About The Ivys – professional cover band based in Manchester
Combining the spectacular talents of some of the most well-respected musicians from across the UK, The Ivys have a wealth of experience of performing at weddings, functions and corporate events over the last 10 years.
Bringing a unique style and powerful performance, added to that an eclectic repertoire guaranteed to get ANY crowd on their feet!
The band is made from musicians who have toured with signed artists like Beyonce, Rhianna, Beverley Knight, Take That, Michael Buble, RizzleKicks, Olly Murs and many more!
Lead singer Gavin was a feature on ITV's 2007 X-Factor show, and gained notoriety as the shock eviction of the round, even appearing on Lorraine Kelly breakfast show!!
We are one of the premier wedding bands and corporate event bands in Manchester.
Prices for the band depend on and date and location, please feel free to submit an inquiry, and you will receive a full email outlining our various excellent options and prices for The Ivys Band.
The Ivys Band offer many different forms of acts to truly be able to offer a bespoke service for any wedding or event.
Depending on your budget, size of venue, type of venue or any sound level requirements or preferences you have, we can cater for anything, and can truly tailor our offering to your requirements.
The Ivys acoustic band
We are now offering the chance to book the 5 piece band as an acoustic act! This is absolutely perfect for venues where space is limited or where there are noise restrictions.
You get the style, passion and musical ability of the band. However, due to us swapping percussion for a drum kit, and an acoustic guitar, the noise levels are much more pleasing to the ear if required for that particular event or venue.
Furthermore, this line up can also fit into event themes such as Retro or Vintage because of the style of performance.
The band also plays the same songs as the main line up but the different instrumentation conveys a style change which is no less powerful, but a different interpretation on all the classic songs that the band perform usually.
The Ivys Acoustic Duo
John and Gavin have been performing for 5 years as a stand alone acoustic duo, performing hits old and new in their inimitable laid back style. They perform regularly at venues such as Knutsford Wine Bar, The Bubble Room and even a residency at The Intu Trafford Centre.
They can be booked either as a daytime act for background music or as a main act in the evening for smaller gatherings (which works perfectly). Gavin can also offer his DJing service for the latter to provide a full evening's entertainment.
How many musicians are in the band normally and can you add more?
The Ivys band can be booked in any form from our main line up act as a 5 piece band, up to 8 piece with a horn section, to our background acoustic duo. We do also offer a 4 piece line up to suit a slightly tighter budget.
Would we need to hire equipment and lighting for The Ivys band?
We are fully self-contained and have our own PA and stage lighting equipment.
What is Public Liability Insurance and PAT testing, and do you have it?
We can provide PAT Testing and Public Liability certificates on request, they are standard documentation that most established venues require from bands now.
We require some music when the band aren't performing?
Gavin offers a professional DJing service as an additional option if required, more than just an iPod or laptop playlist plug in that some bands now offer. He is more than happy to take requests before or on the evening from you or your guests!
We've seen you have performed with a female singer, can we book her as well?
The band has the option to even add a top female vocalist if required, for that extra something special.
Do you take requests or even learn a song for us?
We are extremely happy for you to pick songs from our repertoire for the evening, and if you have a special song, for example for your first dance, as long as we can perform it with the instrumentation we have, we are happy to learn it for you at no extra charge.
If you are happy to leave the choice of music up to us, we choose the songs on the evening based on the demographics and reaction of the audience on the night. We don't believe in writing a set list out, as we believe that the crowd picks the set by their reaction.
What will The Ivys Band wear?
We can wear suits or less formal clothes, it is entirely up to you!
How much space do you require?
In an ideal world, 3m by 5m for the 5 piece band, but we have squeezed into much smaller spaces! We do not require a stage but if you would like to book one for us through the venue, that would be great (but not essential at all). Set up takes about 30-40 minutes.
We are holding a Corporate Event, what sort of companies have you performed for?
We have performed for the biggest companies in the UK, including Range Rover, Glaxo Smith Kline, John Lewis, Shell, Sony, HP, Samsung, Apple, BT, Manchester United FC and Astra Zeneca.
"WHAT A BAND! Our guests our still talking about them now. An amazing day, capped off with an amazing night. The Ivys made our day the perfect day!"
