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The Bears

In Brief: 
4-piece, male lead vocals, 2x1 hour or 3x40 minute sets. Recorded music during breaks.

About The Bears

The Bears are a four-piece band currently wowing audiences the length and breadth of the UK with their eclectic mix of rock/pop guitar-based classic party anthems from the 60s to the 00s. With their enthusiasm and passion for live music, and their attention to detail, this combo of two guitars, bass, drums and four part harmonies, never fail to deliver a great show. 

There’s a wealth of talent and experience inside this band, as during the day, these guys write, play, and produce for some of the biggest names in music today. Between them they have worked with stars including David Gray, Del Amitri, The Spice Girls, New Order, The Back Street Boys, Liberty X, The Lemonheads and even Black Sabbath! They’ve all had their own 15 minutes of fame too! Between them they’ve clocked up many TV appearances on programmes such as Top of the Pops and The Tube. They have also played all over the world at venues ranging from prestigious hotels to large stadiums with recent appearances at The Marquee Club; Hammersmith Apollo; the Reading Festival; Glastonbury Festival; The Dorchester; and The Savoy. They have a large, ever expanding repertoire of current hits, cult classics and old time favourites providing the musical ammunition for an unforgettable night of excitement. From The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction or Blondie’s Hanging On The Telephone, through classics like Oasis’ She’s Electric to latest chart-toppers such as Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out and U2’s Vertigo there’s something for everyone here. 

 

The Bears normally play two one-hour or three 40-minute sets. Full lights, PA system and recorded music during their breaks are all provided.

 

Price from: £1,400

Travel and cost: 
The Bears are London-based. See Pricing for details of travel costs, etc

What People Say:

"The Bears were brilliant a real hit with our guests. We didn't want them to stop!"
Cathy Bone - wedding reception - Somerset - February 2010

"Fantastic evening entertainment. What a great bunch of lads. We shall definitely be recommending their services to family and friends."
Jennie Moody - wedding reception - Essex - July 2009

"Both the band and the FJ staff were extremely helpful, professional, and fun to do business with."
Emily Cripps - wedding reception - Kent - December 2008

"Everyone commented on how good the band was. They made our night special."
Lucie Guy - wedding reception - Yorkshire - October 2008

"Fantastic service from start to finish. Many thanks to all and well done The Bears."
Sarah Willaims - wedding reception - Surrey - December 2008

"The Bears were absolutely fantastic and it was a great night!"
Richard Henwood - wedding reception - Herefordshire - August 2008

"They were brilliant - everyone has mentioned what a fantastic band they are. They rounded off a perfect wedding!"
Vicky Halstead - wedding reception - W Sussex - July 2008

"We have nothing but praise for The Bears. They were simply brilliant and I am sure will be booked for years to come. Function Junction - you have been so professional and efficient. Thank you for everything."
Claire Atherton - summer ball - Hertfordshire - June 2008

"Everybody commented on how great they were! They just "made" the whole evening."
Janelle Tamblyn - wedding reception - Hertfordshire - May 2008

"Very impressed with the service from Function Junction and we thought The Bears were simply brilliant! They sounded fantastic and so many people commented on how good they were. We have received general letters of thanks regarding the wedding, and the band were praised again by various guests. They even learned and played a Stereophonics number just for us. Cannot thank them enough for their fabulous performance."
Suzanne Robinson - wedding reception - Hertfordshire - May 2008

"A big thank you to The Bears who made our wedding reception fantastic. We had many comments on how great they were."
Ana Tennant - wedding reception - Hampshire - May 2008

"Band were brilliant! Everyone loved them."
Euan Pirie - wedding reception - Buckinghamshire - April 2008

"Amazing music and lovely people. Function Junction were extremely efficient and helpful as well. All our guests loved the music and we keep getting wonderful comments."
Elliot West - wedding reception - London - March 2008

"We just wanted to thank you for helping make our day so special on 19 January 2008. All our guests loved The Bears and we couldn't have wished for a better band."
Petra and Jason Tyrrell - wedding reception - Oxfordshire - January 2008

"I cannot really express how good these boys were. Such nice lads, excellent musicians, great tunes/playlist. They were fantastic."
Rob Hermon - wedding reception - Hertfordshire - September 2007

"The band were absolutely brilliant. Everyone commented how good they were. The fact that there was no room on the dance floor said it all…The Arctic Monkeys went down a storm. I believe they gave out a lot of cards for people wanting to book them."
Paul Herbert - wedding reception - Kent - October 2007

"We have nothing but praise for Function Junction and The Bears. We booked 2 acts/bands for our wedding reception and everyone exceeded our expectations from start to finish. Without question a fantastic combination of quality acts and musicianship and excellent customer service."
Colin Gardiner - wedding reception - Hertfordshire - September 2007

"Thank you for everything - it was all great - everyone loved The Bears."
Amanda Heaton-Watson - wedding reception - Hertfordshire - August 2007

"The band were very friendly and accommodating, and the feedback from the evening was excellent"
Val Carr - school ball - Hertfordshire - October 2007

"They truly rocked! I think they may have secured themselves a few more west country gigs after that! Had so much incredible feedback from friends and family about them. Really really professional - we only wish we could do it all over again!"
Torquil Home - wedding reception - Exeter - June 2007

