The Graduates


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The Graduates combine musical dexterity with an impressively wide vocal range, allowing them to play a wide range of genres and artists, from Marvin Gaye and The Beatles, through to Ne-Yo, The Kings Of Leon and Olly Murs.

Book within 7 days of your enquiry and get a FREE laptop DJ service provided by the band (worth £150).

The core of the Graduates features four experienced and accomplished musicians who are suitable for all types of event. The two brothers played in bands together for over 15 years and their keyboard player has been an integral part of the group for the last 5 years. Needless to say they’re a tight band whose infectious groove will keep guests up on the dancefloor all night and begging for more!

The band were terrific - very well-chosen sets, great musicianship, tasteful, non-cheesy presentation. Kevin, 50th Birthday Party at The Jazz Cafe in Newcastle

Members of the band have played at venues such as Newcastle University, St James Park, Durham University, Edinburgh Jazz Club, Dempseys Cardiff, The Sage Gateshead, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Wynyard Hall, The Cluny Newcastle, Raithwaite Hall Sandsend, The Mansion Leeds and too many others to list!

For a wider choice of songs and a performance that packs a punch, add female vocals, saxophone or trombone.

Performance info

Line-up Male lead vocals/guitar; keys/guitar/vocals; bass; drums
Performance duration 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets
Interval music Yes (included in price)
Lighting Yes (4 x par56 cans)

Booking options

Song request
Add £0
The band are happy to learn and perform a request (e.g. first dance), subject to suitability
Add female vocals
Add £185
For shared lead vocals, harmonies and a varied repertoire
Add saxophone
Add £185
For solos and an authentic soul and R&B sound
Add trumpet
Add £185
To form 2-piece brass section, for extra impact
Add percussion
Add £185
For extra rhythm
DJ service
Add £150
Upbeat, mainstream pop music from all eras, run from a laptop equipped with virtual DJ software. Requests taken and mic available for announcements
Extra performances
Add £100
Extend the band’s sets by half an hour
Electric drum kit
Add £0
Available on request. Recommended for venues with sound limiters set to a threshold below approx 95dB

4-piece band (or 5-piece with sax)

All Right Now – Free
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead
Ain't Nobody – Chaka Khan
Are You Gonna Go My Way? – Lenny Kravitz
Before You Accuse Me – Eric Clapton
Because of You – Ne–Yo
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Black Night – Deep Purple
Black or White – Michael Jackson
Blame It On The Boogie – Jackson 5
Brick House – Commodores
Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke
Boogie Nights – Heat Wave
Boogie On Reggae Woman – Stevie Wonder
Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
Come Together – The Beatles
Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
Dance With Me Tonight – Olly Murs
Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
Don't Stop The Music – Rihanna/Jamie Cullum
Don't Stop Believing – Journey
Don't Stop Me Now – Queen
Drive My Car – The Beatles
Drops of Jupiter – Train
Easy– The Commodores
Everything – Michael Buble
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police
Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears for Fears
Express Yourself – Charlie Wright & The Watts
Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Fools In Love – Curtis Stigers
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
Forget You – Cee Lo Green
Get Up I Feel Like Being A (Sex Machine) – James Brown
Gimme Some Loving – Blues Brothers
Good Love Is On The Way – John Mayer
Gravity – Embrace
Gravity – John Mayer
Greatest Day – Take That
Hard To Handle – Black Crowes/Otis Redding
Happy Together – The Turtles
Haven't Met You Yet – Michael Buble
Heartache Tonight – Michael Buble
Hold The Line – Toto
Home – Michael Buble
How Sweet It Is (To Be Love By You) – James Taylor
How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
Human Nature – Michael Jackson
I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
I Got A Woman – Ray Charles/John Mayer
I Heard it Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free) – Nina Simone
I Won’t Give Up –Jason Mraz
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
I’m A Believer – The Monkees
I’m All Over It– Jamie Cullum
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
In the Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
Isn't She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Jailhouse Rock – Blues Brothers
Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
Jump – Van Halen
Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum
Keep on Running – Spencer Davis Group
Let's Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Let’s Go Round Again – Average White Band
Let Me Entertain You – Robbie Williams
Little Piece Of My Heart – Patti Labelle
Little Red Corvette – Prince
Living For The City – Stevie Wonder
Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Long Train Running – Doobie Brothers
Love Foolosophy – Jamiroquai
Love On Top – Beyonce
Mama Told Me Not To Come – Tom Jones/Stereophonics
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Me & Mrs Jones – Michael Buble/Tower of Power
Mustang Sally – Buddy Guy
Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Otis Redding
The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis
Place Your Hands – Reef
Proud Mary – Tina Turner (CCR)
Prince Medley – I Wanna Be Your Lover/Raspberry Beret/Kiss
Relight My Fire –Take That
Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
Run To You – Bryan Adams
Running On Faith – Eric Clapton
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
Route 66 – Chuck Berry/ John Mayer
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
Saturday's Alright For Fighting – Elton John
Senorita – Justin Timberlake
Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) – Michael Jackson
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
So Amazing – Luther Vandross
Some Kind of Wonderful – Grand Funk Railroad
Somebody To Love – Queen
Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Soul Man – Blues Brothers
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
These Are The Days – Jamie Cullum
Two Hearts – Phil Collins
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Up All Night – Take That
Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder
Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
Vultures – John Mayer
Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
What’d I Say – Ray Charles
Yellow – Coldplay
You Can't Hurry Love – Phil Collins
You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
You Got The Love – Florence and the Machine
You Give Me Something – James Morrison
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

