Vintage Rock and Roll band

Functions      Parties      Weddings


The Bandits are a London-based five-piece rock & roll band who, with their own (musical and literal) twists, bring to life vintage classics and retro rarities.

After a critically lauded run of rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Edinburgh's George Square in 2010, Steve, Jon and Bruce joined forces with Luke (all graduates of Royal Holloway University of London) to continue their drag-rock shenanigans and form "Lola and The Bandits". A while later, Jon got bored and deviated to a more 'civilised' percussion, whilst Will took up the mantle of Best Drummer This Side Of The South Circular. They swiftly jumped onto the wedding circuit, and are currently gigging across the country.

By day, Steve is a professional actor and Bruce is an unprofessional technician; Luke makes people laugh with his sketch duo In Cahoots; Jon exasperatedly teaches music both at a secondary school and in the rehearsal room; Will does Something Really Important in The City that involves Money.

By night, however, they don the leather jackets, turned-up jeans and structurally infallible quiffs of their rock-n'-rollin' 1950s alter egos, The Bandits...

Performing all of the top toe-tapping tunes from the fantastic Fifties, The Bandits guarantee to get you and your guests jumpin' and jivin' all night long!

Upcoming Gigs

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Private Party

Sun 15 Jul 2022
Queensborough, Kent


Baby I'm Yours
Barbara Lewis
Stand By Me
B.E. King
Rock Around The Clock
Bill Haley
Shake, Rattle and Roll
Bill Haley
Shake A Tail Feather
Blues Brothers
Dream Lover
Bobby Darin
Won't You Come Home
Bobby Darin
Give Me Just A Little More Time
Chairmen Of The Board
Let's Twist Again
Chubby Checker
No Particular Place To Go
Chuck Berry
Roll Over Beethoven
Chuck Berry
You Never Can Tell
Chuck Berry
Love Potion No. 9
The Clovers
Yakety Yak
The Coasters
The Chords
Runaround Sue
Que Sera Sera
Doris Day
Under The Boardwalk
The Drifters
Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley
Hard-Headed Woman
Elvis Presley
Hound Dog
Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley
King Creole
Elvis Presley
I Just Wanna Make Love
Etta James
Etta James
Build Me Up Buttercup
The Foundations
Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Frankie Lymon
Jump in the Line
Harry Belafonte
Proud Mary
Ike & Tina Turner
Johnny B Goode
Chuck Berry
The Isley Brothers
Twist and Shout
The Isley Brothers
Reet Petite
Jackie Wilson
I Feel Good
James Brown
Great Balls of Fire
Jerry Lee Lewis
Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash
Shakin' All Over
Johnny Kidd
Girl Can't Help It
Little Richard
Good Golly Miss Molly
Little Richard
Little Richard
Tutti Frutti
Little Richard
I Wanna Be Like You
Louis Prima
Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody
Louis Prima
Pennies From Heaven
Louis Prima
Hallelujah I Love Her So
Ray Charles
Please Mr Postman
The Marvelettes
I'm A Believer
The Monkees
Lady Marmalade
Patti LaBelle
Hit The Road Jack
Ray Charles
La Bamba
Ritchie Valens
Twisting The Night Away
Sam Cooke
Born to Hand Jive
Sha Na Na
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
The Shirelles
The Name Game
Shirley Ellis
Where Did Our Love Go
The Supremes
Itty Bitty Pretty One
Thurston Harris
Let's Have A Party
Wanda Jackson
Land Of 1000 Dances
Wilson Pickett
This Train Is Bound For Glory
Woody Guthrie

and many, many more...


Keyboard / Backing Vocals


Lead Vocals


Guitar / Backing Vocals


Bass Guitar


Drums / Backing Vocals

Getting Into Treble

We're pleased to share with you our second release of demo tracks:

All songs performed by The Bandits

Arrangements by Jonathan Jones
Engineering by Bruce Asher
with thanks to Fil at Mill Hill Music Studios

Bruce had pestered the rest of the band enough to book a quick session in a studio one cold autumnal evening to record two or three drum tracks, for the possibility of a couple more decent recordings for promo purposes. Three hours with One-Take Wonder Will later, and he had stems for a decuplet of delightful dance numbers.

Mostly recorded in Jon and Bruce's respective spare rooms, Getting Into Treble showcases some superb snippets of our rockin' and reasonably-priced repertoire, and is a masterclass on how to fairly successfully mix four blokes with a cold.

Have a listen to some of the tracks below:

Chuck Berry
No Particular Place To Go

Elvis Presley
Hard Headed Hound Dog

All Saints
Never Ever


How long do you need to set up?
Dependent on ease of accessibility to the venue, we take roughly 45 minutes to an hour, inclusive of a sound check.
How long do you play for?
That's entirely up to you; our versatile set list means we can play anything between one chord and our entire rep! Usually, parties for an hour, weddings for two - all negotiable.
And how long are your intervals?
A quick 10-15 minutes should do it; it's important to rehydrate!
Can we come and watch you play somewhere else first?
Of course - you're more than welcome along to any of our public gigs. Come and chat to us about tailoring our set to suit your event.
Does that mean you do requests?
Absolutely; if you have particular songs in mind, '50s or otherwise, let us know! A small additional fee will be charged for rehearsal time.
My venue hasn't got much sound equipment; what can you provide?
Pretty much everything! We can provide all of our own backline and sound reinforcement; have a gander at our tech rider for more info, but please note that we only bring our stuff at your explicit request.
The venue have told me to ask you about PLI, PAT and other weird acronyms...
We've got public liability insurance (validation below; certificate available on request), and all of our equipment is PAT tested by a qualified technician. For any technical queries, just drop us an e-mail.

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What sort of power supply do you need?
A few 13A sockets is all we need. Drinks and snacks are welcome, too!
And what sort of space do you need?
We're very flexible, but let's say a minimum of 8' x 12'.
Sounds great! So what would you charge for a gig at my venue/party/wedding?
Generally, we work to the below guidelines:
  • Weddings: from £1200
  • Private Functions: from £850
  • Public Venues: from £500
There are numerous factors to consider - duration of set, transporting our equipment, rehearsal costs should you request extra songs, and so on - but fees are always negotiable, so get in touch for a quote!
So how do we give you money?
Bank transfer or Paypal usually, but cash on the night is fine too. You'll get two invoices with full cost breakdowns - an initial deposit (usually 50%) alongside your booking contract, followed by the remainder around a week before your event.
What about VAT?
Nope. We're not VAT registered, so you won't have to pay anything more than the quoted price.


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