Hip Operation play weddings, corporate events and private parties. Delivering top quality live entertainment in a wide variety of musical styles, from party music to big band, soul music and the best in wedding music.
The band are based in the North East, often playing in Newcastle, Teesside, Durham, North Yorkshire and Northumberland, though they play regularly across the whole of the UK to audiences in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, and York.
You Never Can Tell
Pencil Full of Lead
Land of 1000 Dances
Town Called Malice
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Higher and Higher
Come Up and See Me
You Forget You
Hip Operation are a professional act, with a dedicated state of the art lighting system and sound system which can be scaled up or down depending on the size of your wedding, corporate event, Christmas party or function. They are a wedding band, function band, corporate event band and party band all in one, delivering no-compromise entertainment, whatever the event – tailored specifically to your needs and those of your audience.
Hip Operation personnel are comprised from a pool of top quality musicians and entertainers. The huge demand for the band dictates the line up may vary but the show remains the same – we guarantee you a unique, exciting, energetic and fun event.
Michael has had 25 Years playing as a Professional Musician Nationally and Internationally. Live Studio work for BBC Radio Newcastle amongst his many achievements.
John has over 28 years experience as a professional musician and band leader, performing and managing showgroups. His claim to fame is playing Phil Collins’ kit. Passion is music and chocolate.
Dave excels in all kinds of music from all types of Jazz, Blues, Soul, R&B, Pop and World Music. An original member of the legendary Anthill Mob.
Chris has played with some of the music industries’ top professionals in Los Angeles, New York and the UK. Recording with members of Rod Stewart’s band, PIL, and has had songs featured in films such as Something About Mary, MTV road rules and international radio air play.
A veteran of guitar, vocals and arrangements, having toured with Eric Clapton, the Four Tops, Billy Ocean, Sam and Dave, the Drifters, Jimmy Ruffin, Freddie Starr, Jim Davidson…and the like.
Robert is a fresh and vivacious young musician, playing drums and entering the professional music scene at the age of 15, a great talent and very punctual!
Rick took up the trumpet by mistake. Before joining Hip Operation he spent several years touring with bands across Britain and Europe. He also teaches music but everyone knows he’s really after the ‘Defence Against The Dark Arts’ job.
Influenced by the likes of Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Paul Rodgers, as a soulful vocalist/pianist, Steve has performed for BBC Scotland, Radio Forth (Edinburgh) and the RAF, and appeared at Gateshead International Jazz Festival and Stockton Jazz Festival.
Mark is an original Hip Operation member. He has currently enjoyed in excess of 1000 gigs with the band, and has played in a number of prominent Blues and Soul bands in the region, to widespread acclaim.
TROMBONE / VOCALS
Obtaining A levels and a Degree in popular, jazz and commercial music and playing music at a professional level including Orchestras, theatre pit orchestras and many function bands.
An original member of Prefab Sprout. Steve has worked with integral members of Average White Band, Dexys Midnight Runners, Elvis Costello and the Attractions and Squeeze on various projects. Currently enjoying driving the Hip Operation bus!