OTHER EVENTS

We also travel all over the country and abroad, playing fully live to audiences at other private and public events with (but mostly without!) a tropical theme like Caribbean nights, birthday parties, weddings, corporate events, product launches, and- because of the greater mobility we offer than most steel bands- big sporting events and carnival parades. We perform in prestigious and not-so-prestigious venues as diverse as hotels, festivals, schools, tv and radio studios, village halls, shopping centres, pubs and restaurants. In so doing, we make it our business for our steel band to transport our audience’s imagination to the most idyllic sun and rum-soaked Caribbean holiday ever. No passport is required for you to read…

We’re not just a steel band that gets busy in the summer. As a professional band we perform all year round and when we’re not busy playing we’re busy teaching.

Sound of Sunshine

In the summer we’re naturally very busy with weddings, company barbecues and other outdoors events where the ‘sunshine’ sound of steel bands has long been considered as almost mandatory by UK bookers such as wedding planners, corporate entertainment organisers, and sporting event organisers.

We all know the average British summer is a little unreliable weather-wise, but as ‘the reliable sound of sunshine!’ we’ll provide the sunshine ‘vibes’ the skies might be missing for any outdoors event.

It’s important that clients try and book early for this very busy time of the year to avoid disappointment. We do get asked to perform with very little notice and are usually able to oblige, but there are only so many places we can be at the one time.

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Solid Steel Trio 2016

Christmas Cheer

As summer turns to Autumn we also get a lot of interest in our steel band performing in the Black History month of October.

These performances are often accompanied by workshops and often take place in schools, colleges and other educational establishments.

In early November during the Halloween/Guy Fawkes Bonfire/Diwali season we get to demonstrate that we can produce performances outside in cold weather. These sets may be shorter and we will most certainly be ‘wrapped up’ costume wise, but as long as it’s dry or if not that we are under cover we will be braving the elements!

Then, of course, in December we’re very busy with Christmas parties and Christmas Carol concerts. We have a demo of Solid Steel exclusively playing Christmas favourites available on request, but the most compelling evidence can be found with this YouTube address

Foreign Tours

We also often do some touring with our steel band, performing abroad- often in the Spring.

Over the years the band has played extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Our very first foreign tour was a lobby residency in Syria playing at the Sheraton Hotel in Damascus in 1986.

Since then we have toured (in alphabetical order) Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Belgium, Capri, Djibouti, Dubai, France, Germany, Gran Canaria, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Tenerife and Tunisia.

We love travelling and often discount our regular domestic rates to compensate for the travel and accommodation expenses our foreign clients have to incur. Although we still harbour ambitions of playing in North and South America and perhaps Australasia one day, we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that Antarctica might never come calling!

Corporate Events

Why should you hire the Solid Steel band for your corporate event?

Steel bands have been a popular choice for corporate events organisers for a long time now. Often the planners opt for the ‘unplugged’, acoustic variety of steel band the likes of which Solid Steel excel in providing.

I feel privileged to have been commissioned to have my steel band perform for some of the biggest companies in the world as well as possibly some of the smallest.

In all cases, the event organisers have recognised the importance of corporate hospitality and/or brand promotion and have entrusted us with enhancing their company’s good reputation.

As a band of no small reputation ourselves we don’t take this responsibility lightly and always do our best to meet our clients’ requirements.

The City’s steel band

Solid Steel has performed for numerous banking and law firms in the city of London.

To cite recent examples, Metro Bank used us to promote the opening of 6 of their branches and as recently as September 2013 the band were asked to perform inside the branch of a Lloyds bank in business hours- a first for us.

Whilst the demands of playing outside the Metro banks was to drum up business by grabbing the general public’s attention, playing inside the Lloyd’s bank required that we play at a level that still enabled cashiers and customers could have a conversation. The sensitivity of our musicianship allowed us to be successful at both events.

Company fun days

Most companies organise a Christmas party for their staff and many organise a fun day for the staff and their families. As such we’re happy to have done our bit for good industrial relations in this country over the years!

