Essex bands for hire

We've gathered together the most talented bands for hire in Essex, so that you can find the perfect live music for your event. Our bands cover rock, pop, soul and more, from Colchester to Chelmsford!

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The In-Laws

  • Essex
  • 4
  • (95)

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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  • London
  • 4-6
  • (125)

On-trend wedding function 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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  • Essex
  • 3-6
  • (13)

Seasoned wedding and corporate function band formed of in-demand session players. Expect a barrage of rock and pop anthems from Queen Pharrell and dancing all night! Additional musicians, the Trio, DJ and acoustic sets available.

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Cinco Magic

  • London
  • 4
  • (38)

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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Groove Capital

  • London
  • 7-9
  • (43)

The hottest new function band in London, featuring some of the best performers in the capital – bound to get your guests dancing at corporate events and high-end weddings! Additional musicians and afternoon acoustic jazz sets also available. Midweek and low season discounts available.

I Want You Back / Wanna Dance With Somebody / Go Your Own Way
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  • Essex
  • 4-5
  • (5)

Slick and super-professional party band with superb female and male vocals that cover everything from current chart hits to classic floor fillers. Book with additional keys and DJ options.

September / Forget Me Nots / Got To Be Real / Best Of My Love / Night To Remember / Wanna Be Your Lover
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Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (122)

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 full brass section.

Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon
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  • Surrey
  • 3-4
  • (137)

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.

Respect / Superstition / Kiss
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The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (42)

Stylish wedding and corporate function band featuring outstanding male and female vocalists who have graced the stage with the likes of Adele and Leona Lewis! Available to hire with DJ service as well as solo cocktail piano and afternoon jazz/acoustic sets for music throughout the day.

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  • Kent
  • 7
  • (14)

Ultimate live music experience featuring a centre-stage light up drum kit that delivers a feast for the eyes and ears. This slick outfit brings you supreme talent and a large repertoire of chart hits. Additional musicians, jazz sets and DJ service available.

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  • Kent
  • 6
  • (28)

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.

Sex on Fire / Johnny B. Goode / Wonderwall / Stuck in the Middle
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Get Carter

  • London
  • 4-5
  • (58)

High-energy wedding and corporate function 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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The Wandering Lights

  • London
  • 2-4
  • (16)

Charismatic new party band, taking the London party 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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The Dip Dabs

  • Hertfordshire
  • 4-7
  • (33)

Top-flight party band delivering exceptional value for money, with male and female lead vocals and the best pop, rock and soul hits. Extra musicians available, including brass section, rapper and strings, as well as acoustic sets and DJ service.

The Merry-Makers Steel Band

The Merry-Makers Steel Band

  • London
  • 2-6
  • (90)

Versatile Caribbean steel pan band performing warm and upbeat island melodies – soca, calypso, Latin, Zouk and reggae. The band are suitable for a wide range of occasions whether you require cool background music at garden parties or lively dancing in the evening. Limbo dancer optional!

Paul Cattermole & The Stuff

Paul Cattermole & The Stuff

  • London
  • 6
  • (3)

Hire a genuine pop star for the night! Paul from S Club 7 heads an all-star professional band playing your favourite music, from classic rock and soul through to contemporary pop covers and a few S Club hits thrown in for good measure.

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The Fabs

  • Essex
  • 4
  • (7)

A compelling 60s tribute band celebrating the most iconic bands of the era such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces and The Kinks. The can include popular songs from other eras as needed. Acoustic duo set also available.

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  • London
  • 3
  • (21)

Incredible male-fronted rock and pop wedding and party band who have played for the likes of Deutsche Bank and The BBC. The band have a big sound and electric stage presence! Available with keyboards, sax and female vocals as well as solo/duo acoustic and jazz trio sets.

Happy Daze Promo Video (Johnny B. Goode)
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Happy Daze

  • London
  • 3-4
  • (76)

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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The Soul Movers

  • Essex
  • 6-9
  • (4)

Don your flairs, platforms, aviators and high collar shirts! The Soul Movers are a funktastic 70s tribute featuring both male & female lead vocals and a selection of floor-filling grooves such as I Feel Good and Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag. Available with brass section, extra percussion and DJ service.

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The Files

  • London
  • 3-4
  • (31)

Seasoned male-fronted rock and pop wedding and party band covering a varied mix of songs, from 1960s Merseybeat to the latest chart-toppers. Book the band’s DJ service and acoustic sets for music throughout the day.

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The Shots

  • Kent
  • 4
  • (12)

Fun rock and pop party band featuring both male and female lead vocals and a song list ranging from Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton to Foo Fighters and Queen. Acoustic afternoon sets and DJ service available.

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Midnight Blue

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (57)

Experienced, versatile jazz trio, performing jazzy takes on pop music from The Beatles to Sam Smith as well as classic jazz. Suitable for mellow background music at weddings, corporate events and more! Also available with drums and vocals.

New Rules / Finesse
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A Girl Called Sue

  • London
  • 4-8
  • (40)

Versatile and energetic male and female-fronted band with a large song list taking in soul, pop and rock music from Elvis and The Beatles to Daft Punk and DNCE. Available to hire with extra musicians, afternoon/dinner jazz sets and/or DJ service.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
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Tree House

  • London
  • 3
  • (30)

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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Outstanding Essex party bands for all occasions

Our Essex bands for hire 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 Essex party bands for every event – from office parties and birthday parties to high-profile corporate functions.

All our Essex bands for hire 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 our Essex bands play?

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 Essex function bands – these range from rock and indie band 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.

Need background music? Book an Essex jazz band!

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

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.

How can I save money on my Essex party band?

Planning an all-day event? Many of our Essex 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. Our Essex bands perform regularly at parties throughout Essex, 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.

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