Creative Themes and Exciting New Talent For Winter Events
It’s getting cold out and the nights are getting darker… For event professionals that means life’s about to get pretty busy! With so many winter events and Christmas parties to take care of, now is a great time to get to grips with all the new talent and big themes for this winter.
We’ve been discussing the latest trends and profiling the best new talent that is going to be making waves in corporate and luxury events this winter. In this article, we’re going to break it down, so read on for our top tips to give your festive events a strong theme and make them stand out from previous years.
Winter Wonderland Theme
With the holiday season approaching fast, now is the time to start planning events with ice-cool winter themes. Here are some spectacular suggestions to make your events distinctive and take them to the next level.
A music globe draws attention to a solo live music performance.
A creative way to showcase musical talent at winter events, our beautifully lit globe adds a touch of wow-factor. This works well to aid a performance in a variety of settings including Christmassy or up-market black tie events. We can recommend excellent solo musicians including electric violinists, saxophonists and vocalists. The globe can also be fitted with LEDs.
Our Ethereal Snow Queen is a great walkabout act for wintery events.
Ethereal Snow Queen
Our Ethereal Snow Queen is guaranteed to illuminate any winter wonderland or fantasy themed event. Dressed gracefully in a stunning dress and headpiece, this refined performance is ideal as a meet-and-greet act. She also works wonderfully as a singer, or ambient walkabout performer. The beautiful aesthetic makes her ideal for posing for photos with guests.
Each show is tailor made and can be built around specific requirements to realise the vision of the show.
Gatsby Themed Winter Events
The titular character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby, was renowned for throwing lavish soirees at his mansion in New York. Based in the 1920s jazz heyday, staging a Gatsby-themed event allows event managers to get creative, with distinct and spectacular design, prop and entertainment choices.
Here are some luxurious suggestions for adding a touch of Jay Gatsby to your event.
Black and white movie characters blend in with the Gatsby theme.
Black and White Real-life Movie Characters
For an elegant and refined taste of old Hollywood, these beautifully painted and slightly spooky characters will not disappoint. Clad in fabulous 1920s flapper-style attire, these characters provide a truly breathtaking photo opportunity for guests of all ages. As characters, they perfectly suit the theme, and are available as hostesses, roaming characters, statues or stilt walkers.
The Gatsby Saxes put on a show inspired by the 1920s jazz scene.
The Gatsby Saxes
The Gatsby Sax quartet plays the music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s on vintage saxophones, to create an authentic period sound. They’ve got a great track record having performed live on BBC Radio 2, 3 and Classic FM. They’ve also appeared at the BBC Proms, and at jazz festivals from Wigan to Montreux!
Each of the members is classically trained but their joint musical palette offers shades of pop, big-band, jazz and musical theatre too. They have individually performed with musicians including Sting, Seal and Ben Howard. Listen to them here.
Apres Ski-themed Party
Bring the glamour of an alpine ski lodge to your venue with a handful of props and some leading talent. Besides on-theme service staff, a DJ and creative cuisine options (fondue anyone?), here are a few up-to-date suggestions to make sure your guests are fully immersed and blown away!
Legends in lederhosen – our oompha brass band.
Oompha Brass Band
Described by Chris Evans as, “Legends in lederhosen,” our Oompah Brass has performed at a wide range of events and broadcasters including BBC Radio 1 and 2. Decked out head to toe in their handmade and authentic Bavarian lederhosen, their energetic performance never fails to wow the crowds.
A wood cabin photo booth is a great way to get guests to interact at winter events.
Wood Cabin Photo Booth
Adding our wood cabin themed photo booth makes a great addition to any winter event. With its homely design it blends in perfectly in an alpine setting. Best of all, it’s a great way to get your guests to interact and pose for photos which they can take home and keep as a memento of the event, or share on social media. A great way to ensure your event lives long in the memory.
Neon ski makeup adds a touch of colour to winter events.
Ski Makeup Station
Get your guests in the spirit with a touch of glow and fluo! Our talented makeup artists can roam around the party or assist your guests at a station, and help transform them into vividly coloured models! This is an excellent addition to bring a touch of colour on a grim winter’s eve. It also works for 80’s themed parties, and we’ve got a range of suitable accessories including headbands available as keepsakes for guests.
