Live Function & Party Band Reviews and Testimonials


2019 event held at West Hill Golf Club, Brookwood GU24 0BH

“Thanks to you and the band for last night. You were all great. We and everyone really enjoyed the music you played.” Mark (50th birthday party)


2019 function held at Thatcher’s Hotel, Horsley KT24 6TB

“Your band was brilliant. Everyone said how good you were. I am sure the next master will be in touch.” Barrie (Masons Ball)


Wedding enquiry following our performance at a 25th Wedding Anniversary
in Scaynes Hill near Haywards Heath, West Sussex


Our wedding planner was at a party where you played last night, and has recommended you highly!

Are you by any chance free to play at the evening part of our wedding in August near Petworth, West Sussex?

Look forward to hearing from you


NOTE – We have been booked to play for this Wedding Reception Party.


Brighton & Hove Family Fun Day at Hickstead Showground

Paul W posted on Facebook
I watched you all perform today at the Brighton & Hove family day, and I can honestly say that you are definitely in the top 2 if not the Number 1 band I have seen perform.
You really were great, and as an organiser of a Carnival that has bands playing, I will be in contact.
Will deffo look out for you playing at public events.

James Hollamby of UK Event Services commented on a link Famous Five Band shared.
Was great working with you too!  Loved the energy and fun you gave off in your sets! Keep up the great work.


Cranleigh Masons Ladies Festival held at Bramley Golf Club

Hi Mike,

Thank you very much for a fabulous evening on Saturday.  Everyone had a great time and I have never seen so many members up on their feet together on the dance floor for so long.  Great selection of music, professionally played and great fun. Well done!




St Francis Pre-School Charity Ball

Hi Mike!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Yet again you gave us a fantastic show!!!  Everybody loved you and we are so so grateful for you and the gang coming to play for us!  You really do have a fabulous band, most professional, great repertoire and genuinely lovely people!

Although I was going to take a break next year, I’m being “bullied” into doing it again since it was such a resounding success!!!  I wonder if you would consider playing for us again?!  If so, would you be kind enough to check your diary for the following dates and let me know your availability…

Thank you so much again and hope to see you all soon!

Very best wishes


Re-booked almost immediately for the following year


Mayor’s Charity Ball held at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey

Hi Mike,

Thank you so much for entertaining the guests so brilliantly at the Mayor’s Charity Ball on Saturday.  I was very grateful for your huge contribution to the evening running so smoothly.  The dance floor seemed to be busy for much of the evening and everyone was having a good time.

Thank you also for your patience with the sound – turning it up and down according to who was singing or which guest mentioned it the most.  We had similar problems trying to get the heating right too!  I know that the majority of guests really enjoyed the occasion.  Most importantly, the Mayor was delighted with the whole event and appreciated the support for her chosen charity, Sparks.

I look forward to working with you all again in the future.

With best wishes and thanks again.

Secretary to the Mayor
Elmbridge Borough Council


Historic Sports Car Club Annual Dinner Dance, Silverstone Circuit, Northants

Forwarded to us by the Agent who booked us for this event

This is just to say that our event went very well and the band did a great job.
Please pass on our thanks to them.

Kind regards


Historic Sports Car Club Ltd


Ladies Festival at Tortworth Court in South Gloucestershire

Hi Mike,

Thank you once again to you and your band members for the entertainment you provided at our Ladies Festival.

There was nothing but praise from those who have already heard you and from those who were new about how fantastic the band was.

Best regards,



Starburst Charity Ball

Good evening Mike,

I hope you and the rest of the FF Band are healthy and happy.

Well, I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that following the huge success of Starburst’s Ball this year, plans are already underway for next year.

FF Band were such a major contributor to this year’s event that we dearly hope you can help again next year.  Are you available to support us with your fabulous music on the first Saturday in October?

If you could us know at your earliest opportunity it would be much appreciated.

Look forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of Starburst


Wedding Reception at Burhill Golf Club, Burwood Road, Walton-on-Thames

Hi Mike,

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your and your band mates efforts with regards to our engagement / surprise wedding party.  It was a huge success.

We have had great feedback from our guests about the chosen songs and style they were played in.  I think a few people could have danced the night away if not for the time restriction.  We appreciate all your efforts for making our special night go off with a bang!

Thanks again and we are sorry it has taken so long to get this message to you.  We just arrived home in Oz Friday night and we wanted to include some photos for you.

Thanks again

Lucy & James


65th Birthday Party held at Goldwater Lodge, Goldsworth Park, Woking

Hi Mike,

What a fabulous evening!  Everyone enjoyed themselves and the band were first class.  Mum and Tony had a wonderful time.

We have been back to collect the boxes of gifts and found your tambourine.  It got put in there by mistake.
Please let me know where I can drop it off.

Thank you once again for an amazing evening.



Farncombe Cricket Club Dinner Dance – 2nd time

Dear Mike

Just to say a HUGE thank you for making last night such a success!

Please let the band know how much we appreciated hearing you all play for us again.

Meanwhile take care and thank you again.

My very best wishes



Thankyou re wedding party at Windlesham Golf Club

Dear Mike,

I know we expressed our (rather drunken!) gratitude on Saturday but we just wanted to say thankyou again for doing such an awesome gig for us.  Everyone loved the music and I, for one, couldn’t stop dancing.  It looked like you were enjoying it too, which was great!

