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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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The Decoders

  • 5
  • (1)

Vibrant new band made up of some of the finest players on the London scene playing exclusive arrangements of the R&B, Pop, Soul and Funk songs you love. Extra musicians and acoustic sets available.

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  • 6-13
  • (6)

A stylish and versatile band with a range of line-up options and song choices to suit your event. Choose from additional male and female vocalists, brass section, afternoon cocktail piano, jazz sets and DJ service.

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Royal Groove

  • 6-9
  • (18)

Slick and funky party band with male and female lead vocalists delivering knockout performances. These seriously polished musicians bring tight harmonies and bags of energy to your favourite funk, Motown, pop and rock tunes. DJ service and brass section available.

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The Soul Ventures

  • 8
  • (17)

The Soul Ventures are an authentic, high-impact soul, Stax and Motown band, recreating the music of Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

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Beat Club

  • 5-8
  • (15)

Incredible rock and pop party band featuring joint male and female lead vocals, sax and keyboards, and performing five decades of floor-fillers. Available to hire with DJ service, cocktail pianist or afternoon jazz sets.

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  • 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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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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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.

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Django’s Jive

  • 3-5
  • (8)

Traditional gypsy jazz and acoustic swing band playing standards by Django Reinhardt as well as swinging renditions of modern artists. Available as an instrumental line-up or with female vocals.

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Latin style party band, perfect for starting the dancing at weddings, parties and celebrations! Duo and trio line-ups also available.

The London Bluegrass Band

The London Bluegrass Band

  • 3 -4
  • (4)

Americana Bluegrass trio with stunning three and four part vocal harmonies! Also available as a 4 and 5-piece (banjo and fiddle).

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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.

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Detroit City Soul

  • 5-10
  • (10)

High-energy with a truly authentic sound, Detroit City Soul play classics from the Motown era through to the latest pop floor-fillers. They cadn also play jazz, rock'n'roll, disco, funk and Jewish hora! Optional brass section and acoustic background music.

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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.

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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

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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  • 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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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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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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The Edelweiss All-Stars

  • 4-5
  • (12)

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

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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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The Mariachi Warriors

  • 3-5
  • (4)

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

The Slick City Swingers

The Slick City Swingers

  • 2-5
  • (4)

Compact yet with a big sound, The Slick City Swingers recreate the swinging sounds of the classic big band era.

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Django Lives!

  • 3
  • (17)

A lively and experienced acoustic gypsy jazz trio playing the music of Django Reinhardt and other jazz standards, plus arrangements of classical tunes and modern rock ‘n’ pop favourites.

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The Scarlets

  • 3
  • (18)

Vibrant party band performing a range of music, from classic hits of the 70s and 80s to brand new chart toppers of today! Hear all your modern favourites by Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé! DJ laptop service also 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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