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Black Kat Boppers – quite simply play…
Hard boppin’, jump up, rockin’ blues, dance music!
It’s authentic, real, raw & unique.
The majority of the songs are self-penned.
The band are based in the south coast of the UK.
Roy Phillips – Vocals / Colin Owens – Drums / Frank Harvey – Guitar / Dylan Clarke – Stand up bass
“With Black Kat Boppers you get to immerse yourselves in that rockin’ feelin’. Think of us as ‘rockin the blues’ if you must, cos that’s the way we roll!”– Roy Phillips (Lead Singer)
Regulars at festivals inc Glastonbury, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Wilderness, Port Eliot, Notting Hill Carnival, Common People, Red Rooster, Cock & Bull, Latitude, Victorious, Isle Of Wight, Graze to name but a few. They have played shows in Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the USA. They rock the clubs, the parties, the music venues, the events, kitchens, bathrooms, indoors, outdoors, upstairs, downstairs!!!!
The band regularly worked with Paul Simonon of the Clash who contributed the artwork for the debut album Boppin’ Atcha as well as singing and collaborating with the band on a version of classic Clash song “Guns Of Brixton”– Simonon also did the artwork for the follow up album “South Coast Boogie” which was released in 2018. He has also played live with the band.
The band have also worked in the studio with Damon Albarn of Blur/Gorrilaz and were invited on to the bill with Blur at Hyde Park for the Olympic games event.
The band played 5 shows at Fuji Rock festival in Japan 2014 and were asked to play the opening party in front of 10’000 people – An exclusive version of the album was released in Japan with additional tracks including one, a collaboration with Damon Albarn.
In 2016 the band appeared live on French TV show L’emissions De Antoine – The Antoine De Caune Show.
In 2018 The band made their first trip to the USA, playing at the prestigious Viva Las Vegas festival alongside greats like Jerry Lee Lewis and The Stray Cats. The Black Kat Boppers will be returning to the USA in July of 2019 to play a festival and dates on the East coast.
Fans & supporters of note include Bob Geldof (who invited the band to play at his 60thbirthday party), Florence Welch (who performed on stage with the band), Damon Albarn (who has appeared live with the band), Noel Gallagher, Bono, Jamie Oliver, Gizzi Erskine, Mark Lamarr, Sean Pertwee, Jude Law, Mick Jones, Antoine De Caune, Paul Simonon..
Black Kat Boppers have also been a popular choice for prestigious private events clients have included: Sam Taylor Wood, Bob Geldof, Sailor Jerry, Gizzie Erskine book launch, Viscount Macmillan, The Boglione Family, Serena Rees (Agent Provocateur) to name but a few.
Chris Sullivan GQ magazine – Black Kat Boppers are the best rockabilly band in the country 2019.
Gaz Mayall from legendary club night “Gaz’s Rockin Blues” declared “I’ve seen hundreds of rock n roll bands and The Black Kat Boppers are right at the very top!!”.
“When I first saw The Black Kat Boppers I was sat on a hill at a festival and could hear tis music in a tent that literally grabbed me by the lapels and dragged me in!” – Paul Simonon (The Clash/Gorillaz/The Good, The Bad & The Queen).
“Wow those boys can really play” – Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz)
“Really rebel rousing music” – Bono
Couple of Live Shots
- 9 Channels – Easy-Peasy – Bass, Guit, Tiny Drumkit and 4 Vocals
- Most shows, we arrive with backline and instruments.
- 3 tech riders are supplied here, after the stage plot. Normal, Festival & International. (Try getting a double bass on a plane!)
- Usually, unless the stage is massive, we just like vocals through the monitors, sometimes some guitar for the guitarist.
- FOH we like 110ms Slapback with no feedback on Main Vox. If we can have some of this ‘bubble’ in the wedges, all the better.