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The Riot Dogs

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About The Riot Dogs

Fresh 3-piece alternative rock and pop band with powerful vocals!
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The Riot Dogs is a fresh 3-piece band with powerful vocals with a lot of range, and talented musicians to boot! Their specialism is in rock and pop, though you will also find a fair few soul, reggae, and punk favourites in their repertoire. Their standard line up is a trio with lead vocals with electric guitar, bass with backing vocals, and drums with backing vocals. They can add a 4th band member, such as a lead guitarist, or saxophonist if you would like. Whether you go for the 4-piece or stick with the trio, the band will be sure to surpass your expectations - with previous clients reviewing the band as “superb musicians” and being highly recommended time and time again. The Riot Dogs have been working together as a unit for a considerable amount of time, and therefore they are very in sync with one another. This synchronicity allows them to keep their eyes and ears on their clients and audience to ensure you all are having the best time ever. They come to every event fully prepared and briefed, follow schedules, check in with coordinators to ensure a smooth operation, and are happy to take on board requests and schedule adjustments throughout the day and night too. The band is led by Sam, who likes to think of himself as Jack Black from School of Rock. Monday to Friday Sam teaches kids in school how to be in a band, and on the weekends he joins his band and brings party music up and down the country to weddings, corporate events, and festivals. Sam has a distinct and versatile voice that lends itself perfectly to pop and rock. Sam’s voice also marries up beautifully with soul, reggae, and punk too. Sam is backed by Ewan on bass and backing vocals, and Rob on drums and also backing vocals. The band has a 4th member, Paolo, on lead guitarist and backing vocals, in case you want more musicians on your stage and a bigger sound. All three backing musicians have trained collectively at the prestigious British Institute for Modern Music and Plymouth University. The Riot Dogs have got an extensive repertoire of over 100 songs covering the best pop and rock hits with a touch of soul, reggae, funk, disco, punk, and jazz to nicely round off their repertoire. And Ewan doubles as the band DJ, so if you’d like to book him to bring his booth and his decks he can make sure your dance floor stays busy in between and after live sets

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Pop rock, Pop, Covers, Funk, Funk rock, Soul, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Indie
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Hotel / Restaurant event
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The Riot Dogs' Song list

9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
American Boy - Estelle
Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
Backstreets Back - Backstreet Boys
Believe - Cher
Best Fake Smile - James Bay
Black or White - Michael Jackson
Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
Faith - George Michael
Five Years Time - Noah And The Whale
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Happy - Pharrell
Hey Soul Sister - Train
High Hopes - Kodaline
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Hold Back The River - James Bay
Human - Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc
I Will Wait - Mumford And Sons
Ignition Remix - R Kelly
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
King - Years and Years
Let It Go - James Bay
Little Lion Man - Mumford And Sons
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Love Me Again - John Newman
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Run To You - Bryan Adams
Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon
Skin - Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
The Cave - Mumford And Sons
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
Valerie - The Zutons
All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks
All The Small Things - Blink-182
American Idiot - Green Day
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
Basket Case - Green Day
Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Come Together - The Beatles
Dancing In The Moonlight - Thin Lizzy
Dirty Little Secret - All American Rejects
Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Eight Days A Week - The Beatles
Help - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Highway To Hell - AC/DC
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine
Last Nite - The Strokes
Lola - The Kinks
Message In A Bottle - The Police
Move Along - All American Rejects
Pride - U2
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
She’s Electric - Oasis
Sugar We’re Going Down - Fall Out Boy
Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
The One I Love - R.E.M.
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
What’s My Age Again? - Blink-182
When I Come Around - Green Day
When The Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys
Why Do You Only Call Me When You’re High? - Arctic Monkeys
With Or Without You - U2
Wonderwall - Oasis
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Blame It On The Boogie - Michael Jackson
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Heat Wave - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
I Don’t Need No Doctor - Ray Charles
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys
Kiss - Prince
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Could You Be Loved? - Bob Marley
I Shot The Sheriff- Bob Marley
Is This Love? - Bob Marley
Jammin - Bob Marley
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Moondance - Van Morrison
Customer questions

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

We strive to make sure the line-up you see is what you get on the night. We do have pre-auditioned 'dep' musicians available in case a band member falls ill or is unavailable. As a professional band our reputation means everything so you can be confident that all of our players are of a very high level.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is as follows: 3-pc: lead vocals with electric guitar, bass with backing vocals, and drums with backing vocals. 4-pc: additional lead guitarist, or saxophonist

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 for before, in-between and after live sets until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £278.

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?

Yes! We've got over 100 songs you can pick from.

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 3m by 4m 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, so please don't hesitate to ask! If there is a special song you'd like us to learn, we are more than happy to do this for you, free of charge. For every additional 'off-the-menu' song there is a fee of £50 to take into account rehearsal times etc.

The Riot Dogs' Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1479
Up to 2 hours£1479
Up to 3 hours£1492


Ceremony Acoustic Soloist
Additional Band Member
3pc Additional 40 Min Evening Set
Band Member DJing
Ceremony Acoustic Duo
4pc Additional Set 40 Min Evening Set
Afternoon Acoustic Duo
3pc Additional 60 Min Evening Set
Afternoon Acoustic Trio
4pc Additional 60 Min Evening Set
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The Riot Dogs' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Sian D
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

The Riot Dogs exceeded all of our expectations at our Wedding party! Throughout the night, the dance floor was packed. We have received countless compliments from our friends and family about how much they enjoyed the band (One of our friends was convinced that we had the Spotify playing until he returned to the room and saw the band playing). I genuinely cannot emphasise how highly I recommend The Riot Dogs. They transformed our party into an unforgettable celebration! Thank you again!

Reply from The Riot Dogs
3 months ago

Thanks so much for the kind words Sian! That really means the world to us to know that we exceeded all your expectations. It was a fab night! Wish we could do it all again x

Ben M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Riot Dogs put on a fabulous show. The repertoire of songs was extensive with a large array to choose from. On the night the had over 100 people in their grasp! Would highly recommend and would have no hesitation in booking again.

Reply from The Riot Dogs
1 year ago

Thank you so much for your kind words, Ben! It was an absolute pleasure to celebrate your 40th with Hayley and all of your nearest and dearest. Looking forward to the next milestone celebration!! 🎉

From other customers:

- S
5 years ago

I just wanted to say a huge Thank You to the guys for our bash a couple of weekends ago. They were absolutely unbelievable and we have had so many people saying how brilliant they were. They were friendly professional and hugely talented, and we were so lucky to have them.

- H
5 years ago

The band were fabulous, they are superb musicians, they played great music and were very accommodating. They were perfect for our wedding and I am sure they would be just as brilliant at parties and other functions. Thanks guys for a great evening's music.

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