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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Promo Medley
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from£1,230

The Tales

  • 4-8
  • (3)

Show-stopping party band playing a wide variety of hits by artists including Chic, Diana Ross and Pharrell Williams that guarantee a night to remember! Additional musicians available.

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from£490

Gypsy Street

  • 2-5
  • (9)

Exciting and upbeat guitar duo playing a wide range of styles from jazz and gypsy to Italian music, all rearranged with a fresh and unique touch. The perfect non-intrusive background music for weddings and parties.

Klezmer Dance Medley
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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£2,140

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!

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from£740

Jolange

  • 3
  • (14)

Popular folk band playing Irish and Scottish ceilidh music, barn dances, bluegrass and even a few modern pop songs in a traditional style. Available with caller for ceilidhs and barn dances.

Promo Video
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from£2,925

In The Mood

  • 7-14
  • (12)

Sensational swing band performing a fantastic mix of swing, Rat Pack, soul and Motown music to give you a party to remember! The ensemble combinations range from small to large so can cater to any function. Female vocalist available.

Mi Mariachi
from£550

Mi Mariachi

  • 3-6
  • (4)

Uplifting and entertaining Mariachi band with both Mexican classics and popular English hits in their repertoire. Additional musicians available.

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from£3,390

Neon

  • 6-12

Dance your way through a decade of 80s pop with this high-end 80s tribute band! Incredible visuals and a huge sound. Additional musicians available.

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from£1,355

The Stop Outs

  • 5
  • (15)

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.

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from£1,535

O'Reallys Ceilidh Band

  • 5-10
  • (8)

Cheerful ceilidh band who play all your favourite rock and pop party hits alongside more traditional folk pieces. Perfect for ceilidh dancing at weddings, parties and events! The band come with an experienced caller and can be booked as a trio or 10-piece line-up too.

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from£2,050

Roadhouse

  • 5-12
  • (4)

Roadhouse is an incredible premium party band playing the best of soul and pop through the decades, made up of London's finest musicians fronted with male and female vocalists! Afternoon entertainment and DJ service also available.

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from£1,475

Son Aché

  • 5-9
  • (21)

Internationally acclaimed Cuban band with incredible female lead vocals, a driving intensity and irresistible rhythms guaranteed to turn any event into a fiesta!

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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£440

The Slick City Jazz Stompers

  • 2-7
  • (20)

The Slick City Jazz Stompers play trad jazz in the traditional New Orleans style – perfect for background music to help create a fun, informal and relaxed atmosphere at summer events.

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from£550

The Djangos

  • 3
  • (18)

Talented gypsy jazz trio playing their own arrangements of tunes ranging from swing & jazz classics to modern pop anthems.

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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.

The Edelweiss All-Stars
from£1,350

The Edelweiss All-Stars

  • 4-5
  • (2)

Lively traditional oompah band, perfect for German Bier Keller nights or outdoor garden parties, for dancing, singing and thigh-slapping fun!

The Rare Old Mountain Dew
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from£980

The Jumping Tommys

  • 4-5
  • (3)

Compelling bluegrass, Irish and gypsy jazz band serving up a lively blend of toe-tapping tunes. Available to book with DJ service and afternoon jazz sets for non-stop music throughout the day.

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from£550

The Mariachi Warriors

  • 3-5
  • (4)

Exceptional Mariachi band playing iconic Mexican tunes in their vibrant style. Extra violin, trumpet and guitar available.

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from£1,475

The Swingsters

  • 5-6
  • (3)

Outrageous jazz, swing and postmodern jukebox style band! Various line-ups available.

5-piece Promo Video
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from£1,415

City Gold

  • 4-5
  • (10)

Fresh and contemporary function band with male and female vocalists, ideal for filling dancefloors at weddings and parties. Professional DJ service, various line-ups and duo or trio also available.

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
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from£1,125

The Starlighters

  • 5-6
  • (5)

Looking for the party of a lifetime? With over a thousand live performances at corporate events, parties and weddings worldwide, The Starlighters guarantee a night to remember! Additional musicians, live DJ and afternoon background sets also available.

Live Video (filmed with Easyjet)
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from£1,475

The VPs

  • 6-7
  • (15)

Unforgettable high-energy performances of soul, funk, pop and rock favourites from a band who have played for Easyjet, DHL and Gatwick Airport - they're guaranteed to get you on the dancefloor! Professional DJ also available.

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from£2,050

The Vintage Soul Stars

  • 7
  • (10)

The ultimate in classy, professional and exciting live entertainment, this outstanding soul band have notched up gigs at The Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott's and St. Mark's, Venice during their illustrious career.

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from£1,100

The Yoyos

  • 4
  • (6)

Lively acoustic covers band featuring stunning female vocals and playing all the best tunes from pop, rock and funk to disco and jazz with that classic unplugged sound! Smaller line-ups available. Discounted rates for midweek events.


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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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