Scouting For Girls-In 2007 they released a self-titled debut which became triple platinum and birthed the generation-bridging anthems of ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’, and ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Everybody Wants To Be On TV’, plus the mega number 1 hit single ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’. They’ve picked up nominations for four Brits, and an Ivor Novello, and played everywhere from a sold-out Wembley Arena to countless festival stages.
Jools Holland, OBE, DL is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, and television presenter. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and has worked with many artists including Jayne County, Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine, The The, Ringo Starr, and Bono. From 1982 until 1987, he co-presented the Channel 4 music program The Tube. Since 1992, he has hosted Later… with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based. Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004 he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music. On BBC Radio 2 Holland also regularly hosts the weekly program Jools Holland, a mix of live and recorded music and general chat and features studio guests, along with members of his orchestra.
Rebecca Ferguson is a British soul singer and songwriter. In 2010, Ferguson finished in second place in the seventh series of The X Factor. She later released her debut album titled Heaven in December 2011. The album peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart
Kid Creole and the Coconuts- is an American musical group, their music incorporates a variety of styles and influences, in particular, a mix of disco and Latin American, Caribbean, and Calloway styles conceptually inspired by the big band era. The Coconuts are a trio of female backing vocalists/dancers, their breakthrough came with 1982’s Tropical Gangsters, which hit #3 in the UK and spun off three Top 10 hits with “Stool Pigeon”, “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and “I’m A Wonderful Thing, Baby”. “Dear Addy” also made the Top 40. In the US the album was retitled Wise Guy and reached #145, and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby” flirted with the R&B charts.
Jo O’Meara- Jo’s success came when she became a member of pop group S Club 7 between 1999 and 2003. The group was formed in 1998 and quickly rose to fame. In their five years together, S Club 7 had four UK number-one singles, one UK number-one album, and a string of hits throughout Europe as well as a Top 10 hit on the US Hot 100, with their 2000 single “Never Had a Dream Come True”. They recorded four studio albums, released 11 singles, and went on to sell over 10 million albums worldwide. Jo later went on to launch a solo career.
KT Tunstall- KT’s debut album, Eye to the Telescope, released in 2004, led to her nominations for the Mercury Prize, a BRIT Award for Best British Live Act, and BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act, and a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance nomination. She won the BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist and the European Border Breakers Award. The single “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” was given the Q Magazine Award for Best Track, and “Suddenly I See” won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song.
Boney M.- Was an Afro-German-Caribbean vocal group that specialized in disco and funk. The group was formed in 1976 and achieved popularity during the disco era of the late 1970s. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and is known for international hits including “Daddy Cool”, “Ma Baker”, “Belfast”, “Sunny”, “Rasputin”, “Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord” and “Rivers of Babylon”.
Laura Mvula- Laura released her debut studio album, Sing to the Moon, to favorable reviews, and earned two MOBO awards and a Mercury Prize nomination. Her second album, The Dreaming Room, was also received with critical acclaim, won the Ivor Novello award, and garnered a Mercury Prize nomination.
The Real Thing- Best known for their legendary hits ‘You To Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’, as well as their ground-breaking 1977 song, ‘Children of the Ghetto’, The Real Thing, remains Britain’s most successful groups of all-time. Pioneers in soul, funk, and dance music the band is still gigging across the world, the band’s success and longevity are unprecedented in British entertainment history. The Real Thing was established in Toxteth, Liverpool, in 1972.
Imagination- Had hits in 28 countries, earning 4 Platinum Discs, 9 Gold Discs, and more than a dozen Silver Discs around the world between 1981 and 1983. Formed in early 1981, their first track reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1981, selling 250,000 copies in the UK and spending 18 weeks in the Top 50. “Just an Illusion”, peaked at number two in March 1982 This was accompanied by a sell-out concert tour of Europe, with 22 dates in the UK.
