The Zoots are a successful independent touring band for hire nationwide and overseas.
“The type of band it’s impossible not to like” The Stage
Exploding on to the scene in 2009, The Zoots have since wowed audiences in their thousands. Recent highlights include performing at the Nokia Christmas party, being chosen for the exclusive Angry Birds Go and Mafia III video game launch as well as Toyota’s anniversary event at London Guildhall. The Zoots have performed over 600 shows and toured over 30 countries and released two successful albums.
The Zoots perform a theatre shows which they tour all over Europe which a wide range of themes from: 1950s and 1960s, a 1970s show, a 1980s show or a mix of all the decades to modern day. We have a good supply of costumes at our HQ.
With over 250 hit songs in their repertoire from sweet 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll, to funk and soul, Reggae, Indie, pop and dance.
The Zoots literally have something for everyone. Popular on the theatre, festival, corporate, events and wedding scene, these guys get booked in well in advance.
“Hello, lovely Internet person. Your hair looks nice today. How are you? We are The Zoots. We’re a friendly and professional 5 piece band who have performed over 1000 shows and toured over 30 countries. We really love making music, entertaining, meeting new people and travelling all over the world.
We perform at all sorts of events throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East. We’ve played at lots of weddings and parties so we know what we’re doing, we’re pretty popular at corporate events and festivals too. When we’re not in the UK, you can find us overseas performing at theatres, festivals, private events and ship hopping headliner shows on cruise ships.
We’re based in Wiltshire, we like it here there’s lots of fields and sheep and stuff, but we do love to travel and see the world. In fact we travel all over in our lovely band van (The White Knght). There aren’t many places we haven’t been. No distance too far! Just ask us.
We have over 200 hit songs in our repertoire from Michael Jackson, Queen, The Killers to Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones: there is literally something for everyone. We don’t just play what we want, we like to hear from you too! We have released three albums which have been downloaded over 500,000 times.
We also have a pretty cool 1960s show where we’ll recreate the note for note musical goodness of the 1960s including hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks.
Recent highlights include performing at the Nokia Christmas party, being the band selected to entertain those Rovio techies at the exclusive launch of the new (and super cool) app, ‘Angry Birds Go’, being re-booked to perform at the annual sales rally for Sony Playstation, Sega and EA Sports, and being chosen to perform at The 50th Anniversary of Toyota Corolla at London Guildhall. We were also performed for some very, very lovely couples (and even had a few guest vocalists join us for a few numbers).”
“The outstanding guitar playing of lead guitarist Ben, the award nominated drummer Simon, charisma from Jamie, fused with outstanding energy from Harriet and the very talented Tommy with their great harmonies and love for performing live have been key to The Zoots huge success. Crammed into every single one of their shows, you’ll witness to their oh-so-tight harmonies, infectious stage presence & questionable, but highly entertaining dance moves. Jamie’s vocals enrapture every audience from the off, using his charm to encourage audience participation throughout. The Zoots’ onstage rapport and genuine love for music radiates at every single one of their performances.”
Hello again. On this page, you’ll find out a bit more about them, who they are and what they like to eat. They’re made up of 5 lovely Wiltshire based musicians. They do music for a living. If they’re not performing it, they’re teaching it, if they’re not teaching it, they’re learning it! They’re not a group of session musicians thrown together for an event but they’re real human being friends. When they’re not making music, they genuinely enjoy each others company so will often get together for a cup of tea and/or a curry and/or the cinema.
With over 10 years in the industry, they are very experienced & really know how to put on a good show. They’ve toured over 30 countries and have 1000 performances under their belt. They have been wowing audiences with their Zoots show since 2009! They constantly practise, expand their repertoire, and work on their shows. They absolutely love doing what they do and they are always so honoured to be booked.
Jamie Goddard – Lead Vocals & guitar
Jamie is front man and lead singer for The Zoots.
You’ll recognise him from his unforgettable charisma, his cheeky smile, powerful vocals and friendly persona.
