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Rockaoke in TNT magazine

Rockaoke, featured in TNT magazine april 2014.

Playing at the AAA at Archangel on the first and third Friday of every month, Rockaoke is the UK’s original, best and, well, only specialist live karaoke band, giving people the chance to ‘live the dream’ up on the stage with the backing of a full live band.

Unique among the karaoke bars, Rockaoke has been spreading its brand of fully interactive rock’n’roll fun for the last eight years, both up and down the country as well as worldwide.

Join in and rock out!

(read the full article here)

The School of Rockaoke Life

The School of Life is a global humanist organisation devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture.  Who did they choose to help spread that message on Mother’s Day? You’ve guessed it….David Baddiel and Rockaoke.

Sunday mornings are not a musician’s natural habitat but we managed to drag ourselves to the beautiful Conway Hall  to sandwich David Baddiel’s brilliant secular sermon on Fame with two rock and roll hymns.

The subject of the talk provided the opening hymn, with us leading the congregation in an early morning dance  to David Bowie’s Fame.  We then sat back and laughed for 45 minutes as Baddiel, one of Rockaoke’s comedy heroes, shared his observations on fame; his own, other people’s and the myths surrounding this prized but also reviled status.

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The following Q&A session provided us with the ideal end to a wonderful and slightly surreal morning, as a wannabe teenage rockstar asked a question about levels of fame based on his own upcoming XFactor audition. When we returned to the stage to play the final hymn, Creep by Radiohead, we asked asked him to come onto the stage and lead the song.

He rose to the challenge and delighted the audience as he rolled onto the stage, put on his sun glasses and delivered a slightly nervy, but wonderfully tender rendition of the Radiohead classic. It ended with the whole room singing an a cappella refrain of the chorus, before Conway Hall erupted into applause for the fame hungry youngster, who had given the perfect epilogue to David Baddiel’s poignant and extremely funny sermon.

Just a regular Sunday morning in the office. In the words of Mr Baddiel himself ‘I’ve never seen this before, It’s brilliant, you make karaoke NOT NAFF’.

Rockaoke – Just what the Doctor ordered.

What the Doctor ordered

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According to new scientific research, Karaoke nights out are actually good for your health, writes The Telegraph Science Correspondent Richard Alleyne.

Researchers found that moderate drinking with a good friend helped improve cardiovascular health with singing also helping to reduce stress.

While heavy drinking is associated with a greater risk of a stroke, light to moderate drinking has been linked to a lesser risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.

Having the social support of a good friend seems increase the positive effect that moderate drinking has on your health.

“In short,” said Professor Takeshi Tanigawa, at Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. “Moderate to light alcohol consumption with high social support is good for your health. Drinking with a good friend appropriately makes you feel happy and healthy.

“So drink with good friends for health.”

Prof Tanigawa also recommended karaoke bars as one way for business persons to cope with stress. “Singers use deep breathing, which is good for the nervous system,” he said.

“After singing, they usually receive applause. It is a good kind of social support, and helps in the face of adverse occasions or stressful events.”

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The study on 19,356 men aged 40 to 69 found the health benefits of light to moderate drinking are more pronounced in men with greater social support.

The study, published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, also found that those with low social support had less healthy lifestyles such as physical inactivity, no job and fewer opportunities for medical checkups.

Heavy drinking was found to be risky irrespective of the level of social support.

Professor Hiroyasu Iso, the study’s co-author from Osaka University, said: “We found the reduced risks of total stroke, ischemic stroke, and total cardiovascular disease associated with light to moderate drinking were more pronounced in men with high social support, probably due to avoidance of unhealthy behaviours and enhancement of stress buffering.”

(read the full article here)

See you at a Rockaoke Night soon!!!

AAA – High St Kensington – 1st and 3rd Friday of the month
Tooting Tram and Social – 2nd Friday of the month
Star of Kings – Kings Cross – Last Friday of the month.

#YOLOndon – London’s Finest WTF Experiences

YOLOndon#YOLOndon feature in TIME OUT London – 11th march 2014.

