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21st Century Riot



  • 4 piece, all male rock band
  • Alternative to the 'standard' wedding/party band
  • Wide repertoire of fun party, rock & indie hits
  • Have own PA and stage lighting.
  • DJ option


21st Century Riot are based in Surrey but travel all over the UK, and all over the world!

Standard Set Times

  • 2 x 60 mins sets with breaks
  • or
  • 3 x 40mins sets with breaks

About this Act

21st Century Riot are a high impact rock & pop band so if you're looking for something just a little different to your average function band, they are the perfect choice. With an authentic Indie sound, the band constantly update their repertoire to include the best of the current crop of guitar bands such as The Kings of Leon, The Black Keys and The Killers. They also perform classic hits from some of the great artists that have influenced them like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and much, much more. Performing as a four piece party band (male vocals, guitar, bass & drums) these professional musicians put everything into the live show. So, whether you need a band for your Wedding, Corporate Event or Private Party, 21st Century Riot’s infectious energy, combined with a finely crafted set list packed full of hits, will keep your dance floor rockin’.

As an optional extra, the band also perform as an Acoustic Trio (male vocals with percussion, guitar & bass with BVs) giving their own laid back, bluesy feel to current and classic hits. This cool alternative to more traditional 'background' music is the perfect accompaniment to your wedding reception drinks or function dinner.

21st Century Riot are fully self-contained bringing their own PA and stage lighting as standard so you don't need to worry about organising any equipment.

Professional and experienced, the band’s musicians have played hundreds of weddings and private parties as well as corporate events for clients such as Jamesons Whisky, Nespresso, TopShop and O2, to name just a few. Plus with CVs and playing credits ranging from Amy Winehouse to Skunk Anansie's Skin, the band's personnel have played vast European festivals and some of the UK's leading venues, including Wembley Arena, Indigo2, Shepherd's Bush Empire and Cardiff's Millennium Centre. These musicians are not short of talent or experience!

And finally, the band are always punctual, respectful and super professional both on and off the stage - they are often praised for being a pleasure to work with. So, not only are you guaranteed a rocking performance from 21st Century Riot, they are also one of the friendliest bands you will come across.


‘Hi Helen, we just wanted to feedback how amazing we thought 21st Century Riot were when they played at our Post Wedding Party last night. Their version of Elbow’s 'One Day Like This' for our first dance was so special, totally brilliant and we loved it. The rest of the songs throughout the evening were just as great and we loved them all, a great mix of oldies and newbies. We have had so much positive feedback from our guests, from young to old everyone has commented on how great the band was, even the hotel bar staff said how good they were and that they were one of the best bands they had seen. The evening flew by and we just wish they could have played all night too and we would definitely book them again if we get an excuse.

Many thanks to all of the band members and to yourself for making the whole process, from start to finish, go so smoothly and for being so helpful and flexible, really nice bunch of guys :)’

Karen and Michael Spencer – Wedding Party, 31/08/2013

‘We would very much like to thank the band members for their contribution to the celebration.

The music was enjoyed by all and helped make our day. A very professional approach and a very nice bunch of guys. Loved the music! Thanks again.’

Sue & Chris Clark for their daughter’s wedding celebrations, 22/06/2013

‘Dear Helen, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to the band for a fabulous performance at our 50th Birthday celebrations! We thought they were brilliant and we've had fantastic feedback from our guests who all really enjoyed their performance and raved about them and they kept the dance floor filled until the last minute. We didn't want music that was going to make us feel "old" and they had just the right mix of current, classic and a few oldies for the occasion. They were very professional and efficient and just arrived and got on with setting up so they were ready before everyone arrived. Jay was brilliant and stayed as late as he possibly could to keep the music going after the band had packed up. The guests were still begging for more as he left! They seemed a thoroughly pleasant bunch of guys who certainly made us feel they were enjoying the gig as much as we were. Thank you.’

Charlotte & Julian Tompkins - 50th Birthday Party, 15/06/2013

The guys were brilliant. They effortlessly arrived, got everything set up, queued up the playlists, started no problems, rocked the joint, played a few extra numbers, allowed some of the gang rap on their equipment (!) and were a huge hit with the guests. We were really impressed with how tight the band was, the breath of the repertoire and the real energy they put into it.

Thanks again for all your work in the run up and for helping making it a great night.

Joe McCarthy & Nicola Carnegie – Wedding, 08/06/2013

‘Regarding 21st Century Riot, our feedback is all very positive. The band were fantastic live- whilst the video on-line was good, it doesn't really do them justice. The quality of the sound & their performance was excellent. Their choice of songs was also just right, as was their interaction with our (occasionally slightly mad & inebriated) guests! They got everyone dancing and created a great atmosphere.

Probably the best sign is that many people (including the discerning music lovers amongst the guests) told me later how much they had enjoyed the music & asked me who the band was/ how I had found them.

The DJ was also great at maintaining the tempo & atmosphere. She did a great job of finding the spanish language tracks & mixing them into the night. But at the same time she adapted in order to keep everyone on the dance floor.

Everyone was very flexible considering that the music started an hour later than planned & that they were interrupted for a few unexpected hiccups. We really appreciated therefore that everyone stayed until 1am and were still there packing up when we left. They were also great at checking with me if we wanted to stick to the original plan given the delay, how we wanted the music for the bouquet/ garter throwing etc.

