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Showaddywaddy Tribute Bands: The Heartbeats

Showaddywaddy tribute band ‘The Heartbeats’ formed in 2007 after two of the members successfully toured in a similar band in Spain the previous year, wowing audiences at venues like “The Talk of The Town” in Benidorm and various other top cabaret clubs in the area.

The Heartbeats have worked with bands like White Lightning from Manchester, Swinging Blue Jeans, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Jigsaw, Sweet Sensation, Shaking Stevens and Bad Manners to name but a few. They have also made numerous television appearances with various bands that they have been involved with over the years.

Gary and David have a background in producing and writing their own music and have released their own song. They both play a selection of instruments (e.g. guitar, keyboards and saxophone) and also use studio quality backing tracks to reproduce some of the sounds. This allows them more freedom to move around on stage and perform the all too familiar Showaddywaddy step routines.

Glynn has performed throughout the UK and Europe singing and supporting many bands and artists from Englebert Humperdink to The Searchers. He is the main front man in the group.

Steve, the fourth member of the band plays guitar and sings vocal harmonies and lead vocals.

Gary and Steve have been in bands together and recorded a cover version of the Jimmy Cliffe number “You Can Get It If You Really Want”.

“The Heartbeats” are perfect for weddings, private parties, corporate functions, theatre shows, conferences, festivals, etc.

Reviews:
“Thank you for arranging Showaddywaddy Tribute Band (The HeartBeats) at our venue. This is the second time they’ve been here and they didn’t disappoint, all band members were a credit to themselves, nothing was too much trouble. From the moment they set foot on stage they had everyone clapping and dancing, which is a feat in itself as most of our audience are what can be described as in their twilight years. They played for far longer than the hour I had booked them for. I asked the audience would they like them back next year, the YES! response was overwhelming. As compere and show organiser my job was made easy thanks to the contributions of all band members, real gentlemen! Please pass on my regards to the band for a show well done!” – Ken Wilshaw

Showaddywaddy Tribute Bands: The Heartbeats
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Madness Tribute Bands: Complete Madness

Complete Madness are one of the best Madness tribute bands in the UK today. They were formed in 1992 from a band called ‘Beat The System’ who originally performed cover versions of The Clash, U2 and other New Wave bands.

In 1992 ‘Beat The System’ started to play a few Madness tracks in their show and immediately knew, from the enthusiastic reaction of audiences everywhere that this was going to be the way forward. In 1993 the band changed their name to ‘Complete Madness’ – they have never looked back since.

They conquered the club scene in the early days and have since done hundreds of corporate events throughout the UK and Europe including major holiday parks. They can frequently been seen at Butlins Holiday Resorts where they have been performing for more than 10 years.

In the last few years the band have moved into a totally different market, performing a unique theatre show telling the complete story of Madness. The show is now set to enter it’s 4th successful year.

‘Complete Madness’ are an extremely entertaining Madness tribute band performing to capacity crowds wherever they appear. The band play all the classic Madness hits with a few Ska tracks from the likes of The Specials and Bad Manners thrown in for good measure.

“Just to let you know that the band on Saturday night were absolutely amazing and had all our guests up on their feet dancing. We all had an amazing night. Please pass on our thanks to them all. I am so pleased they were able to make my husbands 40th so memorable” – Claire Pearson (Hornchurch, Essex)

Madness Tribute Bands: Complete Madness

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Rod Stewart Tribute Acts: Jack Danson

Jack Danson is the most authentic Rod Stewart tribute act you are ever likely to see or hear. He looks like him and sounds exactly like him too, what more could you possibly want?

After two hugely successful appearances on ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ Jack became the UK’s No.1 Rod Stewart impersonator. He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. This incredible show incorporates all the hits from Rod Stewart’s biggest selling albums.

Jack is currently in his 10th successful year at the award winning ‘Legends in Concert’ show hosted in Blackpool’s Central Pier and he is without doubt a major force within the show.

Jack has also made numerous television appearances over the years including:

* ITV’s ’Children in Need’
* ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ Christmas Special
* ITV’s ‘This Morning’
* Channel 4’s ‘The Clinic’
* ITV’s ‘Friday Night Project’
* ITV’s ‘London Tonight’

Jack has performed at major theatre and concert halls around the world with his ‘Rod Stewart Revue Show’ and has also been chosen to perform in front of various celebrity audiences including:

* Jimmy Tarbuck Golf Tournaments
* Mike Reid Golf Tournaments
* Graven House London Award Ceremonies for BBC Television and ITV

Sharing Rod Stewart’s passion for football, Jack is delighted to have been invited to perform at several Pre-match arena events to capacity crowds, some in excess of 40,000 people.

These events include:

Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United Football Club booked Jack to appear at the team home coming event after having won the ‘European Cup’.

Celtic Football Club booked Jack to appear at ‘Hampden Park’ in Scotland.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club booked him to appear for their Derby game with Chelsea at ‘White Hart Lane’.

Everton Football Club booked him to appear at ‘Godson Park’ for Neville South’s testimonial.

