The Brightside Band (previously known as The Geoff Lai Special) are a hugely popular party band consisting of four fun loving, young, skilled, musicians with a vast wealth of experience behind them. They offer any event, be it a wedding, party, or corporate function an amazing night of music for you to dance the night away.  They combine the best music from the 60's to today to create a fun, energetic atmosphere for your party to ensure that everyone, including grandma, is kept entertained. It doesn’t matter whether you’re celebrating your 18th or 80th or even just wanting some background music, The Brightside Band guarantee you wont be disappointed!

We played over 150 gigs last year, and this year is looking although it is going to be just as good. We've played at amazing venues all over the country, Claridges in London all the way up to Liverpool and back down to Devon as well as this country, they were even flown out to The Grand Hotel in Stockholm. When not playing private gigs, the band can often be spotted playing at 1812 bar and restaurant in Bournemouth where they had held a residency for over three years, so if you ever want to see us live, drop us a line and find out when we're next playing.

The Brightside Band are not your average 'cover band' we are all full time professional musicians who have many years of experience (even at our tender age!) at playing live gigs all over the world in a variety of settings, from venues such as The Shephards Bush Empire, Bluenote Tokyo and Glastonbury festival all the way down to a birthday party in a lounge!

The band are sympathetic to the fact that different venues have different sound requirements and we are fully experienced in meeting these. For information regarding what we can offer you and your event please visit the FAQ section of the site. We strive to ensure that we offer you, as a paying customer, the best service we can possibly provide.  So, if you are unsure whether we can meet your requirements, then please get in contact with us first to discuss using our contact page.   We will always try our best to help your night be a storming success! 

So, be it a wedding, corporate do or a simple birthday party, The Brightside Band bring that special something to your party with the minimum of fuss and the maximum good times


Geoff Lai - Guitar/Vocals

Geoff is an extremely accomplished guitarist and vocalist. When he's not performing at parties with The Brightside Band, Geoff can be found funking out with his original band The Baker Brothers. Being literally big in Japan, Geoff is often shipped out to play to sell out crowds. Check out The Baker Brothers here.

Richard Preston - Drums

A brilliant session drummer, Rich has played for many artists and film soundtracks. He's toured with a variety of big funk artists including The James Taylor Quartet. He also plays in his own original funk band Big Train's Haymaker. Check out Big Train's Haymaker here. But its not just funk, Rich also runs a jazz night called "Jazz at The Winchester" and plays with metal "Sunshine Repuplic"

Matthew Mcnaughton - Sax/Keyboard/Vocals

Matt is an accomplished saxophone player for his young years. He's in constant demand as a performing sax player and and performed and recording with many, many bands. He has also performed in musicals up and down the country. As well as this Matt is also the lead singer and front man for the original band Big Train's Haymaker. Check out Big Train's Haymaker here.

Holley Gray - Bass/Vocals

Holley has been performing as a bass player for many years. He has recording with many artists. As well as The Brightside Band, Holley performs, records and tours for singer songwriter Ben Montague. As well as an accomplished performer, Holley is also a successful composer, having scored many commercials, shorts and feature films. Check out his writing work here. Holley also plays in Big Train's Haymaker with Matt and Rich.

Other Members
On the rare occassion that one of the members falls ill or has an emergency, we have a variety of great "deps" that can fill the role of other members. They are all top quality performers and have experience playing our set with us, so there will be the minumum of disruption to your event.