Essex wedding bands

Professional wedding bands in Essex, Chelmsford and the surrounding area, playing upbeat, dance-a-long rock pop, & soul covers from all eras. Our bands are handpicked from the very best on the live music circuit.

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The In-Laws

  • 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.

Cinco Magic Promo Video (Gettin' Jiggy Wit It)
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from£995

Cinco Magic

  • 4
  • (73)

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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from£1,375

Big Easy Brass Band

  • 4-7
  • (45)

The hottest new brass fusion band in town, Big Easy will bring a raucous, New Orleans party vibe to your event! The band can perform in one place or roaming around your venue and guests whilst they play.

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from£1,380

Dakota

  • 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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from£2,080

Groove Capital

  • 7-9
  • (58)

Incredible new London-based function band, 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.

1999 – Prince
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from£1,230

The Sweet and Lowdown

  • 4
  • (120)

Fun, talented and totally unique female-fronted party band playing everything from retro swing, vintage jive and rock'n'roll through to 80s funk, 90s R&B and modern chart with a twist. Afternoon acoustic sets and DJ service also available. Low season and midweek discounts available.

4-piece Promo Video
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from£1,165

The Dip Dabs

  • 4-7
  • (44)

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.

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
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from£995

Blue Juice

  • 4-5
  • (141)

Fantastic and unique function and wedding band with a soulful male vocalist who put their quirky stamp on melodic rock, pop, soul, ska and funk floor-fillers from Bob Marley to Bruno Mars. Available with DJ service and brass section.

Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon
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from£875

Rockit

  • 3-4
  • (141)

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.

Cake by the Ocean / Park Life / You Really Got Me / Feel It Still / Dakota
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The High Rollers

  • 3
  • (72)

High-impact party band, The High Rollers, specialise in classic indie rock hits by The Killers, Blur and The Kinks as well as brand new pop hits by Bruno Mars, DNCE and Pharrell Williams.

Respect / Superstition / Kiss
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from£2,275

The Capricorns

  • 7-10
  • (53)

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.

Sex on Fire / Johnny B. Goode / Wonderwall / Stuck in the Middle
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from£920

Get Carter

  • 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.

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

  • 6-10
  • (134)

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.

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from£615

The Steel Panthers

  • 3-4
  • (24)

Authentic steel pan band playing classic calypso, Motown, pop, reggae and more and featuring some of the best Caribbean musicians from around the UK.

Promo video (Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand)
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from£1,000

Penfold

  • 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.

I Want You Back / Wanna Dance With Somebody / Go Your Own Way
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from£1,535

Phoenix

  • 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.

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from£565

The Wandering Lights

  • 2-4
  • (46)

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).

Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons (4-pce)
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from£700

Boots n Bones

  • 3-5
  • (35)

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

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from£1,235

Shakedown

  • 4-12
  • (48)

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 extra musicians up to a 12-piece band and a DJ laptop service on request.

Medley
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from£1,475

Masterblaster

  • 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.

Detroit City Soul - Promo video
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from£1,960

Detroit City Soul

  • 5-10
  • (10)

High-energy with a truly authentic sound, Detroit City Soul play classics from the Motown era through to the latest pop floor-fillers. They cadn also play jazz, rock'n'roll, disco, funk and Jewish hora! Optional brass section and acoustic background music.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
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from£810

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£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.

7 Days / Walking Away
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from£1,200

Ibiza Funk

  • 4-6
  • (27)

A newcomer to the UK party scene, Ibiza Funk's unique versions of popular tunes are guaranteed to fill your dancefloor and take the vibe of your event to the next level!

Can't Feel My Face / Finesse / Say My Name / Ride Wit Me / Aint Nobody
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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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Essex wedding band booking guide

What type of music do your Essex wedding bands play?

Our Essex wedding bands range from compact 3-piece guitar bands to 10-piece showbands 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!

We want to give our wedding a bit of a different sound, do you have bands that can do that?

Of course! Don't worry, if pop music isn’t your thing, we have dedicated Essex wedding soul bands, ceilidh bands or jazz bands to get your party started. We can also provide Essex wedding 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 Essex wedding music and entertainment you’re after, we've probably got it!

Do we need to provide any equipment for the band to be able to perform?

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 at our wedding party?

A standard schedule of working hours for our bands would be 9.30pm until midnight, which 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 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.

Where do our Essex wedding bands play?

You can hire an Essex wedding 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 a wider range of options, why not check out bands in neighbouring towns and counties:

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 your wedding date, consider booking a midweek or winter wedding 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 wedding music bands based in most major towns and cities across the UK.

Live wedding music bands in Essex and throughout the UK

Function Central offers the very best wedding music bands Essex has to offer, along with 5 star customer service, competitive rates and a 24/7 emergency support line. Browse wedding bands and musicians in almost every town and county in the UK, using the menu below.

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