Stipe recreate the alt-rock awesomeness of R.E.M. As regular visitors to the festival scene, leading venues and with gigs into Europe, Stipe earned the praise of “Awesome” from R.E.M.’s own lead singer Michael Stipe.
This is the definitive tribute to one of the biggest bands in rock music. They have performed the songs of R.E.M. to thousands of people worldwide. R.E.M. built a towering back catalogue that reached from the addictive highs of Shiny Happy People down to the reflective darkness of Everybody Hurts, covering all else in between.
Any music fan will try to convert you to their music. An early R.E.M. album loaned to Stipe’s lead vocalist, Richard Southern, worked its magic and convinced him to make a first visit to see R.E.M. in concert.
‘That was the best live performance, ever,’ says Richard. ‘The music of R.E.M. left such an impression on myself that it will always be a part of my life.’
Richard went on to form Stipe in 1996 whilst fronting a second R.E.M. tribute ‘Monster’ during the same period.
Platinum Al had this high praise for the band in January 2015:
“Where this band succeeds is in the accuracy of the sound ... the lead singer looks the part, his voice is a fairly uncanny likeness of Michael Stipe’s …the other musicians also create a brilliant rendition of the songs, fully convincing and delivered with confidence.” - Platinum Al
Stipe do what they do as a team; five musicians who rehearse hard to recreate the R.E.M. sound that music fans deserve. They visit the hits and the gems taking every opportunity to perfect the songs. In performance Stipe make R.E.M.’s charismatic music their own.
R.E.M. was one of the first alternative rock bands. Their signature was a changing and reactive sound, from a guitar driven, unforced and intuitive beginning, through the game changing Losing My Religion and then onwards. They called it a day after some 15 albums but not before Michael Stipe, on hearing Stipe perform live, declared, ‘These guys are awesome.’
Music Club at Football Club
We are a music club with twice monthly live bands of many types and styles appearing at our venue The Northcourt which is located on the corner of Oxford Road and Northcourt Road in Abingdon. Our gigs will normally be held on a Friday night.
We have long felt that our function room was underused so a few of us music fans got together to organise a music night to combine and solve two problems in Abingdon at the same time. A lack of a good, high quality music venue in the local area and to attract bands to come and play there. Our objective is to provide a great environment for the band to play in and for the audience to enjoy them in. All acts that appear at The Northcourt will be genuine musicians playing instruments and not just singers with backing tapes. Part of our ethos is to encourage the performance of live music and the development of musicians and their talents.
Our function room is fully licensed and can hold up to 200 persons there is also a lounge bar to relax and enjoy a few drinks and a chat before or after the gigs. There is ample parking at our facility and in a carpark situated adjacent to our location. The Northcourt was set up and actually physically built by local people and members here in Abingdon. It has always been intended to be at the heart of the local community and we are determined that it shall continue to provide the facilities, activities and events that the area needs or lacks.
We will be delighted to welcome music fans to any and all of our events no matter where you come from near or far and you will be guaranteed a good night's entertainment here at The Northcourt. And...you can always guarantee we will never charge you a booking fee on your tickets if you come to us direct.
Please note that though we do provide limited seating this is on a first come first served basis and ticket purchase does not entitle the holder to seating since The Northcourt is considered an all standing venue.
The Northcourt is also home to Abingdon United FC and Abingdon United Woman's FC.
Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.