Popgun was put together by four guys who had a collective love of the music of the 80s and a mutual respect for each other's musicianship and achievements. Before Popgun as individual members we had album released worldwide, massive festival appearances and had worked with some big names in the music business as well as European tours and TV/ Radio appearances and its this experience and coming together of talents that makes Popgun the best 80s tribute band around. As fun as it is getting to play all these amazing weddings and exclusive functions we work tirelessly in rehearsals and behind the scenes to offer you the best overall experience. Our biggest regret is we didn't start Popgun sooner.
Whilst we have accrued lots of individual experience, since Popgun formed in 2013 as a band we have had huge successes playing some truly amazing venues like the O2 in London and the Ritz in London as well as some awesome festivals around the UK. Below you will find the individual profiles of the members of popgun so feel free to browse them and learn a little bit about their careers pre popgun and see what their favourite 80s films and songs are. Don't forget to give them a spin or an outfit change using their gallery.
Phil Maher Vocals / Keytar / Guitar
Phil Maher has spent the last 8 years playing guitar, keys and singing with his 2 signed original bands. After releasing 2 albums (available through HMV,itunes) and touring the UK and Europe with several appearances at Download festival and a host of other European Festivals Phils career has found him playing alongside such artists as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, The Darkness, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, H.E.A.T and Aerosmith as well as appearing in Kerrang, Metal Hammer, Rocksound, Classic Rock and Buurn magazine. Aswell as taking on the frontman duties for Popgun, Phil is a recording and live sound engineer with credits on 2 released albums and a host of demo's and EP's.
Matt Young Guitar / Vocals
Matt Young has been playing guitar for 15 years, taking on over 1200 gigs spanning three Continents, 15 Countries and has had his music played on radio stations all over Europe as well as working with Matt Cardle (Xfactor Winner 2010), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses, Heart), Toyah, Saxon, Zodiac Mindwarp and Reef. From festivals in front of 15,000 fans to intimate acoustic gigs he has played gigs in every major theatre, venue or hall in the UK and Ireland. He enjoys all things 80's, spending time with his family as well doing session work for established and up and coming artists.
Matt Fowkes Bass / Vocals
Matt Fowkes (AKA Fowkesy) has been playing bass since he was 13 and in that time, has played live shows to tens of thousands of people in pubs, clubs and at several large festivals nationwide. As part of a widely acclaimed originals band, he received several major endorsements from companies such as Rotosound and Hartke Bass Amps, has been featured and played on several national radio stations including Radio One and Radio Suffolk, as well as airtime on Channel 4, supporting bands like Alphabeat and Scouting For Girls on a televised UK tour.
Simon Lipscombe Drums / Vocals
Simon started his career in music at the age of 16 working as a session musician for various tribute and cover bands as well as finding success in his own original band where he’s played alongside such acts as Level 42, Reef, Orbital, Status Quo, NDubz and Human League as well as appearing in a 8 page article in Sugar Magazine. In 2010 Simon joined forces with Matt to form one of the most successful tribute bands in the UK playing hundreds of shows all over the UK as well as Europe including the 02 Academy and Guilfest. Simon now runs a successful music venue and manages some big functions bands in Essex.