Merkin have been entertaining crowds in New Zealand since 2007 and have consistently impressed audiences with there music ability, energy and sheer showmanship.
Merkins repertoire spans across many genres from rock, pop, funk, soul blues and disco and they can tailor their set to cater for bars, restaurants, clubs, private functions and corporate events.
Merkin are a highly professional act and can transform any function into a fun filled night to remember.
Available as a solo act, 2 piece, 5 piece or even 9 piece with full horn section Merkin can help you enjoy your night no matter what the size of the function or your budget.
With a wealth of experience including 3 music degree graduates and years of live shows across 3 different continents, Merkin know what it takes to entertain crowds from the largest arenas, weddings and small acoustic shows.
Steve and Philippa
In October of 2016 my wife and I got married at the Milk Station in Otaki, New Zealand. We were fortunate enough to have Merkin play at the reception and along with our guests, we were blown away. Merkin aren’t your usual wedding band - they’re far better. These are some seriously good musicians who know how to entertain an audience. Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially dealing with all the different vendors. With Merkin, you get a band who set up without causing a fuss, play everything from The Beatles to Cyprus Hill, and do it in a way that that is both clever and appropriate to the flow of the evening. We had a lot of guests asking us who this incredible band were. Thank you Merkin for adding so much to our special day and for the memories you helped us to create. We had a blast!
Richard and Sarah
Merkin played our wedding in July 2016 and were probably the best thing about the whole day! Everyone loved them and thought they were great. They played an incredible eclectic array of catchy, really cool songs (both mainstream and surprises) and mixed in some awesome medleys. They were professional, friendly, courteous, and were more than happy to play any requests. I would definitely recommend them as a wedding band or for any function where you want people to dance, laugh and have a good time cause the dance floor was full all night. On a personal note the guys in the band were also really friendly and interacted with the crowd really well. Loads of people reported back to me how awesome they were and if I ever hear of them playing a gig anywhere near me I will definitely go and bring all my friends. 10/10, 5 Stars, they absolutely rocked and helped make our special day even more special. I cannot recommend them strongly enough. Thanks so much guys. You were awesome!
Kurt Kennedy, Principal Liason, Kavanagh College
Merkin was a great choice for our formal band. They had a really wide range of music and were really accommodating with music requests on the night. They involved the audience throughout their sets and created an amazing atmosphere that resulted in heaps of people up dancing energetically all night. We would highly recommend them for any function and have suggested them to the organising group for the 2013 event.
Lauren & Rajan Uppal
Merkin were fantastic at our wedding in Queenstown.
They kept in touch before the big day and were very flexible and enthusiastic to learn some new songs. Our guests loved them and we were very happy to have them play at our wedding.
They are truly talented and comparable to the indie bands we hear in London! We have no hesitation in recommending Merkin for any event.
Mellisa Clarke-Fuller, Bride
Merkin was suggested to us from a business owner who has a number of bands on his books. He told us that Merkin were the best when it came to catering for all walks of life, which we really wanted. He told to go see them playing to give us an idea.
In the meantime we were speaking to some friends and they said they had been to a wedding where Merkin had played and their words are too explicit to write in a good way. So we watched them play for all of 20mintues and we booked.
Before the night the communication between us and Alan was great. He emailed us through a play list and also asked what our first dance song would be so that he could see if they could play it. On the night they played our song and it was done really well.
I do not know how many bands can incorporate the fresh prince of bell air theme song into a 15 minute medley and pull it off but these guys did. Perfect finish to a perfect day! Our guests still talk about how great the band was on the night! I have no hesitation recommending Merkin to anyone. Thank you guys for a great night!
Rebecca Burnip, (bride)
Professional without being overly formal. We loved that we were given a massive list of songs to choose from prior to the wedding but also that the guys had the flexibility (and talent) to learn new songs as requested.
On the night the music was the perfect mix for the crowd attending our wedding and the guys were fun, friendly and on fire!
In the words of my Irish husband Sean, "They were savage good"!
Ellen and Michael
We were lucky to have Merkin play at our wedding.
We found them absolutely marvellous to deal with. Not only are they fantastic, talented musicians with a large range of music, they were also open to our many requests and happy to learn anything new that we asked for plus performed their own music in their unique,fun style. Everyone at our wedding loved the music and still talk about it today. Merkin are certainly a band that are guaranteed to get people up dancing and having fun.
We had regular communication before the wedding and it was nice to not have to stress over the music because we knew it was going to be good.
We have no hesitation in recommending Merkin to others for any wedding or social occasion.