Ever dreamed of earning a living playing music? Local function band Hipster, whose members are based across Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and Manchester – have proved that even in today’s business climate live music still sells.
Three members of Hipster studied at Stoke On Trent College on the Popular Music and Recording BTEC course at various times over the last decade. Since 2004, the band have racked up over £1Million worth of bookings from their agents ‘Alive Network’ (also based in Staffordshire) – making them one of the UK’s most successful function bands.
“Hipster are Alive Network’s flagship party band. We have the utmost trust in them to deliver a premium quality show wherever we book them It’s great to have helped a local Staffordshire based band to earn a living from playing music – and we’re all really proud of what they’ve achieved.” – says Dave Bevan – MD at Alive Network.
Hipster have been together for over 10 years, performing up to 100 gigs a year at weddings, corporate events and private parties. They travel the length and breadth of the UK, as well as internationally in as far flung places as Dubai, Singapore, Portugal and Switzerland – taking their unique brand of classic rock and pop covers to parties, events and corporate functions. Audiences can expect to hear dance floor fillers from the likes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Rolling Stones, The Beatles and many more.
The band have built an enviable reputation as one of the UK’s top professional function bands having worked hard to develop an extremely high quality live show. This kind of quality and reliability is highly prized by corporate event planners, winning Hipster bookings for events and companies including The National Business Awards, Wella Trend Vision Awards, Oxford University Press, NSPCC Annual Flagship Cinderella Ball, BBC, Channel 5, CH4, Marks and Spencers, Carphone Warehouse, Interflora, Hewlett Packard, Barclays, NatWest and many private celebrity events.
“You guys were amazing. Absolutely awesome”
– HRH Prince Harry
Working together with local entertainment agency Alive Network – Hipster have received the support and guidance they’ve needed to develop their band from a small scale local operation to a nationwide professional business. Not only does Alive Network provide the band with all of their bookings, but they also offer state of the art recording studio facilities, photography, web design, video production, marketing and business support. It’s a 360 degree development service which Alive is rolling out to more bands in the local area, as well as nationally.
“Our artist development service aims to help educate musicians about how to run their band as an effective business. We provide all the resources and advice necessary to do so – though a lot of hard work is still required on the bands part and it’s certainly not a free ride. The guys in Hipster have always understood the importance of taking a no compromise approach to quality – and so it’s been relatively easy for us to work together in building a really successful band.” – says Rich Hearn, Artist Development Manager at Alive Network.
Looking forwards into 2013 – Hipster’s diary is already close to capacity with virtually no availability left during the peak party season from May through October. Because of this the band are working closely with Alive Network’s artist development team to better target key clients who hold lucrative off peak events. They’re also stepping up their local promotional activities in the hope they can reduce travel costs and stay closer to home.
Alive Network is enjoying it’s best ever years trading – closing over £5Million worth of entertainment bookings in 2012. The company is on the look out for the next Hipster – so if you’re a local musician or if you know any local function bands who need help getting gigs – why not give Alive a call or visit www.alivenetwork.com.
You never know – 2013 could be the year your career really takes off!
For more information about Hipster please go to www.HipsterOnline.co.uk