Wedding Entertainment For Hire
While we offer music for all types of events wedding entertainment is our passion! Mister Kanish began as a wedding band in 2006 and since then we've played at over 50 functions a year across the world. We are based in Hampshire in the South East but have performed all over the UK as well as at weddings in Dublin, The Isle of Man, Strasbourg, The Dordogne, Madrid, and Majorca. Our line-up includes the same people every week so you can rest assured that we'll bring an awesome vibe to your wedding. The 5-piece play a mix of violin, double bass, mandolin, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, and drums all mixed with Ben's powerful vocals and four part harmonies.
Happy Brides and Grooms
As of last year we started to take end of the night selfies at all the weddings we played. Here are a few of our favourites.
We have hundreds of amazing testimonials from happy couples. Just have a flick through our latest reviews that have been posted by brides and grooms on Facebook and Google. There's more below along with lots of videos!
Choosing Mister Kanish as the band to play at our wedding has been the first thing we’ve done after getting engaged. We’ve found them during some random wandering session on YouTube years ago and fell in love with their cover of White Stripes - Seven Nation Army. We’re so glad we did choose them - they were FANTASTIC! There wasn’t a single guest who hasn’t commented on how awesome the music at the wedding was. We had people who’s never danced at any wedding before dancing the night away. I had no idea that Martyn (the groom) had such moves! ? We had an amazing time - the day after the wedding we’re sat in a bar, discussing the next upcoming occasion to ask them to play for us, that’s how AWESOME they are. If you’re looking for the best band to play at your wedding, don’t think twice - just book Mister Kanish. THANK YOU GUYS for helping us have the best time at our wedding! Maggie & Martyn married in Manchester 2019
Mister Kanish - Party Band
The original. Mister Kanish is our rock/pop setup. Electric guitars and bass, drums, and vocals - simple but incredibly effective. Ideal for the more traditional wedding where guests enjoy the sounds of 90s dance, The Killers, Hip-hop, rock, modern chart tunes and sing along classics played close to, but not exactly, like the record. We play anything we think will get the party going and don't like to pin ourselves down. We make every song our own and every performance is different. When you hire a wedding band you don't want to hear it exactly like the record, that's what a DJ is for. Our sound has evolved over the last thirteen years and continues to at every wedding we play.
Classic Kanish - Festival / Folk / Mumford and Sons
Same band, same people - we are the original “Mumford and Sons style wedding band". Acoustic guitars, double bass, mandolin, violin, banjo and drums. Ideal for festival / vintage styled, or quirky weddings, or perhaps a to fit the theme of a wedding in a rustic barn venue. Imagine a bluegrass, gypsy jazz, folk inspired knees up playing covers of all your favourite songs - that’s Classic Kanish. We can pretty much play any song from our repertoire using this setup - our folky version of the garage medley is an assault on the senses.
Some songs work best with the Classic setup, others were written to rock. You can book your preferred style for over 2 hours of live wedding music. If you want to see the full versatility of Mister Kanish then book MK Best of Both. We play at least one set of all your favourite folked up classics, then switch over and crank up the party as the night continues with the rock/pop setup. This is our most frequently booked option, and generally works best for our audiences who love the combination of sounds.
To really blow your guests away why not go big with the MK 10-piece party band - Mister X <-see what I did there!!
Having seen you guys play at a friend's wedding, you were our very first booking for our own wedding more than a year ago and I am SO pleased you could make it. We are really pleased we chose to have the 8 piece with horns, it sounded awesome. You are all so incredibly talented and the diverse range of songs covered made it so much fun!! We have had nothing but positive comments from our guests and as your selfie video demonstrates you really got the crowd on to the dancefloor!! I am really hoping that we get to see you again soon, because you are just SO darn good! Thanks again xx
September 2, 2019
There are no words to describe how kind, thoughtful and incredibly talented this group of gentlemen are. From enquiring about booking them, to learning and playing our first dance outside, to rocking the dance floor with everything from Britney to The Killers, Mister Kanish were everything you could wish for from a wedding band, and more! We are eternity grateful! Thank you so very much, from the new Mr & Mrs Taylor-Holt!
September 13, 2018
Where to start! The friendliest group of guys you could ever wish to meet and so incredibly professional during the run up to our wedding and, of course, on the day itself. They're very quick to respond to any questions beforehand (which is very reassuring for a nervous bride!) and are very accommodating when it comes to requests. They really are the best band out there and I would encourage anyone thinking of hiring Mister Kanish to just do it, you will not regret it!
