The Manhattans
Wedding Band & Party Band
Watford, Hertfordshire
Pop Covers, Rock, Indie, Funk, Soul, 4-Piece Band, Male & Female Vocals, DJ Service
Insured
Β£
2019 (avg. price)

About The Manhattans – party band & wedding band based in Hertfordshire
25 reviews

Booked 28 times on FixTheMusic ⚑

The Manhattans are a high-energy pop & rock covers band based in Hertfordshire.

Having supported huge names including Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park and headlined Trafalgar Square as part of the Closing Paralympic Celebrations, the band caught the attention of promoters in the United States.

Since then the band have been touring across the US supporting bands like Fuel and Alien Ant Farm.

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Now back in the UK and based in Hertfordshire, the band have been inundated with requests to perform at corporate events, weddings and private parties.

Available as a high energy 4-piece band as standard, with the option of adding female vocals and Saxophone to the line-up, The Manhattans can tailor their band to suit each client’s individual requirements.

They also offer a DJ service and all Sound and Lighting equipment is included.

Sam, the band's lead vocalist, has recorded backing vocals for artists including Adele, Goldfrapp and Keith Urban, as well as singing on Movie Soundtracks such as "Pan", "The Great Gatsby" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge"

In booking The Manhattans band for your event you are guaranteed a high-energy, professional performance of the highest standard.

So if you're looking to hire the finest pop & rock wedding band Hertfordshire has to offer, get in touch with The Manhattans.

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Dubai
  • Provence, France
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Notley Abbey, Aylesbury, UK
  • Harpenden, UK
  • Sifnos, Greece
  • Somerleyton, UK
  • Castello di Meleto, Chianti, Italy
  • Wantage, UK
  • Leeds Castle, Maidstone, UK

