Space UK

Space UK are an 8-piece band, MOBO winner, made up of players, singers, writers and producers at the very top of their game, playing 20 and 21st century covers.

...I wanted to say personally how fantastic the band were and I only wish the evening could have gone on longer...

Anna Mishcon - Producer, BBC

Thanks for playing at my wedding. You were all brilliant...

John Northcote – CEO Academy Music Group
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Space UK's Bio

Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Take That, James Brown, George Michael, The Sugababes, Chaka Khan, The Spice Girls – what do these acts all have in common? They’ve all used members of Space UK as members of their backing bands and/or featured them on their studio albums.

Space UK are an eight-piece band made up of players, singers, writers and producers at the very top of their game.  They are the only band of their kind to offer a MOBO winner and international number 1 chart-topper as a core member featured vocalist. Space UK’s founder members are long established songwriters and producers for all the major labels, with a long list of pop, dance, classical, TV and feature film credits. Space UK are based in London and have been performing for over 10 years together.

  • At times some of the Space UK members may be unavailable if they are on tour with a major artist, however our pool of musicians are of the same high standard and are well known on the session/touring circuit. We are always available to work on any given date due to our network of singers and musicians and often send out one or more band on any given date.

Anita Kelsey – lead singer:

  • MOBO winner, # 1 chart-topper and Universal in-house songwriter, Anita is best known for her major club & national hits with D*Note and Sunship. Her involvement with the club scene has seen her collaborating with the industry’s most respected and cutting-edge producer/DJ’s; Stonebridge, Fedde Le Grande, Markus Shulz and Tiesto amongst others.
  • Type in the name Anita Kelsey in your browser and over 400,000 pages of her work to date will come up!!
  • Anita’s ability to deliver many different styles has also led to work on Walt Disney’s Merlin, Bring Me The Head of Mavis Davis, and the cult sci-fi classic film Dark City in which Jennifer Connolly mimes to Anita’s renditions of ‘Sway’ and ‘The Night Has A Thousand Eyes’.
  • As a backing vocalist, Anita’s credits include Kings Of Leon, The Spice Girls, Bill Wyman, Boy George, Razorlight, Damon Albarn, Bond, Alison Limerick, Sybil, Russell Watson and Bo Selecta!

Gordon Hulbert – Keyboards/MD:

  • Musical director Gordon Hulbert has been in the MD chair for Chaka Khan, Anastacia, Gabrielle, Alison Limerick & Imagination amongst others and his work with Heatwave, Alexander O’Neal, Odyssey etc has given him a unique insight into what makes these acts some of the the foremost live dance acts in the business.
  • Gordon is also a prolific producer within the dance arena, producing artists such as Alison Limerick, Robert Owens, Shena, Ron Carroll, Angie Brown and Anita Kelsey. Other credits include Stonebridge, Chris Kaeser, Housequake, Armada Records and Black Hole Recordings.
  • As a composer for soundtracks Gordon has a long list of credits with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Parade Films and is commissioned on a regular basis to release instrumental and vocal pieces with the UK’s top five multi-media companies.

Dave Ital – guitar/backing vocals:

  • Currently on tour with Anastacia, Dave has also performed and recorded with Beyoncé, The Sugababes, Level 42, Craig David, Liberty X, Tom Jones, M-People, Bryan Ferry, Rick Astley, Jason Rebello, Jocelyn Brown, Mica Paris, Beverly Knight, Take That, Dina Carroll, Urban Species, Tom Robinson, Candi Staton, Lulu, Bobby Womack, Des’ree, Incognito, Kele Le Roc, reggae legends Lee Scratch Perry and Desmond Dekker and Brit R+B artists Taio Cruz.

Paul Jones – drums:

  • From Wembley arena supporting The Spice Girls to futuristic hip hop dance act Spacek at the recent MTV awards, Don Blackman, to performing on Top Of the Pops with dance act Modjo, it becomes apparent just how versatile Paul’s drumming is and why so many acts are lining up to work with him. Performing regularly with the house band at one of London’s top industry nights ‘The 10 Rooms’ also gave him the chance to back such acclaimed artists as Justin Timberlake, Macy Gray and  The Neptunes. Currently working with Mica Paris.

Simon Green – Lead vocals:

  • A recording artist with Groovefinder and Soulfuric Records, Simon Green is a singer to be reckoned with. He is also in great demand as a backing vocalist, having honed his skills with the likes of Chaka Khan, Jools Holland, A Tribe Called Quest, Heaven 17, Sybil and Russell Watson. Simon tours the club scene on a regular basis with dance diva Angie Brown.