When he’s not performing, he’s working behind the scenes managing The Zoots. He started the band in 2009 with school friend Kevin Joyce and his Dad (Martyn) who managed the band and came up with the name.
Jamie is also a singer/songwriter in his own right and has released two albums published by Warner Bros.
Jamie uses a Fender Stratocaster and Danelectro 12 string guitar. He also has Gibson Les Paul and an Epiphone acoustic guitar. He uses a Marshall JVM410c amp which was kindly provided by the lovely people at Marshall. Jamie lives near Marlborough in Wiltshire and even plays cricket for them when he can.
Ben Jones – Lead Guitar & vocals
Ben plays lead guitar. He’s very brilliant. Ben is from Trowbridge, Wiltshire. His slick guitar playing has to be seen to be believed.
If you’re lucky enough to watch this guy perform, pay close attention!
Ben’s not just an outstanding guitarist, performer, but also an excellent vocalist and vocal arranger.
Harmonising together, the Zoots send shivers down your spine. Ben also takes lead vocals on a few tracks.
Ben uses a Fender Deluxe Stratocaster and Victory Amp, The Duchess.
Jamie says “He’s the best guitarist he’s played with, he also happens to be a nice guy.”
When he’s not performing with The Zoots, Ben teaches guitars to pupils of all ages in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas.
Simon Small – Drums and backing vocals
Simon from Hilperton, Wiltshire has been nominated twice for the UK Blues drummer of the year award. He has been a good friend of the band and has playing with The Zoots since 2012. He brings a vast amount of experience to The Zoots having performing all over the world with other acts such as Ainsley Lister, The Dirty Aces and the Jon Amor Blues Group who were featured on Radio 2’s live Sessions. Simon uses Vater drum sticks at every gig.
He has played drums on songs which have been played on radio stations worldwide and has even played drums on a track featuring Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin!
Harriet Lowther – Percussion & Backing Vocals
This is Harriet. She’s is The Zoots secret weapon. Harriet is our percussionist and backing vocalist playing tambourine, cabasa, cowbell, maracas whilst dancing around and adding copius ammounts of energy to the band. You won’t find many photographs of her as she’s usually the one taking them.
When Harriet isn’t globetrotting with The Zoots, she works behind the scenes with Jamie, sending lots of emails, marketing The Zoots, updating the website, documenting our moves, as well as making sure everything runs smoothly.
Harriet uses a Meinl skinned tambourine.
Tommy Lloyd – Bass guitar and vocals
Tommy is the newest member of The Zoots and performed his first show with us at The Randolph Hotel in Oxford. Tommy is a multi instrumentalist and is also a very talented drummer and guitarist. He is a great vocalist and has fantastic ability to build harmonies alongside the rest of the band. Tommy has also performed with the band on drums for a few gigs when Simon was in New York.
Tommy also offers private guitar, bass guitar and drum tuition in Dauntsey near Swindon.
The Zoots have a repertoire of over 200 songs from the past 6 decades including songs from The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Kings of Leon, Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Who and many more.
They are taking bookings all year round, some several years in advance, so if you would like to know more, give us a call. They’re based in Wiltshire, they travel throughout the South West & UK. Areas includes: Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Wales, Oxford, Cornwall, Sussex, Cheltenham, Bristol, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset. Lancashire, Yorkshire, there aren’t many places they haven’t been! They can learn specific songs at your requests and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
THEY ARE ALWAYS PROFESSIONAL START TO FINISH.
All of their equipment is fully PAT tested and they’ve got public liability cover for up to £10,000,000. They’re all members of the Musicians Union and Equity. They bring only the best equipment to their performances. There’s a list of their equipment below. They’ve been in the industry for quite some time, so, rest assured, they know what they are doing. Need more convincing? Have a read of their testimonials or check out their pretty huge repertoire.
