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Multi-award winning wedding & party 6-8 piece band playing floor-filling Motown, soul funk pop and rock classics from across the decades!
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The Covered are a multi-award winning high-energy, function band specialising in exciting floor-filling pop, rock, soul and funk classics from across the decades! The Covered have performed at dozens of functions and weddings over the years (as you can see from our reviews), so you can be sure we’ll have your guests filling the dance floor with our classics from across the decades! Don’t take our word for it though – please have a look at our videos. If you like our videos and repertoire, all you need to decide is which line up you’d like: • Our 6-piece band is as above plus a female lead vocalist, keyboard or saxophone • Our 8-piece is as above plus saxophone and trumpet We normally play a 2-hour set with a 15-minute break. We can also play 3 sets of 40 mins if you prefer. We are based in London and the southeast, but we do travel UK-wide and internationally. If you’re looking for an exciting band for your wedding, party or corporate function, we have you covered! The Covered Awards: • Best function band South East 2019 (Event Entertainment) • Winner Wedding band of the year 2020/2021/2022/2023 - SC Region (The Wedding industry awards) • Gold award for excellence 2019 (Bridebook) • Best Wedding Party Entertainment Band - South East England in the LuxLife Global Wedding Awards 2022 • Best wedding band -UK Enterprise Awards 2022

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The Covered's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Christopher R
19 days ago
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5 out of 5

a great evening was enjoyed by all my guests. John was very informative as to when they would start so as not to disturb dinner. I have received many positive comments form my friends and the venue asked for The Covered's details for future events!

Reply from The Covered
19 days ago

That’s very kind Chris. Glad you enjoyed your big night!

Stephen T
28 days ago
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5 out of 5

Really excellent band. Had a lot of comments from the attendees that the band pitched it just right, lots of dancing with some classic rock thrown in as requested! Would definitely recommend them! Also, they were no fuss with the set up and clearing away, and very chatty and friendly, really great fun!

Reply from The Covered
28 days ago

Thanks so much Steve! Lovely house and set up in your lovely garden. Glad everyone enjoyed it!

Jacqui F
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

The band were brilliant and had everyone dancing. They brought the party atmosphere and it was a great night. Would definitely book them again.

Reply from The Covered
3 months ago

Thank you for taking the time to write that Jacqui. It was lovely night and we really felt part of the occasion. Thanks again for booking us to help celebrate your birthdays!

Dominic C
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great band - hired them for my wife's birthday party. eExplosive start and that's how the evening continued. Brilliant !!!

Reply from The Covered
4 months ago

Thank you Dominic!

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From other customers:

Eda Y
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Cirencester GL7
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5 out of 5

John and his band did a TREMENDOUS job at our winter wedding two weeks ago. Our guests were mainly from the Netherlands, therefore our choice of band was very important to us, considering the fact that our guests cannot sing along to every English song. However, John and his band really know how to entertain any crowd, so friendly, funny, and really understood the vibe and how to start the party! I would recommend them without hesitation, thanks again for the amazing evening🥰

Gina R
1 year ago, for a Wedding in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

I had this fantastic band for my wedding, John was brilliant to deal with and the playlist they had was perfect. Everyone was up dancing all night catering for everyone. Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding so special