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves…!!!

“Londoners, are you living? I mean, really living? Well, it’s high time you started and to kick you off, this week’s issue of Time Out Magazine is dedicated to the lost art of YOLOing. Yep, you may well be aware that You Only Live Once, so we’ve rounded up the most impulsive, wild, fun and fancy-free stuff to do in the city. “

You only live once – so have stupid amounts of fun with London’s finest WTF experiences.

Becoming a ROCK STAR is a long process involving countless hours of practice and oodles of talent (all that commitment, all those sacrifices, being in the right place at the right time, knowing the right people, kissing the right ass etc… etc…)

Ain’t NOBODY got time for that!

Just jump on stage with the dudes from ROCKAOKE at one of their London ROCKAOKE NIGHTS and belt out some tunes with a LIVE ROCK BAND.

Rock God rewards – zero effort.

ROCKAOKE NIGHTS are fridays nights at AAA, Kensington,  Tooting Tram & Social and Star of Kings, Kings Cross.

Venue info and sign-up to sing @ www.rockaokenights.com xxx

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Rockaoke at the BBC6 Music Festival

This has to go down as one of the greatest weekends in Rockaoke history. We’re all still buzzing from the BBC6 Music Festival at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. We were asked by the coolest music radio station in the country to be their official party starters on both the Friday and Saturday on their inaugural festival. This was organised to say thanks to the listeners who helped to keep the station on air and BBC6 enlisted the UK’s finest live karaoke band to add a bit of interactive rock and roll fun to proceedings, complimenting the raft of rockstar talks, interviews and acoustic sessions that were going on during the daytime fringe.

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The very first live musical performance of the weekend took place on the Rockaoke stage on Friday morning and it was no surprise to us that our old pal Shaun Keaveny was determined to kick proceedings off in style with a performance he predicted would be the festival’s “high-water mark”.  Typically charismatic and slightly bonkers, it was a great opening salvo; however Shaun wasn’t the only person to get up and show us who’s The Boss:

The following sets saw us blast through some old Rockaoke classics, but also visit  new ground with tunes that had been specifically requested by BBC6.  We went Up The Junction a couple of times, Pumped it up with some Elvis Costello and drove down the 2-4-6-8 motorway whilst Tom Robinson himself was watching. He was one of the many musical heroes who we had the pleasure of entertaining and meeting across the two days. Our heads are still spinning from the chats we’ve had with Mark Radcliffe, Mark King, Tim Burgess, Guy Garvey, Steve Lamacq, Huey Morgan and even Freddie Flintoff.

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The only down side to the experience is that we didn’t get to play one particular tune that we had rehearsed. It’s probably a good thing though as the Victoria Warehouse may not have been able to deal with a rendition of “Two Pints of Lager and a packet of crisps please” similar to this one that we smashed during rehearsals.

You can see the rest of the musical highlights on our You Tube channel.

We’re already excited about the thought of doing it again next year. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring a few of the Rockaoke faithful along!

ELLE UK – 5 of the Best Karaoke Experiences in London

ELLE UK - 5 of the Best Karaoke Nights in London

ELLE UK – 5 of the Best Karaoke Experiences in London

ELLEUK.COM’s guide to their Five Best Karaoke Experiences in London

…with ROCKAOKE at #1

Whether you monopolise the microphone or you’re a closet crooner, we’ve tracked down five of the best karaoke nights in London.

1) Rockaoke

This is karaoke taken to the next level and the perfect option for a private party with a difference. Channel your inner exhibitionist and sing with a live band behind you. The hi-tech stage lighting, professional musicians and slick set up really give you an authentic taster of the real rock star experience.

(read the full article here)

ROCKAOKE LTD. 04 Park Square, Thorncliffe Park, Chapeltown, Sheffield, S35 2PX, 0114 220 2225,

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ROCKAOKE set to play BBC6 Music Festival!!

Rockaoke are delighted to announce that we will be playing at this year’s BBC6 Music Festival in Manchester at the Victoria Warehouse!!

