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The Definitives

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About The Definitives

Dynamic 5/6/8 piece pop/ rock/ soul covers band featuring some of the best pro musicians in the North of England.
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The Definitives were formed by experienced drummer and bandleader Aly after he had played for various cover bands in the past, but often felt that they were set up very quickly and consequently lacked the detail in performance that made the original songs sound so good in the first place. As the name suggests, The Definitives have gone the extra mile to capture the original vocal harmonies, and instrumental arrangements and sounds that we all know and love. The result is, the band believe, a group of unsurpassed quality and authenticity. We have been steadily building a reputation as one the best party bands around playing for weddings, private parties and corporate functions. Our on-stage professionalism is matched by a friendly and efficient manner from the first enquiry through to the event itself. Each year we add some of the best new songs around to our extensive overall repertoire which includes the top dance-floor fillers from the last 50 years +. We are happy to taylor-make a set list for your particular event from our over-all repertoire list ; want only songs from the last 10 years? No problem! Want an old-school 60's & 70's set or 80's & 90's? No problem! We aim to continue to get 100% client satisfaction, no matter what the event is.

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The Definitives' Reviews

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Emily S
2 years ago, for a Christmas party in Macclesfield
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5 out of 5

Thank you so very much for making our evening absolutely fantastic. Everyone clearly enjoyed themselves and a number of people came up to say how fantastic the band were. I will most definitely recommend you to family and friends for future events.

Laura W
6 years ago, for a Wedding in Cable Barn Farm
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5 out of 5

The Definitives were absolutely excellent at our wedding. We've had so many comments from people about how fantastic the band were and just so many positives from the guests, it was brilliant, absolutely brilliant!

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The Definitives' Song list

Can't stop the feeling (Justin Timberlake)
Hard Times (Paramore)
Shape of you (Ed Sheeran)
No Excuses (Megan Trainor)
All I am (Jess Glynne)
One kiss (Dua Lipa/Calvin Harris)
Promises (Sam Smith/ Calin Harris)
High hopes (Panic! At the disco) *
If I can't have you (Shawn Mendes)
Sucker (Jonas brothers)
Blow (Ed Sheeran/Bruno Mars)
Cake by the Ocean (DNCE)
Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars)
Shut Up and Dance with Me (Walk the moon)
Happy (Pharell Williams)
Get Lucky (Daft Punk)
Crazy In Love * (Beyoncé)
Girl Put Your Records On * (Corinne Bailey Rae)
American Boy (Estelle)
Toxic (Britney Spears)
Valerie * (Amy Winehouse)
I Don't Feel Like Dancing (Scissor Sisters)
Spinning Around (Kylie Minogue)
I Love It When You Call (The Feeling)
Let's Get This Party Started (Pink)
Poker Face (Lady Gaga)
Are You Ready For Love? * (Elton John)
That's Not My Name (Ting Tings)
Ain't No Other Man * (Christina Aguilera)
Murder On The Dancefloor (Sophie Ellis-Bextor)
I Predict A Riot (Kaiser Chiefs)
Mr Brightside (The Killers)
Midnight At The Oasis * (Brand New Heavies)
Let Me Entertain You (Robbie Williams)
Shiny Happy People (REM)
A Little Less Conversation * (Elvis remix)
Livin' La Vida Loca * (Ricky Martin)
Mambo No 5 (Lou Bega)
Hush (Kula Shaker)
Hard To Handle (Black Crowes)
Mama Told Me Not To Come (Tom Jones & The Stereophonics)
Pray (Take That)
Stop * (Spice Girls)
I'm Outta Love (Anastasia)
Man I Feel Like A Woman (Shania Twain)
Dancing In The Moonlight (Toploader)
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)
Love Shack * (B52's)
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go * (Wham)
Livin' On A Prayer (Bon Jovi)
500 Miles (The Proclaimers)
Billy Jean (Michael Jackson)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)
Baggy Trousers * (Madness)
Power Of Love * (Huey Lewis & The News)
That's The Way I Like It * (KC & The Sunshine Band)
Superstition * (Stevie Wonder)
Dancing Queen (Abba)
Lady Marmalade * (Labelle)
Blame It On The Boogie * (Jackson 5)
Car Wash * (Rose Royce)
Celebration * (Kool & The Gang)
You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
First, Last, Everything (Barry White)
Le Freak (Chic)
You To Me (The Real Thing)
Twist & Shout (The Beatles)
Think * (Aretha Franklin)
I'm a Believer (The Monkees)
Soul Man * (Sam & Dave)
Knock on Wood * (Eddie Floyd)
Midnight Hour (Otis Reading)
Build Me Up Buttercup * (The Foundations)
Stuck In The Middle With You (Steelers Wheel)
Higher * (Jackie Wilson)
Proud Mary * (Tina Turner)
I Feel Good * (James Brown)
Shout * (Lulu)
All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)
Last Christmas (Wham)
Rocking Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee)
Merry Christmas Everyone (Shakin' Stevens)
Merry Christmas everybody (Slade)

