The 505s - Indie Rock Covers in Portsmouth

Key Info

Based: Portsmouth

Guide Price: £1050

Genre: Indie Rock Covers

Line-Up: Drums, Bass/BVs, Guitar/Lead Vocals

Lead Vocals: Male vocals


About Us

The 505s are a scorching function trio armed with the indie-rock chops to absolutely light up your big event. This blistering three-piece band promise an unforgettable night of entertainment, performing guitar-driven anthems from the past four decades of rock music. The Beatles to The Black Keys, there’s something to thrill every one of your guests in a setlist that oozes style and swagger. If you love your music loud and your dance floor packed to the rafters, you need look no further than The 505s.

Our Style

Smart and stylish with an unfussy, indie-rock twist. The 505s are a proper, all-out indie rock act.

Our Experience

The 505s are made up of three of the south coast’s most experienced professional musicians. They’re experts at making your night truly unforgettable.

The Basics

As standard, The 505s provide:

  • Stunning live professional 3-piece band, with male lead vocals
  • 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets of live music
  • Concert level live sound production and stage lighting
  • Bespoke pre-mixed disco before and after live sets
  • Special request performed
  • PAT Tested equipment and Public Liability Insurance

Optional Extras

  • 60-minute live lounge style set, perfect for drinks receptions.
  • Band member to DJ before and after live sets.
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All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks
Arabella - Arctic Monkeys
Aviation - The Last Shadow Puppets
Black & Gold - Sam Sparro
Brimful Of Asha - Cornershop
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Club Foot - Kasabian
Come Together - The Beatles
Common People - Pulp
Day Tripper - The Beatles
Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Don't Look Back Into The Sun - The Libertines
Figure It Out - Royal Blood
Fire - Kasabian
From The Ritz To The Rubble - Arctic Monkeys
Gold On The Ceiling - The Black Keys
Helter Skelter - The Beatles
Henrietta - The Fratellis
Hundred Mile High City - Ocean Colour Scene
Hysteria - Muse
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
I Only Lie When I Love You - Royal Blood
I Predict A Riot - Kaiser Chiefs
In The City - The Jam
Jcb - Nizlopi
Jumping Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Kathleen - Catfish And The Bottlemen
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Mustang Sally - Buddy Guy
Mystify - Inxs
Naive - The Kooks
New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
Rocks - Primal Scream
Save Tonight - Eagle-Eye Cherry
Scream (Funk My Life Up) - Paolo Nutini
She Moves In Her Own Way - The Kooks
Something Got Me Started - Simply Red
Song 2 - Blur
Steady, As She Goes - The Raconteurs
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
Supersonic - Oasis
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Town Called Malice - The Jam
Wild Thing - The Troggs
Zombie - Jamie T



“The 505s were absolutely brilliant, they made the evening! Talented musicians that nailed every song, even better than being at a gig. So glad we booked them. Loved it. Will definitely recommend.”Richard - Wedding, The Bear of Rodborough, Stroud


“We cannot rave about the boys enough! Everyone we have spoken to since the wedding have commented on how amazing they were. They had us all up and dancing the night away. Not only did they sound amazing, the music they played was exactly our cup of tea! They were so incredibly polite and worked with us throughout the night. They waited for all the speeches to finish before setting up and they were so slick that the next thing we knew they were ready to play! Not only this but they made sure to give us a head up so we got to dance to our specially requested song! My husband was blown away by their generosity prior to the performance and it meant the world to him that he was able to play alongside his brother and father on our wedding day - not many bands would have done this and it is a memory we will all treasure. It was such an honour to have the 505's play at our wedding. We look forward to working with them again in the future.”Oliver - Wedding, The Mill at Gordleton, Hants


“The 505's have done such an amazing job, we really enjoyed the evening and it was great to see how full our dancefloor was during the evening! We and our guests really enjoyed the music and the fact that they played three ""last"" songs probably proofs that. It was such a good party and they contributed a lot to this! Thank you for everything! Thank you also for the good organisation via Tailored Entertainment!”Ramona Feldmann & Jack Swadling - Wedding, Old Idsworth Garden, Waterlooville


“Please pass on my thanks to the guys - they were brilliant. Thanks so much for recommending them for us, it was exactly what we wanted and had everyone up dancing. Hopefully one of our friends will book them for their wedding so we can do it all again!”Matt & Kelly - Wedding, Swanmore, Hampshire


I really want to have a great party with everyone on the dance floor - are you the right band for that?
Absolutely! We have been performing at weddings and events for several years and have an infectious live show that guarantees a packed dance floor and a party that you and your guests will remember for years to come! Our repertoire features the biggest classic and current chart hits, so there's certainly something for everyone.

Do you take requests?
We are happy to perform one special request for you - for weddings this is usually the first dance. You can also let us know your top 10 preferences from the repertoire, as well as send up to 30 requests for the disco - so you can be sure to hear all your favourites on the evening.

How long do you take to set-up?
60 minutes. If you are organising a wedding or event where the evening reception is in the same room as your meal, we often arrive to set-up while the room is turned around - we can have background music playing within around 30 minutes of load in.

What time do you play?
At a time to suit your event, standard prices are for 2 hours of live music, any time between 7pm and midnight.

How long do you play for?
We perform 2 x 60-minute live sets (or 3 x 40 minutes) in the evening and also provide a pre-mixed disco (tailored to your tastes) before and after live sets, so your whole night of entertainment is covered in one booking.

Can you provide music for our drinks reception?
Yes - we can perform a 1 x 60-minute live lounge-style acoustic set as an add-on, which is perfect for during drinks or dinner.

What is the difference between the ‘pre-mixed DJ service’ that comes with the standard package and the 'band member to DJ live' which is an optional extra?
The pre-mixed DJ service is where the band put on a bespoke playlist (you can request up to 30 songs in advance for this) through the PA before and after their live sets. We do this at most events and it works great - the volume of the music would be the same as if you had a DJ.

If you upgrade to the live DJ service, you can still send over preferences in advance, but you will also have a band member selecting and mixing tracks live on the night, as well as taking requests. The DJ will be happy to make important announcements but they will not talk constantly over or between tracks (that's just not our style!). We also think it's important to say that the DJ won't have a separate DJ booth - they will set up in an appropriate space (ideally to the side of the stage) and the PA/lighting will be the same as what is being used by the band.

Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Yes – all included in the price. You won't have to hire any additional equipment in.

What is the website guide price based on?
The published guide price is based on our 3-piece line-up performing at a venue within 30 miles of our base in Portsmouth. We charge travel costs for venues further than 30 miles, and if your venue is more than a 2 hours 30 mins drive home, we charge a bit extra so we can book accommodation. For an accurate quote please contact us with your event date and venue details.

Our venue has a noise limiter, can you work with that?
We are happy to accomodate certain sound restrictions although we require the decibel limit to be confirmed at the enquiry stage.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

Will you perform our first dance?
Yes, as long as we have three weeks' notice we will learn the first dance of your choice.

How much space do you require?
We have played in some very small spaces, but ideally a minimum of around 2.5m x 5m.

How much power do you require?
2 x 13-amp sockets are fine for our system.

Do I need to provide food/drinks?
The band's standard rider is for a hot meal and soft drinks for the band members or a £15 pp rider buyout.

Can we see you play live before booking?
As a professional function band our bookings tend to be weddings and private events that unfortunately we are unable to invite guests to. Our videos are a very accurate insight into our look and sound, and we'd also encourage you to check out our testimonials page to see what previous clients have said about their experience with the band.



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