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Outstanding live cover bands for hire, throughout the UK. Our bands recreate the classic songs from all your favourite artists. Ideal for weddings, birthdays, office parties and corporate functions.

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The Sweet and Lowdown

  • Brighton
  • 4
  • (128)

Fun and totally unique party band with male and female vocals, playing retro swing, vintage jive and rock'n'roll through to 80s funk, 90s R&B and quirky takes on modern chart.

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from£995

Agent Smith

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (217)

Exceptional party and wedding band playing everything from vintage 1950s rock’n’roll to cutting edge pop, indie and R&B. High profile clients include BT, Mini Cooper and Microsoft!

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from£875

Rockit

  • Surrey
  • 3-4
  • (148)

Amp up your party with Rockit: a sensational party band with a huge catalogue of rock, indie and pop floor-fillers from Chuck Berry and The Beatles to The Killers and Ed Sheeran!

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from£1,250

The Wandering Lights

  • London
  • 4
  • (58)

Charismatic new wedding band performing upbeat, catchy covers with a folksy, festival feel. Expect to hear artists as diverse as Avicii, Blackstreet and Lionel Richie. Also available as an unplugged, acoustic roaming band.

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from£1,135

Blue Juice

  • Brighton
  • 4-5
  • (146)

Fantastic function and wedding band with a soulful male vocalist who put their quirky stamp on melodic rock, pop, soul, ska and funk floor-fillers from Bob Marley to Bruno Mars.

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from£875

Hudson

  • Liverpool
  • 3
  • (129)

One of our leading wedding bands in the North West, Hudson are a powerful trio playing everything from uptempo 50s rock'n'roll to last week's number 1.

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from£920

Get Carter

  • London
  • 4-5
  • (58)

High-energy corporate and wedding band, playing crowd-rousing pop, rock, dance, funk and soul music from the 1960s to the present day. Client list includes Audi and Nintendo.

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from£990

The Runaways

  • Surrey
  • 4
  • (60)

Youthful, charismatic new 4-piece, channelling rock, dance, hip-hop and soul influences. The band have caught the attention of a major label – catch them now while rates are low!

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from£995

The In-Laws

  • Essex
  • 4
  • (97)

Authentic guitar band, whose sensational live performances at corporate parties, birthdays and weddings have attracted the attention of EMI.

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from£875

The High Rollers

  • London
  • 3
  • (80)

Authentically recreated indie rock covers by The Killers, Blur and The Kinks sit alongside funkier pop by Bruno Mars, DNCE and Pharrell Williams. For value and impact, wedding bands don't come better than this.

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from£1,745

Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (147)

Party down with Party Up, the slickest pop, soul and funk band in the South East! The band offer either male or joint male and female vocals and count Sky, Cadburys and the actress Emma Thompson among their regular clients.

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from£1,685

Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (70)

World-class pop, funk and soul function band, refreshing and recreating the classic soul sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s, alongside soul-infused contemporary pop and R&B.

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from£2,240

The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (59)

Stylish, globe-trotting function band featuring powerhouse vocalists and gigs for KPMG, Gucci and Jaguar alongside weddings in London and Dubai.

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from£1,230

Smoke & Mirrors

  • Manchester
  • 4-5
  • (26)

With a powerhouse vocalist up front and a backing band of unrivalled funkmeisters, Smoke & Mirrors put on a fun, rip-roaring show which your guests will never forget.

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from£3,295

Soul Club

  • London
  • 6-10
  • (30)

Max out on soul and sophistication with Soul Club, a high energy show band comprising musicians who have toured with Stormzy and Dua Lipa. Expect stunning vocals and unparalleled musicianship.

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The Different Lights

  • Liverpool
  • 4
  • (81)

Outstanding wedding band playing chart, indie, rock anthems and Britpop and featuring guitars, keyboards and vocal harmonies for a big, versatile sound!

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from£1,500

The DBs

  • London
  • 5
  • (43)

From pop favourites and feel-good funk to afrobeats and updated jazz classics, The DBs turn the traditional brass band format on its head and drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century!

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from£1,185

Superstrut

  • London
  • 4
  • (58)

Dressed to the nines and touting a crowd-pleasing, quickfire set of R&B, pop, hip hop, classic soul and funk, Superstrut will have your guests moving and hollering from the first note.

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from£2,480

Drum n Brass

  • Manchester
  • 5-10
  • (68)

Performing hi-octane brass arrangements of floor-fillers by Pharrell, Daft Punk, Queen, Beyonce and more, Drum 'n' Brass are a fresh alternative to traditional cover bands. Male vocals optional.

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from£820

The Crossfades

  • Bristol
  • 3-5
  • (59)

The Crossfades serve up the best vintage and modern rock, pop and indie covers with a side of crowd-pleasing charm. Keyboardist, DJ service and solo acoustic set available.


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  • Hundreds of the best live cover bands for dancing and celebrating!
  • Ideal for corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries & weddings
  • Expert cover band ideas and advice
  • Fast customer service and an easy booking process
  • 24/7 emergency cover band replacement in case of illness

Cover band booking guide

What is a cover band and why should I book one?