The Definitives' Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1438
Up to 2 hours£1438
Up to 3 hours£2065
3/5 Dual-booking package5 musicians
Dual-booking with Aluinn Ceilidh Band. Up to 2 x 1hr sets with 3-piece Aluinn (per/caller, guitar, fiddle or accordion) then up to 2 x 1hr sets with 5-piece Definitives. A fantastic mix of music to create a memorable night for your guests.
3/6 Dual-booking deal6 musicians
Dual-booking with Aluinn Ceilidh Band. Up to 2 x 1hr sets with 3-piece Aluinn (perc/caller, guitar, fiddle or accordion), then up to 2 x 1hr sets with 6-piece Definitives.
3/8 Dual-booking deal8 musicians
Dual booking with Aluinn Ceilidh Band. Up to 2 x 1hr sets with 3-piece Aluinn Ceilidh Band (perc/caller, guitar, fiddle or accordion) then up to 2 x 1hr 8-piece Definitives.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We've gone way beyond what most cover bands do in terms of learning the authentic parts for the songs. Clients love the rich vocal harmonies and say they can really hear the detail we've put into our arrangements, even if they're not musicians themselves. They've also loved the great mix of tunes and the great communication from band leader Aly.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Venues include Markington Hall, Oulton Hall Leeds, Castle Barn Farm Flaxby, The Whitworth Centre, Matlock, University of Leeds, Queens Hall Leeds, Mount st Marys Sheffield to name a few. Our collective experience spans decades and includes literally hundreds of venues in the UK and abroad.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

As a covers band we're influenced by every artist we've ever tried to copy! There are so many great band/songs out there that the hard job is always deciding which songs to leave out! We love everything about the original recordings and do our best to copy everything as faithfully as we can. This involves a lot of work, but we think its worth it.

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

Over the years our band members have travelled the world performing on cruise ships, played to large capacity theatres as well as covering most of the wedding venues in the north of England. We don't care whether we're playing a large corporate function in a fancy venue or someone's birthday in a village hall, you can expect 100% effort form us either way.

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?

We offer 3 line-ups; 5-piece (female vocals, male vocals/guitar, keyboard, bass, drums), 6-piece (as 5-piece plus 2nd female vocals), 8-piece (as 6-piece + trumpet & saxophone)

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

If anything changes, just let Aly know and he'll make a note of the the changes. If this affects the price, (e.g. wishing for an extra set) Aly will let you know the extra cost and if necessary, send you out an amended contract. We know that timings can shift on the day and are happy to be flexible about this. Our cut-off time of midnight still applies.

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

Yes! As soon as we are set up and sound checked, you can play your own playlist through our system. This also applies between our sets. If you would like to use our system after our live sets to play your own playlist, then this is available at £75 per hour up until midnight.

How much time do you need to set up?

We require 1.5 hrs from the point we have access to the performing area. This includes setting up all sound and light equipment and running a full sound check to make sure we sound great in whatever room we are in.

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

Yes! Have a look at our overall repertoire list and feel free to let Aly know of any favourites that you would particularly like to include. He'll put the running order together so that the guests hear a great mix of male & female vocals as well as contrasting speeds and keys.

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

Yes! There are no hidden extras. All sound and light equipment is included. We've invested in the best quality gear so that everything runs smoothly and looks and sounds great! Our equipment has an annual PAT test (so it's electrically safe) and we have public insurance up to a value of £10million. All necessary certificates can be sent to the venue.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We are happy to learn one song that is not currently on our repertoire list. This could be for a first dance if it's a wedding, or just a song that you really love and it would make your night to hear us perform it. We ask for at least one month's notice so that we can take the time to learn it properly and really do it justice!
Pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Hard rock, Indie, Pop rock, Power rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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