THIS IS US
"Encores were jaw-dropping, with totally unexpected showmanship and flair that you rarely see these days. Go see them. You won't be disappointed"
South West Gig Guide
"Joey The Lips are a big funky outfit making a joyous sound in the true spirit of funk & soul - great entertainment!"
Snake Davis - M People
JOEY THE LIPS gigs are a full on HI-ENERGY show!
It's now a huge 26 years on the road during which the band has played throughout the UK and Europe across a huge variety of venues. From TV chat shows to headlining to a 10,000+ audience at music festivals. In 2019 supporting UB40, Gabrielle, The Hoosiers & Bananarama and in recent years supporting Will Young, Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats, Toyah, Heaven 17 & The Real Thing. Also performing at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix Silverstone as well as at celebrity weddings, notably Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford.
The band originally formed in 1993 and hasn't stood still since! Always a 10-piece, and with fresh young talent joining the band over the years to stay energetic and relevant, notably in 2018/19 with a new vocal line-up along with effervescent front man Jonny Finnis. The original band was soon booked for a spot on tour with American soul legend Edwin Starr followed by release of a debut album Soul Fiction in 1997. In 2000 the band performed a Live medley on national BBC1 with Atomic Kitten & Martine McCutcheon for Children in Need and the following year were booked as resident band on ITV's Langsford Late TV show - a series of eight chat shows with Ruth Langsford. In between, the band performed and recorded a promotional video for the BBC on the set of Noel Edmonds House Party at BBC Television Centre, London, and finished work on a number of projects including a recording of Midnight Hour with another American soulster Geno Washington.
Other guests who've joined the band on stage include Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet as well as M People/Eurythmics/Lisa Stansfield saxophonist Snake Davis. International appearances include gigs in various European countries and two 3 day appearances at the Guinness Jazz/Music Festival, Cork, Ireland. In addition, the band's 2005 CD Firing On All Cylinders featured 16 live tracks and brought them the accolade of Artist of The Month at Virgin Megastore. In 2005 BBC1 commissioned the band to appear live on national TV for Children in Need and in 2012 the band released Supercharged, a studio album recorded at the legendary Sawmills Studios, produced by Jeff Beck/Joss Stone drummer Jonathan Joseph.
A brand new album featuring the band's latest line-up is due for release in 2020. Watch this space!