DASH Charity Candlelit Dinner with David Emanuel

!daft! were honoured to provide sound services to an exclusive candlelit dinner event to raise money for DASH, a charity established to help people affected by domestic abuse.

The event was hosted by Caroline Burke and held at her own stunning pub, the Jolly Gardener, a beautiful and rustic venue set in the beautiful village of Holyport, Nr. Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Not only did Caroline host the event but served up an amazing 3 course meal along with wine, the event also featured a number of live entertainers performing songs in a classy acoustic manner and featuring tracks from Les Miserables, The Sound Of Music as well as various pop and seasonal Christmas tracks.

The glamorous event was well attended and supported by local people, as well as esteemed guests including acclaimed film producer Iain Smith OBE (The Fifth Element, Children of Men, Wanted, Planet of the Apes) although the star of the show was designer David Emanuel who compered the event in addition to performing a number of stunning tracks himself. Who knew he was such a great singer!

!daft! were delighted to be involved with the event, if not in a performance capacity then in one of support. We’d like to thank the organisers for choosing to work with us, and special thanks and “well done’s” to Caroline, Claire and David for an outstanding event.


Thanks for a great Halloween 2014!

Congratulations to everyone at Smokey Joes Roadhouse, Maidenhead for an amazing halloween weekend, particularly Lee, Dean and Chelsea for all their decorating, planning and make up.

Nearly 1500 people attended the club over a 48 hour period all looking amazing and having a great time. Well done to the band who worked really, really hard this weekend, and by all accounts did a fantastic job.

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our bass player Nick as well for Friday just gone. And thanks to everyone who came and partied with us and Smokeys this weekend, I am wasted beyond wastage now but really satisfied :) Hope you are too.

Have a great week!… and lastly here’s a little something from drummer Barny and his mate to say cheers!


Christmas Party Band for Hire

As we head towards the back end of 2014 you, your company or your groups and organisations might have started to think about Christmas and what to do to celebrate. Christmas party season brings that much needed, and earned, respite for many people from what has usually been a long and busy year. For over 10 years !daft! has been a Christmas band of choice for a range of customers, from local sports groups to global businesses.

We’re here to make life easier when planning your event and to ensure your night is as much fun as it can possibly be. To assist you we have put together an amazing Christmas party live entertainment booking package containing everything you would need to throw an awesome Christmas party.

The !daft! Christmas Party Band Package


  • Two hours of live music

    A !daft!-quality live performance of classic tracks to todays chart hits

  • Virtual DJ service included

    We will provide your disco before, between and after the band’s live Christmas party set

  • Live Christmas songs

    Just a couple of upbeat Christmas songs in the set list to theme the occasion

  • Set up prior to your event

    We’ll be set and ready before your party begins and your guests arrive

  • Upgraded sound and lighting systems

    We will provide our top spec, full range PA system (inc. bass bins) and impressive lighting rig

  • Fully documented booking

    Your booking will be attentively managed and fully contracted for your piece of mind

!daft! are fully committed to providing engaging and uplifting live performances coupled with unbeatable customer service.

DJ service included

We can help you to save money by not booking a DJ in addition to the band. Today’s technology and software allows us to provide a disco when we are not playing.

Dinner Music

We can provide a seasonal blend of tracks to accompany dinner if your party requires it. Perhaps something classy like some Rat Pack material or some cool dinner jazz.

Break Music

During the band’s break we can keep the party going with a 30-45 min long session of party tracks made up from the good old classics to todays most recent chart hits.

After the Band

As soon as the band is finished we can play the rest of the night out with a continuation of the disco, right up until close.

The best live music

!daft! cover the most upbeat, fun and engaging tracks from across the last 6 decades. From The Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas, our material is designed to inspire dancing, singing along and partying! Check out our full repertoire here.

You can be the star

We are always keen to get involved with the audience and have the audience get involved with us. If any of the guests fancy themselves as a bit of a singer we would warmly welcome them on stage to sing a song or two with us. This is always a lot of fun!

