Testimonials

Scroll through to see testimonials for the full band at wedding receptions, solo singer, duo, trio & then finally a list of references from our happy corporate clients.


The Relatives have received many testimonials and played at events by:

Air New Zealand, Wellington City Council, Loyalty NZ, Cigna, ANZ, FMG, VUWSA, Wellington Wine and Food Festival, BrewDay, The Medical Assurance Society, Kensington Swan, Chilton St. James High School, Frucor Beverages, AMP, Ministry for the Environment & many more.

Full Band Testimonials

Full Band Testimonials

Aimee & Campbell

"Without a doubt, The Relatives were one of the highlights of our wedding. They had the dance floor packed from the first dance until the very end of the night.

They played a little bit of everything – rock, country, old classics and modern stuff, and even mixed things up with a few requests from the crowd.  We had so many comments from our guests raving about our amazing band.  

We would highly recommend The Relatives to anybody looking for an incredible covers band for a function.  Steve was a pleasure to work with and made everything so easy!"

Simone & Gavin 

“To the best wedding / covers band - EVER!!!

We wanted to, no absolutely had to, write this testimonial of our own accord to say how incredibly impressed and super stoked we were when you played our wedding.

From our first dealings with the band you were easy to deal with and accommodating to our requests (including learning a new Sterophonics song for us that was special to us) and creating a more rockier set list for the reception.

What you had prepared was killer and everyone was up on the dance floor all night. It wasn't you’re typical “Wedding Set List” it was fresh, varied, modern, had the classics, and was super polished.

We also booked you to play an acoustic set for us during our Saturday BBQ for 3 hours and what was planned as a simple easy BBQ turned in to another amazing day / night party.

The song choices for Saturday were bang on and had people approaching us all day expressing how amazing the band was.

So from Simone and I both thank you for helping us create the wedding we dreamed of, rock on guys!!

 Stephanie & Adrian

 

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the amazing music you played at our wedding on November 26th at Tarureka. Simon so many thanks for learning a new tune for our ceremony! I will admit I was so nervous walking down the aisle I'm not sure I heard the ceremony music much, but our guests gave it rave reviews!

Thank you for keeping the dance floor full all night! We definitely could have kept going for many more hours. So many guests have said what a great band you were!

It was so nice to have such a professional crew in charge of the music for our day. Thanks again for making it memorable!We would recommend you in the future to anyone needing a great band!"

Philke & Mieke
 
"Thought I would touch base and thank you again for playing at our 40th.  I have received so many compliments from our guests on how great you guys were.  The songs played definitely appealed to the audience and everyone had a superb time.  If we have any other function, I would definitely look to hire The Relatives again" 
Anna & Andrew
"I don't think we could've picked a better band, I remember looking around and absolutely no one was sitting down so that is a job well done!
 
We had so many good comments about you guys and even a few enquiries into your details. Thank you so much for playing a part in making our night as fun as it was!"
 
Michelle
 

"Hey, thanks heaps!!  We had a best night ever & nobody wanted it to end LOL!

The feedback I’ve had from everyone is that they had a FANTASTIC night & everyone was asking the name of the band!!!

You guys absolutely rock!! 

Hayley & Jason
 
"We had the most amazing night and can not thank you enough.  We felt like we were right back to the first night we met at Molly's!!!
 
Thank you again for being so nice to my little brother too.  I spoke to my dad and he said that Luke has not put those drum sticks down and now wants to play in a band!  You guys absolutely made his night.
 
Cheers and thanks again for being part of our amazing night!"

Cameron & Megan

"We would like to thank you very much for playing at our wedding, we had a great night as did all of our guests and a good part of that was down to you and the band. We have since had many complements about you guys"

Rebecca & Daniel

“Thanks Relatives for such a fantastic night! You made our wedding extra special with Simon’s outstanding acoustic performance as I walked up the aisle. People actually thought you sounded like the real thing! Your variety of music kept the dance floor filled. Awesome bunch of guys would highly recommend “The Relatives” for any function!”

Hayley & Brad

“Everyone loved you, you helped make the night what it was – amazing. The dance floor was packed all night with everyone young and old dancing and singing along. We couldn’t get our 4 year old nephew off the floor all night, he loved it dancing along to everything you played.

