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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£615

Brass & Decks

  • 2
  • (2)

An international DJ and live trumpet duo based in London. Their performances range from sophisticated lounge style sets to deeper and more groovy evening sets warming you up for the night ahead.

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from£980

Hava Tequila

  • 4-8
  • (8)

Award-winning klezmer band performing Eastern European Jewish, Israeli and Balkan music, ideal for listening and dancing.

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from£2,025

The Modern Swing Band

  • 5-7
  • (4)

Authentic postmodern style swing band who play swing classics as well as pop songs in a swing style. Extra musicians available.

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from£1,720

Backlight

  • 3
  • (6)

Internationally-acclaimed live band and light-show act armed with a venue-filling, fully synchronised lighting rig, standing hybrid drum kit, keytar/keyboard, and a dynamic female vocalist.

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from£1,200

Ibiza Funk

  • 4-6
  • (37)

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!

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from£1,350

The Soul Cats

  • 5
  • (12)

Outstanding pop and soul band with incredible male or female vocals, performing high-energy, floor-filling Motown, funk and soul-infused pop! Available to book with male vocals, full brass section or afternoon jazz sets.

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from£860

Heartland

  • 3-4
  • (8)

Sophisticated new acoustic band featuring fabulous female or male vocals and unique, stripped-down acoustic versions of classic rock & pop, jazz, soul & funk tunes, old and new. They can also offer a roaming band option!

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from£1,845

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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from£925

Parklife

  • 3
  • (30)

London-based wedding band specialising in the Britpop genre of the 90s covering bands such as Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Pulp, Supergrass, classic British acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, T-Rex and The Who as well as a vast repertoire of wedding and party classics.

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from£1,195

Soul Stars

  • 3-7
  • (17)

Stylish trio featuring male vocals, keyboards and trumpet and playing upbeat, mainstream soul and soul-infused pop covers. Also available as a full 5 or 6-piece party band.

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from£1,940

Union Real

  • 5
  • (4)

A collective of some of the finest musicians currently playing in London's pop scene, this talented group of individuals has played for some of the biggest names in the music industry as well as some of the more seasoned veterans who require finesse and absolute professionalism.

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from£1,200

The Fandangos

  • 4-8
  • (22)

Female-fronted wedding and corporate party band playing a wide range of pop floor-fillers from across the decades. The band are fun, energising and amazing value for money! Brass, keyboards, DJ service and acoustic afternoon sets also offered.

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from£1,410

Spotlight

  • 5
  • (5)

A band with powerhouse vocals, high-level energy and great musicianship that perform a perfect mix of chart pop, Motown, disco, 90s dance and 00s R'n'B. Available from a 2-piece to 8-piece line-up.

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from£615

The Ade Williams Duo

  • 2
  • (1)

With stunning lead vocals and almost 20 years experience in the field, The Ade Williams Duo have played at weddings and events all over Europe and as far as Moscow, Monaco, Greece and Italy, having recently completed a residency in Paris.

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from£1,220

Empire Beats

  • 6-8
  • (29)

Experienced South East-based soul and funk band playing the best of Motown, funk, disco, acid jazz and banging dance tunes! Optional brass and percussion. Discounts available for midweek and Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb bookings.

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from£3,100

New Power Groove

  • 6-10
  • (22)

Introducing the finest band on the wedding and party scene, welcome to the world of New Power Groove! Having fused stunning vocals with a super tight rhythm section and razor sharp horns, they have created the ultimate band for any event. DJ service available on request.

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from£885

Uptown

  • 5-9
  • (4)

Exciting pop, soul and funk party band with female vocals, who also play a super cool blend of R&B and disco classics. Additional musicians also available.

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from£740

Beatflex

  • 2
  • (16)

Beatflex is a unique and electrifying duo that plays intricate medleys and mash-ups of classic hip hop, R&B and garage tunes, as well as some of the hottest mainstream and contemporary tracks of today.

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from£985

Havana Beat

  • 4-8
  • (5)

Explosive and energetic Cuban band fronted by a fantastic female vocalist. One of the finest bands representatives of Cuban son, Latin and salsa music in the UK today!

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from£2,140

All Night Long

  • 6-9
  • (20)

High-energy pop and soul band with an enormous song list of almost 500 songs and featuring a world-class female vocalist! Book the band with optional 2- or 3-piece brass section, DJ, and ambient jazz or acoustic sets!

Midnight Swing
from£600

Midnight Swing

  • 3-5
  • (12)

Exceptional jazz and swing trio with an extensive repertoire of classic jazz tunes by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and George Gershwin, plus an optional pop repertoire. Suitable for elegant background music or with drums and vocals for evening dancing.

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from£1,395

The Stop Outs

  • 4-9
  • (16)

A fresh and stylish band playing everything from the 70s upwards, guaranteed to get you dancing! From 90s hits to your favourite throwbacks from The Jackson 5, Earth Wind and Fire and Lionel Richie, The Stop Out's have an infectious energy to create an amazing event. Additional musicians available

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from£725

Cirrus Trio

  • 3
  • (17)

Cool and classy trio playing jazzy versions of pop songs as well as jazz standards, from Frank Sinatra to Ed Sheeran. Available as an instrumental ensemble or with a male vocalist.

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from£885

The High Noons

  • 4-9
  • (8)

The High Noons are a rock, pop, soul & funk party band with a choice of male or female vocals – or both! Extra sets & DJ service available.

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from£1,845

Brass Off

  • 4
  • (2)

Innovative, improvised and modern covers of your favourite tracks to dance to from some of the best, young brass players of their generation. This collaboration is electric!


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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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