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The Pretty Ugly

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About The Pretty Ugly

Your No.1 80s Pop/Rock young band in Yorkshire, played shows all over the country and in 2016 was voted best young band of Yorkshire.
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The Pretty Ugly are a 3/4 piece Pop/Indie group based in Yorkshire. The 80s obsessed Indie rockers, once described as looking like they 'met at a bus stop' aren't your average alternative group. A unique blend of Alt rock and past decade nostalgia breathe a new breath of life into the 20s that comes just as unexpected as it is needed. "With soaring harmonies and catchy melodies these guys have done something really special with that 80s throw back trend that has been going around" (Christan Carlisle - BBC introducing DJ Sheffield) The bands new single 'All The Time' is out now! 'When it comes to instilling attitude into a song, The Pretty Ugly hit the nail on the head with their new single All The Time.' - RGM 4-Piece original 80s Pop/Rock band from Yorkshire that can also perform a variety of covers and requests. Formed when young teenagers and have been making original music and performing covers since that young age. 80s influenced in many aspects of their music style and performance, creating big sounding tunes. James, the front man, is the lead singer and plays rhythm guitar, Sam is the bassist and backing vocalist, creating mouth watering harmonies with James. Joe is the Drummer and Dan plays keys and lead guitar - sometimes both at the same time. Played the 'Amp Awards' battle of the bands back in 2016 and were crowned Yorkshire's best young band after succeeding and advancing through several knockout stages. The Pretty Ugly have moved from playing mostly original gigs to showcasing their musical talent in playing also as a cover band, focusing on their much loved 80s era soundtrack and well known Pop and Indie tunes. TPU have quickly adapted to the cover band scene, playing loads of events around the country. The Pretty Ugly love the response they get from playing well known songs to a very high and accurate level, this is one of the main reasons they are now focusing more on their cover-act game, aiming to play to a wider audience and create memorable shows for all who listen.

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The Pretty Ugly's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Danny S
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Great band, got people dancing and singing. Very professional.

Katy H
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great band would highly recommend, great communication & very easy going. Thanks for making our NYE a great night.🙌

Bradley D
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great bunch of lads, received loads of compliments from guests both during and after the event - would definitely recommend and book again!

Shelley P
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

The Pretty Ugly were even better than we had hoped they would be. We had been to watch them perform at a venue in Sheffield where they were easily the best band on the night so we knew that we liked their sound and energy. They very kindly learned a few songs that we liked (Tom Walker and some songs by The Script) and encouraged us to send them a list of songs that we would like to hear on the night. They also came over to our venue to meet us and check out the logistics and their communication was always very prompt and professional. They really got the crowd up and dancing and so many people commented on what a professional sounding band they were. We also had a number of excellent musicians and music teachers amongst our guests so it wasn’t an easy crowd to impress! We will definitely follow their progress on social media and go to more of their gigs as they are definitely a band with a great sound and who have the potential to go far! Thank you again for making our wedding/party such a huge success!

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Graeme S
1 year ago, for a Christmas party in Hazlewood Castle
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5 out of 5

The Pretty Ugly band played at our Christmas party recently and were amazing. With some covers and some of their own music, our staff loved listening, singing and dancing to their music. Definitely booking them again for next years Christmas do. Thanks TPU!

Evie A
1 year ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Doncaster DN2 4LT
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5 out of 5

Lovely group of lads, entertained a crowd well and kept them engaged. Enthusiastic. Would definitely have them again.

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The Pretty Ugly's Song list

Suspicious Minds - Elvis
Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Nick Kershaw
Wouldn’t it be good - Nick Kershaw
Take on me - A-Ha
I'm a Believer - the Monkeys
Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
I'm Gunna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
Live Forever - Oasis
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Mama Mia - ABBA
Super Trooper - ABBA
Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye
Sit Down - James
Laid - James
Hey Brother - Avicci
Waiting For Love - Avicci
Another day in Paradise - Phil Collins
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
America - Razorlight
Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen
I Predict a Riot - Káiser Chiefs
Naive - The Kooks
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
How will I know? - Whitney Houston
Material girl - Madonna
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Breakeven - The Script
The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script
Stacey's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
Umbrella - All Time Low
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
Crashed the Wedding - Busted
Baby I'm Yours - Arctic Monkeys
Your Girlfriend - Blossoms
Last Nite - The Strokes
Seventeen Going Under - Sam Fender
This Charming Man - The Smiths
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Morning Glory - Oasis
Mountain at my gates - Foals
As it Was - Harry Styles
Late Night Talking - Harry Styles
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
The Man - The Killers
Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
That's What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
If You Wanna - The Vaccines
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
She's So Lovely - Scouting For Girls
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus
Price-tag - Jessie J
Don't You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
Oh Caroline - The 1975
Lemon and Lime - The Pretty Ugly
I Can Be Your Number 1 - The Pretty Ugly
The Puzzle - The Pretty Ugly
That's Such A Girl Thing To Say - The Pretty Ugly
Dinner Appointment - The Pretty Ugly
All The Time - The Pretty Ugly
Heaven's Not A Place It's A State Of Mind - The Pretty Ugly
Friend - The Pretty Ugly
Future Song - The Pretty Ugly
Act My Age - The Pretty Ugly
Jeez - The Pretty Ugly
Deliberate Irritation - The Pretty Ugly
Last Christmas - Wham!
Do They Know It's Christmas? - BandAid

The Pretty Ugly's 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£562.50
Up to 2 hours£937.50
Up to 3 hours£1187.50
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes light music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Playlist DJ3 musicians
Available also for PA sound system hire to play a desired playlist as an add-on to the band music itself. Charge per hour.
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception


Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
Acoustic-break set
DJ set
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

From our point of view, our versatility and performing in such a way that creates crowd interaction. We believe our music is one that can get any crowd to bop as long as they drop.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hazelwood Castle Huddersfield Chapel o2 Academy Sheffield The Cavern Liverpool The Dome Doncaster The Parish Huddersfield Cast Theatre Doncaster

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

The Strokes, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Queen, Michael Jackson

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

Headlining the Dome, Doncaster at a special awards competition for young musicians.

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

Yes, we almost always play shows with the same musicians. In the event of a band member falling ill last-minute we will have a technology system in place to replace that member of the band while the rest still play live. Our musicians are always striving for perfection so the quality can always be expected to be the highest level.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up consists of : Vocalsx2, Guitarx2, Keys, Bass and Drums. Our acoustic line-up can alter depending on personal preferences.

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £200

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

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

Our PA and lighting system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 8m by 5m space to perform.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. Just let us know with at least a months notice before the day of the event.
Pop, Synth rock, Rock, Alternative rock, Indie, Pop rock, Acoustic, Top 40, Britpop, Originals, 1980s era music
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Event types:
Wedding, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Corporate event, Cruise, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party
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