The Apollos

Rather Be
Ceildh Dance
Rock Your Body

The Apollos

The Apollos are a young, dynamic five-piece band whose song list will have something for everyone. Performing popular chart toppers from The Weeknd, Lizzo, and Dua Lipa to classic hits from ABBA, Whitney Houston, Backstreet Boys and Fleetwood Mac; their unstoppable energy and electrifying vocals will make your guests find the dance floor irresistible!

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About The Apollos

The Apollos are a young, dynamic five piece band whose song list will have something for everyone. Performing popular chart toppers "Classic hits (Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, The Police)" to ABBA, Whitney Houston, Backstreet Boys, Fleetwood Mac their unstoppable energy and electrifying vocals will make your guests find the dance floor irresistible!

This Scottish wedding and events band combine five experienced and passionate musicians; boasting male and female vocals they create memorable live music performance for your special occasion. Featuring violin, electric/acoustic guitar, drums, bass and keyboards, the band’s eclectic repertoire provides something for all musical tastes.

These talented musicians guarantee a smooth and enjoyable live music performance, perfect for any event where you want to get your guests off their seats and dancing the night away.

The Apollos offer:

- Top tier musicians featuring violin, electric / acoustic guitar, drums, bass and keyboards.

- A varied and extensive pop set using their own top of the line equipment, ensuring a hassle free experience

- A stomping ceilidh dance with professional caller delivered by an energetic and talented fiddle player and backing instruments. If you or your guests are unfamiliar with the dances our caller will guide you through the steps.

- Song requests are encouraged in order to provide clients with both a professional and personally tailored service that you’ll never forget

The Apollos are a band that is always highly in demand so book early to avoid disappointment.

What our clients say about The Apollos

Hi you guys We just wanted to say a huge thank you for your amazing performance at our wedding on the 22nd July. You were absolutely fantastic and really made our night. All our guests said how brilliant you were and were impressed with your set list, and of course, everyone especially loved the ceilidh. Also HUGE thank you for playing Just a Girl! It was so well done and I'm so glad my friend recorded a snippet of it so that I can re-play and remember it

Hayley and Sam

Hello guys.  Sorry its been a little while. We're about to go on honeymoon so we wanted to send a little note to say thank you.  Our wedding day was truly perfect. Hilariously perfect actually. It all fell into place. And so thank you for being a part of it. 

Daniel Kirk

Hi Guys, Now that we have digested the last week, I just want to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU! Every single guest we have spoken to has said how amazing our band was, I don’t think the dance floor was empty all night. You have been a dream to work with, getting back to me so quickly with any questions or queries. It was very special to us that you learned our wedding song choices and they did not disappoint, you were fantastic. Thank you for your part in making our day so special. The Millar’s x

Shelley Whitelaw

Hello! Just wanted to email and thank you all again for helping to make our day even more incredible!! We are still buzzing from it all and the music for both the ceremony & the evening fun was brilliant ?? We've had lots of people comment that they've haven't heard such a good wedding band before and we all thoroughly enjoyed it!! Have also had numerous people spot us or guests on tiktok so that's fun ?? Wondered if it would be possible for you to forward us any videos you took from the evening? Our friends are hoping to make a fun reel and these would be very reflective of the night ?? Hope you all got home okay! Thank you so much again.

Christine & Cameron

Hi David We just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the band for an incredible night on Friday! Although the floor wasn't always packed, there were a lot of seat dancers. Everyone we have spoken to loved all of the music and were so impressed with the band's range of songs. But, most importantly we absolutely loved you guys - I'm just gutted I missed some of the big songs as I had to mingle or get pictures taken haha. The whole day went by so fast and I don't think we thanked you for our first dance song. It was perfect! It was the exact vibe we were looking for, and so impressed you put it together in such a short timescale. Our choice has definitely been a talking point, hopefully it's one to add to your setlist in future ?? Thanks again and hopefully we'll get another chance to hear you guys again at some point!

Christine (and Iain)

Great band. I’ve never seen the dance floor at a wedding so full! Everyone commented about how amazing the apollos were, amazing.

