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The Retrosettes



  • 5 piece party band with a vintage twist
  • Wide repertoire from 40s to present day
  • Authentic tweed suits/mini dresses and accessories
  • Can learn and rework songs from any era on request
  • Unplugged band available


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

50s/60s - Rock, Rock n Roll and Pop
16 Tonnes - Slim Lightfoot
At The Hop - Danny & the Juniors
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Jackson - Johnny Cash and June Carter
Miserlou - Dick Dale
Return To Sender - Elvis Presley
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley And The Comets
Runaway - Del Shannon
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
That’ll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
Twistin’ The Night Away - Sam Cooke
You Got It - Roy Orbison
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
Wake Up Little Suzie - The Everly Brothers

60s/70s Pop, Rock and Soul
20th Century Boy - T-Rex
All This Love I’m Giving - Gwen McRae
Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandy Shaw
California Soul - Marlena Shaw
Can’t Help Myself - Four Tops
Cecelia - Simon And Garfunkel
Come Together - The Beatles
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
Don’t Let Me Down - The Beatles
Drive My Car - The Beatles
Express Yourself - Charles Wright and The 5th Avenue Band
Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
Good Times - Chic
Grease - Frankie Valli
Heatwave - Martha Reeves And The Vandellas
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
It Ain’t Me Babe - Bob Dylan
It’s A Man’s World - James Brown
Jumping Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Keep On Running - The Spencer Davis Group
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Little Green Bag - The George Baker Selection (Reservoir Dogs OST)
Love Rollercoaster - The Ohio Players
Monkey Man - Toots And The Maytals
Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield
Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
Revolution - The Beatles
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones/Otis Redding
Stir It Up - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream/Spanky Wilson
Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
The Joker - The Steve Miller Band
The Letter - The Box Tops
The Man Who Sold The World -David Bowie
The Night - Frankie Valli
Time Of The Season - The Zombies
Use Me - Bill Withers
Venus - Shocking Blue
We Gotta Get Outta This Place - The Animals
You Really Got A Hold On Me - Smokey Robinson
You’re All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell
Yakety Yak - The Coasters
Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie

80s/90s Popular songs
Baggy Trousers - Madness
Bohemian Like You - Dandy Warhols
Boys Don’t Cry - The Cure
Burning Down The House - Talking Heads
Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Say You’ll Be There - Spice Girls
Sweet Dreams - The Eurythmics
Take On Me - Ah-Ha
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
Woo Hoo - The (Kill Bill)
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
You Got The Love - Candi Statton
Your Love Gets Sweeter Everyday - Finlay Quaue

Modern Pop, Indie and Rock
American Boy - Estelle
Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
Black And Gold - Sam Sparro
Dreaming Of You - The Coral
Electric Feel - MGMT
Fever - The Black Keys
Get Lucky - Daft Punk with Pharrel Williams
Gold On The Ceiling - The Black Keys
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc
Lightening Bolt - Jake Bugg
Mama Do - Pixie Lott
Price Tag - Jessie J
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
You Know I’m No Good - Amy Winehouse

First Dance Songs

All Of Me - John Legend
Baby I Love You - The Ramones
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Best Day Of Our Lives - American Authors
Candy Paolo Nutini
Friday I’m In Love - The Cure
Give Me Strength - Snow Patrol
Grow Old With Me - Tom Odell
Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
I Wanna Be Yours - Arctic Monkeys
Is This Love - Bob Marley
It Must Be Love - Madness
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
My Girl - The Temptations
Only You - Yazoo
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Rule The World - Take That
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Something - The Beatles
Sweetest Feeling - Jackie Wilson
The You And Me Song - The Wannadies
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
This Must Be True Love - Toots & The Maytals
We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong
You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
You’re All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell
Your Song - Elton John


  • 5 piece band consisting of male vocals/guitar, female vocals, male backing vocals/drums, bass and piano/organ
  • Available as an unplugged band


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