HELLO! Hope you are all doing ok out there!
I thought now would be a good time to introduce myself a little more. I’m Suzie one of the lead singers and one of the creators of iPop Showband. My husband and I put the band together over 10 years ago. Time flies when you are having fun!!
Ryan, my husband is a drummer, and as I mentioned, I am a singer. We were always off on separate gigs, so we decided to create a project where we could work and travel the world together. It works out nicely for the most part – 2 babies later, and ten years on the road, we have not killed each other…YET!!
I have always loved singing and performing and started it seriously at the age of around 13. My professional career began when I appeared on Pop Idol back in the days of Dr Fox, Pete Waterman, Nikki Chapman. I was just 18 at the time and fearless. I could NEVER do that now!! Questionable 00’s clothing, Rimmel ‘Coffee Shimmer’ lipstick and hideously over-plucked eyebrows couldn’t hold me back!
From Pop Idol, I went on to play ‘Sandy’ in The West End’s version of ‘Grease The Musical’. I was just 19 at the time it was a phenomenal experience. I don’t think I truly appreciated at the time how lucky I was to play such an iconic role, but I am proud to tell my daughter all about it now when we watch the movie.
20 Years Experience
I hung out in The West End for a little longer playing ‘Linda’ in Blood Brothers alongside the amazing Antony Costa. I also went off on the UK tour for a while and loved every second. What a brilliant show and lovely cast!
I am originally from Liverpool so walking into the audition as a ‘Londoner’ then whipping out my secret Scouse accent 100% helped me secure the role!My entire family are up in Liverpool. I moved to Watford with my parents and brother when I was around 4. I love my Scouse roots. I find the people SO funny. I think that’s where my potty mouth and naughty sense of humour comes from!
ANYWAY…to cut a long story short I have been singing and performing all over the world for almost 20 years!! OUCH – getting old!
So why am I telling you all this?
Recently I was asked, what makes iPop different from other bands on the wedding & event scene? I spoke about things like us being high energy, and I mentioned that our team of musicians work with international superstars blah blah blah.
I am sure if you have been searching for bands you’ll notice that everyone says the same bloody things!! These things are real but it just becomes noise, right?
The feedback from the chat was… “When you get a certain level of band, you expect those things, but what makes you different?”
As I was chatting the person I was speaking with was enjoying these little facts that I am sharing with you…things which I never really talk about. I then realised that these are some of the things that make us different.
My background in theatre and my 20 years of performing helps me understand SHOWMANSHIP. When you are on that stage, you are being watched at all times. That rule is instilled in me. You can never switch off that performance mode. You have to give your best at all times – and we certainly DO!!
So on to a bit more about iPop…
I feel very strongly about working with a team that I love, and I am lucky enough to class everyone in the band as a friend.
We often have to spend a lot of time together, and life is too short to hang out with the wrong squad 😉 We make each other belly laugh, and more importantly we uplift empower each other!
Being friends is rarer than you may think in the ‘function’ world. Some bands use musicians that they have never met before!! You may hear this being referred to as ‘deps’. When I was having the conversation about what makes us different, this was one of the significant factors!
Our REAL on stage chemistry can not be replicated. It is infectious and is guaranteed to make you smile!
Everyone we work with really brings something EXTRA special to the table!! Exceptional talent, stage presence, a fantastic attitude, passion and experience.
We have chosen our team very carefully, so our clients get the very best experience both on stage and off. Our team are not only super talented but just the friendliest bunch of people too. You will just LOVE them!
From the very first moment you book us we want you to feel like our friends too!! We will do everything we possibly can to help you have the best party of your life!
Steven GerrardiPop were superb.
“They ended a fantastic night in style. Every tune they played had the dance floor bouncing. Highly recommended for any party. Top band! Thanks, Steven.”
Katie John - Event PlannerUnique and unforgettable!
“I've worked with IPop on 2 events and both times they have been brilliant! Previously I had always struggled to find great party bands - some can be quite flat or too similar to the rest. IPop are totally different - they have fantastic energy, and always deliver a unique and unforgettable experience. I've also found both times I've worked with them that they're happy to be flexible and adjust set lists to suit the tastes of the crowd or theme of the event, which for me is a real bonus to help keep guests happy. Their stage presence is great, not just the costumes, dancing and performance, but also how well they work together. They have great chemistry which is infectious and really helps to get the party going! The renditions of songs are spot on too - always upbeat and full of energy. I would absolutely recommend them!”
Chairman, The Royal VarietyThank you for delivering another incredible show.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all of iPop for delivering yet another incredible performance for us at The Royal Variety Performance After Show Party. The dance floor was once again packed so thank you for this. Yours Sincerely, Giles.”
Slebech Park, PembrokeshireWithout any doubt the best band I have ever seen.
“iPop were without any doubt the best band I have seen at any event bar none! The communication before the event was great. They were very well organised and punctual. We didn’t even notice them setting up. We could not believe how professional they were or how reasonably priced they were for such a top class band…great price. So many people commented on their professionalism, everyone loved them they were the talk of the night, and the dance floor was full all evening.”
Joanna and NickI knew that you would be brilliant.
“Hi Suzanne, Just a quick note to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding recently. I knew that you would be brilliant and you didn’t let us down. So many people have commented on how fantastic you were and you were definitely the right choice. You were worth every penny and I would have no hesitation in recommending you!”
Rhiannon & Mathew EvansAbsolutely exceeded all my expectations!
“Hi Suzanne!! We absolutely loved having you play at our wedding. Everyone commented on how fantastic you were and that it was like being at a gig!! Your stage outfits were fantastic…so professional!! You absolutely exceeded all my expectations. We were gutted when you had to stop playing at midnight!! I could have danced for another 6 hours!!!! For such a great band I think that your prices are very reasonable! We will definitely recommend you to everyone. You absolutely tore up the dance floor with your performances!! Everyone was up and dancing the whole night. I can not thank you enough for the first class performance you gave! We really felt like we were at a gig or festival. I wished that you could have performed each of your sets for longer!! Because you were sooooo good I wanted you to perform all night! You really created an amazing atmosphere.”
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