Despite not planning a first dance, Take It Easy was the perfect song for us.  Most guests thought it was planned ahead!

It was a real celebration and the music made it.  

If you have a review page on your website I’d love to comment, although we doubt you are in need of glowing reports.

Lovely to have you there and making our party such fun.

Best wishes

Jane and Andy P x


Our Summer Party

Hello Mike,

Just wanted to thank you for rounding off a wonderful day so well.

Everybody commented on how good you were and you got everyone involved right from the start.

Below I have written a draft testimonial.  Look through it and let me know what you would like to be highlighted more, points missed, or changed somehow….

The Famous Five played at our firm’s Summer Party and quite simply were fabulous.  They understood the brief completely and provided an excellent selection of music that was delivered beautifully and with passion.  They engaged with the crowd very quickly and maintained that throughout the evening.  Their energy was so contagious that all ages were dancing with wonderful abandon.  I honestly cannot praise too highly their contribution to making the day such a great success.  We are now reviewing our plans for our daughter’s wedding and looking to hire them.  That surely is the best accolade one could give…

All the best


Our reply ….

Hello Franc,

Your testimonial is perfect and I can’t think of anything I would want to change.

Thank you very much indeed!

Best wishes,



Wedding enquiry

Hi Mike,

Your brilliant band played at my mum’s wedding last night and she has passed me your details.

My partner and I are getting married next year in June and we were wondering if you have availability to do a similar set to last nights? We are getting married a few miles north of Petersfield in Hampshire.

We had a fantastic time last night dancing and your band made the night unforgettable for all my family, especially my mum – thank you!

I look forward to hearing from you,



Mayor’s Charity Ball

Hi Mike,

There is now a new Mayor in place, Councillor Jan Fuller, and she was very complimentary after your performance earlier this year and is keen to secure the Famous Five Band for her Charity Ball taking place at Sandown Park again.

Please would you let me know if you are available and whether the same pricing will apply for next year.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Secretary to the Mayor
Elmbridge Borough Council


West Hill Golf Club Summer Ball

Hi Mike,

Although our numbers were low everyone seems to have had a great time, lots of good comments about the band – one included below.

Thanks and regards,

Gina Rivett
Secretary, West Hill Golf Club, Bagshot Road, Brookwood Surrey GU24 0BH

From: Jane K
Subject: Saturday Night

Morning Gina,

Just a quick note to say what a great evening we had on Saturday night at the Summer Ball.
The food was delicious, the staff were brilliant and the live band were excellent.
Many thanks to all those involved.

Kind regards

Jane and Ian


Thames Mariner Lodge

Please can I book you for next April for our Ladies Night Festival at Fredrick’s Hotel Maidenhead. You played for us at the Grovefield Hotel Taplow in April this year.

Regards Bill

Social Sec


Farnborough Central Townswomen’s Guild

Hi Mike,

Sorry I have not sent this email to you earlier, but would you please pass on a huge “thank you very much” to yourself and the other band members for their contribution to such a wonderful evening’s entertainment they provided for us in May.

There have been so many compliments on just how wonderful Famous Five are and I have to agree!

We managed to raise just under £xxxx, which is brilliant when you consider the small number of guests that were there.

Thank you once again and I for one look forward to seeing you all soon.

Kind regards,

Chair of Farnborough Central Townswomen’s Guild


St Francis Charity Ball

Dear Mike

I hope you and the band are well! Firstly I’d like to thank you and the band so much for an absolutely fantastic show at our ball in April. All the guests thought you were fabulous!
Suffice to say that the night was a resounding success and we are keen to repeat it next year! With that in mind we have been given some dates, so I wonder if you would be kind enough to check your diaries and let me know if you would consider playing for us again, please?!

We’d be thrilled if you could let us know your availability!

I look forward to hearing from you

Very best wishes



Ladies Night at Grovefield House Hotel, Taplow Common Road, Burnham, Bucks SL1 8LR


Thank you so much for the wonderful music for my Ladies Night.  Even the old fuddies who went and sat in the bar said what a fantastic band.

Please convey my thanks to the other members and I most certainly would not hesitate to recommend the Famous Five to anyone looking for a great night’s music.

Best regards,



This is the perfect recommendation for a party band

Thank you for the music…

Hi Famous Five,

Ever since the band played at our wedding Jane has said she would want you to play at her 50th.  You don’t list any gigs in October so can you confirm you are free?  The party will be held in the same venue as our wedding and we’d love you to join us if you can.

Best wishes,

Ken and Jane


Comment from Eliza about the testimonial below posted on our Facebook page

“Yes totally agree x x brilliant music!!!!”


Wedding Reception at Loseley Park, Guildford

We wanted to thank you all so so much for an amazing evening reception for our wedding.  You completely made the night for everyone there! We had so many comments about how they hadn’t danced that much in years and it was all because of the fabulous music you provided!
My wife and I couldn’t have asked for a better end to our wedding day!
Many thanks,
Mr and Mrs Bura


50th Birthday Party held at Brooklands Hotel, Weybridge

Dear Mike,

Many thanks to you and the rest of the band for a fantastic evening at The Brooklands Hotel.  We all had a great time and the music and singing was brilliant.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and happy and prosperous new year.

