THE RETROBEATS

Bringing on back the good times

Playing the hits of the 50s, 60s & 70s

Members


Paul

Guitar & vocals

Paul is a founder member of The Retrobeats and has many years experience in various bands - favourite artistes include Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Whirlwind, Darrel Higham, Roy Orbison and pretty much anything on the legendary Sun record label.

Karen

Vocals & tambourine

Karen handles the songs traditionally associated with female lead vocals as well as providing backing and harmonies on other songs. Karen has a wide variety of musical influences and has a lively on-stage presence. Also the band's head of catering (i.e. tea and sausage rolls!)

Phil

Bass

Phil joined The Retrobeats in 2017 and is an experienced and versatile bass player with the ability to play many styles.

Les

Drums

Les joined The Retrobeats in June 2018 and brings vast experience and real musical craftsmanship to the band.

Where to see us


  • Saturday September 1st 2018      - New Meadow Street Labour Club, Preston
  • Saturday September 22nd 2018   - Private function, Standish
  • Saturday October 13th 2018         -  Bradwell WMC, Stoke On Trent
  • Saturday October 27th 2018         - Great Rocks Club, Peak Dale nr Buxton
  • Saturday November 24th 2018     - Private function, Ellesmere Port
  • Monday December 31st 2018       - Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport
  • Saturday January 12th 2019         - Private function, Longridge, Preston
  • Saturday February 16th 2019        - Whelley Ex-Servicemens Club, Wigan
  • Saturday March 23rd 2019            - Private function, Eccles
  • Friday May 31st 2019                     - Penketh & Sankey Conservative Club

Contact Us


  • Warrington, England, United Kingdom

Feedback


Happy customers!

