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The Department

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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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Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
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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Song list

1985 (Bowling for Soup)
99 Red Balloons (Nena)
Ace Of Spades (Motorhead)
Are You Gonna Be My Girl? (Jet)
Are You Gonna Go My Way? (Lenny Kravitz)
Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Bat our of Hell (Meatloaf)
Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Can't live without your love and affection (Nelson)
Crazy Horses (The Osmonds)
Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)
Dance the night away (Van Halen)
Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
Don’t You Forget About Me (Simple Minds)
Don't Stop Believing (Journey)
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)
Easy Lover (Phil Collins)
Everlong (Foo Fighters)
Faith (George Michael)
Feeling Good (Muse)
Fix You (Coldplay)
Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr)
God Gave Rock And Roll To You (Kiss)
Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)
Highway Star (Deep Purple)
Hotel California (The Eagles)
Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran)
I Just Died In Your Arms (Cutting Crew)
If You Want Blood (ACDC)
I'm A Believer (The Monkees)
It's my life (Bon Jovi)
Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
Long Tall Sally (Little Richard)
Long Train Running (The Doobie Brothers)
Marry me (Train)
My Sharona (The Knack)
Paradise City (Guns n' Roses)
Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
Pretender (Foo Fighters)
Purple Rain (Prince)
Radar Love (Golden Earring)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin)
Rosalie (Thin Lizzie)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (The Clash)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
The Power of love (Huey Lewis and the News)
Thunderstruck (ACDC)
Time Is Running Out (Muse)
Valerie (Mark Ronson / Amy Winehouse)
Waiting For An Alibi (Thin Lizzie)
Walking On Sunshine (Katrina And The Waves)
What's the story morning glory (Oasis)
Word Up (Cameo / Gun)
You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
You're in love with a psycho (Kasabian)
Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)
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.


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
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From Encore customers:

John B
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

We couldn't have wished for more. The Department were outstanding, we can't thank you enough for making our wedding night celebration such a fantastic evening. Everyone had a great night.

From other customers:

Booking A
4 years ago

The best band we've ever had here.

Booking A
4 years ago

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

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