London bands for hire

Hiring a party band in London? The British capital, home to artists from the Rolling Stones to Dua Lipa, offers a huge choice of function band hire, jazz bands and musicians in every genre

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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.

Promo Video
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from£2,080

Groove Capital

  • 7-9
  • (58)

The hottest new function band in London, 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.

September / Forget Me Nots / Got To Be Real / Best Of My Love / Night To Remember / Wanna Be Your Lover
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from£1,685

Party Up

  • 6-10
  • (132)

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.

Cake by the Ocean / Park Life / You Really Got Me / Feel It Still / Dakota
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from£875

The High Rollers

  • 3
  • (69)

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.

1999 – Prince
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from£1,230

The Sweet and Lowdown

  • 4
  • (118)

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.

Promo video
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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).

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.

Viva La Vida
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from£985

The Runaways

  • 4
  • (1)

Youthful, vibrant new party band channelling rock, hip-hop and soul influences. The band have been performing together for six years and have recently started attracting major label interest for their originals side project – catch them now before they're famous!

Whoopin' Blues (Dixieland Example)
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from£1,250

The Inglorious Brassterds

  • 5-8
  • (27)

Incredible new brass band bringing the rhythm and soul of New Orleans alive to your party, with a few pop covers thrown in. Also available with vocalist.

Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon
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from£875

Rockit

  • 3-4
  • (139)

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.

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.

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from£995

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.

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.

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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!

Promo Video
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from£1,350

Bloco Brass

  • 4-7
  • (24)

Exciting new brass and drums band playing danceable pop songs as well as some Latin music. With Brazilian musicians in their ranks, the band will bring the spirit of Rio and Carnival to your event!

Happy Daze Promo Video (Johnny B. Goode)
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from£750

Happy Daze

  • 3-4
  • (76)

Hugely popular all-male party and wedding covers band playing feel-good sing-along classics with an emphasis on vintage rock and pop music. Fantastic value! Hire the band’s DJ service and afternoon acoustic sets for non-stop music through the day. Midweek discounts available.

The Merry-Makers Steel Band
from£370

The Merry-Makers Steel Band

  • 2-6
  • (93)

Versatile Caribbean steel pan band performing warm and upbeat island melodies – soca, calypso, Latin, Zouk and reggae. The band are suitable for a wide range of occasions whether you require cool background music at garden parties or lively dancing in the evening. Limbo dancer optional!

Promo video
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from£2,190

Tokyo

  • 6-8
  • (3)

A group of musicians that have played from the West End to Glastonbury, from The Ritz to Radio 1's live lounge, Tokyo are ready to bring the best musical entertainment to your event! Acoustic sets also available.

New Rules / Finesse
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from£985

A Girl Called Sue

  • 4-8
  • (40)

Versatile and energetic male and female-fronted band with a large song list taking in soul, pop and rock music from Elvis and The Beatles to Daft Punk and DNCE. Available to hire with extra musicians, afternoon/dinner jazz sets and/or DJ service.

Detroit City Soul - Promo video
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from£2,215

Detroit City Soul

  • 7
  • (10)

High-energy with a truly authentic sound, Detroit City Soul play classics from the Motown era as well as modern pop floor-fillers. Acoustic sets also available.

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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.

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.

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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London function band booking guide

Why should I hire a London function band for my event?

Whatever occasion you are celebrating, music is the best way to make any event memorable, and London attracts great musicians from all over the world, from Guernsey to Guatemala! Our experts have tracked down the most talented and reliable bands for hire in London so that you don’t have to. We have London function bands in all styles, suitable for all budgets – and all of them are young enough to love what they do and experienced enough to know exactly what to play and when!

What style of music do your London bands perform?

Our London bands for hire play every kind of music, from spicy salsa and traditional ceilidh to upbeat rock & indie. We have function bands in London suitable for all occasions, budgets and venues. If you want a riotous wedding reception, book a London party band to play rock & pop hits all the way from the 60s through to the present day. If you love the sounds of Motown, R&B and big brass sections how about hiring a London soul band? Or for something more original, check out our selection of alternative bands for hire too.

If you’re not sure what would work best for your event, get in touch with one of our London function band experts, and we’ll find the perfect entertainment for you.

We’re looking for London function bands that can play background music – can you help?

This page is dedicated to function bands, but Function Central is an entertainment agency in London providing musicians for hire throughout the day, not just at your evening reception. For a wedding ceremony, you could hire one of our London string quartets. For the perfect accompaniment to a cocktail party and drinks receptions, we have London-based guitarists and pianists. Or for a summer garden party or outdoor event, our steel bands and Dixieland jazz bands in London are much in-demand!

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 London 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 London 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 London function bands tend to perform?

We have London wedding bands and party bands covering all areas of the capital, including Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Kensington, Hammersmith, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster. In addition we server outer London boroughs including Barking, Barnet, Croydon, Ealing, Kingston-upon-Thames, Richmond, Harrow, Havering, Merton and Newham.

How can we save money on our London band?

  • Before you book more musicians for afternoon background music, check whether members of your band can provide this – it'll save you additional costs, such as travel.
  • If you haven't yet set your event date, consider booking a midweek or winter date 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.

The best party bands in London & throughout the UK

Function Central is a leading function and party band hire agency. We provide exceptional talent for private events, both in London, 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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