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Halfway to New York

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Toured the US twice, Supported Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park & Headlined Trafalgar Square - this band is guaranteed to deliver & then some!
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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, Ellie Goulding, Goldfrapp and Keith Urban. Halfway to New York are one of the most in-demand wedding bands in the UK, so book them quickly! LOCATIONS THE BAND HAVE PERFORMED IN 🇦🇪 Dubai 🇫🇷 Provence, France 🇬🇷 Santorini, Greece 🇬🇧 Notley Abbey, Aylesbury, UK 🇬🇧 Harpenden, UK 🇬🇷 Sifnos, Greece 🇬🇧 Somerleyton, UK 🇮🇹 Castello di Meleto, Chianti, Italy 🇬🇧 Wantage, UK 🇬🇧 Leeds Castle, Maidstone, UK 🇬🇧 Hotel du Vin Glasgow, Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, UK 🇬🇧 Westenhanger, Kent, UK 🇬🇧 Fulham Palace, London, UK

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25 gigs
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Rock, Pop, Christmas, Wedding music, Acoustic, Covers, Soul, Motown, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock
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Song list

2010 onwards
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling
Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar
Harry Styles - As it Was
Lizzo - Juice
Tones and I - Dance Monkey
Dua Lipa - Levitating
Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now
Coldplay - A Sky Full of Stars
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
The Lumineers - Ho Hey!
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
Beyonce - Crazy in Love
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
The Wannadies - You and Me Song
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
Robbie Williams - Angels
Robbie Williams - She's the One
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
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere
Simple Minds - Alive and Kicking
David Bowie - Let's Dance
David Bowie - Modern Love
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
Neil Diamond -Sweet Caroline
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
Country Songs
Old Dominion - Hotel Key
Kenny Chesney - Get Along
Lady Antebellum - Need you Now
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
John Denver - Country Roads
Achy Breaky Heart - Bill Ray Cyrus
Lovin' you Easy - Zac Brown Band
Previous First Dance Examples
Ellie Goulding - Hoe Long WIll I Love You
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

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

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

Yes, we always use our awesome singer, Sam!

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?

60-90mins is enough time for us to get set up and sound checked.

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.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£2695
Up to 2 hours£2695
Up to 3 hours£3295


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From Encore customers:

John G
5 days ago
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Great service - Great experience So easy to deal with and a must for any special occasion Thank you all so much - From booking to event it's been my pleasure Kind Regards John

Reply from Halfway to New York
5 days ago

Thanks so much John. Everything ran v smoothly and we had a brilliant time.

Kambiez Z
12 days ago
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The team were on time, very pleasant, accommodating, engaging and brought the entire party together. Thank You

David S
2 months ago
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Absolutely took the roof off our little wedding! Got everyone dancing and kept the energy up the whole night. Would really recommend.

Reply from Halfway to New York
2 months ago

Thanks David. Such a fun crowd. And the Father/Daughter song was a beautiful moment

Laura H
3 months ago
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Halfway to New York were out of this world! Amazing live band with fabulous energy! Our wedding evening reception was so much fun.

Reply from Halfway to New York
3 months ago

Thanks Laura. We had a brilliant time at such a stunning venue x

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From other customers:

Lois P
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Bristol
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We would like to say a massive thank you to you guys for playing at our wedding in June. You were absolutely amazing. Everyone loved it and still talks about how the music made the wedding. This was the first celebration most of the guests and us have been able to enjoy in well over a year and we couldn't have wished for anything more. You were so accommodating and flexible given the amount of postponements and we couldn’t recommend you guys enough! Thank you again

Ahmed C
2 years ago, for a Private event in Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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5 out of 5

"It was AMAZING. Wanted and still will send you a thank you email. It was wonderful, Sam and the band were amazing! Super professional, amazing vibe, amazing talent!"

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