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The Humbugs

The Humbugs are a 4 piece covers band, playing the best music from the 60s to the present day. From The Beatles to Bruno Mars, the band offer something for everyone!

Based in Manchester, the band are happy to tailor their performance to suit your event. Their flexible live sets can be performed as 2 x 60 minutes, 3 x 40 minutes or whatever configuration suits you. The band can also perform up to 3 hours of material for a small extra charge.

Between live sets, The Humbugs can play recorded background music through their PA, keeping the party atmosphere going and saving you the expense of a DJ.

The band represents great value for money and have worked hard to create a big sound, with 4 part vocal harmonies and great musicianship.

The Humbugs often dress in black and white stripy T-shirts which makes the band really stand-out from the crowd but of course they can also smarten up and wear suits or can dress more casually - whatever is best for you.

The band is fully insured and has public liability insurance up to the value of £10 million (which can be inspected upon request). All of the band’s equipment is PAT tested on a regular basis.

Matt - Lead Vocals, Keyboard & Guitar:

Matt is a self-taught musician and can play guitar, bass and drums as well as being able to tinker on the piano / keyboard. For over 15 years he played with the 5 piece covers band, The New Originals – a name borrowed from the cult film Spinal Tap. He has his own recording studio at home and as well as playing covers he has spent much of his life writing and recording original music. He made two records with the band Turn to Flowers, on the same record label as The Mock Turtles and Inspiral Carpets and shared the bill with those bands as well as The Stone Roses, Northside and The Soup Dragons at various venues. With the band, Fat Black Cat, Matt toured the UK three times (with the Australian Doors) and a TV programme was made about them by Granada Television. Matt still gets a huge buzz out of playing live and continues to write his own material with the band StateDancer. If you wish to engage him in conversation then he’ll happily talk about anything to do with music or second world war planes!

Emelia - Lead Vocals & Guitar:

Emelia is the newest member of the band and a hugely welcome addition adding amazing vocals and an extra guitar to the mix. She started singing at the age of 8 and now has a diverse repertoire and style from musical theatre and standards to full on rock and pop. She names her musical guilty pleasures as Westlife and McFly (well she is the youngest member of the band!) but says that her biggest influence is Freddie Mercury who she considers to have been the world’s greatest showman and vocalist.

Tom - Bass & Vocals:

Tom plays a number of instruments including the guitar which he also teaches. He also teaches music theory – proving that he must have the patience of a saint. He gained his knowledge having completed a music degree at Salford University and has been a musician all his life. He cites his musical influences as Ryan Adams, The Beatles, Steely Dan and Death Cab For Cutie and as well as playing covers he also writes his own music which he regularly performs under his own name.

Stuart - Drums & Vocals:

Stuart is another multi-instrumentalist and although he sits at the back behind the drums he can also play the guitar and bass. He even has a music degree to prove it. He plays in a number of bands including the Big Shot Swing Orchestra, Soul Bandits and Brass Routes and in the past has played with the Casino All Stars and The Groove Merchants -a pun-tastic collection of bands I’m sure you’ll agree! He now passes on his drumming expertise by teaching. He has an eclectic musical taste and says that he likes most genres from metal to jazz and everything in-between, although his biggest influence on his drumming has probably been Vinnie Colleuta, the drummer for Frank Zappa.

Act Information


Guitars, Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Vocals and harmonies

Extra Line-up(s)

Acoustic 4 piece for earlier in the day: 1 x 60 minute set - £360
Acoustic duo for earlier in the day: Male & Female Vocals/Guitar Duo. 1 x 60 minute set - £240
Acoustic solo for earlier in the day: Male Vocals/Guitar. 1 x 60 minute set - £150
Ceremony Music: Solo female singer with high quality backing tracks - £150
Finish after Midnight: Add per hour - £120
Song Request: to learn and perform your special song - £120
Free recorded music: between and after live sets - £0

Also included

Band carries a 2K PA suitable for up to 250 guests. LED lighting provided to light the band and the dance floor (usually 8 lights).


North West based and will travel to these areas: Midlands, North East, North West, Wales.

