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Charlie and the Funk Factory

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About Charlie and the Funk Factory

Function band
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Make your event come alive with Birmingham's best function band. We promise your guests won't want to leave the dance floor!

An exhilarating live music experience, Charlie and the Funk Factory have captivated audiences up and down the country for several years. Performing only the best pop, funk and soul covers, we will keep your guests up and dancing until the last second to ensure that your occasion, be it a wedding, corporate event or party, is totally unforgettable. Founded and directed by keyboard player Charlie Osborn, the band prides itself on the outstanding level of musicianship on offer. Working with some of the UK’s top function singers, we provide a range of male and female vocal options to complement our first-rate brass section. We can also offer smaller acoustic groups for drinks receptions and dinners, and are committed to tailoring our act to every individual clients’ needs. Watch our videos, listen to our recordings and take a look at our set list. Don't hesitate to get in touch and book the band that will make your event one to remember.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Pop, Soul, Funk, R&B, Motown, Top 40, Disco, Covers
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Aloe Blacc - I Need a Dollar
Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Aretha Franklin - R.E.S.P.E.C.T
Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces
Beyonce - Love on Top
Blonde ft. Alex Newell (Oliver Nelson Remix) - All Cried Out
Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven
Bruno Mars - Treasure
Cee-Lo Green - Forget You
Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Cheryl Lynn - Got to Be Real
Chic - Good Times
Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
Christina Aguilera / Labelle - Lady Marmalade
Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky
Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man
Earth, Wind and Fire - September
Elbow - One Day Like This
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - December 1963 (Oh What a Night)
Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
James Brown - I Feel Good (I Got You)
Jocelyn Brown - Somebody Else's Guy
Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
KC and the Sunshine Band - Give It Up
Kool and the Gang - Celebration
Lemar - If There's Any Justice
Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Michael Jackson - Bad
Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good
Michael Jackson - Rock with You
Nelly - Hot In Herre
Outkast - Hey Ya!
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca
Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
Sister Sledge - We are Family
Stevie Wonder - As
Stevie Wonder - I Wish
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
The Crusaders ft. Randy Crawford - Street Life
The Emotions - Best of My Love
The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
The Jacksons - Blame it on the Boogie
The Jacksons - Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High
Toploader - Dancing in the Moonlight
Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
Customer questions

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

We offer a selection of vocalists, both male and female. Before confirming your booking, we can send you videos of the singer(s) for your approval.

Do you have different line-up options?

We offer the main 9-piece band, which can become a 10-piece with the (optional) addition of another vocalist. In addition, we can offer scaled down 4/5-piece bands to play before the main set, or jazz groups of any size.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely, we offer an iPod DJ service before and between sets for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Certainly, as long as we are given a couple of weeks' notice. We can also add a song or two to our repertoire for you (e.g. for a first dance) but we will need more notice for this.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Yes, hire of our PA is included in our quote. We need a space roughly 6x4m.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We can also add a song or two to our repertoire for you (e.g. for a first dance) but we will need some notice for this.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Sandhurst Military Academy, University of Birmingham Great Hall, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, Sister Sledge, Stevie Wonder


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1500
Up to 2 hours£1875
Up to 3 hours£2250
Drinks Reception Ensemble9 musicians
1x 1 hour set during your drinks reception


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Dee F, 2 months ago

Great band, they provided us with an incredible night.

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Natalie H, 4 months ago

Finding great entertainment for my event (a student ball) seemed a little daunting at first but I needn’t have worried at all: Charlie was fantastic, reliable, accommodating and really helped make sure no detail was overlooked. From the very first email I felt sure that Charlie and the Funk Factory were going to be a fantastic addition to the ball. I was right - the band really was the highlight of our event! All of our guests commented on how fantastic they were and the atmosphere in the venue completely elevated during their sets. The entire band was a pleasure to deal with, I certainly hope they’ll come back and perform for us again!!

Antonia, 1 year ago

Charlie and the Funk Factory were just amazing at our wedding — the dance floor was packed and the fact that everyone kept calling for ‘one more song!’ at the end of the night says it all — nobody wanted their second set to end! It was so great to have them performing our first dance song for us too and it really made it such a special and memorable occasion. Thank you guys for being utterly brilliant! If you’re looking for a true funk band (and a lovely bunch of people too!), look no further. We cannot recommend Charlie and the band more highly.

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