derby Wedding Band

Good-Time Dance music for Jive, Bop and Stroll

What You Need To Know

• You’ll get the best 50s swinging dance music
• We’re reliable, experienced and smartly dressed
• We ARE based around Derby
• Our equipment is fully tested and hotel friendly
• We’re only as loud as YOU want us to be.
• Call Anna on 07882 783619


Liz Graham
Liz Graham
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Choosing this band to perform at our wedding was the best decision we could have made. It was a packed dance floor from the beginning to the end. They were fantastic. We had a full dance floor with amazing energy. Recommend without a doubt.
Mike Russell
Mike Russell
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Our wedding band was excellent to work with from start to finish on our September wedding. They really made the party start with a great set. You're guaranteed to have a packed dance floor at your wedding/event with these guys. We had a lot of fun dancing with our friends and family.
Amy Strang
Amy Strang
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A big thank you just to say what a fantastic night it was on Saturday. The whole setup looked incredible and you guys were fantastic. The wedding guests were blown away by the band and are still raving about them! Definitely recommend and would use again. Thank you.

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What makes a good wedding band?

The short answer – smart, reliable, (very) experienced and a professional attitude.

We’re a happy band. Have you noticed how many bands have pictures show smoldering young lads, that look like they’ve just been told that Santa isn’t real.

We don’t do ‘sulky’.

We want you to have a good time.

It’s your wedding day after all so we want to enhance your day, lift your mood and fill the dance floor. Simples.

You’ll get the best 50s swinging dance music

We play songs that will get you and your guests dancing. From Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, LaVern Baker, Carl Perkins and many more. We even include some Imelda May songs that are always popular with dancers. Music for jiving, strolling, bopping and just having a good tim

We're reliable and have the experience you need

And you do need an experienced band when you’re booking for a wedding. You’ll want us there on time, smartly dressed, with reliable equipment and the right attitude to fit in and help make your day special. That’s us. That’s what we do.

We can talk to you using plain English without resorting to text messages and we’re old enough to say out late (but don’t tell my wife I said that)

We ARE based around Derby

If you’ve searched for wedding bands around Derby, you’ll no doubt have seen websites for bands promoted by an agency, normally in London. Many bands around the country also do this because they’ll travel 200 miles if you’re willing to pay them to do so.

We’re here, on your doorstep, so no travel problems and no agency to inflate the fee with their own markup.

Our equipment is fully tested and hotel friendly

A venue will nearly always insist on a band’s equipment being correctly (PAT) tested.

But the main reason our equipment is tested is to ensure your safety and that of your guests

We're only as loud as YOU want us to be.

You want your guests to have a good time and you’ll not want them complaining to you about our volume.

So you tell us. Up, down, quieter or louder it’s your choice.

You’re in charge.

If you also need a Disco, we can help you.

No band can play all night so you may want to consider a Disco as well.

We’ve worked with many discos over the years so if you want a dedicated Rock & Roll disco or a more general disco just ask. We know some of the best in the Derby area.


The Black Cat Boogie consists of five musicians who met by chance and who love seeing audiences enjoy themselves. 

We will jam out with Boogie Woogie, foot-tapping rhythms, Swing, and classic Rock and Roll to get you up for some dancing. 

All of us have a passion for the music, the style and sound of the 1950s, and our set lists are different and varied.

We all bring our own interpretations and experiences to the table, each of us having a musical history worth valuing.

Our live shows reflect that most of all, as we are friends.

Our band plays vintage 1950s rock’n’roll to fill the dance floor at weddings and parties. With our interactive and upbeat set, we have proven to keep our guests on their feet.

You can count on Black Cat Boogie to deliver an enjoyable evening.

Wedding Bands in Derby

Black Cat Boogie
Al On Bass
Anna On Vocals
Rob On Rhythm Guitar
John On Lead Guitar
Dave On Drums

Do you need a good 1950’s music Derby professional wedding band? We’d like to introduce you to Black Cat Boogie.

Wedding couples tell us they love our mix of live music and energy on stage as a popular and in-demand live wedding band in Derby, and when you watch our videos, listen to our music, and look at our playlist, it is easy to see why.   

We are all seasoned musicians and have played in many different bands with various musical genres.

We are experienced, fun and love to play rock and roll. Call us to see how we can help get feet tapping and dancers on the floor at your wedding, party or corporate event. 