Common First Dance Requests

Amazed – Lonestar
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
Heaven – Bryan Adams
Home – Michael Buble
She's The One – Robbie Williams
So Amazing – Luther Vandross
The Most Beautiful Girl In the World
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
To Make You Feel My Love – Adele/BIlly Joel/Bob Dylan
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

5-piece band (with female vocals)

Ain't No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing – Marving Gaye & Tammi Terrell
A Night To Remember – Shalamar
Blame It on the Boogie – Jackson 5
California Soul – Marlena Shaw
Car Wash – Rose Royce
Dancing Queen – Abba
Easy Lover – Phil Collins
Empire State on Mind – Alicia Keysr
Groove Is in the Heart – Deee–Lite
Good Times – Chic
He’s The Greatest Dancer – Sister Sledge
(I Get The) Sweetest Feeling – Jamie Cullum
It Takes Two – Joss Stone & TOP (Orig. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell)
Lady Marmalade – Patti Labelle
Love Train – The O'Jays
L–O–V–E – Joss Stone
Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight
Only Girl In The World – Rihanna
Perfect – Fairground Attraction
Price Tag – Jessie J
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Son Of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Some Kind of Wonderful – Joss Stone
Super Duper Love – Joss Stone
Street Life – Randy Crawford
Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart – Bettye Lavette
Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
Whole Of The Moon – The Waterboys
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
You Might Need Somebody – Randy Crawford

6-11-piece (horns; female vocals; percussion)

After The Love Is Gone – Earth, Wind & Fire
Celebration – Kool and The Gang
Dancing On the Ceiling – Lionel Richie
Got To Get You Into My Life – Earth, Wind & Fire /The Beatles
Grease (Is the Word) – Frankie Valli
In The Stone – Earth, Wind & Fire
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Just One Of Those Things – Frank Sinatra/Jamie Cullum
Let's Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire
Rosanna – Toto
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Something Happened On the Way To Heaven – Phil Collins
Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
We Can Work It Out – Chaka Khan/The Beatles

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Book with confidence! After events, we ask our clients what they thought of our acts. We publish what they say here, so you can read genuine, unbiased feedback before booking.

“We hired The Graduates for our wedding and were extremely pleased with every aspect that the agency and the band delivered. The service provided was professional from start to finish. We had great correspondence leading up to the wedding from the agency and the band, who were very helpful and were able to accommodate all of our special requests. On the actual day the weather was too cold to play outside as originally planned but the band were happy to adapt to play in the smaller inside area. The band were happy to accommodate our special request playing one song outside in the outdoor barn. They played a excellent acoustic song in the fantastic setting. I would have no hesitation to recommend The Graduates, they are a very good band with a wide range of songs to suit all ages and the sound great!”

Ruth, Wedding, June 2019

“The Graduates were fantastic, well-judged set played with taste and musicianship. Had the room pumping!”

Kevin, Private Party in Durham, May 2018

“We both had such a great night and the band really got the whole party going. We had lots of positive feedback on the music from our guests.”

