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Essex bands for hire

We've gathered together the most talented party bands for hire in Essex, so that you can find the perfect live music for your event. Our bands play covers of rock, pop and soul from Colchester to Chelmsford as well as jazz, swing and ceilidh!


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The In-Laws

  • 4
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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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The High Rollers

  • 3
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High-impact party band specialising 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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The Sweet and Lowdown

  • 4
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Fun and totally unique party and wedding band with both female and male lead vocals. S&L play 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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Party Up

  • 6-10
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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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The Capricorns

  • 7-10
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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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The Runaways

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Phenomenally talented and charismatic new party band channelling rock, dance, hip-hop and soul influences. The band have already caught the attention of a major record label – catch them now while rates are still low!

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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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  • 3-4
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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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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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The DBs

  • 5-9
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From pop favourites and feel-good funk to afrobeats and updated jazz classics, The DBs are an in-demand brass band like no other that have taken the UK festival scene by storm! Available with vocalist or rapper.

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Big Easy Brass Band

  • 4-9
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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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The Wandering Lights

  • 4
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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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Soul Club

  • 6-10
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Max out on soul and sophistication with this stunning corporate and wedding entertainment band, offering slick vocals and high energy performances for both UK and international events.

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  • 4-12
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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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Blue Juice

  • 4-5
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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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The Gents

  • 4
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Inventive and unique festival style party band specialising in feel-good dance anthems, UK garage and club classics - all recreated on live instruments.

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Groove Capital

  • 7-9
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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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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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Cinco Magic

  • 4
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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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Boots n Bones

  • 3-5
  • (35)

Festival-hardened 4-piece playing unique, folksy covers of classic and contemporary party tunes. Enormous song list and a favourite at barn weddings! DJ laptop service also available.

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Guide to booking party bands in Essex

Why should I hire a Essex party band for my event?

Our party bands in Essex are young enough to love what they do, but experienced enough to know exactly what to play to get the party started – and keep it going until the end of the night! We have function bands suitable for every venue or occasion, from corporate events to weddings.

We're band hire experts and have spent years tracking down the best local party bands for every event – from office parties and birthday parties to high-profile corporate functions.

All our acts are strictly vetted before we book them, so that you can be sure that any act you book with us will provide you with an outstanding live performance and be punctual, reliable and friendly on the day.

What style of music do your Essex bands perform?

If you’re looking for a stomping soundtrack to a wild wedding party, how about one of our Essex wedding bands playing the best pop music from across the decades? If you’d like to fill the function room in the Hope and Anchor or the Fox and Hounds, how about an acoustic duo or a swing singer with backing tracks? If you’d like a serenade in a sushi bar, how about hiring a string quartet?

For bigger venues, birthdays and guests who love dancing, we have a huge choice of party bands – these range from rock and indie bands to huge soul and Motown bands who can add horn sections and extra singers.

Line-ups vary from versatile, guitar-based 3 and 4-pieces through to large, multi-layered soul bands, featuring keyboards, brass, percussion and extra vocalists.

Can you provide background musicians for hire in Essex?

If you're looking for something a bit quieter for a drinks party, corporate event or garden gathering, hire a local jazz band.

Typically they play swinging classics from the Great American Songbook, from Sinatra to Jamie Cullum. Most of them also throw in a few jazzy versions of classic and current pop music too.

Since our dixieland bands and many of our Gypsy jazz bands can perform "unplugged" without the need for a power supply, they're ideal for outdoor summer garden parties where this is difficult.

Do you offer other musical genres, such as ceilidh or jazz bands in Essex?

If you’re looking for something more refined, our jazz bands in Essex for hire cover a range of sub-genres including gypsy jazz bands, jazz trios, wedding jazz bands, background jazz bands.

All will play non-intrusive, sophisticated background music that your guests can talk over.

For the evening, consider hiring a swing band to get the party started.

Do we need to provide any equipment for the band?

Our bands all come fully equipped for your event – it’s just worth getting in touch if you think your event will exceed 250 guests, as extra equipment might then be necessary. You just need to make sure that the band has a power source to plug in to and a space to perform!

We recommend a flat and sheltered stage area of at least 3x3 meters for a 3-piece band – then add an extra metre squared per band member that you have booked.

A raised stage is preferable for maximum impact but our bands are flexible to all kinds of set ups!

Where do your Essex function bands tend to perform?

From Crondon Park, Parklands, Gosfield Hall, Boreham House, Leez Priory and Woodhall Manor to Prested Hall, The Rochford Hotel, Braxted Park, Smeetham Hall Barn, Fennes, Botleys Mansion and Down Hall Hotel, our bands always jump at the opportunity to put on a memorable evening at all our Essex events.

You can hire an Essex band to perform anywhere in the county, including: Southend-on-Sea, Colchester, Chelmsford, Basildon, Rayleigh, Harlow, Grays, Brentwood, Clacton-on-Sea, Braintree, Canvey Island, Billericay, Wickford, Loughton, Stanford-le-Hope, Witham, Maldon, Harwich, South Ockendon, Waltham Abbey, Rochford, South Woodham Ferrers and Saffron Walden.

Our Essex bands for hire can also perform throughout the UK and beyond but for even more options, browse our bands in nearby towns and counties too such as Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, London, Norfolk, Suffolk.

How can we save money on our Essex band?

Planning an all-day event? Many of our party bands offer jazz or acoustic background sets in the afternoon. Since they'll already be at your venue, they can usually offer these for almost half the price of hiring in a separate act.

You can also reduce costs by taking advantage of your band's own DJ services, before, between and after their live sets – they'll mix songs and take requests to keep the party going until last orders, and save you on the space, hassle and cost implications of booking a separate act.

For more booking options, take a look at individual band pages to see what else they can offer.

Finally, hire a local band to save money on travel and accommodation.

Find local cover bands in Essex and UK wide

Function Central is a leading cover bands hire agency. We provide exceptional local talent for private events, both in Essex, throughout the UK and internationally.

Hire a local act to save on costs – we have bands based in most major UK towns and counties.

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