Previous Clients

Previous Clients Include:
Royal Bank of Scotland
Manchester City Council Gardening awards
HIT Training
15th Sqd Royal Engineers
The Tenon Group
Auto Glass UK
Direct Line

Previous Venues Include:
Titanic Hotel, Liverpool
Hornton Grange, Birmingham
Ruskin Hotel, Blackpool
Imperial Hotel, Balckpool
Manchester City - Eithad Stadium
Manchester United - Old Trafford Football Club
Smokies Park Hotel, Oldham
Prince of Wales Hotel, Southport
Sketchley Grange Hotel, Leicestershire
Birmingham Metropole Hotel
Cavendish Hotel, Bakewell
The Pines Hotel, Chorley
Lowry Hotel, Salford, Manchester
Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club, Stockport
Cottons, Knutsford
Crewe Hall, Crewe
Trafford MV Rugby Club, Sale
Larkhill Community Centre, Timperley
Lancaster Golf Club
Manchester Airport Hotel
Manchester Masonic Hall
Rivington Hall Barn, Bolton
Nunsmere Hall Hotel, Oakmere
Chevin Lodge, Otley
Old Padeswood Golf Club
Peckforton Castle, Nr Tarporley


"The band were really excellent, they had people dancing from the first song right through to the end and I saw people running onto the dance floor for certain songs. At least two dozen people told me how great they were and how they were the best band they have seen at a wedding and I must say I agree. We'd be more than happy to recommend you for other gigs, hopefully I won't need you for another wedding though!" Ben Newham (Wedding)

"Paul and I would just like to thank you for performing at our wedding on Saturday. We had a great time, and you really made our night. Many of our guests have commented on how great you guys were, you really got people moving with your varied song selection. We would not hesitate to book you again in the future should we require a band for any occasion, and we will definitely be recommending you to friends/family. Many Thanks!" Kirsty and Paul Kay (Wedding)


Energetic, reliable and truly live (nothing is recorded)
Great party band with rich vocals and harmonies for a full sound
Completely self contained with PA and lighting as standard



Ben E. King Stand By Me
Ray Charles Hit The Road Jack
The Beatles I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles Twist and Shout
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles Back In The USSR
The Beatles Revolution
The Kinks You Really Got Me
The Who Can't Explain
James Brown I Feel Good
James Brown Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
Wilson Pickett In The Midnight Hour
Tom Jones It's Not Unusual
Tom Jones Delilah
Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine
The Monkeys Last Train to Clarksville
The Monkeys I'm A Believer
Jimi Hendrix Foxy Lady
Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze
Al Wilson The Snake
Rare Earth Get Ready
Stealers Wheel Stuck In The Middle
Mud Do You Love Me
Al Green Take Me To The River
Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac Don't Stop
Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
Bill Withers Lovely Day
Santana She's Not There
Bob Marley & The Wailers Is This Love
The Jam David Watts
The Jam Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
Buzzcocks Ever Fallen In Love
Elvis Costello Pump It Up
The Undertones Teenage Kicks
The Knack My Sharona
The Specials Monkey Man
Madness Baggy Trousers
The Blues Brothers Gimme Some Lovin'
The Vapors Turning Japanese
The Police Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough
Soft Cell Tainted Love
The Jam Town Called Malice
The Housemartins Happy Hour
The Bangles Walk Like An Egyptian
Cameo Word Up
REM The One I Love
The Stranglers All Day And All Of The Night
B-52's Love Shack
The Commitments Hard To Handle
The Commitments Mustang Sally
The Lemonheads Mrs Robinson
The Rembrandts I'll Be There For You
The Wannadies You and Me Song
Pulp Common People
Oasis Cum On Feel The Noize
Tom Jones You Can Leave Your Hat On
Madonna Beautiful Stranger
2000 to Present
Kings of Leon Molly's Chambers
Kings of LeonSex On Fire
Kaiser Chiefs I Predict A Riot
Franz Ferdinand Take Me Out
Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Ordinary Boys Boys Will Be Boys
Amy Winehouse / The Zutons Valerie
Take That Shine
Paolo Nutini New Shoes
Duffy Mercy
Paloma Faith Stone Cold Sober
Arctic Monkeys Love Machine
Adele Rolling In The Deep
CeeLo Green Forget You
Bruno Mars Runaway Baby
Maroon 5 Moves Like Jagger
Carly Rae Jepson Call Me Maybe
Pharrell Williams Happy

Extra Costs

The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.

Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.

(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)

Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.

Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.

(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)