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Indie Wedding DJ | Alternative DJ | Britpop DJ | Rock DJ | Pop Punk DJ | Emo DJ

A Stylish, Modern & Trusted Indie Wedding DJ

If you’re sick of run-of-the-mill wedding DJs, I am your alternative. At your wedding reception, your number one priority is to make sure your guests have a night to remember. Let me make that a night to remember by creating with you a setlist of tunes that you love and your guests love too. I’m a specialist indie wedding DJ who’ll play all of your favourite indie, rock, alt and Britpop bands, from The Smiths to the Arctic Monkeys. I’ll dedicate myself to giving you a musical experience to remember without resorting to Wig Wam Bam.

Don’t expect the Agadoo or Chicken Dance, that’s not me and since you’re reading this, it’s probably not you either. Many wedding DJs still play these as their go-to floor-fillers and you’ll feel like you’d have been better off not having a DJ at all. It’s not the 80s and it’s not the Comrades Club Saturday night, it’s your all-eyes-on-you wedding day, and you need a soundtrack to suit! With me, expect She’s Electric, A-Punk and I Write Sins Not Tragedies, or whatever YOU want!

I have been voted ‘Best DJ in Newcastle’ five years in a row now and it all comes down to how I do things differently with a dedication to no cringe-worthy moments, just a banging soundtrack to your special day.

To complement the musical vibe and keep an incredible atmosphere going, I use the most up-to-date tech in audio and lighting designed specifically for weddings and high end events. Music quality is key and my white wedding equipment always looks classy in any wedding venue. I also have custom star and heart lighting to help enhance the mood.


Check this review from Beth who wanted an Indie Wedding DJ:

“We got married on 25th May and I was looking for a DJ who would play all the indie bangers we’d spent our relationship dancing to in our local nightclub. I asked Ryan and he assured me he could do this and was actually excited for it! He was great in the lead up to the wedding and made sure to get all of our requests etc in early. When a Ryan got to the venue he was set up very quickly and blended into the venue. He played all the music we’d asked for and catered to the requests of our guests without straying from the bride and grooms desired playlist. Our dance floor was full all night and it was just banger after banger. We really didn’t want it to end when the venue closed!! Ryan also captured one of our favourite photos of the night of me and my husband on our friends’ shoulders dancing to ‘don’t look back in anger’ by Oasis.

Thank you so much Ryan!”

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What's Your Musical Sin?

So, what music should you expect to hear from Ryan Boden Wedding DJ? That totally depends on what you’re into of course! I’m the wedding DJ who will appreciate your musical tastes and love playing them for you and your guests. I won’t look lost playing these genres like most DJs and I’ll be singing along with you word for word! I can also play across so many decades and genres and we don’t have to stick to a set vibe all night – we can mix it up! Here are some bands I know very well and would love to incorporate your favourite choices into your day…

Indie DJ

Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Vance Joy, Bloc Party, The Wombats, Foals, Jamie T, The Zutons, Scouting For Girls, The Pigeon Detectives, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The 1975, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt J, Tame Impala, Arcade Fire, Viola Beach, Bastille, Imagine Dragons, CHVRCHES, Of Monsters and Men, MGMT.

Britpop DJ

Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Courteeners, The La’s, The Verve, Supergrass, Ocean Colour Scene, The Stone Roses, Shed Seven, Happy Mondays, Manic Street Preachers, Suede, Liam Gallagher, Maximo Park, Feeder, Stereophonics, James, Editors, Radiohead, Coldplay, Travis, The Wannadies, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Rock DJ

The Strokes, The Libertines, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Green Day, Muse, Foo Fiighters, The Smiths, Kings of Leon, The Beatles, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Kinks, Ramones, Pink Floyd, U2, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Clash.

Pop Punk & Emo DJ

Blink-182, Sum 41, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Good Charlotte, Paramore, Bowling For Soup, Fountains of Wayne, Jimmy Eat World, All Time Low, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, You Me At Six, Simple Plan, The All-American Rejects, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park, Evanescence, TaTu.

Spotlight Moments for your Indie Wedding

These spotlight moments are completely optional as I understand they are not for everyone. However, they have helped create countless highlights to special days, becoming everlasting and treasured memories. These are only some suggestions, a few examples which I have seen work time and time again, but I am open to your own ideas too and will be just as eager as you are to help incorporate them into your wedding. They are great opportunities to further involve important people in your celebration, such as your mum, your dad, grandparents, sisters, best friends; the new in-laws! They can also help break the ice and entice your evening guests to get up and feel more involved in playing key parts to your wedding evening.

Father and Daughter Dance

Often one of the most treasured moments of any wedding reception. A tear jerker for some... but my 3 top songs for this wedding dance would have to be: "One Call Away" by Charlie Puth, "In My Life" by The Beatles, and, "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder - for a more upbeat and meaningful track if you and your dad love to dance.

Mother and Son Dance

Not so traditional, but certainly something I think should be! Shower your mum with some public love and respect by giving her a special dance in front of your nearest and dearest. She will hold on to this moment forever! "I'll Be There" by Jackson 5 accompanies this moment wonderfully. Or how about Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"?

The Bouquet Toss

Tossing the bouquet is a fun little set-up, takes no time at all to do and again it gets people up and involved. All the single ladies, "all the single ladies", gather around for the bride to toss the bouquet, one lucky lady catches it and tradition has it that she will be the next to get married... maybe it's true, maybe it's not, who cares? It's fun!

