Space UK

Space UK - Live Band - Wedding & Party Entertainment - Private Hire

6 to 14 piece band

What have Madonna, The Sugababes, Justin Timberlake, Craig David, George Michael, Beyoncé Knowles, David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Lamar, Soul II Soul, Tina Turner, Incognito, Shakira and many other world famous acts got in common? They have all used members of Space UK as integral parts of their bands, both on tour and in the recording studio, making Space UK the only band on the corporate and private party circuit to offer authentic and inspired versions of your 20th and 21st century favourites. We are also the only band of our kind to boast a MOBO winner and #1 chart-topper as one of our regularly featured vocalists.

Space UK is a state-of-the-art party band whose limitless energy, boundless talent, up-to-the-minute looks/sound and ability to captivate audiences has been witnessed world-wide. Based in London, they will travel anywhere in the solar system and all this at prices that aren't astronomical! Comprised of two of the UK's hottest vocalists (male and female), bass, guitar, keyboards and drums, Space UK are easily expandable with the addition of a brass section, percussion and extra vocals to create a truly INFINITE sound.

So... what puts Space UK light-years ahead of all the others? Our pool of musicians features the industry's most sought-after players with biographies that read like a who's who of the industry. Because Space UK founder members are successful and well-established figures in today's recording industry they are able to draw from personal contacts among the world's top players, giving Space UK a unique edge and level of performance only usually found with the biggest 'name' bands.

About the Band

Keyboards - Musical director Gordon Hulbert has been in the MD chair for Alison Limerick & Imagination amongst others and his work with Chaka Khan, Heatwave, Alexander O'Neal, Odyssey etc has given him invaluable insight into what makes these acts some of the the foremost live dance acts in the business. Currently touring the US and Europe  with new Domino signing Psapp (whose song 'Cosy In The rocket' is used as the theme to ABC's medical drama Gray's Anatomy) Gordon is also a prolific producer within the dance arena, recording artists such as Alison Limerick, Robert Owens, Shena, Ron Carroll, Angie Brown and Anita Kelsey.
Vocals - .....which brings us to Anita Kelsey! MOBO winner, # 1 chart-topper and BMG in-house songwriter, Anita is best known for her work with D*Note and Sunship. Her involvement with the club scene has seen her collaborating with the industry's most respected and cutting-edge producer/DJ's such as Paul Oakenfold, Signum, Chocolate Puma, Armin van Buuren and Hardsoul amongst others. Her new single with Hardsoul 'Wicked World' - due out in early 2007 boasts a remix from none other than 'Put Your Hands Up For Detroit''s Fedde Le Grande - this is now his third remix for Anita. Her new single 'Slipping Away' with Richard Durand in Holland has massive support from Tiesto, Armin, Ferry Corsten & all the other trance giants & is already being tipped as a massive hit for 2007. Her single with Belgian artist TTLC on Mostiko 'Never Ever' is just entering their national charts which will make Anita's second single to do so, the first one being Shed My Skin with D*Note which spent 22 weeks in the top 20 & landed her first #1.
Anita's versatility has also led to work on Walt Disney's Merlin, Bring Me The Head of Mavis Davis, and the cult sci-fi classic film Dark City on which Jennifer Connolly mimes to Anita's renditions of 'Sway' and 'The Night Has A Thousand Eyes'. Her backing vocal credits include The Spice Girls, Bill Wyman, Boy George, Alice Deejay, Bond, Alison Limerick, Sybil, Russell Watson and Bo Selecta! Anita Kelsey won a MOBO in 1997 for her contribution to Sunship's debut album. 
Bass Guitar - John McKenzie - The Final Frontier!!! John is at the forefront of electric bass-playing, having toured and recorded with countless artists, be it recording with David Bowie or concerts with Tina Turner and Shakira, John's playing has graced many hit records and rumbled on arena, stadium, and concert hall stages across the world. He's been heavily involved in dance music, having worked on records with Danny Tenaglia, Farley and Heller, Reel People and as the bassist with Seal and Everything But The Girl.
Guitar - Dave Ital – Just recently finished a world tour with Craig David, Dave has played with The Sugababes, Anita Baker, Beyoncé Knowles, M People, Incognito, Mica Paris, Jocelyn Brown, Beverley Knight and Take That to name but a few.
Drums - Paul Jones - from Wembley arena supporting The Spice Girls to futuristic hip hop dance act Spacek at the recent MTV awards, Don Blackman (Bootsy Collins, George Clinton) etc to performing on Top Of the Pops with dance act Modjo it becomes apparent just how versatile Paul's drumming is and why so many acts are lining up to work with him. Performing regularly with the house band at one of London's top industry nights 'The 10 Rooms' also gave him the chance to back such acclaimed artists as Justin Timberlake, Macy Gray and The Neptunes.
Vocals - Simon Green is recording artist with Groovefinder and Soulfuric Records - a lead singer with great presence & energy on stage. He is also in great demand as a backing vocalist, having honed his skills with the likes of Chaka Khan, Jools Holland, A Tribe Called Quest, Heaven 17, Sybil and Russell Watson.
 
