energy, and even ended up wearing props from our photo booth which added to the fun- the drummer looked great in a fez!”
Mr and Mrs Navarro• July 21, 2018
“Thank you so so so much for performing at our wedding! Everything was smooth on the day and I didn't have to worry about anything which was reassuring. We were so impressed by everything!”
Mr Jones• June 2, 2018
“For my 40th birthday last November, I wanted to re-create some swing style magic for myself and my friends. And with the Hot Shoes that's exactly what I got. The set list was awesome, and you can tell the band love what they do as the sound they produced was wonderful. I cant recommend them highly enough. Two long sets just wasn't enough! Thanks guys, we had an incredible evening.”
Mrs. S• Feb. 3, 2018
"""We couldn't have been more delighted with Hot Shoes performance, the dance floor was packed from the moment they started and stayed that way for the whole set!”"
How long do you play for?
Our standard set length is 2 x 45 minutes, but we offer either 1 or 2 x 60 minute options as well. If you have any other set lengths in mind, just let us know and we can create a custom quote for you!
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Yes, we provide PA and Lighting for all our events free of charge. In some cases we are happy to use equipment provided by a venue or production company, or provide extra equipment (uplights, dancefloor, special lighting) as necessary.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
Yes, we have a current Public Liability and PAT certificate. These can be supplied on request.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
We provide a custom arrangement of a special song for a nominal charge of £80-£120 per song, depending on the complexity. This covers a custom arrangment and rehearsal with our singer.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
We usually just take one break between or 2 sets. This can be between 15 and 45 minutes long.
Get lucky - Daft Punk
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Crazy in love - Beyoncé (Great Gatsby version)
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Valerie - Zutons
Feeling good - Nina Simone
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Pencil full of lead - Paolo Nutini
I'm the king of the swingers - Jungle Book
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
Just the two of us - Bill Withers
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Isn't she lovely - Stevie Wonder
Smells like teen Spirit - Nirvana
I want you Back - Michael Jackson
Toxic - Britney Spears
Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest
Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Suit and Tie - Justin Timberlake
Call me maybe - Carly Rae-Jepsen
All about the bass - Meghan Trainor
Let’s stay together - Al Green
Jive/Rock and roll
Rock around the clock - Bill Haley
Alright, Ok, You win - Fitzgerald
Jonny B Goode - Chuck Berry
Hit the road jack - Ray Charles
Blue suede shoes - Elvis Presley
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Sweet home Chicago - Blues Brothers
It don’t mean a thing if it ain't got that swing - Duke Ellington
The Charleston - James P Johnson
Beyond the sea - Frank Sinatra
At last - Etta James
Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong
Alexander’s Ragtime - Irving Berlin
I get a kick out of you - Cole Porter
Is you is or is you ain’t my baby - Louis Jordan
Caravan - Duke Ellington
Anything Goes - Cole Porter
Straighten up and fly right - Nat King Cole
Why don’t you do right - Peggy Lee
Ain't that a kick in the head - Jimmy Van Heusen
Cheek to Cheek - Irving Berlin
All of Me - Ella Fitzgerald
Bye Bye Blackbird - Ray Henderson
Jingle bell rock
Rudolf the red nosed reindeer
Have yourself a merry little christmas