A cover band is a collective of talented session musicians that perform all the songs you love to sound just like the artist's original recording.

Most cover bands play an eclectic mix of favourites from across the decades and are able to recreate the style and sound of a number of your top performers and their all-time classic hits.

Some cover bands will perform the biggest hits of a particular decade - the 60s, 80s or 90s perhaps - and others might give the best contemporary songs a stylistic twist and play them all in a different style. Have you ever heard a rock 'n' roll version of Rihanna?!

Some cover bands choose to focus on one particular artist and recreate not only their sound but their repertoire, fashion and image too. These tribute bands are great for mega fans of particular artists.

On the whole, cover bands are able to replicate any song live, to sound just like the recording - you might even prefer the cover version! So if your budget doesn't stretch to Stevie Wonder, Adele or Oasis, a covers band is the perfect solution for your musical ideals!

What sort of events do your cover bands play at?

Our cover bands perform at any event where musical entertainment is a must - so that's pretty much every event!

Whether you want to let your hair down with some pop, rock or indie favourites, show off your moves to one of our soul or Motown acts, sip champagne to a string quartet or mark a special occasion with a jazz group, brass band or tribute act - we've got you covered.

From Bar Mitzvahs, birthdays and retirement parties to weddings, Christmas events and New Year, our cover bands aim to give you an occasion to remember long after the music has stopped.

The cover bands listed here specialise in music that is suitable for partying and dancing in the evening - think dancefloor, lighting, good times and your best friend showing off their secret dance moves. If you want your event to have a bit of a different feel to it - in the afternoon or early evening perhaps - or you just want a different style of music, then
have a look at our acoustic background acts, or our collection of roving musicians – perfect for garden parties.

You might also find what you need on our wedding bands page.

What style of music do your cover bands play?

Each of our cover bands publish a list of all the songs they play on their profile page and these tend to cover the very best pop, rock and soul tracks from across the decades.

From classics of previous eras by The Beatles and Aretha Franklin to current hits by Rihanna, Kings Of Leon and Bruno Mars, our cover bands love performing them all.

If you'd rather have a cover band that sticks to one particularly style, check out our soul and funk bands and swing bands or our tribute acts from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Remember, larger line-ups are more likely to feature keyboards and brass, which lets the band cover a broader range of soul, pop and dance classics as well as pint-raising rock and indie favourites.

Do your cover bands bring their own sound and lighting equipment?

All our cover bands bring their own PA sound system, microphones, backline amplifiers and instruments - so they have everything they need.

If you're expecting more than 200 guests, its worth letting us know just so we can check that the band’s speaker system is large enough for your occasion.

Most cover bands will also bring lighting to your event as standard so that they can take your celebration to another level. Make sure you check their profile for extra details though as lots of our cover bands have even more epic add-ons to bring your occasion to life!

Is there any equipment that we need to provide?

We want this to be as stress-free as possible for you so we've worked with our bands to make them as self-sufficient as possible. All you need to provide is access to a power source and a flat, sheltered performance space for the band to set up and play from! As a guide, it’s best to allow for 3m wide x 3m deep for a 3-piece band and then add an additional square metre for each extra band member.

Sometimes people like to put in a raised stage because it gives their band more impact when they perform but that isn't a requirement - as long as its flat and dry our bands will be able to put on a great performance.

If you're not sure if the band you want will work in your space, check out the 'performance information' on their profile page.

How long will the band need to set up?

Cover bands ask for a 60-90 minute window from 5pm or 6pm at the earliest in order to set up and soundcheck their equipment.

It’s ideal if your venue is free of guests at this point, although some bands are happy to do a noiseless ‘line check’ to test instruments and equipment instead of a full, front-of-house soundcheck, if you need them to keep the volume down.

How long will the band play for on the night?

Most of our cover bands are booked for after-dinner dancing, and typically would perform 2 x 60 minute sets from 9.30pm through to midnight - with a half hour interval.

For performances later than midnight (whether band or DJ service), a later fee usually applies.

Is there anything else that we will need to sort out for the band?

The talented musicians in your cover band need to keep their energy up all night so do make sure that they have the food and refreshments they need at the venue.

Access can sometimes be tricky for bands too so make sure you check if they need a reserved parking space or a secure changing room to leave their items during your celebration.

Any requirements should be detailed in your booking contract but do check the band's profile if you can't see them.

How can we save money on our cover band?

Its always worth booking a band from your local area to make sure you keep any travel and accommodation costs down to a minimum. We have cover bands across our roster that are based in most major towns and cities in the UK.

If you're keen for different styles of music throughout your day, make sure you check whether members of your evening entertainment band can provide an alternative style earlier in the day. A soul or pop covers band, for example, may have musicians that can provide a jazz or acoustic set in the afternoon.

Finally, if you haven't set a date for your event, its always worth considering a midweek or winter celebration as lots of our cover bands will offer competitive rates for bookings on those days.

Handpicked cover bands, UK wide

Function Central is one of the leading providers of cover bands in the UK. Find and book a local band near you to save on travel and accommodation costs.


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