Our genres: Jazz/Funk/Soul/Blues/Motown Hits/Popular Classics and Cutting-Edge Dance.
 
We also offer an optional Israeli set with a vocalist singing in Hebrew for Jewish functions.
 

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Previous clients include...

BBC Television, LWT, Channel 4, Buckingham Palace, Walt Disney, Birmingham NEC, Smith Kline Beecham, Arsenal F.C., Siemens, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Specsavers, WH Smith, General Motors Egypt (3 times including the CEO's daughter's wedding), The Café de Paris, Planet Hollywood, Royal Festival Hall, Natural History Museum, Hotel Semiramis Cairo, Club Absolute Cairo, The Axis Club Malta, Ronnie Scott's, Subaru Launch Egypt, BMW European Road Show, The Prince of Oman.
 
Repertoire
Old School
Superstition - Stevie Wonder, Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder, Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin, I Wish - Stevie Wonder, I Want You Back - The Jacksons, Respect - Aretha Franklin, Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd, Midnight Hour - Wilson Picket, Mustang Sally - Blues Brothers, Rescue Me - Fontella Bass, Let's Stay Together - Al Green, Never Gonna Give You Up - Barry White, Ain't No Mountain High Enough - M.Gaye & T.Terrell, Dancing In The Street - Martha & The Vandellas, What's Going On - Marvin Gaye, As - Stevie Wonder, Sex Machine - James Brown, I Feel Good - James Brown, Lovely Day - Bill Withers.
70's
Carwash - Rose Royce, Blame It On The Boogie - The Jacksons, Thinking Of You - Sister Sledge, We Are Family - Sister Sledge, Lost In Music - Sister Sledge, He's The Greatest Dancer - Sister Sledge, Good Times - Chic, Le Freak - Chic, I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor, Disco Inferno - The Trammps, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - The Jacksons, Let's Groove - Earth Wind & Fire, September - Earth Wind & Fire, Oh What A Night - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Betcha By Golly Wow - The Stylistics, Upside Down - Diana Ross, Play That Funky Music White Boy - Wild Cherry, Lady Marmalade - LaBelle, Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste Of Honey.
Soul Weekender
Celebration - Kool & The Gang, You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing, Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead, Been Around The World - Lisa Stansfield, Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan, Best Of My Love - The Emotions, I Found Lovin' - The Gap Band, Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown, Don't Look Any Further - Dennis Edwards, Jamaica Funk - Tom Browne, Joy & Pain - Frankie Beverly & Maze, Night To Remember - Shalamar, There It Is - Shalamar, Body Talk - Imagination, Just An Illusion - Imagination, It's A Love Thing - The Whispers, It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls, Going Back To My Roots - Odyssey, Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang.
Acid Jazz/AOR
Use Me Up - Bill Withers/Raw Stylus, Midnight At The Oasis - Brand New Heavies, Sometimes - Brand New Heavies, Apparently Nothing - The Young Disciples, Gotta Be - Desree, Make It On My Own - Alison Limerick, Shackles (Praise You) - Mary Mary, Give Me The Night - George Benson, Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers, Smooth - Santana feat. Rob Thomas, Maria Maria - Santana, Oye Como Va - Santana, There's Nothing Like This - Omar, Always There - Incognito feat. Jocelyn Brown, Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn, Over My Shoulder - Mike & The Mechanics, Sleeping Satellite - Tasmin Archer, Get Here - Oleta Adams, Like A Prayer - Madonna.
Club Classics
Make Luv - Room 5 feat. Oliver Cheatham, Lazy - X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne, Pride (A Deeper Love) - C & C Music Factory, Sing It Back - Moloko, Movin' On Up - M People, Red Alert - Basement Jaxx, Where Love Lives - Alison Limerick, Missing - Everything But The Girl, Shine On - Degrees Of Motion, I'm A Dreamer - Living Joy, I Love You Baby - The Original, I Feel Love - Donna Summer, Believe - Cher, Closer Than Close - Rosie Gaines, Killer - Adamski feat. Seal, You've Got The Love - The Source ft. Candi Staton, Don't Call Me Baby - Madison Avenue, What Do I Have To Do - Kylie, Lola's Theme - Shapeshifters, Back Together - Hardsoul feat. Ron Carroll.