Best wishes



Corporate Christmas party at Sandown Park, Esher


Apologies for not getting to thank you properly yesterday evening, you were all excellent and you certainly had the party up on the dance floor. We received lots of positive feedback regarding the party and you certainly played a big part in making it such a success.

Thank you once again,

With kind regards


Team Administrator GWO PSCM
GWO Global Wells Organisation
BP Exploration Operating Co Ltd, Sunbury on Thames


70th Birthday Party

Hi Mike,

I would just like to say a huge thank you for Friday.  You were amazing.  
Everybody commented on how good you were.

Thank you so much.



Dave’s 70th Birthday

Dear Mike,

It was great to meet you and all the band on Friday for brother Dave’s seventieth.  Not just me but EVERYONE kept saying how great you all were.  It was also brilliant to watch how quite obviously you all enjoyed singing and playing together.

Thank you for making such a perfect night.  You will all be thoroughly recommended to anyone I meet!




50th Birthday Party in Sunningdale, Berkshire

Dear Mike, Simon, Andy and the rest of the band,

Thank you so much for an incredible performance on Saturday night.  Literally everyone has said what a great band you were, and (apart from when I thought I heard a Dire Straits song, ha ha) the music was unbelievably brilliant.  To produce ‘Satisfaction’ out of the hat like that as the final encore was just amazing.

Thank you also for being such a pleasure to work with.  Felt like we’d known you for years!

Andy and Fiona

p.s. if you want to use the above for marketing purposes, please do so.  Ditto any footage you took.


Wedding Reception Party at Reading Town Hall in Berkshire

Hi Mike and band!

Fiona and I would just like to say a huge thank you to you all for the brilliant music/entertainment you provided at our wedding.

The songs were perfect, we’ve had some great feedback from everyone and we had a great time dancing until the end.  We will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone.  We would like to say a specific thank you for doing our Doris Day song, it was a really lovely romantic moment for us and you delivered it perfectly.

Thank you again and all the best!

See you at the anniversary bash!!!! 😉

Fiona and Sam   X


Ladies Festival (4th time we’ve been hired by this Table Fellowship Lodge)
Venue this time: Chesford Grange (a Q-Hotel) in Kenilworth, Warwickshire


Thanks very much for playing last Saturday at Chesford Grange.

Whilst many of the guys had seen you before none of my guests had and they all commented on how brilliant you were!  Some preferred to just sit back for long periods and listen to you as per a concert!

Hope it all worked out okay for yourselves and please thank all the band members from me personally.

See you again soon.

Malcolm Price
Table Fellowship Lodge


Farncombe Cricket Club Annual Dinner Dance

To Mike and all the crew a massive thank you from myself on behalf of Farncombe Cricket Club for really making our evening so special.  You were all amazing – can’t wait till the next time!

My very best wishes

Sharon B
FCC Hon Sec


60th Birthday Party in Surrey

Hi Mike,

I just wanted to say a final thank you to all the band for such a great performance.  You really made the evening.  It is the best party I can remember, although there have been some parties which I haven’t remembered the next morning!  I am a bit old for that now, but not too old to dance all night to great music.
Many thanks again.

Best wishes

Tim and Suzi


Rhian ‘Roo’ Wooldridge posted on Famous Five Band’s Facebook timeline

Just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for an AMAZING night last night at Camberley Heath golf course raising money for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.  You guys were brilliant!!


Wedding Reception Party held at Falconhurst, Markbeech, Edenbridge, Kent

Hi Mike,

Thanks for playing at our wedding.  You were great and everyone had a fantastic time.  All our guests said how good you were and we’ve never seen so many of them dancing!


Ian & Claire


Thank You – Wedding at Horsley Towers, East Horsley, Surrey


We just wanted to say a massive thank you for making our wedding reception so much fun.

The sets you played were fantastic and so many friends and family commented on how good the band were.  The dance floor was filled all evening which is just what we wanted.

Thanks so much for being part of our day.  We will be sure to recommend you.

Kind Regards

Claire and Andy


Masonic Ladies Night at Hogs Back Hotel

Hi Mike,

Thank you and the band for a fantastic night of music.

Everyone had a fab night made special by your band.

Thank you,



My 50th Birthday party – joint 50th party held at The Manor House Hotel, Newlands Corner, Guildford, Surrey

Dear Mike,

We just wanted to say an enormous thankyou to everyone in the band.  The evening surpassed our expectations in every respect.  Not only did the music sound great and had everyone dancing all night, but the girls (and the boys!) looked sensational in their themed outfits.  

So many people have commented on how great the band were.  Even the hotel staff said you were the best band they’ve ever had playing there.

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, you made our birthday really special!

Lisa & Jan


Ashley’s 21st Birthday Party at Abbey Moor Golf Club in Addlestone, Surrey
Transcript from telephone message left by her Mum on my answerphone

You did Ashley’s party on Saturday.  Just to say thank you for a fantastic night as usual.  I know we’ve only used you twice but we feel we know you so well – you and the team.  Just wanted to say you and the band make a party – your band make a party and it’s just brilliant!  Also the chocolate fountain man just sent us a DVD.  There are quite a few photos of the band.  You can go on his website and have a look.  When you thought they were singing, they were sneaking up to the fountain! (Not true, we only went there in the break – honestly!)  Once again, thank you so much – it made it for us!  Trying to think of another occasion to have you again but I haven’t really got anything yet.  If I find a man I might get married so I’ll let you know!  Alright Mike, thanks again – it was brilliant!  Thank you – bye!


