Pop Academy
Wedding Band & Party Band
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Pop Academy
Wedding Band & Party Band

About Pop Academy – professional party band based in Sussex, UK
11 reviews

Booked 46 times on FixTheMusic

Pop Academy is a four-piece, male-fronted party band that knows just how to light up the dance floor.

Their live performance features strong voices, harmonies in the background, and skilled musicianship.

Performing songs through the decades of non-stop pop, rock, party, disco funk, soul, indie, and Britpop classics with a huge repertoire jam-packed with the best music available.

They are a standout act, admired for their unrivalled chemistry onstage, their exciting and engaging live performance, and renowned for their lighthearted crowd interaction.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at The Piper in Saint Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex.

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More information about Pop Academy

Pop Academy has performed on stage alongside Beyoncé, won five American Express Customer Service Awards, and even appeared at Glastonbury!

Sky Sports, American Express, O2, Getty Images, Deloitte, and Britvic are a few examples of elite business clients.

Their combined experience in the music industry includes playing, writing, recording, and teaching for major artists. The combination of such a talented group of renowned musicians has led to bustling dance floors across the UK!

The band is completely self-sufficient and offers a sound system, lighting, and a DJ service as standard to keep the party going all night.

This cutting-edge equipment can be adjusted in size to fit any venue, either upscaled or downscaled.

Acoustic duo or trio choices are available in alongside the standard 4-piece lineup of male lead and backing vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, demonstrating the versatility of Pop Academy.

Also, you have a ton of add-ons at your disposal. If you don't want the party to end, you can extend the live music performance by an additional 30 minutes and move the closing time to later to accommodate all the extra songs.

As background music during dinner or for an afternoon drinks gathering, Pop Academy also offers acoustic duo or trio sets. Also, you can ask for an early arrival if you're pressed for time (for an additional fee).

The band can adapt their appearance to meet your needs. If you like, they can dress more informally for private parties and less formal events while still wearing suits and boots for award ceremonies and weddings. Let Pop Academy know what you need, and they'll dig into their closets to find it.

Pop Academy is a four-piece band and prefers a stage size of 5 x 4 meters, although they will use any available space.

