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Whether you're celebrating a routine event or a major life milestone, hire a live function band to transform the atmosphere and get guests on their feet.


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The High Rollers

  • London
  • 3
  • (87)

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, The High Rollers are in a class of their own.

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Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (144)

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 horn section.

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Agent Smith

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (214)

Exceptional party and wedding band playing everything from vintage 1950s rock’n’roll to cutting edge pop, indie and R&B. High profile clients include BT, Mini Cooper and Microsoft! Background acoustic duo sets, DJ service & winter discounts available.

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Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (79)

World-class pop, funk and soul function band, refreshing and recreating the classic soul sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s, alongside soul-infused contemporary pop and R&B. DJ service and jazz/acoustic afternoon music available.

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The Sweet and Lowdown

  • Brighton
  • 4
  • (126)

Fun and totally unique party and wedding band with both female and male lead vocals. S&L play 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.

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Get Carter

  • London
  • 4-5
  • (58)

High-energy wedding and corporate party 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.

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The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (65)

Stylish, globe-trotting 7-piece with powerhouse vocalists and gigs for KPMG, Gucci and Jaguar alongside weddings in London and Dubai. One of the finest function bands working today. Brass section, DJ service, cocktail piano and background sets available.

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The Different Lights

  • Liverpool
  • 4
  • (81)

Outstanding party band playing chart, indie, rock anthems and Britpop and featuring guitars, keyboards and vocal harmonies for a big, versatile sound! Laptop DJ service available, as well as acoustic guitar or solo cocktail piano sets for your afternoon reception.

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The Lederpop Brass Band

  • London
  • 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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Samba Central

  • London
  • 3-12
  • (16)

Thrilling samba drumming group who play pounding Brazilian samba rhythms that resonate with excitement. Various line-ups of either 3, 6 or 12 fantastic drummers are available, as well as additional brass and vocals.

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  • Surrey
  • 3-4
  • (146)

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.

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Smoke & Mirrors

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (25)

Combining slick production with exceptional musical talent, these party-starters are a cut above the rest when it comes to an unforgettable night of music!

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The Runaways

  • Surrey
  • 4
  • (60)

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

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Soul Club

  • London
  • 6-10
  • (30)

Max out on soul and sophistication with this stunning wedding and corporate event band comprised of musicians who have toured with Stormzy, Adele, and Dua Lipa. Expect stunning vocals, energy and unparalleled musicianship.

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The DBs

  • London
  • 5-9
  • (43)

From pop favourites and feel-good funk to afrobeats and updated jazz classics, The DBs turn the traditional brass band format on its head and drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century! Also available with an MC/rapper.

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  • London
  • 4
  • (66)

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, shaking and hollering from the first note. Available with female vocalist, acoustic sets and DJ service.

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Drum n Brass

  • Manchester
  • 5-10
  • (68)

Young and animated brass band with an extensive song list of rock and pop floor-fillers and an incredible frontman/vocalist. This groundbreaking group have performed for royalty and offer the perfect alternative entertainment for your wedding or event!

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The Crossfades

  • Bristol
  • 3-5
  • (58)

The Crossfades serve up the best vintage and modern rock, pop and indie covers with a side of crowd-pleasing charm. Keyboardist, DJ service and solo acoustic set available.

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Groove Capital

  • London
  • 7-9
  • (65)

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! DJ service, brass section and afternoon acoustic or jazz sets available.

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Big Easy Brass Band

  • London
  • 4-9
  • (57)

The hottest new brass fusion band in town, Big Easy never fail to get the party jumping with their funky, high octane take on the traditional brass band format. The band can roam amongst guests or perform in one place and is available as an instrumental only band, or with male or female vocalist.

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Function band booking guide

How much does it cost to hire a function band?

On average, a function band costs around £1200 to hire, in 2020.

This average covers a big range though with a 3-piece costing around £650 to line ups of up to 10 musicians costing upwards of £3000.

These larger bands normally contain a brass section as well as introducing more lead singers and backing vocalist for the fullest possible sound.

When browsing your options on this page, remember that the lowest prices advertised are relevant to a local event that incurs no travel costs for the band.

The 'from' prices will also be based on an event planned for a weekday in an off-season month.

We have lots of different options on our roster and if you're looking for something even more intimate, check out our duos and keep costs down even more.

