Highly Recommended Based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire but travels UK wide
V.I.P. The ultimate function band. This international party band is made up of the highest quality professional musicians, who specialise in performing choice party tracks from the wide ranging genres of Funk, Soul, Motown, Rock, Indie, Pop and Disco Prices: From £1320+
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"Thanks for providing the entertainment for us on Saturday, you defiantly made the night. I have had plenty of excellent comments and you really made the evening do special.
Line up: 6 piece band: lead male vocals, lead female vocals, drums, bass, lead guitar, keyboard
Jazz trio: piano, bass, drums Please note:
*Due to session and touring work of all band members, V.I.P ’s line up is picked from a regular pool of high quality professional musicians. Members featured in V.I.P ’s promotional pictures may sometimes differ to the members who perform at your event.
V.I.P. The ultimate function band.
This international party band is made up of the highest quality professional musicians who specialise in performing choice party tracks from the wide ranging genres of Funk Soul Motown Rock Indie Pop and Disco.
V.I.P. has a wealth of experience performing at the very highest profile events including The Labour Party Conference Bournemouth the Bolsover Castle annual fireworks display Derbyshire (head line act to eight thousand people) The St Neots Christmas Festival and Lights Switch On (Head line act to five thousand people) and the Perno Ricard weeklong International conference in the south of France. The versatility of the band means that they are not only ideal for corporate events but also for weddings and civil partnerships university balls birthday parties and barmitzfers awards ceremonies festivals and concerts. They have also proved to be very popular with the British Military and are engaged by the SAS, RAF and Army on their major events throughout the year.
V.I.P. is led by Mathew Richardson Bmus (Hons) who is a former scholarship student of the Royal Academy of Music London. Away from V.I.P. Mathew along with the other members of the band enjoy a varied freelance career working at home and abroad with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Corrine Bailey Rae, The Human League, The London Philharmonic Orchestra etc in some of the countries finest concert venues as well as on television, radio and on a number of commercially available recordings.
If you need a band that will have you dancing all night & leave you shouting for more, there can be only one choice…
V.I.P. The Ultimate Function Band.
Option 1 V.I.P. Party The six or eight piece band produces a truly fantastic sound and is perfect as the main evening’s entertainment for any event.
The band will perform for up to a total of two hours of live music, with mixed pre recorded music being played through the PA in the intervals of the band’s performances as standard.
Option 2 V.I.P. Jazz The versatility of the members of V.I.P. means that they are just as experienced performing Jazz Standards, as they are party tracks, and are able to offer the V.I.P. Jazz option.
Dine in style whilst being entertained by the refined sounds of V.I.P. Jazz. The Trio or Quartet is able to cover a full range of cool Jazz Standards which will add sophistication to any event.
Whether it’s a drinks reception or atmospheric music during dining, V.I.P. Jazz are happy to meet your exact requirements in order to ensure that your event is a complete success and enjoyed by all.
Option 3 V.I.P. JAZZ & Party Package In addition to V.I.P. Party for your main evening’s entertainment, why not take advantage of the V.I.P. Jazz package as well. Dine in style whilst being entertained by the refined sounds of V.I.P. Jazz. And then dance the night away whilst being entertained by V.I.P. Party.
The V.I.P. Jazz & Party Package has been specifically created for those clients that wish to book a suite of entertainment but who do not want to have the inconvenience of dealing with an external band and who wish to take advantage of the discounted pricing that can be offered as a result.
OTHER OPTIONS The V.I.P. Brass Section The V.I.P. brass section is comprised of tenor saxophone and trumpet. The superb musical arrangement’s really bring out the best in this incredibly tight section and adds another dimension to the sound of the band. Powerful playing with ripping solos are as standard.
PA Options As standard V.I.P. uses top of the range audio equipment which is installed and operated on each engagement by our very own team. Because the band is fully engineered this ensures the perfect sound mix for each and every event.
The standard vocal rig is ideal for events up to 120 people or small function rooms, allowing competitve prices and excellent value for money.
For larger weddings and events, they can provide a top of the range 4000 watt PA system with engineer which is suitable to perform to a room of anything up to 400 guests. Larger systems are available on request to cater for any size of event.
After gaining entry to the performance area, it takes a total of 90 minutes to be fully set and ready to perform.
It is possible to down size the system to a vocal PA with independent backline amplification only. This is perfect for events that are being held in smaller rooms that would accommodate approximately 80 guests or less.