Heatwave- is a Dayton, Ohio-based funk/disco band formed in 1975. They are known for their singles “Boogie Nights”, “The Groove Line”, and “Always and Forever”. Their third single, “Boogie Nights” from their debut album, 1977 reached No. 2 on the British popular music charts in January and in America in November. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA. The group’s debut album, Too Hot to Handle, was released in the spring of 1977, giving Heatwave a No. 11 on the Hot 200 and No. 5 on the R&B charts, while the next single, the soul ballad “Always and Forever”, reached No. 18 on the Hot 100 in April 1978 and No. 2 on the R&B charts. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA.
Shola Ama- who scored her biggest hits with “You Might Need Somebody”, “You’re the One I Love” and “Still Believe”. “You Might Need Somebody”, remains her biggest hit, it reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1997. It remained in the top 40 for almost two months, becoming one of 1997’s biggest hits. Her third single “Who’s Loving My Baby” was released in November 1997 and reached No. 13. At the age of 18, Shola Ama released her debut album Much Love. On the success of the album, Ama won a Brit Award for Best British Female and two MOBO Awards for Best Newcomer and Best R&B Act.
Loose Ends- Is one of the most successful British R&B bands that formed in 1980, and signed to Virgin Records in 1981. Loose Ends had several urban contemporary hits with tracks such as “Hanging on a string” reaching no.1 in the U.S charts and no.13 in the U.K charts, also “Slow Down” reaching no.27 in the U.K charts and no.1 in the U.S charts. Loose Ends are the first British R&B band to have a no.1 gold selling Album in the U.S and went on to sell millions.
Light Of The World- Was formed in London in 1978 and was the forerunner of the late British jazz-funk movement. The band’s debut single “Swingin'”, peaked at No. 45 on the UK Singles Chart. This was later followed up by two top 40 hits: a cover of Bob Marley and the Wailer’s song “I Shot the Sheriff”, and the double A-side single “I’m So Happy” / “Time”. Their debut album was released in 1979 on Ensign Records. Their second album Round Trip was released in late 1980 and peaked at No. 73 on the UK Albums Chart.
Aswad- A British reggae group, noted for adding strong R&B and soul influences to the reggae sound. They have been performing since the mid-1970s, having released a total of 21 albums. Their UK hit singles include the number one”Don’t Turn Around” and “Shine”. They are three-time Grammy Award nominees.
Courtney Pine- In 1986 Pine’s debut album Journey to the Urge Within entered the UK Top 40. One of his early bands was Grand Union Orchestra and he featured on their 1986 album The Song of Many Tongues, written by Tony Haynes. He is the principal founder of the seminal black British big band the Jazz Warriors, which he established in 1985 through the community organization “The Abibi Jazz Arts” (TAJA).
The Three Degrees- Formed circa 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They topped the US Hot 100 as featured vocalists on the MFSB single “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” in 1974 and had seven UK Top 40 hits, including the 1974 single “When Will I See You Again”, which was a huge international hit, reaching the Top 5 in seven countries, including number two in the US and topping the UK Singles Chart. They also had four UK Top 20 hits, including “Woman in Love”, which reached number three in 1979.
The Brand New Heavies- Acid jazz and funk group are some of the many genres of this iconic band formed in 1980s London. The Brand New Heavies are best known for a string of successful singles in the early 1990s featuring N’Dea Davenport as lead vocalist. The band had 16 Top 40 singles and three million album sales.
Odyssey- Formed in New York City, known by their 1977 hit “Native New Yorker”, and a series of other mainly dance and soul hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s. “Native New Yorker” reached no. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and no. 5 on the UK Singles Chart. “Inside Out”, peaked on the US charts at no. 12 and in the UK went to no. 3 in 1982. The song was ranked number 15 among the “Tracks of the Year” for 1982 by NME.
The Blackbyrds- A fusion of rhythm and blues and jazz-funk to create an amazingly unique sound. The Blackbyrds have influenced the hip-hop generation and will do so for generations to come, with Gang Starr, Da Lench Mob, and Full Force all sampling their music. Their 1975 song “Rock Creek Park” from the City Life album has been sampled numerous times by groups and artists such as MF Doom, De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A, Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Tone Lōc, Mac Dre, and Wiz Khalifa.
