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WeddingsOnline Band of the Year 2011 - Harlequin

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In Ireland you will not meet another band who takes so much time and effort to make every aspect of your wedding entertainment memorable, world-class and a totally personal experience. Harlequin is Irelands most energised wedding band and was voted Top 5 Wedding Band 2009 by Weddings Online users.

Harlequin treat each and every wedding with the same special care and attention to detail ensuring a smoothly-run operation is delivered in a discrete and professional way. The band always moves equipment in the absence of the bridal party and guests and we try not to sound-check when your guests are present.

On our website there are a number of our songs for you to have a listen to. We upload different tracks on a continual basis for prospective clients to have a listen. Our set-lists are always customised for the individual bride/groom’s tastes and we always play a little bit of something for everyone at our weddings. A normal set will consist of a variety of styles including Jazz, Latin, Swing, Pop, Rock, and all styles of Contempory music. We have a 2000-song repertoire and our band always dress in full black-tie unless requested not to do so by the bridal party, in which we would all dress in matching black.

Harlequin operates at the highest level of professionalism and never invites customers to your event. Though this is common practice we feel it is inappropriate and whilst this is becoming a concern for many wedding parties it won’t be a concern for you. Harlequin’s wedding entertainment lasts two and a half hours. Most of our work is performed as a six-piece band (with saxophone, drums, bass guitar, lead guitar, trumpet, clarinet and piano/keyboards/synths). We might take a short break if you are serving evening refreshments. Alternatively we can just go straight through without break. If your budget allows and you don't want disco we can keep the band going to a max of three and a half hours.  

Harlequin can provide a complete music and entertainment service for your wedding. Among bands as Harlequin are at the top end of what is available you might consider this package as the discount savings you would make will bring the entire fee in line with what you might be spending anyway if using separate suppliers. It is also much less time consuming as you will be dealing with a single person for all your wedding entertainment. We can offer a substantial discount on entertainment packages. The main benefit of choosing our package service is that you’ll have top quality music for the entire day your wedding day and everything will run as smooth as a dye.

Our Full Day Package Includes:

Service: Our pianist is the top jazz and classical pianist in the country. Harlequin does a really nice high quality church wedding with gospel, classical, and more modern songs in our repertoire. As part of our service we would help you plan your church service so that it runs smoothly without a hitch and sounds professional in every respect. All of our church music clients have been overjoyed with this service and every service is personalised. We can supply specific references upon request.

Drinks / Arrivals Reception: Upon arrival at your wedding venue Harlequin will play a Southern Jazz set, either in the main foyer or bar. The volume of the Jazz portion of the entertainment is nice and low so that your guests can mingle, natter and catch up. We can also organise piano music for the arrival if you so wish.

Evening Reception: The band evening entertainment runs to about 3 hours. From start to finish this is the most enjoyable part of the entertainment for your guests and we keep the floor full from beginning to end consistently reading the audience and knowing when to bring out the waltzes etc. We do try not to overload your audience with any one particular type of music so the evening really is a good balance with lots of variety so as not to exclude individual guests. Our weddings are well planned in advance in terms of what is happening and when. Time flows out of control on your wedding day so of course we move with that. In terms of etiquette, we can ease off or bind to tradition. You'll choose the components you'd like included in the entertainment and before the day arrives we will have an event plan that you and you guests will enjoy 100% - no surprises.

For DJ our front man Shane can continue entertaining your guests after the band finishes. He is one of the best DJ’s in his field and always puts on a great show. He will keep the dance floor full and entertain your guests into the small hours and ensure a seamless transition between band and DJ. The entertainment curfew for the conclusion of the DJ set is 2.30 am.

One important point to note is that Harlequin is a fully live band. We never use backing tracks or supplemental sound in our mix. Live music always creates a better vibe for your celebrations. We always invite clients to send us their requested list of songs and we’ll do them all and of course the first dance is always presented in a first class manner (absolutely no CDs). Lastly, when you book Harlequin, it is one less thing you will have to worry about and you can start to tell people you have a top class band lined-up for your celebration. Your complete satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us and your knowing that you can contact us for information of any nature allows us to deliver the best possible solution for your special day.

Harlequin is a regular fixture on the events circuit and there are numerous locations for prospective brides/grooms to view the band. We play numerous corporate and public functions throughout the country on an ongoing basis as well as many events on the wedding fair circuit so we should be playing near you soon. Please feel free to enquire with regards to a suitable location for you to see the band in your area. Our shows are always entertaining and you will have a great night when you come to see us.