Laura & Adam’s wedding reception at Compton Village Hall, Surrey

Well, where to start?  After what was the most perfect, beautiful wedding day when the sun shone, the bride glowed, the groom stood proud and the Morris dancers danced to sounds of “An English Country Garden” and “Daisy, Daisy” – Famous Five Band was just the icing on top of the cake.  You were absolutely amazing – everyone danced all night and even the immediate neighbours to the hall said what a perfect summers evening, sitting in their gardens listening to you play.

Thank you all so much once again for being part of our very special day.

Janis White (mother of the bride)

Very best wishes to you and we hope to see you in Godalming in September



Wedding Booking

Dear Mike,

Please find a reference below.

All the Best,
Matt and Kate

To whom it may concern,

We can confirm that the Famous Five band played at our wedding reception at Gildings Barn.  We found the Famous Five through a recommendation from friends.

Leading up to the wedding date they responded to emails and phone calls promptly and on the day itself they undertook everything that was agreed without any complications.  They were organised and punctual.  Having previously played at the barn they knew where to get ready and how to set up without causing disturbance to our own preparations or the event itself.  They successfully fitted themselves and their equipment on the stage and set up lighting for the dancefloor.  The music ended promptly at 11pm and the band were quick to pack up and vacate the barn well ahead of midnight.

We would happily book the Famous Five again and have already recommended them to others.

Please contact us if you require any further information.

Yours faithfully,
Matthew and Kate Fortey


Wedding in East Sussex
(unfortunately we were already booked for another wedding)


I’ve just been having a look at your website and really like your sound.

My fiancé and I are getting married this July.

Are you available?  What would be the price be?

Best wishes,



Windlesham Picnic – annual open-air Surrey village event in aid of local charities
This was the 5th consecutive year we played for this event.

Afternoon Mike,

I think we are now well and truly packed up and sorted after last week’s phenomenal event.  It was the largest and most exciting Picnic we have held and thank you all once again for really throwing yourselves into our theme and ensuring the dance floor was full of excited people from beginning to end!  The girls were a vision in gold and their Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ was mesmerising.  I do hope you enjoyed it as much as in the past and we were delighted to have bumper numbers this year too!  It was a very pleasant warm evening which also helps things along a great deal!

I have attached a selection of pictures for your enjoyment.

Well done once again!




Last minute booking for a party in Dunsfold near Cranleigh in Surrey

(the band they’d booked cancelled at very short notice!)

Dear Mike

Just recovering from the weekend and wanted to write and thank you and the rest of the band for the most amazing, memorable evening – everyone said how much they loved the music – and the fact that you got my family and friends up dancing was pretty remarkable!

Thank you also for letting the children play on the drumkit – my nephew now wants a set for Christmas…!

Hope you all got home safely and that our paths cross again.  Thank you for getting us out of a hole and thank you for a perfect performance – it is very much appreciated.

With best wishes,



Blackheath Cricket Club Summer Ball
Blackheath is near Wonersh, Shalford, Chilworth, Albury, Shere – Surrey Hills area

Hi Mike

I just wanted to thank you on behalf of everyone at Blackheath Cricket Club for playing at our Big No-Ball last night.  We have had so many people complimenting our choice of band!

Everyone really enjoyed it!  Do please pass on our appreciation to the rest of the band.

I hope you were not all too exhausted by the time you got home – although I guess you are used to that!

If we ever have another do (although there is absolutely no chance of my organising something on that scale, far too stressful!) we will definitely be in touch.

All the best and thanks again



From: Mike
To: Band
Subject: Windlesham Picnic 5th time

Re-booked!   Just received their deposit with a note “So glad you’re “on board” for the Windlesham Picnic once again!   I’ll let you know the theme”.


Cheers all,



Corporate Christmas Party Event held at The Aviator, Farnborough, Hampshire
We played for their Christmas bash last year at Farnham Castle
We also played for their Director’s 60th Birthday Party at Denbies Wine Estate last August

Hi Mike

Thank you very much for playing, everyone enjoyed themselves!

I’m sure we will be in touch for another event…

Have a great Christmas.



Cohort Ball Announcement – Money Raised
A massive MND fundraiser held at Sandhurst Military Academy

Dear Cohort guests, entertainers, supporters and all involved,
I hope you are all well and enjoying the run up to Christmas.

I am extremely pleased to announce that we now have a final total raised for The Cohort Ball.  It’s only taken four weeks or so!

But before I tell you the wonderful news, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that took part in the event.  It was such a fantastic evening and none of it would have been possible if it wasn’t for every single person involved.  So once again, THANK YOU ALL!

On that note, I would like to say a special thanks to all the entertainers that performed on the night.  Not only were they incredibly generous with their time, the entertainment each act provided was absolutely perfect for the evening!

So thanks to the following, who all come highly recommend by myself and the Cohort team:

Salieri String Quartet – www.allstrings.co.uk – they are available for wedding parties, business events and much more!

Wellington College Corps of Drums – Ray Smith, his boys and their sticks opened the night with a bang!
I think we all fell silent with how brilliant their stick drum display was!

Kim Wilde – thanks to Dina and Steve for organising for Kim to come along and play an acoustic set for us all, what a special treat!

