VIP: The Ultimate Function Band

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VIP: The Ultimate Function Band

This international party band is made up of a collection of the highest quality professional session musicians and vocalists who specialise in performing choice party tracks from the wide ranging genres of Funk; Soul; Motown; Rock; Indie; Pop and Disco. 

VIP has a wealth of experience performing at the very highest profile events at venues in London such as The Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, The four Seasons in Canary Wharf and The Savoy on the Strand for clients such as Louis Vuitton, Rolex and BMW to name just a few. The versatility of the band means that they are not only ideal for corporate events but also for weddings and civil partnerships, university balls, birthday parties and barmitzfers, awards ceremonies and festivals. They have also proved to be very popular with the British Military and are engaged by the SAS, RAF, Army and Navy on their major events throughout the year.

VIP is led by Mathew Richardson Bmus (Hons) who is a former scholarship student of the Royal Academy of Music London. Away from VIP Mathew along with the other members of the band enjoy a varied freelance career working at home and abroad with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Corrine Bailey Rae, Professor Green, Sam Smith and The Human League, in some of the countries finest concert venues as well as on television including appearances on Later with Jools Holland, on the radio and on a number of commercially available recordings.

If you need a band that will have you dancing all night & leave you shouting for more, there can be only one choice…

VIP: The Ultimate Function Band.

8 Reviews
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diane wilkinson

July 29, 2016

What a amazing band everyone enjoyed themselves they were spot on. If I ever have a special party in the future I would book them again


Denise Burton

Sept. 16, 2018

This band was the icing on the cake for the end of our wedding celebrations. Mat gave us the advice on when the band should play and was absolutely spot on. Everyone was up and dancing and making the most of it. I saw people dancing that I never thought would!! They played the music we asked for, and were very professional and fun throughout. The guests had a fantastic time, and did not want the band to stop. Our first dance had to be learned by the band without any chance to practice together, but it was perfect. I am not the easiest of people to please, but VIP were just perfection for our wedding and I would recommend anyone to book them. Don't think twice!!


Jess Simons

Sept. 8, 2018

"Hi Mat!

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for all of your hard work. We had the most unbelievable time and we have had nothing but guests asking us where we found you.

Thank you so much again!



Matthew Addy

June 23, 2018

"Hi Mat,

Thanks for performing on the day, I have heard some very good things from my colleagues who say you were perfect for this type of event! Our client (Orsted) also had some great feedback and feel you contributed to a successful event on the day!

We will certainly keep you in mind when organising future events.

Best regards,


Matthew Addy

Account Executive"


Laura Norris

June 16, 2018

"They were amazing!! Perfect - right tunes, right volume, right vibe- everyone loved it. Thank you. L

Sent from my iPhone"


Mike Booth

March 10, 2018

"Hi Mat

Many thanks for your email and Yes they were Great !!! Excellent night with many good comments from the Guest about the music

A very successful night which raised £15,000 for Air Ambulance.

Best regards

Mike Booth"



  • Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:

    This international party band is made up of a collection of the highest quality professional session musicians and vocalists who specialise in performing choice party tracks from the wide ranging genres of Funk; Soul; Motown; Rock; Indie; Pop and Disco. 

  • What are the highlights of your career?

    Its hard to say which of the many celebrity events would be the most high profile, but we have worked for and along side celebrities from the world of TV, Radio and Sport at some of the Countries fines hotels along with some of the biggest luxury brands including BMW, Rolex and Louis Vuitton.

  • What is your competitive advantage (special features)?

    The fact that we appeal to young and old in equal measure is something which comes up in testimonials again and again. We perform material across the ages like many bands, but looking at our video's & photo's you can see how everyone from their 20's to their 70's are on their feet and having a great time dancing to our music.

  • What kind of events do you usually serve?

    Corporate Events Weddings Civil Partnerships University balls Birthday parties Barmitzfers Awards ceremonies Festivals Military Events

  • Who are your previous clients?

    Amgen, Bank of Ireland, Beresford’s Solicitors, BMW, Bolsover District Council, Bosch, Café Royal London, The Chambers of John Hand QC, Dell, Dior, The Dorchester London, Gonville & Gains College Cambridge, Hermes Paris, Halifax, I.B.M., IKEA,

  • How can event planners pay for your services?

