"Thanks to Steve and the band for helping make my birthday the most memorable yet, every box was ticked!"
Footballer, TV Pundit
"Thanks guys, my parents loved it, you made the anniversary party, Ant and I loved singing with you guys!!"
"Whatever the occasion, a Charity Ball, Corporate Entertainment, Weddings or Festive celebrations, Hip Operation can cater for everyone."
"Loved working with you, what an atmosphere!! Great band , great guys!"
"Just to let you know all went well at Gainsborough the guys were great and very very professional . The dance floor was never empty from the band starting to the disco finishing and my client was delighted!! THANK YOU
I would not hesitate to use you or recommend your services, to be honest although I have seen a show reel I have not seen the band live....what a treat... my foot was tapping during the warm up and you just know you have made the right decision."
Denise Dobson Cudmore,
""Steve and his band have undoubtedly provided some of the best live music that I have enjoyed...They seem to have a real mix of music which brings to life any party and any event, and always ensures that it remains one of the best in your memory. I have no hesitation in recommending Hip Operation for those who really want to enjoy themselves and have a lively party." "
""Wow! You guys were fantastic! Have you thought of having a fan club?
... We all had a great time and raised quite a bit for the BVF, but the one thing everyone is saying this morning is 'Weren't the band great!' ...Thank you all for for putting your heart and soul (and jazz and blues and funk and pop) into the evening!" "
British Vascular Foundation
""Hi Steve, We had a very enjoyable Ball and raised just under £32k...As for the band, we have had lots and lots of feedback saying that Hip Operation were fantastic and that they catered for every kind of musical taste, and from what I saw they had people up dancing through both of their sets. There were a lot of very tired, but happy, people by the end of the night!" "
Tiny Lives fund
""Steve, you were brilliant last night....Everybody is asking me for your details. You pitched it just right...We raised nearly £25000. Thanks once again. Will recommend you wholeheartedly." "
William Hardy Trust
""Dear Steve, May I take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for helping to make the Annual Ball really special. The evening was fabulous and the part you played in helping making it so successful was greatly appreciated. We have heard nothing but praise since returning to school and I trust you will be willing and able to participate next year. Please feel reassured that from the complementary comments we received during the evening, recommendations regarding your service may prove beneficial to you." "
Church High school
""Hi Steve, Just a quick note to say thank you for your contribution to what was an excellent event last Thursday, I have had had lots of feedback saying how good Hip Operation were. I have passed your contact details & website address on to a few people so hopefully this will result in further bookings for yourselves. I will certainly be looking to book you again for next years event. Many thanks for all your efforts - please pass my thanks on to the rest of the band." "
""Thanks for a great evening everyone thought you were amazing and are saying the evening was a real highlight of the conference. Thanks also for the additional entertainment the string quartet, DJ and classical guitarist got it just right, creating a wonderful ambience. Yes you are certainly on our recommended list of suppliers, I will check with the team for some of our forthcoming events." "
""I wanted to write and thank you for the fantastic performance Hip Operation gave at our wedding on 19th July. James and I could not have been happier with the evening reception and your bands performance in particular.
I have been to so many weddings where the dance floor clears after a couple of numbers but you had the place rocking, and the dance floor full till the music had to be turned off at midnight ! many people said it was one of the best weddings they had been to and Hip Operation were a great part of the days success! So many of our guests have commented on how fantastic Hip Operation were, both young and old, and I certainly would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone in the future. Thanks once again - a true bunch of professionals with a fabulous set!" "
Tracey (nee Brett),
"I'm getting my mum to type this, as I'm only 5, but I'd just like to say a very big THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to showcase my dancing abilities last Saturday night at Dissington Hall. I was the one wearing the Groucho Marx mask (pic attached). I had a wonderful time on the dance floor and have discovered an inner yearning for live music, bright lights and shiny suits! (maybe I can help the brass section co-ordinate their ‘line-dance' routines!?) I don't think I'll ever forget the evening (...neither will the other guests, apparently!)
"I would like to express our gratitude to Hip Operation for changing our dinner dance from an enjoyable evening to an amazing and memorable experience. It was such a polished performance but so full of fun, and a joy to watch and dance to. I've had lots of positive feedback, and I'm grateful to Hardwick Hall for recommending your band. I hope we will have the opportunity to repeat the experience.