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25 verified reviews

"The Manhattans are extremely talented musicians who cover a wide range of genres and are adaptable to playing in intimate surroundings or to hundreds of guests in a large arena. Their endearing and genuine nature is infectious."
– James Marshall, 24 March 2020, The Anderson Foundation, corporate event in London
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"These guys are the real deal. I knew they'd be good but they exceeded my/our expectations (and I book plenty of music acts for events). Communication was prompt and easy right from the off. They showed up on time, were super nice guys, so professional, friendly and incredibly talented. Our guests loved every second of the performance and no one sat down throughout (we danced and sang along to every track). Slick, charismatic, tight and musically so on point. Lead singer has a great voice too. We wanted them to go on and on. I'd recommend them wholeheartedly and would book them again in a heartbeat. You won't be disappointed."
– Patrick Macaleenan, 12 December 2019, corporate event in London
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"It was AMAZING. Wanted and still will send you a thank you email. It was wonderful, Sam and the band were amazing! Super professional, amazing vibe, amazing talent!"
– Ahmed Chaaban, 18 November 2019, private event in Dubai
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"Thank you!! You and the band were FANTASTIC - all we could have hoped for and more. I think a direct quote from a guest was β€œbest wedding band I have ever seen, EVER!"
– Deviyani Misra-Godwin, 6 September 2019, wedding at ChΓ’teau Robernier, Provence, Montfort-sur-Argens, France
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"Dear Sam, and the whole The Manhattans band. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such an incredible evening on Friday. I honestly can’t put into words just how amazing you were, you literally made my evening. I have been to many 18ths, 21st and black tie events and enjoyed bands, but you surpassed them all. The playlist of songs was perfect, the music was outstanding, and your voice was simply phenomenal. Your energy and enthusiasm was unparalleled. We were thrilled with the saxophonist, and loved dancing with him on the dance floor. Everyone was dancing, and I genuinely had the best night of my life. I didn’t want to leave the dance floor. You guys have a big future ahead of you! All the guests were raving about you, and commented that you were exceptional. We’re already planning mum & dads 60th.... is it possible to book 5 years in advance?! I must see your calendar for upcoming gigs as I am desperate to come to any that are near us!! Thank you again for such an unforgettable evening. I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life. Please extend my thanks to the rest of the band."
– Giselle Mackinlay, 19 July 2019, 21st birthday party in London
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"Sam and the Manhattans exceeded all our expectations and helped make our wedding day extra special! They were a dream to work with for our destination wedding in Greece. From our initial phone call and throughout the entire process leading up to the big day, they were super responsive, professional and helpful (and fun!). Sam’s voice is unparalleled and all the band members are very talented musicians and performers. We used them for an acoustic set during our ceremony, DJ services during cocktail hour, as MC throughout the evening, and then the 6-piece band for dancing. At our request, they learned several new songs ahead of time for our ceremony and first dances. Each part was executed perfectly and exactly as we imagined. They were incredible in terms of set lists and interacting with our friends and family. All our guests were up on their feet dancing the entire night! We had so many guests come up to us afterwards and ask how we were able to find such an incredible band. Also worth noting that we had some last minute timing changes due to weather and they were incredibly flexible and helpful! We wish we had some other big event to throw just so we could hire these guys again!"
– Tatiana & David Berv, 15 July 2019, wedding at Cavo Ventus, Santorini, Greece
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"It was an amazing day. We've had so many compliments about how good you guys were, so thank you - you were awesome and our first dance was really special!! Our friends and family loved the dancing - I've never seen my Dad move like that! We'll be recommending you to all our friends."
– Ludo Baynham-Herd, 8 April 2019, wedding at Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden
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"Thank you so much for providing wonderful music for our wedding! And for helping with the audio equipment. You guys did a great job feeling the crowd and playing music they liked. It was a night we will never forget!"
– Christina Breaden, 29 March 2019, wedding in Paris, France
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"I have always dreamt of a band for my wedding. Thank you so much Sam and the Manhattans for making our the pre-wedding dinner, the wedding ceremony as well as the party unforgettable. Sam is so professional, flexible and helpful. All the rather difficult logistics went seamlessly. We were looking for a band for our wedding in Greece, to cover 2 days of partying. Sam not only played the piano for our church wedding (including french and latin songs), but the Manhattans also played jazz on our pre-wedding dinner, as well as party music during the wedding party. You are phenomenal! During the party, you got all our guests dancing, there were songs for everybody’s taste, the saxophonist was incredible playing in the dance crowd, and all the other musicians from the band were also perfect. I didn’t leave the dance floor! Everybody commented on how great you all were. Sam, your voice is amazing! We highly recommend all of you, and I was already asked for your contact details! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making the day such a memorable one."
– Nathalie Ng Kuet Leong, 14 October 2018, wedding in Sifnos, Greece
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"The Manhattans were phenomenal! Sam was great to work with, he was really flexible and helpful. Their performance was amazing. We asked them to perform an altered version of 500 miles as our first dance song and it was absolutely perfect. They nailed every song, built up their set list to really get the party started and managed to get every one of our guests dancing with us. The whole band had such a positive attitude, even when it started pouring down and it looked like our whole outdoor wedding had to be moved inside last minute they were helping out and looking for solutions. And when we eventually moved back outside they made it all work seamlessly. We cannot thank them enough. They gave us the party we had been hoping for. Saying we highly recommend them doesn’t even begin to cover it."
– Judith Veenhuizen, 1 September 2018, wedding at Castello di Meleto, Gaiole In Chianti, Italy
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"We just wanted to say thank you very much – you were all absolutely brilliant. You sounded amazing, created the right sort of atmosphere we were looking for and had everyone up on the dance floor. All our friends loved the music – the indie vibe went down an absolute storm! You performed the first dance just as requested and I’ll have great memories of jumping around to Wheatus and Blink 182. We’re so pleased that we booked you as our band – we would highly recommend you to anyone!"
