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Essex wedding bands

Our exclusive wedding bands in Essex will entertain all ages with the best rock, pop, soul & Motown songs through the eras (Billericay Dickie on request).


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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.

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The In-Laws

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Authentic guitar band, whose sensational live performances at corporate parties, birthdays and weddings have attracted the attention of EMI.

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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!

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The Sweet and Lowdown

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Fun and totally unique party band with male and female vocals, playing retro swing, vintage jive and rock'n'roll through to 80s funk, 90s R&B and quirky takes on modern chart.

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Dressed to the nines and touting a crowd-pleasing, quickfire set of R&B, pop, hip hop, classic soul and funk, Superstrut will have your guests moving and hollering from the first note.

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The Capricorns

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Stylish, globe-trotting function band featuring powerhouse vocalists and gigs for KPMG, Gucci and Jaguar alongside weddings in London and Dubai.

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The Runaways

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Youthful, charismatic new 4-piece, channelling rock, dance, hip-hop and soul influences. The band have caught the attention of a major label – catch them now while rates are low!

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Party Up

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Party down with Party Up, the slickest pop, soul and funk band in the South East! The band offer either male or joint male and female vocals and count Sky, Cadburys and the actress Emma Thompson among their regular clients.

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The High Rollers

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Authentically recreated indie rock covers by The Killers, Blur and The Kinks sit alongside funkier pop by Bruno Mars, DNCE and Pharrell Williams. For value and impact, wedding bands don't come better than this.

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  • 3-4
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Turbo-charged wedding party band performing danceable rock 'n’ roll, indie, 80s pop and RnB. Optional "heavy set" for die-hard rock fans, featuring artists such as Guns n' Roses and Rage Against The Machine!

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Mojo Brass Band

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Mojo Brass are a funky, punchy brass powerhouse made up of the UK's best up-and-coming horn players and drummers. Their track list blends rarer grooves with mainstream crowd-pleasers.

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Soul Club

  • 6-10
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Max out on soul and sophistication with Soul Club, a high energy show band comprising musicians who have toured with Stormzy and Dua Lipa. Expect stunning vocals and unparalleled musicianship.

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The Wandering Lights

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Charismatic new wedding band performing upbeat, catchy covers with a folksy, festival feel. Expect to hear artists as diverse as Avicii, Blackstreet and Lionel Richie. Also available as an unplugged, acoustic roaming band.

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Knock-out party band featuring members who have recorded and performed at Abbey Road and Glastonbury and playing some of the biggest soul and pop floor-fillers of all time.

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Soulful, danceable pop from the West Midlands, with both female and male lead vocals and a song list of danceable rock, soul and pop anthems from Chuck Berry to Clean Bandit.

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Beat Club

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Incredible soul, R&B and pop function band featuring joint male and female lead vocals, sax and keyboards, and performing five decades of floor-fillers.

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Get Carter

  • 4-5
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High-energy corporate and wedding band, playing crowd-rousing pop, rock, dance, funk and soul music from the 1960s to the present day. Client list includes Audi and Nintendo.

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Boots n Bones

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

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Fun, high energy party and wedding band with a frontman skilled at working a crowd and around eight hours' worth of danceable party anthems from all eras at their disposal.

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The Confidentials

  • 3-5
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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 Essex

What type of music do your Essex wedding bands play?

Our Essex wedding bands range from compact 3-piece guitar bands to 10-piece show-bands with brass section and backing vocalists.

Typically they perform upbeat, mainstream rock, pop and soul music, from 50s rock’n’roll through to the latest chart-toppers, via Merseybeat and 80s synth-pop.

All bands are fronted by a male or female lead vocalist and are experts in filling the dancefloor.

They'll bring guests of all ages together in an atmosphere of total celebration!

Can you provide other genres of function bands in Essex?

Of course! Don't worry, if pop music isn’t your thing, we have dedicated Essex function bands that can provide soul music, ceilidhs or jazz performers to get your party started.

We can also provide musicians for your ceremony, drinks reception and wedding feast.

Why not walk down the aisle to a string quartet then hire a wedding singer as a warm-up to the main act later on?

Pianists and guitarists are useful for breaking the ice during your wedding banquet.

Whatever music and entertainment you’re after, we've probably got it!

Where do our Essex wedding bands play?

Our Essex wedding bands have been hired to perform in all corners of the county, from Colchester to Canvey Island.

In addition to larger centres such as Chelmsford, Basildon and Harlow, we've sent our bands to quaint Walton-On-The-Naze, timber-framed Coggeshall, medieval Maldon and the beautiful market town of Saffron Walden.

Some of our bands' favourite wedding venues in Essex include: Crondon Park, Parklands, Gosfield Hall, Leez Priory, Prested Hall, Braxted Park, Fennes and Botleys Mansion.

Do we need to provide the band's equipment?

All our Essex wedding bands are self-contained and will arrive fully equipped to perform at your event.

Get in touch if you are expecting to host more than 200 guests, as there may be extra equipment requirements but, other than that, you will only need to supply the band with a power source and a flat, sheltered space to perform in.

The performance area should be around 3 x 3 metres for a three-piece band, adding a metre in width per band member, as appropriate.

How long will the band play for?

A typical schedule of working hours for our bands would be a start time of 9.30pm, playing through until midnight. This includes two hour-long sets with a 30-minute break.

Please note that late fees might apply if the band is required later than midnight.

Will the band need to soundcheck before the evening party?

Bands will require a soundcheck ahead of the show. Between 5pm and 6pm is an advisable window for arrival and 60-90 minutes is usually sufficient soundcheck time.

It is best if the venue is free of guests at this point, both for the band’s convenience and your guests’ comfort.

If the space cannot be free of guests, some of our wedding bands can arrange a ‘noiseless’ line-check in order to set up the equipment without disturbing proceedings.

We would love a particular song as our first dance, can the band play it for us?

If you want your wedding band to play your first dance, this can usually be arranged.

Check the band’s profile to see if they offer this option and try to give plenty of notice for them to learn your request.

Alternatively, all of our bands can play your first dance on an mp3 or iPod through their PA system.

Can we keep some music playing between the band’s sets?

During the interval, our bands will all play music via mp3 or iPod.

Some Essex wedding bands are able to provide their own DJ service for before and/or after the performance but check out the individual profiles for details.

Is there anything else we need to have ready for the band?

All our bands and wedding singers in Essex who are booked for an evening performance request a basic meal at the event – the travelling, setting up and performing is a long working day!

The specific requirements will be detailed on your booking contract.

How can we save money on our wedding band?

Before you book more musicians for afternoon background music, check whether members of your wedding band can provide this – it'll save you additional costs, such as travel.

If you haven't yet set a date, consider booking a midweek or winter celebration to take advantage of the most competitive rates.

Always consider hiring a band from your local area, to save on travel and accommodation costs. We have bands based in most major towns and cities across the UK.

Essex wedding music stories & inspiration

Our Essex brides and grooms tell us why they chose their wedding musicians and how live music made their day. Read more local wedding stories on our blog.


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