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About The Covered

Multi-award winning wedding & party 6-9 piece band playing floor-filling Motown, soul funk pop and rock classics from across the decades!
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The Covered - 100s of performances and happy customers so far! Manager and front man, John, was learning to play guitar when he had a DIY accident which chopped off a portion of one of his fingers! (Note to self - no more DIY! Get someone in!!) This made it slightly more difficult to play guitar so "what now", he thought? Ok so John took singing lessons for 2 years and learnt to sing. "Now what", he again thought?? John mentioned to his wife that he would join a band. "No chance", replied Avril - " you'll never get on in someone else's band, you'll have to start your own! So not ever being one to disobey the missus (!), John set about forming The Covered. They rehearsed for 6 months, producing 10 covers, mainly from the 70s, and John cold called on a few pubs to offer to play for free to get live practice. The 10 songs went down so well, they decided to play them again!! Happily the band now have scores of songs under their belts, have gone from strength to strength since those early days & won 3 awards! (Best Function Band -south east being one of them. They recently played for Bentley Driver's centenary celebrations in a huge circular ballroom surrounded by classic, multi-million pound Bentleys from down the years and have proudly played for many brides and grooms for their big day as well as a number of private parties and corporate events and festivals. John has run companies for many years & makes a point of bringing the same professionalism to the band. He will always make himself available to meet with you prior to your event to ensure your wishes are taken into account & that everything runs smoothly on the day. The Covered's objective is to give every guest a night there'll be raving about for years!

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
Encore awards
Lightning fast responses
4th Encoreversary
Saved the day!
Booked for 10 Encore gigs!
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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Song list

We Play exciting,dance floor - filling classics
from across the decades!
Recent block busters from artists such as Chic, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift right back through
the 70s and 80s with Madness, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye
and the 50s and 60s with
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry,
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 - The Beegees
December 63 - The Four Seasons
Start me Up - Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
Losing My Religion - REM
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
1990s to current
You can Call me Al-Paul Simon
Uptown Funk-Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
Happy-Pharell Williams
Can’t stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Get Luck – Daft Punk
Be Thankful for what you Got - William Devaughan
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
This Girl Kungs Vs Cookin on 3 burners
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
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
I heard it through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
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
Example 1st 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
Customer questions

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-audititioned '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-up is as follows: Male and female lead singers, Guitar, Keys, Drums. We also have an 8 piece option that includes Sax and Trumpet.”

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 actually 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 and sound check about 2-3 hours before guests arrive. 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?

Our PA and lighting system as well as public liability insurance is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 5m x 4m space to perform.

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.

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, 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.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£895
Up to 2 hours£895
Up to 3 hours£995


Acoustic or piano set during ceremony


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Adie B, 13 hours ago

The Covered were incredible for our wedding! The venue unfortunately had a power cut a few songs into the bands set and they very kindly stayed on much later than we had originally planned so they could finish their set once the power came back on! They saved our wedding evening and we are extremely grateful and can't thank them enough. Would highly recommend.

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Irina G, 1 month ago

Booked the band for our wedding, to play for the after-dinner dance. They were just great - got people up and dancing as soon as they started. Fun atmosphere with plenty of favourite songs, so the dance floor was never empty. They really made the evening a roaring success and would wholeheartedly recommend them!

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Alice G, 10 months ago

🎉Absolutely amazing!! We recently booked The Covered for my husbands 40th Birthday party! They were fantastic, from booking them John was so polite and accommodating, he couldn’t do enough to make the night a success! So many friends and family kept complimenting on the fantastic performance you guys put on, the quality of sound was amazing! It was hit after hit after hit! 🎉 It was an outside event, and even though the rain came...they kept the dance floor full, the superb songs kept coming and we danced and sang in the rain! Such a friendly group and I would highly recommend them! 🎉You were awesome!! All I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH! Alice x

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Megan T, 1 year ago

Great band, fantastic energy, made the night!

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Harry W, 1 year ago

Dear John, On behalf of the Bentley Drivers Club, thank you and your colleagues of the Covered Band for what can only be described as an outstanding performance at The Grand Bentley Centenary Ball on Saturday. The fact that so many people came on to the dance floor combined with the enthusiasm and superb musicianship was was all that anyone could have hoped for.

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David H, 2 years ago

Booked to play at a joint 60th party for me and my twin sister. John was a pleasure to work with during the booking and planning stage. The band are very professional and John and Sara were great lead singers with so much energy and passion backed by a fantastic band. Great interaction with the audience who were up on their feet from the first song to the last. We didn’t want it to end. Many of my friends wondered where I’d found you guys and said what a brilliant band you were. I’d recommend The Covered without hesitation and will also keep an eye out for where they are playing as I’d certainly be interested in seeing them live again or will book them for the next family celebration. Thank you so much for a memorable evening. David

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