Thanks again for making our dinner dance such a success. "
"I am just e-mailing to say a massive thanks to you and the guys that played at my wedding on 28th December. To say they were good is a massive understatement, they were true to form and put on a great night's entertainment for us all. They were very professional, extremely friendly and most important they put on a brilliant set that had all our guests dancing from start to finish. Truely amazing, with all our guests asking me who they were and how good they are. John Adair introduced himself prior to set-up and from there they were an absolute pleasure to have and they simply sorted themselves out and set-up in double quick time. If you would like any recommendations or testamonials please do not hesitate to contact me.
Our wedding day was a brilliant day, and Hip Operation played a massive part in keeping the spirit of the day going right into the evening. Each of the guys are amazing musicians and as a band put on a great nights entertainment.
Thanks once again Steve. Please pass on my regards and compliments to John and the rest of the band that played that night.
Richard and Helen Thompson,
"General Comments from our 2012 Wedding Award clients(in random order)
“The dancefloor was full all night. These guys are great musicians and performers and were a highlight of our evening. We were a room full of musicians so it was important to us the band were really strong - and they were. They also provided a great DJ and were willing to do what we asked, including playing a "Power Ballad" hour which led to all the guys with ties around their heads and everyone thought was particularly memorable!”
“They arrived and set up with no problems and after the first beat the dance floor was never empty. We used their recommended disco and that too was brilliant.”
“We had heard Hip Operation at two previous events and were the obvious choice for our wedding, we didn't even look at other band's / entertainment as we knew they would be fantastic - we weren't wrong.”
“Hip operation were amazing from start to finish from a prompt responce when first booking to great entertainment on the night! We had a mix of ages and music tastes at our wedding but not a single person was left sitting down once the music started!! The band kept every one up and dancing in to the small hours and every one commented afterwards on how good they were.”
“Brilliant wedding band. Everybody was on the dance floor all night. Everybody mentioned how amazing they were. Really made our wedding.”
“Hip Operation created an excellent up beat atmosphere for our wedding reception. The choice of songs was a good mix that all our guests appreciated. They interacted with the crowd & got everyone dancing. Lots of our guests commented the next day on how good they were.”
“We booked Hip Operation for our wedding after a friends recommendation. There was an appropriate level of contact before the event and all my emails were answered when I had questions to ask. On the day, they set up their stage without disruption to the wedding event going on around them. The band were excellent and highly professional, filling the dance floor with every song they played. We also hired their disco which we chose the songs for. This was also great. The band have been booked by my sister in law for her up coming wedding and I am thoroughly looking forward to hearing them again.”
“Myself and my husband looked at lots of bands for our wedding and were sold on hipoperation from the start, they were professional friendly and gave there all, they were great to work with and didn't let us down at all, they were total value for money and everyone loved them”
“I booked Hip Operation for my daughter's wedding(Charlotte Purcell) formerly Parker on recommendation from the wedding planner and we were not disappointed.From first contact with Steve Dolder to book the band to playing at the wedding you could not find fault.From the minute they started to play they had the guests up dancing all night. Fantastic.I would certainly book them again.”
“We got married abroad at the end of August but were having an Evening Reception in the UK at the beginning of September and wanted a band as we thought it would benefit all of our guests older and younger. Hip Operation were absolutely amazing couldnt have been better, we also had the dj who was also amazing. Everyone still comments on how good the band was that night. Would love to see them again.”
“Hip Operation were absolutely fantastic, they made the wedding reception and everyone got up to dance from the oldies to the young ones. After our wedding many of the guests asked for contact details for the band and commented on how good they were. We were absolutely over the moon with them. They really did make our day even more special.”
“The band were great throughout the process, from the moment I booked they were prompt to get back in touch, always available to dicuss requirments. On the day, they arrived on time, and set up with no fuss or disruption to guests, and their performance on the night was fantastic and thoroughly enjoyedby everyone. So many of our guests have commented on the night, or after the wedding about what a brilliant band they were. They created a great atmosphere and ensured the dance floor was filled through both their sets.”
“One of the highlights of our wedding was a jam packed dance floor we wanted a great party and we got one very lively and fun band with excellent to dance to we loved it and so did our guests who keep telling us how great the band was”
“All of our guests commented on how Hip Operation made our reception event a one to remember. Everyone absolutely loved them and would use them for any future celebrations they may have - Especially a wedding event!!!”
