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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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Django Lives!

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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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