Wedding Band & Party Band
East Midlands
£1,457 (avg. price)

About Sonar – professional wedding band based in the East Midlands
7 reviews

Booked 11 times on FixTheMusic

Since forming early in 2015, Sonar have become an extremely popular function band for parties, weddings, private bookings and corporate events around the UK.

Sonar are dedicated to providing an eclectic mix of artists, for example, folk rock bands or singer-songwriters such as Mumford and Sons, David Gray, George Ezra and classics by Van Morrison, T-Rex and The Kinks.

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We also perform covers of popular indie bands of the 90’s and 2000’s, The Killers, Oasis, Stereophonics, Kings of Leon, James, Pulp, and utilising our new electronic abilities, Fatboy Slim, Sigma, Avicii.

Sonar are available as either a 3 piece or 4 piece band depending on your preferences or budget. They are also available as an acoustic band to provide more of a folk rock and indie style for their repertoire of covers.

The combination of professionalism, experience and adaptability has proven to be a recipe for success. A versatile approach to the genres they cover is winning over audiences of all kinds.

More importantly though, is their ability to deliver performances of this wide-ranging set list with style, character and authenticity throughout.

Sonar are a truly versatile function band covering folk, indie, rock, funk, pop and even EDM, from the 60’s to today. They will happily tailor the set list to your requirements and there really is something for everyone here.

Lead singer Calder has a powerful, gritty and distinctive vocal style. Backed by three stand out musicians who will seemingly offer their hand to anything, Sonar deliver an expressive, tasteful and engaging sound.

Sonar band consists of Dan on Bass/Synth/Backing Vocals, Greg on Guitar/Backing Vocals and Josh on Drums/Percussion.

Having spent years working as musicians, they have a wealth of experience which will help make your event run as smoothly as possible.

Sonar will advise clients with no obligation at all. Conveniently located in Leicester, centrally placed, they can travel to many corners of the country within a 2.5 hours radius.

So if you're looking to hire the finest wedding band East Midlands has to offer, get in touch with Sonar.

About the band

CALDER – Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar

Lead Vocalist Calder is one of the hardest working and best-known musicians in Leicestershire having racked up literally thousands of gigs. He is a popular solo artist and songwriter with a strong following for his music which has featured on BBC radio.

He has played support for The Wonder Stuff, John Power (Cast) and Chris Helme (Seahorses) and has recently recorded guest vocals for world renowned House/Techno act Him_Self_Her released on Suara Records.

Calder has appeared at prestigious festival Summer Sundae and has recently achieved 1st class honours BA Applied Studies Music.

JOSH – Drums & Percussion

Drummer Josh Budgen is by far the youngest member of the group, nonetheless he has already become involved with a multitude of bands and acts as a studio session player and live performer in the last few years, including original artists like Benn Hartmann, Sugabeat and George Simpson as well as function bands Dream Electric and Nanna Radleys. He also appears on Calder’s solo material.

DAN – Bass, Keyboards & Backing Vocals

Bassist Dan Monk (BAHons Jazz Studies) also plays Saxophone and Keyboards and performs/records with a multitude of different style groups such as innovative brass party band - The King Brasstards, Sounds of Simon (Paul Simon tribute), covers bands the Funk Soul Collective and Johnny & The Goodtime Boys and solo artists Benn Hartmann and George Simpson; has worked with East Park Reggae Collective, Sir John Dankworth and appeared on an album with Sting, Bjork and Elvis Costello.

GREG – Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals

Lead Guitarist Greg Shute has built up an impressive Private Guitar Teaching business currently tutoring more than 40 regular students from his home studio and in local schools.

He has written music for film soundtracks and his former trip-hop band Free Control played headline shows all over the country including their homecoming Summer Sundae Weekender gig on the main stage in DeMontford Hall. Free Control also appeared at NEC Music Live.

He works with vocalist Sally Hossack in The Aurora electro-acoustic duo and plays as a dep for other covers bands.