Laurence, Wedding in Durham, May 2018

“The band were terrific - very well-chosen sets, great musicianship, tasteful, non-cheesy presentation. The lead singer has a distinctive, striking voice too. Everyone had a fantastic time and commented on how great the band were - they really made the evening; I am a professional musician and I highly recommend these guys!”

Kevin, 50th Birthday Party at The Jazz Cafe in Newcastle, January 2018

“The act were excellent. The set up and clearance were done very smoothly and they performed to a high standard and accommodated the needs of the bride and groom. They were happy for the bride's sister to join in for one number.”

David, Wedding in North Yorkshire, August 2017

“We were extremely satisisfied with the act. They sounded great they pitched the music exactly right for our guests. The dancefloor was full all of the time. The lead singer could not have been more helpful in organising the event with us and with sorting out the music between sets. Everybody loves them.”

Karen, Wedding in Stockton, July 2017

“Massive thanks - you guys were amazing and everyone commented on how good you were and the choice of songs. We have been recommending you to all our friends. Honestly, we couldn't have wished for a better band: 5-star recommendation! Thank you so much once again Steven you all made our day more special.”

Mr & Mrs Connor, Wedding in the North East, May 2017

“The band were fantastic and really got the party going! The mix of music was spot on and there was definitely something for all ages and tastes in music. So much better than just a disco and I would definitely book them for any future occasions. Thanks gents, you really made my reception a night to remember and my guests are still commenting on how much they enjoyed the band.”

Lyndsay, Wedding in County Durham, September 2016

“The Graduates were amazing. Musically they were fantastic. They were very accommodating in our choice of first dance and also in our playlist track for the DJ set (including some Bhangra tunes). I'd particularly like to thank the band leader who was in regular touch with me, was polite and helpful from the initial booking right up to packing away the band's kit after the gig. They are an affable professional group of lads who sound fantastic and I'd recommend them to anyone.”

Adrian, Wedding in London, July 2016

“The Graduates were superb! They played at our wedding in June, we had about 60 guests varying in age from 3 - 89, from a family we had previously thought of as not very into dancing, so hiring a band was a bit of a gamble. However, The Graduates brought out the dancer in everyone! They very successfully read the mood of the audience and played brilliantly, from classics to modern. People were enjoying the music while chatting in the other room as well as those on the dance floor, and we consistently had guests commenting on how fantastic the band were! Both the vocals and playing were great, and they were all very friendly. We cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Louise, Wedding in Goldsborough, June, 2016

“We booked The Graduates to play at our wedding celebration and they were excellent. They had everyone up dancing by the end of the night, and many of our guests commented on how good they were, especially the lead singer Steve, and the way they segued from one song into the next. They learned our requested first dance song and played lots of our favourites from their set list, and even ended up with audience participation as we all sang the Lulu part for Relight my Fire at the end of the night! We had good communication with them before the event and they spoke directly with the operations manager at the hotel with regards to technical set up so which I appreciated as it was one less thing for me to worry about!”

Dawn, Wedding in West Yorkshire, June 2016

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping make our day so amazing. You guys were great and we're so pleased we saw you guys playing in Mr Lynch last year as everyone loved the live music and you were definitely the icing on the cake! I'd really appreciate it if you could let us know about any upcoming gigs as as we'd love to see you play again!”

Kris, Wedding at Longhirst Hall in Morpeth, September 2015

“The Graduates were simply amazing, very cool, great voices, fantastic musicians, great repertoire, can't recommend them highly enough. They helped make our day the most memorable of our lives. Totally brilliant!”

Dawn, Wedding in North Shields, August 2015

“The band were professional in there approach and very friendly. We had lots of comments from the guests about how much they enjoyed them and we would have no hesitation in booking them again.”

Durham University, New Years Celebration, January 2015

“The evening was a great success, with approximately 100 guests ranging from 7 to 80 years, everyone went home with a smile on their face commenting how wonderful the music was. The Graduates adapted their style and volume to suit the mood of the evening allowing dancing and conversation to flow freely. The Graduates were on time, polite and smartly dressed. I would have to hesitation in booking The Graduates for any other occasion that required organisation, good music and a feel good factor.”

Susan, 50th Birthday Party in Teeside, January 2015

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