The annual company staff Christmas party doesn’t have to resemble something from The Office, the mockumentary sitcom featuring anti-hero management guru David Brent.
What is the purpose of an office Christmas party? Surely the answer is to bring staff together, to give them space to let their hair down, to encourage bonding that might not be possible during the working week, and to reward their hard work done throughout the year.
Those of you that work in a corporate environment will know that office parties can often be dull and uninspiring.
Good music can bring people closer together. It gets people out of their chairs and onto the dance floor – ok, alcohol also helps in this regard!
But truly great live music at your Christmas party can elevate your event from damp squib to something that will be talked about fondly for the following months until the next yuletide bash.
The trend for live music at weddings and events in recent years is shifting towards the more unusual and unique, which lends itself well to themed events. A couple of ideas for Christmas party entertainment could be a Mariachi band for a festive Mexican themed event, or a vintage jazz band for a 1920s Great Gatsby themed winter wonderland party.
So without further ado, here are our three unusual live music ideas for your Christmas party...
1. Hire a Mariachi band
Acoustic musicians who wander amongst your guests whilst performing an eclectic mix of pop songs in a traditional Mexican style. Check out Sonora Mariachi Band who perform a wide mix of Mexican-inspired pop covers.
Mariachi bands can really add a colourful and festive twist to an office Christmas party. Most are able to perform some of the famous Christmas pop covers, as well as Feliz Navidad, the beautiful Latin Christmas song written by Puerto Rican singer & songwriter José Feliciano.
Here are some videos of one of our finest Mariachi bands performing live, The London Mariachi Band...
2. Book a Saxophonist & DJ
From background (jazz/lounge) to upbeat pop & house music, this is usually a saxophonist improvising alongside a DJ. Our most popular sax, DJ and percussion option is Fusion Girls, whose house beats and interactive sax player are guaranteed to fill your dance floor.
The saxophone is the ideal accompaniment to most styles of music performed by our DJs, from Motown, funk, soul, jazz and disco, right through to classic and current house.
A roaming saxophonist performing alongside a DJ creates a huge amount of energy drawing your guests onto the dance floor and recreating the good vibes of an Ibiza party.
Our DJs and sax players are all consummate professionals who have been performing for several years on the UK and international club scene.
Here are some videos of Fusion Girls performing live...
3. Go back in time with a vintage act
A fun, vintage-style act can bring a unique twist to a large repertoire, from rock 'n' roll and R&B to skiffle classics from the ’50s and ’60s. Lucky Numbers Swing Band tick all the boxes – with a wide repertoire of vintage-twinged jazz, swing and pop hits from throughout the ages.
The core element of their music is based on the 1920s swing style, including classic swing songs such as the Charleston, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" and "Is you is or is you ain't my baby".
However, they also cater for a larger audience by performing up to date chart songs by artists such as George Ezra, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and many more.
Here are some videos of Lucky Numbers Swing Band performing live...
Of course, hiring a top-quality cover band or party band is also a good choice for your office Christmas party. The classic male-fronted indie rock covers band is a popular choice at present – they can usually perform anything from the Foo Fighters to Ed Sheeran.
Cover bands are able to blast out the Christmas pop classics from “Fairytale of New York” and Wham’s “Last Christmas” to Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” and Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”.
On FixTheMusic, we have an incredible selection of unique and interesting hand-picked acts who are in great demand to entertain at festive parties.
You can submit an enquiry to receive offers directly from available bands in your local area. FixTheMusic is free to use – the price you agree with musicians is the price you pay.
So if you’re looking for live music to really entertain your staff this December, and to create a truly memorable evening for all, go for something a bit different and unusual to take the humble office Christmas party to the next level!
What do you think about the music ideas in this blog post? If you're planning your company’s Christmas party, what sort of live music entertainment have you chosen? Tell us in the comments section below!
— Adam is a co-founder of FixTheMusic and works on everything from copywriting and marketing to design and user experience. He studied Music at Cambridge University. Adam is a keen pianist, and also learned cello and trumpet from an early age.