Indie band

The Hound Dogs

Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
(5.0)Read all 43 reviews
Booking protection
Secure online payments
Free 48hr cancellations
Support available Mon-Sun
Like The Hound Dogs?
Watch & Listen
The Hound Dogs in action

About The Hound Dogs

The Hound Dogs are an award winning act, one of the best and most popular professional party bands around.
Indie band
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Verified profile

🏆 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!

The Hound Dogs
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5
32 verified reviews
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star

The Hound Dogs' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Louis W
7 months ago
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5

We booked The Hound Dogs as our wedding band and they were absolutely fantastic! We had a chat with Nigel before the big day and instantly felt like we could trust him and he got the vibe we wanted from the day. He went above and beyond on the day and played a big part in some of our favourite moments of the day, for example singing us in to our meal with no notice - he nailed it. We hope we get to see them perform again soon!

Henry F
8 months ago
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5

We loved The Hound Dogs! Nigel was super-attentive before the wedding and always quick to respond to any questions we had. On the day, the band had everybody up on the dancefloor for the whole evening - their great sound and energy was brilliant and really made our wedding reception. So pleased that we booked you!

Reply from The Hound Dogs
8 months ago

Thanks so much Henry, it was an absolute pleasure to play for you! Have a wonderful honeymoon! Nigel.

Sonia J
8 months ago
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5

The Hound dogs played at our 30th birthday garden celebration (Aug 2023). We had plenty of choice over the play list and there was something for everyone. They got the party started from the get go, people were up and dancing. Great musicians and lead vocals. So many guest compliments. Really nice guys, easy communication. I m so glad we went for live music, made a perfect by The Hound Dogs. Would highly recommend. Many thanks

Reply from The Hound Dogs
8 months ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us - we had such a wonderful time at the party, it was a pleasure to play for you and Sam! Hope to see you on the dancefloor again! Nigel. X

John R
9 months ago
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5

If you're wondering whether or not to book these guys, don't hesitate and DO IT NOW. Not only did they play the most epic set, keeping the dancefloor packed all night, Nigel was also extremely helpful, friendly, and made the entire experience an absolute breeze. We had so many compliments from guests about them on the night, with everyone asking where we managed to find them! So thank you Nigel and the rest of the Hound Dogs, for making our reception everything we could have dreamed of!

Reply from The Hound Dogs
9 months ago

Wow, thanks so much for your very kind words, they mean a lot to us! We loved playing for you and hope to see you both again on a dancefloor soon. Nigel. X

Read all 25 reviews

From other customers:

Danny F
2 years ago, for a Wedding in Islington High St
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
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
2 years ago, for a Charity event in Stratford-upon-Avon CV37
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
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

Read all 18 reviews
Encore badges
As seen on TV!
Has performed on television
Lightning fast responses
Average response time under 2 hours
25 gigs
Pro: 25 bookings through Encore
Saved the day!
Booked for an Encore gig with less than 24 hours’ notice
7th Anniversary
This act has been working with Encore for over 7 years
Encore expert
Demonstrated expertise by completing the Encore Academy
Member of the Encore community forum

The Hound Dogs' Song list

Wepride ourselves in being versatile and flexible, and can tailor oursetlist under your guidance to make sure we play the songs that willsuit your event and your own personal preference.
I have included a song list to give you an idea of the songs we play and we're always expanding our set. You can hear tracks and watch videos on our website. 
Songs marked with an asterix require our keys player.
Rock’n’Roll / 50s / 60s / 70s /80s
20th Century Boy - T-Rex
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
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Dock of the Bay - Otis Reading
Englishman in New York - Sting
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
It Must Be Love* - Madness 
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
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
Runaround Sue - Dion
Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Starman - David Bowie
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Superstition* - Stevie Wonder
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Take it Easy - The Eagles
The Ace of Spades - Motorhead
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
The Wanderer - Dion
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
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 
Basket Case – Greenday
Blister in the Sun - Violet Femmes
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
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
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
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 
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
Somebody Told Me* - The Killers
Someday - The Strokes
Song 2 - Blur
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
There She Goes - The La's
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Uptown Funk* - Mark Ronson
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles
Weather With You – Crowded House
Wonderwall - Oasis
Yellow - Coldplay
You & Me Song – The Wannadies
With our extra female vocalist
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
At Last - Etta James
American Boy - Estelle
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Forget You - CeeLo Green
Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Lovefool - The Cardigans
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Shake it Off - Taylor Swift
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Somethin' Stupid - Frank and Nancy Sinatra
Spooky - Dusty Springfield
Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston

The Hound Dogs' Prices

Last updated: 2024

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1750
Up to 2 hours£1750
Up to 3 hours£1750
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.
Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Hard rock, Pop rock, Indie, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll
See all genres
Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
See all event types