Hard To Handle Band

Hard To Handle Band are a professional live function band performing an impressively broad mix of music and certainly one of the most talented three-piece bands out there! They are perfect for functions where hiring a large band isn’t appropriate. They also boast a manned DJ desk and sound system, together with lighting to ensure you get a full package for your event to ensure a continuous flow of music and their free DJ service also means that they are much more affordable.

They perform at wedding receptions, parties and business events around the UK. They have a very versatile repertoire to choose from, modern anthems, indie classics, 80s and 90s rock, soul favourites, 60s and 70s hits and much more, are all in the mix, delivered with lots of energy and passion to tick all the boxes & provide something for everyone, with instantly recognisable dance floor friendly classic and contemporary live music. 

With over 500 wedding receptions, business events and parties under their belt, it’s no wonder that they are Two-time winners of regional “Best Live Function Band” at National Entertainment Awards. They pride themselves on a totally 100% live performance with no backing tracks insight. 

A perfect choice for festival-themed weddings, parties & corporate events. They have delighted audiences Nationwide as well as Europe, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. Previous clients include Royal Navy, RAF, HSBC, Lufthansa, Audi, BMW, Malmaison hotels.

These are talented multi-instrumentalists & vocalists which definitely gives them the edge. It’s all part of their Hard To Handle unique live show. Classic Rock, Indie, Pop, Soul and more are all a part of the show, with a 350 full song repertoire, they are happy to tailor make the set & duration to suit your musical tastes. They’ll even learn your first dance f required!

Band Disclaimer: If you wake up the morning after a Hard to Handle band show with aching feet and hazy memories of your crazy dance floor antics, the guys cannot be held responsible for any social media shame you may experience.

Show Options

2 x 60 mins

3 x 40 mins




The band were fantastic last night, excellent all round and they really did a great job, we loved it! They helped to make the night the success it was with great song choices, professionalism, easy demeanour, and importantly great sound. I would recommend Hard to Handle to anyone without hesitation - Liam and Victoria – wedding reception, Gorcott Hall, Worcestershire.

Superb band. Easy to get on with. Flexible. Filled the dance floor, sounded great. Would highly recommend - Jonathan & Becki

The boys were absolutely fantastic!! Everyone was up and dancing all night at our charity ball. They really went above and beyond. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Thanks, guys, for all you did - Kate, Park House Hotel, Shropshire

They were superb entertainment for my birthday party and worth every penny - David, Lillibrooke Manor and Barns, Berkshire

Great performance at our Christmas party. Very festive, thank you - Lisa’s Christmas Party, Midland Hotel, Manchester

The music was incredible and everything we’d hoped for. You guys are amazing! Everyone had the best night thanks to you - we are eternally grateful - Lucy and Chris – wedding reception, Burrow Farm Gardens, Devon.

You guys were absolutely amazing, so good! We couldn’t have wished for a better day. We’ll get remarried next year just to have you play again -  Russ and Sarah – wedding reception, Castlefield Rooms, Manchester.

Brilliant band and 100% recommend!!! We had them for our wedding in Somerset. Great communication, played all of the type of music we requested, they got everyone up dancing (and laughing with their sense of humour) and it was all done in a professional way. Hope one of our friends uses them in the future so we get to see them again. A big thanks guys! Love, the new Mr and Mrs Powell xxx - Kay and Andrew – wedding reception, Coombe Lodge, Somerset.

Hard To Handle band have been doing our Christmas parties for a number of years and they always go down a storm. They really get the crowd going and everyone really enjoys them - looking forward to booking them again this year - Steve - Pimlico – Christmas party, Marquis of Westminster, London.

We hired Hard To Handle for our wedding after seeing them play at a friend's wedding about 5 years ago. Needless to say, we were not disappointed as these guys have really kept their edge, and from start to finish these guys were incredibly professional, really making our reception rock! The music was perfect for our party (including the impromptu instrumental played whilst the bride and bridesmaids did their thing!), and had everyone up and dancing the night away. The guys kept going right up till the end, and were just excellent throughout. Real quality musicians! Would highly recommend, and hope to see you no doubt at other friends weddings in the future - Ian and Laura – wedding reception, Prescott Hill, Gloucestershire.

