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The Hound Dogs are an award winning act, one of the best and most popular professional party bands around.
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🏆 Most Entertaining Wedding Party Band - UK (Lux Awards) The Hound Dogs have been honing their musical craft together for over ten years and are all dedicated, full time musicians. We aim to not only entertain you and your guests all night, but also take a little bit of the stress out of your day - we'll take care of everything professionally and with real flair and sparkle. EXPERIENCED & PROFESSIONAL All members of the band have extensive experience of successfully playing hundreds of weddings, university balls, private parties, charity events, and corporate functions and we're professional and experienced. On lead vocals is Nigel Thomas - a very talented singer and rhythm guitarist. Something that really makes The Hound Dogs stand out from the crowd is that Nigel has an innate ability to recreate the vocal style, intonation and intricacies of the original song where other singers think it's acceptable to sing their own approximation. It's fair to say that everyone in The Hound Dogs is at the top of their musical game. RELIABLE We are totally reliable, punctual, polite and smartly dressed. Onstage we're energetic and entertaining - we're all passionate about what we do! The band is fully self contained, providing a professional powered PA, mixing desk and lighting system for any size marquee, hall, or even outside. Throughout your booking you'll have a named member of the band whom you can call any time, and day to answer your questions and ensure you have great communication - we're always happy to speak to you! FLEXIBLE Our standard set-up is our 'killer five piece band' - but we can easily change our set-up to suit your preference and budget - * Solo guitarist and vocals * Duo - two acoustic guitars and two vocals (often chosen as an extra afternoon entertainment) * Trio - guitar, double bass, percussion and three vocals * Classic four piece - two guitars, bass, drums and four vocals. * Five piece - this is our standard preferred set-up which adds our great keyboard player, who not only enhances our sonic range but the range of songs we can perform too. Hear him in action with us here. * An additional female vocalist - the perfect addition for those sultry soul classics and Amy Winehouse songs, as well as adding backing vocals (and sparkle!) to other songs. Feel free to ask about any of these combinations! DJ SERVICE We also offer a professional and versatile DJ service to keep the party going before, between and after our sets. You can choose the songs or style you want and leave it to us to keep the party going into the small hours, requests welcome of course! Perfect for any event We're energetic and fantastic musicians, we'll have your guests dancing from the first song to the last. We travel all over the UK and overseas and will normally play 1 x 45 and 1 x 75 minute sets, but are completely flexible in every way - just ask. Get in touch now!

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Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Hard rock, Pop rock, Indie, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Rock’n’Roll / 50s / 60s / 70s /80s
A Town Called Malice - The Jam
All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks
Alright Now – Free
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Baby Please Don’t Go – Van Morrison & Them
Back In The U.S.S.R. – The Beatles
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Dock of the Bay - Otis Reading
Gloria - Them/Van Morrison
Help! – The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) - The Rolling Stones
I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
I’m A Believer – The Monkees
I'm Still Standing - Elton John (5 piece only)
It Must Be Love - Madness (5 piece only)
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Keep On Rocking in the Free World - Neil Young
Let’s Stick Together – Roxy Music
Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
Long Train Running - Doobie Brothers
Message In A Bottle – The Police
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett / The Commitments
My Generation - The Who
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pulling Mussels From A Shell – Squeeze
Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry / The Beatles
Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Starman - David Bowie
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Superstition - Stevie Wonder (5 piece only)
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Take it Easy - The Eagles
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
The Wanderer - Dion
Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
90s / Current
Always Where I Need To Be – The Kooks
Alright - Supergrass
All The Small Things – Blink 182
A-Punk – Vampire Weekend
Angels - Robbie Williams (5 piece only)
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
Basket Case – Greenday
Blister in the Sun - Violet Femmes
Bohemian Like You – Dandy Warhols
Budapest - George Ezra
Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Chelsea Dagger – Fratellis
Creep - Radiohead
Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dakota – Stereophonics
Disco 2000 - Pulp
Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Dreaming Of You – The Coral
Faith - George Michael
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Hey Ya! - Outkast
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
I Predict A Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
Last Nite – The Strokes
Love Machine - Girls Aloud.
Molly’s Chambers – The Kings Of Leon
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 (5 piece only)
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Naive - The Kooks
Parklife – Blur
Roll With It Oasis.
Ruby – Kaiser Chiefs
Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
She Moves In Her Own Way – The Kooks
Shotgun - George Ezra
Shut Up and Dance With me - Walk the Moon
Someday - The Strokes
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
There She Goes - The La's
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Weather With You – Crowded House
Wonderwall - Oasis
Yellow - Coldplay
You & Me Song – The Wannadies
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Well, according to our feedback it's usually the way we get EVERYONE dancing, from toddlers to great grandparents! Our enthusiasm, professionalism and musical ability are also mentioned - but the bottom line is we LOVE what we do and it shows.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Although we're based near London, we play all over the country - and even played a beautiful wedding in Italy last year! From huge stages to tents or corners of the room, we're really flexible, can play almost anywhere and are experts on getting the best sound no matter what location. Sound limiters are also no problem.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We love a huge range of music and have broad tastes- pop, rock, folk anything goes!