The First Dance

Showcase your love for each other with a magical first dance with all your loved ones surrounding you. With only the bride and groom starting on the dancefloor, leading to everyone joining you after the first chorus - spectacular. A real energy creator and party starter if executed correctly, I don't want anyone to miss out on this. I also make sure it's not awkward!

The Last Dance

The last dance is of course at the very end of the wedding night. It is a chance to close the day on a high with everyone leaving in great spirits. Either you or I should pick a meaningful song, or, a song which will send the energy and love from the day firmly into memories of all. "Sweet Caroline" is seasoned for this pinnacle moment.

The Anniversary Dance

A fantastic way to incorporate more love on the dance floor. I ask all married couples to the dance floor, I play a fun love song (say, "You Make Loving Fun" by Fleetwood Mac), one by one the couples leave the dancefloor based on how many years they have been married. The longest lasting couple remains and they get a spotlight dance if they so wish.

Based on 44 reviews
Sam Webb
Sam Webb
Ryan was the DJ for our wedding on the 18th Feb 2023 and we honestly couldn't of asked for more. He played literally everything we asked for before the wedding and nothing was any bother on the night. Our guests had a blast and have said how good you were on the night going from one banger to another. You certainly satisfied all the dance/ trance fans! The custom edit you did for our first dance was also perfect. I only wish I could dance 😂 Thanks again and we will certainly recommend you to all our friends and family who will be having events in the north east.
Ellie Reed
Ellie Reed
Ryan was our DJ for our wedding in July and what can I say! I honestly could not have hoped for more! He arrived very early and set up all of his equipment so he was ready when everyone started to enter for the reception, he also offered me some kind words to settle my nerves before our first dance. He took care of all the announcements throughout the evening and when we entered the dance floor for the first dance he got everyone to stand up around us and cheer which was so much fun. We gave him a few suggestions of our favourite tracks to work from and he delivered perfectly to our music tastes! People were up dancing all night and were really enjoying themselves. The best thing was that everyone kept on talking about how good the DJ was, he made everyone feel so relaxed and took care of everything so professionally. I would absolutely recommend Ryan for any wedding or event and if I ever have to organise another event myself, he will be the first person I contact. Thank you so much Ryan, you made our day one that we will never ever forget!!
Ellie Wiltshire
Ellie Wiltshire
We booked Ryan for our wedding that was supposed to be in 2020 but it wasn't until June 2021 that we finally got married! With 3 postponements and re-arrangements due to restrictions, Ryan could not have been more helpful and accommodating. Ryan really did make us feel that he was there for us during whatever Covid threw at us, nothing was too much and he was always prompt at replying to our emails with excellent and detailed help. Ryan clearly has a passion for what he does and this really shone bright throughout his service before, during and after our wedding day. His attention to the details was impeccable and he comprehensively understood our music taste and created the most amazing DJ set we could have ever asked for! All of our guests spoke of how great the music was and how the party was exactly what they needed, it was what we needed too after a year of rearrangements! Ryan, you were brilliant! Thank you so much Ryan and we wish to see you again soon! Take Care Ellie & Rhys
Sam Berriman
Sam Berriman
Ryan was absolutely brilliant from start to finish, he did everything we asked of him and the music was amazing. We hired him last minute for our wedding party and he sorted everything so quick. I’m still now getting messages from guests complimenting his playlist/ music choice. He’s a lovely bloke and kept us up to speed with the plan and any changes that needed to happen due to timings of food/ photos. 5* would highly recommend!! Thank you Ryan. Sam & Domini.
Alex Tyas
Alex Tyas
Ryan was the best wedding DJ we could have asked for. He read the room perfectly and played great songs, has the best set up and lighting rig, and was a pleasure to work with from day 1 of booking him. My husband is Icelandic and Ryan flawlessly fit in Icelandic songs to his playlist throughout the night with absolutely no issues. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone getting married, and I wouldn't hesitate to book him for any future events we may have!
David Broderick
David Broderick
Hire Ryan to DJ your wedding! He was happy to play a playlist we pulled together (and added a few bangers we hadn't thought of throughout the night as well) and only hopped on the mic when necessary so we could all just enjoy the tunes. Plus, he was super easy to deal with and seems like a great guy. Cheers again Ryan!
John Worthy UK
John Worthy UK
Made a good day special. Thanks to Rayan's lights and great music everyone enjoyed the day at Tristan and Holly's Wedding. From the Bride and Groom first dance to the end of the evening. Thanks from Jill and John ( Mam and Dad)
zxeena gordon
zxeena gordon
From start to finish Ryan was very professional, helpful and a pleasure to deal with. Our music requests where a little different than the norm and he smashed it out of the park. A DJ who understands that just turning up the volume doesn't make a good party, he always got everything just right. I'd throw another party for no other reason than just to have Ryan DJ again. Do your party a favour and book Ryan now!!!
Joe Harvey
Joe Harvey
Ryan did an awesome job making our wedding so much fun and keeping everyone dancing! He tailored to our tastes fantastically and really made the entire night. Massive thanks Ryan 😀
We chose Ryan for our wedding after reading some great things online. Ryan was really easy to work with very agreeable. He played all of the tunes that we'd asked for and kept everyone happy and dancing, creating a great atmosphere for the evening of our wedding!