  • The Number 1 Dance Band in Ireland - Hotpress Magazine
  • Definitely a Night to Remember - Exclusive, Slick, and Professional: Party Entertainment at its Best - Sunday World
  • “A Very Credible Act - Totally Entertaining” - Chris Evans
  • Whenever a great musician gets married these guys always get the gig. Why is that? - Ray Darcy
  • Thanks a million for Saturday.  You guys were fantastic and rocked the place!! - Tamso & David, Harlequin Wedding Clients, July 08
  • The music was without doubt the highlight of our wedding day. Thanks so much for everything. You were truly outstanding and everyone has been singing your praises. Thanks again for a fantastic show. Loved it! 10 out of 10! -  Jane & Mark, Harlequin Wedding Clients, July 08
  • I'm having them for my wedding later this year. I booked them a few weeks ago after seeing them at another wedding and they were absolutely fantastic. They played a brilliant mix of music to suit everyone, we danced all night long!! The bride and groom were delighted with them and actually the band looked after both the church music and the disco and every bit of it was brilliant, so impressive. I'm delighted now that I have them booked for my own big day!! - G Marlow, Weddings Online Bride
  • I’m also going with Harlequin - I honestly couldn’t recommend them more - I’m telling everyone that listens and they are traveling for me!! - Upcoming Harlequin Bride
  • We've just booked Harlequin - went to see them playing a few weeks ago - they were really good. - Mollyeile, Weddings Online Bride
  • I have booked Harlequin and think they are excellent. Also very nice and helpful to deal with. - Caroline, Harlequin Bride, July 08
  • Harlequin are excellent I've seen them twice at this stage and due a third visit next week! Can't get enough I went to see them based on the comments here on WOL just to find out what all the fuss was about.  For me it was all about feeling confident that I am getting a professional service and even the smallest things such as email were spot on and the fact that you don't have to go to somebodies wedding to hear them I would hate that! The music is super and completely live I traveled nearly 2hrs and was so glad I made the journey!! Defo go and see the guys you won't be disappointed! - Gemma, Weddings Online Bride
  • We are having Harlequin! Went to listen to them and booked them on the night! - 201108, Weddings Online Bride
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  • I had Harlequin playing at my wedding on the 31st December 2011 & they were amazing. Everyone at the wedding wanted to know the name of the band. They really made the day special & I couldn't recommend them enough. Shane knows how to get the crowd going & the dance floor was never empty. They are fantastic musicians. Best of luck to them for the weddings online 2012 awards. I will be voting for them.

    Submitted by Aoife & Philip x on Monday 6 February 2022

  • We used Harlequin for our wedding on 16th April 2011 and they were truly fantastic. People are still commenting about them over 1 month on. We went to see them in Cafe en Seine and were blown away by Shane, the lead singer's energy, unbelievable. The whole group gel very well together and sound fantastic. When speaking to Shane on the phone he helped us with our venue choice and was so honest and down to earth.....really brilliant. On the day we used them for a jazz trio as well as for the main evening entertainment. Harlequin didn't want to stop and played way beyond the call of duty. I have to say the dance floor was never empty, lots of happy people as Shane engaged with everyone and was hillarious. In fact words cant describe how good these guys are, we asked them to play some of our favourites when the DJ came on, instead they played them live including our first song which was a total shock to us! They are worth every penny and you will not regret it if you chose them. They made our wedding day very special and a big thanks to them. I am not surprised to read that they are wedding band of the year this year...well done guys.

    Submitted by Kevin and Laura on Saturday 28 May 2022

  • Great band! Harlequin played at our wedding in June 2010. We cannot recommend them enough! All our guests commented on what a great band they are and everyone was up dancing all night. They have so much energy and they really make a huge effort interacting with the guests. The music was brilliant and we are so glad we chose Harlequi

    Submitted by Elaine & Conor on Wednesday 27 April 2022

  • harlequin were AMAZING!!!!!!!!! the best preparation i did fo my wedding was go see about 10 bands play and the minute i went to see harlequin i knew they were the band i was looking for, its the most important thing to get right as thats the part that everyone lets their hair down and has the craic :) harlequin were just unbelievable, everyone was raving about them afterwards and you can just see form their performance that they love what they do, they were so helpful in the run up to the wedding aswell, i was stuck thinking about first dance and shane helped so much down to singing some options on the phone to me, we had shane as our dj aswell thank god, hes definitely the best dj for a wedding ive ever seen!!!!!

    Submitted by Eve-Anna on Tuesday 26 January 2022

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