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The Covered's Song list

Sample Repertoire of Songs and Music for Quality Wedding Entertainment and Parties
The Covered Play Exciting, Dance Floor-Filling Classics From Across The Decades!
Recent blockbusters from artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift right back through the 70s and 80s with Chic, Madness, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye and the 50s and 60s with The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry.
• 1950s/60s Music 🎸
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
I Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
I’m a Believer – The Monkees
Daydream Believer – The Monkees
Ticket To Ride – The Beatles
All Right Now – Free
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Knock on Wood – Otis Redding
Twist & Shout – The Beatles
You Keep Me Hanging On – The Supremes
Mustang Sally – The Commitments
It's not unusual - Tom Jones
Everlasting Love - The Love Affair
• 1970s/80s Music 🎵
Blame it on the Boogie – The Jacksons
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
Get it On – T Rex
Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Ladies' Night – Kool and the Gang
We are Family – Sister Sledge
Good Times – Chic
Baggy Trousers – Madness
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love – Barry White
Need You Tonight – Inxs
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
Play that Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Easy – Lionel Ritchie
Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley
Make me Smile – Cockney Rebel
One of These Nights – The Eagles
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynrd
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
Lola – The Kinks
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
The Jean Genie – David Bowie
Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
Jumpin Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty
Stuck in The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
Long Train Running – The Doobie Brothers
Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
Message to You Rudy – The Specials
Move on Up – Curtis Mayfield
Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones
Jumping Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
Everybody Dance – Chic
Funkin for Jamaica – Tom Browne
The Best – Tina Turner
The Power of Love – Huey Lewis
Summer Breeze – The Isley Brothers
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Black or White – Michael Jackson
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton
When You’re Gone – Bryan Adams & Mel C
Lady Marmalade – LaBelle
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
September – Earth Wind & Fire
Sweet Soul music – Arthur Conley
Easy Lover – Phil Collins
Thinking of You – Sister Sledge
Le Freak – Chic
Everybody Dance – Chic
Jump – Van Halen
The Best – Tina Turner
Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Gimme All Your Lovin’ – ZZ Top
Dreadlock Holiday – 10CC
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band
Love is the Drug – Roxy Music
It Must Be Love – Madness
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears For Fears
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
The Grease Mega-Mix – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel
Castles in the Air – Don McLean
Feel Like Makin’ Love – Bad Company
Band on the Run – Paul McCartney
Cracklin Rosy – Neil Diamond
Stayin Alive – Bee Gees
December 63 – The Four Seasons
Start me Up – Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones
Losing My Religion – REM
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Cuba – Gibson Bros
I Can’t Tell You Why – Eagles
I'm still standing - Elton John
I feel good - James Brown
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Don't stop me now - Queen
West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
Sound and Vision - David Bowie
Don't you want me - Human League
Maneater - Hall and Oates
50 Ways to leave your lover - Paul Simon
Take it Easy - Eagles
Peaceful Easy Feelin - Eagles
That's just the way it is - Bruce Hornsby and the Range
Ocean drive - Lighthouse Family
Saturday night's alright for Fighting - Elton John
Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
Shake your body down to the ground
You should be dancin - Beegees
Pretty Young Thing (PYT) - Michael Jackson
The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley
• 1990s To Current Year 🎤
You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
Happy – Pharell Williams
Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Be Thankful For What You Got – William Devaughn
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
You Get What You Give – The New Radicals
Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols
Dancing in the Moonlight – Top Loader
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl
One Kiss – Calvin Harris
This Love – Maroon 5
A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley
Wonderwall – Oasis
Forget You – Celo Green
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Manic Street Preachers
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Ocean Drive – Lighthouse Family
Ordinary World – Duran Duran
There’s Nothing Like This – Omar
How Long – Ace
Mercy Mercy Me – Marvin Gaye
Witchita Lineman – Glen Campbell
September Morn – Neil Diamond
Shotgun – George Ezra
Don’t Start Now – Dual Lipa
Moving Too Fast – Artful Dodger
Gimme All Your Lovin – ZZ Top
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Jesse – Joshua Kadison
You’ve Got it – Simply Red
Something Got me started - Simply Red
There's nothing like this - Omar
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight - REM
• Example First Dances For Weddings 💍
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Magic – Coldplay
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Back For Good – Take That
The Way You look Tonight – Michael Buble
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
Still The One – Shania Twain
Fishing in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
My Ever Changing Moods – Style Council
Your Song – Elton John
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
This Guy’s in Love With You – Herb Alpert
It had to be You - Harry Connick jnr
Christmas Songs:
Most wonderful Time of the year - Various
All I want for Christmas is you
Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
Merry Christmas everybody - Slade
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - Michael Buble

The Covered's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£2500
Up to 2 hours£2500
Up to 3 hours£3750
Wedding ceremony6 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception6 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner6 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The feedback we’ve received from our clients from numerous reviews is that we have a great set list that keeps their guests on the dance floor which in turn greatly contributes to a successful event!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We tend to perform almost exclusively at private events - weddings, parties and corporate functions.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The artists that have produced soul Motown pop and rock floor fillets from across the decades. For example songs from Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Chic, Tina Turner, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake.

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

We are booked this year to play at the 100th anniversary of Bentley. This will be held in a very large circular ballroom, surrounded by 19 classic Bentley motor vehicles worth millions of pounds from across the decades.

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

We strive to make sure the line-up you see is what you get on the night. We do have pre-auditioned 'dep' musicians available in case a band member falls ill or is unavailable. As a professional band, 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-ups options are as follows: 5 piece - male and female lead singers, drummer, keyboard player, lead guitarist. • 6-piece band is as above plus a bass player 7-piece band is as 5 and 6 plus sax player. • 8-piece is as above plus saxophone and trumpet

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

We usually begin at around 8.30/9 PM and play for around 2 hours but this is flexible and will be agreed upon with you prior. 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. We usually play 2 sets of 60 minutes each with a short break in between. We can play Spotify playlists when we are not on stage, eg background music whilst guests eat and more lively stuff for those who have the energy when we have finished. But we recommend a DJ if you’d like to keep the party going!

How much time do you need to set up?

Assuming access to the venue is straightforward (i.e. ground floor room with no steps and vehicle access close to the venue), we normally need around 1.5 hours to set up and sound check. 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?

PA, lighting system and public liability insurance are included in your quote. We commonly require about 4 x 3 meters, but we can fit into smaller spaces so this is something we can chat about. we have a LED lighting system that provides both the stage and dance floor with the ultimate visual effects. You are welcome to use our PA system for your speeches.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We are more than happy for you to request a first dance song which, if we don’t already know them, we will learn.
Pop, Covers, Soul, Top 40, Disco, Funk, Motown, Rock, Pop rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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