Jet Pack Jesus

Anyone who loves the great rock, alternative and indie bands of the last five decades will love the live performances of Jet Pack Jesus, these five musicians from Bristol keep the crowd on their feet all night long. Belting out tracks from legends such as The Beatles and The Stones through to The Killers and the Kings of Leon, there’s something for everyone in their set.  The bands repertoire is continually increasing and with a bit of notice they’ll even work in a couple of requests to suit your wedding, party or corporate event. Jet Pack Jesus are regulars on the Bristol pub and club scene along with appearances at sporting events, festivals and charity events. Drew Ford (Lead Vocals), Tristan Exon (Rhythm guitar and Backing Vocals, and also taking the lead on some songs),  Charlie Hallett (Lead Guitar), Darrin Jones (Bass and Synth) and Matt Derrick (Drums) have a huge amount of gigging experience between them.  Their high energy performances are well renowned in the Bristol area and having this full on, five piece band rocking up your venue or event will certainly give your guests something to talk about.

The Band

Drew Ford

Drew Ford


Drew is a founding member of JPJ after he replied to an ad for singer wanted on Gumtree in 2014 and has been standing at the front ever since.

Favourite Song: Slide Away by Oasis (Noel Gallagher acoustic version)

Guilty Pleasure: MMMBop by Hansen

First Album: Salt n Peppa ‘A Salt with a Deadly Peppa’

First Gig: Eternal at the  Bristol Colston Hall

Matt Derrick

Matt Derrick


Matt has been playing the Bristol pub and club scene for the past ten years and Joined the band in 2015.

Favourite song: Paradise City by Guns N Roses

Guilty pleasure: The One And Only by Chesney Hawkes

First Album: Bryan Adams ‘Reckless’

First Gig: U2 Achtung Baby Tour

Charlie Hallett

Charlie Hallett

Lead Guitar

Charlie has been with the band since August 2016. Proir to this has been playing lead guitar for many bands in and around the Bristol area.

Favourite Song: Highway to Hell by ACDC

First Album: Status Quo ‘If You Can’t Stand The Heat’

First Gig: Right Said Fred

Tristan Exon

Tristan Exon

Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vocals

Having found JPJ online whilst lying by the pool enjoying the glorious Greek sun with rum in hand, he was the final piece of the mad puzzle that is Jet Pack Jesus. Eager to get gigging, break some strings, get people dancing and sweat through some shirts, he was eager to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. Has been playing Guitar for 6 years and singing for 2. Enthusiastic, energetic and versatile are just some of the words that have been thrown his way.

Favourite Song: Clocks Go Forward by James Bay

First Album: Black Eyed Peas ‘Elephunk’

Darrin Jones

Darrin Jones

Bass and Synth

Darrin along with Drew is one of the founder members of JPJ. He has played in several pub bands and open mic nights.

Favourite Song: Are Friends Electric by Gary Numan

Guilty Pleasure: Witchita Lineman by Glen Campbell

First Album: The Carpenters, Live at the Palladium (for my mum)

First Gig: Gary Numan Pleasure Principle tour.

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Ready to Rock

Come Together

Cover of The Beatles hit with a modern twist. Jetpack Jesus recorded LIVE at The Reckless Engineer, Bristol, April 2nd, 2016. Recorded and produced by Ian O’Regan


Cover of Pearl Jam’s iconic hit. Jetpack Jesus recorded LIVE at The Reckless Engineer, Bristol, April 2nd, 2016. Recorded and produced by Ian O’Regan

Place Your Hands

Cover of a classic by Reef. Jetpack Jesus recorded LIVE at The Reckless Engineer, Bristol, April 2nd, 2016. Recorded and produced by Ian O’Regan

Song set list


“You guys were amazing! Thank you so much, such an incredible night!”

– Rich & Rachel Boswell – Wedding 2017

“Brilliant night as always! What more can I say?…..”

– Kay Clarke

“Jet Pack Jesus absolutely made our wedding reception. All our guests were up dancing and rocking the evening away. They have a great catalogue of songs that gets the crowd up but also some unusual songs that really suited us and really made it a great night. We have had so many compliments about how great Jet Pack Jesus were from our guests. We can’t wait to see them again and they are definitely a band we would pay to see anywhere.”

– Graeme & Louise Smith – Wedding 2017

“Wonderful, hi-energy, lively band who pulled in a large crowd who stayed & sang along & danced the night away. Highly recommended”

– Dave Allen – Brit Bar

“Really great sound and everyone on their feet from start to finish and all for an amazing cause. We can’t thank you enough”

Sarah Schranz – Holly Hedge Grand Ball – 2018

“Just bloody AWESOME!”

– Nick Milbourne

“We have seen a lot of bands around Bristol over the years and were originally put on to JPJ by another band that were unavailable for our engagement party. I’m so glad they did! We have been to see them many times since and booked them for our wedding. The fantastic set had everyone on the dance floor all night, they certainly rocked it! No ‘filler’ songs like many other bands. We cannot thank you enough for such an amazing wedding reception!”

– Tara & Dan Harvey – Wedding 2018

Updates from the Band


After a break over Christmas and some very productive time in the studio what better way to start a busy 2019 than with a gig at The Fire Engine in Redfield, it was great to see the place packed on Saturday night and everyone having great time.

So what has 2019 got in store for you, well……………. It’s going to be epic. We have gigs at all our regular venues with new venues such as the Rising Sun in Ashton Gate and The Lamb in Cadbury Heath wanting a bit of the JPJ madness this year. Oh…and keep an eye on our website and social media for an announcement regarding a very special event in September, not going to give too much away but keep the 21st free if you love your music.

