Manchester band hire

Our experts have gathered together the best bands for hire in Manchester, Bolton and the North West – from rock and pop cover bands to salsa, steel and swing bands

From Oasis and the Happy Mondays to Elbow and Everything Everything – Manchester has been spawning musical talent for decades. Our Manchester bands for hire draw on this city’s rich musical heritage to make your event unique and memorable.

If you’re planning a wedding reception, how about hiring a Manchester wedding band to play the very best, floor-filling covers from the last 60 years? They can play everything from The Beatles to the Bruno Mars, so they’re guaranteed to have something for everyone.

And we don’t just do weddings. Whether you’re planning a high-end corporate gala or a raucous rock’n’roll band for a teenage birthday party, we have the Manchester party band for you. And you can be sure that the dancing won’t stop between sets: our bands offer a DJ service which is much cheaper than hiring a separate DJ – and some bands even provide it for nothing.

If you’re looking for some sophisticated music to brighten up a small venue and get your guests dancing, how about a swinging Manchester jazz band? If you’re having a family celebration and want to entertain the children, we have some of the finest ceilidh bands in Manchester.

Whatever your budget, you can be sure that we’ll only supply you with the most talented, reliable Manchester function bands available – all our Manchester bands for hire have been hand picked by our experts, so whatever you choose, you’ll get a wonderful show!

This page is dedicated to Manchester bands for hire, but if you’re after solo musicians to play gentle music during a reception, dinner or cocktail party – check out our guitarists, pianists or harpists.

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Happy – Pharrell Williams
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from£995

Agent Smith

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (203)

Exceptional party and wedding band playing everything from vintage 1950s rock’n’roll to cutting edge pop, indie and R&B. High profile clients include BT, Mini Cooper and Microsoft, and over 135 positive reviews! Background acoustic duo sets, DJ service and larger line-ups available. Low season discounts available.

Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
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from£1,685

Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (45)

World-class pop, funk and soul function band, recreating and refreshing the classic soul sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s alongside soul-infused pop and R&B hits by R Kelly and Rudimental! DJ service and jazz/acoustic afternoon music available.

Adventure Of A Lifetime – Coldplay
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from£2,155

Drum 'n' Brass

  • Manchester
  • 5-10
  • (21)

Young and animated brass band with an extensive song list of rock and pop floor-fillers. This groundbreaking group have performed for royalty and offer the perfect alternative entertainment for your wedding or event! Larger line-ups available.

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from£615

Allemande Ceilidh Band

  • Manchester
  • 3-10
  • (4)

Youthful and lively party/wedding ceilidh band made up of professional musicians performing a repertoire of traditional Scottish dance music. Available with caller, additional musicians or DJ service.

Promo Video
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from£3,250

Elix

  • Manchester
  • 8-12
  • (8)

Brand new luxury 8 to 12-piece show band featuring some of the most outstanding musicians in Manchester, who have performed alongside artists such as Paloma Faith, JLS, James Morrison and The Script.

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from£1,000

The Sonics

  • Liverpool
  • 4
  • (52)

Phenomenally popular North West wedding and function band, featuring outstanding male vocals, guitar synth and a large set list of danceable rock, soul, reggae and pop music, from The Beatles to The Weeknd. DJ service, trumpet, sax and female vocalist available.

Alright – Supergrass
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from£750

Hudson

  • Liverpool
  • 3
  • (116)

One of our leading wedding bands in the North West, Hudson are a powerful trio playing everything from uptempo 50s rock'n'roll to last week's number 1. DJ service, extra musicians and acoustic sets for your drinks reception or meal also available.

Promo Video #1
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from£1,230

The Kingpins

  • Manchester
  • 4-6
  • (5)

Sensational, young and energetic 4 to 6-piece party band featuring superb female vocals and a dynamic and varied set list. Extra musicians, professional DJ and acoustic afternoon sets available.

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from£580

The Real Steel Band

  • Manchester
  • 3
  • (8)

Vibrant steel band playing the sounds of turquoise seas, sunshine and swaying palm trees! Huge repertoire of traditional Caribbean music as well as reggae and pop from The Beach Boys to Bruno Mars. Available in larger line-ups.