“Excellent band, well organised beforehand and played an brilliant set. They were one of the highlights of out wedding.”
“They were absolutely brilliant and very professional. There was no awkward empty dance floor at the reception as everyone was up dancing. Highly recommended!”
“Great band. They really got the party started. Everyone who attended our wedding said how fantastic the band was.”
“Excellent band who are very talented and an excellent choice for a wedding...would highly recommend”
“Hip Operation were fantastic on our wedding night. They provided uppbeat and lively music in 2 x 45min sets, creating the perfect party atmosphere we wanted for our day. The quality was first class from their sound, to they professionality. I can't recommend them enough!”
“Hip Operation really mad our evening reception. The were easy to communicate with from the very beginning and nearly every guest went out of their way to comment on how good the band were. There are high quality musicians with an excellent range of tunes and they know how to put on a show.”
“The dancefloor was full from start to finish and after the first set the guests couldn't wait for them to start up again. The transition between songs was seamless and didn't leave guests with the chance to leave the dancefloor as the next hit was already playing before they knew it!”
“The band were very professional and very good musicians and vocals. overall, I was impressed and would certainly recommend then in the future and use them again”
“An excellent band, everyone commented on how professional they were”
“Excellent back who go the extra mile to ensure wedding is perfect. Could not fault them. All the guests commented on how good they were.”
“From the initial contact Hip Operation have been faultless. Good email communication ensured planning was a breeze. They came with a great recommendation from Headlam hall. Their website was excellent and gives good examples of their work. The play-list was provided before the event so we knew what we were getting. BUT on stage HipOperation were amazing. The lead vocalist is a real talent, the quality of singing and the music and enery levels of the performance were first rate, special comment is deserved for the performance of the brass section. Everyone at the wedding commented just how good they were and even non-dancers couldn't resist getting on the dancefloor. Would recommend to anyone having a party!!”
“Super helpful. Great bunch of guys, very professional and a whole lotta fun! The lead singer was fab even with my drunk aunt draped all over him as he was singing!”
“Myself and my family are heavily in to music on all levels and as a wedding band Hip Operation are the best I have seen by a long way. We had a spectacular wedding venue with various entertainment from a pianist to magician and the most asked question since our wedding has been, who were that band and can I have their number. I myself will be booking them again. Very talented, great show and a superb lead singer.”
“We wanted a live band for our daughter's wedding reception. Hip Operation was suggesteed by a friend - the band came highly recommended and they certainly did not disappoint. The music was fantastic and appealed to all ages - when they were playing the dance floor was always full - even people who don't normally dance joined in. I can't praise Hip Operation enough - they play a huge part in making the evening enjoyable and successful.”
“The service we received from Hip Operation leading up to our wedding was first class. We had no doubt that they would perform to a very high standard on the day, which they did. And since our wedding numerous guests have commented that they were particularly impressed with the band.”
“We were very pleased with Hip Operation - their professionalism and performance standards were exceptional, our special day was all the more special for the service they provided us.”
“excellent from the first point of contact. Very helpful and accommodating. Got everyone up and dancing. Excellent choice of tunes. Great interaction with the audience. Very professional.”
“The band were extremely flexible as we had to change our start time shortly prior to the event and even on our wedding day we over ran and nothing was a problem for them. These guys are true professionals, quality musicians and I could not believe I could afford this level of entertainment for my wedding so they represent in my opinion fantastc value for money. I have received so many wonderful compliments about the band from guests of all ages and the dance floor was packed from the moment they started to play. I would 100% recommend them to anybody looking for a superb band to compliment their event and would most definitely use them again in the future. Thank you so much guys "the icing on the wedding cake!"”
“Absolutely superb band. Had the place 'rocking' with a great blend od songs to suit all. They brough our Wedding Day to a perfect end.”
“I was totally delighted with Hip Operation, and the guys on the night provided our guests with the perfect atmosphere and a superb quality, live performance. I would say the two ways I would sum up how great they were would be a) I have loads of comments about howgood they were since and B) I have recently reccomended them to a friend who is due to get wed next year.”
“Cannot thank Hip Operation enough for helping to make our evening celebrations so fantastic. They created a brillant atmosphere and the dance floor was filled during their entire performance. The instruments, singing and choice of songs were excellent. There was something for everyone. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others and would consider hiring them again in the future for other celebrations events we may have. The band are professional and friendly and I felt our entertainment was in good hands.”