– Melissa Wood, 25 July 2018, wedding in London
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"It was an absolutely fantastic wedding and the day could not have gone better. Even the snow was a bonus and gave us some spectacular photos, although we hope it didn’t make travelling home too difficult for you all. Can you pass on our sincere thanks to the band for a great job. The music was outstanding, the song choices really worked and we had some lovely feedback on the way you interacted with our guests. Indeed, without exception, our guests thought you were brilliant. Can we also thank you personally for your thorough professionalism, advice and guidance during the planning process – it made it all so much easier and felt effortless. Thank you all once again, and we will certainly have no hesitation in recommending you to others. All the best! Diane & Ray."
– Ray Wilson, 29 June 2018, wedding in London
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"We can’t thank Sam and The Manhattans enough for helping make our wedding day in Sicily so special, extremely fun and forever memorable! All our guests commented on how insanely good the band was both vocally and at creating a fantastic atmosphere that made everyone want to get up and dance – we would wholeheartedly agree! Sam made everything such a joy during the planning stages – so professional and genuinely friendly and helpful. His solo singing during dinner and our first dance displayed just how talented he is a singer; it was perfect and exactly what we wanted. The band and DJing entertainment post-dinner was just as amazing and no one wanted it to end – we would highly recommend The Manhattans!"
– Richard Mirfin, 11 June 2018, wedding in Sicily
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"We had a fantastic day! Thank you so much for absolutely smashing the music, we had so much fun dancing with everyone. My wife loved the Chilli Peppers - you guys killed it!"
– Chris Hepburn, 19 May 2018, wedding in Reading
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"You guys were amazing at the wedding - we've had so many comments both at the time and since about how much you guys rocked it! We had a great time!"
– Matt Howard-Cairns, 12 May 2018, wedding in Hertfordshire
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"It was an absolutely fantastic wedding and the day could not have gone better. Even the snow was a bonus and gave us some spectacular photos, although we hope it didn’t make travelling home too difficult for you all. Can you pass on our sincere thanks to the band for a great job. The music was outstanding, the song choices really worked and we had some lovely feedback on the way you interacted with our guests. Indeed, without exception, our guests thought you were brilliant. Can we also thank you personally for your thorough professionalism, advice and guidance during the planning process - it made it all so much easier and felt effortless. Thank you all once again, and we will certainly have no hesitation in recommending you to others."
– Patricia Sage, 3 April 2018, wedding in London
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"The band were great and really professional throughout the booking process and on the day. They arrived 2 hours before the set up time and were able to rehearse and get set up with time to spare. Sam and the band were also accommodating by allowing us to use the mic to make some announcements during their break and took some requests for songs during that intermission from some of the guests. During the end of the second set with 15 minutes remaining, the hotel security informed us that there had been some complaints over noise so Sam was able to adjust his set and play quieter to ensure there was no further disturbance. Both sets were made up of great songs that were loved by the guests and many were dancing and singing along. The great reception to some of the tracks prompted the band to then play more from that artist and they tailored the set to what people were enjoying and what was getting a great response. From both a booking and arranging, and performance point of view, The Manhattans were fantastic and I would happily recommend them in the future."
– Jamie La Marque, 14 February 2018, wedding in Berkshire
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"The Manhattans were a pleasure to deal with - not only are they an excellent group of musicians who played precisely the set needed to entertain the guests at our wedding, but they also took the various sound and space requirements of our venue in their stride. We would not hesitate to recommend them as a wedding band."
– Jamie Elliott, 30 November 2017, wedding in London
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"Absolutely fantastic - couldn't have been more perfect! All our guests were on the dance floor all night which made me so incredibly happy. Every single song was brilliant and the band seemed to be enjoying the party as much as we all were. Sam responded almost instantly to queries by email in the weeks leading up to the wedding. They arrived in plenty of time and set up promptly. The perfect band! Thank you very much!"
– Emily Sanders, 2 November 2017, wedding in London
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"Everyone said how good you guys were and asked for your details. Thank you for making our special day amazing."
– Michael Curbishley, 13 April 2017, wedding at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk
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"The Manhattans were incredible and I will most definitely be in touch regarding future events."
– Jessica Watts, 26 March 2017, corporate event for Blue Square Marketing & Samsung
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"Big thanks to The Manhattans who rocked our wedding! You guys completely surpassed all expectations. We've had no end of comments from guests saying you were the best band they've ever seen at a wedding."
– Claire Bourgein, 27 January 2017, wedding in Kent
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"Absolutely legendary night. I looked at hundreds of bands to choose the perfect act for our wedding and you guys were on another level. Thanks so much."
– Anna Duff, 10 December 2016, wedding in Hertfordshire
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"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Sam and The Manhattans. They smashed it. A slick, professional and truly lovely bunch of guys. From the ceremony and drinks reception acoustic entertainment to the band and DJ – the list of thanks is for life. You made our wedding such a wonderful and memorable day. So many guests commented on how awesome the music was. And it was!! We were just so thrilled to have you guys make our special day even more special"
– Alistair Whiteley, 19 October 2016, wedding in Essex
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"We had a post-Ball meeting a couple of days ago and the committee asked me to pass on their gratitude for an excellent performance, so once again, many thanks to you and the band. Absolutely nothing but positives!"
– Adam Miller, 22 September 2016, Thomas Miller Investment, corporate event in London
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Set List
2010s

