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Manchester bands for hire

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

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Agent Smith

  • 4
  • (214)

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! Background acoustic duo sets, DJ service & winter discounts available.

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from£2,480

Drum n Brass

  • 5-10
  • (56)

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

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from£1,685

Downtown Underground

  • 6-7
  • (69)

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

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from£750

Hudson

  • 3
  • (127)

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.

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from£895

The Different Lights

  • 4
  • (70)

Outstanding party band playing chart, indie, rock anthems and Britpop and featuring guitars, keyboards and vocal harmonies for a big, versatile sound! Laptop DJ service available, as well as acoustic guitar or solo cocktail piano sets for your afternoon reception.

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from£1,475

Manhattan

  • 5-10
  • (49)

Dynamic and trendy Motown, pop and soul band with impressive industry credentials and a vast playlist of soulful floor-fillers by artists such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Rihanna. Acoustic set and singer waiter option available.

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from£1,045

Radio Club

  • 4-6
  • (15)

One of Manchester’s finest function and party bands with a superb repertoire of classic and contemporary dance floor fillers. Available from a 4-piece to a 6-piece line-up.

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from£1,355

The Northern Lights

  • 5-6
  • (65)

Popular, energetic 5 or 6-piece wedding band featuring male vocals and first rate musicians. Afternoon acoustic jazz & swing sets and DJ service available.

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from£895

The Vendettas

  • 4-5
  • (51)

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. DJ service available.

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from£985

Steamin Brass

  • 5-6
  • (42)

A brass band like nothing you've ever experienced before. Trumpets, sousaphone, group vocals and stilt-walking percussionists combine to belt out classic pop tunes from the last 50 years and create an audio-visual spectacle!

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from£1,230

The Misfits

  • 5-8
  • (53)

Stylish corporate and wedding band, featuring female lead vocals and a large set list of pop, Motown, soul, jazz, jive and vintage rock'n'roll. Booking options include male vocalist, brass section, afternoon/dinner jazz sets and DJ service.

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from£740

The Turnstyles

  • 4
  • (29)

A fun, energetic and professional 4-piece wedding and party band from the North West of England, covering a variety of rock, pop and Motown from the 50s to modern-day.

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from£665

The Alternatives

  • 4
  • (35)

With guitar-led energy and infectious renditions of all your favourite party hits, The Alternatives will always bring an electric atmosphere to your event.

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from£985

The Saints

  • 5
  • (51)

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.

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from£750

The Jack Rabbits

  • 3-4
  • (41)

Fun and lively male-fronted wedding party band covering rock and pop music from the 1950s to the present day, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Jake Bugg, via Duran Duran and Oasis. DJ service, acoustic sets and female vocalist available.

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from£1,000

The Sonics

  • 4
  • (55)

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.

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from£740

Super Mario

  • 3-4
  • (30)

Unbelievably talented male-fronted cover band offering a feel-good, danceable set taking in everything from 60s classics to modern chart! Extra musicians, solo afternoon acoustic set and DJ service also available.

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from£615

Allemande Ceilidh Band

  • 3-10
  • (15)

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

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from£1,170

The Flavours

  • 4-5
  • (26)

This rumbunctious bunch of likely lads are like no wedding band you've heard before! They blend acoustic and electric instruments for a fresh, quirky spin on your favourite tunes, from classic Motown to 90s hip hop and current pop. Video currently in production.

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from£1,365

The Highball Swingers

  • 5-7
  • (19)

Quirky vintage swing band with a fantastic female lead putting a retro take on modern songs like Get Lucky, Uptown Funk and Billie Jean. Additional musicians, acoustic jazz sets and laptop DJ service available.

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from£580

The Real Steel Band

  • 3
  • (10)

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£735

The Resets

  • 3-5
  • (21)

Quirky and retro acoustic trio and band playing modern pop songs in a gypsy jazz style. Available as a quartet and quintet with stunning female vocalists and percussion.

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from£585

Skylight Duo

  • 2
  • (31)

Recreating a full band sound with their impactful, multi-instrumental talent, this duo are ready to get your party started! Their diverse songlist will surprise and delight you - and keep your guests dancing and singing along!

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from£1,230

Dr Funtimes

  • 6
  • (27)

High energy party band with a big sound that’s perfect for weddings, parties and corporate events. They feature superb male vocals and sax, but also offer stripped-back line ups, afternoon acoustic or jazz sets, stage hire and DJ service.

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from£1,095

Wireless

  • 4-5
  • (19)

Experienced male-fronted party and wedding band with a fantastic live show and a song list covering rock and pop music from The Beatles and Elvis to Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. Extra musicians, afternoon acoustic sets and DJ service available!


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Guide to booking party bands in Manchester

Why should I hire a Manchester party band for my event?

From Oasis and the Happy Mondays to Elbow and Everything Everything – Manchester has been spawning musical talent for decades. Our Manchester party 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.

What style of music do your Manchester party bands perform?

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.

Whatever your budget, you can be sure that we’ll only supply you with the most talented, reliable party bands available – all our bands 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.

Can you provide background musicians for hire in Manchester?

This page is dedicated to party bands, but Function Central is an entertainment agency providing musicians in Manchester for hire throughout the day, not just at your evening reception.

For a wedding ceremony, you could hire one of our Manchester string quartets.

For the perfect accompaniment to a cocktail party and drinks receptions, we have Manchester-based guitarists and pianists.

Or for a summer garden party or outdoor event, our steel bands and Dixieland jazz bands in Manchester are much in-demand!

Do you offer other musical genres, such as ceilidh or jazz bands in Manchester?

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.

Do we need to provide any equipment for the band?

Our Manchester 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 Manchester party bands tend to perform?

The city that gave the world Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Chemical Brothers, Simply Red, Take That and M People requires only the ultimate musical entertainment at any event.

Whether you have invited guests to Worsley Park, King Street Townhouse, Great John Street, The Castlefield Rooms, The Lowry, Albert's Restaurant & Bar or Didsbury House Hotel, our bands are ready to help you party well into the night.

Our Manchester party bands have played at events throughout the city, including Bolton, Sale, Rochdale, Stockport, Salford, Wigan, Oldham, Bury, Atherton, Altrincham, Trafford, Piccadilly, Hulme Rochdale, Glossop, Cheadle and Eccles.

You can hire a Manchester party band to perform anywhere in the UK wide and internationally.

How can we save money on our Manchester party 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 Manchester and UK wide

Function Central is a leading covers band hire agency. We provide exceptional talent for private events, both in Manchester, 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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