Their Set Up
It normally takes them around 1 hour to set up and soundcheck, they’ll always endeavour to do this as quickly as possible. They (their drummer) will need to make some noise during this time, chat to us about your itinerary and we can advise the best time for them to set up. They have quite a lot of equipment so if there is a big stage or area for them, that would be terrific. Not to worry if not, they’re flexible (Harriet does yoga) and they’re used to fitting in spaces of all shapes and sizes. They’d need access to about three 13amp sockets but they can sort this all out with the venue.
On The Night
They usually perform two sets of around 60 minutes, with a break in between each set. They’ll perform a selection of songs from their repertoire, let us know which ones you like and they’ll be sure to include them! They can be flexible with timings, and will always advise what is best for you. During their break, they’re happy to play their pre-mixed playlist (a selection of pretty killer tracks to keep you dancing) or you can make your own on an iPod (or iPad/iPhone) and they’ll play it through their PA.
As they tend to arrive a few hours before their performance, it would be great if there was a warm room for them to use so we can get changed, warm up those vocal chords and have a cup of tea and do their hair. It’s not essential but can make a huge difference.
What you need to tell us
Let us know a little more about your wedding, event or party. Some good bits to include:
- Where are you having it?
- What date?
- How many people (ish) will be coming?
- What are the timings of the day likely to be?
If you could tell us more about the venue (are there any sound restrictions?), any info about the load in (is it up 3 flights of stairs, in a different county, that sort of thing), parking arrangements and any songs you like, that would be fantastic, but not essential. All the information helps them to work out what size of PA they need to bring, what time they need to be setting off, their travel expenses and if they need to bring any extra muscle to help a tricky load in, giving you the most accurate quote we can.
Still can’t decide? Here’s 7 reasons why you’ll like them:
- They’re nice people, we are very likeable.
- They are prepared for absolutely everything, they have never, ever missed or been late for a gig.
- They are experienced. Massively experienced. They’ve played over 500 venues
- They love performing music
- They sound pretty darn awesome. Listen to some of our music on the left
- Look at their show dates, they are very busy
- They come highly recommended, check out their testimonials
Check out their FAQs for anything they might have missed.
How much does it cost to hire a band?
Their fee will depend on a variety of things, timings, location, number of guests. Get in touch with us, letting us know as much as you can about the day, they’ll factor all of this in and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
How far do they travel?
All over! There’s rarely a place they haven’t visited.
They do a lot of work overseas too, in the last three years they travelled to over 30 different countries. Get in touch and let us know where you are thinking of having your event or party! They are experienced in logistics. If it’s over 4 hours away (from Marlborough, Wiltshire) they would need to factor in some accommodation costs, but send us an email or give us a call and we can talk.
Can you come and see them perform live before you book them?
Most of their performances are private events such as weddings or parties, or performances overseas, but they do sometimes perform pubic events in the UK. Just ask, if they have something suitable coming up, they can let us know! If not, they have lots of video footage on their profile page, make sure you have a read of their testimonials too. They often get booked 12-24 months in advance so we would suggest booking early to avoid disappointment! They would love to meet you before the big day if this is possible.
How long can they perform for?
They recommend performing for 2 x 1 hour sets. Experience has found that 2 x 1 hour performances work much better to keep your guests dancing throughout the night, keeping the music fresh, whilst allowing your guests some time to rest those dancing feet, helping the evening to run a lot smoother. We’d suggest scheduling any other activities i.e photo booth/fireworks/buffet for the break in between the two sets. They can of course perform to any schedule, but would recommend 2 x 60 minute performances. They play a pre-mixed playlist in between their sets until finish. You can create your own if you’d like and they’ll play this through their PA.
You would like to book them for your wedding, can they learn your 1st dance?
Just ask! If they can, they will. This will all depend on the instrumentation and how much notice they have (they’d need about 6 weeks notice to rehearse). They’ll try the track in rehearsal and let us know how it’s sounding. If it’s not possible, they’re happy to play your first dance through their PA via an iPod. If you’re not sure what to have for your first dance, have a look at their repertoire for some inspiration!
Can you choose some songs from their repertoire?
