How can I book the band?

Call Martin Hayes on 07846 938244 or email: fatmanalley@gmail.com

What kind of music does the band play?

We play a large selection of songs drawn from the 60s to present day. Pretty much everything from Abba to The Zombies via the Rolling Stones, Queen, Dexys Midnight Runners, Simple Minds, Beatles, Kinks, UB40, Stone Roses, The Specials, Huey Lewis & The News, Franz Ferdinand. Happy Mondays, Amy Winehouse, Kaiser Chiefs, Bob Marley etc – and we do a bit of punk, two-tone and disco too, if you like! 

How many members in the band?

There are 6 members – vocals, bass guitar, lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards and drums - however we do occasionally play with a three piece horn section, for a little extra cost.

Do you use tapes or anything pre-recorded?

Most definitely not! Everything we play and everything you see and hear on this site was created live by the musicians in the band.  We do NOT use any form of backing tapes or pre-recorded hard disks – and the videos on the site have not been doctored or ‘enhanced’ in any way.

How long does the band play?

We would normally play two sets of about an hour each. Most of those who book us want the band to play from 9 till 10 and then from 10.30 to 11.45 or so.  However we are in your hands and will play whenever you ask us!

How long does it take to set up?

We would always prefer an hour and a half prior to starting the background ‘disco’ music which would mean we’d normally turn up at the venue at 5.30pm.  However given that many weddings, for example, have the reception and then the evening do in the same place, we would normally try and squeeze in the set up in the gap between those two events. We'd then need about a 15 minute sound check to make sure the instruments were balanced to endeavour your event goes well!

What about access to the room where you will be playing?

Ideally we would like to be able to park our vehicles as close as possible to save lugging the gear about…but we can cope with pretty much everything – apart from tight spiral staircases!

What equipment will you supply?

Everything for the evening including a public address (PA) system which we are more than happy for you to use for announcements during the evening; a full lighting rig and the disco too.

Will you play outside?

Yes and have done on numerous occasions.  Also in marquees!

Can we make announcements with you PA?

Of course! We are more than happy to MC - or to let you have a go!

​How far will the band travel?

Most of the time we would concentrate on an area about 50 miles from Birmingham – so that takes in Tamworth, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Leamington Spa, Stoke, Worcester, Coventry, Stratford Upon Avon.  However we have played gigs in Oxford, Liverpool and north west Wales; gigs further away cost more in terms of time and travel/overnights. 

What about when the band aren’t playing?

Here you have a choice: you can either book your own disco, we can play music mixes before and between the sets or you can bring along your own mix of music for us to play. This means you don’t have to have a separate disco but it does mean that the music is compiled before the evening! Either way the choice is yours.

Can I choose the music?

We can often accommodate your choices - we can also let you have a look at a recent set list - and, of course, we would refrain from playing something that you violently objected to!

How much do you charge?

In broad terms, it starts around £500 depending on the size of gig, distance to travel, set up time, duration etc.  Give us a call to talk it through.

Do you need a deposit?

Normally 10% when you book. And we would send you a short contract prior to the day just so that everyone knows where they are.

What happens if I cancel?

If it is 2 weeks or less prior to the event then we would normally charge 50% cancellation fee.

What sort of functions have you played?

We have been best suited to 'big' birthdays, corporates, summer balls and have also played a range of weddings and Xmas parties, as well as many pubs, clubs and private parties as you can see on the 'Gigs' link at the top of the page. To be honest we find our audience probably starts in the 30's  – in other words, we aren’t really suitable for 18th or 21st birthdays…unless of course it is Mum and Dad who are paying the bill!


Do you have public liability insurance?

Yes we do – up to £2m – and all our equipment is PAT tested on a regular basis.