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The Brightsides

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About The Brightsides

With hundreds of previous events, Staffordshire band, The Brightsides, are ready for YOUR party! We promise a night to remember.
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We're based in Staffordshire and have played some fantastic wedding venues, private parties, corporate events and music venues all over the country. If you're planning entertainment for your special event and want an authentic sounding indie/pop band then look no further! We have an incredible repertoire playing hits through the decades from 60s to the modern day. We can provide a DJ service and are also able to offer an acoustic/live-lounge style option if you're looking for something a little more laid back. We started The Brightsides in 2017. Our aim was simple - to cease on a gap in the market and offer an authentic band fusing classic indie with some of the best pop hits from the 60s through to the modern day! We're very proud to say whenever we play at venues around the country, the first thing we get asked is 'Can we book you again lads'?! Our band features the power trio of of Matt Biggs on bass and lead vocals, Harry Draper on guitar and backing vocals and Rich Standley on the drums. We're all experienced professional musicians and although only a three piece band, we kick out an incredible sound thanks to the use of performance tracks which contain backing instrument parts like keys, brass and synths. In basic terms this means you get the sound of a five or six piece band for an extremely affordable price! We have a fantastic professional PA system consisting of bass subs with a digital mixing desk ensuring your special occasion gets a top class sound! We love interacting with the audience during our performances (our guitarist Harry is famed for playing his guitar licks on the dancefloor!) and we offer some fantastic wedding entertainment packages to suit all budgets. We're always happy to discuss your individual requirements so please don't hesitate to contact us. A lot of wedding venues have noise limiters - not a problem to us! Drummer Rich also has a fantastic electric drum kit (looks just like a standard acoustic set) and it means he has completely controllable volume, thanks to the use of a professional quality Roland drum module and cymbal pads. Our equipment is fully PAT tested and we have a public liability insurance too. Booking The Brightsides means WE take care of your musical entertainment - No stress!

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Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
Covers, Pop, Rock, Britpop, Pop rock, Indie, 1980s era music, 1990s era music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party, Hotel / Restaurant event
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The Brightsides' Song list

Bill Hayley and his Comets - Rock Around The Clock
Elvis Presley- Jailhouse Rock
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
The Beatles- A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles- I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Spencer Davies Group- Keep On Running
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Kinks - All Day And All Of The Night
Roy Orbison- Pretty Woman
Johnny kid And The Pirates- Shakin All Over
Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
Rolling Stones - Jumpin Jack Flash
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
The Clash - I Fought The Law
Blonde - Hanging On The Telephone
Sex Pistols- Anarchy In The UK
Madness - One Step Beyond
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Undertones- Teenage Kicks
Abba - Does Your Mother Know
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
Queen - I Want To Break Free
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Kim Wilde - Kids In America
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Erasure - A Little Respect
A-ha - Take On Me
Billy Joel - Uptown girl
Blur - Parklife
Oasis -Don't Look Back In Anger
Oasis - Roll With It
Oasis- Wonderwall
Foo fighters - Learn To Fly
Lightning Seeds - Three Lions
New Radicals- You Only Get What You Give
Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You
The Caesars - Jerk It Out
U2 - Vertigo
The Strokes - Last Nite
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
The Killers - Mr Brightside
The Fratellis - Chelsea dagger
Blink 182 - All The Small Things
Feeder - Buck Rogers
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
Stereophonics - Dakota
The Automatic - Monster
Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Pharrell Williams - Happy
DNCE - Cake By The Ocean
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance
George Ezra - Shotgun
Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime
Rag N' Bone Man - Giant
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Slade - Merry Christmas Everyone
Starman – David Bowie
All day all night – The Kinks
Yellow – Coldplay
Sunny afternoon – The Kinks
She’s electric – Oasis
Get lucky – Daft Punk
Be my baby - The Ronettes
Shotgun- George Ezra
Eight days a week – The Beatles
Shut up and dance – Walk The Moon
Moving on up – Primal scream
Roll with it – Oasis
Somebody told me – The Killers
The things we do for love – 10cc
I Predict A Riot- Kaiser Chiefs
Happy - Pharell Williams
Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones
Budapest – George Ezra
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles (Noel Gallagher version)
Chasing Cars- Snow patrol
Don’t Look Backs In Anger- Oasis
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We love to please a crowd. The mix of songs, the energy and the jumping in the crowd for a dance all adds to energy of our performance. Our professionalism is second to non. If there is a problem- we can sort it. We will even liaise directly with wedding planners! We are easy to deal with, and confident that we are able to match many like for like quotes.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Pilaton Farm Ashes Barn, Endon Derrington Hall, Stafford. The Liquorist, Chelmsford Swan Live, Stafford and Many more wedding and party venues. We travel far and wide to do what we love!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