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Rockaoke’s involvement at the festival will be at the Fringe event, which takes place on the Friday and Saturday afternoons. We will be nicely sandwiched between DJ sets and spoken word sessions from Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Huey Morgan and Craig Charles to name but a few.

There will also be a record fair, a BBC Radio 5 live special with Freddie Flintoff and loads of other goodness for you to feast yourselves on…!

If you are at the event, and want to sing Karaoke with your favourite live Karaoke Band, then come say hello and rock out with Rockaoke!!!!

There will be a brand new, bespoke set list chosen by the music gurus at 6Music, full of slightly alternative but awesome songs from The Clash to The Tom Robinson Band, Blondie to Weezer plus all your favourite Rock and Pop classics!

See you in Manchester!!!

Rockaoke does The Dam!!

2 consecutive years, 2 separate clients, coincidently the same date each time, and 1 city. That’s right…..AMSTERDAM BABY!!! Word must be spreading about the UK’s finest live karaoke band, ROCKAOKE!

Last year we were flown out to play at the RAI centre, just outside of Amsterdam for the Blackberry Jam and the launch of their new Blackberry Z10.

This year home entertainment specialists Control 4, invited us to come and play in an old 18th century orphanage which is now one of Amsterdam’s premier 4-star hotels, Hotel Arena.

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The rooms were certainly better than the cabins aboard the Stena Hollandica. Although surprisingly the cabins on the boat were great! :)

This has got to be one of our favourite venues of all time……and we’ve played a few!

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18th Century Orphanage and home to Rockaoke for the night.

We had the most amazing light display, multiple guitar jams, groupies, guest drummers, inflatable sax’s, solo performances, group performances, crazy fancy dress and our drummer Basil even had a drum riser!! We had everything but the kitchen sink at this gig, and we LOVED IT!!

#only at a rockaoke gig!

Same time next year then?!?!

Rockaoke groupies!

Rockaoke groupies!

Rockaoke take on premiership giants Chelsea FC!!

Being the UK’s, original, BEST and only SPECIALIST live karaoke band means you get to do some pretty sweet gigs. Now, although none of the Rockaoke crew are actually Chelsea supporters (at least not to our knowledge), being given the chance to play the christmas party for all the Chelsea FC staff at their uber cool, bespoke venue, Under The Bridge at Stamford Bridge was quite a privilege. We even got to play with one of our favourite DJ’s Sean Rowley, as he ripped into a classic Guilty Pleasures set.

We had a plethora of people in their weird and wonderful fancy dress wanting to sing, from the groundsmen to bar staff, physios to merchandise people. We had them all, including a guy dressed as Olympic Diving star Tom Dailey….!

I think we can safely say there was not a dull moment all night. With a venue like Under The Bridge and all their glitz, glamour, Guilty Pleasures and Rockaoke, the night was only ever going to be one thing…..EPIC!!!

A big thanks goes out to Sean Rowley and his Guilty Pleasures crew, and an extra special shout out to all the staff at Under The Bridge for looking after us so well on the night!!

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Rockaoke Nights 2014

We have been running Rockaoke Nights for the last 6/7 years now, giving people in and around London the chance to rock out with a real live, kick ass band!!

Our current Rockaoke Nights are at Tooting Tram and Social, Star of Kings in Kings Cross, and of course our longest running night which is at AAA bar, High Street Kensington. We have even been known to use our unique blend of interactive, live rock band karaoke to collaborate with other acts in the live karaoke family Hip Hop Karaoke, and Soulbrew Karaoke for a night we called “Ultimate Karaoke” which took place last November at Scala, Kings Cross.

Rockaoke n Roll baby!!

You would have thought that going into the new year Rockaoke Nights would slow down due to the expense that is Christmas, but so far so gooooood!! We are only just in February and everyone has been on fine form and we have played some of the best Rockaoke Nights ever!!

Let’s keep up the good vibes in 2014!

First Star of Kings of 2014

…the best live karaoke band on the blogging planet!