We are 80MPH, a 6 piece party band based in West Yorkshire playing music from the 80's. Available to hire for parties, weddings and functions; we play a fusion of rock, pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Please fill out the contact form below and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
Roy has enjoyed performing from a young age, but it was in his teens that his love of music really grew, when he bought his first guitar and started writing his own songs. Roy's first experience of singing in front of a crowd was at a charity concert at school, where he sang a cover of "Ask" by The Smiths. He knew from that point on that he wanted to be a singer, so after studying French at Hull University where he also did A LOT of karaoke, he decided to do just that and started doing regular solo gigs around the north of England. Covering an eclectic mix of songs that always seemed to gravitate around his favourite decade, the 1980s.
After a brief stint in musical theatre, starring in a production of "Oliver!" at Leeds Grand Theatre, Roy went onto start an originals band, which achieved some BBC radio play as well as a gig at legendary Leeds venue "The Cockpit". A few originals bands later and Roy decided to put his passion for singing in bands together with his love of all things 1980s and joined 80mph.
From a young age Laura has been into acting, singing and dancing, she got her first singing solo at aged 13 singing 'Nobody's Child' in a theatre production in Nottingham, then taking part in annual school performances.
Once leaving school at 16, Laura took an 8 year break and worked with horses, but always sang at home or in the car. Later joining a band for about a year called 'The Remedies' and playing weddings and charity events.
After deciding to move to Leeds, Laura joined 80MPH, and performs solo at several pub venues.
Laura has a huge passion for 80's music and is very excited to see what the future of the band holds!
Mike is simultaneously the oldest and the newest member of 80mph, having joined in August 2020 when original guitarist Dave unfortunately had to stand down. Something of a veteran local musician, Mike has played with many originals and covers bands and performed literally hundreds of gigs over a playing career spanning more than 30 years. He comes from a very musical family – his dad played piano back in his army days, his brother and sister are established semi-pro recording artists in their own right, and his son is a talented piano player who has also released a few self-produced albums on an indie label. Writing, performing live and recording music is most definitely his passion, and he is old enough to remember all the fantastic songs in the 80mph setlist when they were released back in the day!
Keyboards / Vocals
The founder, and considered to be the mother of the band, Caroline started playing the piano aged 6 (before the 80s!) and reached Grade 5 at the age of 10. Caroline played for school and church concerts for many years. She joined a large amateur choir group in her 20s and performed with them on and off over the next 20 years as an alto, doing concerts at Leeds Town Hall and also performed on a couple of occasions at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Caroline was a teenager in the 80s so grew up loving the music of this great decade. In 2013 she decided to switch her piano to a synthesiser and started an 80s band! Caroline’s last band went their separate ways in 2019 so another band was formed and 80MPH was launched!
Dan, actually used to be a bit of a band geek! Playing the tenor horn in a brass band from ages 12 - 18, however he found his true calling when he picked up the bass guitar at age 16 forming a band with his school friends.
Since then Dan has performed plenty of gigs with 4 originals bands and 2 cover bands over the years and joined 80MPH in November 2019.
He has a huge passion for music, not to mention being brainwashed with 80s music by his parents as a child! His influences include Queen, RHCP, The Killers, Spandau Ballet, Simple Minds, to name a few!
Ely's self taught and started playing the drums at 12 years old after borrowing a pair of his father's bird perches from his avery and found out margarine tubs of the late 80s were fun!
At school they had a real drum kit and he spent all his lunchtimes either playing in orchestra's, wind bands, jazz bands and did theatre work on an evening until leaving after 6th form. Another band geek I'm afraid!
He's joined several cover bands since leaving school playing Soul, Motown, Funk, Pop and then played with an original Rock band for 15 years writing original music, recording and performing many many shows over the year's.
Ely joined 80MPH in November 2019 and always looks forward to sitting in the 'best seat' of any venue to deliver great songs and a great performance for the audience.
Formed in Leeds in 2019, 80MPH are a vibrant, energetic collective of musicians from all over West Yorkshire.
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- ABC - The Look of Love
- Aztec Camera - Somewhere In My Heart
- B52's - Love Shack
- Bananarama - Venus
- Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is a Place On Earth
- Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time Of My Life
- Billy Idol - White Wedding
- Blondie - Call Me
- Bryan Adams - Summer of 69
- Cher - Turn Back Time
- Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
- Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
- David Bowie - Let's Dance
- Deacon Blue - Real Gone Kid
- Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
- Erasure - A Little Respect
- INXS - Need You Tonight
- Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
- Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
- Kim Wilde - Kids in America
- Kylie Minogue - The Loco-Motion
- Lionel Richie - Dancin' On The Ceiling
- Madness - Baggy Trousers
- Madonna - Material Girl
- Nena - 99 Red Balloons
- Pat Benetar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
- Patrick Swayze - She's Like The Wind
- Paula Abdul - Straight Up
- Prince - 1999
- Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
- Roxette - She's Got The Look
- Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
- Soft Cell - Tainted Love
- Spandau Ballet - Gold
- Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule The World
- The Bangles - Walk Like an Egyptian
- The Beautiful South - You Keep It All In
- The Housemartins - Happy Hour
- The Human League - Don't You Want Me
- The Jam - A Town Called Malice
- The Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited
- The Smiths - This Charming Man
- Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
- Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
6th - Little Bull, Middlestown
12th - Horse & Jockey, Horbury Bridge
9th - Mill Valley Brewery, Cleckheaton
3rd - Kirkhamgate Village Hall, Wakefield