Function Central is the UK's leading live music booking agency: we manage over 2000 bookings a year for events ranging from weddings and private parties to high-profile corporate functions.
We offer a huge choice of wedding bands, function bands, DJs and musicians for hire in all styles, throughout the UK. Our live music experts will help you find the perfect act for your event, whether you're planning an intimate cocktail party or a ball with hundreds of guests. All our musicians and bands for hire are hand-picked or recommended to us personally, so you can be sure you'll get high-quality, reliable entertainment on the day.
Hiring a band, musician or DJ from Function Central is easy. Once you've chosen your act, we'll draw up a secure booking contract, covering every eventuality. And that's just the beginning: we'll stay in touch and help with any queries you have before the day, so all you need to worry about is having a great time!
Outstanding wedding bands
Our roster of wedding bands play upbeat, danceable songs from all eras and in all genres, from rock and pop cover bands to soul bands and tribute bands. But choosing the right band to hire for your evening reception can be daunting – for such a special event, you can’t afford to get it wrong! Function Central are live wedding music experts, and we take over 1000 wedding band bookings a year. We'll not only give expert advice to help you find the perfect entertainment, we’ll also provide help and support right up to the day.
We can provide live bands and musicians for your ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast as well. We've gathered the UK’s most talented and professional wedding singers, wedding musicians and jazz bands in one place, so that you can enjoy finding a wedding band and leave the organising to us. We have bands for hire for every kind of wedding celebration – from string quartets for a laid-back atmosphere to Latin and salsa bands to keep guests dancing until dawn!
Book live wedding music with confidence
On such a special day, you’ll want to make sure you book the most talented and reliable wedding bands or wedding musicians. That's why we’ve vetted every single one of our acts: they have to meet our strict standards for experience, organisational skills, punctuality, musicianship and outstanding live performance, as well as courtesy, friendliness and a willingness to adapt to your exact requirements. All our wedding bands are young enough to love what they do, but experienced enough to know exactly how to make your party perfect.
Our price promise means you won’t have to dent your drinks budget to get great live wedding music: if another agent offers you one of our wedding bands at a lower price, or on better terms, we’ll match their offer.
Hiring a band is easy
All our bands for hire are fully self-contained: you won't have to provide any equipment or even help them set up, so you can get on with enjoying your day! They all provide their own PA systems and lighting, as well as interval music between sets, giving you a seamless night of entertainment. Many bands for hire also provide a specialist laptop DJ service between sets, which includes mixed songs, lighting and requests. This is much cheaper than hiring a separate DJ, and some bands don’t even charge for it at all!
In the run-up to your event we'll be on hand to offer advice on performance timings, getting the best from your venue and your band (for example, how to work with noise limiters) and venue requirements (such as PAT certificates and public liability insurance certificates). We'll make sure you and the venue receive all the documents you need in plenty of time.
Finally, our 24/7 support line means we’re always on hand to help out with any last-minute emergencies: in the unlikely event of your function band or wedding band pulling out of your event due to illness, we'll be able to find an equally outstanding replacement from our roster of hundreds of fully vetted bands for hire, at a moment's notice. Whatever happens, you’re guaranteed the very best wedding entertainment on your special day. But don't take our word for it: take a look at what hundreds of customers have said.
Reliable function bands for all occasions
As well as being the UK's first stop for wedding bands, we have an exciting selection of reliable, experienced function bands and mobile DJs for every other party, from birthday parties and anniversaries to christenings, bar mitzvahs and children's parties. Our function bands have provided the live music for corporate events from small office parties to blue-chip company balls; previous clients include Jaguar, Boots, Habitat, Lloyds TSB, Cadbury, Age Concern and Saatchi & Saatchi.
You can hire a band in any genre, from rock to ceilidh, salsa to funk. Our world music party bands make great entertainment for cosmopolitan crowds, and our selection of unusual music includes genres ranging from klezmer and country to reggae and flamenco. Tribute bands who focus on specific artists, such as Abba, Elvis and the Blues Brothers, and tributes to specific decades, such as the 60s and the 80s, are perfect for themed club nights and private parties.
We don't just book live bands for private events – we can also provide function bands and musicians for pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants and festivals. Our bands for hire have appeared at many of the country’s top venues, from The Ritz to Ronnie Scott's, and played at festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and Bestival.
Bands for hire UK wide
Function Central is a live music entertainment agency in London, but we offer musicians, DJs and bands for hire throughout the UK, including wedding bands in London, Manchester and Birmingham. See live wedding bands and function bands by area for full act listings by town, county and region.