Cover band

The Department

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About The Department

Cover band
Ilkley
Public liability insurance of £1 million
Rock covers band. Well known material other bands can't do justice too. Great musicianship. Fabulous vocals. Brilliant performances.

The Department formed in 2015 since when they have become one of the premier rock bands in Yorkshire and the North. Experienced across a range of bands and genres, Daz (lead) and Sam (bass) met Dave (guitar, vocals) and Phil (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.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Hard rock
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Types:
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Purple Rain (Prince)
99 Red Balloons (Nena/Goldfinger)
Ace Of Spades (Motorhead)
Are you gonna go my way? (Lenny Kravitz)
Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
Crazy Horses (The Osmonds)
Everlong (Foo Fighters)
Feeling Good (Nina Simone/Muse)
God Gave Rock and Roll to You (Kiss)
Here I Go Again (Whitesnake)
Highway Star (Deep Purple)
Hotel California (The Eagles)
If You want Blood (ACDC)
Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
Long Tall Sally (Little Richard)
Long Train Running (The Doobie Brothers)
My Sharona (The Knack)
Paradise City (Guns n' Roses)
Radar Love (Golden Earring/White Lion)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin)
Rosalie (Bob Seger/Thin Lizzie)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (The Clash)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Time Is Running Out (Muse)
Waiting for an alibi (Thin Lizzie)
Word Up (Cameo/Gun)
You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)
Customer questions

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 usually 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, though the sets are carefully put together and constantly evolving to ensure everyone has a great time. The Department will also learn and perform two songs of your choice within 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.

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.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£750
Up to 2 hours£950
Up to 3 hours£1250

Reviews

From customers:

Multiple, 2 years ago

The best band we've ever had here.