Yes! They welcome your choices, it’s always great to know a little bit more about what songs you do/don’t like! They suggest selecting a few of your faves from their repertoire and they’ll try and integrate as many of your choices into their set as they possibly can. They do have some specific medleys, mash ups and song orders which they’ve tried and tested over the years, so please don’t be sad if every selection isn’t included!
Can they learn songs that aren’t in their repertoire?
They are always learning new tracks, so please send us your requests, if it’s do-able we’ll let you know. Their repertoire is crammed full of some awesome hits so make sure you have a look!
What will they wear at they event?
They’re always smart and try their best to look devilishly handsome. They have a house full of costumes for different themes; 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s. If you’ve booked them to perform their 1960s show they’ll wear they full 60s outfits, the boots, the dress and the 3-piece suits! Check out their photos, Facebook and Twitter page for some photos of them in action.
What time do they arrive & finish?
Our quotes are usually based on a 5pm arrival for set up and soundcheck and a midnight finish. They’d need about 60-75 minutes to set up and soundcheck, during which time, they will have to make some noise! If timings are likely to differ greatly from these, please could you let us know as we’d need to factor this into their quote.
How do you book them?
Drop us an email and we’ll take it from there. We’re nice, friendly people who are only too happy to answer any questions you have. We fully appreciate that this can be your first time booking a band so we’ll always try make it a lovely and reassuring experience! We’ll need a few details about the day, where you are having your event, your contact details, that kind of thing, and we’ll send out a contract and invoice for the deposit. The remaining balance is due up to 14 days before the evening, payable via BACS.
What do they need from you on the day?
It would be really smashing if they could get a bite to eat and a cup of tea when they arrive, ideally at least 1 hour before they perform. They’re honestly not divas (well, maybe Jamie), a few sandwiches or a hot meal for each band member would be brilliant. They’ve often travelled a long way in the van, and it’s not always possible to go off site to get something to eat. Food & drink is by no means a deal breaker, if its not possible, please do let them know as they’d only be too happy to bring something with them.
They do always get changed into they outfits after they’ve set up so it would be terrific if there is a heated room with electricity they could utilise for the evening to get changed and store their clothes and personal items. Preferably with a door and chairs. This really does make a huge difference to their evening, having a comfortable place to rest and warm up their vocal chords especially if they’ve arrived earlier to set up.
Power & stage wise, they’d need access to at least 4 x 13amp sockets, and a stage area of around 3m x 10m (if this isn’t do-able that totally fine they’re pretty flexible and can squeeze into most spaces!). They draw about 9KW of power.
They’ll also require parking for one car and they long wheel based van which is 7 metres long. The band van.
Are they insured and PAT tested?
Yes! All The Zoots Jamie, Harriet, Ben, Tommy & Simon have £10 million Public Liability Insurance, with Equity & Musician’s Union and all their equipment is tested for electrical safety every year with Pats PAT testing.. We’d be happy to send copies of these documents to your venue. They do advise that drinks are not bought to the dance floor. If drinks are spilt on electrical equipment, it may break and may also trip the fuse and cut the power they also need to make sure it all works for the next event so they may have charge for any breakages caused by your guests.
Upkeep of equipment
Thousands of pounds have been invested in their equipment using the best they can. In 2016 they invested in a new digital Allen and Heath QU24 mixing desk. It works really well alongside their new Shure wireless in ear monitoring system. In 2015 they purchased a very tidy 6 wheeled, 6 seater, Mercedes Sprinter which was made in 2009. Their HK audio Linear 5 PA system was bought between 2015 and 2016 and helps them sound wonderful. They use top of the range Konig and Meyer stands, Planet Waves cables and Fender guitars to ensure every event goes to plan. Their Line 6 wireless guitar systems are often renewed to keep them mobile and get them closer to the audience. Simon has an endorsement with Ludwig drums, Jamie has an endorsement with Marshall amps and Burns Guitars.
Derek Smith, The Stage
Five-piece group Zoots could liven up any venue. Formerly known as Jamie & the First Class – and they were always impressive in that musical guise – they’ve developed a new sound and image, belting out some great retro tunes. A charismatic lead singer plus the tight musicianship from fellow members makes for a very impressive band of young guys. And, for having the creativity to change, not stagnate, they deserve praise.