– Markus Brecher, 21 November 2019, wedding at the Landmark Hotel, London
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"Hi Gavin, I just wanted to say a quick thank you for performing at our wedding last Friday at the Isla Gladstone. You were phenomenal throughout and a true professional. Somehow you managed to get guests up onto the dance floor who would not normally be there which is inspiring. I genuinely lost count of the number of guests that came up to me to say how good you and the band were so I think you may have a few more fans now! Thanks also for bringing the sax player along also as he definitely added to the night. We saw you originally at the Spinningfields festival and I'll certainly be looking out for more public dates. Thanks again, you made our night! Andy & Gemma."
– Gemma Lovell, 6 September 2019, wedding in Manchester
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
"Hi Gavin, Just wanted to say a quick thank you!!! Everyone is buzzing about how good you were in the day and how fab you and the band were at night! I believe I succeeded in persuading my friend Emma to book you for her wedding in August 2020 too. We will be adding a good review to Facebook, but just wanted to say thanks for creating such a fab atmosphere! Natasha & Brett xx"
– Natasha Merchant, 9 August 2019, wedding in Lancashire
Verified booking on FixTheMusic
Great Balls Of Fire - Gerry Lee Lewis
Johnny Be Goode - Chuck Berry
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Come Together - The Beatles
Get Back - The Beatles
Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
Honky Tonk Woman - Rolling Stones
I Feel Fine - The Beatles
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Tracks Of My Tears - Smokey Robinson
Try A Little Tenderness - Wilson Pickett
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
All Right Now - Free
American Girl - Tom Petty
Dreadlock Holiday - 10cc
Living For The City - Stevie Wonder
Long Train Running - Doobie Brothers
Message In A Bottle - The Police
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
A Little Respect - Erasure
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Basket Case - Green Day
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
Englishman In New York - The Police
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
Faith - George Michael
Footloose - Footloose Soundtrack
Give Me The Night - George Benson
I Love Rock N; Roll - Joan Jett
Kiss - Prince
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
P.y.t. (pretty Young Thing) - Michael Jackson
Rappers Delight - Sugarhill Gang
Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams
Tainted Love - Mark Almond
Town Called Malice - The Jam
Angel Of Harlem - U2
Champagne Supernova - Oasis
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Day We Caught The Train - Ocean Colour Scene
Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Hard To Handle - Counting Crows
Just Looking - Stereophonics
Place Your Hands - Reef
Regulate/ Juicy - Warren G/ Notorious Big
Return Of The Mack - Mark Morrison
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Show Me Love - Robin S/ Sam Feldt
Space Cowboy - Jamiroquai
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
Wonderwall - Oasis
You And Me Song - The Wannadies
You Got The Love - Candi Staton Feat The Source
Can't Stop - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Everything - Michael Buble
Dancing In The Moonlight - Top Loader
Dakota - Stereophonics
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
Naive - The Kooks
No Diggity - Blackstreet
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
She Said - Plan B
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
This Love - Maroon 5
Take Your Mama Out - Scissor Sisters
Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
Valerie - The Zutons/ Amy Winehouse
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
When The Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys
Avicii - Wake Me Up
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Closer - Neyo
Forget You - Cee-lo Green
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Happy - Pharell Williams
Hey Ho - The Lumineers
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Love Me Again - John Newman & Rudimental
Love Yourself - Justin Beiber
Mr Brightside - The Killers
On A Day Like This - Elbow
Rude (marry Her Anyway) - Magic
Sing - Ed Sheeran
Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Uptown Funk/ Billie Jean/ Ice Ice Baby/ Real Slim Shady - Mark Ronson & Bruno Marrs/ Michael Jackson/ Vanilla Ice/ Eminem
We Found Love - Rhianna
Why D'you Only Call Me When Your High - Arctic Monkeys
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
All Of Me - John Legend
Angels - Robbie Williams
Crazy Love - Van Morrison
Creep - Radiohead
Easy - Lionel Richie
Everything - Michael Buble
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
Handbags And Gladrags - The Faces
Half The World Away - Oasis
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Hey Jude - The Beatles
I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - Elton John
Imagine - John Lennon
It Must Be Love - Madness