Manchester United booked Jack to appear at a players wedding, where amongst the many celebrity guests David and Victoria Beckham were present.

Reviews:
“Jack is like a shooting star” – TV Times

“Professionally executed and entertaining show” – NME

“Creates a highly charged atmosphere” – Daily Express

“As good as the real thing” – The Sun

“Just like Rod Stewart” – TV Quick

“Thrilling audiences all over the country” – Daily Mirror

“Fantastic entertainer” – Daily Star

Rod Stewart Solo Tribute Acts: Jack Danson
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U2 Tribute Bands: Elevation

U2 tribute band (Elevation) present the ultimate tribute to this internationally renowned band, flawlessly re-creating the musical wizardry and atmosphere of a live U2 concert. Elevation are an outstanding U2 tribute band, each member having had a wealth of experience in the music industry.

Stuart is an accomplished musician and songwriter with a strong vocal talent. Prior to joining the band, Stuart was the lead vocalist for the band ‘Indian Summer’, who toured Britain and Europe to promote their two independent single releases ‘Welcome to the Sun’ and ‘Invisible People’.

Alan’s musical career started on the Merseyside cabaret circuit at the age of 14. He went on to join ‘Louis & the Lettermen’ touring the UK and Denmark, who recorded their first single in 1989, produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. After working as a session guitarist in Denmark, in 1990 Alan joined ‘The Tambourines’. The band released 2 independent singles and toured Britain and Europe. Support tours included Echo and the Bunnymen, The River City People and The Real People. In 1995 Alan became the guitarist for The Real People, releasing 4 singles and the album ‘What’s on the Outside’. Support tours included Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller, Inxs, Oasis and Travis.

Tony’s career started in 1980 as bass player and songwriter with ‘Sebastian’s Men’, whilst promoting the single ‘Horizon’ he toured the UK and recorded a Radio 1 session. ‘Horizon’ reached No.11 in the independent charts. In 1985 Tony formed the ’16 Tambourines’. He signed a major recording and publishing contract with BMG/Arista Records, co-writing the album ‘How Green is your Valley’, 2 singles from which entered the national charts. The ’16 Tambourines’ headlined many UK tours and completed major stadium tours supporting Squeeze, Wet Wet Wet and Hue & Cry, making numerous appearances on TV and Radio including Radio 1 sessions. In 1990, with a new line up the ’16 Tambourines’ became ‘The Tambourines’ who toured extensively in the UK and Europe and had 2 independent single releases.

Mark’s career began signing his first record deal with ‘The Skyscapers’ for Zilch Records in 1979, releasing 3 singles and the album ‘Mad Hatters & Autumn Rain’ in 1980. In 1982 Mark fronted his own band ‘Cry Cry Cry’ which ended in 1983 when he moved on to form ‘Some Party’, performing his own songs. The band signed a management contract with London based ‘Nomis’ and recorded demo’s financed by EMI.

As a favour to a friend, Mark became a backing singer, which he did for about 2 years. The band ‘One More Story’ released their own independent album and toured the UK. Mark then joined ‘The Tambourines’ (with Tony and Alan) chasing the illusive record deal. Soon after, Mark joined ‘The Singing Ringing Tree’ signing a publishing deal with Warner Chapel and record deals with Sire, Elektra and ultimately Elton John’s Rocket Records. They played in New York and shot a video in Los Angeles before the band finished in the mid 90’s.

Reviews:
“We wanted a band that could showcase our products to their max. The guys from ‘Elevation’ were outstanding, thoroughly professional and ultra capable in their field” – Harman International

“‘Elevation did not just rely on their singers striking resemblance to Bono, they recreated U2’s unique sound and energy on stage. Elevation are not just a U2 tribute band, they are ‘THE’ U2 experience with all the power and passion of the real thing” – The Station Network

U2 Tribute Bands: Elevation

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Elvis Presley Tribute Acts: Ben Portsmouth

Ben Portsmouth and his band ‘Taking Care of Elvis’ present an amazing tribute to the King of Rock and Roll. He has the looks, the style and that unmistakable voice which is guaranteed to get hearts racing and feet tapping.

In the blink of an eye you’ll be transported back in time and be able to see, hear and experience the young Elvis Presley when he first burst on to the U.S. music scene in 1954.

Ben’s stunning outfits, all custom made, span the black leathers of Presley’s comeback in 1968 to the white jumpsuits of the later Las Vegas shows. They are all exact copies of the originals.

Not only is he a natural showman but also an extremely talented professional singer and songwriter, a dedicated musician who sincerely goes that extra mile in all his performances and in doing so, he leaves his audiences shouting for more.

Ben was awarded the title of Best Festival Elvis at the annual Porthcawl Elvis convention in Wales. He took the audience of the assembled Elvis devotees by storm with his remarkable voice and stage presence.

Ben can also perform as a duo singing and playing the guitar alongside fellow band member Dan Caney who plays bass guitar and sings backing vocals. Ben can also perform as a solo Elvis tribute artiste and uses studio quality backing tracks to accompany his ‘live’ vocals.

Elvis Presley Tribute Acts: Ben Portsmouth

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