    Cash Cheque PayPal

  • How long do you play for?

    2x45's 2x60's 3x40's

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    As standard VIP uses top of the range audio equipment which is installed and operated on each engagement by our very own team. Because the band is fully engineered this ensures the perfect sound mix for each and every event.

  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?


  • How much space do you require?

    6m by 4m if possible

  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?

    Yes, with enough notice we will always learn your first dance or special song.

  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    It depends upon the timings for your event. If as is usually the case, the client wants 2x60 minute sets, it could be that a 30 minute break in the middle works well. It may be more or less. We will simply work with you.

Set List/Services

POP & Rock

All Night Long Lionel Richie
Alright Now Free
Amazed Lonestar
Beat It Michael Jackson
Billie Jean Michael Jackson
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Brown Sugar Rolling Stones
Don't Stop Believing Journey
Free Ultra Naté
Going Underground The Jam
Hey Jude Lennon & McCartney
Honky Tonk Woman Rolling Stones
I Could Not Ask For More Edwin McCain
I Loved Her First Heartland
I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston
Jail House Rock Elvis
Long Train Running The Dooby Brothers
Love Shack B52's
Moondance Van Morrison
Nutbush City Limits Tina Turner
Oh What A Night Frankie Vallie
Perfect Ed Sheeran
Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival
Relight My Fire Take That & LULU
Saw Her Standing There The Beatles
Stuck In The Middle With You Stealers Wheel
Sweet Home Alabama Lynard Skynard
Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
Town Called Malice The Jam
Twist And Shout The Beatles
Waterfall Stone Roses

Disco & Funk

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now McFadden & Whitehead
Best Of My Love Emotions
Blame it on The Boogie Jackson Five
Car Wash Rose Royce
Celebration Kool In The Gang
Disco Inferno The Tramps
Everybody Dance Chic
Get Down On It Kool & The Gang
Get Down Tonight KC & The Sunshine Band
I will Survive Gloria Gaynor
Im Coming Out Diana Ross
Ladies Night Kool & The Gang
Le Freak Chic
Lost In Music Sister Sledge
Move on Up Curtis Mayfield
Play That Funky Music Wild Cherries
Sex Machine James Brown
Streetlife Crusaders
That’s The Way I Like It KC & The Sunshine Band
Upside Down Diana Ross
We Are Family Sister Sledge
Young Hearts Run Free Candi Station

Soul & Motown

Ain’t no Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrel
Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin
Baby Love Diana Ross
Dancing In The Street Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Everybody Needs Somebody Blues Brothers
Gimmie Some Lovin Blues Brothers
Heard it Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye
Hold On Im Coming Sam & Dave
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You Marvin Gaye
I Feel Good James Brown
I Want You Back Jackson 5
In The Midnight Hour Commitments
Lady Marmalade Pattie Belle
Lets Stay Together Al Green
Mustang Sally Commitments
My Girl The Temptations
No Where To Run Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Reach Out ill Be There 4 Tops
Rescue Me Fontella Bass
Respect Aretha Franklin
Shake A Tail Feather Blues Brothers
Signed Sealed Delivered Stevie Wonder
Soul Man Blues Brothers
Superstition Stevie Wonder
Sweet Home Chicago Blues Brothers
Think Aretha Franklin
Uptight Stevie Wonder
You Cant Hurry Love Diana Ross
Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher Jackie Wilson

Indie & Modern

A Thousand Years Christina Perri
All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
All of Me John Legend
American Boy Estel
Angels Robbie Williams
Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor Arctic Monkeys