Lighting Options As standard V.I.P. uses the Acme cabaret colour pro light system. This produces 4000 watts of stage lighting via 8 x 500 watt bulbs. The system allows a flood of light of numerous colours or can be programmed to move with the rhythm of the band. The equipment is very compact and so can be used in almost any space. For larger events, we can supply a popular range of intelligent and generic lighting from manufacturers such as Avolites, Martin Professional, Clay Paky, CCT, and Thomas and complementary special effects such as smoke and haze which can greatly improve the impact of the lighting. Set up time around 120 minutes.
Previous Clients: Amgen Bank of Ireland Beresford’s Solicitors Bolsover District Council Bosch Café Royal London The Chambers of John Hand QC Dell The Dorchester London Gonville & Gains College Cambridge The Grosvenor House Hotel London Halifax I.B.M. IKEA Kings College Cambridge The Labour Party The Law Society Lincolnshire showground Hunt Ball Lloyds TSB Lowery Hotel Manchester Mint Morgan Stanley NAT WEST Orange Perno Ricard France Price Waterhouse Coopers Charted Accountants Q Hotels Repton School The Royal Bank of Scotland RSPCC SIA (Spinal injuries association) Silverstone Race Track SONY South Leicestershire College Tesco Virgin Atlantic Wilberforce Chambers
Testimonials: “The band was superb and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Please pass on our thanks to the band members on our behalf”– wedding of Charlotte and Matthew Wassall
“…they were great and thoroughly lived up to their billing as being a top good time band. They were wonderfully professional yet also seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the guests and we have heard nothing but praise from our friends and family for their performance…”– wedding of Nicola and Paul Crayford
“… I write to thank you [VIP] for your performance on Saturday. You exceeded our expectations and really made our night. We had many complimentary comments from our guests about you and everyone certainly enjoyed themselves. Please pass on my regards to the other members of VIP.”– Mr M Woodward
V I P's Set List / Repertoire
New! Christmas Repertoire! All I Want For Christmas - Mariah Carey I wish it could be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard Last Christmas – Wham Step Into Christmas - Elton John Rockin Around The Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee Fairy Tale Of New York- The Pogues Merry Christmas Everybody- Slade
Pop & Rock All Night Long - Lionel Richie Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison Cant take my eyes off of you - Frankie Valli Hey Jude - The Beatles Honky Tonk Woman - Rolling Stones Jail House Rock - Elvis Long Train Running - The Dooby Brothers Nutbush City Limits - Tina Turner Oh What A Night - Frankie Vallie Relight My Fire - Take That & Lulu Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard Twist And Shout - The Beatles You Cant Hurry Love - Diana Ross Lady Marmalade - Pattie Belle
Indie & Modern Angels - Robbie Williams Clocks - Coldplay Come As You Are - Beverley Knight Crazy Chick - Charlotte Church Forget You - Cee Lo Green Girls And Boys - Blur Going Underground - The Jam Golden Touch - Razorlight Mercy - Duffy No Tomorrow - Orson Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake Ruby - Kaiser Chiefs Somebody Told Me - The Killers Somewhere Only We Know - Keane Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand This Love - Maroon 5 Town Called Malice - The Jam Valerie - Amy Winehouse You Had Me - Joss Stone
Disco & Funk Ain’t No Stopping Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead Car Wash - Rose Royce Celebration - Kool in the Gang Disco Inferno - The Tramps Get Down On It - Kool & the Gang Get Down Tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band I will Survive - Gloria Gaynor Im Coming Out - Diana Ross Le Freak - Chic Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherries Streetlife - Crusaders That’s The Way I Like It - KC & The Sunshine Band Upside Down - Diana Ross We Are Family - Sister Sledge Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Station
Soul & Motown Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin Baby Love - Diana Ross Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Gimmie Some Lovin - Blues Brothers Hold On Im Coming - Blues Brothers I Feel Good - James Brown In The Midnight Hour - Commitments Mustang Sally - Commitments No Where To Run - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Reach Out ill Be There - 4 Tops Rescue Me - Fontella Bass Respect - Aretha Franklin Shake A Tail Feather - Blues Brothers Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder Soul Man - Blues Brothers Superstition - Stevie Wonder Sweet Home Chicago - Blues Brothers Think - Aretha Franklin Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher - Jackie Wilson
Dinner Jazz The Ensembles repertoire consists of well known 'standards' taken mainly from 'The Great American Songbook’. Composers such as Cole Porter George Gershwin Rogers & Hart and Irving Berlin.
