The London Essentials

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Contact Name: Jennifer Griffin / Ben Matthews
Contact Title: Events Manager
Telephone: 07919157801
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If you’ve come across The London Essentials, you’re unlikely to forget the encounter any time soon. You might recall five debonair gentlemen arriving at your table and breaking into song, surprising you and your friends with their joyful energy, effortless musicianship and typically British charm. Well, you can count on seeing them again, because they’ll be at any party worth attending for some years to come. Just ask George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, John Legend or Dr Phil. These are just some of the stars that The Essentials have impressed over their whirlwind career.
Inspired by a stint in Nice (Europe’s street music capital), actor and drummer Ben Matthews returned to the UK to form the group in 2010, setting out to transcend the way that music is traditionally performed at events. “I started looking for a certain type of musician; someone who could act, who really got it. I was inspired to try something different,” says Ben. Namely, to do away with the formality of the stage and bring the music to the people, affording the spontaneity, dialogue and humour that makes The London Essentials experience what it is.
The band’s repertoire reaches from the swing of the 1950s to the sass of modern-day pop, by way of a wealth of classics in between. With this range, they quickly found success on the road, making dance floors out of city streets, dining terraces and beaches, and gaining fans all the way. Now, with their popularity ever growing, The Essentials are often required to play to thousands of guests, but they always preserve the intimacy of the performance. “The idea is still that it’s a private concert where the audience is practically part of the band,” says Ben.
It’s this personal quality that has accelerated the band’s journey from accomplished London lads to international jetsetters, with word of mouth spreading to increasingly distant and exotic parts of the world. From Sydney to Moscow, LA to Singapore, music has taken The London Essentials on a global adventure. Along the way they’ve thrilled partygoers on the decks of superyachts, given an Emmy-nominated live TV performance, and serenaded the likes of Charlize Theron, Pharrell Williams, Sharon Stone and His Royal Highness Prince Charles. But as Ben says, “We’re only just getting started!”
The London Essentials await your invitation.
“Amazing! I had the joy of making music with The London Essentials in Sicily and was totally captured by them. They are not only skilful and nice young colleagues; they are eclectic, they have a very strong sense of music, and are so communicative as to inflame any audience.” – Andrea Bocelli

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10% discount for ACA members.
The band travel all over the world.
Best scenario is playing to seated guests during a meal.
Fee starts from £8k + vat with travel, accommodation and food expenses to be covered by the client

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