21st Century Boy
I Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie, Feels Just Like It Should - Jamiroquai, This Love - Maroon 5, Got To Have Your Love - Liberty X, Starlight - Supermen Lovers, Lady - Modjo, Where Is The Love - Black Eyed Peas, (Are You Ready For Love - Elton John), Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake, Groovejet - Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor, God Is A DJ - Pink, Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader, Don't Cha - Pussycat Dolls, Do Your Thing - Basement Jaxx, Boogie 2Nite – Booty Luv, Yeah Yeah – Bodyrox, Put Your Hands Up For Detroit – Fedde Le Grande.
Jazz Odyssey
Moondance – Van Morrison, My Baby Just Cares – Nina Simone, Fever – Sarah Vaughan, Summertime – George Gershwin, All Blues – Miles Davis, Canteloupe Island – Herbie Hancock, Mercy Mercy – Joe Zawinul, Don't Go To Strangers – Etta James, Love for Sale – Ella Fitzgerald, Rio De Janiero Blues – Randy Crawford, Trouble In Mind – Aretha Franklin, Don't Explain – Bilie Holiday, God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday, My Favourite Things – John Coltrane, My Funny Valentine – Sarah Vaughan, The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra, Sway – Anita Kelsey (Dark City version), Love Me Or Leave Me – Dinah Washington, Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra, Lover Man – Ella Fitzgerald.
Ballads
Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin, You Bring The Sun Out – Randy Crawford, Every Breath You Take – The Police, Angels – Robbie Williams, Fix You – Coldplay, Little Wing – Jimmy Hendrix, Always & Forever – Heatwave, Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper, Fields Of Gold – Eva Cassidy (Sting), Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland, Ain't No Sunshine – Bill Withers, Imagine – John Lennon, Heaven Help Us All – Stevie Wonder, Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder, First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack, Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack, Betcha By Golly Wow - Stylistics, The Greatest Love – George Benson, Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye.

Testimonials

"The best gig I have ever seen" - Ben Mitchell - Record Producer (Lighthouse Family, Mr Hermano, Terry Callier).

"…Singer Anita Kelsey, a flexible, powerful and intelligent soul singer provided some of the most integrated and effective music of the night." - John Fordham (The Guardian). 

"Just a huge huge huge thank you for an amazing performance. I wanted to say personally how fantastic the band were and I only wish the evening could have gone on longer.  When I next plan a BBC party your band is top of the list." - Anna Mishcon (Producer, BBC).

"A big thank you to Space UK for your show last night.  You exceeded expectations, both those of Complete Events and our client (WH Smiths). It was a pleasure to work with a band sans prima donnas, and who worked so hard to give the crowd what they wanted." - Jamie Looker (Complete Events).

"We used Space UK for three events in a row and every time the dance floor was packed and people were up on stage joining in with the singing. They helped create a great atmosphere.  What more could you want for your party!" - Specsavers Optical Group.

"'Space UK played at our new year party for about 250 guests. They had a wide variety of music, great vocals, a lot of stage personality and got the crowd involved. They had a lot of charisma, and the evening was enjoyed by all." - Shanie Foulstone (Global Rail Limited ).

"As best man, it was a great relief to be able to leave it in the hands of the professionals.  I would recommend Space UK to anyone requiring passion and soul presented with serious groove; they make for a fantastic night of music and dance that can only really be described as out of this world!" - John Williams (Bromley).