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MOTA are a 4-piece covers band playing high-energy rock/pop floorfillers to get audiences dancing all night. From the Kinks to The Killers!
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MOTA formed in April 2023 from members from two other bands who wanted to play together. Vocals, Guitar, Bass and drums. We are all highly experienced musicians who have played rock and pop music on the circuit for many years. Karl (bass), John (vocals) and Don (drums) previously played in 'The Fire', a rock/pop covers band gigging weekly in venues around Teesside for many years. Phil has played for many more years in 'Cooler King', a classic rock band. Phil and Don provide backing vocals. Don also uses a synthesiser keyboard to add some colourful musical highlights. Don and Phil can provide instrumental background music on request (piano and guitar) Members have played prestigious venues, such as the Cavern Club in Liverpool and London's 100 Club. We have individually played festivals and other large events and have appeared on album recordings through the years. We love performing live and especially making sure people have enormous fun dancing to their favourite well-known numbers. Our main motivation is to see our audiences having the time of their lives. Our setlists are created only from well-known and well-loved songs across the decades. We are self-contained, use only top quality equipment, are fully insured and are mobile around our area. We make no additional charge for local travel (e.g. the Teesside area). Beyond that, travel costs depend on the distance from central Middlesbrough.

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MOTA's Song list

50’s and 60’s
All Day and All of the Night (The Kinks)
You Really Got Me (The Kinks)
Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)
Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
Substitute (The Who)
Let’s Work Together (Canned Heat)
Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf)
Glad All Over (Dave Clark 5)
Walk in the Room (The Searchers)
All or Nothing (The Small Faces)
I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles)
Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
Honky Tonk Women (Rolling Stones)
Wipeout (The Surfaris)
Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)
Alright Now (Free)
Bad Case of Loving You (Robert Palmer)
Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Get It On (T Rex)
I Fought The Law (The Clash)
Twentieth Century Boy (T Rex)
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love (Bad Company)
Ever Fallen In Love (The Buzzcocks)
Highway to Hell (AC/DC)
Down at the Doctors (Doctor Feelgood)
Make Me Smile (Cockney Rebel)
Teenage Kicks (The Undertones)
Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)
White Wedding (Billy Idol)
Tainted Love (Soft Cell)
Knocking on Heaven's Door (Guns n' Roses)
Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones)
I’ll Be There For You (The Rembrandts)
Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
Sit Down (James)
This One Goes Out to the One I Love (REM)
Dakota (The Stereophonics)
500 Miles (The Proclaimers)
Don't Look Back in Anger (Oasis)
Disco 2000 (Pulp)
0’s and later
I Predict A Riot (Kaiser Chiefs)
Chelsea Dagger (The Fratellis)
Mr Brightside (The Killers)
Customer questions

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

John, our singer is an integral part of our band. As with all bands We do have pre-auditioned 'dep' musicians available in case a band member falls ill or is unavailable. Our reputation means everything so you can be confident that all of our players are of a very high level.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up for all gigs is John (Lead vocals), Phil (Guitar and backing vocals), Karl (Bass) and Don (Drums, Keys and backing vocals)

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. This is a really popular request and we will usually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 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?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

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

All our PA and sound reproduction equipment is included in the price. We can fit into a compact space if necessary

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you, as long as it is playable by a 4-piece rock band in a live setting and there is enough warning.. We make a small additional charge for this to account for rehearsal time.

MOTA's Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£640
Up to 2 hours£800
Up to 3 hours£1000
Two-set performance4 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each plus a further 15 minutes on request
New Year's Eve party4 musicians
Three 45-minute sets during the evening, culminating in final set to include Auld Lang Syne at midnight.


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MOTA's Reviews

From customers:

Kelly A
2 months ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in 99 Bondgate
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5 out of 5

MOTA played a brilliant gig for us last night. Customers sang and danced and everybody had a great time. I've already booked them again in September.

Danny W
3 months ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Carlton Rd
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5 out of 5

MOTA played their first gig for us on Saturday and went down a storm. It was a hot night so many customers were in the beer garden outside until it got dark, but still enjoyed the music through the open windows! The boys were organised, self contained and had a professional attitude. They played great and the sound was fantastic. I'll definitely book them again.

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