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50s Explosion

The 50s explosion, the UK’s most authentic and electricfying 1950s and 60s vintage rock and roll band. Performing the biggest hits of the 1950’s and 60s and filling dance floors round the globe for years. The 50s Explosion guarantee to have your event rocking and rolling all night long.

Price from £2,284 + travel

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Secure your 2022 / 2023 booking before the 28th February 2022, and if Covid affects your event plans, we will offer 100% deposit credit to be used against new bookings.

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Set List / Repertoire

A Teenager In Love – Dion & The Belmonts
All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
Apache – The Shadows
At The Hop – Danny & The Juniors
Bang Bang – Janis Martin
Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran
Come On, Let’s Go – Ritchie Valens
Do You Wanna Dance? – Bobby Freeman
Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
Earth Angel – The Penguins
Everyday – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Good Golly Miss Molly – Little Richard
Good Lookin’ – Etta James
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Heartbeat – Buddy Holly
Hello Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
I Got A Woman – Ray Charles
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
Let’s Dance – Chris Montez
Let’s Have A Party – Elvis Presley
Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
Lipstick On Your Collar – Connie Francis
Long Tall Sally – Little Richard
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Lucille – Little Richard
(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame – Elvis Presley
Maybellene – Chuck Berry
Misirlou – Dick Dale & His Deltones
My Way – Eddie Cochran
No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry
Not Fade Away – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Oh Boy – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Only You – The Platters
Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Poor Jenny – The Everly Brothers
Rave On – Buddy Holly
Rip It Up – Little Richard
Rock & Roll Music – Chuck Berry
Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
Rock Around With Ollie Vee – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
Runaround Sue – Dion & The Belmonts
Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Elvis Presley
Shake, Rattle & Roll – Bill Haley & His Comets
Sh Boom – The Chords
Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
Shout - Lulu
Somethin’ Else – Eddie Cochran
Splish Splash – Bobby Darin
Stupid Cupid – Connie Francis
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
Sweet Nothin’s – Brenda Lee
Tallahassee Lassie – Freddy Cannon
Tell Him – Billie Davis
Tell Laura I Love Her – Ricky Valance
That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
That’s All Right – Elvis Presley
The Wanderer – Dion
Three Steps To Heaven – Eddie Cochran
Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
Twenty Flight Rock – Eddie Cochran
Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers
Walk Don’t Run – The Surfaris
What’d I Say – Ray Charles
When Will I Be Loved – The Everly Brothers
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis
Wipeout – The Surfaris
Words Of Love – Buddy Holly
You Can’t Catch Me – Chuck Berry
You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care – Buddy Holly

7 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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  • OK 0
  • Unsatisfactory 0
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They were great, everyone loved them!!

5 stars - 50s Explosion are Highly Recommended
booked 50s Explosion for their event in Suffolk

“They were great, everyone loved them!! We could not recommend them enough, the guests loved it. The sound was perfect, excellent. Loud enough so we could dance to it and a perfect volume if you were not on the dance floor and wanted to chat! Thank you!”

The best band ever!

5 stars - 50s Explosion are Highly Recommended
booked 50s Explosion for their event

“Perfect additions to our guest list...the best band ever!”

The band was amazing

5 stars - 50s Explosion are Highly Recommended
booked 50s Explosion for their event

“The band was amazing, everyone loved them and did not want the music to end. We have had comments from the local neighbours saying that they were jiving in their living rooms and felt like they were kids again in the 50's! We really really loved them and they completely made the whole evening. I cannot thank you all enough for putting the best cherries and sprinkles on top of our reception!!!”

50s Explosion had the room jiving their fluorescent socks off!

5 stars - 50s Explosion are Highly Recommended
booked 50s Explosion for their event

“50s Explosion had the room jiving their fluorescent socks off!”

A wonderful band!...

5 stars - 50s Explosion are Highly Recommended
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“A wonderful band!”

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Price from £2,284 + travel from London

Based on 5 members performing 2 x 60 minute sets

  • South East From £2,284
  • East of England From £2,307
  • East Midlands From £2,353
  • South West From £2,358
  • West Midlands From £2,371
  • Wales From £2,401
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £2,430
  • Republic of Ireland From £2,698
  • North West From £2,705
  • North East From £2,792
  • Scotland From £2,853
  • Northern Ireland From £2,876

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Performance Times

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Default lineup: 5 members

Standard Lineup 5 Piece: Vocals/Guitar, Guitar/Vocals, Bass/Vocals, Drums/Vocals, Female Vocals.


Other Lineups (see booking options)

4 Piece: Vocals/Guitar, Guitar/Vocals, Bass/Vocals, Drums/Vocals
6 Piece: Vocals/Guitar, Guitar/Vocals, Bass/Vocals, Drums/Vocals, Female Vocals, Keys.
8 Piece: Vocals/Guitar, Guitar/Vocals, Bass/Vocals, Drums/Vocals, Female Vocals, Keys, 2 x Female Brass.

Full Biography

* The UK's most popular and authentic 1950s Rock n Roll band!
* Huge repertoire of dancefloor-filling classics from the 1950s era!
* Young, stylish, world-class vintage entertainment for any event

The 50s Explosion offer the UK’s finest vintage rock ‘n’ roll experience for any type of event – private parties, weddings, corporate functions, theatre shows, freshers' week events, university balls, New Year's Eve celebrations and festivals. Bookings available worldwide.

The group formed in 2013, after years of performing together in West End rock ‘n’ roll theatre shows such as ‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’, ‘Million Dollar Quartet' and ‘Dreamboats & Petticoats’. The band created their own show which is touring UK theatres throughout 2018 with worldwide dates in 2019.

Their set is made up of hit after hit from the likes of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Eddie Cochran, Lulu, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Ritchie Valens, Dion and many more and is guaranteed to have audiences of all ages up and dancing all evening.

In 2017, the 50s Explosion were flown out to perform at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas to an invited audience including Buddy's brother Larry, his wife Maria Elena Holly guitar legend Duane Eddy. They were also privileged to record at the famous Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico - home to all of Buddy's most famous records.

In 2018, the band played at the unveiling of Buddy Holly's blue plaque in Salisbury.

With performances at Goodwood Revival, Rhythm Riot, the Saint-Prex Rock 'n' Roll Festival Switzerland alongside countless shows worldwide onboard Cunard ships, the 50s Explosion can tailor a rock 'n' roll show perfect for your guests!

Winners of the 2015 UK 'Best vintage entertainment' award at the National Vintage awards.


"The ultimate 1950s Rock 'n' Roll band"

BBC Radio Scotland


"A wonderful Band"

Brian May, musician



Al Murray, comedian


"The best Buddy I've seen...since Buddy"

Larry Holley, Buddy's brother.

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