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The Banquets are an alt rock/pop 4-piece that formed in Leeds during 2018. They’ve been described as “a modern-day Fleetwood Mac” and have attracted wide acclaim during their time as a band.

The Banquets’ music is a simple mix of rock, blues, and pop music, whilst maintaining the great tradition of British rock. The musical influences of the band stretch far and wide, and go right back to the early 20th century blues scene. Their sound is hugely impacted by the music that has flowed out of America over the last century, and like most British music, it reflects back that sound and rubs in some northern British magic.

The Banquets’ music is a simple mix of rock, blues, and pop music, whilst maintaining the great tradition of British rock. The musical influences of the band stretch far and wide, and go right back to the early 20th century blues scene. Their sound is hugely impacted by the music that has flowed out of America over the last century, and like most British music, it reflects back that sound and rubs in some northern British magic.

This emerging band have already seen success in their music, winning a place on the Introducing Stage at The Great British Folk Festival and gaining huge support from the likes of Amazing Radio. After spending the past couple of years establishing themselves as a serious force to be reckoned with in the genre of rock/pop, The Banquets have been busy in the studio working on several tracks and exciting music videos. You never know what these little music wizards have up their sleeves next!

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"Barely like anything I’ve recently heard before!" - Music for the Misfits
 
"Like a modern day Fleetwood Mac" - The Music Files
 
"The Banquets are turning heads left, right and centre" - The Other Side Reviews

Meet The Banquets

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Gem

At the front of the shop is the enigmatic and exceptional singer/ songwriter Gem.  Gem is the driving force and energy in the group, writing most of the band’s lyrics and making sure the boys deliver exactly what she dreams. She comes from a very musical background, with her dad filling their house with rock & roll throughout her childhood, and with many members of her family being involved in the local music scene in Cleethorpes. 

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Leon 

Leon is the band’s guitarist. He taught himself how to play the guitar from an early age, and hasn’t looked back since. He is the creative force behind the band, and provides simple and catchy tunes for Gem to lay melodies and lyrics over, whilst writing some of the lyrics himself. Coming from working class roots and having no musical education or musical inspiration in his family, Leon really does epitomise raw talent.  

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Francis Watson

On percussion is Sir Francis Watson. Fran is a pure music man. Both of his parents were professional musicians, and his sister is a singer in a four-piece acapello group.  He has been to Music College both in Birmingham and Leeds, and has been in many bands over the years. Fran is more than just percussion though: he can play a plethora of instruments, and in the band, offers both backing singing, arrangement and fine details to the music.  

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JONNY LYONS

Jonny Lyons, born and raised in sunny Bradford, is new to the band. But with his Yorkshire charm and northern sense of humour, he fits right in. Jonny’s played bass for over 20 years now. He’s played in a range of bands and has toured all over the UK and Europe. He’s recorded EP’s and albums that have had worldwide airplay – in the UK, US, Asia and Australia. His main influences are John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, Flea and Sonny T. The Banquets are very happy to have found him!!