Blurred Lines Robin Thicke
Can’t Stop The Feeling Justin Timberlake
Clocks Coldplay
Come As You Are Beverley Knight
Cosmic Girl Jamiroquai
Crazy Cee Lo Green
Crazy Chick Charlotte Church
Domino Jessie J
Feel The Love Rudimental Ft John Newman
Feel So Close Calvin Harris
Forget You Cee Lo Green
Get Lucky Daft Punk
Girls And Boys Blur
Golden Touch Razorlight
Happy Pharrell Williams
Heaven Emeli Sande
Hot Right Now DJ Fresh
Just The Way You Are Bruno Mars
La La La Naughty Boy
Locked Out Of Heaven Bruno Mars
Love Me Again John Newman
Make You Feel My Love Adele
Mercy Duffy
Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5
No Tomorrow Orson
Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake
Ruby Kaiser Chiefs
Rude Magic
Senorita Justin Timberlake
Shake It Off Taylor Swift
Shape of You Ed Sheeran
Shut Up And Dance Walk The Moon
Somebody Told Me The Killers
Somewhere Only We Know Keane
Spinning Around Kylie Minogue
Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand
This Love Maroon 5
Too Close Alex Clare
Treasure Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk Mark Ronson
Valerie Amy Winehouse
Waiting All Night Rudimental Ft Ella Eyre
You've Got The Love Florence and the Machine
You Had Me Joss Stone

Some popular first dance requests

A Thousand Years Christina Perri
All of Me John Legend
Amazed Lonestar
At Last Etta James
Cant take my eyes off of you Franki Valli
I Could not ask for more Edwin McCain
I loved her first Heartland
Lets Stay Together Al Green
Perfect Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
Something about the way you look Tonight Elton John

Xmas Tracks

All I Want For Christmas                              Mariah Carey
Fairy Tale of New York                                The Pogues
I wish it could be Christmas Everyday        Wizzard
Last Christmas                                             Wham
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree           Brenda Lee
Merry Christmas Everyone Shakin Stevens
Merry Christmas Everybody                        Slade

Acoustic Tracks

A Thousand Years Christina Perri
Ain't no Sunshine when she's gone Bill Withers
All of Me John Legend
Better Together Jack Johnson
Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
Don't Know Why Norah Jones
Drops of Jupiter Train
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen
How do I live LeAnn Rimes
How Sweet It Is James Taylor
I Say A Little Prayer Aretha Franklin
Is This Love Bob Marley
Isn't She Lovely Stevie Wonder
Just The Way You Are Bruno Mars
Lets Stay Together Al Green
Like A Star Corinne Bailey Rae
Make You Feel My Love Adele
My Girl The Temptations
Ordinary People John Legend
Put Your Records On Corinne Bailey Rae
Roar Katy Perry
Sittin on the Dock or a Bay Otis Redding
Simply The Best Tina Turner
Skyfall Adele
Somewhere Only We Know Keane
Song Bird Eva Cassidy
Stand By Me Ben E King
Stay With Me Sam Smith
Street Life Randy Crawford
Sunny Bobby Hebb
Sweet Love Anita Baker
Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
Use Somebody Kings of Leon
Will you Still Love Me Tomorrow Amy Winehouse
You Do Something To Me Paul Weller
You've got a friend James Taylor

Dinner Jazz Option

The Ensembles jazz option repertoire consists of well known 'standards' taken mainly from 'The Great American Songbook’. Composers such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rogers & Hart and Irving Berlin.

An example of song list is below. 

A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square
All blues
All of me
All the things you are
Angel eyes
Autumn leaves
Beautiful love
Black Orpheus
Blue bossa
Body and soul
Bye bye blackbird
Can’t get started
Cheek to cheek
Come fly with me
Don’t get around much anymore
Don’t worry about me
Drop me off in Harlem
Everything happens to me
Embraceable you
Exactly like you
Fly me to the moon
Foggy day
Gee baby ain’t I good to you
Georgia on my mind
Girl from impanima
Have you met Miss Jones
I got rhythm
I love you
I remember you
In a sentimental mood
It had to be you
I've never been in love before
Let there be love
Let’s fall in love
Like someone in love
Lover Man
Lullaby of Birdland
My funny valentine
Night and day
On green dolphin street
One note samba
Our love is here to stay
So what
Softly as a morning sunrise
Someday my prince will come
Song for my farther
Stella by starlight
St. Thomas
Stormy Monday
Takin' a chance on love
Take the A train
Take 5
What is this thing called love
What’s new
You made me love you
You make me feel so young

And many more………….......