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Nipples of Venus



  • Funky dance act
  • Gloriously eclectic repertoire taking in Funk, Salsa and Ska versions of 90s trance classics
  • Perform as a fully suited and booted 8 piece band
  • Please note the band only play instrumental music


The Nipples of Venus are based in Edinburgh and ready and willing to travel for your event.

Standard Set Times

  • One hour or x 2 forty five minute set depending on requirements

About this Act

Welcome to the profile, the preposterous, exquisite, delectable cartel of virtuosity and force of nature that is the Nipples of Venus.

These guy are a high energy dance band that play 'Spiced up Funk/Salsa and Ska' instrumental arrangements of 1990's party Trance/Dance classics, adding cheeky live samples as a social commentary. The infectious eight piece band lights the touch paper on stage whilst the audience laps up their energy, converting it into 'dancing times!'

Back in the early summer of 2015, Nipples of Venus started making a name for themselves playing some great shows in and around Edinburgh's Fridge festival, along with warming up for legendary punk band 'The Rezillos' at the 2015 Halloween Ball at Summerhall, Edinburgh, organised by Vision Events.

The Nips  have a residency at Stramash on Edinburgh's notorious Cowgate, where you can see them wowing the crowds and are a firm favourite of both the regulars and the staff there. They whipped the packedcrowd at the Edinburgh Meadows Festival of 2016 into a "frothing frenzy", and more recently gained an army of fresh fans when they opened the main stage at Kelburn Garden Party Festival 2016.

The Nipples of Venus have managed to establish a loyal following along with a reputation of being one of Edinburgh's top party/dance bands. As a non-pretentious party band, Nipples of Venus have been been put together with one thing in mind, to make people dance their socks off!

Nipples of Venus has a motto, it's always Saturday night on their watch. Fronted by Phil Hopwood, the band will take you back to the dance tracks of the early 90s. The band's signature is loveable classics as interpreted through the medium of ska, funk and salsa. You've not lived until you've heard their version of Ace of Base's All That She Wants or Corona's Rhythm of the Night - it's incredibly catchy.

Are you ready to dance like it's 1995 again? Get your glow sticks ready!

And don't just take Freak Music's word for it:

Hey guys,

I just wanted to say thank you again for being awesome at our wedding reception. I know you don't normally do weddings (at least as the Nips) but you were absolutely perfect and I've lost count of the number of people that have told me how much they enjoyed listening to you. I myself had so many moments where I had to just stop and appreciate what you were doing. Also I danced and I never dance in public.

Thanks also for buying my dad a pint and being totally amazing with Conor (The wee dancer at the front).

You guys were perfect. Completely perfect.

Thanks again,

Frazer Knox & Laura Harkins
Piping Centre, Glasgow

Nipples of Venus were a serious joy to work with from start to finish. Phil was always quick to respond and continually accommodating. Though they came well reviewed, we had no idea what we were truly in store for until they took to the stage, epically dressed and full of energy. Their talent and cheeky charm really made the night; the set list was perfect and they read the audience to give them exactly what they were looking for! Comments on the night and ever since have been enthused renditions of "that band though" and "seriously, that band though" and we couldn't have asked for anyone better to make the night such a roaring success.

Thank you, Nipples of Venus!!

Louise Spence.
Edinburgh Shakespeare society Masquerade Ball, held at The Caves, Edinburgh.


Set List

Venga Boys - Venga Bus
Venga Boys - Boom boom boom boom
Theme from Grange Hill (1978 version)
Nightmares On Wax - Mission Venice
Shaggy - It Wasn't Me
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Herb Albert - Spanish Flea
Sugar Hill Gand - Apache
Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life
Shaggy - It Wasn't me!
Corona - Rhythm of the Night
Ace of Base - All That She Wants
Gala - Freed from Desire
Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
N-Trance - Set you Free
Dick Dale - Misirlou
2 Unlimited - No Limit
Bobby Brown - 2 Can Play That Game
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Touch and Go - Would You...?
Whigfield -Saturday Night
Kiss - God Gave Rock N Roll to You.
Papas Got a Brand New Pig Bag - Pig Bag
Samba De Janeiro (World cup theme)


  • 8 piece band comprising of Drums, Congas/percussion, Electric bass, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet along with samples triggered throughout.


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