A slick, stylish, indie-rock take on your standard function act, 8-Ball promise an absolute rollercoaster of an evening. Their dynamic live show and charismatic company are perfect for anyone looking to bring their big event a bit of added kick.
8-Ball are a hand-picked collective of Sussex's very best contemporary young musicians. They specialise in turning your everyday covers band catalogue into a fiery, ultra-modern, indie-pop joy ride. Boasting unrivalled musicianship and an electrifying live delivery, they’re experts at turning your event into a total party – with tunes to suit each and every one of your guests. From Drake to The Doobie Brothers, Justin Timberlake to James Brown and everything in between – these irresistibly charming fellas deliver it all with a power and finesse that is simply unmatched by their peers. With two hours of blistering live music, concert level stage production, an in-house sound engineer and a disco/DJ set provided as standard, every aspect of your evening’s entertainment is sorted in a single booking. So what on earth are you waiting for? Book Sussex's best alternative function for your big night now.
As standard 8-Ball provide:
Professional 4-piece band with awesome live show!
2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
A set list of classic dancefloor fillers from 60s to current chart
Quality PA, LED lighting and pre-mixed disco before and after live sets
PAT tested equipment and Public Liability Insurance (your venue will require the band to have this)
Your choice of first dance performed
Optional, live-lounge style acoustic set add-on – perfect for drinks receptions
8-Ball are based in Sussex and available for hire at weddings, parties and corporate functions across the U.K and Europe.
A Punk – Vampire Weekend All These Things I’ve Done – The Killers Are You Gunna Be My Girl – Jet Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake Dakota - Stereophonics Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader Drake - Hold On We're Going Home Dreaming Of You – The Coral Get Lucky – Pharrell Williams/ Daft Punk Happy – Pharrell Williams Hard To Beat - Hard Fi I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys I Will Wait - Mumford And Sons If You Wanna - The Vaccines In The Morning – Razorlight Last Nite - The Strokes Mollys Chambers - Kings Of Leon Moving To New York - The Wombats Mr Brightside – The Killers My Number - Foals Naive - The Kooks No Tomorrow - Orson Notion - Kings Of Leon Pacifier - Catfish And The Bottlemen Pelican - The Maccabees Pencil Full Of Lead - Paulo Nutini Ruby – Kaiser Chiefs Same Jeans - The View Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes Sewn - The Feeling Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon Shake It Off – Taylor Swift Somebody I Used To Know – Gotye Someday - The Strokes Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand The Bucket - Kings Of Leon Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran Treasure – Bruno Mars Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars Use Somebody – Kings On Leon Valerie – The Zutons/ Amy Winehouse What You Know – Two Door Cinema Club When The Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys X- Ray - The Maccabees Yellow - Coldplay
Creep - Radiohead Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis Live Forever - Oasis Parklife - Blur Place Your Hands - Reef Pumping On Your Stereo – Supergrass Rock And Roll Star - Oasis She's Electric - Oasis Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nivarna Song 2 - Blur There She Goes - The La’s Wonderwall - Oasis
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits This Charming Man – The Smiths Town Called Malice – The Jam
Abc – Jackson 5 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Tarrell December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) – Frankie Valli Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac Harvest Moon – Neil Young Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder Long Train Runnin’ – Doobie Brothers Maggie May - Rod Stewart Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield One Of These Nights - The Eagles Rockin All Over The World - Status Quo September – Earth Wind And Fire Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder Superstition – Stevie Wonder Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd Take It Easy - The Eagles The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks All My Loving - The Beatles Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles Day Tripper – The Beatles Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival Give Me Shelter - The Rolling Stones I Feel Good – James Brown I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles I Wanna Hold Your Hand - The Beatles I’m A Believer - The Monkees Its Not Unusual - Tom Jones Johnny Be Good - Chuck Berry Jumping Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett My Generation - The Who Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes Proud Mary – Credence Clearwater Revival Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley The Beatles – Eight Days A Week Twist And Shout – The Beatles You Really Got Me – The Kinks
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley Hound Dog - Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
First Dance Suggestions
All Of Me - John Legend Crazy Love - Van Morrison Everything - Michael Buble Harvest Moon - Neil Young Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith I'm Yours - Jason Mraz Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars Lucky - Jason Mraz And Colbie Calliat Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan Marry You - Bruno Mars Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder Tenerife See - Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran Thousand Years - Christina Perri Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton You Give Me Something - James Morrison You Make My Dream - Hall & Oates