“Hip Operation were amazing! We didn't have a first dance, so were worried it might be a slow start before people got up onto the dance floor - no worries there - everyone was up from the first song and the dance floor was packed all night. Even my 85 year old grandmother wouldn't sit down! When we booked hip operation, we paid for a 5-piece band - but because the others were free on the night we got a 7-piece band for no extra cost - it was fabulous. Everyone was so impressed, our wedding book is full of comments about the band and several people took their details away with them. So many of our guests have said it was the best wedding they had ever been to, and the entertainment was fantastic - I really do beleive they made the day. They just got on with it, no fuss or drama's and they blew us away. They were 100 times better than I had ever thought they would be, and I had high expectations! They were so professional, they looked the part and they are clearly all talented musicians, singers and most importantly performers.”
“Hip Operation were absolutely fantastic, they made our day very special and the guests were dancing all evening. Would highly recommend them for any special occasion.”
“Fantastic band - great playlist with somthing for everyone, excellent performance including interaction with wedding party guests. Very organised and good service.”
“Hip Operation were brilliant, they went out of their way to give us the wedding reception we dreamed of. They really got the party started and kept people on their feet until the set finished, they even threw in some surprise songs which weren't on their set list but which we had requested the DJ play after the band finished which was a really great. I have already recommended Hip Operation to some friends who are getting married next year and would definately use them again myself if I was to plan a party. Rob”
“Hip operation are great, in particular the original line up. I could not fault them for my wedding, they got everyone up on the dance floor and were very enteratining leaving everybody wanting more. I would not hesitate to recommend them and have done on several occasions. Really made the wedding!”
“Absolutely fantastic band, got the whole wedding party dancing, young and old and the majority of people remained glued to the dance floor throughout their sets. I have had a number of compliments about them since and I would thouroughly recommend them to anyone holding any event in the future. The DJ they supplied was also excellent.”
“This band is brilliant - particularly lively and energetic. The music is cool and yet familiar - and there's something for all ages. On the two occasions I have seem them play, the dance floor was crowded and frenetic from beginning to end. One year on from our wedding, people are still talking about the band. I have had no hesitation in recommending them to anyone and everyone and my friend has already booked them for her own wedding next year.”
“Steve was very accommodating in helping us organise exactly the entertainment we wanted on the evening, and allowed us to choose our own between and after music and send it to him on CDs. The band's performance was excellent.”
“A really fantastic service from start to finish. Really easy to talk to and deal with and very professional in their manner.”
“What can I sayabout the band apart from WOW they are brilliant, their mucis caters for everyones needs, the musicians are all great and very entertaining. The level of service I received from Steve both before and during my reception was excellent Steve never failed to supply the info I requested from him, he played all the songs my guests requested and more. my wedding party were devestated when they did their final song as didnt want themto leave, they definately got the party going and kept it going all night, every single guest was up dancing clapping and cheering them to keep playing, they did make my night and were worth every penny for their excellent, second to none perfomance, I wish I could do it all over again just to hear hip operation and dance all night long to their tunes.”
“Really got the party started and kept it going all night. All ages were up.”
Why They Booked (in random order)
“Great reviews on internet and I was not disappointed”
“level of quality singing, service before wedding reception, standard of their singing and choice of songs, professionalism and most definately value for money. Well done hip operation, when I have another event, birthday celebration I will not hesitate to book them.”
“My parents had seen them before and said they were amazing so i trusted their opinion and am so glad i did. Everyone loved them.”
“Recommended initially but after discussing with band and researching their performance we made our choice. It was definitely the right one!”
“recommended from friend who was recently wed. Our kind of music and had all up dancing and singing.”
“Demo was very good”
“there website let you listen to some tracks and they were a briliant combination of trumpets, singers and entertainment, excellant value for money and very professional and friendly, they never let us down and the wedding was better than we could have asked for.”
“The band was recommended to us and we checked out the set list and samples on line. Their energy and enthusiasm was just what we needed to get people dancing and having a great time!”
“Highly reccommended by the wedding venue we chose who had dealt with them several times before.”
“I first heard about them from my hairdresser, who had recently got married and had them play at her wedding. I then researchd bit on the internet and decided they were exactly what we wanted. Having spoken to the booking manager I was impressed with how easy it was to book them and also how flexible and helpful they were.”
