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Dorset wedding bands

The very best live wedding bands in Dorset and the surrounding area, available to hire for any occasion. Our bands play upbeat, mainstream rock and pop music, 1950s rock'n'roll through to contemporary chart hits.

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from£750

The Crossfades

  • 3-5
  • (57)

One of our most talked-about wedding bands this year, The Crossfades serve up energetic, fun sets of vintage and modern rock, pop and indie music. Keyboardist, DJ service and solo acoustic set available.

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from£1,230

The Sweet and Lowdown

  • 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£875

The High Rollers

  • 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£1,195

Grand Central

  • 4-9
  • (29)

Funk & soul party band in the South West featuring male lead vocals and a fantastic rhythm section and horns. Grand Central play uptempo, soulful tunes, from James Brown to Bruno Mars. Available with a two-piece horn section.

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from£525

The Wild Nights Duo

  • 2
  • (36)

Having played together in bands for over ten years, Jon and Ben listed everything they play and realised they know loads of great songs! Available to hire with DJ service for music throughout the evening.

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from£875

Rockit

  • 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£1,290

The Hits

  • 4
  • (27)

Bristol's standout rock and pop covers band, performing a killer repertoire of classics by the The Stones and The Kinks through to modern floorfillers by Daft Punk, The Arctic Monkeys and Bruno Mars. Laptop DJ service and photobooth available for hire!

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from£1,080

Mastersound

  • 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£1,320

The Splits

  • 4
  • (15)

Incredible party band who have brought their energetic rock and pop covers to weddings, private events and corporate parties for the likes of House of Fraser and ASDA. Dance to hits from Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, The Killers and Kings of Leon and consider adding a DJ set or photo booth to complete your evening's entertainment.

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from£940

Soultrain

  • 4-8
  • (37)

Fun and fresh party and wedding band playing rock, pop, soul and funk hits. Additional musicians, love letters and photobooth hire also available.

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from£750

Happy Daze

  • 3-4
  • (77)

Hugely popular all-male party and wedding covers band playing feel-good sing-along classics with an emphasis on vintage rock and pop music. Fantastic value! Hire the band’s DJ service and afternoon acoustic sets for non-stop music through the day. Midweek discounts available.

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from£2,050

Party Up

  • 6-10
  • (141)

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£1,335

The Coves

  • 5-6
  • (17)

A young, energetic and professional party band who are not shy of a large crowd having brought their well-loved hits to events for clients such as Lloyds Bank and Debenhams. This band offer a diverse repertoire to get your guests moving to tunes from Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire to Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. The Coves have something to suit every taste!

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from£1,105

Shake The Moon

  • 4
  • (3)

A sassy, classy, bad ass party band with 10 years experience playing the live music scene in the South West. DJ services and acoustic sets also available.

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from£1,025

The Wild Nights

  • 4
  • (17)

Top-flight wedding band performing vintage rock by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Van Morrison as well as the odd modern indie anthem! Acoustic duo and DJ option available.

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from£730

Banzai

  • 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£1,060

The Mod Cons

  • 4
  • (53)

Exciting male-fronted wedding and party band, playing music from all decades but specialising in the swinging 60s! Stunningly authentic performances using incredible vintage equipment. Extra performances, low-season rates and DJ service available.

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from£1,640

Brass Fusion

  • 5-6
  • (25)

A dynamic brass and drums party band with a modern and exciting repertoire of pop and funk hits, performed in a New Orleans style. Available with vocalist for evening events.

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from£1,660

The Tunesmiths

  • 4
  • (14)

Barnstorming folk-pop band, ideal for a festival-themed wedding or party! Party the night away to catchy rock and pop songs performed in the ever-popular Mumford & Sons style.

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from£995

Cinco Magic

  • 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£1,375

Big Easy Brass Band

  • 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£1,785

Soul Circus

  • 5-10
  • (13)

Energetic female-fronted soul and pop party band, playing the very best party music that’s guaranteed to pack your dance floor. Extra singers, brass section, and DJ service available.