Acoustic Live Lounge Set
All My Loving - The Beatles All These Things I've Done - The Killers Baby I'm Yours - Arctic Monkeys Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol Crazy - Gnarls Barkley Dakota - Stereophonics Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis Don't Look Back Into The Sun - The Libertines Dreaming Of You - The Coral Half The World Away - Oasis Heart Of Gold - Neil Young Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles Hey Ya - Outkast High & Dry – Radiohead Ho Hey - The Lumineers I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen In The Morning - Razorlight Last Nite - The Strokes Lovely Day - Bill Withers Lovin' You - Paulo Nutini Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys Married With Children – Oasis Maybe Tomorrow – Stereophonics Music When The Lights Go Out - The Libertines Naive - Kooks Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles She's Electric - Oasis Snap Out Of It - Arctic Monkeys Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2 Superstition - Stevie Wonder The Bucket - Kings Of Leon Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran Valerie - Amy Winehouse What Katie Did - The Libertines
“8-Ball were fantastic and really helped make the occasion. As far as I am aware they arrived in a timely manner, set themselves up with a minimum of fuss, and were ready to play at the designated time. They didn't play some of the tunes from their repertoire that we had requested, but we think this is because they were judging the requirements of the room and what the occasion demanded. The dance floor was full so they obviously got this correct. All our guests commented that the band were excellent, including comments from guests who are themselves musical that the level of technical musicianship was very high, and that they made an excellent sound for a 4 piece band. The band members themselves were very friendly. They were excellent, and exactly what we were looking for to help our celebration. We would thoroughly recommend them.”Steven - Wedding, Holiday Inn London-Elstree, Borehamwood
“We had an absolutely amazing day! 8-Ball were soo fantastic! The dancefloor was full from the moment they started playing to the moment they left!
They were also such lovely friendly guys as well as great musicians! Cannot recommend them enough they made our wedding reception a party to remember!
The girls at Tailored entertainments have also been fab throughout booking and the arrangement process leading up to the big day soo thanks to all.”Lee-Anne - Wedding, De Vere Tortworth Court, Wotton-under-Edge
“We had a great day, thank you for all your help over the last few weeks. Can you let the band know how grateful we were last night for everything they did for us. They were so helpful and went out of their way to make the night perfect. Also how f***ing good are the band!!!!!!! Everyone was loving the tunes and the set they played was bang on the money, we love them!”Greg - Wedding, Stone Barn, Cheltenham
“Band were accommodating on the day, played excellently and nailed our first dance song. Thank you so much!
All members of the team from Tailored Entertainment were so helpful all the way throughout the process. 10/10 Thank you!!"”Jason - Wedding, The Tithe Barn, Hampshire
“Wow wow WOW! 8-ball were absolutely incredible and kept the party rocking right until the very end. Me and Meghan have a very particular taste is music and when we found you, we knew 8-ball we’re the band for our wedding. The music was tight- the energy was real and the overall vibe was one to remember. Would definitely recommend 8-ball in a heart beat. They helped Taylor our day with little shoutouts and were just a pleasure to work with!”Meghan Edy - Wedding, Pangdean Barn, Brighton
“Honestly can't thank you all enough at Tailored Entertainment and 8-Ball - everything was organised perfectly and the band were incredible! Even better than we could have hoped for, the guys are so talented and got everyone up and dancing - the atmosphere was amazing :) everyone has been so nice too. All our family and friends were really impressed with the music, and so complimentary. Will definitely highly recommend. Thanks a million, Kjerstin and Dave.”Kjerstin Young - Wedding, Ghyll Manor, West Sussex
“Exceptional in every way. Really friendly guys and brilliant performers. Had people dancing all night and people are still asking us how we found them! The highlight of the night and would recommend to anyone.”Lydia Hopkins - Wedding, Epsom College, College Road
“8-Ball were great. They put on an excellent set, and the quality of performance was superb. They were also great accommodating some on the day requests for the disco in between set. Thanks again.”Matthew Scott - Wedding, Farbridge Barn, West Sussex
“8 Ball were a pretty amazing live band for our wedding. So many people said how brilliant they were. They did music for everyone, their energy kept everyone going all night and the singing was fantastic. Great guys, thankyou!”Clare and Simon - Wedding, Lysses House Hotel, Fareham
“We would like to thank the 8-Ball band for playing at our wedding. They made a special day even more special with 3 amazing sets covering music over a 50 year period which got everyone on the dance floor. They were truly amazing and come highly recommended.”Emily Coombe - Wedding, St Julians Club, Sevenoaks
“The band were fantastic and they everyone up on the dance floor! We couldn't have been happier with their sets and would definitely recommend them.”Isobel Smith - Wedding, Farbridge Barn, West Sussex
