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Halfway to New York

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About Halfway to New York

Function band
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Toured the US twice, Supported Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park & Headlined Trafalgar Square - this band is guaranteed to deliver & then some!

Halfway to New York are a rare gem on the Function & Corporate circuit. Having supported huge names including Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park and headlined Trafalgar Square as part of the Closing Paralympic Celebrations, the band caught the attention of promoters in the United States. Since then the band have been touring across the US supporting bands like Fuel and Alien Ant Farm. Now back in the UK, the band have been inundated with requests to perform at Corporate and Private Events. Available as a high energy 4-piece band as standard, with the option of adding Female Vocals and Saxophone to the line-up, H2NY can tailor their band to suit each client’s individual requirements. They also offer a DJ service and all Sound and Lighting equipment is included. Sam Burkey, the band’s lead vocalist, has recorded backing vocals for artists including Adele, Goldfrapp and Keith Urban, as well as singing on Movie Soundtracks such as “Pan”, “Miss Pereguine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and “Mission Impossible: Fallout”.

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
Christmas, Wedding music, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Soul, Motown, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock
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Function band, Cover band, Indie band, Party band, Rock band, Pop band
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Event types:
Wedding, Private event, Corporate event, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling
Ed Sheeran - Castle on the Hill
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Portugal. The Man - Feel it Still
Jess Glynn - Don't be so Hard on Yourself
P!nk - Raise Your Glass
Clean Bandit – Rather Be
The Weeknd – I Can’t Feel My Face
John Newman – Love me Again
Years & Years – King
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
Maroon 5 – Sugar
James Bay – Hold Back The River
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
Bruno Mars – Treasure
Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Cee Lo Green – Forget You
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Jesse J – Domino
Avicii – Wake Me Up
One Republic – Counting Stars
Little Mix – Black Magic
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
The Strokes - Last Nite
Duffy – Mercy
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
The Killers – Mr. Brightside
The Killers – All These Things I’ve Done
Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
John Legend – Ordinary People
Justin Timberlake – Senorita
Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body
Foo Fighters – Times Like These
Blink 182 – All the Small Things
Stereophonics – Dakota
Arctic Monkeys – I bet that you look good on the dance floor
Biffy Clyro – Mountains
Feeder – Buck Rogers
Jet – Are you gonna be my girl?
Oasis – She’s Electric
Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
Oasis – Wonderwall
Blur – Parklife
Blur – Song 2
Shania Twain – Man I Feel Like A Woman
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
Foo Fighters – Everlong
S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin’
Blink 182 – All The Small Things
Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
Bryan Adams – When You’re Gone
Lenny Kravitz – Are you gonna go my way?
Relight my Fire – Take That
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Queen – Somebody To Love
David Bowie - Let's Dance
David Bowie - Modern Love
David Bowie - Changes
A-HA - Take on Me
The Jam – A Town Called Malice
Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
Ultravox - Dancing with Tears in my Eyes
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
The Human League - Don't You Want Me
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place on Earth
Tina Turner – Proud Mary
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Lionel Richie – Dancing On The Ceiling
Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
Guns ‘N Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
The Proclaimers – 500 Miles
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High
Bananarama - Venus
Dirty Dancing – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
David Bowie - Starman
Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
The Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running
Leonard Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Chic – Le Freak
Chic – Good Times
Don Mclean – American Pie
Elton John – Crocodile Rock
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
Abba – Mamma Mia
Candi Station – Young Hearts Run Free
Tony Christie – Is This The Way To Amarillo?
Jackson 5 – I Want you Back
The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles – Ticket To Ride
The Beatles – Hey Jude
The Beatles – Twist And Shout
The Beatles – Hard Day’s Night
The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
The Kinks – Lola
The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
Jackie Wilson – Higher And Higher
James Brown – I Feel Good
The Monkees – I’m A Believer
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
Ritchie Valens – La Bamba
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison – Moondance
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Previous First Dance Examples
Bastille - The Anchor
Zac Brown Band - Loving You Easy
Jason Mraz - Lucky
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
Queen - You're my best friend
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
John Legend - All of Me
John Legend - Ordinary People
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Shania Twain - Still the one
The Temptations - My Girl
Sting - Fields of Gold
Bryan Adams - Everything I do
Lifehouse - You and Me
David Bowie - Modern Love
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
Dean Martin - Winter Wonderland
Dean Martin - Let It Snow
Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
Brenda Lee - Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
Wizzard - Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
George Michael - Last Christmas
Various - Feed The World
Customer questions

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


Do you have different line-up options?

