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Essex wedding bands

Our exclusive Essex wedding bands will entertain guests of all ages with the best rock, pop, soul & Motown songs through the eras.

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The In-Laws

  • 4
  • (109)

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

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from£1,565

Superstrut

  • 4-8
  • (159)

Dressed to the nines and touting a crowd-pleasing, quick-fire set of R&B, garage, pop, hip hop, classic soul and funk, Superstrut will have your guests moving and hollering from the first note. Also available with female vocalists and horns.

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from£2,800

Party Up

  • 6-10
  • (197)

Party down with Party Up, the slickest soul, funk and R&B band in the South East! Featuring sax and up to three stunning vocalists, the band count Sky, Cadburys and Emma Thompson among their regular clients.

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from£995

Rockit

  • 3-4
  • (249)

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 Billie Eilish and Ed Sheeran.

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from£1,250

The Sweet and Lowdown

  • 4
  • (220)

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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from£1,270

The Runaways

  • 4
  • (100)

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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from£4,615

Soul Club

  • 6-10
  • (55)

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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from£3,450

The Capricorns

  • 7-10
  • (77)

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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from£1,495

Mojo Brass Band

  • 4-8
  • (56)

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

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from£1,950

The Soul Cats

  • 5-7
  • (98)

Infectiously energetic and spirited pop, soul and Motown band featuring sax and two extraordinary vocal talents – guaranteed to get your guests dancing. Chose between male or female vocals or both.

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from£995

Locomove

  • 3-4
  • (114)

A turbo-charged versatile 3 piece wedding and party band with great energy and sound, covering a wide range of genres (50s- present day), expertly reading their audiences. Optional "heavy set" also available for die-hard rock fans!

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from£1,500

Soul Station

  • 4-8
  • (42)

Dynamic soul, Motown and pop band covering all the soul greats from Al Green to Earth, Wind & Fire and Whitney Houston, as well as delivering fresh takes on contemporary hits by Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse.

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from£1,595

Seren

  • 5-6
  • (50)

Think style, glitz and confidence - and every special request met - Seren have the thing that makes dance floors jump and feet frantically tap (even the feet of the tough-to-impress guests)

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from£1,160

Mastersound

  • 4-7
  • (78)

Danceable, piano-led pop and soul band 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 Adele.

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from£3,250

Beat Club

  • 5-8
  • (49)

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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The Confidentials

  • 3-5
  • (111)

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: they’re all there!

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from£2,760

Pacha Vibe

  • 5-10
  • (56)

Expect outstanding musicianship from players at the very top of their game, performing the best of old skool and newest anthems from R&B, club classics, garage, pop, soul and motown. Highly recommended for all types of event!

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Club Soul

  • 4
  • (44)

Max out on all your party favourites with this stunning live DJ band featuring sax, vocals and percussion. Expect high energy show-stopping performances.

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Penfold

  • 4-6
  • (147)

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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Supereight

  • 6-8
  • (158)

Supereight combine outrageously talented vocalists, session-standard instrumentalists, a punchy brass section, and a dancefloor-friendly song list of soul, garage, funk and hip-hop.


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Guide to booking wedding bands in Essex

What type of music do your Essex wedding bands play?

Our Essex wedding bands typically 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.

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

All bands are fronted by a male or female lead vocalist and are experts in bringing guests of all ages together on the dancefloor!

What's included in the band's fee?

The quote we send you for your Essex wedding band doesn't just cover the performance. Typically included in the band's fee are:

  • All sound other musical equipment, as well as stage lighting
  • An arrival from 5/6pm for a sound-check (this usually takes 60-90 minutes)
  • 2 x 60 minute performances (or 3 x 40 minute performances), with intervals, finishing by midnight.
  • Recorded music in the intervals (some bands can provide a more advanced DJ service).
  • All travel and accommodation costs.
  • All relevant PLI (insurance) and PAT (electrical appliance test) certificates.
  • Round-the-clock support right up until your event date, from our team of experts.

Where do your Essex wedding bands play?

Our wedding bands have been hired to perform in all corners of Essex, 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.

We hate pop music! Do you have other types of function band in Essex?

Of course! If pop music isn’t your thing, we have Essex function bands playing soul, ceilidh music or jazz to get your party started.

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

How long do your wedding bands in Essex play for?

Our wedding bands in Essex perform two 60 minute sets as standard, which can also be divided into three 40 minute sets.

A typical schedule would see the band kicking off their first set at 9pm, then playing through until 11pm or midnight with a break in between sets.

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

Will the band need to do do a sound-check?

All of our Essex wedding 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 for the soundcheck.

It's 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.

Do we need to provide anything for the band?

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

You'll only need to give them access to a power source, as well as 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. A raised stage isn't required.

All our Essex wedding bands who are booked for an evening performance will request a basic meal at the event. This is a standard requirement in the events industry.

Can your Essex wedding bands learn a specific song for our first dance?

If you want your Essex 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.

How can we save money on our 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.

Consider hiring a local wedding band in Essex, to save on travel and accommodation costs.

Can you provide wedding jazz bands in Essex?

Yes! You can find jazz bands in Essex and the wider area on our jazz and swing bands page.

Pianists and guitarists are useful for breaking the ice during your wedding banquet. We also have Rat Pack style wedding singers – ideal as a warm-up to the main act later on.

Whatever type of band or musical genre you’re after, we've probably got it!

Will I need to book an Essex wedding DJ as well?

Not necessarily. During any intervals, our bands will play recorded music via an mp3 player, so you're never in silence. You could also hand the band a pre-prepared playlist to put on, if you prefer.

Some bands are able to provide their own "in-house" DJ service for before and/or after the performance but check out their individual profiles for more details.

There are a couple of instances where it might be worth hiring an Essex DJ as well as the band:

  • If you're planning on finishing very late, it might be more cost-effective to hire a separate DJ than pay the whole band to stay on.
  • If you have specialised tastes or beat-matching is particularly important to you. In this case it might be better to hire a

Our venue has a sound limiter. What do we do?

Don't panic! First, find out the limiter's threshold in decibels. If it's set to a threshold below 95 decibels, let us know immediately, as some bands will struggle to keep within this range. We can then find out if the band is able to substitute live drums for electronic drums, which will bring down the overall level of the band.

If the threshold is in the range of 80-85dB, things become more difficult. We might need to recommend a duo, or acoustic band.

What happens if my Essex wedding band is ill on the day?

If by any chance any member of your Essex wedding band falls ill on the day, the band will be able to arrange a replacement for this band member.

In the unlikely event of all band members bring unable to attend (for example due to breaking down on the way to your event), we'll be able to offer replacement band options, often at very short notice, in a similar genre and for a similar price, from our collection of hundreds of exceptional bands in the area.


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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