“8-Ball were fantastic please thank them for such a fantastic evening. Everyone commented on how good they are were. They performed our first dance song perfectly!”Richard and Anna - Wedding, The West Mill, Darley Abbey
“5/5 - 8-Ball were absolutely fantastic. All of our guests absolutely loved them. Would 100% recommend them and we would book again for another occasion. Thank you”Ashley - Wedding, Cissbury Barns, West Sussex
“Excellent performance all round. Took the time to do a Polaroid for our guest book and even take a turn on the camera to take some of our guests! Really pleased. Have commented directly on their Facebook page as well. Loved it.”Lynden Pater
“5/5/ - Very happy and a massive thank you to 8 ball for their help in creating a wonderful evening.”Peter O'Flynn - Wedding, Belair House, London
“We were thrilled with 8 Ball. It was incredibly hot on our wedding day but they still had bundles of energy throughout the evening to keep our guests dancing. We have had so many compliments from friends and family who loved the music - thank you.”Naomi - Wedding, The Barn at Bury Court, Farnham
“5/5 8-Ball Band were absolutely fantastic on our wedding day. We couldn't have asked for a better band. They were excellent, vibrant, energetic, polite and very friendly. We had so many kind words from other guests who absolutely loved them too. Thank you also to Tailored Entertainment who were fantastic at communicating back and forth, answering my many questions before the event!”Natalie - Wedding, Private Address, Reading
“The band were absolutely fantastic. All our guests loved them. They were great fun and full of energy. Our first dance (James Arther- Say You Won’t let go) and the father and daughter dance (The Kooks- Junk of the Heart) were perfect. They really made the evening reception. The atmosphere they helped create was incredible. We really could not recommend them enough. They even happily took a few Polaroid snaps with us!”Kayleigh - Wedding, Southdowns Manor, Petersfield
“5/5 Unbelievably amazing band - so friendly, reliable and made the evening a fantastic party. Everyone thought the music was brilliant. We can't thank them enough and highly recommend to anyone.”Gemma Athey - Wedding, Rectory Farm, Chichester
“5/5/ - 8 Ball were absolutely fantastic on Saturday night! They made the party go with a swing and everybody had a great time on the dance floor. The boys were super polite and professional and really knew how to play a good tune. They responded brilliantly to the guests and atmosphere, and chose a great playlist for both sets. Lots of friends have said that they thought the band were brilliant and where did I find them!
So thank you very much 8 Ball and Tailored Entertainment - you made my party one to remember!!”Philly and Blair - 50th Birthday Party, The Courtyard, Winchester
“Thank you to the band for a wonderful show. They were absolutely amazing. The feedback we got from our guests was amazing regarding them and I think there will be more business coming there way. Hotel and our guests requested business cards.
We would like to thank you all so much for making our evening so special. Thank you. I would highly recommend the band to anyone.”Mr & Mrs Harvey - Wedding, The Kings Arms, Dorset
“We both would like to say we and all our guests loved 8-Ball, the dance floor was always filled and everyone said how amazing they were!!
They truly made our evening even more perfect thank you soo soo much.”Erika - Wedding. Vetnor Botanic Gardens
“Everything was great!! From the beginning everything was so easy to organise with great communication and feedback from the agency which really took the stress out of it all. On the day the band were absolutely perfect! The music was fantastic, exactly what we wanted and the performance of our first dance song in particular was great!!!! The dancefloor was full for the entire night and all of our guests had a great time, so many of them have told us it was the best wedding band that they had heard! The band themselves were also very friendly and helpful, really working with the other suppliers to help make things go smoothly.
We had so much fun throughout the night and really could not have asked for anything else from the band and cannot compliment them enough!”Ross and Elena - Wedding, Taylors Farm
“Thanks again for recommending 8-Ball for my NYE party last night… I was nothing but impressed!
The lads were punctual, polite & professional & they had the mess members on the dancefloor all evening. I have received lots of positive feedback from people who attended last night & they were all complimentary about the band.
Thank you for your communication & assistance with this booking, I have a busy social calendar in my mess so hopefully we can do business again in the future.
I spoke to the band members before they left last night & I hold regular band nights/balls etc…and 8-Ball were amongst the best I’ve seen!”Stephen Micallef - Army event, Gosport
“Awesome, professional band! Our wedding guests are still talking about them now xx”Debbie Pettie – Wedding, Ageas Bowl Stadium, Southampton
“The band were absolutely brilliant. They sounded brilliant straight from the get go. They were great people to get on with and everyone loved them. We had everyone up on the dance floor of all ages having a wicked time. Would recommend them to anyone. Thankyou for everything. Really made our wedding experience unforgettable”Jonathan Newell - Wedding, Westerham Golf Club
“5/5 - My guests absolutely loved you guys, really fun and had everybody up dancing all night! Thank you!!”Amy Norris - Wedding - West Axnoller Farm, Dorset
“We came across 8 ball randomly whilst trying to find a wedding band online.
We listened to a couple of their tracks and it seemed to be the type of thing we wanted for our wedding.
We cannot believe how lucky we got with choosing this band!
