We at FixTheMusic have curated the finest acoustic strolling bands in France. All of our roaming bands are available to perform throughout France at weddings, corporate events and luxury parties.
The traditional strolling band is most popular in towns along the French Riviera, particularly in Cannes and around Nice. They typically comprise acoustic guitars, singers and possibly a saxophone and cajon.
A wandering band is the perfect accompaniment to a cocktail party, wedding ceremony or any other occasion where mingling with guests is required. They are particularly popular because of their lively interaction with guests.
The groups are often referred to as "troubadours". This word derives from the minstrels and singers who used to wander through France in the 12th and 13th centuries performing for noble families.
We've curated an outstanding selection of roaming bands in France...these are bands at the top of their game and in demand to entertain at weddings and corporate events throughout the country.
If you have a wedding or event coming up, feel free to browse and submit an enquiry on FixTheMusic.
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Our acoustic roaming bands are available to travel across France for weddings, corporate events and other parties. They have performed at luxury weddings and private events in Cannes and throughout the French Riviera, throughout the Dordogne and around Bordeaux, and in Paris and northern France too.
The strolling bands are often recommended by wedding planners and exclusive venues in France, and as they are in such high demand have bookings for weddings 2022 and beyond. They are in especially high demand to perform on large luxury yachts.
So how does it work?
Amplified roaming bands
In NOMAD’s case, the lead singer uses a wireless mic of course. Backing vocals are provided by the other band members via headsets. Instruments-wise, guitar and bass are plugged into wireless battery packs and the drums are provided by a very nifty wheeled cajon.
The quality of amplified sound is impressive with deep bass and crisp highs – make no mistake, this is not sit-down entertainment, they will get you on your feet.
The band call their show a unique form of ‘dining entertainment’ and certainly they interact with the audience in a way that wasn’t technologically possible 10 years ago.
Acoustic roaming bands
There are also the world's best acoustic roaming bands or wandering bands featured on FixTheMusic – this option is very popular for smaller weddings or where your wedding venue has a strict sound limiter. A roaming wedding band will often perform a wide mix of pop covers – from the 60s to today's current hits, often with a slightly folk edge to the repertoire.
If you fancy transforming your birthday party, wedding reception or corporate event to a modern mediaeval banquet, then make an enquiry on FixTheMusic where we’ll be promoting a variety of wandering groups over the next few months.
The bands are also known as "wandering bands" – as they tend to wander in between and mingle with guests whilst playing their music and singing.
Most of the acoustic bands consist of a singer or two (usually male vocals, but often female too), acoustic guitar, cajon or other percussion and double bass. Occasionally the bands might also add a saxophone to the line-up.
Roaming brass bands
Another popular option is to book a roaming brass band – these modern brass groups are inspired by the roving New Orleans-style band but updated with a modern and often unusual twist. The bands usually feature trumpets, trombones and sousaphones, and occasionally a singer or even rapper to perform alongside them. These acoustic brass groups tend to be much louder than the acoustic guitar-based wandering bands, so are perfect for large public events (such as charity parades or marches).
Lastly, the bands are often described as a busking-style band. Indeed, part of the tradition of the roaming acoustic band does stem from busking musicians – traditionally, musicians performing live on the street would be acoustic of course as they would have no access to power or amplification.
Roaming bands are a brilliant choice, especially for afternoon entertainment at your wedding. They epitomise summer and are perfect for wandering through your guests at drinks receptions.
Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about hiring a roaming band, which we hope will act as a definitive guide for booking a wandering band for weddings and events.
"WOW! Absolutely amazing! Made our day so special! Each guy is so talented and the music was perfect. Many of our guests asked for their details for future events. The walking band through the town made the day something the whole of Ely city talked about. Each song was great and they made our day so special and fun! Could not recommend enough!!!"
"They are an amazing acoustic band who performed at our wedding during our drinks reception in August. These guys created a great atmosphere and all of our guests commented on how talented and engaging they were. From the initial communications all the way through to the big day, they were excellent and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. Thanks again, Daniel and Jonathan."
"Where do I start, you guys were AMAZING!! Not only did Ben and I love every second, the amount of comments we got from our guests on how good you were was insane. Everyone was commenting on how different it was, how good it was that your roamed around and how great the mash ups were. We’ve even had a few ask for your details for upcoming weddings and birthdays so fingers crossed they’ll be a few bookings coming your way. Thank you also for learning our first dance song, we LOVED it! And for doing the extra set, everyone was loving the entertainment so much we just didn’t want it to end."
"Hello! I realised we never said THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You lot absolutely 100% nailed it! We are both so so happy with the glorious soundtrack you provided for our party 😍 The music was amazing, and the energy you all bought was incredible. We knew it was going to be good, but had no idea it would be that good! You got the party started in ways we could never have imagined! Everyone had the best time dancing to your sound, we could not have wished for more xxx Videos have started to come through, and we’ll be sure to send them over! There aren’t words for how grateful we are, just thank you thank you thank you!!!"
"Just wanted to say a huge thank you. We thought you were fantastic! Thank you for singing LOVE with everybody. Everybody enjoyed you guys so much and I hardly left the dance floor. Thank you for including the songs that we love. Really really appreciate it. Hope you had a wonderful time with us and for the rest of the weddings you have this summer. Many thanks from the bottom of our hearts. We were delighted to have you playing at our wedding. Please let the rest of the band know how much we loved you guys!"
"The Roaming Beats were just amazing on our wedding day, and I could not recommend them highly enough. Right from the start, Dom and the guys had people singing and dancing and we've had so many positive comments from our guests since the wedding. They're also really nice guys and were very helpful in the build up to the wedding."
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