Vintage-themed jazz band

The Top Bananas

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About The Top Bananas

Vintage-themed jazz band
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The UK's Premier Stilt-Walking Band!

15 years in the business, The Top Bananas are the UK's premier stilt walking band, and have performed at prestigious events all over the world. With a vast repertoire of popular songs from all decades, played in our own humorous and inimitable 'Urban Oompah' style, we're at our best wandering around your event, raising a smile and having a good sing song. Why not request a favourite tune - even if we don't know it, we'll have a ruddy good try, and the results will be, well, hilarious at the very least!! We are fully self contained, using battery powered portable PA systems, but we have a static PA available for events which might require it. We also perform without stilts, as a stage based act for your main evening entertainment. We can provide a small PA system for this if needed. The perfect booking for those who want something a bit out of the ordinary - Just watch the faces of your guests when a band of 9ft giants start busting out Oompah versions of 90s dance classics!

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Ibiza club, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Swing, Pop, Covers, Vintage, R&B, Soul, Disco, Rock, Britpop, Rock 'n' Roll, Classic rock, Reggae, Ska
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Event types:
Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Just a sample of our repertoire...
Jungle Book - King of the Swingers
Jungle Book - Bare Necessities
Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite
Reel 2 Reel - I like to Move it!
Sean Paul - Breath/Like Glue
Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again
Beatles - I saw her standing there
Prodigy - Out of Space
SL2- On a Ragga Tip
Billy Ray Cyrus - Achey Breaky Heart
Old MacDonald
If you're happy and you know it
Heads and shoulders, knees and toes
Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
Bill Haley and the Comets - Rock around the clock
The Proclaimers - 500 Miles
Freestylers - B-Boy Stance
Benny Hill - Theme tune
The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode
Stereo MCs - Connected
Los Del Rio - Macarena
Whigfield - Saturday Night
Shaggy - It wasn't me
Snow - informer
Bobby McFerrin - Don't worry, be happy
Blackstreet - No Diggety
Ray Charles - Hit the road Jack
Ace of Base - All that she wants
Grease - You're the one that I want
Bob Marley - three little birds
Chuck Berry - Johnny b Goode
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

you can choose from 2,3,4 or 5 piece ensembles. Our most popular is a trio or quartet. A duo would be most suitable for background music, and a 5 piece is great for a bit of extra Oomph! Duo - Singer/Guitarist and one brass instrument Trio - Singer Guitarist, 2x brass OR 1 brass & 1 drums Quartet - Singer/Guitarist, 2 brass & 1 drums 5-pc - add 1 brass

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

You are welcome to plug your Ipod into our PA for background music before/during performances at no cost to you, but we do not offer this service after our performance.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually, for walkaround stilt performances, we are self contained with our own equipment. from arriving on site to starting our performance can be done in less than an hour. Please provide a non-public area for us to get ready and get on our stilts - a couple of sturdy chairs will be needed for this too!

Can you roam around while you perform?

This is our speciality. We can move around your event, making sure that everyone is included.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We will provide all sound equipment (though we are happy to use yours where it will be beneficial and practical for both parties) but we do not provide lighting. At most of our performances, lighting is not necessary, and we are a roaming act.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If there is a song you simply must have, let us know in advance and we'll try to learn it. Between us, we have encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music from the 60s to present, so there's a chance we'll know many of your requests. Feel free to ask for something 'off the cuff' and we'll have a go - this is one of our specialities!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We're very tall, very silly and we'll play songs you know and love in a way you've never heard before. We love to take your requests - the cheesier and dafter the better!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We have performed all over the world, including numerous Formula1 racing events and Major sporting events. We also performed at the 2012 Paralympics, as well as public events, castles, stately homes, festivals, restaurants, weddings, birthdays - even in people's back gardens!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Too many to mention - we take our influence from anywhere and everywhere - From Mozart to 80s TV Adverts and theme tunes! We are particularly partial to 90s pop and dance music though!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

It's a toss up between the London 2012 Paralympics, and the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix weekend, which we've performed at many times!

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1880
Up to 2 hours£1880
Up to 3 hours£2500