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Charlie and the Funk Factory

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About Charlie and the Funk Factory

Exceptional 9+ piece function band, featuring male and female vocalists and brass section. Delighting 150+ clients since 2013.
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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. ​ 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. 🎉 PARTY BAND This is the ultimate party band to keep your guests glued to the dancefloor. The 9-piece band includes one singer, 4-piece brass section and rhythm section — upgrade to the 10-piece to add a second vocalist as well, for an even more spectacular performance. We typically play two one-hour sets, but we are happy to add more if you want your guests dancing into the night. Travel, PA, lighting and PLI (insurance) are included as standard in every quote. We use the latest and most reliable audiovisual equipment; just let us know the size of your venue and we will include suitable sound and lighting tech in our quote. If your event has a theme, we will be more than happy to accommodate it. We have played at everything from black-tie James Bond-themed galas to Roaring Twenties parties. Whatever the theme, we’ll match your vision in both look and sound. ​ Charlie and the Funk Factory have extensive experience performing at weddings, for corporate clients, and at a range of other events and parties. We will put on a show which will make your event unforgettable. 👰🤵 WEDDINGS We know that every wedding is different, so let's schedule a call and we will tailor the perfect package for you. Choose between the 9- or 10-piece party band, and then add any other music you'd like on your special day; for example, during your ceremony or drinks reception. We offer all kinds of small ensembles as optional extras: from jazz quartets to acoustic pop duos; from solo piano to Love Actually-style flash mobs. If you’d like another set from the full band, we can accommodate that too. Anything goes We'll learn your first dance for free, and can take any other song requests in advance; if there's a song which your wedding would not be complete without, let us know and we will arrange and perform it. We offer discounts for local performances in the West Midlands, but we are happy to travel all over the world — so if you are having a destination wedding, get in touch and we will put together a package just for you! SMALL ENSEMBLES Do you need music in addition to the main party band? We've got you covered! We can provide entertainment services for your entire event, from background jazz over dinner to solo piano during a ceremony. Tailor the ensemble to your needs: choose how many performers you would like, and what style of music would fit best. Typical options include our jazz quartet, our acoustic pop trio, or solo piano or guitar. As always, travel, PA, lighting and PLI (insurance) are included in every quote.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
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

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

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

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 a DJ service before and between sets for free. We have a specially tailored playlist that will get the audience ready for our music.

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.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£2250
Up to 2 hours£2250
Up to 3 hours£2925
4-piece drinks reception ensemble9 musicians
1x 1 hour set during your drinks reception or ceremony. The number of musicians can be adjusted to suit the occasion, charged at £100 per musician per hour (in addition to a full band performance). Options include: - Jazz quartet (piano, bass, drums and sax) - Acoustic duo (guitar & vocals, or piano & vocals) - Acoustic trio (double bass, piano and vocals) - Solo piano or guitar


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Dee F, 1 year ago

Great band, they provided us with an incredible night.

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Natalie H, 1 year 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!!

Florence S, 2 years ago

Charlie and the Funk Factory recently played at our wedding. They performed acoustic songs during our ceremony, jazz music during the drinks reception and finished the night off with three evening sets of funk music. We can not recommend Charlie and the band more highly! Charlie was an absolute pleasure to deal with - when we dreamt up our wedding music, we never actually imagined it would ever be a reality, but Charlie worked with us closely to ensure our ceremony music, first dance and other surprises along the way were not only personal but perfectly executed. The dance floor was packed from start to finish, with all of our guests left chanting for more. We can only hope you enjoyed the wedding as much as we did, you truly made it such a special and memorable occasion. Thank you!

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