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The WonderWhys

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About The WonderWhys

The Go-To Party Band in the East Midlands and beyond-we've played The F1, MotoGP, Ally Pally, Cruises & even supported The Happy Mondays
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Oozing with professionalism, charm, experience and musicianship, we are equally at home entertaining the most intimate of audiences - such as Birthdays and Weddings - with as little as 30 people, right through to large-scale arenas like The Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally) (twice) - where 6000 partied at Europe’s largest Beer Festival on the first occasion, and a similar number “oooh’d” and “aaah’d” at the UK’s Premier Firework Display the second time… We’ve Rocked the Boat at Sea (Cruise), had a Fun Day with The (Happy) Mondays, serenaded the squaddies (causing havoc) at the Barracks, threw one hell of a bash for Bosch, been the talk of the Walkabout, strutted our stuff at Butlins, boogied with the foodies at The Great British Food Festival, and been in favour with the ladies at Proseccofest… …and not forgetting us providing corporate entertainment at Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall, and The National Space Centre, plus we’ve helped launch countless products for the likes of Acer Computers, Sainsbury’s and the NEC Exhibitor’s Party. …we’d be absolutely honoured if you chose us to put the icing on the cake of your event - by filling your dance floor with the best tunes of yesterday and today - which’ll move your body, lift your spirits, enrich your senses, and give you and your guests a night to remember which they’ll be talking about for years. With us having over 30 years performing experience EACH, you can be sure you're in safe hands. Centred around Palfreyman's Music Shop in Chesterfield, where 60% of the band have taught the area's up and coming musicians in their chosen weapon of delivery, you can be assured that music is our lifeblood, and we're dedicated in passing this on to the next generation too! Fully Public Liability insured and PAT Tested, Professional PA and Lighting system - get in touch to book THE band to make your event complete…

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The WonderWhys' Reviews

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Julie G
1 year ago, for a Birthday party in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Thank you to everyone who came last night to celebrate Andrew’s 60th! I don’t know how I managed to keep it a surprise!! We had a brilliant night 🥳🥂💃 🕺just a few photos from the official photographer Sally Morrison ❤️ Thank you to the band The WonderWhys who were fantastic ❤️

Candy R
6 years ago, for a Cruise in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Great band - saw them on the Rock The Boat Cruise September 17. Really tight, funky and accomplished with amazing vocal harmonies

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The WonderWhys' Song list

It Must Be Love - Madness
Crazy - Seal
Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury and The Blockheads
Take Your Momma - Scissor Sisters
Step On - Happy Monday
Praise You - Fatboy Slim
Express Yourself - Charles Wright & The Watts
Starlight - Superman Lovers
Lady - Modjo
Faith - George Michael
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode
Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles
Club Tropicana - Wham!
Wouldn't it be Good? Nik Kershaw
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Come & Get Your Love - Redbone
Mr Big Stuff - Jean Knight
Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
Sugar - Maroon 5
Two Can Play That Game - Bobby Brown
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Don't You Want Me Baby - The Human League
Respect - Erasure
Sit Down - James
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Brick House - The Commodores
Get Lucky - Daft Punk/Pharrell
One Day Like This - Elbow
Stay With Me - Calvin Harris/Pharrel/Timberlake
Nothing Like This - Omar
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Insomnia - Faithless
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Girls On Film - Duran Duran
Cars - Gary Numan
Too Shy - Kajagoogoo
Jump Around - House of Pain
Need You Tonight - InXS
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Murder on the Dancefloor - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
1999 - Prince
Rapper's Delight - Sugar Hill Gang/Good Times - Chic
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We have been told quite how slick and professional we are, yet still maintaining an edge, and without sounding overly corporate

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have played the British F1 Grand Prix and Moto GP at Silverstone, The Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace) a couple of times, The National Space Centre, Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield Football Club, the Rock The Boat Cruise and on a smaller level - The Walkabout Pub Chain

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Personally, bands like The Beatles, Crowded House, Jellyfish, The Doors, The Divine Comedy and Frank Zappa. The kind of covers we play are usually funk-orientated, but we've found ourselves leaning on a lot of 80's music, and have even contemplated setting up an all-80's band as a side project. We usually choose music that gets a crowd dancing though

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

Without doubt, The F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, which was an amazing experience, with the MotoGP at the same venue - but with the headline slot - the Ally Pally gigs were also huge though

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

We have exactly the same lineup as you see in the videos. We don't use "dep" musicians

Do you have different line-up options?

Our lineup is Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Bass and Drums, with the Guitarist and Keyboard Player both singing backing vocals. We don't usually use dep musicians

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

We can be flexible to a point, but please let us know at the earliest opportunity if there are major changes to the day. In general, we usually block out a whole day on the day of a booking to give your event the dedication it deserves. Please try and give us as much notice as possible

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

Yes we can - you can even curate your own Spotify setlist with songs that are personal to you, for example, or you can leave it to us to play party favourites which we have many year's experience of doing too. If you'd like us to play until the venue closes, we can provide this for an extra £100. Many clients are choosing this route instead of a DJ these day

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on how easy it is to load in (parking, proximity, stairs etc), we can be loaded and sound checked in around an hour and a half, so we recommend getting to the venue at least 2.5 hours before a performance

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

From many years of performing, we have learned which songs flow into each other the best, both in terms of feel, and song key, to ensure the dance floor is full and not to disorient your guests. We'd be happy to hear your thoughts and find what works for you, though, and with enough time we can craft a setlist which gives you the best experience

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

We have a professional PA System and Lighting Rig with Insurance and PAT Testing which is included in your quote

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We'd be happy to consider a song which is particularly special to you - sometimes doing this can really be the "icing on the cake" of the event, but again, bear in mind that we would need time and rehearsals to learn it if it isn't in our repertoire. Depending on the song, we can usually do this between £50-100
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Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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