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The Department

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About The Department

The Department - your perfect rock party band. Many genres, top quality musicianship and equipment, complete client control.
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The Department formed in 2015 since when they have become one of the North's premier rock covers bands. Extremely experienced across a range of bands and genres, Daz Clark (lead) and Sam Barrett (bass) met Dave Ball (guitar, vocals) and Phil Gregory (drums, vocals) after they'd been studying performance and music at university. Time without number venues have said "You're the best band we've ever had". The Department give a great show. Apart from the highly professional sound and presentation, venues say that what they appreciate is the variety through the night as many genres and eras are visited.  Audiences also love the way the material is played properly – The Department have the ability to play the dual lead solo in Hotel California or the incredible high octane ending to Paradise City and even tackle the vintage glory of Highway Star. Bands frequently simplify or miss those bits out and having the musicianship to play them properly gives The Department a real edge.

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The Department's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Rosie W
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

The Department were absolutely brilliant. The band played to a wide range of ages and everyone said they were absolutely amazing. Highly recommend

Reply from The Department
3 months ago

Thank you Rosie. The band had a tremendous night with you, Roger and all your guests. There was a great upbeat party atmosphere and we enjoyed ourselves just as much as everyone else. Thanks again. Kindest regards Sam

Adam P
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

These guys were absolutely phenomenal, best cover band I've ever seen. Every song was a hit and had everyone up dancing. Great energy and incredibly accommodating when our last minute plans needed to change. I am so happy we booked them for our wedding and we cant recommend them enough.

Reply from The Department
4 months ago

Thank you Adam. We had a brilliant night with you, Elizabeth and all your lovely guests. We really enjoyed ourselves. Absolute best wishes for the future, and thanks again. Kindest regards Sam

Sharon W
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

We can honestly say having The Department at our wedding helped to create the most magical, amazing day, the guys were outstanding and everyone loved their performance, we all had such a fabulous evening with them, i cannot recommend them highly enough, if you want your event to rock, then look no further, these guys go that extra mile and some.. Thankyou from both Gary & Myself

Reply from The Department
9 months ago

Thank you Sharon. I'm so glad you enjoyed the band. We had a brilliant time and loved playing for you, Gary and your so very welcoming guests. It was an honour to take part in your celebrations. Kindest regards and best wishes. Sam

Charlene W
10 months ago
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5 out of 5

Love this band so much they were excellent so much so my daughter asked for a song off reef and she thought they were them themselves and they were brilliant with my daughters and there interaction was outstanding so much so my eldest daughter got up and danced which she rarely does. I couldn’t recommend so much. Everyone was up and dancing and got so many compliments about them.

Reply from The Department
10 months ago

Thank you Charlene. The band had a great night with you and all your lovely guests - and in such a beautiful venue too. We're glad you enjoyed the music. It was a privilege and pleasure to be able to contribute to the evening. Kind regards, Sam

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From other customers:

Booking A
5 years ago

The best band we've ever had here.

Booking A
5 years ago

I love booking you guys. I always have such a great night myself.

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The Department's Song list

Take what you want (Ozzy Osbourne and Post Malone)
You're in love with a psycho (Kasabian)
1000 years (Christina Perri)
Marry me (Train)
Bad Romance (Lady Gaga (Halestorm version))
Careless whisper (George Michael (Seether version))
Misery Business (Paramore)
Pretender (Foo Fighters)
Valerie (Mark Ronson / Amy Winehouse)
Fix You (Coldplay)
1985 (Bowling for Soup)
Are You Gonna Be My Girl? (Jet)
I believe in a thing called love (The Darkness)
Time Is Running Out (Muse)
Feeling Good (Muse)
It's my life (Bon Jovi)
Everlong (Foo Fighters)
Breathe (The Prodigy)
Place your hands (Reef)
Tonight, tonight (The Smashing Pumpkins)
What's the story morning glory? (Oasis)
Are You Gonna Go My Way? (Lenny Kravitz)
Bat out of Hell (Meatloaf)
Bed of roses (Bon Jovi)
Nothing else matters (Metallica)
Can't live without your love and affection (Nelson)
Epic (Faith No More)
Thunderstruck (ACDC)
Faith (George Michael)
Paradise City (Guns n' Roses)
I Just Died In Your Arms (Cutting Crew)
Word Up (Cameo / Gun)
You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
Don’t You Forget About Me (Simple Minds)
Easy Lover (Phil Collins)
The Power of love (Huey Lewis and the News)
99 Red Balloons (Nena)
Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr)
Purple Rain (Prince)
Walking On Sunshine (Katrina And The Waves)
Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)
Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran)
Don't Stop Believing (Journey)
In the air tonight (Phil Collins)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (The Clash)
Tennessee Whiskey (Chris Stapleton)
Ace Of Spades (Motorhead)
Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)
Dance the night away (Van Halen)
My Sharona (The Knack)
Waiting For An Alibi (Thin Lizzie)
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)
If You Want Blood (ACDC)
Hotel California (The Eagles)
The Chain (Fleetwood Mac)
Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
You to me are everything (The Real Thing)
God Gave Rock And Roll To You (Kiss)
Long Train Running (The Doobie Brothers)
Radar Love (Golden Earring)
Rosalie (Thin Lizzie)
Crazy Horses (The Osmonds)
Highway Star (Deep Purple)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin)
Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
I'm A Believer (The Monkees)
Long Tall Sally (Little Richard)

The Department'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£900
Up to 2 hours£1200
Up to 3 hours£1600
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The Department give a great show led by one of the best front men in the business. Apart from the highly professional sound and presentation, venues appreciate the variety through the night as many genres and eras are visited. Audiences also love the way the band has the musicianship to play songs, high notes & difficult solos, exactly as they were written.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Collectively and individually the band has performed at festivals, parties, media work, music pubs, clubs - many, many hundreds of gigs played in many, many different types of venue.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The Department's aim is always to be influenced by the song being performed. One of the advantages of being a rock covers band is the joy of meeting the needs and styles of presenting each song properly.

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

Radio shows covering the North, podcasts followed across the world.

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

The band has a fixed line-up, so the singer will be as shown on the videos and as heard on the recordings on Encore.

Do you have different line-up options?

The band has a fixed line-up, so you can be sure the singer will be as shown on the videos and the musicians will be the same high quality musicians as heard on the recordings on Encore.

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

The band can accommodate any reasonable request and will certainly be as flexible as possible. This is YOUR event and we want it to be as fantastic and successful we can help make it.

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

We provide a recorded music service before our set, as soon as the basic PA is set up. Between sets we can also provide DJ services. All of this is included within the price. We can also provide a continuing DJ service for a reasonable extra fee after the band has finished.

How much time do you need to set up?

Setup takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. As soon as the PA is set up we can provide an music service to start the atmosphere rolling. This is free.

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

You are welcome to pick the songs from our set list or the band can play a set that they already know works brilliantly (or any combination of the two). The Department will also learn and perform two songs of your choice. This service is included in the fee..

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

All PA, lighting, backline, sound processing and instruments are included in the quote. All of these are of the highest professional standard.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

The band will learn two songs of your choice for free. The Department are also happy to learn extra songs - there is a fee of £30 per song after the first two.
Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Hard rock, Power rock, Heavy metal
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Private event, Birthday party, Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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