Would you like a DJ with that?

The Candy Stripes are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with a DJ for 2018!

If you book The Candies for either our Fabulously Vintage or Disco Diva sets, you can now extend your event with a special offer from our partner DJ.  The DJ package includes the latest sound system, along with the very latest professional lighting.

Ask about our Live Music and DJ Combo… and you really can have your cake and eat it!


Late Sunflowers

The last day of August saw The Candies heading back to the Charente for an evening wedding party.  It feels like we’ve spent half of our summer in this corner of France and by coincedence, this was the second wedding in this tiny village.

Driving in, we passed the beautiful and imposing 15th century Chateau de Chillac and a field of late sunflowers.  In June and July the sunflower fields spread out like a blanket as far as the eye can see, but in all my years in France, I dont remember seeing them at this time of year… what a real treat.

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A Sunday Wedding

South West France is dotted with fabulous chateaux and weddings are hugely popular but not everyone wants to get married on a Saturday.  Today’s wedding party travelled from Holland and as many of their guests were travelling over the weekend they chose Sunday as their wedding day.

Saturdays book quickly so it’s a good idea to consider another day of the week for your celebrations… you’ll probably have lots more choice of suppliers!


We arrived early and installed.  The wedding was held at 13h and the evening party was scheduled to start until 21h… so we arrived, installed and returned to our hotel for a few hours.

We had a brilliant time at Chateau Camp del Saltre!  The newly weds and their guests could not have made us more welcome!  They danced and danced the night away… and we’ll be honest… we didn’t want the night to end!


Motown and Disco Diva Dance Party

Are you getting married or hosting a special birthday party or wedding anniversary or do you just feel like letting loose and celebrating?!

The Candies have a set list that will give you huge party hits from every decade; their evening cabaret is perfect for all those Disco Divas out there!  It’s packed full of classic Motown and Disco hits… as well as a sprinkle of Swinging 60’s and great hits from the noughties!


The Candy Stripes versatility makes them the perfect choice!  Dance yourself Dizzy, dare to be different and bring a little funk to your party!

Your two hours of wonderful could include :

Set One
Stop in the Name of Love
I Only Want to be with You
Blame it on the Boogie
Signed Sealed Delivered
My Girl
We Are Family
Holding out for a Hero
Rivers of Babylon
Uptown Funk
Heaven must be missing an angel
I’m So Excited
Mamma Mia
9 to 5
Shake it Off
You Cant Hurry Love
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Set Two
Lets Twist Again
I wanna Be Like You
I’m a believer
Love Train
Do You Love Me
Reet Petit
Higher and Higher
Reach Out – I’ll be There
Born this Way
Shoop Shoop Song
I will Survive
Single Ladies
Dancing Queen
Love Shack
It’s Raining Men
Hey Jude

Happy Special Birthday

A few years ago we were asked to perform at a wedding… and the client loved the music so much he invited us back to perform at his 50th Birthday party… and the client loved the music so much he invited us back to perform at a very special 70th birthday party.

This surprise party was held in lovely gardens overlooking the fabulous Dordogne countryside, not far from the tiny village of St Victor. Rain threatened so a last minute marquee was arranged, which of course meant that a beautiful evening was guaranteed!  Nonetheless, we love a big marquee so it was a thumbs up from The Candies.

We arrived and installed and waited for the guest to arrive and surprise the birthday boy; what a joy to see so many friends greet each other and hug and reminisce on old times.

As they mingled we agreed that whilst we are invited to perform at a range of venues (from enchanting chateaux, to campsites bursting at the seams, to the odd boat show and oodles of fabulous weddings) being part of these small, special parties is a privilege.

We started the evening with an hour of Fabulously Vintage and after the speeches and Happy Birthday’s and cake, we finished with an hour of Motown and Disco… and these lovely people danced through both the Vintage and the Disco… they sang and clapped and generally made us feel so very welcome!

What a great evening!  What a great job we have!  Happy Birthday Mike… and many many many happy returns!



The Petal Marquee

Today was a joint gig with our friends at REPLAY.  The happy couple had chosen REPLAY-Chilled for their Ceremony and Champagne and then for something a little different they went with The Candies for their party… and because this wedding had it all, they followed us with a disco!

The venue was the very pretty Domaine de Grolhier;  an imposing, 18th century private estate, nestled in the middle of 5 hectares of private land and next to a large migrating bird sanctuary; the lake Grolhier… in the north of the Dordogne.

We were joined, not only by REPLAY, but by George at Photobooths France and also the very talented and lovely people at La Bonne Fete (Dordogne)… and it was their fabulous Petal Marquee that was to be our home for the evening.

Luke and Linzi were the most laid back of couples and their friends and family welcomed us and danced and sang along to our music.  The folks at the Domaine couldn’t have been nicer and even George saved a spot for us in the booth.

If you’re looking for a a more laid back wedding, that is nonetheless fabulous, then maybe you should visit Grolhier… a very special place indeed!