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£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£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£850

The Breaks

  • 3-4
  • (33)

Top function band in the South West with a large song list of swaggering rock, pop and indie suitable for all ages at weddings, parties and celebrations. Laptop DJ service, reception/dinner acoustic music as well as larger line-ups including brass and keyboards.

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from£995

Blue Juice

  • 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£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£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£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£980

The Bees

  • 4
  • (15)

The best rock and pop party band on the south coast, featuring male lead vocals and playing party anthems by The Beatles, Chic, Queen, Bruno Mars and more – guaranteed to have everybody on their feet! Available with DJ service.

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from£565

The Wandering Lights

  • 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£1,235

Shakedown

  • 4-12
  • (59)

Incredible new party band taking the London events circuit by storm! Members of Shakedown have recorded and performed at Abbey Road and Glastonbury alongside some of the biggest artists in the world. Available with DJ service and/or extra musicians up to a 12-piece.

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from£2,350

Groove Capital

  • 7-9
  • (58)

Incredible new London-based function band, featuring some of the best performers in the capital – bound to get your guests dancing at corporate events and high-end weddings! DJ service, brass section and afternoon acoustic or jazz sets available.

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from£920

Stereo Sonic

  • 3-4
  • (13)

Powerful and animated pop, rock and soul band serving the South West. Expect high-calibre musicianship and chart-topping covers from Pharrell, Ed Sheeran & Bruno Mars to keep the dancefloor moving non-stop! Larger line-ups, afternoon acoustic sets and DJ service available.

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from£995

The In-Laws

  • 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£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£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£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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from£1,205

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£1,000

Penfold

  • 4-6
  • (125)

On-trend wedding party band, suitable for all events from classy wedding receptions to high-end corporate events. The band cover rock and pop music from Elvis and the Beatles through to The Killers and Sam Smith. DJ service, brass section and acoustic sets available.

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from£955

The Hustlers

  • 4
  • (8)

An exciting, energetic and experienced party band specialising in pop and indie but able to offer classics from the 50s and 60s through to hits of the present day. 5-piece also available for all the more funk & soul!

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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
  • (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£740

Millennium Bug

  • 3-4
  • (65)

Slick party and wedding band capturing the definitive sound of pop and rock through the decades and led by an animated frontman who gets every crowd on their feet! DJ service and acoustic sets available.

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from£960

Block The Party

  • 3-4
  • (27)

Three-piece party band featuring female vocals, guitar and sax set to professionally mixed backing tracks for a full band sound. Extra drums, acoustic duo or jazz trio available as well as DJ laptop service on request.

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from£810

The Confidentials

  • 3-5
  • (89)

Sensational all-male rock and pop trio who never fail to get their audiences jumping and singing along to the biggest tunes of the last 60 years. Elvis, The Stones, Bowie, Oasis, The Killers: they’re all there! Offering DJ service, afternoon acoustic sets as well as saxophone, keyboards and second guitarist.


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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 wedding extravaganza or a quiet ceremony for friends and family, Function Central has the right wedding band for you!

We have live music in Dorset 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?

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

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