Your play list was perfect for everyone to enjoy and we really appreciated you learning our request and performing your rendition of John Farnham’s take the pressure down!”

Heather & Doug

“Great tunes coming from you guys! Wicked energy!”

Brendon Deere

"Just wanted to comment on what a great job you did. Brilliant selection of music and first class musicians. Couldn't have been better"

Ronald & Evelyn

"Thanks a lot for your performance at our wedding, you guys were awesome!!! We hope you enjoyed yourselves too. Everyone had such a great time, especially our friends Ben & Greg when singing/drumming
(very cool of you)"

Kirsty Drummond

“We really don’t know what to say or how else to say how thankful we are to The Relatives for playing at our wedding. You guys did such an awesome job, everyone loved you, we had so many comments about the music it was mind-blowing. You really helped to make the night what it was, we could see everyone was having such a great time. We are extremely grateful, we’re honestly blown away!”

Kirsty O’Dowd

“Taupo was NOTHING compared to you legends. Honestly, I know I just got married like a minute ago, but I want to marry each and every one of you. But I’ll just settle for having you in my life as the best entertainment a girl could ask for on her wedding day!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, I don’t know what else to say or how else to express it. I am insanely grateful. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!”

 Catherine & Ian 

"We booked The Relatives for our wedding in April 2012 and couldn't have been happier with them. Blair and the guys were fantastic to deal with throughout our preparations, played a fantastic selection of music and had guests dancing throughout the night everywhere in our venue.  So many of our guests (of all ages) commented to us how much they enjoyed the music at our wedding. A particular thanks to the guys for learning a bunch of Foo Fighters songs for us (including one for our first dance!)"

Evania

 "You guys were sensational! Thanks so much! We had a fantastic day"

 Michelle & Kieran

"Just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to you and the band for an amazing night at our wedding!!! Everyone loved you guys and were most impressed!!! We loved that so many people were up dancing and the feedback we got was amazing. Having great entertainment really makes a wedding and you guys nailed it so thank you!! We appreciated you learning Distant Sun for us – such a good song!"

Nikki & Paulus

"We had an amazing night that turned out just as we had planned and I would like to thank The Relatives for the massive part that they played in making it all happen. We were so impressed with the band as were our guests, the feedback from everyone was outstanding.  The main aim for us was to have everyone up on the dance floor having a good time and that was certainly achieved, I have never seen my Mum and Dad quite so into dancing (so much so that my dad ended up on the floor) very entertaining.  The song choices were excellent and the band was very good at reading the crowd and getting involved to bring everyone together. It is very obvious that you have all done this many times before, you’re all very professional, friendly and clearly passionate about what you do. Thank you for making the process so simple, the band and music was a very important part of our day and we couldn't have asked for anything more.  We will definitely be spreading the word about the Relatives"

Grant & Emma 

"Thanks so much for playing at our wedding - you really made the whole evening and got most people up on the dance floor. We loved our first dance song and it was great to hear lots of classics including Billy Idol of course. You have been great to deal with and we couldn't recommend you highly enough"

Kellie 

"You guys were excellent the other weekend. Everyone loved you! It was exactly what I wanted - lots of people dancing. Thanks again for everything"

Helen

"Everyone loved you guys and I would recommend you to anyone. It was great that people who weren't dancing could still talk to each other easily. Thanks also for letting us use the mic for speeches. You really made our night. Next time I need a band I will definitely be calling you" 

Sarah

"Just wanted to say thank you so soso much for such a great show on Saturday! We all had such a great time and you had EVERYONE up dancing! All of our guests said what a great band you are. Thanks again!"

Pete

"We had great feedback about yourselves so thank you very much.  Hopeful you'll get a few more gigs from recommendations!"

Anna & Ted

"Thanks, it was an awesome day and you guys really topped it off...you were awesome and everyone young and old really enjoyed the music"

Grace

"Thank YOU! We thought you guys were great and all our guests raved about the music too! It really kept the party going. We had such a good night!"

Lisa & Paul

"Hi we've had so many comments about how you guys really made that wedding night! You guys were incredible, will have to leave a review for you not that you guys probably need promoting! But thank you all so much!!"