You went down really well with our crowd who were mainly younger. We loved how your songs went right up to modern hits and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking for a great band. Thank you - Mica & Chris

We booked Hard to Hard for our wedding at Elmore Court. From the beginning we had excellent communication from the band regarding timings, playlist etc. On the day everything was seamless and we had rave reviews from our guests! They really know how to read the room and kept the dance floor full. Thanks guys - Jodie and Andy – wedding reception, Elmore Court, Gloucestershire.

We had hard to handle at our wedding in August 2019. They were fantastic! They sang our chosen songs and then ensured that they had our wedding party up and dancing all night. They were so enthusiastic and attempted to fit in all requests. They were professional and their communication was second to none. We would definitely use them again at any parties or celebrations we have and would highly recommend anyone else to use them too. - Sarah and James – wedding reception, Beedles Lake golf club, Leicester. 

Hard to Handle performed at our wedding on Friday and were absolutely brilliant. I didn’t stop dancing all night. The sound was fantastic and our guests loved it. Thank you so much to all of you for making our wedding reception the best - Hayley and Sam – wedding reception, Hadley Park House Hotel, Shropshire.

Hard to Handle are an incredible band. We had the best time on the dance floor at our wedding. Couldn't recommend them enough!!!! Thanks guys, you really were the best - Charlotte and James – wedding reception, Goldstone Hall, Shropshire.

Hard to Handle were amazing!!!! Our dance floor was full every set they played!!! Everyone commented after and said how good they were! The band was great- they even called the day before to run through everything! Would definitely recommend Hard to Handle - Claire and George - wedding reception, Tipi, Crewe, Cheshire.

Absolutely amazing! We hired Hard to Handle for our wedding last July and they provided outstanding entertainment throughout the evening. They were professional, talented and the perfect band to keep our guests up dancing. Would highly recommend - Natalie and Dominic – wedding reception, Newton House Barns, Derbyshire.

The lads from Hard to Handle, were a real treat and a memory from our special day that we will never forget, from their contact with us before the day to discuss details and songs etc, to the actual day where they turned up on time and chatted with us before setting up and absolutely tearing the roof off the venue, the dancefloor was constantly busy with happy guests who sang along to their hearts content, I have received so many compliments from our guests re Hard to Handle and I was quick to recommend them as I will continue to do!! Thank you boys for one hell of a night, you made our day!! I will be forever grateful - Nick and Kim – wedding reception, Eden wedding barn, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.

We hired Hard To Handle to play at our wedding and were not disappointed. They arrived at our venue nice and early (a weight off any bride's mind!) and from start to finish were incredible. The music quality was fantastic with a great variation and they even learnt our first dance song for us. They even had a personalised sign at the front with our names and date which was very touching and made it seem very personal! Would highly recommend this band for anyone considering these guys for their wedding band - Claire and Robert – wedding reception, Hackness Grange, Yorkshire.

Thank you from Leigh and I for helping make our wedding so special. The music was exactly what we had hoped for and more, all our guests thought you guys were brilliant and we think the non-stop dancing spoke for itself. You were totally reliable and professional from the moment we first contacted you - Malcolm and Leigh – wedding reception, Penyard House, Herefordshire.

Hats off to Hard to Handle. They provided a storming set for our wedding, and although we were down to just a few of us at the end (midweek wedding, people gotta work), we had a fantastic evening and the boys rocked it. Many thanks to Hard to Handle - Alison and Rob – wedding reception, High Grosvenor, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Hard to Handle were absolutely perfect for our day. They performed as if they were at a festival, and were very courteous to requests from the more merry guests. The music range, vocals, mix, disco and general approachabless of the guys was amazing.They made our evening and wedding. Thanks you so much - Jenny and Ben – wedding reception, New House Farm, Cockermouth, Cumbria.

From the initial enquiry we felt confident using Hard to Handle at our wedding. Extremely professional, clearly love what they do and are guaranteed to have your guests up on their feet dancing. Would highly recommend. Don't waste your time looking elsewhere - James and Elsa – wedding reception, Ettington Park Hotel, Warwickshire. 