Derek Smith, The Stage
The Zoots are the kind of talented, young band it’s impossible not to like. Breezing through a tight, brief showcase set, they looked sharp, totally confident in their ability to entertain and sounded as tight as drum. The Who’s My Generation was a great final number – the quality of their music doing all the talking, to whatever generation audience.
This is their repertoire list. It’s one of the longest lists on our website. Because they play a lot of songs. Fancy something not on the list? Get in touch with us and let us know. They are happy to learn songs on request as long as it fits in with their instrumentation and style. They’ll see how it sounds in rehearsal and let us know.
- All shook up – Elvis
- C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran
- Do you wanna dance – Bobby Freeman /Cliff Richard
- Everyday – Buddy Holly
- Hound Dog – Elvis
- Oh Boy – Buddy Holly
- Jailhouse Rock – Elvis
- Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
- La bamba – Ritchie Valens
- Love potion No9 – Clovers
- Rock around the clock – Bill Haley
- Summertime blues –Eddie Cochran
- That’s alright – Elvis
- That’s amore – Dean Martin
- 8 days a week – The Beatles
- All day and all night – The Kinks
- All over now – The Rolling Stones
- All or nothing – The Small faces
- Apache – The Shadows
- Beggin- Franki Valli
- Born to be wild – Steppenwolf
- Brown eyed girl – Van Morrison
- Build me up buttercup – The Foundations
- Can’t take my eyes – Andy Williams
- Can’t Explain – The Who
- Daydream Believer – The Monkees
- Day Tripper – The Beatles
- Do you love me – The Contours
- Don’t know much about history – Sam Cooke
- Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
- Get off my cloud – Rolling Stones
- Gimme some loving – Spencer Davis Group
- Hard days night – The Beatles
- Hard to Handle – Otis Redding
- Help – The Beatles
- Hi ho silver lining – Jeff Beck
- Hey Baby – Bruce Channel
- Hey Jude – The Beatles
- Honky tonk Woman – The Rolling Stones
- I’m a Believer – The Monkees
- Itchycoo Park – Small Faces
- Jumpin’ Jack flash – The Rolling Stones
- La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
- Lazy Sunday – The Small Faces
- Let it be – The Beatles
- Let’s do the twist – Chubby Checker
- Light my fire – The Doors
- Lola – The Kinks
- Louie, Louie – The Kingsmen
- Midnight Hour – Otis Redding
- Miserlou – Dick Dale
- Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
- My Generation – The Who
- My Girl – Temptations
- Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
- Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater
- Really got me – The Kinks
- Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
- 20th Century Boy – TREX
- Alright now – Free
- Ain’t no sunshine – Bill Withers
- American pie – Don Mclean
- Ballroom Blitz- The Sweet
- Brown sugar – Rolling Stones
- Come up & see me – Steve Harley
- Crazy little thing called love – Queen
- Don’t stop me now – Queen
- Easy – The Commodores
- Handbags and gladrags – Rod Stewart
- Hot love – TREX
- Is this love – Bob Marley
- It’s only rock ‘n roll – Rolling Stones
- I love rock ‘n roll – Joan Jett
- I shot the sheriff – Eric Clapton
- I want you back -The Jacksons
- Jean Genie – David Bowie
- Get it on – TREX
- Good times – Chic
- Long train running – Doobie Brothers
- Maggie may – Rod Stewart
- No woman no cry – Bob Marley
- One love – Bob Marley
- Play that funky music – Wild Cherry
- Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
- Roadhouse Blues -The Doors
- Rock ‘n roll – Led Zeppelin
- Rocking Robin – Jacksons
- Schools out – Alice Cooper
- Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
- Stir it up – Bob Marley & the Wailers
- Stuck in the middle – Stealers Wheel
