Manchester wedding bands

Hire an exceptional live wedding band in Manchester to play upbeat rock, pop and soul covers to fill your dancefloor.

Happy – Pharrell Williams
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Agent Smith

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (200)

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.

Adventure Of A Lifetime – Coldplay
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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.

Promo Video #1
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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.

Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
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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.

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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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  • 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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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.

Alright – Supergrass
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  • Liverpool
  • 3
  • (115)

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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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.

Rocks – Primal Scream
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Super Mario

  • Liverpool
  • 3-4
  • (18)

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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Why Manchester?

Manchester’s compelling music scene has been bringing us rock bands such as Joy Division, Oasis and Elbow for decades. It continues to thrive, producing exciting new entertainers in both classical and pop genres from some of the country’s most prestigious music schools.

Function Central is one of the leading entertainment agencies in Manchester and the North West and we have access to the very best Manchester bands for hire, giving you a huge choice of music for your event.

What sort of music do our Manchester wedding bands play?

Our line-ups range from rock bands playing the latest chart hits, to dance-along soul, funk and Motown bands playing James Brown stompers. If pop music isn’t your thing, we have wedding ceilidh bands for a proper knees-up as well as Manchester wedding jazz bands for Gatsby glamour.

The bands listed here are ideally suited to evening celebrations, where dancing is a must. If you’re after Manchester wedding music for your ceremony or reception, we do that to! Hire Manchester wedding musicians to serenade you down the aisle, or book a wedding singer to break the ice during the wedding banquet. From your wedding vows through to the last limo of the night, we’ve got it it covered!

We’re happy to work direct with you or your wedding planner. Whatever wedding entertainment in Manchester you’re after, our acts are sure to bring an atmosphere of joyous celebration to your day!

Booking a Manchester wedding band?

All of our Manchester wedding bands will arrive fully equipped for their performance. Let us know if you are expecting more than 200 guests, as your event will possibly have extra requirements.

Our bands are typically set up for after-dinner entertainment. Their standard performance time is two 60-minute sets with a 30-minute interval. Generally, 9:30pm until midnight are standard working hours. Different timings can be discussed in advance but bear in mind that late fees can apply if the band or their DJ services are required after midnight.

The bands will need a 60 to 90-minute window to soundcheck their equipment ahead of their performance (usually 5pm-6pm is ideal). It is generally better if the performance space is clear of guests at this point. If this is not practical, your wedding band may able to carry out a ‘noiseless’ line-check to prepare for the performance without causing a disturbance.

Many of our bands will be happy to learn a first dance request if this isn’t already featured in their song list – it is preferable for you to let us know your request in good time ahead of the day. If line-up or arrangement mean that this isn’t possible, they will be happy to play your first dance song through their PA system via mp3/iPod.

During their interval, all of our bands are able to play music through their PA system to keep the party going. Some bands are able to provide an actual DJ service using virtual software and will therefore be able to mix songs and play requests.

On the day you will need to provide a power source and a flat, sheltered performance space. The performance space will need to be 3x3 metres for a 3-piece band and add a metre per extra band member.

Performing can be hungry work, therefore our bands request food and drink on the day. Details of this are included on your booking contract.

Many of our wedding bands in Manchester can be booked with extra entertainment services, such as acoustic sets or background jazz. Check the profile of your chosen band to ensure you are getting the best value for your money.

Where do our Manchester bands perform?

Our Manchester wedding 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 band to perform anywhere in the UK wide and internationally.

For a wider selection of bands, please see our North West wedding bands page, as well as these related town and county pages:

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