It varies from band member to band member. We all love our indie rock! Along with The Brightsides, Matt (vocals) plays in an original Indie Rock outfit, Harry (guitar) plays in a pop rock original band and Rich (drums) has been known to play Ringo in Beatles Tribute bands. To name bands: The. Killers (We are The Brightsides after all!) Oasis The Beatles

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

Pillaton Hall Farm. Bonfire Night 2019. 400 people all in a tent, dancing with their children and grandparents alike. Our set really does have something for everyone. However, EVERY show is our most high profile! It is your special night and we are certain we can deliver top class entertainment for you! We love what we do, and it shows every time we perfo

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

Yes. We work with the same line up as much as possible. We do have “dep” musicians who are ready to play at short notice in case of illness or unavailability. We believe we have a solid reputation as a band, and want to show case that. Any other musicians are also professional and perform to a highest standard!

Do you have different line-up options?

Our core set up is: Bass/Lead Vocals, Guitar/Backing Vocals and Drummer. In acoustic options, we can offer a keyboard player for an added fee. This may be available for full band sets too!

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

If you secure a date, we are then made available. We always aim to be early- so we can get ready to make the night run smoothly. If a time changes, get in touch. We will do everything possible to accommodate this change.

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

We do. You can set up the playlist and send us a link, use a phone or just let us do the work. Anything you send will be checked against the planned set list for your event, just to make sure you don’t have the same songs playing all night! A band member is always available to add songs into the mix if there are any special requests.

How much time do you need to set up?

Ideally, 90 minutes. If it is possible to not have guests in the room whilst we do this, even better. BUT, we know this isn’t always possible, so we work around you. Once we are set up and sound checked, the music will start, setting the mood for a night to remember.

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

We have played many shows, to many audiences. We will have a conversation about the clientele with you, and will craft our set to best suit that night. We do chop and change set lists quite often, so if you give us plenty of notice for special requests, we will be sure to have them ready for you!

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

It certainly is. We provide stage and dance floor lighting, speakers and bass bins in order to get a quality sound for you and your guests. We do require a space of 4m wide by 2.5m deep in order to fit all our equipment safely. Please also let us know about any noise limiters, so we bring the set up for the event.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We may be able to learn a specific song. However, we would not like to not do a special song justice. Just ask, and we will see if we can add it in. Any special requests do require an added fee of £45 pounds, in order to get sufficient rehearsal time.

The Brightsides' Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£550
Up to 2 hours£900
Up to 3 hours£1300
Learning Specific Tracks3 musicians
If we feel we can do your first dance justice, we will learn and play it for you. This cost covers the rehearsal time and any pre-recording of parts that can not be played live (such as brass, synth and string instruments).
150 mile trip3 musicians
For a journey over 150 for the band, we ask that our hotel for the evening is covered.
Acoustic Set3 musicians
We can play an acoustic 'live lounge' set for a more relaxed atmosphere. You can opt for this individually, or as a package with a full band set.


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The Brightsides' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Sue M
2 years ago
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4.8 out of 5

Definitely recommend The Brightsides, we booked them for our party, they were fabulous everyone commented.

2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant...really good setup and a great night

From other customers:

Kerry W
4 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Broomhill
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5 out of 5

We book The Brightsides at our local club at least twice a year. Absolutely brilliant band, a wide range for everyone to listen to hopefully see them soon at our club!

Helen S
4 years ago, for a New Year's Eve in Derrington
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5 out of 5

The Brightsides were fantastic played to a full house at Derrington Village and Social Club. The band were very well recieved by young and old and anyone in the middle. A fantastic night was had by all with the band, re booked for 2020 but due to the world facing a pandemic it was able to happen, hopefully 2021 will see a return to NYE partying and The Brightsides bringing it into Derrington. Thank you The Brightsides for your 100 % effort from booking you to tidying up, excellent service. Helen Sammons

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