Jennah

"You guys were great! We had the best time and have already referred you to a few of the guests who were very impressed. Thanks heaps for helping our special day go so well"

Ian

"Thank you so so much for performing at our wedding. You guys were absolutely fantastic. We had so many comments the next day from people saying how good you guys were, and what a great selection of songs you played. It really was the perfect way to round off the day"

Hayley & Brad

"Hi Guys, Emma and I want to thank you for the great job of performing at our wedding last night, you guys rocked! Thank you for the great sets and the energy on stage. We received a lot of positive feedback on how good you guys were from our guests and everyone was stoked with your performance.

Thank you for making the effort to learn our wedding dance song, the follow up Sweet Child Of Mine and taking requests. We were rapt with having you guys perform as you know your sht! You were all energetic on stage and the effort you put in was greatly appreciated"

Martin & Emma

"Steve was very helpful in the lead up and co-ordinating the set up and timings and you were all very flexible and understanding around us changing plans. We would happily recommend the Relatives to prospective customers. Cheers lads!"

Anon

"Everyone loved you, you helped make the night what it was- amazing. The dance floor was packed all night with everyone young and old dancing and singing along. We couldn't get our 4 year old nephew off the floor all night, he loved it dancing along to everything you played. Your play list was perfect for everyone to enjoy and we really enjoyed your rendition of John Farnham's take the pressure down"

Cat & Ian

"Thanks for being AWESOME!!!! Everyone loved you guys and commented how great you were"

Anna & Ben

“Hi Relatives!

Thank you so much for the most amazing performance on Saturday! We have had so many comments about how great you guys were and we loved every minute!”

Darren

"Thanks for finishing off the day for us so well... I think you guys could tell we were enjoying ourselves a lot at the end :) Really great fun having you playing, and thanks for all the help setting up the sound on my laptop as well. Couldn't have asked for anything more"

Jimmy & Reilly

“We recently had the Relatives play at our wedding in the Marlborough Sounds. We can’t express enough how happy we were with them. The tunes they played had all our guests raving about them and we are still having comments about how good they were.

Not only did they make our wedding a fantastic night full of great music and dancing, but the professionalism the band showed right from the first contact we had with them through until they packed up and left the morning after, was second to none.

They made organizing it so easy and hassle free. They came in and did their thing with no fuss, which also took any further wedding stress off of our shoulders. We would have no hesitation in recommending them for any type of function.”

Dana & James

“The Relatives recently played at our wedding on the 26th of January in beautiful Mapua, Nelson. Two members played three songs during the ceremony, then the whole band played at the reception.

We absolutely LOVED them. The music at the ceremony was so perfect and sounded beautiful. They did such an amazing job of the songs we’d chosen for my walk up the aisle, signing the register, then the celebration song as James and I walked back down the aisle as a newly married couple. They really added to the amazing atmosphere of the ceremony.

The whole band then took to the stage at the Playhouse Theatre, our reception venue, and they rocked the place. They looked super cool up on stage – the lighting and set-up meant it felt like we were at a concert! And they packed the dance floor for the whole night, with two encore songs at the end….. We thought they were the most awesome wedding band we’ve heard, and we’ve been to a lot of weddings! They just seemed to know the right songs to pick for the audience, and they were heaps of fun too. We had HEAPS of comments from our guests about what an awesome band they were.

Simon was so friendly and helpful to deal with, and the band obviously gets heaps of enjoyment out of playing music.

We would highly recommend The Relatives to anyone wanting a fabulous band for their wedding who can get the whole place dancing the whole night long.”

Rebecca & Derek

"We sure did have a great day/night and everyone loved you guys!! Thanks so much for playing at our wedding, it really was great!! We will surely be coming to see you guys play in Wellington. Derek's parents are also keen to come and see you play"

Reilly

"Thanks again for being such amazing entertainment at our wedding at Furneaux.  Every single one of our guests just raved about you guys"

Matt & Desiree

"We had an absolutely great time and thought you guys were awesome. Heaps of people from the wedding have been mentioning how brilliant the band was and what a great time they had also - so thanks again"

Katie & Tony

"We just wanted to let you know how amazing you guys were playing at our wedding. Not only was the actual performance fantastic, but we really appreciated your help setting up the extra equipment for our ceremony and accommodating our 'DJs' with their iPod needs.