What sort of events do your function bands play at?

From Bar Mitzvahs to retirement dos, annual office parties to New Year's celebrations, birthdays and weddings, we have a band for every crowd at every chapter of life.

Our roster of the UK's top function bands will give your guests something to remember long after the final song.

The function bands for hire on this page specialise in getting guests dancing at after-dinner functions - but if your event is in the afternoon or needs more of a background atmosphere, check out our acoustic acts, or our collection of roving musicians.

Browse the UK's top function bands on this page, or check out our wedding bands.

What style of music do your live function bands play?

You can see a complete list of any particular band's repertoire on their profile page, but, on the whole, you can expect all your favourite pop, rock and soul covers from artists over the last 50 years.

From Lulu and The Beatles to contemporary hits by Rihanna, Beyoncé and The Weeknd, nothing is off limits for our bands!

If you have a specific genre in mind and would rather a band that focuses on a theme, check out our soul and funk bands, swing bands or our tribute acts that cover the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Don't forget that when you book a larger line up, the band is more likely to have keyboards and brass which means they can play an even broader range of the pop, dance, soul and indie tracks that you love!

Do your function bands bring their own sound and lighting equipment?

Absolutely! All our function bands for hire are self-contained and bring their own PA sound system as well as the microphones, amplifiers and instruments that they need.

It is, however, worth letting us know if you're expecting more than 200 guests at your event so that we can double check that the band's sound system is big enough.

Nearly all of our bands also bring lighting to add even more life to your function and take the dancefloor to another level. As with the song list, check out your chosen band's profile page to see if there are extra items you can add on to make your evening even more memorable!

Is there any equipment that we need to provide?

The only thing our bands need is access to a power supply and a suitably sized space to set up in and deliver their performance from!

We hope to make it as easy as possible for you to have the band you want at your event and, as a guide, we suggest reserving a 3m wide x 3m deep space for a 3-piece band – and then adding an extra square metre for each extra band member.

If its possible to have this space on a raised stage, that will always help your band have a bigger impact but the most important thing is that the space is flat and dry! Our bands will do the rest!

If you’re not sure about the space you can provide, read the ‘performance information’ on the band’s profile to check their specifics.

How long will the band need to set up?

On the whole, our function bands just need 60-90 minutes from around 5pm or 6pm to set up their gear and run a quick sound check.

The best case scenario is that your venue is free of guests at this time although many of our bands will be able to do a silent 'line check' to test most instruments without sound running through the front-of-house speakers.

How long will the band play for on the night?

If you're booking a band for after-dinner dancing, most of our acts will perform 2 x 60 minute sets from around 9.30pm to midnight - normally with a half hour interval.

If you're keen to keep the music going after midnight with the band or a different DJ, an extra fee usually applies.

Is there anything else that we will need to sort out for the band?

Please make sure that you have food and refreshments for the band so that they can keep their energy up all night and put on the best show possible.

Also, if access to the venue is difficult, some of the band members may need parking spaces or a secure changing room to be able to leave their personal items and some equipment during your function.

Any requirements like this will be listed on the band's profile so do take a close look!

How can we save money on our function band?

It's always worth checking whether your function band can provide the different styles of music that you're hoping to have at your event throughout the day.

Many of our function band musicians can also perform afternoon background music that will then save you additional costs in booking others to travel and perform at a different time of day.

Equally, if you haven't got a definite date in mind for your function yet, you might want to think about hosting a midweek or winter event to make the most of our bands reduced rates.

Always book a local function band if you can, to save on travel and accommodation costs. We have excellent bands in nearly every town and city in the UK!

Where do your function bands play in London?

Our London bands have performed for functions in ever corner of the borough.

There are too many venues to mention here, so here are just a few of our bands' favourite venues, which they've played at multiple times.

In central London: Grosvenor House Hotel One Great George Street, One Mayfair, Park Plaza, Radisson Blue Hilton Hotels, Dartmouth House, Portman Square Gardens, the RSA, Shakespeare's Globe, Shepherd Hall, St Bart's Brewery, The Berkley Knightsbridge, The Dorchester, The Mandarin Oriental, The Old Bank of England, The Ned, The Yacht at Temple Pier and Westminster Hall.

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