- Sweet home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
- Teenage kicks – The Undertones
- The Wall – Pink Floyd
- Tiger Feet – Mud
- Video killed the radio star – Buggles
- Wait in vain – Bob Marley
- We will rock you – Queen
- Wish you were here – Pink Floyd
- Wonderful tonight – Eric Clapton
- Your song – Elton John
- You’re my best friend – Queen
- You to me are everything – The Real Thing
- 500 Miles – The Proclaimers
- Another one bites the dust – Queen
- Baggy trousers – Madness
- Beat it – Michael Jackson
- Beverley Hills Cop theme tune – Axel F
- Billy Jean – Michael Jackson
- Careless Whisper – George Michael
- Crazy thing called love – Queen
- Don’t stop believing – Journey
- Don’t turn around – Aswad
- Faith – George Michael
- Fight for your right – Beastie Boys
- Footloose – Kenny Loggins
- It must be love – Madness
- Living on a prayer – Bon Jovi
- One step beyond – Madness
- Paradise city – Guns n Roses
- Power of love – Huey Lewis
- Red Red Wine – UB40
- Should I stay or should I – The Clash
- Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
- Sweet child ‘o mine – Guns n Roses
- Town called malice – The Jam
- Video killed the radio star – Buggles
- Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & Waves
- Walk this way – Aerosmith
- We are the champions – Queen
- We built this city – Starship
- With or without you – U2
- Word up – Cameo
- Under pressure – Queen
- Alright – Supergrass
- Angels – Robbie Williams
- Could it be magic – Take That
- Dance the night away – Mavericks
- Don’t cry – Guns n Roses
- Don’t look back in anger – Oasis
- Girls and Boys – Blur
- Good Riddance – Green Day
- Hard to handle – Commitments/ Black Crowes
- Hush – Kula Shaker
- Ice Ice baby – Vanilla Ice
- I don’t wanna miss a thing – Aerosmith
- I’ll be there for you – Rembrandts
- Insomnia – Faithless
- Just looking – Stereophonics
- Kernkraft 400 – Zombie Nation
- Let me entertain you – Robbie Williams
- Little respect – Wheatus
- Losing my religion – REM
- Knockin on heavens door – Guns ‘n Roses
- Mrs Robinson – Lemonheads
- Ordinary World – Duran Duran
- Parklife – Blur
- Place your hands – Reef
- Roll with it – Oasis
- Sweat – Inner Circle
- Teenage dirtbag – Wheatus
- The one and only – Chesney Hawkes
- Under the bridge – RHCP
- Whatever – Oasis
- Wonderwall – Oasis
- Word Up – Gun
- Would I lie to you? – Charles and Eddie
- You and me song – The Wannadies
- All the small things – Blink 182
- America – Razorlight
- Angel – Shaggy & Raywon
- American idiot – Green Day
- Are you gonna be my girl – Jet
- Beautiful girls – Sean Kingston
- Beggin – Madcon
- Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
- Billionaire – Bruno Mars
- Chasing cars – Snow Patrol
- Chelsea Dagger – Fratellis
- Forget you – Cee Lo Green
- Happy – Pharrell Williams
- Have a nice day – Stereophonics
- Hey Ho – The Lumineers
- Get Lucky – Daft Punk
- Good on the dance floor – Artic Monkeys
- I need a dollar – Aloe Blacc
- Insomnia – Faithless
- I’m yours – Jason Mraz
- I predict a riot – Kaiser Chiefs
- It must be love – Paolo Nutini
- I want you to want me – Jason Derulo
- Lady – Moloko
- Last night – The Strokes
- Locked out of heaven – Bruno Mars
- Mr. Brightside – The Killers
- Moves like Jagger – Maroon Five
- Read all about it – Emeli Sande
- Sandstorm – Darude
- Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
- Shut up and dance – Walk the moon
- Take me out – Franz Ferdinand
- Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
- Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
- Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
- Use somebody – Kings of Leon?
- Valerie – Amy Winehouse / Mark Ronson
- We are young – Fun
- Wherever you will go – The Calling
- Why does it always rain on me – Travis
- Yellow – Coldplay