Jess Glynn – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

Ella Eyre – Came Here For Love

Lush Life – Zara Larsson

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling

Clean Bandit – Rather Be

The Weeknd – I Can’t Feel My Face

John Newman – Love Me Again

Years & Years – King

Justin Bieber – Sorry

Justin Bieber – Love Yourself

Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger

Maroon 5 – Sugar

Royal Blood – Figure It Out

James Bay – Hold Back The River

The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

Bruno Mars – Treasure

Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven

Cee Lo Green – Forget You

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

Jesse J – Domino

Avicii – Wake Me Up

John Legend – All Of Me

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheehan – Castle On A Hill

Ed Sheehan – Perfect

One Republic – Counting Stars

Little Mix – Black Magic

Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

2000s

Last Nite – The Strokes

Duffy – Mercy

Amy Winehouse – Valerie

The Killers – Mr. Brightside

The Killers – All These Things I’ve Done

Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Can’t Stop

John Legend – Ordinary People

Justin Timberlake – Senorita

Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body

Foo Fighters – Times Like These

Blink 182 – I Miss You

Blink 182 – All The Small Things

Stereophonics – Dakota

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet That You Look Good On The Dance Floor

Biffy Clyro – Mountains

90s

Oasis – She’s Electric

Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

Oasis – Wonderwall

Blur – Parklife

Blur – Song 2

Shania Twain – Man I Feel Like A Woman

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly

Foo Fighters – Everlong

S Club 7 – Don’t Stop Movin’

Blink 182 – All The Small Things

Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag

Green Day – Basket Case

80s

Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

The Jam – A Town Called Malice

Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody

Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love

Lionel Richie – All Night Long

Lionel Richie – Dancing On The Ceiling

Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69

Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer

Michael Jackson – Beat It

Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal

Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark

Guns β€˜n Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine

Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

The Proclaimers – 500 Miles

Dirty Dancing – (i’ve Had) The Time Of My Life

Tina Turner – Proud Mary

Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain High

70s

Stevie Wonder – Superstition

Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered

Stevie Wonder – I Wish

Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music

The Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running

Leonard Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

Chic – Le Freak

Chic – Good Times

Don Mclean – American Pie

Elton John – Crocodile Rock

Elton John – Rocket Man

Elton John – Bennie And The Jets

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

Abba – Dancing Queen

Abba – Mamma Mia

Candi Station – Young Hearts Run Free

Tony Christie – Is This The Way To Amarillo?

60s

Jackson 5 – I Want You Back

The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There

The Beatles – Ticket To Ride

The Beatles – Hey Jude

The Beatles – Twist And Shout

The Beatles – Hard Day’s Night

The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar

The Kinks – You Really Got Me

The Kinks – Lola

The Kinks – All Day All Of The Night

The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset

The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup

Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’

Jackie Wilson – Higher And Higher

James Brown – I Feel Good

The Monkees – I’m A Believer

Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Ritchie Valens – La Bamba

Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

The Temptations – My Girl

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Jason Mraz – Lucky

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

John Legend – All Of Me

John Legend – Ordinary People

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheehan – Perfect

Shania Twain – Still The One

The Temptations – My Girl

Sting – Fields Of Gold

Bryan Adams – Everything I Do

Lifehouse – You And Me

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Vance Joy – Riptide

David Bowie – Modern Love

Foo Fighters – Everlong (acoustic)

Nick Mulvey – Fever To The Form

Christmas

Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Dean Martin – Winter Wonderland

Dean Martin – Let It Snow

Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone

Brenda Lee – Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas

Wizzard – Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody

The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York

George Michael – Last Christmas

Various – Feed The World

Country Songs

Old Dominion - Hotel Key

Kenny Chesney - Get Along

Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

Dolly Parton - Jolene

Dolly Parton - 9 To 5

John Denver - Country Roads

Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart

Zac Brown Band - Loving You Easy

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