July 11, 2017
I just wanted to drop you and the rest of the band a small note to say a very big and a very grateful thank you for your wonderful performance on Saturday night. We had so many guests come up to us and say how fantastic the music was and how brilliant you were. I'm thrilled to pieces that you were free on my dad's birthday and that you put on such a good show. We absolutely loved having you play and everyone's performance was of such a high quality (which is nothing less than we expected) but you all looked like you were having so much fun too which makes a huge difference. The songs were brilliant and there were quite a few favourites of my own in the mix which was a bonus. To anyone considering hiring this band for your special event I would say absolutely go for it; you won't regret it!
March 15, 2018
We had Mister Kanish play at our festival weekend wedding in August 17 and they were absolutely brilliant. Really good at communicating beforehand and giving us an idea of the sorts of music they played - they also let us choose specific songs we did/didn't want. On the day they were extremely professional and a fantastic band, all of our guests loved them and we've recommended them to others! Thanks again! Steve
January 14, 2018
Dear Ollie, and all the MK boys! From the bottom of our hearts Sally and I (Merriscourt, Sept 30th, 2017), would like to say an incredible thank you for helping to make our wedding day so special. We'd be lying if we didn't say that we had high expectations - having watched 'all' your videos online! - but you truly blew us away. You guys are good for every five star review and I'm not embarrassed to admit I was even a little star-struck! Parklife and the Calvin Harris songs we asked for we're an absolute highlight, but nothing could top the finale of multiple encores finishing with Oasis' 'Don't Look Back In Anger', with all our guests circling us and coming in at the end. Possibly the highlight of the entire evening! To any soon-to-be married couples out there looking for a band, then look no further. The lads were friendly, professional, were easy to deal with, sounded incredible, and had everyone talking about them the following day. We genuinely couldn't have asked for more... Sally and I always said how much we wanted the dance-floor filled all night, it was one of our big hopes for the day, and MK made this happen. We hope you had a good time too and, once again, thanks so much. All the best. Ben and Sally McGrath
November 6, 2017
A massive thank you for Saturday. It was the best day and you guys played a very big part. Booking you was our first bit of Wedmin and we have been excited to see you play ever since - you did not disappoint. Everyone was raving about you on the night and have kept messaging us since to say you were the best band they have heard at a wedding. Your garage mash up was a particularly highlight ("I didn't expect to hear so solid crew in Wiltshire - amazing") and seeing the dance floor in full flow was just what we wanted. The remixes and mash ups all went down a storm and lots of our parents friends also commented on how well you kept all generations happy. Tim even heard a couple of the bridesmaid discussing whether they were too old to become Mister Kanish groupies. A seal of approval if every there was one. We are now trying to work out an excuse to have another party and have you play again!
September 23, 2017
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Wedding Band Hire FAQ
We speak with hundreds of brides and grooms a year and get asked the following questions regularly.
What do we get as standard when we hire the band for our wedding?
Our standard wedding day package includes the following...
- Up to 3 x 50minutes of live music between 8pm and midnight (Folk style includes 2 x 60)
- Arrival at 6pm to be ready for 8pm.
- A choice of either just our folk style, our rock and pop style, or both.
- Playlist for between sets so you don't need to hire a DJ.
- Basic stage lighting, all PA, all equipment for up to 200 guests.
- Your choice of first dance learnt and played
- An extensive tried and tested wedding specific repertoire honed at over a decade of bookings.
We offer lots of extras including wedding ceremony music, drinks reception entertainment, extra musicians such as brass and female vocals, and late finish. We are more than happy to play weddings abroad and regularly play in France and Spain.
How much say do we have over the set lists for our big day?
While we have been playing as a function band since 2006 and really know what gets people up and dancing we don't know your friends and family better than you do. We usually recommend to clients to pick around five or six of their favourite songs from our repertoire as loves and two or three dislikes. This can give us a steer in the right direction when it comes to your music tastes. Chances are though, if you've seen our videos and enjoyed the music there, then you'll love what we do. It's not rare to see indie loving grooms up and screaming every lyric to Mysterious Girl . And we regularly see father's of the bride who haven't danced in years pogo-ing to Britney.