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Urban Central

In Brief: 

5-piece, male/female lead vocals, 2x1 hour or 3x40 minute sets. Recorded music during breaks.

About Urban Central

Urban Central are a five-piece pop rock covers band who excel in combining dynamic rhythms, virtuoso musical performances, and scintillating vocals to produce high quality danceable music to keep your guests grooving all night long. The band is fronted by both male and female lead singers, who are backed by drums, bass and lead guitars, all first-rate musicians who have reputations for being amongst the best in the business, enabling the band to cover some of the greatest party floor-fillers from the 60s to 2000s. 

The band members’ credits read like a "Who’s Who" of popular music. Between them, they have supported or recorded with, Richard Cottle, Rick Wakeman, Jamie Lee Grace, Supertramp, Gallagher and Lyle, The Average White Band, Atomic Rooster, Marillion, Stray, Toyah, Limahl, Imagination, Bucks Fizz, The Sweet, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Tremeloes. Venues where they have performed include Buckingham Palace, The Hilton, The Dorchester, The Grosvenor House Hotel, Claridges, The Inn on the Park, The Law Society, Champneys, Sopwell House, Woburn Abbey, The Sheraton Skyline and the Kempton Park, Ascot and Sandown racecourses. Corporate clients have ranged from Coca Cola to the United States Airforce! 

Urban Central have their own PA system and lighting rig and normally play three 40-minute sets or two one-hour sets, they also provide pre-recorded music on an MP3 player during their breaks and after the performance has finished.

 

Price from: £1,440

Travel and cost: 

Urban Central are Hertfordshire-based. See Pricing for details of travel costs, etc

What People Say:

"I have had lots of compliments about the band. In fact pretty much everyone who was there has commented how great they were, and asking where I found them"
Julie Metelko - 50th birthday party - Berkshire - October 2015

"Lovely professional act and still willing to accommodate our guests' special requests where possible. Helped the day go off with a swing."
Margaret Wignall - 25th wedding anniversary party - Hertfordshire - July 2015

"The band were fantastic and played a great selection of songs - the dance floor was full all night. We had to drag people onto the coaches at the end of the evening! Really provided a great evening's entertainment for everyone at our wedding."
Samantha Skinner - wedding reception - Dorset - May 2015

"They were amazing. The dancefloor was filled and our friends have since commented on how brilliant the band was. Really nice people too - which is exactly what you want from a wedding band. Couldn't have asked for better. I only wished we'd had them longer!"
Sarah Nice - wedding reception - Essex - September 2014

"The music they played was a great mix and they created a fantastic atmosphere."
Brian Moore - 50th birthday party - Hertfordshire - June 2014

"The band were brilliant, the dance floor was packed all night, we loved every song. So many friends have commented how good they were, thank you for giving us the perfect evening!"
Felicity Quick - 40th birthday party - Dorset - August 2013

"Urban Central were absolutely fantastic, and their performance has been commented on by so many of our guests. They really went with the mood of the audience, and as a result the dance floor was packed all night. Thank you so much."
Hannah MacIntosh - wedding reception - Oxfordshire - August 2013

"We knew the band would be fantastic as we picked them but always great to hear the party guests raving on about how good the band were. Would certainly highly recommend Urban Central. Thanks so much!"
Sarah Knapp - 40th birthday party - Hertfordshire - January 2012

"Urban Central played a blinder! I have had so many comments about how good they were, did I know them, how did you find them and so on. The Bride and Groom were very pleased with the music they played and many wore themselves out dancing! One of our guests is a professional classic rock singer in his own band and he was very impressed - and said so. What great voices too. Well done Urban Central and well done Function Junction too."
Richard Stubbs - wedding reception - Cambridge - August 2011

"Just a note to thank you all for a great performance on Saturday – everyone there thoroughly enjoyed the music and as you know no-one wanted it to stop ( except the Hotel !! ). You had everyone on the dance floor from start to finish so we could not have asked for more."
Mike Lewis - daughter's wedding reception - Gloucestershire - July 2011

"Having returned from honeymoon, Marie and I would like to thank you for a superb evening’s entertainment on our wedding day – you really ended the day on a high. We were so glad we chose you and everyone loved the music you played for us. Thanks too for playing ‘Love is a Battlefield’ – we really liked your version of it and are very grateful you could play this for us. We hope you all enjoyed performing at the venue and that you managed to tuck into all the food – I think we may have over-ordered! If you have any other gigs in and around North London and the Home Counties, Marie and I would love to see you play again, if not for our next family function! So we hope to see you again in the future."
Daniel Musker - wedding reception - Dorset - July 2011

"Urban Central pitched their set and performance perfectly to the audience which ranged from very young children to grandparents. They were very professional, fun and easy to work with. Urban Central put on a fantastic performance which was thoroughly enjoyed by all."
Aisleen Ward - wedding reception - West Sussex - June 2011