And finally……..the Famous Five Band – www.famousfiveband.com – a band who are frequently recommended as one of the best live bands to hire for any function or event.  They cover all of Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex and much further afield.  A fantastic band who made such an effort with their 1940’s costumes and songs, and got us all dancing the night away!

So now for the amount we raised from the ball……..

I am incredibly proud to say that we have raised a total of £13, 557.88!

And we are still claiming back gift aid on the auction items, so this total will continue to increase.

Our target was £10,000.  To reach over £13,000 is beyond anything I ever expected and I am so grateful to all of you for your generosity and support.

Thank you all once again for making The Cohort Ball the event of the winter season, and for raising such an incredible amount of money that we will be donating to research into MND and to MNDA’s wheelchair appeal.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Here’s to being one massive step closer to finding that cure.

Best Wishes,

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
The event of the winter season, at one of Britain’s most iconic institutions and in support of Motor Neurone Disease.
Visit our website: www.thecohortball.com


Amy and Matt’s Wedding Reception Party at The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Dear Band,

I just had to write and thank you for the wonderful music at my daughter’s wedding.

They had heard you at another wedding and booked – so the right thing to do!

We all had a great time.

Kind regards,



Wedding Reception held at Fitzleroi Barn, West Sussex
Copied from their card

Dear Mike, Andy, Andy, Alan, Lucy, Julia and Simon,

Thank you all for providing such great music all evening at our wedding.

We were very impressed when we saw you before booking but you all exceeded our expectations on the night.

We also received many comments from our guests about how good you were.  I think it showed with the dance floor rarely being even close to empty!

If anyone asks, we will certainly be sure to recommend you on to others.

We hope you all have a great Christmas and have continuing success in the New Year.

With thanks,

Shane & Clare


Wedding Reception Party held at Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa, Camberley, Surrey
Macdonald Hotels group

Hi Mike,

Thank you for providing us with just a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

Lots of people have commented how good the music was.

We had a wonderful day and a great evening.  Thank you so much.

Kind regards,

Sue and David


The Cohort Ball

Hello Mike,

Apologies for my late reply to your email, I’ve taken a few days out to try to relax and get my voice back after Saturday night!

Thank you for your email, it was such a good night and I really do appreciate yours and the bands support.  Everyone said how brilliant the entertainment was – so you all definitely made an impression!

We are still counting but I think we’ve managed to exceed our target of 10K, which is brilliant news!

I’ll be sending out an email to all guests once the final total is confirmed, and will put in your description and advertise the band in this email too, so hopefully you’ll have some more business!

Thank you and the band again Mike – it was such a fantastic evening and I felt that the music you played and the effort you made with the 1940’s theme was brilliant and was very fitting for the occasion!

I’m glad the refreshments and dressing room were all ok. And hopefully there will be some photos and videos online soon!

I wish you and the band every success in the future, and should I need a band again, I’ll be in touch for definite!

Thanks again Mike, best wishes,

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
The event of the winter season, at one of Britain’s most iconic institutions and in support of Motor Neurone Disease.


The Cohort Ball – Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

Hi Guys & Girls,

I just wanted to sat what a great job you did last night at this event raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease charities.

Your incredible range of musical styles and your totally professional and friendly approach was really refreshing.  It was a pleasure working with you Mike and all your band.  The audience danced all night and frankly you guys made the night !!

Thanks again Mike and all the boys and girls.  I will most definitely recommend you whenever possible for any events which I am compering.

Cheers for now !



Our Wedding – Lillibrooke Manor, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Dear Mike,

I cannot apologise enough for the delay in sending this email.  I am so sorry!

We want to thank you so much for your amazing performance at our wedding in May.  You guys are true professionals and just brilliant.  Before the day, you answered any questions we had and let us pick songs from your great set lists.  You played all the right songs and had everyone from my 91 year old grandmother to my 4 year old nephew and everyone in between on the dance floor all night long.  Everyone commented on how you helped make a perfect day even more fun.  

You were so great that one of my friends has even hired you for her wedding at the end of November!

If anyone ever wants to contact us for a reference, feel free to pass on our details,

Many thanks,

Lindsey and Dan


The Jack & Jill Memorial Day

Hi All,

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing for us on Sunday.  I felt as though the day was perfect in every way and this was complimented by the excellent performance by you guys.

My Mum and Uncle Jack meant the world to me and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate their lives.  This would not have been possible without your help.

Thanks so much for giving up your time.  Words do not do justice to just how grateful I am.

Kind regards

Mark Sharpley


Thank you for the music…
Wedding Reception party in Old Basing near Basingstoke, Hampshire

Hi Mike,

Ever since our wedding in September, Jane and I along with everyone else who was there have been saying what a fantastic show the Famous Five put on for us.  Rather belatedly we have got around to penning a ‘thank you’ email.

All in all we had a great day and the party in the evening, lead by yourselves, was the most enjoyable party we have been to in a long time.  If anyone didn’t get up and dance at some point we would be very surprised and once up people stayed up until too knackered to continue – a huge compliment to the band.  We’re still not quite certain what Ru (Ken’s son)was trying to persuade your singer to do but if we need to apologise – Sorry!

So thank you very much for the show, if we can find any excuse for another party that could possible benefit from a band we’ll call again!