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from£1,785

Mash It Up

  • 5-8
  • (13)

Funky male-fronted party band mixing classic soul, garage throwbacks and modern chart, specialising in epic mash-ups! The band have performed on the BBC, and at Glastonbury and Bestival! Hire options include additional musicians, acoustic duo and DJ service.

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from£1,725

The Brass Animals

  • 8
  • (36)

Knock-out New Orleans style brass party band with drums for Mardi Gras parades, festivals, funerals, surprise entries and dancing! Larger line-ups available.

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from£920

Get Carter

  • 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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Guide to booking wedding & function bands in Dorset

What styles of music do your Dorset wedding bands play?

Whether you’re planning a lavish extravaganza or a quiet ceremony for friends and family, Function Central has the right Dorset wedding band for you!

We have live acts to suit everyone's tastes, but typically our bands will play upbeat, mainstream rock and pop music 1950s rock'n'roll through to contemporary chart hits.

Expect to hear songs by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Abba as well as newer hits by famous Dorset residents Madonna, Noel Gallagher and Billy Bragg!

Do all your wedding bands bring their own sound and lighting equipment?

All our bands are fully self-contained with their own PA sound system, microphones, backline amplifiers and instruments. This works really well for most marquee or indoor weddings.

Let us know if you're expecting more than 250 guests, so we can check whether the act’s system is large enough.

Most bands will also bring lighting for both the stage and dancefloor.

Check the act's individual profile for more details and optional add-ons to enhance the show!

Can your wedding bands learn a special song for our first dance?

Most bands will be happy to learn and perform your first dance request – provided they think they can arrange it for their line-up and do it justice!

Check the act’s profile to see what they can offer and if they can’t do it live, they could just play it through their PA system using Spotify or an mp3 player.

Can you also provide Dorset wedding musicians for our ceremony or drinks reception?

If you fancy something a bit more original, how about a jazz band or a ceilidh band from our collection of Dorset wedding musicians?

Our swing bands can be great for dancing, as well as creating a sophisticated backdrop for your photographs and drinks reception.

Where in the Dorset area do your wedding bands perform?

Boasting one of the most beautiful coasts in Britain alongside stately homes and poetry-inspiring landscapes, Dorset is a breathtaking location for a wedding.

Whether you're holding a reception at The Kings Arms Hotel, Highcliffe Castle, St Audries Park, Sopley Mill, St Giles House, Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Larmer Tree Gardens, The Green House or Stockbridge Farm Barn, our bands are ready to give your occasion the quality entertainment it deserves.

Our acts have frequented every corner of the county from Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Christchurch, Ferndown and Dorchester, to Wimborne Minster, Bridport, Verwood, Blandford Forum, Gillingham, Swanage, Sherborne and Shaftesbury.

Our function bands don’t only play at weddings: why not hire a cover band to thank your employees for their hard work at the end of the year, or book a party band for a friend or relative.

Can you provide other genres of function bands in the Dorset area, such as ceilidh, steel pan or jazz bands?

We love it when people get creative with their themes and music.

Check out our brass and drums bands for an increasingly popular and refreshing alternative to the classic Dorset function band.

It's also worth browsing our soul bands, ceilidh bands and latin & world music bands.

For even more offbeat ideas, see our alternative bands section.

How can we save money on our wedding band?

Want to hire a Dorset band, but worried about the price?

Function Central’s price promise means you can hire excellent wedding musicians without denting your drinks budget.

Our party bands can adjust to fit your wedding venue by adding members or changing their sound, scaling down to a duo for a tiny venue or adding backing vocalists and brass sections to fill an auditorium.

If you haven't set your date yet, consider an off-season month or weekday occasion to get the best rates from all your suppliers. From the venue to the caterer, most suppliers (including wedding bands) will offer a discount for off-peak bookings.


The best live wedding music bands in Dorset and UK wide

Function Central provides the best Dorset bands and DJs for events throughout the UK and internationally. We're the leading local wedding music booking agency, with 5 star rated customer service, unbeatable prices, secure contracts and outstanding quality.

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