A lot of bands and acts advertise their services at Derby for your wedding, and the area offers a lot when it comes to wedding bands. Black Cat Boogie is one of the few wedding bands that offer such a comprehensive service:

  • The most entertaining five-piece professional band in town
  • Performance that was energetic and entertaining
  • Female vocals, guitar, bass, drums – classic band line-up
  • Music from the 1950s for 2 hours
  • Lighting and sound system
  • Exceptional live sound
  • Direct hire – no agency fees
  • Cost-effective compared to large party bands
  • Fast and easy setup on the day
  • Compact band, allowing for plenty of space to dance
  • Stress-free booking with the contract
  • Full insurance coverage (public liability insurance)
  • Get in touch with the band directly
  • All night, the dance floor is full

Cost effective Derby wedding band

How does hiring a five piece act for Derby wedding band differ from hiring a large party band for your reception? We appreciate you asking. Cost is one of the biggest differences. When it comes to hiring local bands in Derby for weddings, brides and grooms naturally want to provide their guests with the best live entertainment possible.

You might feel proud of being one step above the cheesy DJ your friend hired for their wedding music, but any of the Derby wedding bands that you are considering hiring will need to fit into your wedding entertainment budget.

What is the price of a wedding band?

An entertainment agency, which specializes in wedding entertainment, is a good place to start your search for how much a wedding band might charge. Wedding bands may look and sound great, but their price is going to be inflated.

We can be certain of this since any band you hire through an agency will be charged a commission. Just as on price comparison websites, you pay both the band and the booking agency. Booking agencies generally add between 15% and 20% to the bands’ fees, which can mean the difference between you staying within your budget or having to go over it.

There are no hidden fees

If you hire a wedding band directly, you won’t have to pay a third party. Black Cat Boogie’s website is owned and operated by the band, so you don’t need to worry about additional fees when you hire us.

We offer great value for money, as a six piece outfit you get a lot of experience for your event.

We cover most of the East Midlands, but most of our bookings are in the Nottingham and Derby area.

Contact us today for an informal chat about your party band requirements.

Black Cat Boogie was formed as a Derby wedding band because its five-piece lineup of female vocals, guitar, bass, and drums offers a full live band sound without the need for additional musicians (just listen to our music to find out what we mean).

Our music selection is hand-picked to keep the dancefloor rocking all night long.

As a result, we are going to be an attractive proposition right from the beginning, unlike the larger wedding bands in Derby.

Have we mentioned hidden fees? When Black Cat Boogie provide you with a quote, there won’t be any extra charges, as some wedding bands in Derby charge on a sliding scale.

Derby Wedding Bands

Here are some thoughts on music. During your wedding reception, we are pretty confident that all the music we perform will have all your guests dancing from the first song to the last.

As a side note, if your wedding venue Derby does not have a large (expensive) event band, that might cause problems. The Black Cat Boogie set up is extremely compact, and we can contract or expand to fit pretty much any performance space.

Every booking comes with:

  • Industry-leading, Professional PA System
  • LED Performance Area Lighting      
  • On-site Professional Sound Engineer

The 2 hour live performance can be split into three formats to suit your preference (3x40m, 2x1hr, or 45m & 1hr15m).

Your guests and yourself will experience a night of live entertainment they will never forget no matter which option you choose.

Wedding bands in Derby - things to take into consideration

Over the past few years, sound limiters have become more and more common, and all of our wedding bands use them. Let us know in your inquiry if your wedding venue has a sound limiter or in-house PA system and we will make sure the wedding band is suited for the venue.

Most wedding bands base their quotes on a standard arrival time of 5:30 pm/6 pm. We will be able to set up immediately if we are setting up in a different room than the meal and speeches. If that’s not possible, then we are going to wait until the speeches and meal are finished so we can avoid any interruptions

Please let us know your schedule so we can accommodate you. As a general rule, live sets for bands should not begin earlier than 6:30 pm or 8 pm.

We typically spend an hour setting up and doing the sound check.

Featuring fun, dynamic, energetic and experienced musicians who will keep the whole crowd dancing all night long! Let’s rock until everyone’s feet are on the ground!…

It’s just a matter of finding an electrical outlet for the band to plug in to and a venue for them to perform! The stage area for our five-piece band should be approximately 5×5 meters with a sheltered area

We normally perform for two hours, including two one-hour sets capped off with intermission music, but three 40-minute sets can also be arranged if preferred.

In order to minimize travel and accommodation expenses, it’s always a good idea to hire local bands for functions. 

Take into consideration your wedding party’s vibe, the music you love, your range of guests, and your band’s repertoire. It’s all here!

Don’t wait to book tickets for our band if you’ve got your heart set on them. Dates can be booked years in advance in some cases.

Bands can extend the break to suit your evening schedule. A typical break between sets is 15-20 minutes for most bands.

To avoid having the band perform while your guests are eating, it may be best to keep the band’s performance between sets 30-40 minutes.