The Beekeepers were an English rock band from Derby, signed to the Beggars Banquet Records label. Their releases included the mini-album Third Party, Fear and Theft and the single, "Do You Behave Like That at Home?"
The Beekeepers, composed of Jamie East (vocals), Gary Thatcher (guitar), Mark Simpson (bass), Steve Bailey (drums), formed in 1993. They signed to Beggars Banquet Records, and released their first single, "Hold On", in 1996. Other releases followed, including "Do You Behave Like That At Home?", a Melody Maker 'Single of the Week', and an album, Third Party, Fear and Theft, which featured production by Gil Norton.
They toured extensively from 1996 until 1998 and were once supported by Travis. They also had TV appearances on MTV, VHF, The Ozone, The Chart Show and The Mag. The group broke up in 1998, with some members going on to form Lucas J.
The Beekeepers recorded new material and reformed for a one off 'farewell gig' at The Old Bell in Derby on September 24, 2011. Kev Lamb replaced Julian Berry on guitar duties.
The Beekeepers announced a rare festival performance at Derby's Bearded Theory Festival. They played the main stage on Friday, 17 May 2013.
This gig was very well received by a lively and enthusiastic audience.
In November 2013 The Beekeepers took to the stage again at The Assembly Rooms Derby, guesting with the band on the night was Pendulum guitarist Peredur ap Gwynedd who replaced Gary Thatcher on the night has he had other work commitments.
Supported by vintage local band Hudson Super Six the packed out gig was a huge success with most fans saying it was the best they have ever seen the band play!!
The Beekeepers plan to record again in 2014 according to their Facebook page.