Les Valentine


Les Valentine are currently gigging at numerous venues in and around Brighton and beyond, and they would love for you to hear them.

You can join their mailing list to hear about gigs and news by writing to band@lesvalentine.com.

You can also e-mail in asking for a free CD!

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After meeting during a weekly acoustic Open Mic Night at the University of Sussex, John Fitzpatrick and Steve Boniface began playing and writing together soon after, specialising in self-penned, upbeat songs and offbeat covers. The pair were part of indie rock band 'Johnny Fitz Promotion', playing gigs along the South Coast and in London, but after a year or so missed their acoustic roots and split from the group.After playing as a duo for 8 months the band expanded to include Jo Walters on piano and Pete 'Panache' McFarlane on drums.

With a mix of upbeat acoustic music, unusual takes on well known artists and audience focused shows, they are gathering a following which they hope will continue to grow and grow. 2008 started with amazing success in the 'Beat the Mix' chart which Les Valentine stormed, holding the #1 slot for weeks at a time. Now they invite you on their journey! Enjoy!

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Title:  ITV, Meridian Tonight & New Recordings on the way
Created: Sunday 16 March 21:21
Last Updated: Sunday 16 March 21:22
Category:  General

It’s been an exciting few weeks for Les Valentine, and very very busy (hence the lack of newsletters, sorry). We’ve had a number of gigs at the Old Market, The Sanctuary Cafe and The Cobden Club in London, as well as starting on a few new recordings. Not to mention being featured on ITV Local and also in a slot on Meridian Tonight!


The Latest News:

·         Meridian Tonight & ITV Local

·         New Recordings



Title:  Beat The Mix Winners Gig, THIS THURSDAY!
Created: Sunday 24 February 15:47
Last Updated: Sunday 24 February 15:47
Category:  General

Six months of hard work gathering votes and promoting our song Nervous comes to fruition this week when we headline a massive gig being put together by Beat The Mix at the Old Market in Hove (http://www.theoldmarket.co.uk/events_08_feb.php#28). The tickets are selling fast and there should be around 500 people there, so it would be great to see some familiar faces!


The Les Valentine Latest:

  • ·         Beat The Mix Live at the Old Market, Hove
  • ·         A Successful Les Valentine’s Day
  • ·         Coming Soon – New Recordings

Title:  Sussex & Hampshire's #1 Band
Created: Sunday 03 February 23:35
Last Updated: Sunday 03 February 23:35
Category:  General

This week the Les Valentine newsletter’s reins are handed over to me, Jo, to take you through the latest news. In this week’s update...


  • ·         Les Valentine WIN Beat the Mix - thank you!
  • ·         Les Valentine’s Day


Title:  3 Words: Practice, Practice, Practice
Created: Tuesday 15 January 22:56
Last Updated: Tuesday 15 January 22:56
Category:  General

More accurately, that’s one word three times. But this is the name of the game this week in the run up to January 21st's massive gig at the Pressure Point. Rehearsals are going very well, with Pete and Jo doing excellently well on drums and piano respectively. We can hardly wait for the night to come and there are a few changes to some of our songs you will love.


In the news this week:

  • ·         LEVY tickets are sold out - but don’t fret, get on the guest list!
  • ·         Les Valentine on TV
  • ·         New Gigs

And of course, the Beat The Mix update, Gig Watch & Dates for the diary

Title:  A Very Happy New year
Created: Sunday 06 January 22:20
Last Updated: Sunday 06 January 22:20
Category:  General

Happy New Year everyone, and the very best of luck to everyone in keeping their various resolutions. It’s been a while since our last update, and we’ve been very busy since the turn of the year planning the first few weeks of 2008!

Title:  New Gigs and Opportunities
Created: Monday 19 November 13:47
Last Updated: Monday 19 November 13:48
Category:  Live Shows

The last few days have seen a number of unexpected gig requests for Les Valentine come out of the blue, and some of them really indicate how our reputation is starting to spread around Brighton. That and our impressive number of votes in this week's Beat The Mix chart have made for a satisfying time of late, even if we didn't manage to win the guitar!

Go to www.lesvalentine.com for more!

Title:  lesvalentine.com
Created: Sunday 21 October 21:20
Last Updated: Sunday 21 October 21:20
Category:  General

It’s been a really good week for Les Valentine this week, with two fantastically received gigs and our website finally going live! So a huge welcome for all those who joined our mailing list after our shows at East Slope Bar and the Mint Cafe.

Title:  Les Valentine, Live on Juice 107.2 TONIGHT!
Created: Thursday 04 October 10:44
Last Updated: Thursday 04 October 10:44
Category:  Live Shows

Um, Les Valentine, Live on Juice 107.2 TONIGHT! If you want to support us as independent artists, please text 'Mix 339' to 83070!

Title:  Freshers Week
Created: Sunday 30 September 20:14
Last Updated: Sunday 30 September 20:15
Category:  General
Summary:Les Valentine return to their old stomping ground for a Fresher's Week Gig

Title:  Top of the Charts at www.beatthemix.co.uk
Created: Sunday 23 September 21:52
Last Updated: Sunday 23 September 21:52
Category:  Live Shows
Summary:Success in a text vote chart and working hard to make sure CDs are ready for when we need them! (You can have a free one of you like, just write to lesvalentine@hotmail.co.uk)

Title:  Practice Makes Better
Created: Sunday 09 September 15:13
Last Updated: Sunday 09 September 15:13
Category:  General
Summary:Les Valentine are going into the recording studio this week, and we need to get it right first time. This blog gives an idea of the work it takes to do that.

Title:  Building a Fan Base
Created: Friday 07 September 16:16
Last Updated: Friday 07 September 16:16
Category:  Live Shows
Summary:This week we talk about the difficulty of making people aware of your music and getting them interested.

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