The perfect live band for your office or staff Christmas party

Some of the clients who’ve trusted in !daft! before:

  • Deloitte
  • Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
  • Goldmann Sachs
  • Fujitsu
  • Panasonic
  • Hightown Praetorians
  • Allianz
  • British Gas
  • BBC
  • And many many more…

Check out our testimonials to see what other people thought when they booked us.

Get in touch with us today for a chat about your requirements.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!


New !daft! Guestlist, VIP benefits & more at the Bier Keller, Bracknell

To try and help you plan the perfect night out, we’d like to give you some information about the new timings and arrangements at the Bier Keller, Bracknell.

The Bier Keller is part of the entertainment centre at The Coppid Beech Hotel which features a live music venue (the Keller) and a nightclub, Aprés. Famed for it’s Alpine theming, the Coppid Beech Hotel along with the Keller and Aprés offer one of the best, safest, most varied and unpredictable nights out in the Berkshire area.

New Timings

Keller opens: 7.30pm

Aprés opens: 7.30pm (used to be midnight)

Both venues close: 2.30am

Both venues can now be used simultaneously throughout the course of the evening.

Band Times

Start time: 9pm

Finish time: Midnight

!daft! Guestlist & Privileges

Thanks to the Coppid Beech and Keller management team, on !daft! performance dates, we are delighted to be able to offer our friends and clients some special VIP treatment. This includes:

  • Complementary entry to the Keller and Aprés (usually £10)
  • Use of complementary entry privilege up till 10.30pm (usually 9pm)
  • Use of VIP area in Aprés (subject to availability)
  • Immediate escorted access to the bar on arrival
  • Complementary bottle of Prosecco, shot or equivalent on arrival for birthday/wedding celebrants
  • Complimentary HI-SPEED WiFi access throughout the hotel
  • Preferential accommodation rates

Apply For Guestlist

Spaces on the guestlist are limited and only available via application.



!daft! proudly supporting “Gift of a Wedding” charity

I was scanning my Facebook feed last week when I came across an article from Buzzfeed about a charity in the UK who arrange weddings for people who have sadly been diagnosed with a terminal or life-shortening illnesses.

A Charity Is Providing Weddings For Terminally Ill People And It’s Hugely Moving

We were particularly inspired by charity “Gift of a Wedding” so we gave them a call. We spoke to MD and Founder Patricia Harrison to find out more about what they do and how they work.

After a very short time it was clear to us that we may have something to offer people who find themselves in such devastating and heartbreaking situations, and we have put ourselves forward to Gift of a Wedding as a supplier.

How Can You Help?

The charity welcome monetary donations as well as wedding dresses. Click here for more information about donating your wedding dress.

A Call To Wedding Industry Bands, Entertainers and Businesses

We would encourage all the venues, DJs, wedding planners, bands and artists, photographers, cake makers, MC’s, magicians, caricaturists, agencies and all the other businesses we have had the pleasure to work with over 16 years to contact Gift of a Wedding and offer your services too. If you did just one booking a year with them, that would be amazing. You can call them on 0845 474 0717 or email enquiries@giftofawedding.org.

Find out more about Gift of a Wedding here, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

!daft! Mr Brightside Clip at Fleurfest 2014

Here’s a clip courtesy of Brad Wills of Black Market of !daft! playing Mr Brightside (The Killers) at Fleurfest 2014.

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Following the Yellow Brick Road to Legoland, Windsor

This week saw a booking confirmed for a performance at Legoland, Windsor, which we are chuffed about! We can’t name the client unfortunately, but they are a large international healthcare organisation! We play regularly for some of the biggest companies in the world. This year we have been honoured to play for Deloitte, Goldmann Sachs, Fujitsu, Allianz and Panasonic, now adding these guys to the list. We love to keep the corporate world rocking!

This time we are going to be playing in the new, and particularly stunning, Legoland Hotel.

We’re really looking forward to this gig and playing at such a cool venue!

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!daft! Performing at WINGS 2014

We are delighted to announce that we will be performing at WINGS 2014.

WINGS is an incredible International Jamboree Experience for Guides and Scouts aged 10 to 18. It provides seven days of adventure, challenge and fun along with opportunities to take part with others from across the world. The event attracts over 6000 Guides and Scouts from over 44 countries and is held in the stunning grounds of Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, UK. Read more