"Everyone was up and dancing straight away and they just kept us all rocking!"
Jeremy Farrant - wedding reception - Cambridgeshire - June 2011

"All round v good."
Caroline Gregory - wedding reception - Wiltshire - December 2010

"Very easy to book through Function Junction. Urban Central were FANTASTIC and really crowned the wedding reception"
Clare Jackson - wedding reception - Somerset - April 2010

"Fantastic band - brilliant performance and got everyone up dancing all night"
Alex Moore - wedding reception - Oxfordshire - September 2009

"The band were very versatile, energetic and really got people up and dancing. We cannot recommend them enough. Thank you so much for making our wedding so memorable for us and our guests"
Steve Decker - wedding reception - Oxfordshire - July 2009

"They did a fantastic job - getting everyone up and dancing - Thank you ever so much."
Sarah Miles - wedding reception - Suffolk - June 2009

"The band were excellent and we would recommend them to anyone having a party, even using them ourselves again if the party was big enough"
Lorna Cross - wedding reception - Buckinghamshire - March 2009

"Very pleased with the whole service especially as it was booked at short notice."
Audrey Banks - New Year’s Eve event - Buckinghamshire - December 2008

"It was all superb. I'd recommend both Function Junction as an agency and Urban Central as a band to anyone. All my guests thought the band were excellent. Thank you."
Nicky Milne - wedding reception - Essex - October 2008

"The band were quick to gauge the mood of the audience and certainly performed to suit this. We have already had 2 enquiries about the band. Please pass on our thanks to them."
James Bliss - wedding reception - Bedfordshire - August 2008

"They were fantastic. They were everything we expected and more. Everyone, without fail, has commented on the band. Brilliant!"
Kim Sawyer - wedding reception - Sussex - July 2008

"I really just wanted to send a message to Urban Central to say thank you so much for a fantastic performance at our wedding on July 5th. It was the best money spent in ensuring that everyone had a great time and danced the night away. I only wish it could have lasted longer!! The band were excellent and got everyone up dancing. We have had many fantastic comments about how good they were. Thank you also to Function Junction for organising this."
Gemma Taylor - wedding reception - Warwickshire - July 2008

"Brilliant, despite being slightly biased as our wedding, I've never seen so many people on the dance floor! Thank you!"
Neil Barber - wedding reception - Hampshire - June 2008

"Apologies for not contacting you sooner, but time has just flown and I don't think I got the chance to say thank you for playing at our wedding in Sept. I have to be honest, but you were amazing and our guests just loved your energy but most of all your great songs! It was really important for me to have a band that were good at getting the crowd going and delivering a spectacular performance and you certainly covered all points off with style. Too often at weddings, bands have problems knowing what to sing or how to get the dance floor going but you were sensational. It was like we were all at an intimate gig with the crowd begging for more! The guests are still raving about the music to this day. So thank you for making our wedding such a memorable day. Wish you all the success in 08."
Sherawaye and Darren Hagger - wedding reception - Richmond - September 2007

"What a great night on Saturday and Urban Central were a great part of it! Everyone enjoyed themselves, thought the music was terrific, and that’s why they called for more after your second set had finish. I’ve never seen so many of our lot dancing and for so long. If ever we venture south again for our dinner/dance – and that’s quite likely – we’ll be sure to book you again. Thanks again."
Huthwaite Internationa - Company Dinner/Dance - February 2007

"Just wanted to thank you and the rest of Urban Central for the amazing performance you did at our wedding on 17th June – you were brilliant!. We had so many comments about how good you were. It was very important to us that our guests had a really fun night and we think you really made that happen - looking back at the pictures and video everyone is dancing and having a great times – thank you!"
Alex and James - wedding reception - Theydon Mount - June 2006

"Hello I would on behalf of all the staff and guests to thank the band for a wonderful evening at our party 9th Nov last. It is the opinion of all the guests at the party that the music was absolutely superb and everyone was having a wonderful time. Best regards and keep up the good work."
Price Waterhouse Cooper Iceland - Company Party - Cambridge - November 2007

"I would personally recommend Urban Central for any party or event. The music, presentation and professionalism they provide is just the best. I run a leading Corporate Events company, as such, the people I use and endorse reflect directly upon my own reputation. Urban Central can be trusted to provide excellent live music. You may be interested to know that I was pleased to hire Urban Central for my own company function last Christmas."
Andy Stefanczyk Managing Director

"The success of this event was absolutely vital for us. Urban Central were the absolute pinnacle of entertainment and professionalism...Thank you so much!"
Jonathan Tweed Director - Business Operations Health Imaging Eastman Kodak Co

"The band were great and everyone raved about them! Thank you."
Justine Peters - wedding - London - October 2003

"Absolutely outstanding! Thank you so much!"
Barbara Beauvois - wedding reception - London - February 2004