Dave Land – Trumpet:

  • Dave has toured the world with some of the most famous names in music including most of the Motown greats: Ben E King, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, The Four Tops, Edwin Starr, The Temptations, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Jimmy Ruffin, The Three Degrees, The Foundations. In the ‘Rock’ world Dave has toured with: Belinda Carlisle, The Steve Gibbons Band, Symphonic ‘Queen’, The Elvis Presley ‘TCB’ Band. In the ‘Big Band’ & ‘Jazz’ world: Echoes of Ellington Big Band, Super Jazz Big Band , Bert Kaempfert Orchestra , Joe Loss Orchestra , Cleo Laine , King Salsa, Roberto Pla Latin Band , Ross Mitchel Big Band , Glen Miller UK Big Band , The Monty Carlo Band, The QE11 Show Band , Pasadena Roof   Orchestra , Wall Street Crash, Palm Court Orchestra.

Roberto Manzin – Sax:

  • Roberto has performed all over Europe with many, many big names, including James Brown, Trilok Gurtu, Jason Rebello, Antonio Forcione, Manu Katché, Donna Summer, Zucchero ‘Sugar’ Fornaciari, Carmel, Tony Scott, Daniel Barrajanos, Bob Moses and Gene Anthony Ray.

Alexis Contouris – bass:

  • An inspired groovster, Alexis has brought his great bass vibes to the likes of Noel McCoy, Omar, Imagination, Vanessa Simon and Ashanti whose massive single ‘Baby’ features Alexis. His playing can also be heard on Noel McCoy and Vanessa Simon’s most recent albums. Alexis also travels all over the world as part of Billy Ocean’s touring band.

Space UK are an eight-piece band but can add extra brass, percussion and vocalists when required. We can also downsize to a six-piece band although the sound is much fuller, richer and closer to the original tracks when a brass section is present! On certain occasions Space UK have been asked to perform as a trio/quartet and this is achievable with fully programmed backing tracks which we’ve prepared in our own studio.  The genres we cover are soul, funk, motown, dance, pop, rock, disco, acid jazz and  21st century chart toppers.

We can also perform as a jazz trio/quartet/quintet although this is usually under ’The Anita Kelsey trio/quartet/quintet’.

Our own compilation party CD’s can be played before, in between and after live sets, to keep the dance-floor full. We normally play two sets of up to an hour each.

We do not own our own PA system but our quotes will always include the quote we receive from trusted PA companies around the country with whom we’ve built up a good working relationship. Basic stage lighting (minimum 4 x par cans on a stand) is always included in with our quote.


Space UK’s Song list is always being updated and added to.

  • 21st Century

I Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie

Feels Just Like It Should – Jamiroquai

This Love – Maroon 5

Take Your Mama (Out All Night) – Scissor Sisters

Shine – Boot Luv

Got To Have Your Love – Liberty X

Starlight – Supermen Lovers

Lady – Modjo

Where Is The Love – Black Eyed Peas

(Are You Ready For Love – Elton John)

Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake

Groovejet – Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor

God Is A DJ – Pink

Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader

Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls

Do Your Thing – Basement Jaxx

Boogie 2Nite – Booty Luv
Yeah Yeah – Bodyrox
Put Your Hands Up For Detroit – Fedde Le Grande

Freak Like Me – Sugababes

Girlfriend – Pussycat Dolls

Valerie – Amy Winehouse

Rehab – Amy Winehouse

Fascination – Alpha Beat

Toxic – Britney Spears

Mercy – Duffy

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon

I’ve got a feeling – Black Eyed P’s

  • Old School

Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Signed, Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin

I Wish – Stevie Wonder

I Want You Back – The Jacksons

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd

Midnight Hour – Wilson Picket

Mustang Sally – Blues Brothers

Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Never Never Gonna Give You Up – Barry White

