By Jim Hollands
To those readers who were at the 2010 Hastings Beer Festival and witnessed the amazing performance of the Queen classic “We are the Champions” – which got the 5000 fans there singing and screaming in delight – will need no reminding that Tim Phillips’ Rockitmen are the most popular cover band in the south east.
Formed as a four piece in 2004, the band now can be anything up to a twelve piece with a brass section, female Singers and Dancers added according the the venue requirements.
The band has a extensive playlist of over 300 songs covering 50s to modern day tunes, some thing for everyone. They are very much in demand now for Parties, Weddings and Balls. They have become so popular that their bookings list often stretches for a year in advance.
The rockitmen have headlined the Hastings Beer festival three times, playing to over 5000 each time and helping Hastings Round Table raise thousands for local charities.
The band have supported and worked with The Real Thing, The Drifters, Andy bell (Erasure) and Nick Van Eede (The Cutting Crew), Check out there new album coming out soon.
Tim and the band are big promoters of new local talent, having invited bands such as Maids of Ace, Dorey The Wise and the up and coming Sam Calver to name a few on stage at some of their bigger events.The Rockitmen are proud to support local charities such as The Oliver Curd trust, Entertainment Workshops, Beatles Day for McMillian, where over three hundred musicians perform without fee, and the Rye Maritime festival to name but a few.
The Rockitmen attract a huge following wherever they perform, and some venues in Rye & Hastings have been packed to overflowing. Many of their regular fans have booked them for the most important date in their own lives, their Wedding Day. Tim tells me that the Rockitmen feel very honoured to be asked to perform at these very special occasions.
The future looks tremendously bright with the bands reputation for delivering a fabulous nights entertainment. .
I believe that the secret of their success is reflected in the way they enjoy every performance and the fact that they have the ability to transfer that enthusiasm to their audience and get them all involved.
“Rye’s Own” April 2015
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