  • I just want to say a massive thank you for performing at my mum's surprise 70th Birthday at The Beaches Hotel in Prestatyn on the 3rd Feb. You were fantastic and you put on such a brilliant performance. You had everybody up dancing from the moment you started playing until the very end. You really made the night special, playing some of my mum's favourite hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. If we have anymore family parties I will be booking The Retrobeats straight away again to perform, as everybody commented on how much they enjoyed the band. I also want to say a massive thank you for doing our DJ set too, you really were all round great entertainment! Thank you for everything and if anybody I know is looking for a band who plays your hits, I definitely will be recommending The Retrobeats. Best Wishes and thank you :) Catherine xxx
  • I would just like to say a massive thank you for your brilliant performance for Joan and Andys 70th and 60th Birthday party. You were outstanding on the night and everyone commented on your performance and said how much they enjoyed it and you were all brilliant. The music you performed was perfect for our requirements. We were dancing from the first song to the last. I would definitely book you again and can highly recommend you to anyone who wants this kind of music. I am so glad I found you! Perfect. I wish you well for the future and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes and thank you all again. Keeeeeep performing !!! Regards Mary, Andy, Joan and families. Xxxx (Barnsley)
  • I was so pleased that your group went down so well. Many thanks for making it a special night. You were absolutely tremendous. I cannot thank you enough. Good luck to you in future. I shall always speak highly of your group. Yours Brenda (Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn)
  • My husband and I celebrated our Diamond Wedding at St Cuthbert’s ARL Club, Montrose Ave, Pemberton.   We were entertained by The RETROBEATS.  Their music and songs were a pleasure to listen to.  No migraine inducing Flashing Lights, just pure entertainment. Many thanks for a wonderful night to remember.  Valerie Price
  • I hired The Retrobeats off the internet for my 80th Birthday Party,knowing nothing about them. People of all ages (and tastes) were there, and a lot depended on the right band to make the evening a success.  The Retrobeats scored ten out of ten in every respect.  They were friendly and accommodating; their musicianship was of a high standard, and they were friendly and entertaining.   I've said 'friendly' twice, because they created such a relaxed and happy atmosphere - even managing to teach a few volunteers the art of the air-guitar!  If you like a bit of fun and nostalgia    BOOK THEM!   Alec Clark
  • Thank you for being the best wedding band ever! You guys were briliant!  Bethan & Craig Shingler
  • The Retrobeats have played for us on two separate occasions in our local community hall "The Pavilion", on both occasions they provided fantastic entertainment and had everyone on their feet dancing. I look forward to seeing the Retrobeats again in the future. Glenn Mellor, Oldham Garden Suburb Residents Association
  • Thank you for Saturday night. The evening was a great success and the Captain and his family, like everybody else in the room , thought the music was fantastic. You contributed to a night the Captain will not forget. If you ever get people enquiring and asking for a reference, don’t hesitate to give them my number.  Ian Geogarty, Hon Secretary, Darwen Golf Club
  • You did us proud on Saturday evening, everyone enjoyed the music, lots of dancing and great fun, our feet and the rest of our bodies suffered the next day!!!  Janet Jones, Prestatyn
  •  A big thank you to you all. Everyone commented to my mum and dad how much they enjoyed the band and the songs you did. It was a big success all round. If we hear of anyone who wants a band we will definitely recommend you and if we have anymore parties I will get in touch. Elaine Whitham, Huddersfield
  • Thanks for a great night at Cheadle Golf Club. The feedback has been so positive, probably the best night ever at the Golf Club. MIke Westbrook, Cheadle
  • Fantastic performance by The Retrobeats at my 30th Birthday party last night, they absolutely created the perfect atmosphere for a 50's style Back to the Future / Enchantment Under The Sea Dance and were just so professional and absolutely made the night! Big thanks to all involved, I had such an amazing evening bopping away! Would recommend this band to anyone looking for a great, retro sounding band who will keep the dance floor full all night! Thanks again!! Rebecca Taylor, Stockport
  • The Retrobeats played at our mum and dad's surprise 50th Wedding Anniversary Party. They went out of their way to accommodate our many requests and kept the crowd dancing 'til late. I would highly recommend booking them for a do. We had a blast!  Louise Rodriguez-Aitken, Wigan
  • Went to watch the Retrobeats and Buzz Hawkins aka The Bradshaws - what an amazing night’s entertainment. Me and my family really enjoyed our night out.  Di Gatley
  • Have finally got round to thanking you for a great night at our Golf Club Dinner back in July. Having seen them previously I booked them for our Captain's Week Dinner and they didn't disappoint. Everyone who attended said they had a great night and I would recommend them to anyone. Paul Salt, Heyrose Golf Club captain
  • The Retrobeats performed at our wedding and they really rocked it! The Team are very professional and experienced with working in various types of venues, and took care of all of the music needs for the evening. We had some disco requests from our guests which they catered for excellently but more popular still was the brilliant live performance! Everybody was up dancing and the night really went with a swing! Thanks so much!  Geraldine and Fabrice
  • On behalf of Spa Town Rock n Rollers, had a fantastic night thanks to The Retrobeats, one of the best couple of sets we've seen, really well done and belting selection of songs. sung and only positive feedback from those people there... will definitely be wanting you for a return performance thanks a lot guys, see you soon. Trevor Lowton- Spa Town Rock n Rollers Club, Buxton
  • This band really has the authentic sound of 50's and 60's pop and rock. They played for us at the recent Warrington University of Third Age Summer Social. We had excellent feedback on the night and on the Retrobeats in particular. Most of our members are 60 plus so know the songs from the first time around.Thanks for a great evening Paul, Karen, Jeff and Brian. Regards, Roger Coasby, U3A Warrington
  • Fab night Retrobeats, loved all the music, everyone was singing along and even the bar staff were dancing. Pauline, Grappenhall Beer Festival
  • I saw this group on Sat 6th Dec  last weekend at a 80th birthday party. this group is great. everyone got up to dance sing etc, they catered for all ages the quality of songs music was superb, i would certainly book them. Alex Piorkowski
  • A massive thank you for playing at Altrincham Football Club beer festival earlier this month. The Music went down very well, and The Retrobeats were ideal for the occasion. The Retrobeats were really good - ideal 'feelgood' music that everyone was familiar with, that helped to create a proper Festival atmosphere. Definitely would ask them back for next year, probably giving them a longer slot if possible. Steve Foster, Atrincham football Club
  • The Retrobeats played at my Cancer Research UK Charity Ball and Auction Saturday 26th July 2014 and to be honest it was them that made the night. The music and atmosphere they created was impeccable. People are still talking about the night and the most popular comments made have been about the band and ensuring we get them back again. Jude Harrison-Smith
  • To all The Retrobeats - would just like to say a huge thank you on behalf of me & my family for playing at my dads surprise 50th everyone really enjoyed themselves. Everybody commented on the band saying how good you was brought a smile upon everyone’s face :-)  Also would like to thank you for giving me the pleasure of singing with you in your band it was an honour really enjoyed myself. Will be recommending you to all friends & family. Vicky Littlewood
  •  To all members of The Retrobeats . Thank you so much for helping to make my birthday party one to remember. You were a great band, your music was fantastic and was enjoyed by everyone. It was said everyone felt 20 years younger (I was one of them). I hope you enjoyed playing for us also. I'm so glad my son & daughter in law found you - I hope you get lots of bookings, your fame is spreading. Love & thoughts - Betty, Warrington
  • The Retrobeats are just fantastic! They are experienced, professional and know how to get the crowds dancing from the first song right up until the last song. I had the opportunity of taking pictures for the band twice and enjoyed every minute of both. Razvan Dumitrascu
  •  Thanks for helping us raise nearly £4000 for the Marie Curie Cancer Care at Woolton Golf Club last weekend. Your band was great and it was good that you could support us. Your performance was very polished and professional and added that 'touch of class' to the evening. It was good to see everyone enjoying themselves.It is not surprising that you are so much in demand so it was brilliant that you could fit us in. Thanks. Bernie, Woolton Golf Club

FAQ


Q. How much space do The Retrobeats need?
A. The ideal size is 6m  by 4m or larger but we can fit into a smaller space if required.