Because- although we play at Christmas parties- we play for even more company fun days. More recently the demand for a steel band to be more interactive with its audience has really helped our popularity.

We are now often required to carry extra steel drums and operate workshops for both adults and children at these events and our teambuilding and workshop experience really helps to make this a success.

Solid Steel band’s corporate clients

Over the last 10 years we have performed successful engagements for:-

1st Royal Anglian

4 Com Ltd

Allen & Overy

Allied Domecq

American Express

Anglia Co-op

ANSA Elevators

Apex Conference & Events

Aramark Caterers

ASDA

Atkinson Bolton

Axell Wireless

Babcock & Brown

Bank of England

Barclays Global Investments

BBC Worldwide

Boon Edam

British Red Cross

Broadgate Estates

BSKYB

Butterfield Bank

Cadbury UK

Canary Wharf Management

Canon

Capita

Carphone Warehouse

Center Parcs

Charles Kendall Group

Charles Russell LLP

Charles Wells Ltd

City Airport

Condé Nast Publications

Credit Suisse

Cushman & Wakefield

Daiwa Securities

David Lloyd Leisure

Ernst & Young

Eurotunnel

Farrer & Co

Five Ten Group

GlaxoSmithKline

Grey Advertising Group

Guinness

Institute Of Actuaries

Investec

ITE Group

LDA Communications

LGN Wellbeing

Lloyds TSB

Mazda Motors UK

Mercedes- Benz UK

Merlin Entertainments

Merrill Lynch

Metro Bank

Microsoft

MITIEG Group

Ogilvy & Mather

Pfizer’s

Phoenix Partners

Phoenix Equity Partners

Phyllis Court

Reuters

Royal Bank of Scotland

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Royal Thames Yacht Club

Saatchi & Saatchi

Schroders

Serco

Sheffield Haworth

Spirax-Sarco Ltd

Strutt & Parker

Toyota

Twitter

Unison

Virgin

Warner Bros

Testimonials

  • Great Expectations Events Ltd

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you so much for yesterday, your guys were great and the feedback so far is that everyone loved the music.
    It really added to the atmosphere with us pumping the sound around the cricket pitch.

    They usually sit around in silence watching the cricket so we certainly put a twist on the way they enjoyed the day.

    Look forward to working with you again soon.

    Best wishes,
    Jason Noah 27/6/16

  • Pocklington Trust Housing Assoc.

    Dear Paul,

    We would like to thank you and your team for a wonderful performance yesterday at the Court.

    Everyone- staff and tenants, had a great time and enjoyed the band. We have received a very positive feedback from our guests.

    We will definitely be booking you for any future events.
    Thanks again.

    Kind Regards,
    Leena Ghule 29/7/16

  • St Bernard’s Prep School

    Dear Paul,

    It was lovely to meet you and Mark yesterday, what a fantastic way to spend the morning!

    Thank you so much for making it such a good experience for our children – they loved it.

    Best Wishes,

    Sarah Whittaker 16/11/16

  • Arup

    Hi Paul,

    I just wanted to say thanks to you and the guys for your performance last week, It was a really good night and the music played a huge part in making it such a success! The limbo was a particular highlight for me. 

    All the best, 

    Harry Popplewell  14/8/17

  • Kathy Jay

    Dear Paul,
    thank you so much for entertaining us at the party on Saturday. You were fantastic and everyone commented on how good you were.
    Regards
    Kathy Jay 14/8/17

  • Royal Artillery Barracks

    Hi Paul,

    Please could you pass on my thanks to the whole band who were absolutely superb on Saturday.  For many it was the highlight of the evening and brought back memories of their service in the Caribbean.My only regret is that I couldn't spend more time listening and dancing but I'm sure there will be plenty of other opportunities. I hope you enjoyed yourselves too and that you'll come back next time to entertain us.

    Once again, thank you for making the evening one to remember for all our guests.

    Regards,
    Peter Gwizdala 25/8/17