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The Retrobates

Making sure that every toe is tapping & every hip is swinging, The Retrobates perform vintage classics from the likes of Johnny Cash & Elvis to today's biggest names in Indie, from Oasis to The Strokes all in a cool, fun & authentic style!

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Secure your 2021 / 2022 booking before the 31st December 2020, and if Covid affects your event plans, we will offer 100% deposit credit to be used against new bookings.

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  • Event The Retrobates Retro Rock n Roll / Pop Party Duo Hove, East Sussex
  • Event The Retrobates Retro Rock n Roll / Pop Party Duo Hove, East Sussex

Set List / Repertoire

Vintage/Rock ’N’ Roll
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Please Please Me - The Beatles
All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
Runaway - Del Shannon
Everyday - Buddy Holly
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
Thats Alright - Elvis Presley
Lucille - Little Richard
Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
I Wanna Be Like You - Louis Prima
Just A Gigolo - Louis Prima
All My Loving - The Beatles
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
Twist & Shout/La Bamba - The Beatles/Ritchie Valens
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
That’s Alright - Elvis Presley
Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
I’m A Believer - The Monkees
Mamma Mia - Abba
Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus 

Alright - Supergrass
She’s Electric - Oasis
There She Goes - The La’s
Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis
This Charming Man - The Smiths
Waterfall - The Stone Roses
Wonderwall - Oasis
Sit Down - James
Up The Junction - Squeeze
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now - The Smiths
Dreaming Of You - The Coral
If You Wanna - The Vaccine
Basket Case - Green Day 

Fatboy Slim Medley - Fatboy Slim/The Housemartins
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
Domino - Jessie J
Ignition (Remix) - R Kelly
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
Last Nite - The Strokes
Toxic - Britney Spears
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Roses - Outkast 
In Da Club - 50 Cent

32 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
  • Excellent 32
  • Good 0
  • OK 0
  • Unsatisfactory 0
  • Poor 0

One more song… one more song!!!

5 stars - The Retrobates are Highly Recommended
booked The Retrobates for their Wedding in London October 2021

“These guys get the crowds cheering! one more song … one more song! Really talented guys, all age groups at our wedding had something to dance and sing along to which is exactly what we wanted- we were sad when the last set finished we could have danced and sang along all night! The guys even tweaked on of their set songs to a slower more “romantic “ version for our first dance!”

Great music enjoyed every song

5 stars - The Retrobates are Highly Recommended
booked The Retrobates for their event in Northamptonshire September 2021

“These guys are great! Sadly one of them had tested positive for Covid on the day but they had a stand in and we were not let down, great music everyone was commenting on how good they were. Music kept us dancing but they seemed like really nice guys which makes all the difference just wish I had another party coming soon so I could book them again!”

Fantastic Duo for our Special Day

5 stars - The Retrobates are Highly Recommended
booked The Retrobates for their Wedding in Surrey September 2021

“The Retrobates were exactly what we wanted in evening entertainment for our Wedding! John was great in the lead up, giving me a call and talking through the finer details. Being flexible and ‘going with the flow’ throughout. Even though the other member of the band had to pull out last minute due to COVID, the performance was still flawless. We had people on the dance floor from the first dance until we finished, which was exactly what we wanted. Thank you both for being such a great entertainers and showing us such a good time. Definitely recommend!”

The Retrobates were outstanding and totally made the evening.

5 stars - The Retrobates are Highly Recommended
booked The Retrobates for their event in Kent September 2020

“We had booked The Retrobates for my wife's 50th birthday, with lockdown happening it was all a bit worrying, we shouldn't have worried, the guys arrived after superb communication leading up to the event. They were really pleasant and excited about the party. Once set up they started and oh boy were they good, they never stopped with song after song, everyone was dancing and singing (badly) along!! They had a break and then came back on for a second performance that matches the first. Everyone totally enjoyed it, the guys absolutely smashed it and made the evening as perfect as any staged event I have been to. Would we book them again? 100% in a heartbeat! As a side note I have to say that Alive were extremely professional and communicative throughout. Thanks so much for making Mary's 50th the best night ever.”

Great night that the Retrobates were a big part of...

5 stars - The Retrobates are Highly Recommended
booked The Retrobates for their event in Hampshire

“Very easy to work with and adapted to my event - in terms of when they played through the night and using my playlists in between. Music they played warmed up through the evening as the party developed - by the end all dancing (and singing along). All who I spoke to gave positive feedback on the music - quality and delivery. Thank you.”

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Price from £562 + travel from East Sussex

Based on 2 members performing 2 x 60 minutes sets

  • Wales From £562
  • South East From £633
  • South West From £633
  • East of England From £633
  • East Midlands From £647
  • West Midlands From £675
  • Yorkshire and the Humber From £799
  • North West From £871
  • North East From £914
  • Republic of Ireland From £954
  • Scotland From £1,034

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Default lineup: 2 members

Duo: 2 x Vocals 2 x Guitar.

Full Biography

Starting out as two BIMM students looking for enough money for a pint, The Retrobates began as buskers! Honing and practicing their skills on the streets of Brighton, they have become a duo worthy of any party or function!

Making sure that every toe is tapping and every hip is swinging, The Retrobates offer a wide range of material from the 1940s to the present day! From vintage classics like Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles and Johnny Cash to Indie's biggest names like Oasis, The Strokes, The Smiths and more!

Since their formation, both members have graduated from the prestigious British and Irish Modern Music Institute with high 2:1 degrees achieved. With performances on the Eurovision song contest, Isle of Wight Festival, Kendal Calling and numerous gigs and sessions between them, The Retrobates have the musical ability, skill and entertainment factor sure to make your party, wedding or function a hit!

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