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

Tough one! We've played on London Live, Italy, Hawaii - but EVERY gig matters to us, your reputation is only as strong as your last performance and would never give less than 100% no matter where we played or to whom.

Do you have different line-up options?

We do indeed, from solo, duo, trio - but our mainstay is our four piece and five piece (with added keys)

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

We're very flexible and it's usually not a problem, just let us know. Set up is from 5.30pm or later. We can usually provide an early set-up for £20 per hour per band member.

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

We can offer a set playlist between sets (or you can provide your own device with a jack input we can plug in) or for £150 a DJ service all night 'till 1am.

How much time do you need to set up?

We like to leave about an hour to an hour and a half to set up, but we can be quicker if need be.

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

You're more than welcome to have input in our set and let us know which of our songs you'd definitely love to have included (or any you'd rather we didn't play). We've years of experience in putting together the perfect set for you, so you're in safe hands either way.

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

Yes, our professional PA and stage lighting rigs are included. All our equipment is high-spec and PAC tested.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If it's something we feel we can do justice to, we're more than happy to add a song. It would need to fit our style of play, but we can discuss this with you.


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From Encore customers:

Katrina J
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you The Hound Dogs, you were amazing!! Thank you so much for playing at our wedding, there really was no better way to top off an incredible day. From the outset and throughout the planning process you were incredibly responsive, flexible and accommodating to our music requests. I especially appreciated accomodating the personal request for Everlong (highlight of the evening) and the unusual wedding request for Nirvana (but perfect for our crowd). You played with so much energy and enthusiasm which ensured the dance floor was packed all evening. Everyone was up on their feet and keen to dance the night away. We've received plenty of comments from friends saying how good you were and I'd have to agree ("best wedding band our group has had"). Can't wait for the next celebration as an excuse to be able to book you again, I can't recommend you more highly. Thanks for making our evening exactly the party we wanted! Mr & Mrs Thurston

Reply from The Hound Dogs
1 month ago

Thanks so much - it really was a pleasure and an honour to play for you both, it really was such a special night! Can't wait to catch up with you both again and hopefully, see you on the dancefloor. Much love, Nigel and all The Hound Dogs.

Lauren M
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Nigel and the rest of the band were amazing, from start to finish everything was perfect. Communication with them was easy, and the performance on the night was simply amazing! We’ve had so many comments, on the night and after saying how good the band were. From our youngest guest aged 6, to our oldest at 79, everyone was on the dance floor all night - we couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you guys! Would highly recommend if you’re looking for a wedding band :-)

Reply from The Hound Dogs
3 months ago

Thank you so much, it was an absolute joy to play for you! Nigel. X

Scott E
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

What an unbelievable set the Hound Dogs played for us. Communication before the event was brilliant, they really understood what we wanted and nothing was too much of a drama. On the day Nigel and the guys set up very discreetly, and then when it was time to party they brought the marquee down. One of the main things we wanted from our wedding was a band to get everyone on the dance floor and they succeeded. 3 year olds to 91 year olds were all up and having a great time. Nigel did the DJ set after and everyone partied till the early hours. Easily one of the best wedding bands out there.

Reply from The Hound Dogs
3 months ago

Thanks so much Scott! We loved playing for you!

Marcus W
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

The Hound Dogs were fantastic start to finish!! We had a good planning call before the day, and on the day the band sounded amazing, they had everyone dancing and really helped make a fantastic evening, thank you Nigel and the Hound Dogs!!!

Reply from The Hound Dogs
4 months ago

Thanks so much to you and your wonderful wife Lisa for having us on your special day - it was lovely to meet you both and play for you! X

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From other customers:

Danny F
7 months ago, for a Wedding in Islington High St
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5 out of 5

We had the pleasure of having The Hound Dogs play at our wedding and they completely blew the socks off everyone there, so much so that my wife and I as well as the majority of other guests spent the entire evening on the dance floor throwing shapes to the absolute bangers being played in front of us. The whole process of booking the band and organising the evening with Nigel was seamless and he is very professional indeed. The repertoire of songs in their locker, equipment used, overall setup and general approach to their craft is second to none. What a great evening and I wish we could do it all again.

Emma-Jane W
10 months ago, for a Charity event in Stratford-upon-Avon CV37
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5 out of 5

How often do you join the dance floor at the beginning of a bands set and not sit down till they finish? Well that was our Saturday evening at Tangent Clubs Charity Ball. Brilliant band would definitely recommend. Thanks

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