“You are in the safe hands (paws) of the bears”

About The Bears

The Bears are proud to be celebrating 10 years in business, playing Pop/Rock classic party anthems from 60s to 00s, having been twice voted Best Wedding Band Hertfordshire and Best Wedding Band Essex.
That’s almost 2,000 gigs played
200+ thousand miles travelled
500+ venues rocked 200+ thousand people entertained
Millions of notes plucked
Countless recommendations and rebookings And NEVER one gig missed.
That’s right. Not ONE! That’s pretty reassuring … You are in the safe hands (paws) of The Bears
Huge repertoire for any occasion – Over 200 songs. That means we can play to any dancefloor demographic!!!
Parties, Weddings, Corporate events, Clubs and Functions….. and …errrr… funerals… true.
Self-contained – Own sound system, stage lights and dance-floor lights
Recorded music provided between performances Free of Charge
We don’t charge for travel and there are NO hidden charges or diva demands,
Prestigious venues and clients: Too numerous to mention

The Bears are a monumentally talented and charismatic four piece covers band.
With their enthusiasm and passion for LIVE music, and the attention to detail with which they reproduce great rock and pop, this beat combo of two guitars, bass, drums and four part harmonies, never fail to deliver a great show.
They are unrivaled in their expertise. No gig is too big or too small and their professional attitude and joy of playing live is just one of the reasons why they’re always in such great demand to show off their massive 200 song repertoire..
Check out those splendid, gushing Facebook comments below
Click on the Youtube links to see a cool wedding band in action. The gig was recorded at The Roadhouse in Covent Garden. The music you hear is totally live (It is not a studio recording that is dubbed onto some footage – That is cheating!)
Obviously, for a wedding or family event, we would play something a little less rock-focused for a mix demography 🙂 (Check out the other clips)

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Music Clips 

Live in Concert

People say the nicest things

  • Reviews and Testimonials.

    The London Boat Show – Excel Centre, London 
    Thank you so much for performing at The London Boatshow in association with the Daily Mail’s late night party at Surfers Paradise in January 11. The Bears do exactly what they say on the tin! I have had nothing but great reviews from all of the customers and head guys of Boatshows who were all in agreement that your performance was fantastic and exceeded your demo CD.I am in no doubt that I will be booking The Bears again, very soon. Thank you once again for making my event a great success I look forward to working with you again in the future All the best to all of ‘The Bears’ Regards
    Tamara Harris, FOX LONDON & FOX EVENTS

     

  • Wedding Band Herts

    Review in “BRIDES” MagazineFantastic! Kept the dancefloor rocking all night!

    Wedding of Vicky Butler Henderson and Phil Churchward, Brocket Hall, Herts
    Hi, I just wanted to thank you for Saturday. You were absolutely fantastic.You did a brilliant job, all four of you. You had everyone dancing the whole time, even those who NEVER dance. Unfortunately, one of the guests had a knee injury on the dancefloor…Also, another one of the guests would like to book you for a forthcoming party! Thank you.
    Vicky Butler Henderson (Fifth Gear) and Phil Churchward (Top Gear)

     

  • Wedding of Charlotte and David: Princes Risborough, Bucks
    Dear Bears, We just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding – the whole day was a huge success and the music was fantastic!!Kind Regards,
    Charlotte Oates – Senior Celebrity Producer – (Strictly Come Dancing/Just The Two Of Us)

     

  • Wedding Band Essex

    Wedding of Florence Griffiths and Jay Catherall – Lillibrooke Manor 
    Hi Martin
    WE just got back from our honeymoon on Sunday, we had an amazing time.
    Thanks so much for making our wedding party rock! We loved the tunes and
    everyone has been raving about The Bears!
    Thanks again
    Florence Griffiths (Radio 1)

     

  • Wedding of Ruth & Si (Hop til You Drop Music Agency) – Wick Bottom Barn, Rockley
    Dear Martin,This is a slightly belated thank you for playing at our wedding back in July. We wanted to pass on just how much fun both we and all of our guests had. You lived up to and surpassed our expectations, and we had comments from people of all ages about how much they enjoyed the evening and the band! We can’t thank you enough for topping off our day. I would also like to apologise for what has become known as the ‘music stand incident’. We found said music stand the next morning, and understand that one of our guests, erm, fell over it. Realise this is quite annoying having played weddings myself from the musicians perspective. Hope it was all ok in the end. Anyway, thanks once again. We had a great time.With best wishes, Ruth & Si

     

  • Hertfordshire Band

    Freshers Ball – The Forum – Hertfordshire University
    Brittany – Just perfect lads!