HIL ST SOUL- Is comfortable performing classic soul, smooth jazz, uptempo funk, and gospel. Her versatility earned her the honor of Best Newcomer by the U.K.’s Blues & Soul magazine. She has performed at festivals in Holland, Norway, and England, sharing stages with urban kings and queens such as D’Angelo, Kelis, Macy Gray, and Angie Stone, to name a few. She issued four albums during the 2000s: Soul Organic (2000), Copasetik & Cool (2004), Soulidified (2006), and Black Rose (2008).
Floetry/Natalie Stewart- In 2005, Floetry released Flo’Ology, their second studio album. It debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 and included the single “SupaStar” featuring rapper Common. Natalie released the EP “Spoken Soul” and her first solo album, Floetic Soul, which charted at number 95 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and number 20 on the Top R&B Albums chart.
Marcia Griffiths- Described as “she is known primarily for her strong, smooth-as-mousse love songs and captivating live performances”. Marcia released her re-recording of “Electric Boogie” in 1983. The song was remixed in 1989, and it was this version that made the Electric Slide, a line dance, an international dance craze. It reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it her most successful single. It is currently the highest-selling single by a female reggae singer of all time.
The Definitive Rat Pack- Undoubtedly some of the world’s finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. available. They are ‘The Definitive Rat Pack’ as for more than 10 years they have faithfully re-created that era. Clients include; Simon Cowell, HSBC, Victoria’s Secret, West Ham Football Club, Tamara Beckwith, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Joan Collins, Simon Fuller, Arsenal FC, Wasps RFC, Make A Wish Foundation, Barclays, Legal and General, Hilton International and many more.
Toploader- They have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both in the UK and abroad. Their debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka,‘ sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them 4 Brit Award nominations. In 2000 the single ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a household name. In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weekends and topped the 10,000,000 hits mark on Youtube, an incredible thirteen years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.
Mad Yella- Formed in 2018, these young and extremely talented musicians are inspired by an endless love of Jazz-Funk, Neo Soul, and Rare Groove greats, such as The Crusaders, George Benson, and D’Angelo. Their first release ‘Sequoia’ was featured by Ronnie Herel of Mi-Soul radio as a #OneToWatch. They then released their second original track ‘Lovin’ in March 2019 and both tracks received regular radio airplay across the UK and Europe. Their third title ‘Being with You’ was playlisted by Mi-Soul Radio before it was even finished. Mad Yella has appeared at London’s Hideaway, the Margate Soul Festival, Rye Jazz Festival, Olby’s Soul Cafe supporting Tony Momrelle, EFG London Jazz Festival, Boisdale, Pizza Express, and Rochester Castle Concerts supporting Omar, The Brand New Heavies and Soul II Soul.
Janet Kay & Carroll Thompson- Janet created the iconic track “Silly games” which went to Number 1 in the National UK charts in 1979. This was the first time a British-born black female hit the top of the charts – which was added to the Guinness Book of Records. Janet has worked with Fatboy Slim, Jackie Mittoo, Aswad, Omar, Sly & Robbie, and more. She has sold more than one million records in Japan alone and tours the country regularly.
Carroll first found fame with “I’m so sorry” and had a slew of hits such as “Hopelessly in Love”, “Make it with you”, “Love won’t let us wait” and “I’m still waiting”. Carroll has worked with Sugar Minott, Trevor Walters, Courtney Pine, Aswad & Mad Professor.
Suspiciously Elvis- Is the UK’s No. 1 tribute show, playing at many private and public concerts, festivals, and corporate events around the world.
Collabro- Won Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. Collabro was voted the UK’s favorite Britain’s Got Talent Winners in a National Poll. Their debut album Stars was released on 15 August 2014 and peaked at number one in the UK. Their second album Act Two was released on 1 June 2015 and peaked at number two in the UK. Their third album Home was released on 3 March 2017 and peaked at number seven in the UK. Their fourth album Road to the Royal Albert Hall was released on 31 August 2018 and peaked at number nineteen in the UK. Their fifth album Love Like This was released on 15 November 2019 and peaked at number twenty-two in the UK.
