Lights, Action, Beatles! In an instant, you are transported - back to a time of John, Paul, George & Ringo. Back to when Beatlemania first began. From Twist & Shout to Get Back.
Welcome to THE BEATELS - the Beatles tribute group that has been wowing audiences around the world with their fab recreation of The Beatles live on stage since 1996!
The Beatles are one of the most popular groups of all time! Their music is known and loved all around the world, & their songs continue to inspire and thrill generations of music-lovers. THE BEATELS perform songs from the entire musical career of The Beatles, from Please Please Me to Let It Be - and more! Their show features a wide selection of hits, as well as some special surprises!
They use a variety of costumes, but they generally perform a 2-set show, featuring an early period Black & White set (1962-1965) and a later period Psychedelic set (1966-1970), using authentic Beatle instruments, just like the ones the Beatles used to play their songs.
THE BEATELS have an extensive collection of authentic 1960's instruments, which is one of the reasons why they can capture the sound of The Beatles so accurately.
The thing that sets this group apart from the others the attention to details and the quality of the musicianship. Lush, live, 4-part harmonies, with note-for-note performances of Beatles recordings - this group has to be seen to be believed.
Accents that get Scousers swearing "they must come from England", vocals that sound just like the real thing, & the closest John Lennon lookalike in Australia, makes THE BEATELS not only one of the most professional, but also one of the most authentic tributes acts in the world today!
Australia gets many tourists from Liverpool - the birthplace of The Beatles. Invariably, they comment at the end of shows that THE BEATELS are more realistic than even the supposed top Beatle tributes from England. They should know!
Bruce Coble, who plays John, has been performing Beatles music to audiences around the world for 25 years, & other members of the group have been performing Beatles music together onstage for over 15 years, making THE BEATELS one of the most experienced and professional Beatles tributes in the world!
Special events, festivals, corporate functions - even weddings and birthdays - THE BEATELS are a favourite for events organisers looking for a versatile & classy show! Because they have such a huge repertoire of songs, they can tailor their set to whatever is needed, whether it is a high energy party, or a captivating and classy dinner show. They have shared the stage with a range of high profile performers, such as Olivia Newton-John, Russell Morris, John Paul Young, Pete Best, Herman's Hermits, The Platters, The Drifters, Normie Rowe, Chubby Checker, Little Patti, Marty Rhone, Barry Crocker - the list goes on. THE BEATELS are experienced performers who know how to put on a show!
THE BEATELS regularly perform at major international events and these days are more often than not playing outside of Australia. In the last few years, they have been regular visitors to Singapore and Malaysia, with other shows in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, and of course, The Cavern Club in Liverpool - the very place where Beatlemania began!
THE BEATELS have a consistent line-up, & this is one of the secrets to the way they maintain their quality.
Bruce is one lucky guy. Not only does he love playing the role of John Lennon with THE BEATELS, he just happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to the great man. The Sydney Morning Herald called his resemblance "spooky", but no matter what you call it, it's a handy thing. Combine that with the stances, the accent, the style - and you have one breathtaking impersonation of John Lennon. And he has been doing now for 25 years!
Bruce began his career as a John Lennon impersonator in 1990, when he joined another Beatles act called The Beatnix, which is where he first met the other founding members of THE BEATELS. He quickly gained a reputation as the most recognisable Lennon impersonator in Australia from his appearances with that group on Hey Hey It's Saturday, The Midday Show, & internationally, & even for his part in a now famous Beatle-version of "A Stairway To Heaven" . Since forming THE BEATELS in early 1996, his impersonations of John Lennon with THE BEATELS have been applauded around the world, & now in his 25th year of "being John", it doesn't look like stopping soon!
Glenn has been a fan of The Beatles since he was a child, and his love of the music shines through in his performances as Paul McCartney with THE BEATELS. A natural left-hander & gifted instrumentalist, just like Paul McCartney, Glenn shares Macca's vocal range and talent with the bass guitar, and brings the spirit of Sir Paul to life on stage for all who see him perform.
Glenn has performed in a number of Beatle-bands over the years, and joined THE BEATELS in August 2013, adding that special "Macca magic" to every performance. In his spare time, Glenn saves turtles in his local area in Sydney, which is good news if you are a Western Sydney wandering turtle. He also has an undying passion for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, & can often be heard shouting "Go the bunnies". He has also recorded and released his own original tracks, which reflect his love of classic rock and a great melody. Glenn has continued to develop in the role of "Paul" with THE BEATELS over the years since he joined, & has been wowing crowds with his vocal & musical talents!
Marcus is a guitarist's guitarist. He spent the 1980's and much of the 1990's playing in some of the top original bands in Australia - Brave New Works, Spy v Spy, The Numbers, Jeremy Oxley's Chinless Elite and The Allniters to name a few. He also spent a few years in the early 1990's playing the part of George Harrison in The Beatnix with Bruce and the other founding members of THE BEATELS, before heading off to play original music again.
Marcus re-joined Bruce and the others in THE BEATELS in 1999, and has been the resident "George Harrison" ever since. His strong voice and stylish guitar technique have made him one of the best Harrison impersonators in the world. He is a skilled slide guitar player, & like George, loves playing the ukelele! Marcus has gained a reputation amongst Beatle aficionados for his ability to pull off the highly challenging vocal & guitar parts that made George Harrison such an integral part of The Beatles. In his 16th year as George with THE BEATELS, Marcus is one of the best you will ever see!
Neil Rankin makes the perfect Ringo Starr. His immaculate attention to detail, along with the thumping spirit that was The Beatles' rhythm section, recreates the distinctive sound of Ringo, and completes the world class lineup that is THE BEATELS.
Neil is a multi-talented man. & in his earlier days, he was even a high school English teacher, but he is definitely no stranger to world class tribute acts. During the 1990's, Neil was the drummer for one of the best tribute acts Australia has ever produced - The Australian Doors Show. In that group, he toured the world, playing to packed theatres throughout Europe and elsewhere. They even did their own "Doors" version of "A Stairway To Heaven" !
Neil joined THE BEATELS in 2002, and since then, has completed the world class lineup that we have today. He uses an authentic set of Ludwig drums, to recreate the look and sound of Ringo Starr. He also has an unnatural passion for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, & can also often be heard shouting "Go the bunnies"! Neil also writes and has recorded original music with the group Post. He also spreads his talents with other groups, including Cool Britannia & The Ian Francis Band.
Check out THE BEATELS live!
Show: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Join THE BEATELS for a fab night of Beatlemania at Club Belrose. Featuring Bruce Coble as "John", Glenn Wheatcroft as "Paul", Marcus Phelan as "George" and Neil Rankin as "Ringo", put some Beatles under your Xmas tree with THE BEATELS. You'll hear a "gear" selection of Beatles hits as well as some surprises for the fans. And best of all, entry is free!
THE BEATELS are a truely remarkable tribute act. Like Bjorn Again they have artfully distilled an essence and carry off their projection with confidence and dexterity. I have seen them perform with strings and choirs, and as a hot rockin' Mersey beat quartet, and in every situation, no matter how ambitious, they really do become the Fab Four from Liverpool.- Glenn A Baker
The idea of a bunch of Australians impersonating the very British Beatles seems a little strange, especially since they do it so well that they are one of the premiere Beatles tribute bands in the world.- Jeanine Tan
Outstanding night guys - thank you! Feedback today was tremendous.- Ryan Kokomo Freedman
To book THE BEATELS, please contact Rob Smith at Southbeat Entertainment Group