Charts 2010 – 2020

  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  • Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
  • Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa 
  • Midnight Sky – Miley Cyrus 
  • Rain On Me – Lady Gaga / Ariana Grande
  • Breathin’ – Arianna Grande
  • Old Town Road – Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Shotgun – George Ezra
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  • Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
  • Shut Up & Dance – Walk The Moon
  • I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  • Rise – Jonas Blue
  • Rude – Magic
  • Blame It On Me – George Ezra
  • Human – Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
  • These Days – Take That
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  • Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
  • Treasure – Bruno Mars
  • Price Tag – Jessie J
  • Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
  • Rolling In The Deep – Adele
  • Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  • Dance With Me – Ollie Murs

1990s / 2000s Best Of

  • 5ive – Everybody Get Up
  • Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader
  • Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
  • Give It Away – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
  • You Oughta Know – Alanis Morrisette
  • Fresh Prince Of Bel Air – Will Smith
  • All Star – Smash Mouth
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Here Comes The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
  • Killing Me Softly – Fugees
  • I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
  • Angels – Robbie Williams
  • Praise You – Fatboy Slim
  • Cigarettes And Alcohol – Oasis
  • Song 2 – Blur
  • Black Or White – Michael Jackson
  • Who Do You Think You Are – Spice Girls
  • Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake
  • Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue
  • Pokerface – Lady Gaga
  • Hot In Here – Nelly
  • Get The Party Started – Pink
  • Nickelback – Nobody
  • Greatest Day – Take That

1980s Mix

  • Town Called Malice – The Jam
  • Freedom – Wham
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash
  • We Built This City – Starship
  • The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis And The News
  • I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett
  • You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall And Oates
  • Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison
  • Sweet Child Of Mine – Guns N Roses
  • Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
  • Message In A Bottle – The Police
  • Fight For Your Right To Party – Beastie Boys
  • I’m Your Man – Wham
  • Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran
  • Easy Lover – Phil Collins And Philip Bailey
  • Brass In Pocket – The Pretenders
  • Don’t You Want Me – Human League
  • Word Up – Cameo
  • Beat It – Michael Jackson
  • Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
  • Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer
  • Land Down Under – Men At Work
  • Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  • Hey Mickey – Toni Basil
  • I’m Still Standing – Elton John

1970s Hits

  • Ever Fallen In Love – The Buzzcocks
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • My Sharona – The Knack
  • Whole Lot Of Love – Led Zeppelin
  • Listen To The Music – Doobie Brothers
  • Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
  • Alright Now – Free
  • Le Freak – Chic
  • Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
  • Highway To Hell – AC/DC
  • Dancing In The Moonlight – Thin Lizzy
  • Down In The Tube Station – The Jam
  • Long Train Runnin’ – Doobie Brothers
  • Maggie May – Rod Stewart
  • One Way Or Another – Blondie
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • Gene Genie – David Bowie
  • 20th Century Boy – T Rex
  • Stuck In The Middle – Stealers’ Wheel
  • Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
  • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  • Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
  • Down Down – Status Quo
  • Slade – Come On Feel The Noise
  • Rebel Rebel – David Bowie

Indie Anthems 

  • Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon
  • Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
  • Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  • All The Small Things – Blink 182
  • Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
  • Fire – Kasabian
  • I Predict A Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
  • Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
  • Seven Nation Army – The White Stipes
  • Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
  • Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon
  • Gay Bar – Electric Six
  • She Moves In Her Own Way – The Kooks
  • Fix You – Coldplay
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
  • Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
  • Sing – Travis
  • Somebody Told Me – The Killers
  • Last Night – The Strokes
  • Plug In Baby – Muse
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  • Whistle For The Choir – The Fratellis
  • In The Morning –Razorlight
  • You Got The Love – Florence And The Machine
  • Yellow – Coldplay


  • Wonderwall – Oasis
  • Place Your Hands – Reef
  • Song 2 – Blur
  • Common People – Pulp
  • Dakota – Stereophonics
  • This Charming Man – The Smiths
  • There She Goes – The Las
  • Hush – Kula Shaker
  • Park Life – Blur
  • Alright – Supergrass
  • If I Had A Gun – Noel Gallagher
  • The Riverboat Song – Ocean Colour Scene
  • Staying Out For The Summer – Dodgy
  • A Design For Life – Manic Street Preachers
  • Hey Dude – Kula Shaker
  • I’ve Got You – Mcfly
  • Connection – Elastica
  • Girl From Mars – Ash
  • Chasing Rainbows – Shed Seven
  • Love Is The Law – The Seahorses
  • Why Does It Always Rain On Me – Travis
  • Girls And Boys – Blur
  • Don’t Look Back Into The Sun – The Libertines
  • I Am The Resurrection – The Stone Roses
  • Trash – Suede