The Kool and the Gang Show- The Ultimate Celebration of the most successful funk band of all time, The Kool and the Gang Show are guaranteed to get you dancing the night away. Mixing the perfect pop melodies of Chic with the pure grooves of James Brown, they released a golden run of iconic records that left an indelible mark on the musical landscape. Led by a who’s who of incredible musicians who have worked with everyone from George Michael to Alexander O’Neal, The Kool and the Gang Show delivers a floor-filling set of feelgood funk and disco classics including Celebration, Ladies Night, Joanna, Get Down On It, Cherish, Fresh, Too Hot, Hollywood Swinging and much much more.
Bootleg Beatles- One of the most significant Beatles tribute bands in the world. Bootleg Beatles have been taking the stage for over 40 years and have performed over 4,500 amazing shows. Bootleg Beatles have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages such as Glastonbury, The Royal Albert Hall, Budokan Stadium, Wembley Stadium, and many more.
Michael Jackson- This incredible show features not only the greatest hits of Michael Jackson but also The Jackson 5. The show includes Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Man in the Mirror, and many, many more of Michael Jackson’s catalog of hit songs. Michael® starring Ben is the latest smash hit theatre production from renowned producer James Baker and features the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star, Ben Bowman; who not only looks and sounds like Michael Jackson but has honed his routine so impeccably that audiences believe they are watching Michael Jackson himself.
T.Rextasy-Are the only band to have been authorized and endorsed by Marc Bolan’s Catalogue Management is now officially recognized as the world’s No.1 group dedicated to the greatest glam rocker of them all, Marc Bolan of T.Rex. With their uncanny doppelganger lead singer and lead guitarist, Danielz, T.Rextasy perform a powerful and mesmerizing presentation of Marc Bolan’s rock and pop anthems. With a career spanning over 25 years. They have toured worldwide playing at venues such as the gigantic Ariake Coliseum in Japan, and Wembley Arena in London. They also perform alongside artists such as Wizzard, Cockney Rebel, Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople), and Slade amongst others.
Bootleg Blondie- This is the world’s No.1 official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band established in 2001, the only tribute to have performed with two founder members of Blondie. The band played legendary CBGB in New York City and is unique in that not only have they had the honor to be thanked on Blondie’s 11th studio album ‘Pollinator’, but also toured the UK in 2019 with Clem Burke on drums to celebrate 40 years since the release of Blondie’s iconic album Parallel Lines! Both tours were a whirlwind of sell-out shows, radio, press interviews, and fab reviews, they drove nearly 5,000 miles and played to over 7,000 people!
Mania The ABBA Tribute- Has performed at London’s West End and played for 18 weeks at the Strand Theatre, sold out the Deutsches Theatre Munich for 21 performances, and was presented with a prestigious Radio Regenbogen award for the best musical of 2002. Mania The ABBA Tribute toured throughout Europe, including 24 consecutive shows in the Schiller Theatre in Berlin, and Cologne Arena selling 10,000 tickets in one night. The band played a one-off television special and was viewed by over 11 million people and broadcast throughout Europe. Mania The ABBA Tribute has continued to tour the globe.
MF Robots is a songwriting, production, and performing duo created by former Brand New Heavies founder Jan Kincaid and BNH vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dawn Joseph.
Vanessa Haynes- is a London-based singer/piano player who has been performing worldwide for over 15 years. She became one of the lead singers of the internationally acclaimed UK jazz/funk band Incognito in late 2008.
Richard Hadfield- Getting his start on YouTube, Richard Hadfield is famously known for being a part of Collabro, winners of Britain Got Talent. After his departure from the band in 2016 Hadfield secured a spot at the Legendary Dean Street Live Jazz. Since then Hadfield has had a successful solo career, touring regularly and releasing EPs.