     

  • Party Band Surrey

    Thank you for performing at our NYE party once again. Excellent. Great Fosters Egham Surrey

     

  • Wedding Band Essex

    Sarah and Tom Kelly wedding Gaynes Park Essex 
    Sorry been so busy its unreal but just done this now. 10/10 all round!
    A big thank you for playing on our wedding day, feedback of the whole
    day and yourselves was amazing, hopefully a few more mates will book you
    up. Proper thank yous in the post once Sarah decides on a photo she
    likes for the cover ! (true essex!) Hope all is well
    Cheers Tom (Talksport)

     

  • Wedding Band Herts

    Can anyone recommend a good Wedding Band in Hertfordshire?

  • Wedding Band Herts

    Well done The Bears. You made the party rock! Phil and Fiona, Hatfield House, Herts

     

Comments

200+ Songs in our Repertoire

50’s and 60’s
Shakin’ all over – The Pirates
Rock Around the Clock – Bill Hailey
Hound Dog – Elvis
Johnie B Goode – Chuck Berry
All Shook up – Elvis Presley
Baby I Love you – The Ronnettes
That’ll be the Day – Buddy Holly
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis
Suspicious minds – Elvis Presley
All day and all night – The Kinks
You really got me -The Kinks
Lola – The Kinks
Louie Louie – The Kinks/Kingsmen
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
Jumping Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones
The Last Time – Rolling Stones
Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
I wanna hold your hand – The Beatles
Saw her Standing there – The Beatles
I’m a Believer – The Monkees
Daydream Believer – The Monkees
Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees
Light my Fire – The Doors
Something Else – Eddie Cochrane
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochrane
My Generation – The Who
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Lean on me – Bill Withers
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
ABC – Jackson five
Venus – Shocking Blue
Shake a Tail Feather
Proud Mary (Rolling) – CCR

70’s
All you need is love – The Beatles
Back in the USSR – The Beatles
Drive my Car – The Beatles
20th Century Boy – T- Rex
Get it on – T – Rex
Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
Jean Genie – David Bowie
Suffragette City – David Bowie
Hi Ho Silver Lining – Jeff Beck
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Rockin’ all over the World – Status Quo
Stuck in the Middle – Stealers wheel
Brown eyed Girl – Van Morrisson
Sweet home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
Come up and see me – Cockney Rebel
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
3 Little Birds – Bob Marley
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Signed sealed delivered – Stevie Wonder
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence
Crazy little thing called love – Queen
The boys are back in town – Thin Lizzy
Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
The Wonder of You – Elvis

80’s
Faith – George Michael
Hanging on the telephone – Blondie
One way or another – Blondie
Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Girls on Film – Duran Duran
Crash – The Primitives
Everybody (needs somebody to love) –The Commitments
Mustang Sally – The Commitments
The Passenger – Iggy Pop
It must be love – Madness
Should I stay or should I go – The Clash
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Video killed the Radio star – The Buggles
Hey Mickey – Toni Basil
Walk like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Kids in America – Kim Wilde
Mony mony – Billy Idol
A Town called Malice – The Jam
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
Got my mind(set on you) – George Harrison
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Hard to Handle – The Black Crowes
500 miles – The Proclaimers
Santa Claus is coming to town – Bruce Springsteen
Pump it up – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
I love Rock N Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
You gotta Fight (for your right) to Party – Beastie Boys
A Little Respect – Erasure
Sweet Dreams are made of this – Eurythmics
Dancing In the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
Echo Beach – The Muffins
I’m too sexy – Right Said Fred
Power of Love – Huey Lewis
Superfreak – Ricky James
Let’s Dance – Bowie
Faith – George Michael

90’s
All the small things – Blink 182
Boys and Girls– Blur
Parklife – Blur
You and me song – The wannadies
Step on – Happy Mondays
Just a Girl – No Doubt
Short Skirt Long Jacket – Cake
With or without you – U2
There she goes – The LA’s
Sit Down – James
Weather with You – Crowded House
She’s electric – Oasis
Rock n Roll Star Oasis
Rocks off – Primal Scream
Praise You – Fatboy Slim
Mrs Robinson – The Lemonheads/ Paul Simon
Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
Love cats – The Cure
Jump around – House of Pain
Alright – Supergrass
Caught by the Fuzz – Supergrass
She bangs the drum – The Stone Roses
True Faith – New Order
Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus

 2000 to present day
American Idiot – Green Day
Last Night – The Strokes
7 Nation Army – The White Stripes
Bohemian like you – The Dandy Warhols
Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters
By the way – Red hot chilli peppers
Under the bridge – RHCP
Dani California – RHCP
Hate to say I told you so – The Hives
Allstar – Smashmouth
I wanna be like you – Smashmouth
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
Laura – Scissor sisters
I bet that you look good ont’ dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
Golden Touch – Razorlight
In the morning – Razorlight
I predict a riot – Kaiser Chiefs
Ruby Ruby Ruby – Kaiser Chiefs
Wonderwall – Oasis
Don’t Look back in Anger – Oasis
Take me out – Franz Ferdinand
Brimful of Asha – Cornershop/Fatboy slim
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Jerk it out – The Caesars
Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
Whistle for the choir – The Fratellis
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Somebody told me – The Killers
All these things that I’ve done – The Killers
Song 2 – Blur
Vertigo – U2
With or without you – U2
Beautiful Day – U2
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Disco 2000 – Pulp
Mercy – Duffy
So what – Pink!
Mollys Chamber – Kings of Leon
Are you gonna be my girl – Jet
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Use somebody – Kings of Leon
Dakota – Stereophonics
I gotta feeling – Black eyed Peas
Time to pretend – MGMT
Kids – MGMT
Forget You – Cee lo
Dance with me – Dizzy Rascal
I wanna be a billionaire – Bruno Mars
Locked out of heaven – Bruno Mars
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Hello – Dragonette/Martin Solveig
Move like Jagger – Maroon 5
Last Friday Night – Katy Perry
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
She Said – Plan B
Price tag – Jessie J
What makes you beautiful – One Direction
Pumped up kicks – Foster the People
Gold on the Ceiling – The Black Keys
Ho Hey! – The Lumineers
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
Wake me Up
Thinking Out Loud
How long will I love you – Jon Boden
Cake by the ocean
Girls talk boys
Shut up and dance

Services

Masterpiece

We are self-contained with own hi-tech sound system and 6kw lighting system.
We usually perform 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets.
We describe every concert which we create as a “Masterpiece”. You may think this to be a rather grand claim, but with our rigorous attention to detail, allied with the very latest in technology, we doubt that you will disagree when you hear the finished result. Click here for Typical Running Times Guide

 

 

Free DJ Service

We provide music in between performances, negating the extra expense of a DJ.
It is Free of Charge
As well as our own stage lighting we also include disco “scanner” light show for the dance floor – also Free of Charge. We bring haze/smoke if permitted by venue – FoC
We have a ton of tunes on our system, most of which can be danced to….

Venue Requirements

In this day and age of Health and Safety gone mad most venues require the band to have Public Liability Insurance.  We are covered for £10 million.
Also required: PAT (Portable Appliance Test – certificate) Is the equipment safe?  Yes.
Some venues have sound-meters installed to meet with council requirements. We never have a problem with them.

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Calendar – Private gigs not listed

Typical Running Order – Timings

Running times:
A typical running time schedule for a wedding would be:

6.00 – Load in and set up by 7.00
8.15 – First dance immediately followed by The Bears 1st set of 40 mins
9. 00 – Buffet – The Bears to provide recorded music
10.00 – The Bears 2nd set of 40 mins
10.40 – Recorded music – Dance floor fillers
11.00 – The Bears 3rd set of 40 mins
11.40 – Recorded music – Wind down music for cheek to cheek romantic dancing.
12.00 – Venue Curfew

Sound limiters
Some venues have sound limiters to restrict the volume of a band. They work by detecting the loudest peaks of volume and if that volume exceeds the preset threshold (90db for example) then the power to the stage is cut. They can sometimes be a pain in the arse and are becoming more and more prevalent but The Bears are experienced at working with them and the constrictions that they impose.

Dance floor dynamics
The Bears are adept at reading the dancefloor and adapting the set “on the fly” to keep it filled. We are mindful that the demography of a wedding demography necessitates a mixed set of old and new songs. In practice, the old ‘ns (parents generation) will be on the dancefloor at the bvery egining and the very end. The blokes (groom’s generation) usually need a few lemonades to find their dance-feet, and then there is no stopping them 🙂

Please feel free to ask us any questions. We are glad to be of help

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