A Vintage Christmas Theme
There’s nothing like an on-theme band to help your Christmas event stand out. London’s best party bands are always going to take your event up a notch. Here are our recommendations for bringing a touch of vintage charm to your soiree.
London’s most coveted all-girl supergroup – the Tootsie Rollers.
The Tootsie Rollers’ Christmas Catalogue
The Tootsie Rollers are a glamorous all-girl band who fuse old-school classics with contemporary hits, accompanied by their dashing band The Dappers. In a typical Tootsie set Pharrell Williams joins Judy Garland and Duke Ellington meets Rizzle Kicks.
Performing at seasonal events, they can add a whole range of Christmas classics and wintery songs. We suggest holding short sets in between courses and at the end of a meal, with a fabulous costume change in between, naturally.
The Tootsies have taken their unique sound all over the world. They’ve collaborated with everyone from DJ Yoda to Bruce Forsyth and performed at Royal Palaces and Music Festivals. They even sold out the London Hippodrome with their own show!
For smaller events they are also available with backing track or as strolling a cappella group.
Keeping the party going all night long – the London Dance Orchestra.
The London Dance Orchestra
The London Dance Orchestra is a band in high demand! Currently resident at the Ritz Hotel and the Ned, the orchestra performs for the most prestigious venues, parties and events. They deliver an unparalleled show in full costume, that never fails to pack the dance floor.
The musicians have performed with talented artists including Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Jools Holland and Paloma Faith. In full formation, the band includes 11 musicians for the traditional lineup of an 1930′s big band. Smaller line ups are available depending on the event. Sets can be totally original or include also modern and pop songs for the ultimate party set played in postmodern style.
Studio 54 Theme
Studio 54 was the hottest party spot in the world in the 70s. The Manhattan club defined the disco era in all its ecstasy and excess, and the guests were a who’s who of art, music, theatre and business. Bring the spirit of the 70s party scene to your event with some of the following artists.
Unparalleled vocal performance – Motown Supremacy.
Three stunning ladies with amazing soul-filled voices, backed up by a tight funky live-band, and a set-list that takes you through the history of Motown. Think of The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and many more. Picture stunning dresses, iconic dance moves, and the sensational sound of Hitsville USA.
Highly experienced and consummate professionals, in 2019 they celebrated 9 years performing together on stage. Watch them in the video above, and just try to resist the the temptation to get up and dance! Take a look at them performing in this video.
Our Disco Ball Heads will liven up any dance floor!
Sure to turn a few heads at a wide range of evening or variety events, our Disco Head dancers are a guaranteed hit! Consummate performers, they will mingle with guests and create a lively atmosphere from the very start of your event. Of course, the mirror ball is a nod to disco music so If you want to inject some 70’s glitter and glamour to your event, these make the perfect addition. They are ideal as stage dancers, for meeting and greeting, or posing for photos.
A Christmas Soul Party
For the ultimate spin on a Christmas carol singalong, why not get creative with London’s best soul singers and gospel choirs? Truly awe inspiring, these are some of the very best vocal-led groups for Christmas parties.
Stunning dance moves and sublime vocal talent – High On Heels.
High on Heels
High On Heels is a collective of talented female musicians, vocalists and DJs, playing worldwide at prestigious venues and for the most luxurious of brands. Consisting of vocals, percussion, sax, violin, trumpet and DJs, this band provides a nightlife experience like no other. Ideal entertainment for corporate events, lounge sets, hotels, brands, pool parties and much more.
Our gospel choir is the perfect addition to Christmas events.
Our Gospel Choir is a full time, professional choir and an established force in the European Gospel scene. As well as performing at venues such as the Jazz Cafe, the Pigalle Club and Handelsbeurs, these amazing singers have also provided backing for high profile and diverse artists such as Beverley Knight, Peter Andre, Mica Paris, Alfie Boe, Josh Groban and Marsha Ambrosius.
The group’s members have a diverse range of styles, resulting in a sound that blends traditional gospel with notes of jazz, soul, blues, classical and Latin.
Are You Looking For Bespoke Winter Entertainment?
That’s about it for this edition, but be sure to check back regularly for the most up-to-date and talented acts on London’s event scene.
Here at GS Live we take the business of entertaining very seriously indeed! Whatever your event needs, we can help plan for any eventuality and will ensure that the whole event is an engaging, stylish and memorable success. If you’d like any further information on the bespoke services we offer, please get in touch here.