Best wishes,

Ken and Jane


Enquiry for wedding reception near Petersfield in Hampshire

Good evening,

Have just been dancing around the kitchen to your demos and are wondering how much you charge to play at a wedding reception near Petersfield?

Many thanks,

Emma and Tom


25th Silver Wedding Anniversary held at the Farnham Rugby Club in Surrey

Hi Mike,

Just wanted to say thank you very much to all the band for their part in a great night on Saturday.

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and a large part of that, of course, is down to your excellent performance.  

Many thanks also for making the booking and other admin arrangements so straightforward – I will have no hesitation in recommending you to anybody who needs a band.

Many thanks



60th Birthday Party at Sutton Green Golf Club near Guildford in the afternoon

Hi Simon,

Just wanted to thank you and the Band so very much for helping to make Mike’s Party go so well.  

I knew our friends loved to dance, but I wasn’t really expecting anyone to get up and dance at a lunch party.

Your great music meant they couldn’t remain seated!  Haven’t seen my sister dance for years, but even she took to the floor.

The day went so quickly and I didn’t really have time to thank the band members properly – it was suddenly time to pack up and everyone was leaving, but please thank them on our behalf.

With very best wishes



70th Birthday Party in Streatley, Berkshire

Hello all,

Just to say many, many thanks for your efforts for my Dad Edward’s 70th.

Everyone was extremely complimentary regarding the Famous Five Band, your playing and the singing.

Just as all the neighbours thought it was over and were probably on their way to bed it started again (and ended with Shout).

I sincerely hope you get some future bookings from this and we will certainly recommend you.

Again very many thanks and with best wishes



60th Birthday Party in Cuckfield, West Sussex

Good Morning Mike,

We have just emerged from the other side of a fabulous 60th birthday weekend and would like to thank the Famous Five Band for a magnificent set on Saturday, brilliant.  We loved every minute of it and it was great to be in the company of such accomplished musicians.  All our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves, we have had so much positive feed back from everyone.  So hopefully we will see you all again at another function!!

We hope you all got back to your respective homes safely and were not too exhausted from all your endeavours!!

Once again, a BIG thank you to you all.


Shelley and Kevin


Annual charity fundraiser Summer party night near Bagshot in Surrey

Hi everyone,

I’m just writing on behalf of the Windlesham Picnic Committee to thank you all for providing such wonderful music and singing again for our picnic.

It was so great that you dressed up in our theme and it really helped to set the tone of the evening.  The dance floor was well used and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.  I know in particular that the two tables we had really enjoyed themselves and thought the music great.

Thanks very much once again for getting into the spirit of our Annual event.

With best wishes,



Wedding Reception Party held at Avington Park, Winchester in Hampshire

Dear Mike,

Thank you so so much for such an amazing performance at our wedding.  We absolutely loved the way you played and sung our first dance/song – it was beautiful and a very special moment for Simon and me.

Also the last song request was perfect and a favourite of many.

Your song choices and the way you filled the whole dance from start to finish was brilliant – everyone really enjoyed themselves and our request for them to all bring their dancing shoes was certainly put to the test!  
So many commented on how great you all were and asked where we found you!

You really kept the party going and continued to make our day so very special.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

Best Wishes,

Ellie & Simon

P.S. Please can you send me a mailing address – I have a card I would like to send you by old fashioned post!!


Function Band for Wedding enquiry

Mike, thanks very much indeed for the prompt reply.  Shame that you’re not free, & we liked your website, one of the best/clearest/ most honest looking we’ve seen, having trawled quite a few now!

Will look through the other bands you recommended

Thank you



HomeStart Elmbridge Ball at Oatlands Park Hotel Weybridge Surrey

Hi Mike

I just want to add my comments to Susi’s – the band was fantastic! I have had nothing but rave reviews – the dance floor was full all night, which, to my mind, is the sign of a great band.

If, in a moment of madness, we ever decide to do another similar event, you will be first on our list of people to call.

I hope you get lots of bookings on the back of this gig – we will be letting the hotel know how pleased we were too.

Thank you so much for making a good night great!

Kind regards.



Oatlands Park Hotel’s night manager made a point of telling us that he puts us in the top ten bands they’ve ever had there – which was very nice to hear!


HomeStart Elmbridge Ball at Oatlands Park Hotel Weybridge Surrey

I just wanted to thank you for your great performance on Friday night.

The sound was great and your choice of music was spot on for the audience and I had many positive comments about the band. It’s always a good testimony – at that kind of event – when everyone is up and dancing immediately.

Everyone had such a good time, and we managed to raise around £xxxx which is slightly more than anticipated.

Thank you all.



Red Bar & Lounge, Dorking, Surrey

Hi Mike

Thanks again for a great night last Saturday – lots of fab comments about the band

Could you let me know if FFB is free for some other dates?

Many thanks


Red Bar & Lounge


Joint 60th Birthday Party in Godalming, Surrey

Mike and all the band.

Many thanks for the superb performance at our party on Saturday.

Everyone I spoke to at the end was very impressed and all agreed that your input really made the evening.

I have already received numerous phone calls and emails from guests all singing your praises.

You’ve all gone straight to the top of my/our highly recommended list.

Thanks again for making a good party absolutely brilliant.

Pete and Anne


Joint 60th Birthday Party Godalming / Guildford area Surrey

Hi Mike,

Feel free to use my few words as you see fit.