We had so many comments from our guests about how great you guys were and the energy and crowd interaction you guys brought were fantastic. Another couple enjoyed it so much I think they'll be in touch when their wedding rolls around! We would certainly recommend you guys to anyone, thanks so much once again. You guys rock!"

Russell & Philippa

"You guys smashed it out of the park and we had such great feedback from all our guests. More importantly we had an amazing night and the relatives were a huge part of that"

Gemma

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding.  We had such a blast, it was just a shame that it all flew by so quickly. Everyone loved the music, so thanks heaps. 

A great night had by all"

Cam & Char

"You guys were awesome! So many people asked who you guys were and said how great you were.We're wrapped with how the whole day went so thank you for doing your part towards that"

Janice & Shaun

"Thanks so much we had a wonderful day and night. You guys were the icing on the cake"

Hannah & Jimmy

"Just want to say a HUGE thank you for playing on Saturday! You were AMAZING!! So many people came to me and said how awesome you were, we loved our day and it just ended perfectly with you guys playing, I don't think there was a single song where the dance floor wasn't raging!"

Rebecca & Scott

"Just wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding.  You guys were absolutely exceptional and definitely got the party started and kept it going until the very end!  All of our guests raved about you, and in fact many were willing to put up the extra money to keep you playing past the 12 pm cut off..shame about the venue having a noise restriction past this time!!  We will certainly be highly recommending you to everyone.

Thanks especially to you Steve, you have been fantastic to deal with and very responsive to my many questions"

Chris & Sheri

"Thanks Steve and the team. Really loved you guys, as did everyone else" 

Nikki & Pat McCarthy

"You guys were awesome!! Everyone had the best time and raved about what a great band you were. We were both on the dance floor throughout the evening and it looked packed pretty much the whole night which is what we wanted. Apologies for the stage stealing individuals but you seemed to handle them well - ha ha ;-) amazing night and the music played a large role in making it that way.

Also thanks for pressing the play button for the iPod songs throughout the day! And providing the duo for after the ceremony, this was also perfect"

Sarah & Sam

"Thank you so much for such an amazing time on Saturday. You guys were absolutely brilliant - undoubtedly the best band we've ever experienced at a wedding and we are stoked that it happened to be ours!
The songs and sound were fantastic, and Sam and I couldn't be happier with your version of Moondance for the first dance. You really helped make the whole reception a night to remember. I could just go on and on and on but I won't! But seriously, you guys need to come back to the Bay more often!"

Susanna & Johnny

"Thank you for your wonderful performance on our special day. You made the ceremony special and easy, there is nothing like live music to set the mood, and it was great knowing we didn’t need to worry about timings during the ceremony (or the first dance later). The afternoon duo was really great, singing songs all age groups knew and your enthusiasm really shone through. Later the full band after dinner had everyone young and old dancing. We had so many complements about you guys, from all ages, we can thoroughly recommend you for any wedding or function"

SJ & Chris

"Thank you so much for an amazing performance at our wedding. We really feel like you created an amazing atmosphere and worked the crowed really well. We have had nothing but great comments from our guests about how good you 'the band' were and how much fun they had on the dance floor. Your sound was amazing and you were fun, interactive and professional. The great playlist really worked well with our guests at the wedding. We cannot thank you enough"

Sarah 

"Just wanted to say thank you so soso much for such a great show on Saturday! We all had such a great time and you had EVERYONE up dancing! All of our guests said what a great band you are. Thanks again!"

Julie & Rob

"Thank you so much for doing an amazing job at our wedding. Everybody was raving at how good you all were, and we will definitely recommend you guys to anyone we hear of needing a band. Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band you guys really did a great job and helped to make our day/night magical"

Ben & Hilary

"Cheers for the brilliant performance on Saturday, there was a great mix of old and new. We have had awesome feedback from friends about you guys and everyone had a great time"

Liam & Catherine

"Thanks so much for the awesome show on Saturday, everyone was totally into everything you played! We had a blast!"

