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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from£3,100

New Power Groove

  • 6-10
  • (22)

Introducing the finest band on the wedding and party scene, welcome to the world of New Power Groove! Having fused stunning vocals with a super tight rhythm section and razor sharp horns, they have created the ultimate band for any event. DJ service available on request.

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from£1,395

The Stop Outs

  • 4-9
  • (16)

A fresh and stylish band playing everything from the 70s upwards, guaranteed to get you dancing! From 90s hits to your favourite throwbacks from The Jackson 5, Earth Wind and Fire and Lionel Richie, The Stop Out's have an infectious energy to create an amazing event. Additional musicians available

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from£1,230

The Untouchables

  • 3
  • (10)

Exceptional all-male London 3-piece band, who've supported The Kooks, delivering hits from the 80s, 90s, 00s and beyond! DJ service and afternoon acoustic sets available.

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from£2,140

All Night Long

  • 6-9
  • (20)

High-energy pop and soul band with an enormous song list of almost 500 songs and featuring a world-class female vocalist! Book the band with optional 2- or 3-piece brass section, DJ, and ambient jazz or acoustic sets!

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from£1,220

Empire Beats

  • 6-8
  • (29)

Experienced South East-based soul and funk band playing the best of Motown, funk, disco, acid jazz and banging dance tunes! Optional brass and percussion. Discounts available for midweek and Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb bookings.

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from£1,415

City Gold

  • 4-5
  • (10)

Fresh and contemporary function band with male and female vocalists, ideal for filling dancefloors at weddings and parties. Professional DJ service, various line-ups and duo or trio also available.

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from£885

Uptown

  • 5-9
  • (4)

Exciting pop, soul and funk party band with female vocals, who also play a super cool blend of R&B and disco classics. Additional musicians also available.

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from£1,105

The Original Vintage Swing Band

  • 5-7
  • (7)

Sophisticated female fronted swing & jazz band that will take you back in time with a varied repertoire including modern songs with a vintage twist. Additional musicians available.

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from£2,050

Roadhouse

  • 5-12
  • (4)

Roadhouse is an incredible premium party band playing the best of soul and pop through the decades, made up of London's finest musicians fronted with male and female vocalists! Afternoon entertainment and DJ service also available.

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from£1,125

The Starlighters

  • 5-6
  • (16)

Looking for the party of a lifetime? With over a thousand live performances at corporate events, parties and weddings worldwide, The Starlighters guarantee a night to remember! Additional musicians, live DJ and afternoon background sets also available.

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from£920

The Soul Expressions

  • 4-7
  • (4)

Talented young soul band featuring both male and female vocals and a 3-piece horn section, playing a selection of classic disco, funk and soul tunes. *London events only*.

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from£1,105

Shrimp and Gumbo

  • 5
  • (7)

Lively and entertaining New Orleans style street band featuring brass, sousaphone and drums. A broad repertoire to suit any occasion from garden reception, to street parade, to spirited parties with dancing! Also available with two female lead vocalists.

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from£1,355

The Lederpop Brass Band

  • 5
  • (31)

Outrageously good fun brass band complete with Lederhosen for a riotous and authentic oompah experience. Ideal for Oktoberfest, apres ski and beer festivals! Available acoustic, roaming or with PA system.

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from£1,660

Royal Groove

  • 6-9
  • (18)

Slick and funky party band with male and female lead vocalists delivering knockout performances. These seriously polished musicians bring tight harmonies and bags of energy to your favourite funk, Motown, pop and rock tunes. DJ service and brass section available.

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from£885

The High Noons

  • 4-9
  • (8)

The High Noons are a rock, pop, soul & funk party band with a choice of male or female vocals – or both! Extra sets & DJ service available.

Midnight Swing
from£600

Midnight Swing

  • 3-5
  • (12)

Exceptional jazz and swing trio with an extensive repertoire of classic jazz tunes by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and George Gershwin, plus an optional pop repertoire. Suitable for elegant background music or with drums and vocals for evening dancing.

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from£725

Cirrus Trio

  • 3
  • (17)

Cool and classy trio playing jazzy versions of pop songs as well as jazz standards, from Frank Sinatra to Ed Sheeran. Available as an instrumental ensemble or with a male vocalist.

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from£670

Box & Fiddle Dance Band

  • 4-6
  • (7)

Fun and friendly Ceilidh band playing Scottish, Irish, British, French and American tunes, featuring an experienced caller to get everyone dancing all the right steps! Additional musicians also available.

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from£1,720

Street Beat Band

  • 6-7
  • (14)

Outstanding brass band who can adapt to a range of scenarios, whether playing pop songs for dancing at weddings, oompah in lederhosen at Oktoberfest or as a mobile marching band for promotions and processions. They can also add female vocalists if required.

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from£985

Havana Beat

  • 4-8
  • (5)

Explosive and energetic Cuban band fronted by a fantastic female vocalist. One of the finest bands representatives of Cuban son, Latin and salsa music in the UK today!

The Slick City Swingers
from£430

The Slick City Swingers

  • 2-5
  • (4)

Compact yet with a big sound, The Slick City Swingers recreate the swinging sounds of the classic big band era.


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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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