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The Bees Knees

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Professional Party Band for all of Your Event Needs. Playing a range of pop, rock, motown, ska and more!
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The Bees Knees are a professional party band who play a wide range of music from pop, rock, motown, ska and more, they really do get the party going! Bookings taken for various band line ups and can include two guitars, bass, saxophone and drums. They can provide all of their own sound and lighting equipment. Available for all sorts of events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events and more. Fronted by Cherry Valentine, the band are also available as a duo, trio or solo acoustic act. For the full electric band she is available as a quartet and 5 piece band. Duo performances are Cherry Valentine (vocals and guitar) and Ste Ryder who is a very talented professional bass player who plays upright bass when playing in the duo; also available is Cherry plus Stu Cowley (guitar and backing vocals). Acoustic trio setup is also available The full band line up also includes our drummer plus alto/tenor saxophonist Stephen Benson Even when playing acoustic music they keep the mood very lively and get the crowd dancing. They can also adapt to a more toned down environment and play as background music if needed. Cherry Valentine is very well known in the Manchester music scene, as well as a musician she also runs her own promotions and tour booking company

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1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Folk rock, Irish rock, Traditional English folk, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Hard rock, Indie, Pop rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Valerie – Amy Winehouse/The Zutons
Locked out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Stuck in the Middle – Stealers Wheel
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Child of Mine – Guns n Roses
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Times Like These – Foo Fighters
One Way of Another – Blondie
Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd
A Hard Days Night – The Beatles
Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
500 Miles – The Proclaimers
I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft Pharrell and Nile Rodgers
It Must Be Love – Madness
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Don't Look Back In Anger – Oasis
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
I'm a Believer – The Monkees
Laid – James
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Whiskey in the Jar – Thin Lizzy
Wild Rover – The Dubliners
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Hey Ya – Outkast
Good Times – Chic
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Hound Dog – Elvis
Nutbush City Limits – Tina Turner
Sweet Dreams/Seven Nation Army – Mash Up
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Dreaming of You – The Coral
Lovecats – The Cure
One Way or Another/Teenage Kicks (mashup) – Blondie/Undertones
I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Starman – David Bowie
Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins
I Feel Good – James Brown
I Predict a Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
Lets Dance – David Bowie
Monkey Man – Toots and the Maytals
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
Staying Alive – The Beegees
Superstition/Another One Bites the Dust Mashup
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis
Geno – Dexy's Midnight Runners
Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield
Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band
Soul Man – Sam and Dave
Tears of a Clown – The Beat (ska version)
One Step Beyond – Madness
Blame It On The Boogie – Jackson 5
Good Thing – Fine Young Cannibals
Rocks – Primal Scream
Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
In the Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
White Wedding – Billy Idol
Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Africa – Toto
Kids in America – Kym Wilde
Gimme Some Lovin – Spencer Davies Group
Material Girl – Madonna
Lip Up Fatty – Bad Manners
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
Call Me – Blondie
Hold On I’m Comin – Sam and Dave
Proud Mary – Tina Turner
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
The Joker – Steve Millar Band
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
Wouldn’t it be Nice – The Beach Boys
I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
Dakota – Stereophonics
The Joker – The Steve Millar Band
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Hotel California – The Eagles
Dancing Queen – Abba
Hava Nagila (for Jewish Celebrations)
Simin Tov, Mazel Tov (for Jewish Celebrations)
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Roxanne – The Police
Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
You Can Call me Al - Paul Simon
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
At Last - Etta James
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
Man I Feel Like a Woman - Shania Twain
You and Me - The Wannadies
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Johnny be Goode - Chuck Berry
She's Electric - Oasis
Customer questions

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

Yes, we always perform with the same lead singer (Cherry Valentine).

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, we can perform as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet, with a variety of line up options from duo acoustic setup to 5 piece band with 2 guitars, 3 vocals, drums, bass and saxophone. We can play as a full party band or a stripped back acoustic setup for more low key events depending on your requirements

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?

Yes, if preferred we can provide music and take requests between the sets and before the first set (time permitting). WE can also provide music at the end of the night through our PA, fee for this varies on a case by case basis.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1 1/2 hours before the performance time, though this is less if performing as a smaller size band. 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?

We have a few set lists already setup to go, based on what has been proven to work from our many previous gigs, which we adjust slightly from gig to gig according to the type of event and the any requests taken beforehand. We are happy to discuss the set list prior to the show to make sure we find what works for your event.

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

Yes, we can bring all our own PA and lighting equipment and it is included in the price.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, this is a common request! We are happy to learn new songs and have done so many times, particularly for first wedding dances. We may already know the song you would like even if it isn't on our list. If not we are happy to learn new songs but this must be arranged in advance to allow time for rehearsals.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The energy we bring! We always aim to keep the dance floor full for the whole night, and if requested we will learn songs specifically for your event to make it as personal to you as possible. We also take requests on the night if the time allows it

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have played in venues up and down the country from Tarbert in Scotland to several venues in and around London, including a great variety in between ranging from pubs to larger venues such as the Ironmongers Hall in Barbican, holiday parks such as Black Rock Sands in Wales, the Maccabi youth centre in Glasgow, and The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Pink, David Bowie, Wilson Pickett, The Beach Boys, and many others

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

The highest profile gig to date was the 25th Anniversary Ball Ball in aid of The Christie in mid 2018 which took place at the beautiful Wrenbury Hall in Nantwich. Over 200 people were in attendance, one of the largest crowds we've ever played to


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

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Up to 1 hour£800
Up to 2 hours£1190
Up to 3 hours£1665


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4 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

Fantastic Band, we had a tight schedule, works do, speeches, people drinking, they couldn’t set up until tables were cleared, they did it in double quick time, then performed superbly, it made the night, fantastic, hire the Bees Knees, you will not be disappointed.

Reply from The Bees Knees
4 months ago

Hi Andy, Thanks so much for having us. You were a fun crowd and we are really glad everyone had a great night. Cheers The Bees Knees

Alex L
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

These guys are fantastic. We had so many positive comments following their set at our wedding! They played loads of great songs and we'd be more than happy to recommend them to anyone else!

Jim M
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

We enlisted The 5 piece Bees Knees to perform at our annual Charity ball this year and they did not disappoint! They performed a fantastic 2 hours of music, with the dance floor fully occupied for the duration! If you are looking for a band I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Jennifer P
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

The Bees Knees absolutely made my 40th! Honestly, such an amazing band! Superb choice of songs. Had everyone up dancing. The lead singer is phenomenal & the band are excellent musicians. Communication up to the event was also excellent. High recommend!

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From other customers:

Naomi S
4 years ago, for a Private event in Stafford
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5 out of 5

Lauren & Steve played at our BBQ Party and they were absolutely fab! Everyone loved the playlist that they did as we all knew the songs and the performance was amazing! So good the neighbour came out for a listen and asked me about them! Thanks so much both - so glad we booked ya!

Graham K
4 years ago, for a Concert in 401 Wakefield Rd
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5 out of 5

We booked these for a childrens gala and they was fantastic the variety of music was btilliant and suited to all ages would definitely recommend booking would love to have you back again

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