Laura & Dan 

"Thank you so much for everything! You guys were fantastic and really made the night.
So glad we were able have you guys. I will definitely be passing your details on if anyone is looking for a band"

Fritha & Aaron

"You guys were phenomenal!!!! Couldn't have wished for better. Everyone is still raving about how awesome The Relatives are. Thanks for making our night perfect"

Kelly-Ann

"You were a total hit! Everyone loved you guys and it was great to see the dance floor full the whole night! Thanks for putting on a great show"

Shel & Braid

"We had such a blast up on the dance floor, all of the guests were raving about how great you were. The Ozzy song sounded awesome.
Thanks for all of your help! You have been such a pleasure to deal with"

James & Bailey

"Thanks heaps for making our night super awesome! James and I had an amazing time on the dance floor and we are so stoked to have been able to have you play! The day after everyone was telling us how great you all were and how much fun they had!
So thanks heaps for really making our night!!"

Kala & Rhys

I hope you had a good time with my daughters wedding. We certainly loved it.

Thank you so much for being very professional. We really liked your duo's unique sound at canapés. I will not hesitate to recommend you guys to anyone after that performance. Our guests were impressed with your contributions.

You will hear from us in the near future so we can book you again.

It was a pleasure dealing with you.

Hana & Kyle

"Thank you so much for playing. It was such a great night and the music was fantastic!! Definitely brought back the Kumara memories for everyone"

Adam & Rebecca

"Thank you so much! We and everyone had such a fantastic time! And we really appreciate you learning our first dance song! We really loved every minute of it all! Everyone we have talked to have just absolutely raved about how good you guys were!"

Alana & Kris

"Thank you guys so much, you were amazing and everyone has commented on how great you were."

Cam & Sophie

"Thank you guys, you were brilliant as always and we had so many people come up to us and tell us how fun and great your band was!"

James & Sharee

"You were fantastic and a highlight of the night - everyone loved the music! Bloody happy!" 

Astra & John

"So many people have been saying how amazing you guys are!! Thank you so much! We loved you guys!"

 

Solo Singer Testimonials

Solo Singer Testimonials

 

Daisy & Dave

"Simon!

You have no idea how much fun everyone had because of YOU! You totally rocked the place and everyone had such a good time.

I do have to apologise for you not having a break though, but that's only because everyone was having such a good time!

Once again, thanks so much for making our wedding so much fun"

Fran

"Hey Simon,Just a quick note to say thank you sooooooo much for playing at our wedding last month. We had such an amazing time and the music was just perfect for the ‘event’.

You are super talented and the songs you played (sometimes twice or more!!!) were extremely popular (if you didn’t notice) and so many people have commented on how great you were"

Janelle & Daniel

"Just wanted to send you a message to thank you for your work at our wedding. We really enjoyed your music and only heard good things from all our guests. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed it. 1 small apology for the metallica requests! But we seriously really enjoyed it, as did the guests so big thank you. It was exactly what we wanted for our night"

ANON

"Thank you so much for great job you did at the wedding on Friday, you rocked the house!!! Everyone had such a great time and were raving about you all the next day.  I didn't leave the dance floor from the time you started until you finished!! So well done and thank you once again"

Duo - Singer + Guitarist Testimonials

Duo - Singer + Guitarist Testimonials

 

Peter & Siobhain

"Thanks for playing at our wedding. We really appreciate your professionalism!

It was an excellent performance and everyone I've had a chance to talk to were singing your praises!"

Courtney & Matt

"Just wanted to send you a HUGE thanks for our wedding last week.  You guys were awesome and everyone loved it. Thanks so much again.  We will definitely be recommending you"

Leilani & Matt

"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a wonderful night of music of dancing at our wedding. I received so many comments from guests that thought you were fabulous too! Thank you for helping to make our day so special and keeping the place pumping. You always have a smile on your face, love that!

Most of all, thank you so much for learning our first dance song! Sounded wonderful and will always have a special place in our hearts.

I will be highly recommending you to all and sundry!"