An example of song list is below A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square All blues All of me All the things you are Angel eyes Autumn leaves Bewitched Beautiful love Black Orpheus Blue bossa Body and soul Bye bye blackbird Can’t get started Cheek to cheek Come fly with me Desifanado Don’t get around much anymore Don’t worry about me Drop me off in Harlem Everything happens to me Embraceable you Exactly like you Fly me to the moon Foggy day Gee baby ain’t I good to you Georgia on my mind Girl from impanima Have you met Miss Jones I got rhythm I love you I remember you In a sentimental mood It had to be you I've never been in love before Let there be love Let’s fall in love Like someone in love Lover Man Lullaby of Birdland Misty Moondance My funny valentine Night and day On green dolphin street One note samba Our love is here to stay So what Softly as a morning sunrise Someday my prince will come Song for my farther Stella by starlight St. Thomas Stormy Monday Summertime Takin' a chance on love Take the A train Take 5 Unforgettable What is this thing called love What’s new You made me love you You make me feel so young
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Customer reviews for V I P
1 to 10 of 37 customer reviews for V I P in date order
17/09/2012 V I P
"Thanks for providing the entertainment for us on Saturday, you defiantly made the night. I have had plenty of excellent comments and you really made the evening do special.
Customer review by Chris Worthington
28/06/2011 V I P
"V I P were awesome, they were able to pick songs which ensured the dance floor was always full and the jazz quartet throughout dinner was perfect. It was just a shame they had to finish! It was the perfect way to finish the perfect day.
Customer review by Pip Spibey
11/01/2011 V I P
"VIP were fantastically professional, set up in plenty of time and were extremely friendly. From the moment they started, the guests were loving them, and they really finished off our wedding in great style.
We were absolutley thrilled with the job they did for us, and would definately recommend them to anybody - Thanks guys!
Alive Network (Graham) was very efficient in booking everything for us, and ensured we got everything we needed from them.
Customer review by Stuart Rhys Saunders
07/12/2010 V I P
"What a great band, really lively and good fun, lots of people were on the dance floor which speaks for itself. Really talented singers and musicians, all very professional, very good value for money."
Customer review by Emma Binns
25/10/2010 V I P
"Planning a wedding does of course cause some stresses but dealing with Alive Network and more specifically Gemma was not one of them.
I could always contact her easily and if not immediately she would quickly return my calls and answer any questions or queries that we had.
VIP are a fabulous band and went out of their way to make our wedding entertainment memorable. They happily accommodated our request for a guest to do a song within the set and they could not have done more to help us, VIP really made our wedding special and our guests are still talking about them.
They really were everything we had hoped for and then a whole lot more. "
Customer review by Pru Smithies
24/08/2010 V I P
"We were very happy with our booking. We all had a great time on the day and VIP exceeded our expectations."
Customer review by Alice Lumley
30/07/2010 V I P
"I would thoroughly recommend booking through Alive Network. The band were superb! They were excellent musicians, had a great stage presence and looked like they were having just as much fun as the guests! I avoided leaving the room while the band were playing. I didn't want to miss a minute!"
Customer review by Peter
23/12/2009 V I P
"The service and the end result - VIP were superb. I arrange this event every year and because it was made so easy to arrange and the band were so good I really enjoyed the night myself.
10 out of 10!"
Customer review by Vicky
17/11/2009 V I P
"VIP were absolutely outstanding, the dance floor was full the entire time
that they were playing.
We had read the reviews given by other clients before we booked them, but really were not prepared for just how great they were. They were really flexible and fantastic when our timetable went a bit out of the window as well.
We have had so many compliments from our guests, and many have said that they were the best band that they have ever seen at a wedding!
Please would you thank Mat and the rest of the band for helping to make our wedding so memorable- they really were terrific.
Customer review by Poppy Robinson
25/08/2009 V I P
"I chose to book VIP in their 8-piece format to get the brass section and maximise their impact. It was a great decision. The band sounded fantastic, the dancefloor was never empty and I've had lots of great feedback about their performance. I booked VIP to get a "wow factor" at my wedding reception and they entirely delivered. Special thanks to Clare who was prompt, responsive and helpful at all times and made our search for the right band so much easier for us. Contacts with other agencies had left us disappointed for weeks, but within days of speaking to Clare we had our dream band.
V I P is based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire but most of the
Rock & Pop Function Bands
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