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – M.Gaye & T.Terrell

Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

As – Stevie Wonder

Sex Machine – James Brown

I Feel Good – James Brown

Lovely Day – Bill Withers

I believe In Miracles – The Jackson Sisters

One Love – Bob Marley

  • 70’s

Carwash – Rose Royce

Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons

Thinking Of You – Sister Sledge

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

Lost In Music – Sister Sledge

He’s The Greatest Dancer – Sister Sledge

Good Times – Chic

Le Freak – Chic

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

Disco Inferno – The Trammps

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – The Jacksons

Let’s Groove – Earth Wind & Fire

September – Earth Wind & Fire

Oh What A Night – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics

Upside Down – Diana Ross

Play That Funky Music White Boy – Wild Cherry

Lady Marmalade – LaBelle

Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste Of Honey

  • Soul Weekender

Celebration – Kool & The Gang

You To Me Are Everything – The Real Thing

Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead

Been Around The World – Lisa Stansfield

Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan

Best Of My Love – The Emotions

I Found Lovin’ – The Gap Band

Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown

Don’t Look Any Further – Dennis Edwards

Jamaica Funk – Tom Browne

Joy & Pain – Frankie Beverly & Maze

Night To Remember – Shalamar

There It Is – Shalamar

Body Talk – Imagination

Just An Illusion – Imagination

It’s A Love Thing – The Whispers

It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

Going Back To My Roots – Odyssey

Rapper’s Delight – The Sugarhill Gang

Little Red Corvette – Prince


  • Acid Jazz/AOR

Use Me Up – Bill Withers/Raw Stylus

Midnight At The Oasis – Brand New Heavies

Sometimes – Brand New Heavies

Apparently Nothing – The Young Disciples

Gotta Be – Desree

Make It On My Own – Alison Limerick

Shackles (Praise You) – Mary Mary

Give Me The Night – George Benson

Just The Two Of Us – Bill Withers

Smooth – Santana feat. Rob Thomas

Maria Maria – Santana

Oye Como Va – Santana

There’s Nothing Like This – Omar

Always There – Incognito feat. Jocelyn Brown

Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn

Over My Shoulder – Mike & The Mechanics

Sleeping Satellite – Tasmin Archer

Get Here – Oleta Adams

Like A Prayer – Madonna

  • Club Classics

Make Luv – Room 5 feat. Oliver Cheatham

Lazy – X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne

Pride (A Deeper Love) – C & C Music Factory

Finally – Ce Ce Peniston

Sing It Back – Moloko

Movin’ On Up – M People

Red Alert – Basement Jaxx

Where Love Lives – Alison Limerick

Missing – Everything But The Girl

Shine On – Degrees Of Motion

I’m A Dreamer – Living Joy

I Love You Baby – The Original

I Feel Love – Donna Summer

Believe – Cher

Closer Than Close – Rosie Gaines

Killer – Adamski feat. Seal

You’ve Got The Love – The Source ft. Candi Staton

Don’t Call Me Baby – Madison Avenue

What Do I Have To Do – Kylie

Lola’s Theme – Shapeshifters

Back Together – Hardsoul feat. Ron Carroll

  • Jazz Odyssey

Moondance – Van Morrison
My Baby Just Cares – Nina Simone
Fever – Sarah Vaughan
Summertime – George Gershwin
All Blues – Miles Davis
Canteloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Mercy Mercy – Joe Zawinul
Don’t Go To Strangers – Etta James
Love for Sale – Ella Fitzgerald
Rio De Janiero Blues – Randy Crawford
Trouble In Mind – Aretha Franklin
Don’t Explain – Bilie Holiday
God Bless The Child – Billie Holiday
My Favourite Things – John Coltrane
My Funny Valentine – Sarah Vaughan
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Sway – Anita Kelsey (Dark City version)
Love Me Or Leave Me – Dinah Washington
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Lover Man – Ella Fitzgerald

  • Ballads

Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
You Bring The Sun Out – Randy Crawford
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Angels – Robbie Williams
Fix You – Coldplay
Little Wing – Jimmy Hendrix
Always & Forever – Heatwave
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Fields Of Gold – Eva Cassidy (Sting)
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Imagine – John Lennon
Heaven Help Us All – Stevie Wonder
Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack
Betcha By Golly Wow – The Stylistics
The Greatest Love – George Benson
Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye

So Amazing – Luther Van Dross

Stand By Me – Ben E King


‘Thanks for playing at my wedding. You were all brilliant’

John Northcote – CEO Academy Music Group *


‘Just a huge huge huge thank you for an amazing performance. I wanted to say personally how fantastic the band were and I only wish the evening could have gone on longer. When I next plan a BBC party your band is top of the list’

Anna Mishcon – Producer, BBC *

Testimonials cont:

‘We used Space UK for three events in a row and every time the dance floor was packed and people were up on stage joining in with the singing. They helped create a great atmosphere – what more could you want for your party!’

Specsavers Optical Group *


‘Space UK played at our new year party for about 250 guests. They had a wide variety of music , great vocals , a lot of stage personality and got the crowd involved. They had a lot of charisma, and the evening was enjoyed by all’

Shanie Foulstone – Global Rail Limited *


‘We just wanted to thank you all for your amazing performance at our wedding…=—-You were fantastic and everyone young and old(er) had a great time & were full of compliments. We will certainly be recommending you to friends’

Anita Johns – Dulwich


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