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The Retrosettes



  • 5 piece party band with a vintage twist
  • 50s rock n roll, 60s pop and soul and a scattering of music from other decades
  • Authentic tweed suits/mini dresses and accessories
  • Can learn and rework songs from any era on request


The Retrosettes are based in Manchester and do regular gigs in bars and restaurants in North Cheshire and Manchester. Their function gigs are all over the country though and they are more than prepared to travel around the UK and beyond. Once past 3 hrs from Manchester they will usually require overnight accommodation.

Standard Set Times

  • 2 x 60 minute sets

About this Act

The Retrosettes are a vintage band that make new songs sound old and old songs sound retro. Chic and cool, they take popular songs currently in the charts and classic songs we all know and give them the Retrosettes treatment. Their influences are very varied including Motown and Northern soul, Funk, Jazz, Pop and Reggae. The vintage sound is created with instruments from the 60s and 70s and played with a love of classic music from that period.

The Retrosettes are a themed band that will change the mood of any event. They have had years of experiences in performing at corporate events, festivals, weddings, music venues and various other situations. The band arrive in style with tweed suits, flat caps, vintage equipment, mood setting lighting and a full PA. The recorded music they play in between sets continues the cool vintage vibe so the whole night will see guests being transported to distant time periods when music shaped and influenced the youth of their time, and has continued to do this for generations.

In 2015 the band were asked to not only record some music for a major new film but were flown out to Switzerland to appear in it, read about their experience here.

Set List

Folk, 50s Rock n Roll, Country and acoustic music
16 Tonnes - Slim Lightfoot
At The Hop - Danny And The Juniors
Baby I Love You - The Ramones
Beautiful Creature - Harry Styles
Be Bop A Lula - Gene Vincent
Blame It On Me - George Ezra
Blowin’ In The Wind - Bob Dylan
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Hazy Shade Of Winter - Simon And Garfunkel
Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson
Hippy Hippy Shake - The Swinging Blue Jeans
Ho! Hey! The Lumineers
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash and June Carter
Jackson - Johnny Cash and June Carter
Lightning Bolt - Jake Bugg
Miserlou - Dick Dale
Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Return To Sender - Elvis Presley
Riptipe - Vance Joy
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley And The Comets
Runaway - Del Shannon
Shakin’ All Over - Johnny Kid And The Pirates
Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee
That’s Alright Mama - Elvis Presley
That’ll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
Twistin’ The Night Away - Sam Cooke
Yakety Yak - The Coasters
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
You Really Got A Hold On Me - Smokey Robinson
Wake Up Little Suzie - The Everly Brothers
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry

60s Pop and Soul
Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandy Shaw
Be My Baby - The Ronettes
California Soul - Marlena Shaw
Cecelia - Simon And Garfunkel
Come Together - The Beatles
Dedicated Follower Of Fashion - The Kinks
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
Don’t Let Me Down - The Beatles
Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Heatwave - Martha Reeves And The Vandellas
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
It Ain’t Me Babe - Bob Dylan
Itchycoo Park - The Small Faces
Jumping Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Little Green Bag - The George Baker Selection (Reservoir Dogs OST)
Lola - The Kinks
Mr Blue Sky - ELO
Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream/Spanky Wilson
Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson
The Letter - The Box Tops
There’s Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw
Time Of The Season - The Zombies
Venus - Shocking Blue
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
We Gotta Get Outta This Place - The Animals
When I’m 64 - The Beatles

70s - Present day
All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
All This Love I’m Giving - Gwen McRae
American Boy - Estelle
Baggy Trousers - Madness
Bohemian Like You - Dandy Warhols
Boys Don’t Cry - The Cure
Burning Down The House - Talking Heads
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Don’t You Want Me Baby - The Human League
Dreaming Of You - The Coral
Dreamer - Livin’ Joy
Express Yourself - Charles Wright And The 5th Avenue Band
Fever - The Black Keys
Finally - CC Pension
Get It On - T-Rex
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Gold On The Ceiling - The Black Keys
I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc
Mama Do - Pixie Lott
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears
Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
Oh! You Pretty Things - David Bowie
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
Say You’ll Be There - Spice Girls
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
Sweet Dreams - The Eurythmics
Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Take On Me - Ah-Ha
The Man Who Sold The World -David Bowie
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
The You And Me Song - The Wannadies
This Must Be The Place- Talking Heads
Town Called Malice - The Jam
Valerie - The Zutons/Amy Winehouse
Woo Hoo - The (Kill Bill)
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
You Got It - Roy Orbison
You Got The Love - Candi Statton
You Know I’m No Good - Amy Winehouse
Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie

Previous first Dance Songs
(not in the regular repertoire so would only play 2 or 3 of these in a night max)
All Of Me - John Legend
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
And I Love Her - The Beatles
As - Stevie Wonder
Baby I Love You - The Ramones
Baby I Love Your Way
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Best Day Of Our Lives - American Authors
Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Candy Paolo Nutini
Come And Get Your Love - Redbone (Guardians Of The Galaxy)
Don’t Let Me Down - The Beatles
Fast Car - Tracey Chapman
For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder version
Friday I’m In Love - The Cure
Give Me Strength - Snow Patrol
Grow Old With Me - Tom Odell
Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears
Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
Ho! Hey! - The Lumineers
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King
I Just Wanna Make Love To You - Etta James
I Wanna Be Yours - Arctic Monkeys
I Was Made For Loving You - Kiss
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
In My Life - The Beatles
Is This Love - Bob Marley
It Must Be Love - Madness
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Light My Fire - The Doors
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
My Cherie Amore - Stevie Wonder
My Girl - The Temptations
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
Only You - Yazoo
One Day Like This - Elbow
Ordinary People - John Legend
Paradise - Coldplay
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Romeo And Juliet - Dire Straits
Rule The World - Take That
She Loves You - The Beatles
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
(Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Something - The Beatles
Sugar Pie Honey Bunch - The Four Tops
Sweetest Feeling - Jackie Wilson
The Blowers Daughter - Damien Rice
The Power Of Love - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
The Power Of Love - Huey Lewis And The News
The You And Me Song - The Wanda's
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
This Must Be True Love - Toots & The Maytals
We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong
Yellow - Coldplay
You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
You’re All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell
You’re The Best Thing - Style Council
Your Song - Elton John


  • 5 piece band consisting of male vocals/guitar, female vocals, male backing vocals/drums, double bass and piano/organ
  • available as 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 piece band


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