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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 cover bands for hire as well as as well as jazz, swing and ceilidh

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from£750

Happy Daze

  • 3-4
  • (77)

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
  • (95)

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!

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from£650

Midnight Blue

  • 3-5
  • (60)

Experienced, versatile jazz trio, performing jazzy takes on pop music from The Beatles to Sam Smith as well as classic jazz. Suitable for mellow background music at weddings, corporate events and more! Also available with drums and vocals.

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from£1,235

Shakedown

  • 4-12
  • (59)

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 DJ service and/or extra musicians up to a 12-piece.

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from£1,325

Hipshakers

  • 4-7
  • (20)

Classy, stylish vintage band inspired by Postmodern Jukebox. The band play all your favourite chart hits from a 1920s Charleston version of 'Put Your Records On' to a Motown-style arrangement of ‘Can’t Feel My Face'.

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from£3,400

Lightspeed

  • 7
  • (24)

Ultimate live music experience featuring a centre-stage light up drum kit that delivers a feast for the eyes and ears. This slick outfit brings you supreme talent and a large repertoire of chart hits. Additional musicians, jazz sets and DJ service available.

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from£740

Millennium Bug

  • 3-4
  • (65)

Slick party and wedding band capturing the definitive sound of pop and rock through the decades and led by an animated frontman who gets every crowd on their feet! DJ service and acoustic sets available.

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from£985

The Electrics

  • 4-7
  • (49)

Energetic party band with an impressive list of pop, rock and soul hits from the 50s to the present day. This band have huge harmonies and a fantastic live sound. Keyboards, saxophone and male vocalist, acoustic duo and DJ set available!

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from£2,900

The New Sensations

  • 5-10
  • (15)

Deluxe wedding and corporate function band including male and female vocals specialising in pop, R&B, hip hop, drum'n'bass, garage, funk, motown, soul and dance. Dinner sets and additional musicians available.

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from£1,105

Shrimp and Gumbo

  • 5
  • (7)

Lively and entertaining New Orleans style street band featuring brass, sousaphone and drums. A broad repertoire to suit any occasion from garden reception, to street parade, to spirited parties with dancing! Also available with two female lead vocalists.

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from£430

Marcel and Matt

  • 2
  • (39)

Stylish and soulful acoustic guitar and vocal duo combining high calibre musicianship with an uplifting set spanning James Brown to James Bay. Incredible value and guaranteed to appeal to all ages! DJ service available.

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from£1,230

Sax & Decks

  • 2-4
  • (10)

Exciting sax and DJ duo playing up to date chart hits for a wide range of events and occasions. Percussion and female vocals also available.

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from£3,545

All Time All-Stars

  • 6-10
  • (23)

Richard Branson’s go-to band for live party music, the All Time All-Stars perform at the very highest level, entertaining some of the biggest names on the planet. For a spectacular show, book additional male and female vocals and brass section. DJ service available.

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from£980

Boho Hustle

  • 4-7
  • (22)

Fun, lively 4-piece playing classic and modern rock & pop with a jazzy, boho twist! The band's winning combination of infectious energy and dancefloor cool is winning over audiences at weddings and parties up and down the UK.

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from£1,250

The Inglorious Brassterds

  • 5-8
  • (28)

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.

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from£960

Block The Party

  • 3-4
  • (27)

Three-piece party band featuring female vocals, guitar and sax set to professionally mixed backing tracks for a full band sound. Extra drums, acoustic duo or jazz trio available as well as DJ laptop service on request.

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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.

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from£415

The 12th Street Swingers

  • 2-4
  • (26)

Vastly-experienced Dixieland jazz band playing songs in the classic New Orleans style. Great for background music or wandering entertainment. Larger line-ups are available for dancing too.

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from£985

A Girl Called Sue

  • 4-8
  • (42)

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.

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from£2,735

Fireflies

  • 6-11
  • (40)

High-end 6-piece party band featuring male vocals, female vocals and sax playing accurate renditions of modern and classic hits. Additional musicians, DJ service and afternoon sets available.

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from£550

The Jets Duo

  • 2
  • (35)

High energy male duo, performing modern hits for everyone to enjoy, from The Jam and Oasis to Drake and Ed Sheeran.

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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!

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from£550

Soneando

  • 3-8
  • (19)

With bold sounds and frantic Latin beats, Soneando perform Cuban Son reminiscent of The Buena Vista Social Club as well as hot salsa with a serious groove! The band features top musicians from South America.

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from£1,355

The Lederpop Brass Band

  • 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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from£1,230

The Untouchables

  • 3
  • (10)

Exceptional all-male London 3-piece band, who've supported The Kooks, delivering hits from the 80s, 90s, 00s and beyond! DJ service and afternoon acoustic sets available.


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Guide to booking party bands in London

Why should I hire a London party 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 acts in London so that you don’t have to.

We have London party 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 party bands perform?

Our London party bands for hire play every kind of music, from spicy salsa and traditional ceilidh to upbeat rock & indie.

We have party 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 party band experts, and we’ll find the perfect entertainment for you.

Can you provide background musicians for hire in London?

This page is dedicated to party bands, but Function Central is an entertainment agency providing musicians in London for hire throughout the day, not just at your evening reception.

For a wedding ceremony, you could hire one of our 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 are much in-demand!

Do you offer other musical genres, such as ceilidh or jazz bands in London?

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 party 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 party bands tend to perform?

From Queen to Led Zeppelin to Coldplay, Mumford & Sons and The
Clash, there is no limit on London's musical past. Across this colourful city, exploding with history, culture and art, there is no shortage of bespoke venues to host your memorable event.

We have London wedding bands and party bands able to perform in all areas of the city, including Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Kensington, Hammersmith, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Westminster. We also provide bands to outer London boroughs including Barking, Barnet, Croydon, Ealing, Kingston-upon-Thames, Richmond, Harrow, Havering, Merton and Newham.

North, South, East or West of the capital, we have bands of every style and size to put on a fantastic night of entertainment for you and your guests to remember.

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.


Find local cover bands in London and UK wide

Function Central is a leading covers band hire agency. We provide exceptional talent for private events, both in London, throughout the UK and internationally.

Hire a local band to save on costs – we have bands based in most major UK towns and counties.

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