 

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50s
Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
Lucille (Little Richard)

60s
A Hard Days Night (The Beatles)
Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stones)
Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles)
Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Andy Williams)
Do You Love Me? (The Contours)
Get Ready (The Temptations)
Higher And Higher (You Love Keeps Liftin Me) (Jackie Wilson)
Honky Tonk Woman (The Rolling Stones)
I Feel Fine (The Beatles)
I Got You (I Feel Good) (James Brown)
I'm A Believer (The Monkees)
Little Less Conversation (Elvis Presley)
Love Man (Otis Redding)
My Girl (The Temptations)
Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles)
Substitute (The Who)
Think (Aretha Franklin)

70s
Blame It On The Boogie (Jackson 5)
Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) (Steve Harley And Cockney) (Rebel)
Dancing Queen (ABBA)
Denis Denis (Blondie)
Disco Inferno (The Tramps)
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)
Ever Fallen In Love (The Buzzcocks)
Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) (ABBA)
Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)
Highway To Hell (AC/DC)
Lady Marmalade (Labelle)
Listen To The Music (The Doobie Brothers)
Lets Stay Together (Al Green)
Lets Get It On (Marvin Gaye)
Maggie May (Rod Stewart)
Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul Mccartney)
Message In A Bottle (The Police)
Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
Sex Machine (James Brown)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynard Skynard)
Waterloo (ABBA)
We Are Family (Sister Sledge)
You Really Got Me (Van Halen/The Kinks)

80s
Beat It (Michael Jackson)
Brass In Pocket (The Pretenders)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)
Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (The Proclaimers)
I'm So Excited (The Pointer Sisters)
Islands In The Stream (Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton)
Kids In America (Kim Wilde)
Livin' On A Prayer (Bon Jovi)
Material Girl (Madonna)
Perfect (Fairground Attraction)
Simply The Best (Tina Turner)
Stop! (Sam Brown)
Summer Of 69 (Bryan Adams)
There She Goes (The La's)
Superfreak (Rick James)
Walk Like An Egyptian (The Bangles)
Walking On Sunshine (Katrina And The Waves)
You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Dead Or Alive)
Somebody Else’s Guy (Jocelyn Brown)
Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz)
She Sells Sanctuary (The Cult)

90s
Angels (Robbie Williams)
Baby When You're Gone (Bryan Adams & Mel C)
Brimful Of Asha (Cornershop/Fat Boy Slim)
Free Your Mind (En Vogue)
Groove Is In The Heart (Dee-Lite)
Hush (Kula Shaker)
Love Shack (B-52's)
Mmm Bop (Hanson)
Sit Down (James)
The Day We Caught The Train (Ocean Colour Scene)
Wonderwall (Oasis)

00s+
Ain't No Other Man (Christina Aguilera)
Bad Romance (Lady Gaga)
Beautiful Day (U2)
Domino (Jessie J)
Fascination (Alphabeat)
Fill My Little World (The Feeling)
Filthy/Gorgeous (Scissor Sisters)
Forget You (Cee Lo Green)
Get Lucky (Daft Punk))
Good Luck (Basement Jaxx)
Grace Kelly (Mika)
Happy (Pharrell Williams))
Hey Ya (Outkast)
I Believe In A Thing Called Love (The Darkness)
I Don't Feel Like Dancing (Scissor Sisters)
I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)
I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry)
Locked Out Of Heaven (Bruno Mars))
Mercy (Duffy)
Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5)
Mr Brightside (The Killers)
Price Tag (Jessie J)
Rolling In The Deep (Adele)
Sex On Fire (Kings Of Leon)
Suddenly I See (KT Tunstell)
Take Your Mama (Scissor Sisters)
Teenage Dirtbag (Wheatus)
Treasure (Bruno Mars))
Umbrella (Rhianna)
Valerie (Amy Winehouse)
Vertigo (U2)
When We Collide (Matt Cardle / Biffy Clyro)

1st Dance Suggestions
Always (Atlantic Star)
Crash And Burn (Savage Garden)
Bright Smile (Josh Ritter)
English Rose (Paul Weller)
Everlasting Love (Love Affair)
Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
Have I Told You Lately (That I Love You) (Van Morrison/Rod Stewart)
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Marvin Gaye)
Islands In The Stream (Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton)
It Means Nothing (The Stereophonics)
Just Like Heaven (Katie Melua)
Kiss Me (Sixpence None The Richer)
Lets Get It On (Marvin Gaye)
Lets Stay Together (Al Green)
Love Is In The Air (John Paul Young)
Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
Someone Like You (Van Morrison)
Songbird (Eva Cassidy)
Thank You (Dido)
Stay With You (John Legend)
The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
Loving You (Minnie Riperton)

Christmas Songs
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Wizzard)
Merry Christmas Everybody (Slade)
Fairytale of New York (The Pogues)
All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)