One more thing before we sign off…………Drew is trekking to Machu Picchu in October this year to raise money and awareness for MIND the mental health charity, I’m sure you’ll all agree it’s a fantastic cause and if you can afford a donation to this worthy cause please do so by navigating to. or text OTIB82 followed by the amount (eg 10) to 70070 (Link on our FB)



A new year is upon us and it gives us a bit of time to reflect on the last and look forward to this. 

2018 saw us play a more varied gig range from new venues, more weddings and the RAF 100th Anniversary celebrations at The Bristol Aerospace Museum. We got back in the studio and recorded some tracks (which will be available for you all to listen to soon), needless to say it was our most successful year yet. 

So, what does 2019 look like?? Well we’ve already got a pretty full schedule although we don’t kick off our lives until mid Feb.  We’ve already bounced around ideas for new songs to add to our set and if you’ve got any suggestions please feel free to let us know. We’re also exploring doing some original material which you may hear live. 

I’ve saved the most anticipated thing til last and yes I can confirm Darrin has a new hat! 


Quality not Quantity

The past couple of months haven’t been our busiest gig wise but we’ve all been working hard to squeeze in gigs and practices around our holidays and work commitments. Even with the lack of practices we’ve still managed to additive new songs to our setlist so if you haven’t seen us for a couple of months, get yourselves down to our next gig. We have however had a couple of real highlights in the past couple of months, the first was a charity gig we played in aid of the Dorothy House Hospice care. This was such an amazing event to be part of, we we’re approached by Sam (one of the organisers) to play this event and after he explained what it was in aid of and why we couldn’t wait to get involved. It was a really successful evening raising £3,300 for Dorothy House Hospice Care, We’ve already agreed to get involved with next years event and are hoping to make it bigger and better. The second highlight was inviting a special young lad to one of our practices. Kenz is always wanting to see us play but due to us mainly gigging in pubs he’s never allowed in the venues to watch us play. Kenz’s mum happened to mention to us that he loves watching us but can rarely come to our gigs so we decided to send him a video message as we were setting up at a gig, inviting him to come and spend an evening with us in the studio. It took a few weeks to organise but we finally got a date that worked and Kenz spent the whole evening with us, watching us practice, looking around our kit and even getting one or two requests played. It was great to see him so happy and we look forward to seeing him at our next daytime event. We’re pretty busy up until Christmas now with a mix of public gigs and private functions so keep your eyes on the website and social media for where we are.




Set List

See below for a selection of our current set. We are always working on new songs and always try to accommodate any requests. We can also do a selection of acoustic songs should the occasion call for it.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl?  Jet

Are You Gonna Go My Way?  Lenny Kravitz

Basket Case  Green Day

Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor  Arctic Monkeys

Billie Jean  Michael Jackson

Blow  Ed Sheeran

Brown Eyed Girl  Van Morrison

Chelsea Dagger  The Fratellis

Come Together  The Beatles

Creep  Radiohead

Dakota  Stereophonics

Dani California  Red Hot Chili Peppers

Don’t You Worry Child  Swedish House Mafia

Don’t Look Back Into The Sun  The Libertines

Feeling Good  Muse

Figure It Out Royal Blood

Fortunate Son  Creedence Clearwater Revival

Get Lucky  Daft Punk

Hard To Handle  Black Crows

Hey Joe  Jimi Hendrix

Highway To Hell  ACDC

I Can’t Feel My Face  The Weeknd

I’m Yours  Jason Mraz

Lightening Bolt  Jake Bugg

Long Train Running  Doobie Bros

Love Machine  Girls Aloud

Love Me Again  John Newman

Mr. Jones  Counting Crows

Mr. Brightside  The Killers

Naïve  The Kooks

New Shoes  Paolo Nutini

Place Your Hands  Reef

Play That Funky Music  Wild Cherry

Radioactive  Imagine Dragons

Saturday Nights Alright  Elton John

Sex On Fire  Kings Of Leon

Smooth  Santana

Song 2  Blur

Superstition  Stevie Wonder

Sweet Child Of Mine  Guns n Roses

Sweet Home Alabama  Lynyrd Skynyrd

Take Me Out  Franz Ferdinand

Times Like These  Foo Fighters

Too Many Sandwiches  Stereophonics

Twist & Shout  The Beatles

Underdog  Kasabian

Whole Lotta Love  Led Zeppelin

Will We Talk  Sam Fender

You Got It Bad  Ocean Colour Scene

You Really Got Me  The Kinks

Zombie  Jamie T

How about a bespoke song for your special day?

For the ultimate in bespoke additions to your special day we can write and perform an original song and lyrics, written and performed exclusively for you. There is also the option to have the song professionally recorded for you to keep, contact us for full details, click the link for an example.

2020 Gig Dates




The Salthouse (Clevedon) – 7th March

Birkett Tap (Baldwin St) – 13th March

The Hartcliffe Inn – 4th April

The Good Intent (Brislington) – 10th July

The Fire Engine (Redfield) – 11th July

The Lamb (Cadbury Heath) – 8th August

The Royal British Legion (Dundry) – 15th August

Lock & Weir Beer & Cider Festival (Hanham) – 29th August

The Good Intent (Brislington) – 9th October

The Blue Lagoon (Gloucester Rd) – 10th October

The Dolphin (Oldland Common) – 24th October

Mardons Social Club (Misomer Norton) – 28th November

Birkett Tap (Baldwin St) – 11th December

The Dolphin (Oldland Common) – 12 December

The Lamb (Cadbury Heath) – 18th December

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