Energetic, fun, professional and experienced. UpTones have been working together since 2014 having formed at BIMM (British and Irish Institute of Modern Music). Since then they have gone from strength to strength, having secured weekly and monthly residencies across Bristol, as well as European tours. They have performed at countless weddings, private parties and corporate events for the likes of Rolls Royce, Ibis and Bristol City Football Club, just to name a few.
With a repertoire spanning across the decades, they are sure to prove a hit with all age ranges and will keep guests on the dance floor all night long thanks to their seemingly endless levels of energy.
UpTones normally offer 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 45 minute sets but are flexible and willing to accommodate for your needs. They provide their own PA system and lighting rig along with complementary background party music between each set so you have entertainment covering your whole event.
The band have versatility and energy in bucket loads and are fronted by a fantastic powerhouse female lead vocalist who is comfortable with singing all styles.
You can also add an optional manned DJ service and/or acoustic daytime entertainment from the band, perfect for drinks receptions and ceremonies - just enquire for fees and information about these options.
From the first song to the last, UpTones consistently energetic delivery will leave every audience wanting more, making for a party you’ll never forget.
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Once a month crowds pack into a cosy, busy bar in the centre of Bristol’s trendy Stokes Croft to see The Uptones, a 5 piece cover band, perform a wide variety of charged, upbeat songs to kick off their Saturday night. Having earned their resident slot at the Snug Bar, The Uptones (their line-up consisting exclusively of students of Bristol’s BIMM Institute) demonstrate a hunger for success evident in the energy put into their performance.
The stage, lit by gold fairy lights, set the scene for the vibrations about to hit the crowd. The Uptones knew their target audience well, their repertoire covering all the feel-good tracks you can think of, and a little more. The crowd, not yet loosened up by their pint glasses and not quite fitting into their dancing shoes, welcomed The Uptones to the stage with a modest recognition. Yet the humble beginning was perfect for what The Uptones were about to achieve, a simultaneous coming up of the crowd.
The Uptones began strong, launching into classic singalongs such as Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and Aretha Franklin’s Respect. Chants of “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” soon rang out from the audience, encouraged by the smiles and jigs of the band and its two vocalists (Sophie Griffin and Charlie Smith). The onstage chemistry of vocalists was obvious; they whirled and twirled around each other exchanging joyful looks before directing these at the crowd. The synergy created between band and audience became a welcome occurrence; the crowd got itchy feet, filling the dance floor, drawing energy from the band which the crowd then fed on. The Uptones made use of their stage time well with little inter-song crowd interaction. Although often an important aspect of any show – especially for bigger artists who often need this interaction for instrumental changes or who are expected to interact with fans – this allowed The Uptones to seamlessly blend tracks into one another. The crowd weren’t allowed time to question why they were enjoying themselves but forced to give in to the euphoric waves the communal dancing created.
The onstage presence of The Uptones, complimented by small stage, was refreshing. Their repertoire had a wide scope; playing the recently-released (at the time of the gig) chart favourite Uptown Funk, hip-hop duet Crazy in Love before finishing with Chaka Kahn’s Ain’t No Body. Even though the band is in its early stages they knew exactly what they were doing, setting the crowd up for their Saturday nights. Why pre-drink at home with an iPod when there are bands like The Uptones around to bless you with the experience live?
The Uptones were brilliant. They got all our guests up and dancing and we loved how energetic on stage they were. Really nice guys and a pleasure to have at our party.
The band were absolutely fantastic. We had guests dancing all night and the band helped create a fantastic atmosphere. There were calls for an Encore at the end and the band obliged with two extra songs which we did not expect but made us feel they were enjoying the party just as much as everyone else. I would definitely recommend this band to friends and family.
We were extremely pleased the band. They were absolutely amazing at getting the crowd involved, we even managed to get up and sing with the band! Everyone thought they were amazing! We loved them so much, we are wanting to organise an event just as an excuse to hear them play again!
What a performance! Every song you played was a cracker. You made our night the most enjoyable wedding we’ve ever been to, and we’re so grateful. We’ve already been asked for your contact details by some of our guests, so hopefully we’ll get to see you again soon. Thanks again, you were superb.
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you to The Uptones! They made the whole process (weddings are stressful!!!) a complete ease. Their performance was both varied and exciting.
We cannot thank you guys enough. It was a great surprise to have some live music at our party as it was organised by our parents. Thank you so much! We especially loved your Luther Vandross cover!
The band made the night do complete, getting people involved and getting everyone up dancing. There was something for everyone and once I got on the dance floor I did not want to get off! I would highly recommend The Uptones!
What can we say – a great band with great guys. They even let us get up and sing a song or two with them. Thank you guys!
We could not have asked for more. I would highly recommend this band and would love to find an excuse to book them again next year!
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