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from£985

The Saints

  • Manchester
  • 5
  • (47)

Experienced rock, pop, dance and soul band with powerful male vocals and expandable to an 8-piece featuring female vocals, keyboards and brass. Jazz duo also available for mellow background music during receptions or dinners. Midweek discounts available.

I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
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from£1,785

Balboa

  • Manchester
  • 5-8
  • (7)

World-class, male-fronted premium 5 piece band in high demand across the UK. The band have a repertoire covering everything from 60s favourites to the latest hits and include sax in their line-up. Afternoon acoustic sets, extra musicians and DJ service available.

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from£790

The Resets

  • Manchester
  • 3-5
  • (2)

Quirky and retro acoustic band playing modern pop songs in a gypsy jazz style. Various line-up options available. Free laptop DJ service included as standard with every booking.

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from£1,030

The Vendettas

  • Liverpool
  • 4-5
  • (10)

Lively female-fronted wedding function band with a huge repertoire of party classics and appearances at Glastonbury and Edinburgh festival to their name. Optional extras include sax or acoustic background sets for drinks or dinner.

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from£980

Bavarian Brass

  • Manchester
  • 5-7
  • (7)

The craziest Bavarian Oktoberfest party band in the UK! Bavarian Brass play traditional oompah songs as well as brassy pop covers such as Purple Rain and Bohemian Rhapsody. Games and a wacky compere are optional!

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from£770

The Black Jacks

  • Lancashire
  • 4
  • (23)

This lively covers band are as comfortable playing student events as they are wedding receptions, and draw on a varied repertoire of 60s-00s floor-fillers. DJ service available.

Jumping Joan Ceilidh Band
from£735

Jumping Joan Ceilidh Band

  • Lancashire
  • 5-6
  • (4)

Experienced Ceilidh band playing traditional English, Scottish and Irish music for dancing. Caller also available.

Promo Video
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from£795

Gatsby

  • Manchester
  • 4-5
  • (5)

Superb 4-piece wedding band featuring female vocals, male backing vocals and fantastic musicianship. Extra musicians, low key afternoon music and DJ service available.

Johnny Divine’s Latin & Swing Party
from£1,460

Johnny Divine’s Latin & Swing Party

  • Manchester
  • 4-5
  • (25)

Jazz with a glint in it's eye! All star band of virtuoso swingers performing the hits and popular music of the 1940s, for your dancing, listening and party fun!

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from£1,660

Putting On The Ritz

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (23)

Unique and talented musicians & entertainers to recreate the authentic musical ambience of the 1920s & 30s, when The "Charleston" was all the rage, and the swells were "Putting on the Ritz".

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from£1,785

The Charleston Stampede

  • Manchester
  • 5
  • (3)

The Charleston Stampede play popular hits from roaring 20s. Enjoy this visit to an era of wonderful nonsense, quirky original music and cheerful entertainment. Let’s misbehave!

The Dynamites
from£1,230

The Dynamites

  • North
  • 6
  • (7)

An explosive young function band made up of the highest quality musicians playing classic songs and anthems from Michael Jackson to Madness!

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from£1,475

The Mayfields

  • Manchester
  • 6
  • (4)

Highly-experienced and energetic female-fronted wedding party band, playing everything from Motown classics to modern R&B and pop chartbusters. Acoustic duo or quartet sets available.

The Mixers Ceilidh Band
from£735

The Mixers Ceilidh Band

  • Manchester
  • 4-5
  • (6)

Traditional Irish, folk and celtic band from the North West, performing an eclectic and lively range of traditional and contemporary Irish folk music, as well as rock’n’roll and country. Also available as a 5-piece with caller.

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from£935

The Mustangs

  • Manchester
  • 4-6
  • (9)

Fresh, exciting and unique vintage band playing music from the 50s and 60s as well as modern songs in a vintage style. Acoustic "unplugged" band, 4-piece option and acoustic trio available. DJ service included free with every booking.

The Veebees
from£980

The Veebees

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (6)

Specialising in hip-swinging 50s and 60s classics, this tribute act can also turn out anthemic floor-fillers by Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse! Additional DJ service also available.


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