Gordon Douglas, EDINBURGH

We are so glad we chose the Apollos for our wedding in Nov 2023. From the minute they started playing, the dancefloor was full. Our guests were very complimentary of the band and a few even asked for their details for future event! We can't thank the Apollos enough for providing excellent entertainment for us and our guests. Thank you!

Kirsty Wailly, Auchterarder

Due to unforseen circumstances, the Apollos had to step in at short notice. Despite not having time on their side, the were cool, calm and collected over email, which made us feel relaxed during such a busy period. They even went to the trouble of learning our niche first dance song, which they absolutely smashed. They also played some other special requests, which was so lovely and very much appreciated. Not only were they incredibly friendly, but all the musicians shined on the day. We loved both the celeidh tracks and covers, and we know our guests did too (lots of our loved ones were raving about them... even days after!). We'd definitely recommend the Apollos to anyone planning a wedding or other big event.

Peter and Lotte, Gorebridge

Audio Demos

Rather Be
The Apollos
  • Rather Be
  • Hold Back The River
  • 4-5 Seconds
  • Ceilidh Dance
  • Rock Your Body
  • I'm Coming Out

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do you need for set up & sound check?

We require a minimum of 1 hour to set up and sound check our equipment. We are of course sensitive to other elements of your evening and will only make noise when it is appropriate to do so.

What are your standard performance times?

Our standard performance times are 8pm - midnight, with a break somewhere in the middle, typically at the same time as the evening buffet if there is to be one.

I'm not sure what my timings are going to be yet, is there any flexibility on the standard timings?

We are more than happy to discuss different timings.

Can I pick the songs that you'll play on the night?

If there are a couple of songs in particular from our setlist that you would like us to perform - or perhaps avoid - then we are happy to oblige! There is no need to worry about choosing every song we play however as we are very experienced at getting a sense of what is working well for your guests.

Will you learn our first dance?

Absolutely! We want to make your reception as special as possible and we believe that performing your first dance is an important part of this.

Will the band provide background music during your break?

We have a playlist of popular upbeat songs that we use as background music during our break. If however you would like to make your own, we’d be happy to use that instead.

My venue has a 1am license, do you offer an extension to keep the night going until then?

Yes, our finish time can be extended until 1am. We can continue with our performance, or offer one hour of playlist music through our PA. Post-midnight finish times incur an additional charge and are dealt with on a case by case basis.

Which artists are you most influenced by?

Across our five band members we have a wide variety of tastes! We love Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul and Disco; Anything that makes you want to dance! Recently we have been enjoying artists such as The Weekend, Lizzo and Dua Lipa, and our favourite classics include Peter Gabriel, Prince, ABBA, Whitney Houston and Queen.

Can you provide a ceilidh set? If so, could you give us more information about this - how long does it last, what instruments do you play, can you call the dances for our guests?

We love performing ceilidh and unless requested otherwise, we always include some in our set. Typically we perform 3 - 4 dances (although we can perform more, or fewer, if you so wish!) mixed between our pop covers throughout the night. Our multi-talented singer Fiona can also play fiddle, and she leads the way with the rest of our band accompanying her. You needn’t worry about some guests being unfamiliar with Scottish dancing, as our drummer David is a fabulous caller and teaches each of our dances in detail, immediately before we perform them.

What do you think your clients love most about your performances?

Our setlist, and our energy! The feedback we receive most often from our lovely clients is how much they appreciate our choice of songs and that they keep their guests dancing all night. We also love to engage with our audiences so we are delighted to receive regular thanks for our communication and enthusiasm whilst on stage.

Do you offer any other add-on options?

We do! We offer ceremony and/or drinks reception performances involving piano, vocals and violin, to provide a touch of music throughout your day. Our daytime package can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

All of our equipment including PA system and lighting are included in our quote.

Do you have PAT Cert & PLI Insurance?

Yes, we have PAT certificates and Public Liability Insurance and we can happily provide these documents to your venue should they request them. 