11 verified reviews

"I booked Ian and Pop Academy on your website having seen their videos. It was my 70th birthday gift to a best friend Geraldine whose party it was. Ian was so communicative from day one and made all the arrangements so easy. On the night he and the band were fun friendly and fantastic! They played everything on Geraldine’s playlist….and more ….with such joy and enthusiasm that affected us all. It was non stop dancing with Ian joining us on the dance floor and singing to Geraldine which made her birthday so special. We may be in our 70s but love all the latest music plus a splash of oldies which the band delivered. Their sound and Ian’s voice is spot on! I totally recommend the band to anyone looking for the best celebration and guarantee that Ian will make it the best possible occasion. Thank you, Penny Horne."
Penny Horne, 20 June 2023, 70th birthday party at The Piper, Norman Road, Saint Leonards-on-Sea, UK
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"Pop Academy and Ian especially were amazing! Recruited for an awards event they pulled out all the stops. From start to finish including set up they were so good at communication as well as the band act itself. Since the event on Saturday, there has been nothing but praise about the band! Thank you for being so amazing and making sure the music was good for all in attendance! You are all awesome! Massive shout out to Ian for making our event so special!"
– Stacey Outen-McQueen, 17 March 2023, Awards Ceremony in London, UK
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"Pop Academy absolutely made our work party! They are such a talented group, really got the party going and put on an incredible show that was very personal and fun! They also provided amazing service prior to the event, quick to respond to messages and were extremely accommodating. Would definitely recommend! Thanks so much guys!"
– Sophie Jones, 3 December 2022, Corporate party in London, UK
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"Just wow!!! What a great band. From the very first message right through to their arriving & setting up the lads were just amazing. Cannot thank them enough to help me celebrate my 50th birthday with such a fabulous live gig. All the songs I loved, even an extra Dolly song for my partner 🥰 these lads will not let you down. Amazing xxx"
– Jo Babcock, 22 October 2022, Birthday party in Brighton, UK
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"So what can I say that hasn't already been said? The Pop Academy lived up to & exceeded expectations. From making first contact with Ian and discussing plans & requirements to packing away after my husband Tom's 70th birthday celebration in our garden, the band were personable, friendly & professional. The music they played or included on the playlist was as requested, and was perfect for all guests to enjoy. Ian always checked that I was happy with how things were and were very reassuring, especially when he first arrived and could see how stressed I was so that I was finally able to enjoy the party too. So many of our guests asked how I found the band, and comments such as "they're amazing", "superb band", "they're great, aren't they" & from the birthday boy himself "wow" are further testaments as to why you should seriously consider them for your event. Even uninvited neighbours, days later, said they enjoyed the music. Thank you Ian, Sam, James & Greg - you made our party memorable. We're still talking about it!"
– Tom & Bev Fallon, 27 August 2022, Birthday Party in Seaford, UK
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"I had the Pop Academy playing at my mini-festival birthday! I cannot thank them enough for such a great night! They had the crowd going for the full set, and interacted with everyone! We love you guys and we will have you back for the next event!!"
– Cheryl Roberts, 19 August 2022, Birthday Party in Brighton, UK
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"Amazing!! They absolutely rocked our wedding, and got everyone up at dancing… yep even those people 😂 They also were really friendly and enjoyed a good chin wag after and a beer. It just felt like they belonged. Ian was also fantastic the whole way through the lead up and made sure everything went swimmingly. 1000% recommend. You will not be disappointed!!"
– Emily Moore, 23 July 2022, Wedding in Crawley, UK
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"We hired the Pop Academy for our festival-style wedding on 11 June 2022. We could not have been happier from start to finish. Ian got in touch and introduced himself and discussed everything we needed to know. They were great at communicating with us and going through our music choices. On the day they kept us updated with their arrival time. The live music was so incredible, it was really amazing that the whole band got involved with our guests changing the odd word in a song and having a dance with us all. It really made our wedding having such a great live band, all of our guests commented brilliant they were too. We would definitely recommend. Thank you so much. Fran and James"
– Fran & James Palmer, 11 June 2022, Wedding in Rye, UK
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"We booked Pop Academy for my husband's 40th Birthday party. Everything was easy from booking the band and arranging all details. The band arrived in good time to set up their 'band castle' gazebo and all the equipment in our garden which looked really impressive with all the lights to create a great party atmosphere. The song list was spot-on to cater for the mixed-age group and they were happy to take requests. Everyone was very complimentary of the band they had everybody up dancing! It will definitely be a party to remember! Highly recommended!!"
– Hannah Mccann, 2 April 2022, Birthday party in Maidstone, UK
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"From the day we first booked Pop Academy, Ian kept in contact with us throughout the months leading up to our big day. The performance they put on at our wedding was absolutely amazing, guests of all ages were up dancing. Great selection of songs. One of the highlights for us was that the band took the time to learn our first dance. We as a couple will never forget that! Having Pop Academy helped complete our amazing day. When all your guests ask how we chose the band and the man running our photo booth comes and asks saying “I’ve been to a lot of weddings and this is one of the best bands I have ever heard”, Just confirms what a success they were. We recommend to all and will definitely use them again for family celebrations. Thank you Pop Academy & Fix The Music."
– Nicki & Shaun Germain, 31 March 2022, Wedding in Brighton, UK
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"Booked Pop Academy for my 70th birthday party. They are the perfect party band probably for any occasion. Extremely versatile and accommodating. Ian provided excellent communication throughout the booking procedure and would definitely recommend them. They really got everyone up dancing and made my evening extra special."
– Marion Pooley, 26 March 2022, 70th Birthday Party in Guildford, UK
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Audio samples
Summer of 69 - Pop Academy
Teenage Dirtbag - Pop Academy
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Pop Academy
Medley 1 - Pop Academy
Medley 2 - Pop Academy
Everybody Get Up! - Pop Academy
Gimme Some Lovin - Pop Academy
No Scrubs - Pop Academy
Rock DJ - Pop Academy
Roll with it - Pop Academy
Set List
50’s & 60’s

