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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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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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.

Kiss / Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough / Finesse
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  • 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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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 Soul Expressions

  • 4-7
  • (4)

Talented young soul band featuring both male and female vocals and a 3-piece horn section, playing a selection of classic disco, funk and soul tunes. *London events only*.

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The Scarlets

  • 3
  • (8)

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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The Natural Highs

  • 7-11
  • (9)

Exceptionally talented wedding and party band playing pop, soul, funk and disco hits from the 1960s to the present day.

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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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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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