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 Files

  • 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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from£860

Late Night Rollers

  • 4
  • (7)

Great value 4-piece playing well loved anthems from all eras with a flare for stylish arrangements of 90s and 00s hits. Acoustic sets also available.

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from£875

Tree House

  • 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£1,845

Chronicle

  • 4-8
  • (38)

Guaranteed to bring class and charisma to your event, Chronicle can blend the best of R&B, pop and soul to make sure your guests party in style all night. Solo and duo options available, as well as additional female vocals and brass section.

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from£1,325

Hipshakers

  • 4-7
  • (20)

Classy, stylish vintage band inspired by Postmodern Jukebox. The band play all your favourite chart hits from a 1920s Charleston version of 'Put Your Records On' to a Motown-style arrangement of ‘Can’t Feel My Face'.

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from£2,190

Tokyo

  • 6-8
  • (3)

A group of musicians that have played from the West End to Glastonbury, from The Ritz to Radio 1's live lounge, Tokyo are ready to bring the best musical entertainment to your event! Acoustic sets also available.

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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£795

Stereogram

  • 3
  • (22)

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.

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from£985

A Girl Called Sue

  • 4-8
  • (42)

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.

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from£1,350

The Soul Cats

  • 5
  • (12)

Outstanding pop and soul band with incredible male or female vocals, performing high-energy, floor-filling Motown, funk and soul-infused pop! Available to book with male vocals, full brass section or afternoon jazz sets.

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from£650

Midnight Blue

  • 3-5
  • (60)

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.

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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£3,545

All Time All-Stars

  • 6-10
  • (23)

Richard Branson’s go-to band for live party music, the All Time All-Stars perform at the very highest level, entertaining some of the biggest names on the planet. For a spectacular show, book additional male and female vocals and brass section. DJ service available.

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from£1,350

Bloco Brass

  • 4-7
  • (24)

Exciting new brass and drums band playing danceable pop songs as well as some Latin music. With Brazilian musicians in their ranks, the band will bring the spirit of Rio and Carnival to your event!

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from£550

Soneando

  • 3-8
  • (19)

With bold sounds and frantic Latin beats, Soneando perform Cuban Son reminiscent of The Buena Vista Social Club as well as hot salsa with a serious groove! The band features top musicians from South America.

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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£1,195

Soul Stars

  • 3-7
  • (17)

Stylish trio featuring male vocals, keyboards and trumpet and playing upbeat, mainstream soul and soul-infused pop covers. Also available as a full 5 or 6-piece party band.

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from£980

Boho Hustle

  • 4-7
  • (22)

Fun, lively 4-piece playing classic and modern rock & pop with a jazzy, boho twist! The band's winning combination of infectious energy and dancefloor cool is winning over audiences at weddings and parties up and down the UK.

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from£985

The Electrics

  • 4-7
  • (49)

Energetic party band with an impressive list of pop, rock and soul hits from the 50s to the present day. This band have huge harmonies and a fantastic live sound. Keyboards, saxophone and male vocalist, acoustic duo and DJ set available!

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from£3,400

Lightspeed

  • 7
  • (24)

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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from£1,200

The Fandangos

  • 4-8
  • (22)

Female-fronted wedding and corporate party band playing a wide range of pop floor-fillers from across the decades. The band are fun, energising and amazing value for money! Brass, keyboards, DJ service and acoustic afternoon sets also offered.

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from£980

Hava Tequila

  • 4-8
  • (8)

Award-winning klezmer band performing Eastern European Jewish, Israeli and Balkan music, ideal for listening and dancing.

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from£2,025

The Modern Swing Band

  • 5-7
  • (4)

Authentic postmodern style swing band who play swing classics as well as pop songs in a swing style. Extra musicians available.

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from£860

Heartland

  • 3-4
  • (8)

Sophisticated new acoustic band featuring fabulous female or male vocals and unique, stripped-down acoustic versions of classic rock & pop, jazz, soul & funk tunes, old and new. They can also offer a roaming band option!

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from£1,230

The Tales

  • 4-8
  • (3)

Show-stopping party band playing a wide variety of hits by artists including Chic, Diana Ross and Pharrell Williams that guarantee a night to remember! Additional musicians available.


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Essex Function Bands booking guide

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

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 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 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.

We’re looking for Essex function bands that can play background music – can you help?

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.

We’re putting on a stylish, classy event and need some music to match – can you help us?

If you’re looking for something more refined, our Essex jazz bands 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 Essex 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:

How can we save money on our Essex 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.


The best party bands in Essex & throughout the UK

Function Central is a leading function and party band hire agency. We provide exceptional talent for private events, both in Essex, throughout the UK and internationally. Hire a local party band to save on costs – we have bands based in most major UK towns and counties.
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