We have had another six people comment on how good you were since my last mail.

I will try and catch some of your public gigs in the future.

Thanks again.

Pete and Anne.


Testimonial for Wedding Band – Gildings Barn, Newdigate, Surrey

We hired “The Famous Five” to play at our wedding at Gildings Barn this September.  They were excellent – really easy to deal with leading up to the day and then excellent on the night.  They really engaged with the guests and played a fantastic set.  Would highly recommend them to anyone.

Dani and Mike Jackson


Thank you! Wedding near Winchester in Hampshire


We had the best wedding day and your band was absolutely fantastic!

We have recommended you to all of our friends so hopefully will get to see you perform very soon!

Thank you so much Famous Five!!!

Best wishes,

Claire & Mark


Claire and Mark’s wedding in Hampshire – beautiful marquee in garden

From the Bride’s parents

Hello Mike and all the band

Well – what an evening!  The most fantastic night ever.  Everyone at Claire and Mark’s wedding thought you were all absolutely brilliant.  Everyone had such a great time thanks to the wonderful music played by yourselves.
I particularly enjoyed ‘the walk-about’!

Thank you so much to all of you for making it such a special evening – the perfect end to a perfect day!  Hope we get to hear you again some time.

Thank you again

Cathy and John Dickinson


Beer, Cider and Music Festival at The Barley Mow, Winchfield, Hampshire

Hi Mike

Just wanted to let you know how many people commented on how much they enjoyed your band and how good they thought you were.

One lady has asked me for your details as I think she is considering you for a wedding!  I will pass your details on and I hope you get the gig.

Many thanks


NOTE – We did get the wedding booking


Wedding Reception Party in Winchester area Hampshire


We recently got your details when you played at our friends’ wedding on Easter Saturday last year, at City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead, Surrey.  We thought you were great and are exactly the type of band we are looking for, for our own wedding reception.  We will be holding our reception just outside of Winchester in a private house (Avington Park) in May this year.

Would you be available and if so could you please give me an idea of costs/quote?  We are having 100 guests and the main dance floor/party area will be in the library/conservatory.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,



Wedding Anniversary and Family Party held at West Hill Golf Club, Woking, Surrey

Hello Mike and the Band,

A brief note to say many, many thanks for making last Saturday’s bash at West Hill such a success – you were terrific!

I apologise for the delayed start.  I was desperate to get you on as soon as possible, because I knew everyone would enjoy it and have a blast!  So thank you for doing two long sets rather than the three we had planned – greatly appreciated.

News of the gig has travelled around the Club and Gina, our Club Manager, has asked for your details, so hopefully we will see you back at West Hill again one day.

Many thanks again for making the party such fun; and we will make a point of buying you a beer at The Red Lion one of these Fridays!

Very best,

David & Annabel (Alvis).


Windlesham Picnic re-booked for next year

Dear Mike,

We had such a good time on Saturday night and felt it was another great evening for the Windlesham Picnic – and as you know this event in this format has been running for close on 30 years – although we have hosted only now for 4.  Thank you so much to you and the band for contributing to making the evening such a success.

We had our wrapping up committee meeting last night and all of us felt the evening went superbly.  We were especially pleased that with relatively short notice you were able to find Hawaiian style costume which certainly added to the occasion in a big way.  I am pleased to attach a picture which you might like!  I hope that your family members also enjoyed the occasion.

I am pleased to say that we all are of the opinion that you must come back!  We would be delighted if you can join us next June for a fourth successive year!  I do hope this date is clear in your diaries!

The theme will be decided in January however I’m sure it will be something related to the Olympics eg. ‘Olympiads’ or ‘Great Sports’ or what ever.  The ticket price will remain the same – £12.50.  We will not start advertising until after Christmas just in case of any need for changes – however if it goes on your web site just please record the event and date at this stage.  No contact details.

All the very best to you and the band over the next year – see you on Saturday at West Hill Golf Club.



Wedding Party at Newbury Manor Hotel, Newbury, Berkshire
Copied from letter and email from the Bride’s parents

Dear Mike,

John and I and all our guests would like to say a big thank you to you and your other colleagues for a fabulous evening at our daughter’s wedding in June.

Everyone enjoyed it and we have had some wonderful comments back on your performance.

We had a marvellous time and the band was brilliant.  Good luck to you in the future.

Best wishes,

Sandra and John Kemp


Wedding Reception Party at Fitzleroi Barn, Fittleworth, Pulborough, West Sussex

Hi Mike,

I just wanted to say thank you again to you and the rest of the band for your brilliant set at our wedding on Saturday night at Fitzleroi Barn.

Also, we both really appreciated you accommodating our need to set up earlier in the day.  The band area looked great when everyone walked into the barn for the first time and gave a real sense of anticipation of what was to come later in the evening!

Everyone has commented on how good you guys were and you really got the party going after the first dance!  We’ve got some great photos of the band which I will try to send over to you.

If you ever need a reference or testimonial for weddings just let me know – I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Famous Five.

Thanks again,

Simon & Lizzie


PACT Charity Ball at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Dear Mike,

Many congratulations for your performance at the PACT charity ball.

You were great.  Only sorry we did not have longer.

Best wishes,



BIG THANK YOUS – 40th Birthday Party Horror Movies Theme

Hi Julia & FF!!

