About The Band
The Best of Rock, Mod, Britpop, Soul and Motown
What we do
The Parkas are an energetic function band from the South East of England who pride themselves on performing mesmerising covers of songs from the 1960’s to the present day. Specialising in Rock, Pop, and Motown, The Parkas maintain an edge over their contemporaries by avoiding those cliche songs such as build me up buttercup – The Foundations, and instead choose songs that are just as well known and just as likely to fill a dance floor, but are much harder to play such as Adele or Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’. Thus proving each member of the band is proficient with their instrument, The Parkas confidently invite you to provide them with songs you’d like to see them perform.
With over 20 years experience collectively and over 5 years performing together, the band are well positioned to provide a professional service catering for various events. The band have played in many places across the UK, including The Cavern Club in Liverpool, Isle of Wight Scooter Festival, the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury the Big 7 Scooter Rally, and the Isle of Wight Festival. Whilst also playing regular slots at local annual events such as the chequers beer festival in Laddingford and The Vicar’s Picnic festival. As well as supporting well known artists such as Bruce ‘from The Jam’ Foxton, and 9 Below Zero.
The Parkas began performing in 2012 as a 5 piece and have retained 3 original members with Paul on guitar and vocals, Gary on bass, and Chris on drums. Rebecca joined the band in 2016 and immediately lifted the sound to new heights, taking the band into previously unexplored genres. The band has performed with other members over the years but has always maintained the core, crucial members and the current arrangement represents their strongest line-up ever.
Together, The Parkas create a magnificently powerful sound and a memorable performance, making them a prominent booking for any event and a must-see live act.