Wild Boys are widely regarded as the best LIVE 80s Function band in the UK today. Having formed in the summer of 2009 Wild Boys have set very high standards with their vast performing experience and exciting shows, covering all the great artists from the best decade in music - The 80s!
Rich Knight- Vocals
The band have entertained at some of the most amazing venues throughout the UK performing for a variety of clients from Wedding Celebrations and Birthday Parties to Corporate events for Pret A Manger, The Body Shop, The National Trust, Secret Escapes, Hilton Hotels, Mars and many more making Wild Boys the ‘band to book’ for all your
Wild Boys glowing reputation speaks for itself and the band pride themselves upon
providing their clients with an amazing and entertaining show - guaranteed to fill the
dance floor and an event that will never be forgotten!
Rich has been singing since he was 15 and has been in various groups over the years. Rich studied
performing arts at college before moving to London at the age of 17 to seek his fortune!! His musical career has involved numerous T.V shows and Radio appearances!
Rich worked for renowned music manager Tom Watkins (Pet Shop Boys, Bros and East 17 to name a few) for 2 years as lead singer and writer in the band QED. Rich was signed to independent record label E-Park in 2001. He has performed across the UK/Europe and also gained valuable performing experience on a 34 date arena tour covering the UK and Ireland. Including Wembley (5 Times!!). Rich also owns and runs Regal House Recording Studio alongside his brother Rob.
Rob Fidler- Bass
Rob first picked up a bass at the age of 15 and has been hooked ever since. He has played in a wide variety of bands over the years covering many styles. Aside from Wild Boys, Rob is currently actively gigging with Blondied, No Strings and Hoverfly. Rob has gained extensive live and studio experience having gigged all over the world and recorded several albums worth of original material. In 2002 Rob recorded a single with pop punk outfit "The Stiffs" which was released in Japan and a tour of Japan followed to coincide, together with dates in Eastern Europe.
Steve Slator- Guitarist /Backing vocals
Steve started playing the piano at the age of 8 then took-up guitar aged 9. Over the years he has played live and recorded with many musicians of diverse styles and in many genres. Working as a professional guitar tutor has acquired him a broad knowledge of playing styles. His CV includes a dance album, scores created for film and TV besides engineering and recording projects for the band. He has joined the 'Wild Boys' since following the disbanding of his last band "Evolution" who have played up and down the country over the past decade, supporting bands such as Deacon Blue, Heather Small and Go west, to name a few.
Sam Chapman- Keyboards
Sam has been involved in the music industry for many years. At just 17 he was fortunate enough to sign a major record deal with RCA (Sony/BMG).Sam was a keyboard player in the 90’s TV boy-band North & South and has extensive experience in the studio and on stage. North & South were a modern day equivalent of the 1960’s chart toppers “The Monkees” and formed a central role in the BBC children's TV comedy show No Sweat. The show followed the exploits of struggling boy band North & South consisting of Jimmy, Greg, Miles and Giles (played by Sam Chapman).
However the band became so popular that they became a real life band who scored four top 40 hits within just 12 month including an impressive number 7 debut hit single "I'm A Man Not A Boy" in May 1997. The band also headlined the own UK tour and supported Mark Owen of ‘Take That’ on his European Tour. Sam has now left his Top of The Pops and MTV days behind him in order to pursue a teaching career in music but still loves producing music and playing live.
Dave Jackson- Drums/Percussion
Dave first picked up the sticks at the age of 14, and was gigging semi-professionally by 16. He now enjoys a career teaching drums and gigging around the UK. Dave attended The Academy of contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, and has racked up a CV including Tech work at the Royal Albert Hall, Recording sessions at AIR and Strongroom Studios (London), Live Radio Sessions for BBC Radio 2's Janice Long, UK and Europe tours and has covered most musical genres in his career to date.
PRET A MANGER HILTON HOTELS
THE BODY SHOP
THE NATIONAL TRUST BUTLIN’S PRINCES FOODS
SPINAL INJURIES ASSOCIATION CARPMAELS AND RANSFORD
BITC HARLEQUINS RUGBY UNION PREMIER FOODS
SOPHOS KL.FM SIMPSON MILLAR
Wild Boys Testimonials
The Body Shop
“At The Body Shop store meeting that took place at Butlins, Bognor Regis, Wild Boys performed and made the perfect 80s night! Everybody loved the band and danced all night long to their favourite 80s songs!
Everyone was very pleased with the evening and the show and we still talk about it! We can truly recommend them for a great night!”
“A fantastic night enjoyed by all of our guests, the feedback has been great. You were a pleasure to work with from the start - very professional and you delivered 100% on the night. We look forward to working with you again soon!”
Spinal Injuries Association
“The Spinal Injuries Association booked the Wild Boys for our annual Cornflower Ball, Manchester 2012 for an 80’s themed evening and from the initial booking through to the evening itself they were seamless - wonderful performance, fabulous outfits and a brilliant combination of classic 80’s without the cheese! I would wholeheartedly recommend them and am looking forward to working with them again in the future”.
“I just wanted to let you know that the feedback on your performance has been excellent and have had a few people asking for details which I have passed on. People particularly liked the songs that you played – all eighties classics but avoiding the cheesy side of the 80s! The emergency evacuation mid-set was a surprise but it was great that when we were allowed back in you got back up on stage and got the party going again!”
Compass Costs Consultants Ltd
“Book this band, you WILL NOT be disappointed! From start to finish, these guys offered stress free
organisation, with great communication and few demands, they were an absolute pleasure to work with. They delivered an outstanding performance and had the dance floor full to bursting in no time with their playlist of 80s hits. Our Clients and Staff had an absolute ball and we thank you all for entertaining us! We have no hesitation in recommending Wild Boys for your event”.
“We booked the Wild Boys for our Christmas party and what can I say?
Firstly the communication before the event was excellent and easy. We explained our requirements and they dealt with the rest. As for the evening what a great night. This is the band to pick if you want a full on party.
The energy they put into their performance just made you want to get up and join in. I would not hesitate to book these guys again!”
“Just to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding. You are a fantastic band and really made the night. Everyone had a great time. You rocked!”
“Thanks so much for your performance at our All staff conference. Wild Boys got everybody up on the dance floor and into the 80’s party spirit! We would definitely recommend Wild Boys for future events”
“We can honestly say how happy we are that we picked you guys as the band at our event, you were
absolutely brilliant and I can't remember the dance floor not being jam packed.
Everyone who has spoken to us afterwards thinks you were great as do we. Once again a huge, huge big thank you for playing for us on our first fund raising ball and roll on next year!!”
“Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU again for a fantastic night on Saturday! Everyone has been
absolutely raving about how good you guys are, such a fab night!”
40th Birthday Party
“The Wild Boys - are awesome! They were extremely professional to deal with and performed beyond all expectations (it was like listening to the original bands performing live - incredible!). I've had nothing but positive comments from my guests and they really helped make the night very special. As I've already told the "Boys", if I can find another excuse for a party I'll definitely be inviting them back!”