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“To Calder and co. Thank you for a truly awesome gig at our wedding two weeks ago. We've had endless comments about how brilliant you guys were. You are four very talented musicians who made our wedding day one to remember. Ade and Daisy xxx”
– Adrian & Daisy Scott, 5 April 2020, wedding in Derbyshire
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"Saw you last night at Hoar Cross Hall at Cat and Alex wedding, you were fabulous! Have shared your page with our local pub landlady, we have a music festival every summer for charity and I think you'd be brilliant."
– Jules Lindop, 30 July 2019, wedding at Hoar Cross Hall
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"Calder you guys absolutely smashed it out of the park last night!!!! Everyone was raving about you and thoroughly enjoyed it! Apologies for harassing you to play another? I had a majorly sore head today!! Thanks again for everything!"
– Rachael & John Marbeck, 19 July 2019, wedding in Leicester
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“Leila and I would like to say a huge thank you for last night! You were just fantastic! Everyone loved you! Once again thank you and the rest of the band for your hard work and efforts!! Ollie”
– Ollie & Leila Ferguson, 12 July 2019, wedding in Birmingham
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“Having a great band was high on our wish list for our special day, so if you're reading this and think the same then congratulations because you've just found them! We can't shout loud enough about how good Sonar are! Everyone was up dancing and smiling all night long! We've had endless comments on how great the band sounded and keep asking where we found them...Don't waste a moment longer get them booked!! Thanks again guys, you were amazing. All the best, Matt.”
– Matt & Sarah Padraig, 5 May 2019, wedding in Warwickshire
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“Just wanted to drop you a quick message to say 'thank you' for yesterday. You were fantastic and everyone commented on how good you were. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of the band. It definitely made my day (especially Mr Brightside :))”
– Charlene Waverley, 22 April 2019, wedding in Leicester
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“Sonar are a Parcel Yard favourite. They rocked our annual Jolly Day Away where we invite our customers and suppliers from our 12 sites for a party. Their energy, enthusiasm and set list create a great atmosphere which customers are still talking about months later. A band of professional musicians that deliver.”
– Elliot Jones, Steamin' Billy Brewing Co. LTD, 26 February 2019, corporate event in Leicestershire
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Set List

Asterisk = Only Available With The 4-piece Band

2010's Covers

Hold Back The River - James Bay

Bonfire Heart - James Blunt

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Grow Old With Me - Tom Odell

Get Lucky – Daft Punk

Blame It On Me - George Ezra

I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons

Let It Go - James Bay

Ho Hey - The Lumineers

Let Her Go - Passenger

Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5

Nobody To Love - Sigma

How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding

Wake Me Up – Avicii*

All Of Me – John Legend

2000's Covers

Mr Brightside - The Killers

Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

One Day Like This – Elbow

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon

Babylon – David Gray

I'm Yours – Jason Mraz

Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

American Idiot – Green Day*

Drops Of Jupiter - Train

Buck Rogers - Feeder

Clocks – Coldplay

Dakota – Stereophonics

Grounds For Divorce – Elbow*

Valerie – The Zutons

Last Nite - The Strokes

Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons

Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon

Starlight - The Supermen Lovers*

It Means Nothing - Stereophonics

Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys

Club Foot - Kasabian*

1990's Covers

Basket Case - Green Day*

The Bartender & The Thief - Stereophonics*

Iris - Goo Goo Dolls*

Lucky Man - The Verve

Lump - The Presidents Of The Usa*

Place Your Hands - Reef*

Sit Down - James

Sun Hits The Sky - Supergrass*

Two Princes - Spin Doctors

Common People - Pulp

Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis

Song 2 - Blur*

Let Forever Be - The Chemical Brothers*

Praise You - Fatboy Slim

Closing Time – Semisonic

Deeper Underground - Jamiroquai*

1980's Covers

Money For Nothing – Dire Straits*

Summer Of '69 – Bryan Adams

The One I Love - Rem

Rappers Delight - The Sugarhill Gang*

Back In Black - Ac/dc*

Start Me Up - Rolling Stones*

Wicked Game - Chris Isaac

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears*

1970's Covers

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry*

Superstition – Stevie Wonder*

20th Century Boy – T Rex

All Right Now – Free*

Message In A Bottle – The Police*

Teenage Kicks – Undertones

Bob Marley - Is This Love

Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel

Maggie May - Rod Stewart

1960's Covers

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Satisfaction – Rolling Stones

You Really Got Me – The Kinks*

With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker

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