"They were absolutely great, read the crowd and let my husband do a few songs which was great! Really, really good. Thank you."
Heidi Drury - wedding reception - Essex - September 2007

"My musician son and his musician friends were very impressed. We danced the whole time they played even me getting over a broken foot and I don't regret it; as a result I could hardly walk the next day!!!!. Our guests told us they were the best wedding band they had heard."
Jonathan Bristow - wedding reception - Berkshire - August 2007

"We are so pleased we chose The Bears for our wedding and they would always be our choice for another function. Our daughter and new husband wanted a party to remember and that’s exactly what we got. The Bears are very professional and "rocked!" The dance floor was packed with young and not so young all having a ball. Thanks to The Bears and Function Junction who were so helpful and pleasant."
Margaret Thompson - daughter’s wedding reception - Buckinghamshire - August 2007

"The band were absolutely amazing! They really made the reception go with a bang! They chatted with guests during the intervals and really joined in. They read the guests well and performed tracks they knew would get everybody up. Absolutely amazing, can't praise them enough!"
Matthew Duncan - wedding reception - Surrey - August 2007

"Great band, excellent music, had a great evening. They produced a great atmosphere, highly recommended."
Tammy Wheeler - wedding reception - Hertfordshire - August 2007

"We couldn't speak more highly of The Bears. They were, professional, good fun and very accommodating. Their music was outstanding and all our guests agreed! Thank you!"
Neula Askew - wedding reception - Hampshire - August 2007

"Fantastic thank you. Both Function Junction and The Bears have been courteous, helpful and did what they said on the tin! Would highly recommend both. Big thanks to The Bears - many compliments received."
Clare Hatfield - wedding reception - Norfolk - July 2007

"The band has received a number of compliments from our guests. I am sure that others would consider them for future events."
Stuart Alexander - wedding reception - East Sussex - July 2007

"We would like to thank Function Junction for a very professional, efficient yet also personal service. We would also like to thank The Bears who were, and all our guests thought were, first class. The music was perfect, everyone was dancing and no one wanted them to stop! We wouldn't hesitate to use Function Junction or book The Bears again - thanks again!"
Emilie Gadd - wedding reception - Oxfordshire - February 2007

"All our guests commented on how fabulous The Bears were. Everyone was on the dance floor… even the grannies! Their enthusiasm and professionalism was first class!! We thought they were great. Please pass on our thanks for everything."
Peter Buff - wedding reception - Hertfordshire - December 2006

"The guys were excellent and all our guests have commented on how good/professional they were."
Nigel Gurney - birthday party - Kent - November 2006

"The Bears were incredible and really made the evening one to remember. Excellent crowd banter, got the measure of the crowd and responded well. Everyone danced from beginning to end."
Pamela McCubbine - wedding reception - Hertfordshire - September 2006

"Had a wonderful evening, which the band added to. They judged the mood of their audience and had everyone joining in on various songs. My husband (Elvis) was not expecting to sing but the band were excellent in getting him on stage twice!! along with others. People loved the evening as feedback goes. Not many sitting down for the night which is what we wanted. Good time had by all."
Lyonel Bell - birthday party - Surrey - September 2006

"Please pass on our thanks to The Bears who were absolutely outstanding! After a very traditional wedding service, we had really hoped to host an informal and upbeat reception and evening party … The Bears played a key part in helping us to make everything such a success! So many guests commented on how great the band was - thank you!!"
Shona Bowett - wedding reception - Oxfordshire - September 2006

"Excellent band. We all had a fantastic evening. The band were very friendly and very talented. Thank you."
Lisa Good - wedding reception - Essex - September 2006

"Thanks to you all for such a great night's music at our wedding reception. It was fantastic to see our loved ones up and dancing all night long. Young and old and the majority of us who are in the middle had a ball. My aunt wrote to say that she had not had so many male dance partners since the swinging sixties. We knew you would be good, but you were even better than we could have hoped! So many of our guests have asked about you and said that you were brilliant and I said it on the night, and I'm saying it again - you rocked!"
Becky & Jos Rush - wedding reception - Oxfordshire - August 2006

"Since our wedding, I have lost count of the number of people who have commented on how excellent The Bears were. I can't thank them enough for making our wedding reception so perfect."
Amanda King - wedding reception - Essex - August 2006

"The Bears blew the roof off!! Amazing live band. Will definitely recommend Function Junction and The Bears."
Chris Harland - wedding reception - Essex - July 2006

"An excellent band, we had a fantastic evening. The guys were very friendly and professional and had everyone dancing all night. There were lots of future wedding couples there and we would certainly recommend both The Bears and Function Junction. Thank you."
Nicola Kenny - wedding reception - East Sussex - March 2006

"Thank you for making the launch party a success. The Bears really made the evening a hit. We’ve had excellent feedback about you and we will definitely have you back next year if we can find an excuse for another party."
Angela Liddon - T-Mobile corporate party - Hertfordshire - April 2005

"Just two words: flipping excellent! Cheers guys!"
Christine Park - wedding reception - May 2005 - Surrey

"Hi Bears, Sorry I haven’t written to thank you sooner - We’ve just got back from our honeymoon and are catching up with everyone. Thanks for a brilliant, brilliant night and an special thank you for letting my sisters and I up to sing backing vocals. We’ve just watched the video! Hilarious."
Julie Sylvester - wedding reception - Hampshire - August 2005

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