They began the evening by playing a brilliant version of semi sonic, secret smile that they had prepared for our first dance.
They then proceeded to play fantastic tune after fantastic tune and had a packed dance floor all night long.
All my wedding guests have been raving about the band and I cannot remember a wedding reception where people were enjoying themselves quite as much as they were on this night!
Thank you so much for your amazing music and charisma, I am so glad we chose you as our wedding band.”Lucy Derham - Wedding, East Horton Golf Club, Eastleigh
“5/5 - The band were fantastic - extremely friendly and helpful. Music was brilliant. Would highly recommend!”Kat Jones - Wedding, Sopley Mill, Hampshire
“5/5 Brilliant band. Great fun and everyone commented on how much then enjoyed them.”Debbie Scott-Munden - Wedding, Hilton Ageas Bowl
“I just wanted to say how great a night we had. The band were fantastic, really nice guys and they entertained everyone and all of our guests keep telling us how great they were. Our first dance was perfect, couldn't have asked for anything better. Please thank the guys from me and my husband, truly fantastic.”Ana & Glenn - Wedding, New Barn Farm
“Me and my husband Ben hired 8ball for our wedding on the 6th of Aug, we just wanted to say thanks to them they were incredible and everyone loved them! They did so well with the sound monitor in the venue and were great working around us due to set backs. They were lovely guys and we really appreciate and are grateful for them helping make our day as amazing as it was.”Laura & Ben - Steeple Court Manor House, Southampton
“I have to say that 8 Ball were amazing. They really got the crowd going and the dance floor was constantly full of people dancing and having fun. The 2 1 hour sets absolutely flew by. We couldn't be more happier with them. I hope they enjoyed themselves as well. We were also very impressed with how the boys conducted themselves, very personable and professional. We're aware that one of our guests have already recommended them on to a friend, who has since made a booking; and we ourselves wouldn't hesitate in booking them again should a future occasion arise. Thanks again to all of you.”Carl - Wedding - Sopley Mill, Dorset
“I just wanted to email to say that the band were absolutely amazing and received compliments from all of our guests. They were so good at getting the guests up dancing. Guests have already started asking for their details. Thanks again for making it run so smoothly.”Alan and Mandy - Wedding, Queens Hall, West Sussex
“We had a great night thank you! Just got back from honeymoon today. Many thanks for helping us with booking 8-Band. The band were brilliant from start to finish and a pleasure to work with. Polite, courteous and professional at all times and were very self-sufficient with the set up. They had the audience entertained from start to finish with a good mix of old and new songs as well as the traditional wedding classics. They also provided a great DJ set in between them being on stage. We would have no hesitation referring 8-Ball to anyone who might be looking to book them in the future and please let us know if we can be of any help with a review. Thanks also for your help with the booking.”Tricia and Matt - Wedding, Farbridge Barn, West Sussex
“Thank you very much for the kind support in helping us to deliver such an amazing 50th anniversary party. Your generosity in providing such fantastic music for the event helped it to be what it was; it was a fantastic night celebrating 50 years of life boating in Lymington. The whole crew and team thank you for your generosity.”Royal National Lifeboat Institution - Anniversary Party
“Great band, our guests were delighted by their performance. They arrived early, setup with no fuss and really got into the party spirit, they played 2 great sets, and then joined in the fun! Highly recommended.”Nigel Taylor - Birthday Party, Webbs Green Farm, Southampton
“Hi Amy, The band were brilliant thank you. The venue had problems with the electric but we were told that the band were very helpful with this and sorted it with no problems. The band got lots of compliments and many guests asked us who they are and where we found them.”Kirsty Stride - Wedding, The Manor Barn, Petersfield.
“We booked 8-Ball for my daughter’s 21st Birthday Party and everybody was entertained – they play such a varied set list that caters to all ages…exactly what you need for a family party. Thank you again I will be recommending you to all my friends.”Lisa – Birthday Party, Sussex
“We had the best day and the band were absolutely incredible! So many people have contacted us to say that they had such a great time dancing (and singing) the night away with the band. We really can’t thank the guys enough for making our day extra special!”Emma – Wedding, Sussex
“One full dance floor. One happy crowd. One awesome group. 8-ball. With a reaction from our guests like that, we are already planning on when to book them again.”Hometown Festivals – Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival 2015
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? 60-90 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 acoustic full band set as an add-on, which is perfect for during drinks or dinner. You can see a live example of this set here.
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 4-piece line-up performing at a venue within 30 miles of our base in Chichester. We charge travel costs for venues further than 30 miles, and if your venue is more than a 2 hours 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? Yes, we regularly work at venues with noise limiters. We are happy to contact the venue in advance of the event to make sure we have all the required information to enable us to plan accordingly.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment? Yes.
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 £25 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.