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Retirement Party Ideas

Planning a retirement party is a huge responsibility but also a great honour as a retirement party is a landmark event in a persons life. Retirement parties can be anything from small affairs taking place in the office or local pub at lunchtime to grand affairs with guestlists running into the hundreds. A key part of the planning is that the retiree's personality should be reflected in the theme and scale of the event and that your retirement party ideas should reflect the respect afforded to the individual about to retire. All individuals approach retirement in different ways. Some may feel incredibly saddened at leaving work whilst others may be elated at the prospect of the retired life. If you are looking for retirement party ideas make sure your planning leads to a memorable party.

Planning A Retirement Party In The Workplace

Not all retirement parties are held in grand venues with an evening of partying. LIve Music Management (who are one of the UK's leading entertainment agencies) have been involved with providing entertainment for a number of retirement parties which have taken place during a lunch hour at a place of work or in a local pub or restaurant. Here are some of our favourite workplace retirement party ideas. 1. An impromptu set by a pop up musician (or musicians) can be a wonderful surprise and really liven up a retirement party in a workplace. The musician can be chosen according to the retirees tastes whether they be pop, classical, jazz or rock n roll.A special song or full set list can be agreed in advance which can reflect the personality of the person about to retire. Special lyrics can even be written and performed to offer a humorous or moving view of the persons working life. 2. Instead of flowers why not deliver a message via one of our stilt walkers who will come dressed in costume and deliver balloons or flowers or a gift in the most dramatic fashion possible whilst walking on stilts!

Planning A Retirement Party In A Venue

If you are planning an evening retirement party for a colleague you may want to consider booking some quality entertainment either a live band or a DJ. Live Music Management have a number of bands suitable for a retirement party . Of course the style of band that you would want to book will depend upon the tastes of the person about to retire but should also take into consideration the other attendees on the evening. It would be patronising to suggest that a retirement party should have a swing band or a rock n roll band booked as not all people approaching retirement age have the same tastes! You should look into the music tastes of your guest of honour but ask also about your other guests tastes. A recent retirement party booked Hey Jude from Live Music Management in order to play a Beatles set in full Beatles costume followed by a mixed set of covers from the 70's/80's/90's and current day which was a perfect solution for the evening offering something for everyone. A suitable DJ can also be booked from Live Music Management but if you are booking a live band they will take care of all the music all night so you don't need to book a DJ as well.

Further Retirement Party Ideas

If you book a band or DJ from Live Music Management for your retirement party then the acts PA system and microphone will be available for speeches and announcements. Don't forget to organise someone to film and take photographs of the occasion as mementoes of this special evening. A special facebook page can be an easy way for people to leave goodwill messages , find out about the party and a great way for people to keep in touch after the event.

Sugar Shack

London-based act featuring some of the finest musicians and singers that the UK has to offer. Sugar Shack offers a unique live music performance backed up by a wealth of national and international experience. more info..

£1400 - £1595

Soul Cadets

Guildford-based ten piece modern soul band with horn section offering perfect mix of Soul, Funk, Motown and Pop hits. more info..

£1400 - £1595

Pop Up Musicians

From rock to jazz, classical to soul our Pop Up Musicians will surprise and delight the guests at your wedding , party or event. more info..

Up to £495

Motown Diva Sharnie

East London-based Sharnie is a highly professional and talented singer with heart-felt delivery, stage presence and powerful yet soothing style paying tribute to great artists of the Motown era. Expect to be delighted, amused, inspired and thoroughly entertained. more info..

Up to £495

Sarah and The Band

Essex-based highly professional vocalist with a band performing hits from the 50s through to the present day. All music genres are covered so all occasions can be catered for. Rich vocals and great stage presence will leave you with a fulfilled night of quality entertainment. more info..

