Newcastle upon Tyne based function band Hip Operation has been chosen to play at the one-off live episode of rural soap Emmerdale on the 17th October to mark the shows 40th anniversary. The band will provide the entertainment at the wedding of Emmerdale star Katie Sugden (actress Sammy Winward) and Home Farm boss Declan Macey (Jason Merrells). The producers of Emmerdale were so impressed with the band they booked them to entertain cast past and present at the after show party.
The one hour live special on ITV is expected to draw an audience in excess of 10 million and stars of the show have been talking about being nervous at the prospect, while producers have expressed concern about the weather. A marquee erected in the grounds of village pub the Woolpack will ensure that whatever the weather on the 17th the show will go on.
Hip Operation founder Steve Dolder says:
“We were delighted to be chosen as wedding entertainers for this unique episode of Emmerdale. While all our band members have played with major artists often at stadium venues, an audience of 10 million plus could be daunting. But we will treat this fictional wedding in exactly the same way we would a ‘real life’ wedding. We’ll set out to fill the dance floor and get the place rocking. That’s what we do week in, week out and we’re really looking forward to appearing in the show then giving cast past and present a blast at the after show party”.
Founded in Newcastle in 2001, Hip Operation has grown from a small group of six to an impressive line up of eighteen professional musicians supported by technicians and a road crew of three. The band has entertained Middle East royalty, television and movie stars, premier league footballers and thousands of revelers during its ten years together. In the past twelve months the band has played an impressive 220 gigs in the UK and Europe. Earlier this year Hip Operation won the Best Wedding Entertainment sector at the Wedding Industry Award in London.
Hip Operation band members are drawn from across the north of England and southern Scotland with their base in a state of the art studio in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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