Our Standard Line-up is a 4 piece band: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Male vocalist/Keys. Optional Extras are Female Vocalist and/or Saxophone

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

No problem - just let us know in good time and we can make allowances

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

Yes Playlist music between our sets is included free of charge. If you would like a manned DJ set that is chargeable. Prices on request. The main difference between the two is that the playlist option is set in stone, but the manned DJ option can take requests, mix songs and read the vibe of the room

How much time do you need to set up?


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

We find that if you give us an idea of any songs you particularly like/dislike then we can build the setlist around those choices.

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

Yes All sound equipment and lighting for the band and dance floor area is included. This may change depending on size of venue/no of guests.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

For Wedding Bookings we are happy to learn a First Dance Song of your choice. For further songs that aren't on our repertoire prices are on request.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Energy, professionalism and attention to detail. We are very quick to respond to queries and are always available to discuss your event before and after the confirmation of booking is secured.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Trafalgar Square, London Hyde Park, London 2 Tours of USA Santorini, Greece Chianti, Italy Provence, France Countless Hotels around the UK

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

A mixed bag from the Rock of Foo Fighters to the Pop of Justin Timberlake. We have a great repertoire suitable for every occasion

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

Headlined Trafalgar Square as part of the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, 2012


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1700
Up to 2 hours£2000
Up to 3 hours£3000


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Joel V, 1 month ago

Halfway to New York were utmost professionals from out the outset, right up until the last note on our wedding day. Sam was quick to get in touch, and forthcoming in letting us suggest songs, and even learnt our first dance specially! On the day, they were punctual, friendly and easy-going, and were also very flexible. They kept the dance floor full with their flawlessly performed music through the ages, and the energy and skill in which all four played was talked about long into the next day. I couldn't recommend Halfway to New York enough. Thanks Sam and the gang!

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Sophia W, 3 months ago

Had an absolutely wonderful experience working with HW2NY. Hired them for a corporate evening as a function band. From start to finish they were professional, responsive, and helpful. On the evening, they were set up and ready to go on time, and were kindly flexible when we ran a bit late. Once they started playing, everyone was on the dance floor for the rest of the night. Highly recommended!

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Jenna H, 3 months ago

We could not have been happier with H2NY - they were absolutely fantastic! The dance floor was full the whole time they were playing, they learned our first dance song to perfection and Sam was a dream to communicate with before the big day. Thank you!

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Patricia P, 1 year ago

It was an absolutely fantastic wedding and the day could not have gone better. Even the snow was a bonus and gave us some spectacular photos, although we hope it didn’t make travelling home too difficult for you all. Can you pass on our sincere thanks to the band for a great job. The music was outstanding, the song choices really worked and we had some lovely feedback on the way you interacted with our guests. Indeed, without exception, our guests thought you were brilliant. Can we also thank you personally for your thorough professionalism, advice and guidance during the planning process - it made it all so much easier and felt effortless. Thank you all once again, and we will certainly have no hesitation in recommending you to others. All the best! Diane & Ray

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Johnny C, 1 month ago

Thanks so much for your time on Saturday. You guys were absolutely amazing - so many people said to us how great you were!

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Ludo B, 3 months ago

It was an amazing day. We've had so many compliments about how good you guys were, so thank you - you were awesome and our first dance was really special!! Our friends and family loved the dancing - I've never seen my Dad move like that! We'll be recommending you to all our friends.

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