£500 to £795


Sussex-based Carwash are undoubtedly the best 70's tribute act on the circuit and have been bringing the house down for the past ten years. more info..

priced above £1600

Love The Beatles

Northumberland-based the ultimate Beatles experience. Performing all of the hits of the Beatles from Love Me Do to Let It Be. This act is the best Beatles tribute you will ever see, packed with hits and history from start to finish! more info..

£1000 - £1395


Blag' s unique mix of celtic notes, south American bites and central European anarchic rhythms have been entertaining audiences in Britain and abroad for more than a decade. The trio's humorous style has made them a favourite for weddings, barn dances and parties. more info..

£500 to £795

Medallion Groove

Medallion Groove are the Ultimate Party Band providing the very best in live entertainment. With years of experience under their sparkly belts, the band has a professional and stylish show with high energy performances guaranteed. more info..

priced above £1600

Abba Deluxe

Abba Deluxe are the UKs most authentic live Tribute to the Swedish Sensations of the 70s and have recaptured the original sound and look of Abba. more info..

£1000 - £1395

Two Blue

Kent-based young, contemporary and versatile party duo with a vast playlist of modern chart hits, as well as classics from the 50's through to the 90's. more info..

£500 to £795


Rochester-based young, contemporary, and versatile party band with a vast playlist of modern chart hits, as well as classics from the 50's through to the 90's. more info..

£1000 - £1395

Jules and the Gang

Jules and the Gang is a professional, reliable and above all exceptionally talented band based in London. Whether it's a wedding, corporate party, birthday or anniversary, Jules and the Gang are the perfect band for any occasion. more info..

priced above £1600

ABBA Tribute

South Wales-based ABBA Tribute offering a great value and accurate recreation of the ABBA live show. more info..

£800 to £995

American Songbook Jazz

American Songbook is a highly experienced band of world-class professional jazz musicians. They have played all over the world, and for a client list of the finest establishments. more info..

£800 to £995

The Music of Dougie Freeman

Dougie is a Highly talented Pianist & Vocalist capable of providing some of the coolest Jazz for background music and some of the hottest Ratpack Swing for dancing. more info..

Up to £495

Velvet Monkey

London-based act, as seen on ITV's wedding programme 'For Better or For Worse'. Young, fun, lively but also very reliable and serious about making your event just right. more info..

£800 to £995

Saskia and the Jazz Cats

Specialising in sophisticated, tasteful jazz and stylish bossa nova sounds featuring the distinctive, alluring voice of Dutch singer Saskia Bruin, this band adds a classy atmosphere to any event. Perfect for dining, dancing or just listening. more info..

£1000 - £1395

Huw - Guitar and Voice

Huw - Guitar and Voice - Latin Jazz and Soul Self-contained professional guitarist and singer more info..

Up to £495

DJ Yax Man

Kent-based mobile Disco/Parties for all age groups. "DJ YAX MAN" from Australia. Professional, reliable, well presented & Fun! more info..

From £250

DJ Ash

Professional South of England and London-based DJ - experienced and seamless to provide the best mix and the best atmosphere for your club, party or stylish wedding. Fantastic mobile show, and a massive collection of tunes. more info..

From £400

DJ Tony C

Lancashire-based DJ Tony C has been a professional DJ for over 20 years working in a variety of venues across the UK and abroad. more info..

From £400

DJ Smartie

Portsmouth-based DJ with over 15 year's experience covering South East area. more info..

From £300


London-based premier bespoke wedding, party and function band who play a wide variety of classic pop and rock songs from the past five decades. more info..

£800 to £995

Fuentes Piano and Voice

Manchester-based winner of the 'BBC New Talent award 2008', is a soulful female singer/songwriter who is also an accomplished pianist and charismatic performer. more info..

Up to £495

Alex Kennedy - Guitar and Voice

Surrey-based Alex is an extremely skilled guitarist and singer who is able to cater for any event. Much more than your average guitarist/singer, he is also a Classical guitarist with a vast repertoire, able to suit your individual needs. more info..

Up to £495