The Apollos Songlist

  • 20s

  • About Damn Time - Lizzo
  • Blinding Lights - The Weekend
  • Bad Guy - Billie Eilish
  • 10s

  • Forget You - CeeLo Green
  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
  • Rather Be - Clean Bandit
  • Shake it Off - Taylor Swift
  • Firework - Katie Perry
  • Domino - Jessie J
  • Rolling In The Deep - Adele
  • Happy - Pharrell Williams
  • Ho Hey - The Lumineers
  • Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
  • Get Lucky - Daft Punk
  • Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
  • Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
  • Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon
  • Sorry - Justin Bieber
  • How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
  • Can't Stop The Feeling! - Justin Timberlake
  • Lean On - Major Lazer
  • I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
  • Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran
  • Levitating - Dua Lipa
  • 00s

  • You've Got The Love - Florence And The Machine
  • Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
  • Mr Brightside - The Killers
  • Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
  • Valerie - Mark Ronson
  • Dakota - Stereophonics
  • Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
  • Crazy In Love - Beyonce
  • Halo - Beyonce
  • Better Together - Jack Johnson
  • Dreaming of you - The Coral
  • Can't Stop - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
  • I Don't Feel Like Dancing - Scissor Sisters
  • If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
  • Make You Feel My Love - Adele
  • Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
  • Toxic - Britney Spears
  • Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
  • Dont Stop Movin - S Club 7
  • Kids - Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue
  • Murder On The Dancdefloor - Sophie Ellis Bextor
  • Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
  • 90s

  • Mmmbop - Hansen
  • Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
  • Man I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
  • Lovefool - The Cardigans
  • Everybody - Back Street Boys
  • I Try - Macy Gray
  • Just A Girl - No Doubt
  • 80s

  • Every Breath You Take - The Police
  • Summer of 69 - Brian Adams
  • Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
  • 500 Miles - The Proclaimers
  • Easy Lover - Phil Collins
  • Beat It - Michael Jackson
  • Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
  • Nine to Five - Dolly Parton
  • Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
  • Footloose - Kenny Loggins
  • Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
  • Kiss - Prince
  • Let's Dance - David Bowie
  • Dancing Queen - Abba
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme - Abba
  • Heart Of Glass - Blondie
  • Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
  • Africa - Toto
  • Dignity - Deacon Blue
  • Don't You Want Me Baby - Human League
  • Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears
  • Everywhere - Fleetwood mac
  • Faith - George Michael
  • I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
  • Under pressure - Queen
  • You Make My Dreams Come True - Hall and Oats
  • You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
  • Boys of Summer - Don Henley
  • Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac
  • Maniac - Michael Sembello
  • Our House - Madness
  • Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
  • Take On Me - A-ha
  • Walk This Way - Aerosmith
  • We Dont Have To Take Our Clothes Of - Jermaine Stewart
  • You Spin Me Right Round - Dead Or Alive
  • 70s

  • Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
  • Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
  • Caledonia - Dougie MacLean
  • Lovely Day - Bill Withers
  • Long Train Running - The Doobie Brothers
  • Good Times - Chic
  • I Feel Good - James brown
  • Papa's got a brand new bag - James brown
  • Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5
  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  • I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
  • September - Earth Wind And Fire
  • Are You Ready For Love - Elton John
  • The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
  • Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
  • Thinking Of You - Sister Sledge
  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole
  • You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac
  • 60s

  • I Feel Good - James Brown
  • Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • Respect - Aretha Franklin
  • Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
  • Lets Stay Together - Al Green
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
  • I'm A Believer - The Monkees
  • My Girl - The Temptations
  • At Last - Etta James
  • Twist And Shout - The Beatles
  • You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
  • December '63 - Frankie Valli
  • 50s

  • Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
  • Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
  • Folk/Traditional

  • Loch Lomond - Runrig
  • Strip The Willow
  • Virginia Reel
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Caledonia - Dougie McLean
  • Dashing White Sergeant
  • Gay Gordons
  • Canadian Barn Dance
  • St Bernards Waltz

The live lounge

The Apollos performing live at a Music for Scotland Showcase

At Last
Everlasting Love

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