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The Pre-Amps


The Pre-Amps are a 4-piece British 1960s-influenced Pop/Rock band from Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

They specialise in performing covers from the 1960s, covering the likes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Small Faces, The Who, The Kinks, The Hollies and The Monkees to name but a few, whilst combining distinctive 1960s-style vocal harmonies and retro Rock & Roll instrumentation to create a real nostalgic experience that’s sure to get you up dancing!

Known locally for their impressive vocal harmonies, The Pre-Amps have made a big impression on the North East music scene since touring the local pub/club circuit and spent time furthering this in the North West during 2017-2020 whilst studying Music Production at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire. The group is currently playing regularly at various venues around the UK, mainly focussing on social clubs and holiday parks where they are gaining a positive reputation as a hard-working, professional and entertaining live act.

They gained great exposure after playing on the front stage at the world-famous Cavern Club, Liverpool for the first time in March 2018 and supported the Small Fakers in the Cavern Club Live Lounge in March 2019, subsequently being asked to return by the venue on several occasions.

The band’s self-produced 2017 and 2019 ‘Covers’ albums have been received very well and have been highly praised worldwide for capturing the essence of the times and reminding people of “the good old days”.

The Pre-Amps’ first original single ‘Doesn’t Change’ was released on The Label Recordings on 19th December 2019 and has received a great deal of national airplay on BBC Radio Newcastle, BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio London to name a few as well as various local radio stations. The track has also gained numerous positive reviews and online press coverage.

Debut single 'Doesn't Change' OUT NOW on all music platforms (Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Napster etc.) Follow this link to access the track on these platforms: https://ditto.fm/doesnt-change. Please get in touch to order your physical copy on CD!

The band's 2nd single was released on all platforms on Friday 19th February 2021. The A-Side, 'Hard To Say', was recorded at The Unionist Club, South Shields on 17th December 2020. Produced by The Pre-Amps. The B-Side, 'With My Baby', was recorded at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool on 19th March 2019. Produced by Chris Taylor.

NEW SINGLE 'Hard To Say' & 'With My Baby' OUT NOW on all platforms (Spotify etc.) Click on this link to listen now: https://ditto.fm/hard-to-say-with-my-baby
Please get in touch to order your physical copy on CD!

Screen name:
The Pre-Amps
Member since:
Jan 14 2017
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
22 years


The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Hollies, Small Faces, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Monkees, Status Quo etc.

Members Of Band

Lyndon Philliskirk: Vocals, keyboards.
Rob Gray: Vocals, bass guitar.
Kelvin Banks: Vocals, guitars.
Scott Charlton: Vocals, drums.


• Nord Stage 2 keyboard
• Epiphone ES-339 guitar
• Hofner Ignition Violin bass

• Fender Rumble 500 Amplifier
• Ashdown RM 500 Amplifier
• 2012 Epiphone Viola bass
• 1981 Ibanez Blazer bass
• 2012 Epiphone Jack Casady Signature bass
• 2017 Rickenbacker 4003/s bass
• 2018 Home-made fretless teal-green violin bass
• 1966 Vox Wyman Teardrop bass
• 2019 Gibson SG bass
• 1967 Framus Star 5/149 bass
• 2017 Danelectro 58 Longhorn bass
• 2017 Fender Standard Precision bass
• 1964 Framus Star 5/150 bass
• 2010 Hofner 500/2 Club bass (Formerly owned by Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller band, The Specials etc. and then given to Andy Bennett when he joined Ocean Colour Scene.)
• 2004 Fender Highway 1 Jazz bass
• 1968 Gibson EB-2 bass
• 2013 Fender Bass VI (Converted/Upgraded Squier Vintage Modified)

• Vox AC30 C2 Amplifier
• 2016 Epiphone Casino Coupe guitar
• 2015 Gibson ES-339 guitar
• 2016 Gibson SG Standard guitar
• Late 1990s Danelectro 56 U2 Reissue guitar
• 2018 Gretsch Electromatic G5421 guitar
• 'Carrie Anne' custom painted 'Stratocaster' guitar
• Harley Benton 12-string electric guitar
• Gretsch Jim Dandy acoustic guitar
• 2018 Epiphone DR-212 12-string acoustic guitar
• 2018 Fender Classic Series 1960s Telecaster (Custom painted - Forest Green)
• 2003 Rickenbacker 360/12 guitar
• 2015 Danelectro 58 Longhorn guitar
• 2017 Fender Classic Player Series 1960s Stratocaster (Custom painted - Daphne Blue)
• 2007 Hofner Contemporary Series Club guitar
• Late 1960s Vox Teardrop Mark VI guitar (Custom painted - 'China Rose' Pink)
• 2012 Gibson Les Paul Studio '60s Tribute P90 Gold Top
• 2019 Fender Jaguar (Converted Squier Classic Vibe 70s)
• 2021 Home-assembled Purple Fender Telecaster

• Gretsch Catalina Club drum kit
• Fender Stratocaster guitar
• Epiphone J200 acoustic
• 1990's Squier Musicmaster bass