Pop & Party

  • I Gotta Feelin – Black Eyed Peas
  • A Little Respect – Erasure
  • Valerie – Amy Winehouse
  • Walking On Sunshine – Katrina And The Waves
  • Love Machine – Girls Aloud
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  • Angel – Shaggy
  • I’m A Believer – The Monkees
  • Faith – George Michael
  • Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake
  • Mamma Told Me Not To Come – Stereophonics And Tom Jones
  • Losing My Religion – REM
  • All Night Long – Lionel Richie
  • Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader
  • Mercy – Duffy
  • On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
  • 500 Miles – The Proclaimers
  • Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Richie
  • Twist And Shout – The Beatles
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
  • The Joker – Steve Miller
  • Country Roads – John Denver
  • Does Your Mother Know – ABBA
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli

Soul & Reggae

  • Proud Mary (Rolling On The River) – Tina Turner
  • You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins
  • Higher And Higher – Jackie Wilson
  • Sex Machine – James Brown
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • Respect – Aretha Frankin
  • Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
  • I Feel Good – James Brown
  • Soul Man – Sam And Dave
  • Get Ready – The Temptations
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  • Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  • Baby I Love You Way – Big Mountain
  • Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley Jnr
  • Land Of A Thousand Dances – Wilson Pickett
  • Hard To Handle – Otis Redding
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  • Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
  • Shake A Tailfeather – Ray Charles
  • Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  • Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • Red Red Wine – UB40
  • Walking On The Moon – The Police
  • Everybody – Blues Brothers

First Dances

  • Just You And I – Tom Walker
  • All Of Me – John Legend
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  • Amazed – Lonestar
  • Better Together – Jack Jonson
  • Rule The World – Take That
  • Stay With Me – Sam Smith
  • Heaven – Bryan Adams
  • Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Your Song – Elton John
  • Days – The Kinks
  • You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller
  • All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
  • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  • Stand By Me – Ben E King
  • 1000 Years – Christina Perri
  • How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  • Weathered – Jack Garratt
  • Dream Catch Me – Newton Faulkner
  • Greatest Day – Take That
  • One – U2
  • I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  • All My Life – Kaci And Jo Jo
  • Yellow – Coldplay
  • Memories – Dean Martin
  • Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
  • I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis
  • Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
  • She’s Like A Star – Taio Cruz
  • At Last – Etta James
  • Grow Old With Me – Tom O’Dell
  • Only Love – Ben Howard
  • Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
  • Let It Go – James Bay
  • The One- Kodaline
  • Ho Hey – Lumineers
  • Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  • You Are The Best Thing – Ray La Montagne
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Last Of The Ladies – The Courteeners
  • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  • Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
  • Earth Angel – Marvin Berry (The Song From Back To The Future!)
  • Need Your Love So Bad – Fleetwood Mac
  • Time Of Your Life – Green Day
  • I Wanna Marry You – Bruno Mars
  • In My Life – The Beatles
  • The You And Me Song – The Wannadies
  • Your Love Gets Sweeter – Finlay Quaye
  • Never Gonna Be Alone – Nickelback
  • Better – Tom Baxter
  • God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
  • Stuck On You – Lionel Richie
  • You Got It – Roy Orbison


  • You Got Nothing I Want – Cold Chisel
  • Suicide Blonde – INXS
  • Something So Strong – Crowded House
  • Scar – Missy Higgins
  • Working Class Man – Jimmy Barnes
  • Victoria – Dance Exponents
  • Slice Of Heaven – Dave Dobbyn
  • Who Could It Be – Men At Work
  • Live It Up – Mental As Anything
  • Back In Black – AC/DC
  • I See Red – Split Enz
  • Black Betty – Spiderbait
  • Khe Sanh– Cold Chisel
  • Bliss – Th’Dudes
  • April Sun In Cuba – Dragon
  • Sway – Bic Runga
  • I Got You – Split Enz
  • Need You Tonight – INXS
  • Lydia – Julia Deans
  • Home Again – Shihad
  • Weather With You – Crowded House
  • Prisoner Of Society – The Living End
  • My Happiness – Powderfinger
  • Fade Away – Che Fu
  • I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue


  • Hava Nagila / The Horah
  • Mazal Tov
  • Mashiach


  • Galway Girl – Steve Earl
  • Wild Rover – The Dubliners
  • I’ll Tell Me Ma – Shamrock
  • Fields Of Athenry – Traditional