Q. What power requirements do you need ?
A. One plug socket on the stage or performance area. If the nearest power supply is more than 5m away, please let us know in advance so we can bring suitable extension leads and safety equipment. We draw about 10 amps which is well within the capacity of a standard power supply. All our equipment is safety checked with the appropriate Portable Appliance Test (PAT) certificates and we use an RCCB safety trip device to prevent overloads.

Q. Can you provide recorded music when you are  not playing?
A. The Retrobeats can provide a full night's entertainment with music from our extensive collection of  tracks or MP3s/CDs supplied by you. We provide background music for the early evening and during breaks/buffet as well as rounding off the evening with all your disco favourites. If you want any particular tracks or type of music we can usually provide it with at least a week’s notice. Our charge for this service is very low and so makes it a very cost effective way for you to have the whole evening’s entertainment taken care of .

Q. Some venues require public liability insurance and a PAT certificate - are The Retrobeats covered?
A. The Retrobeats have public liability insurance and PAT certificates for our equipment. We have hard copies and electronic copies ready to send to your venue.  

Q. How will I know the venue is suitable ?
A. The Retrobeats are very flexible. We have played in a wide range of venues from very small to very large, indoors and outdoors. We can always make it work! We can make arrangements to visit the venue if you are in any doubt.  If the venue has a volume monitor or limiter please let us know in advance. We are not a loud band but we like to be prepared for these restrictions.

Q . Do you require a changing room?
A .  Ideally but its not essential - we can work around whatever facilities are available. We take a pride in our appearance and wear themed stage clothes. If there is an area or a reserved table for us to reside at when we're not on stage it is always appreciated but again its not  essential.

Q. How far do you travel?  
A. We are based in Warrington  and we  generally play in Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Yorkshire, North Midlands and North Wales. However we do travel further afield so just ask, as nowhere is out of the question.

Q. How much do you charge?
A. There is no set rate. The price is based on, amongst other things, the distance we travel and the time we will be at the venue. Please contact us for a quote - you may be pleasantly surprised as we feel that we are very competitively priced against comparable bands of our high quality.

Q. Can we use a microphone for announcements, speeches, thanking people etc.
A. Yes, we have radio microphones for you to use which will allow you to make announcements some distance from the stage area if required.

Q. How much time do you need to set up?
A. We need a minimum of 1 hour to set up, and to do a sound check. If it is convenient we often arrive earlier in case of any last minute hitches. This will be done at a time to suit you and your venue. We need around 30 minutes at the end of the night to dismantle our equipment and clear away.

Q. How long do you play for?
A. Most people usually ask us to play 2 X 45 minute sets but we have enough material for much longer if required. If there is a buffet we usually play one set before and one set after it has been served. However, this is not a hard and fast rule and we will adhere to whatever arrangement you prefer. If you have other entertainment arranged we are happy to work around this and any other arrangements you may want to make.

Q. Do you have reliable professional quality equipment?
A. Yes. We have an Alto Professional series 1.6Kw system with both Boss and Alesis effects processors. On stage we have Thomann Box powered monitors. Our backline amplifiers are professional standard Fender and MarkBass. Our guitars include a range of Fender, Rickenbakker and Peavey guitars. We use Shure SM58 microphones for the vocals as well as a Sennhsisser e845 as backup, plus radio microphones for audience use, where relevant. We have invested in an In Ear Monitoring System which all but eradicates feedback and keeps the front stage area clear. Although we have  powerful amplifiers and PA we will perform at a comfortable volume for the venue. Audio quality is much more important to us than sheer volume. We can also augment our system with facilities already in place in larger venues.

Q. At a wedding or special occasion, would you play our first dance?
A. Yes. If not in our normal repertoire we could play it live (if it is suitable for our style) with about 4 weeks notice. If not, we can play it from a recording.

Q. Can we come and see you play prior to booking you?
A. Of course. Our engagements are listed on this website but please bear in mind that many of our bookings are private functions. It may be possible to arrange for you to come along to see us, but we cannot guarantee it. There are plenty of videos and recordings of our performances on YouTube

Q. How do you like to be paid?
A. Cash on the night on arrival is the best arrangement. We cannot accept cheques on the night.

Q: Is there a booking contract?
A: A written contract /schedule between The Retrobeats and the client is available if required for peace of mind.

 

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask

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