A massive, yet a little belated (although I hadn’t forgotten!) hello & THANK YOU for making my friend Donna’s Freaky Fortieth Horror Movie party such a SMASH HIT!
Absolutely everyone is still raving how great it was, especially the music!  You are such good sports to not only tolerate a very drunken mummy, but to jam with his awful wails he thought was singing. Lyrics were a bit random too!  But it did make for a fun ending!

I have been recommending you to everyone and should I ever be in the honoured position of organising a gig – you guys are top of the list!  I think Andrea is sorting all the photos this weekend, so I am sure the best will be winging their way to you – I know I took pics of the band with the disposable cameras – can’t promise how focussed they will be!!

Anyway further to our after gig chat, as I promised I would contact you, should you need some marketing material, promotional stuff i.e. anything no matter large or small, such as flyers, cards, banners, pop up stands for your back drops…we would love to help you!  Check out our website www.incadesign.co.uk and if you get the urge, give me a buzz and we can meet up and chat.

Kind regards

(Skull face, top hat & fuzzy orange clown hair – at least I think that was the outfit I had on for the majority of the night!)


Horror Movies Theme 40th Party

Hi Mike

Got together with friends yesterday and they couldn’t stop talking about how good the band were.

Great feedback all round.

Thank you for helping make the whole evening work so well.



Wedding Reception party held at The Manor Barn, Buriton, Petersfield, Hampshire

Mike and the band,

Sorry for the delay in writing but although the happy couple didn’t go away on holiday, the proud parents went off on a cruise.

Can we thank you for your professionalism and an absolutely fantastic set at the Manor Barn to celebrate Gemma and Gavin’s wedding in May.  The guests were on the dance floor from the first to the last song and enjoyed every minute of the evening.  We would recommend anyone arranging a similar function to book you without delay otherwise they may miss out.

We are hoping to see you at The Cricketers in August (You must play Comfortably Numb ….. not ABBA!!)  So until then, I hope you enjoy all the other gigs this Summer…..it looks as though you barely have a week off!


Gerry Cawdeary and Family


Testimonial prior to wedding booking for June next year

Hello Famous Five Band!

You have come highly recommended to us by our friends James and Claire Weatherley.  We saw you all in action at their wedding last September at Camberley golf club.  It was a great night and I don’t think I left the dancefloor – which is exactly what I love – a good band and a good dance!

We are getting married on the first Friday in June at Branksome Hotel in Haslemere, Surrey.  We would very much like to book you for the reception in the evening and wonder if you could send us some details of costs and whether you would be available on that date?

James has recommended we contact you now as you are very popular.  Reply by e-mail is fine – but if you would be happier phoning then my number is xxxxx xxxxxx.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards,



Wedding at The Walled Garden at Cowdray, Midhurst, West Sussex

Dear Famous Five Band,

A very big thank you to you all for playing at our wedding on the 14th May.  I think everyone was dancing most of the evening!

We received so many good comments about your music and it really did complete a lovely day.

Thank you again


Marcelle & Simon


Easter Wedding Reception Party

Dear Mike and all the members of Famous Five Band.  Just a note to say a BIG thank you for providing such brilliant entertainment for our wedding at City of London Freemen’s School on Easter Saturday!

You were all absolutely BRILLIANT!  We loved every minute of your performance and the guests all had a fantastic time on the dance floor!

Thanks for helping to make our big day such a happy and memorable one!


Katie x and Owen x


Wedding Reception held at The City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead Park, Surrey
Testimonial from the Bride’s parents


Just a very quick note to say a huge thank you to you and the band for an amazing performance at Katie and Owen’s wedding on Easter Saturday.  Nothing but plaudits from all of our guests!

The following morning we returned to the marquee to find a copy of the set list and a broken drumstick which will be kept by Katie & Owen as treasured memories of a great performance by The Famous Five!

See you at the Red Lion before too long!

Mike & Jane


Wedding at Manor House Hotel, Newlands Corner, Guildford, Surrey

Dear Famous Five

Thank you so much for the fantastic music at our wedding.  Everyone said how wonderful you were and it really topped off the night with that little bit something extra special.

We had the most wonderful day and two weeks in sunny Jamaica after.  We really couldn’t be happier.

Thank you again

All our love

Will & Kirsty Adams


Birthday Party held at Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey


Many thanks for the great evening on Saturday night.  We all had a fantastic time.

I have transferred the balance to you today.

See you at the Windlesham Picnic if not before.




Wedding Reception at Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey
Copied from letter from parents of bride and groom to their friend who recommended us.

Dear Anna & family,

Thank you so much for your contribution to Greg & Lucy’s wedding.

The band you suggested proved to be outstanding and provided excellent entertainment which brought an already wonderful day to a fantastic conclusion.

Thank you.


The Greaves & the Pitts



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Reviews & testimonials for Famous Five Party Band.  
A highly recommended, totally live, professional quality function, wedding and party band for hire providing top quality music for dancing at wedding receptions, important birthday parties, corporate events, annual dinner-dances etc.
Performing in halls, marquees, barns and wedding venues all over Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex, West Sussex, East Sussex, also Dorset, Kent, Bedfordshire – Beds, Middlesex – Middx, Buckinghamshire – Bucks, Oxfordshire – Oxon, Somerset, Gloucestershire – Glos, London U.K.

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