AJ & Glenys

"Thank you for playing at our wedding – we thought you were fantastic and all the guests raved about you guys! (Especially AJ’s sisters who were your singing companions)"

Trio Testimonials

Trio Testimonials

 

Elspeth & Ian

"You were outstanding and fair to say the crowd was a reflection of that! We will be recommending you to our friends"

Jane

"Massive thank you for making my night so good, you guys were awesome.

I have fielded so many comments about the band since, everybody was unanimous in their opinion that you absolutely rocked and they all wanted to know where you were from and how I knew about you.

If I did it all again (which I won't be for quite some time) I wouldn't change a thing"

Graham & Shelley

"Just wanted to thank you again for performing at our wedding on Saturday night.

You were awesome and many people commented how polished and professional you were. Your flexibility of being able to offer a 3 piece band without comprimising on a full band sound is a testament to your musicianship and your extensive playlist is excellent with something for everybody.

We won't hesitate to recommend you to anyone for their function (or book you again ourselves!) and wish you all the best"

Anneliese & Dave

"Everyone had a blast and many of our guests kept asking for your name so fingers crossed you get more work out of our wedding! Everyone just absolutely loved you all, and your awesome set list.  Sorry about the numerous Wagon Wheel requests - it is a bit of a crowd favourite particularly amongst Dave's friends"

Becky & Kane

"Thank you so much for playing for our wedding, the first dance was perfect, a really big thank you for learning that for us. And I hope you enjoyed the break from wagon wheel!!

Perhaps not the biggest crowd you've played for, but we had an absolute blast on the dance floor, and hopefully made up for our smaller numbers with even bigger enthusiasm! Poppies owner Shayne also commented in his email to me after Friday how easy you guys were to work with and how good, so I am sure he will be recommending you for further weddings in the future (not that you need anymore work I am sure, being as busy and popular as you are!)"

Corporate Entertainment Testimonials

Corporate Entertainment Testimonials

 

Ministry for the environment

"Thank you very much for playing! We really enjoyed the performance – great to see everyone up dancing!"

Cigna

"Thanks so much – we had such a great time and have had heaps of great feedback!"

Intergen

"Thanks so much, another amazing night – we love you guys"

Frucor Beverages

"Hi Simon I’m always so glad to hear from others when the entertainment goes well & I heard you guys had everyone up on the dance floor so well done to you & your band!

Nice feedback and always good to know of a band tried & tested to be successful on the night!"

FMG

"You guys were awesome! I keep getting lots of positive comments about the band and, of course the line dancing, from everyone in the office. It’s all they can talk about this morning"

Loyalty NZ

"You guys have been a big part of making that night as "one of the best xmas parties we ever had"! According to a lot of people in the company. Will definitely consider u guys for any further functions. Merry xmas"

AMP

"Thanks so much for helping to make our xmas party such a success, feedback from everyone is that you guys are awesome! We’d definitely like to book you for next year please"

Barney – Event manager – VUWSA

“Just wanted to write to let you know that I was frikin’ stoked with your playing on Saturday night. You made the night, in my humble opinion. Apart from being easy to work with and very co-operative, your song choice was spot on and executed perfectly.

If you ever need a reference or a vote of confidence of any kind, I will be happy to gush for pages about how phenomenal you were – don’t hesitate to ask.

My only regret was our silly scheduling to not have you play till the very end. As soon as you stopped it sounds like everyone left!”

Lynn Braddock – Motel Association of New Zealand

“My goodness who were the heroes then? I have been organizing the Association’s conferences for 12 years now and have never had so much glowing feedback about the Gala Dinner entertainment. If you could bottle your performance it would be being enjoyed from one end of New Zealand to the other and Sally Young who was running around delivering The Relatives business cards to everyone would be a great “roadie”!

Thank you and the rest of the band for a wonderfully professional and entertaining evening you pitched the music to suit the very appreciative crowd and as one delegate mentioned “I heard five of my all-time favorites in one night!”

There will be no hesitation from anyone present in recommending The Relatives for a great evening’s entertainment. Thank you all very much.”

Claire Alderton – Director – Fresh Films

“The Relatives have a very professional set up and sound, and their repertoire of songs keeps the audience dancing for hours! Probably one of the best cover bands in the Wellington area. I highly recommend them for large corporate functions, weddings and parties.”

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