Wedding Band Northern Ireland – BackBeat

BackBeat are one of the busiest and most popular wedding bands in Northern Ireland. They continue to be in high demand across all of Ireland for weddings, formals and corporate engagements.

BackBeat are a dynamic and versatile fully live wedding band of top seasoned professionals performing classic hit after hit – check out our set list below to see the wide range of styles covered!

BackBeat comprise of a vibrant saxophonist, a solid bassist, a legendary dynamic drummer, a versatile keyboardist and one of Ireland’s leading guitarists. With the charismatic Stephen Watters on lead vocals you can be guaranteed a night to remember!

BackBeat come complete with professional sound and lighting to make any event a real success. A range of disco packages are available.

Meet the Band

  • Stephen Watters
    Stephen Watters Vocals

    Stephen is a gifted vocalist who has spent many years working across Ireland in studios and live venues. He was the lead singer of the well know originals band “Voodoo” for which he was the main writer. Since then he has worked with a wide range of acts and has developed one of the most versatile voices in the industry. Add to this his personality and you have the perfect front-man for all occasions!

  • Paul Beattie
    Paul Beattie Keyboards

    An extremely experienced instrumentalist, Paul was only 15 when his first band “Scherzo” completed a UK tour. Since then he has performed on saxophone, keyboards and accordion across Europe and North America with a range of acts, including Irish traditional and full-scale swing bands. As the last remaining original member of BackBeat, he has enjoyed seeing the band grow in quality and popularity over many years.

  • Al Carver
    Al Carver Bass

    At the tender age of 32, Al has already become one of the old faces of the local music scene. Regularly playing in a wide variety of bands from the age of 15 and starting a long career in the Grand Opera House Belfast at 17, he has accumulated a vast amount of experience on stages, and in pits across the country, including performing with Peter Corry, Ken Haddock, Ciaran Gribbin (INXS) and Jools Holland.

  • Steve McClenahan
    Steve McClenahan Guitar

    Steve picked up his first guitar at the age of 4 and hasn’t looked back. After years of sweeping up awards at talent contents across Ireland and the UK, he returned home to complete a degree in music. He learnt his trade across Ireland, with a wide range of bands offering differing styles, from Jazz to Metal. When not performing with BackBeat he fills his time providing expert guitar tuition to all ages.

  • Tim Rooney
    Tim Rooney Drums

    Tim is an accomplished pianist and has mastered the trumpet, but it is his first love of drumming that takes centre stage at the moment with BackBeat. Before leaving to complete a performance degree in percussion at the London College of Music he performed with many rock bands in Northern Ireland. Now he is a highly regarded tutor and is the first choice drummer for many established bands across Ireland.

  • Kev Lawless
    Kev Lawless Saxophone

    An extremely experienced instrumentalist, Kev was only 15 when his first band “The Lawlesses” completed a UK tour. Since then he has performed on saxophone across the world a with a range of acts, including pop orchestras and full-scale swing bands. He now spends most of his time in the pit at the theatres throughout Ireland, well, when he isn’t giving it stacks with BackBeat!

Set List

These are a only a selection of the most popular numbers we cover – please let us know any requests you might have, either in advance or on your special evening.

Floor Fillers & Classics

500 miles, proclaimers
a little respect, erasure
another one bites the dust, queen
baggy trousers, madness
baker street, gerry rafferty
bet you look good on the dance floor, arctic monkeys
blame it on the boogie, jackson 5
brown eyed girl, van morrison
burning love, elvis
do you love me, the contours 
does your mother know, abba
don’t stop believin’, journey
don’t stop me now, queen
everywhere, fleetwood mac
footloose, kenny loggins
groove is in the heart, deee-lite
hey ya, OutKast
i feel good, james brown
last nite, the strokes
livin’ on a prayer, bon jovi
lust for life, iggy pop
maniac, michael sembello
mr brightside, the killers 
my girl, the temptations
mustang sally, wilson pickett
one step beyond, madness
play that funky music, wild cherry
praise you, fat boy slim
proud mary, tina turner
rockin’ all over the world, status quo
stayin’ alive, the bee gees
summer of 69, bryan adams 
suspicious minds, elvis
take on me, a-ha
valerie, amy winehouse
waiting for a star, boy meets girl
wake me up before you go-go, wham
walk of life, dire straits
working 9 to 5, dolly parton
you can’t hurry love, phil collins
you shook me all night long, acdc



dance with me tonight, olly mars
cake by the ocean, dnce
can’t stop the feeling, justin timberlake
counting stars, oneRepublic
don’t you worry child, swedish house mafia
hold back the river, james bay
hold my hand, jess glynne
lady (hear me tonight), modjo
locked out of heaven, bruno mars
sex on fire, kings of leon
shut up and dance, walk the moon
ten out of ten, paolo nutini
uptown funk, mark ronson 
wake me up, avicii 


chasing cars, snow patrol
heaven, bryan adams
just the way you are, bruno mars
she’s the one, robbie williams
stand by me, ben e king
thinking out loud, ed sheeran


dance the night away, mavericks
folsom prison blues, johnny cash
galway girl, steve earle
i useta lover, saw doctors
the gambler, kenny rogers
time of your life, nathan carter
wagon wheel, nathan carter

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