All in all, everyone was excellent & topped off a great day. I would happily recommend the band & the DJ for anyone's event.’

Anya Revans - Wedding, 18/05/2013

‘Just a quick note to thank you for the effort you put into arranging for Saturday just gone and a huge thank you to the band members who were absolutely fantastic.

Everybody had a great night.

Thanks again.’

Phil Rogerson - Private Party, 27/04/2013

‘We wanted to thank the band for their amazing performance at my party last month. They arrived early so there was plenty of time to set up and give us the chance to say hi before we got ready at home. We wanted the sound level set so people could still chat in the corners and your sound engineer was very helpful in respecting our wishes.

The music was outstanding! Loads of people were giving compliments on the night and we've had lots of phone calls too, saying how much everyone loved the sound and authenticity of the band. We spend the whole evening dancing and the party was still going strong right up until the end.

We were delighted with the playlist and found your communication beforehand very helpful in selecting the music. The ipod sets too were great - all my favourite songs one after the other. And the lighting made the room look lovely.

All in all, the band made the evening a true success, thanks!’

Michelle and Mike – Private Party, 2012

‘Just to let you know how WICKED 21st Century Riot were yesterday… They were such a nice bunch of boys and performed so well, were entertaining and super professional. I would recommend them to anyone and will so.

Hope to be able to use them again soon, thanks for everything. X’

Emma Pineiro - Events Director, 2012

‘Maria, the guests and I thought that 21st Century Riot were simply awesome. They hit all the notes, played some of the best contemporary songs and did justice to some old rock classics. Sound quality excellent.’

Maria Plunkett – Private Party, 2011

‘The day went very well and we were both delighted with everything, including 21st Century Riot. Many of our guests commented how good they were.

One couple at our bash had met 47 years ago (on the 19th June) and their first dance had been Walk the Dog by the Stones. The band were asked if they could play it which they could not - at the time they were asked. The band went for their break and, when they came back, they had learnt it. The band played the song and the couple did the very dance that they had 47 years previously - what a fantastic thing for them to have done. It made such an impact and the band have my utmost respect for going out of their way to make it happen. The guys were absolute stars.’

Chris Evans – Wedding, 2011

‘I just wanted to say thanks so much, firstly for persuading me to go with it, and of course to the guys for a truly amazing performance. They really were absolutely superb, fantastic performance but also so very professional and got it just right, you could see the sound, lights, mood and everything was being tweaked all the time. I was so worried we'd gone a bit long for such a small do, but they were totally relaxed and played brilliantly, they were perfect for us, they even looked like they were enjoying themselves :-)

At one point I looked up to see the whole place literally jumping up and down. It was certainly a rocking night and one to remember.

So, a heartfelt thank you, and if you're planning any public gigs please do let me know as we'd love to see them again. Sophy x’

Sophy Thomas – Wedding, 2011

‘21st Century Riot were fantastic!! Please pass on my thanks to them. I have had lots of positive feedback from people over the last couple of days. Everyone thought they were brilliant. I can only say that from my end, things went very smoothly. I didn’t notice that there were any issues with setting up, timing etc. they were great.

Thanks again, Sarah’

Sarah Foster, Private Party, 2010

‘...yes thank-you, the event went well; the feedback has been very positive, so thanks to all.

I have to say that all of them are extremely polite and pleasant people to deal with and that it was a great pleasure to take care of them.’

Contraband International Ltd for Nespresso in Zurich – 2010

‘I spent wonderful time with guys - the show was very-very positive and the customer is really satisfied.’

Alexander Burtashov , Scholz Artists, Russia (Jamesons Whisky), 2010

‘We were very pleased with 21st Century Riot’s performance. I was nervous of being in charge of booking the band for an important corporate event but they were brilliant and everyone enjoyed the performance.

I was very happy with the services provided by the band. I have had lots of positive feedback on their performance from our guests. We are very pleased with how our event went and would be happy to use the band again in the future.’

Vicky Beacham - Kensey Foods, 2010

‘The band ROCKED! Absolutely top notch. Sounded great. Looked great. Was a huge contributor to the successful party and need to make sure they stick together as they are playing at my 50th again :-) Thanks for organizing, and please make sure the band gets the above feedback!!’

Lena Johnson - 40th Birthday Party, 2009

Set List

Set 1
Rocks - Primal Scream
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Back in the USSR - The Beatles
You really got me - The Kinks
Molly’s chambers - Kings of Leon
Fire - Kasabian
Start me up - The Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
Stepping Stone - The Monkees
Place Your Hands - Reef
Somebody Told Me - Killers
All day and all of the night - The Kinks
Help - The Beatles
Should I Stay or should I Go? - The Clash
Saw her standing there - The Beatles
Teenage Kicks - The Bluetones

Set 2
Are you gonna go my way - Lenny Kravitz
Money - The Beatles
Jumpin Jack - The Rolling Stones
I bet you look good on the dance-floor - Artic Monkeys
Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
Buck Rogers - Feeder
Dakota - Stereophonics
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Johnny B Goode medley
Mr Brightside - Killers
Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
Are you gonna be my girl - Jet
Song 2 - Blur
I Predict a Riot - Kaiser Chiefs
Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
My Generation - The Who


  • 4 piece band, consisting of guitar, vocals, bass and drums


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