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Cover bands for hire

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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from£1,230

The Sweet and Lowdown

  • Brighton
  • 4
  • (125)

Fun and totally unique party band with both female and male lead vocals, playing everything from retro swing, vintage jive and rock'n'roll through to 80s funk, 90s R&B and modern chart with a twist. Afternoon acoustic sets and DJ service also available. Low season and midweek discounts.

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from£995

Agent Smith

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (213)

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! Background acoustic duo sets, DJ service & winter discounts available.

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from£875

Rockit

  • Surrey
  • 3-4
  • (146)

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! Larger line-ups, acoustic background sets and DJ service available. Midweek discounts available.

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from£565

The Wandering Lights

  • London
  • 2-4
  • (48)

Charismatic new wedding band, taking the London circuit by storm. The Wandering Lights perform upbeat, folksy acoustic covers by Avicci, Blackstreet and R Kelly. Also available as an unplugged roaming band (free to wander around your venue).

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from£995

Blue Juice

  • Brighton
  • 4-5
  • (143)

Fantastic and unique 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. Available with DJ service and brass section.

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from£750

Hudson

  • Liverpool
  • 3
  • (127)

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. DJ service, extra musicians and acoustic sets for your drinks reception or meal also available.

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from£920

Get Carter

  • London
  • 4-5
  • (58)

High-energy wedding and corporate party band in the South East, playing crowd-rousing pop, rock, dance, funk and soul music from the 1960s to the present day. The band have played Glastonbury and the Roundhouse and count Audi and Nintendo amongst their regular clients. DJ service and acoustic sets available.

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from£985

The Runaways

  • Surrey
  • 4
  • (50)

Youthful, vibrant new party band channelling rock, hip-hop and soul influences. The band have been performing together for six years and have recently started attracting major label interest for their originals side project – catch them now before they're famous!

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from£995

The In-Laws

  • Essex
  • 4
  • (97)

Super-talented and authentic rock and pop band, whose sensational live performances at corporate parties, birthdays and weddings have attracted the attention of EMI. The band are unique in that they come with their own dedicated, professional DJ.

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from£875

The High Rollers

  • London
  • 3
  • (77)

High-impact party band, The High Rollers, specialise in classic indie rock hits by The Killers, Blur and The Kinks as well as brand new pop hits by Bruno Mars, DNCE and Pharrell Williams.

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from£2,050

Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (139)

Party down with Party Up, the slickest pop, soul and funk band in the South East! The band count Sky, Cadburys and the actress Emma Thompson among their regular clients. Available with DJ service, acoustic duo, backing vocalists and horn section.

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from£1,685

Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (69)

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. DJ service and jazz/acoustic afternoon music available.

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from£1,375

Big Easy Brass Band

  • London
  • 4-9
  • (45)

The hottest new brass fusion band in town, Big Easy will bring a raucous, New Orleans party vibe to your event! The band can perform in one place or roaming around your venue and guests whilst they play. Available as an instrumental only band, or with male or female vocalist.

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from£895

The Different Lights

  • Liverpool
  • 4
  • (70)

Outstanding party band playing chart, indie, rock anthems and Britpop and featuring guitars, keyboards and vocal harmonies for a big, versatile sound! Laptop DJ service available, as well as acoustic guitar or solo cocktail piano sets for your afternoon reception.

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from£2,240

The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (57)

Stylish wedding and corporate function band featuring outstanding male and female vocalists who have performed with Adele and Leona Lewis! Available with DJ service and/or afternoon cocktail piano, jazz or acoustic sets.

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from£1,475

Masterblaster

  • Kent
  • 6
  • (48)

Incredible pop, R&B and soul band performing floor-fillers from Stevie Wonder and Bruno Mars all the way to Artful Dodger, Sean Paul and more. Book their acoustic/jazz sets and DJ service for non-stop music through the day. More videos available on profile page.

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from£995

Superstrut

  • London
  • 4
  • (55)

Superstrut bring style, good vibes and a party-starting collection of R&B, pop, hip hop, classic soul and funk to every gig - their aim is to serve only the music and you, the audience!

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from£1,080

Mastersound

  • Birmingham
  • 4-7
  • (54)

Young and talented party band from the West Midlands, featuring both female and male lead vocals and a host of rock, soul and pop anthems to get all your guests dancing – from Chuck Berry to Beyonce. Larger line-ups and laptop DJ service available.

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from£2,480

Drum n Brass

  • Manchester
  • 5-10
  • (56)

Young and animated brass band with an extensive song list of rock and pop floor-fillers and an incredible frontman/vocalist. This groundbreaking group have performed for royalty and offer the perfect alternative entertainment for your wedding or event!

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from£875

Locomove

  • London
  • 3-4
  • (52)

Turbo-charged party band with a large song list of danceable and melodic rock and pop anthems. Great value and a huge sound! Hire the band’s DJ and acoustic sets for music throughout the day. Low season and midweek discounts available.

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from£1,970

The Chandeliers

  • London
  • 6
  • (14)

This young, energetic and fresh band was recognised as the Prestige Awards Best London Party Band for 2019 and perform exquisite interpretations of songs, from old to current hits and club classics.

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from£995

Cinco Magic

  • London
  • 4
  • (75)

Outrageously talented and dapper new party and wedding band, combining session standard playing with a classic R&B-tinged repertoire of funk, soul, hip-hop and pop ideal for dancing. DJ service and acoustic set available.

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from£730

Banzai

  • Birmingham
  • 3-6
  • (51)

Energetic party band playing crowd-rousing anthems by Huey Lewis, The Killers, Oasis, Amy Winehouse, Pharrell and more! Afternoon solo/duo acoustic sets, longer performances, larger line-ups and laptop DJ service available.

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from£1,230

Dr Funtimes

  • Leeds
  • 6
  • (27)

High energy party band with a big sound that’s perfect for weddings, parties and corporate events. They feature superb male vocals and sax, but also offer stripped-back line ups, afternoon acoustic or jazz sets, stage hire and DJ service.

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from£2,460

Soul Club

  • London
  • 4-6
  • (4)

An exclusive corporate and wedding entertainment band based in London specialising in slick vocals and high energy performances for events both in the UK and internationally.


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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

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