“For or wedding on the 25th October at Headlam hall. We loved the range of music and knew it would appeal to all. Getting as many people dancing was important and they succeeded!.”
“Style of music,range of musicians we had a full band,good promo video”
“We were at a function about a year earlier where Hip Operation performed. We were extremely impressed and when we started to plan our wedding we both knew that without doubt they were the only artists we would consider for our special day.”
“To make sure our wedding reception was fun for everyone and not just a DJ catering for specific groups. The band play music which gets everyone involved.”
“for my wedding”
“Recommended by friends”
“because there web site highlighted how good they are live, with a big professional sound and the cost worked in our budget...they lived up to it in every way !”
“After viewing several wedding band websites, Hip Operation came across as by far the best and most professional. They had also come highly recommended by a couple of friends”
“Friend's recommendation. Good reviews.”
“We wanted a live band for our wedding and my cousin had seen Hip operation play at another wedding she had attended and she highly recommended them. Their website contained clear information on the set of songs they perform, examples tracks to listen too, where they have performed, prices, previous clients comment etc which really represented them well. They lived up to expectations on the day.”
“Having found them and already thought they sounded great, we received a recommendation from a landlady who had booked them for her daughter's wedding. We thought that was the strongest recommendation. Also I had recently had a hip replacement so it seemed appropriate.”
“Reputation and testimonials”
“Liked what I heard on the internet”
“For our wedding, see above.”
“Parents had been to two wedding dances and thoroughly enjoyed them. We looked at their web site certainly the best of several viewed. Absolutely no regrets.”
“Quality of demo on their website and word of mouth.”
“We checked out their website and liked what we saw!”
“I knew I wanted them 18 months before the wedding as I had seen them else where and during that 18months leading up, I didn't find any one that came close.”
“After hearing clips and recommendations.”
“Their web site impressed me, the clips of their tracks were what we were looking for.”
“they played the sort of music we wanted”
“my daughter wanted live music and Hip Operation came on recommendation and are great value for money.”
“We don't live in the area where we got married, so had to do most of our research on-line. Their web-site was great, and we could hear clips of some of their songs which really helped. We wanted something which would suit every generation who would be at our wedding, and they did just that with their range of music. We had really struggled to find something which fitted the bill, so when they said they were free we were made up. We must have looked at dozen's of bands - we independently came up with a short list of our favourites, and Hip operation was at the top of both of our lists. We couldn't have chosen better!”
“loved the sound of their vocals and fantastic recommendations”
“When they played at a friend's wedding a few months before my own, nearly everyone got up to dance and the atmosphere was brilliant - I didn't want to chance having a dull and empty dance floor so i booked them straight away!”
“Hip Operation were recommended by our wedding venue staff who have seen them play previously at Alnwick Gardens. We are not from the area, so much prefer to choose a band on recommendation rather than just from the internet.”
“easy to deal with”
“They were easily the best band the we heard from the options online in the North East of England”
“Offered just the sort of live band experience we were after, with a great brass section. Plus, I'm a doctor as were all of my ushers - several of whom are orthopaedic surgeons who do "hip operations" for a living - we couldn't resist!”
“Booked over the telephone, and confirmed through e-mail.”
“A glowing recommendation and affordability and the demo sounded superb.”
“After endless research Hip Operation was the one band which 'ticked all the boxes'.”
“I saw them at a friends wedding and thought they were fantastic then. My father had also heard very good things about them from performances at corporate events.”
“Some friends had them at their wedding and we thought they were fantastic and after listening to demos of other bands there was no competition. As most of our friends are also Doctors and Dentists we thought it was only right Hip Operation got the gig.”
“Type of music they offered and seemed value for money.”
“I booked them for our wedding after they had been recommended by a friend.”
“Because our friends used them and we thought they were the best wedding entertainers available! It wasn't a hard decision to make!!!”
“quality of the product”
Wedding Award Client Comments,
"Hip operation appeared on The Live 40th Emmerdale episode on 17 October 2012.
They are a fantastic Band.
All the Guys are first rate Musicians . Totally Professional and reliable.
They brought the Show to Life with their fabulous covers of popular music From Paolo Nuttini to Van Morrison their unique sound is Stunning.
I cannot recommend these Guys highly enough
Emmerdale 40th episode