I Wanna Be Like You - Jungle Book

I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles

Twist & Shot - Beatles

Hey Jude - The Beatles

Gimme Some Lovin’ - Blues Brothers

Satisfaction - Rolling Stones

Hound Dog - Elvis

Jailhouse Rock - Elvis

Do You Love Me - The Contours

I’m A Believer - The Monkees

Shake A Tail Feather - Ray Charles

Heard It Through The Grapevine - M Gaye

Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles

Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry

Hard To Handle - Otis Redding

In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett

Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett

Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations

I Feel Good - James Brown

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

My Generation - The Who

Martha Reeves - Dancing In The Street

Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond


You Really Got Me - The Kinks

Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder

Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder

September - Earth Wind & Fire

Jungle Boogie - Kool And The Gang

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5

That's The Way I Like It - Kc & Sunshine Band

Relight My Fire - Dan Hartman

Le Freak - Chic

Good Times - Chic

Long Train Runnin - Doobie Brothers

Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel

Alright Now - Free


Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan

All Night Long - Lionel Ritchie

Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Richie

Never Too Much - Luther Van Dros

Faith - George Michael

Celebration - Kool & The Gang

Summer Of 69 - Bryan Adams

You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates

5000 Miles - The Proclaimers

9-5 – Dolly Parton

Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham

Easy Lover – Phil Collins

Last Night A Dj - Indeep

You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins

Footloose - Kenny Loggins

Kiss - Prince

Sit Down - James

Proud Mary - Tina Turner

Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

Footsteps - Womack & Womack

Beat It – Michael Jackson

Club Tropicana – Wham

Don’t You Want Me Baby- Human League

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

90’s & 00’s

Dance The Night Away - Mavericks

Mysterious Girl - Peter Andre

Mmmbop - Hanson

Friends Theme - I’ll Be There For You

Alright - Supergrass

Everybody Get Up - 5ive

Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry

Year 3000 - Busted

Five Colours In Her Hair - Mcfly

Buck Rogers - Feeder

Chelsea Dagger - Fratellis

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus

Place Your Hands - Reef

Basket Case - Greenday

Wonderwall - Oasis

She’s Electric - Oasis

Roll With It - Oasis

Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis

Country House - Blur

Song 2 - Blur

Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon

I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry

Learn To Fly - Foo Fighters

Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader

Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Rock Your Body – Justin Timeberlake

Mr Brightside - The Killers

Ruby – The Killers

Somebody Told Me - The Killers

Moving Too Fast - Artful Dodger

Pumpin' On Your Stereo - Supergrass

Dreaming Of You - The Coral

All The Small Things - Blink 182

Hey Ya - Outkast

I Got A Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz

Rock Dj - Robbie Williams

Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams

Crazy - Gnarles Barkley

I Predict A Riot - Kaiser Chiefs

Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon

Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon

Valerie - Amy Winehouse

Dakota - Stereophonics

The Middle- Jimmy Eat World

Last Nite - The Strokes

I Bet You Look Good On’ .. Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys

Seven Nation Army - White Stripes

Everybody - Backstreet Boys

No Scrubs – Tlc

Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something

Bohemian Like You – Dandy Warhols

2010 To Present

Uptown Funk - M Ronson & B Mars

Happy - Pharrell Williams

Get Lucky - Daft Punk

Wake Me Up - Avicii

I’m Yours - Jason Mraz

I Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

Can’t Stop The Feeling - J Timberlake

Sorry - Justin Bieber

Higher Love - Whitney & Kygo

Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa

We Found Love - Rihanna

Rolling In The Deep - Adele

Treasure - Bruno Mars

24k Magic - Bruno Mars

Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5

Sugar- Maroon 5

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

Hold Back The River - James Bay

Cake By The Ocean - Dnce

Ho Hey - The Lumineers

Riptide - Vance Joy

Blinding Lights – The Weeknd

Wrapped Up – Olly Murs

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