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Manchester wedding bands

Hire an exceptional live wedding band in Manchester to play upbeat rock, pop and soul covers to fill your dancefloor. We've handpicked the best bands from the city that gave us Oasis, The Smiths and Take That.


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Agent Smith

  • 4-6
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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.

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Downtown Underground

  • 6-7
  • (117)

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.

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  • 4-5
  • (55)

With joint female and male lead vocals and a backing band of unrivalled funkmeisters, Century put on a fun, rip-roaring show that your guests will never forget.

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The Aviators

  • 3-4
  • (38)

With a repertoire spanning six decades, this dynamic party band sings everything from Fleetwood Mac to Daft Punk, promising a hassle-free, all-inclusive celebration with top-notch PA and lighting.

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  • 5-10
  • (79)

Dynamic Motown, pop and soul band with stunning female and male lead vocals, impressive industry credentials and a playlist of soulful floor-fillers by artists such as Marvin Gaye, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.

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  • 3
  • (85)

Powerful party and wedding band, ready to get your party rocking! The band have a diverse songlist which will surprise, delight and keep your guests dancing and singing along.

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The Different Lights

  • 4
  • (104)

Outstanding wedding band playing chart, indie, rock anthems and Britpop and featuring guitars, keyboards and vocal harmonies for a big, versatile sound!

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The Vendettas

  • 4-5
  • (65)

Exciting female-fronted wedding band playing the biggest party hits, from modern pop, 80s and 90s, disco/funk to rock, Motown and soul. The band have performed at Glastonbury and Edinburgh festival.

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  • 3
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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.

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  • 4-7
  • (74)

Danceable, piano-led pop and soul from the West Midlands, with both female and male lead vocals and a song list of danceable rock, soul and pop anthems from Chuck Berry to Adele.

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Night by Night

  • 4-6
  • (9)

Energetic and versatile, this 4-piece wedding and party band guarantees an unforgettable experience with a dynamic blend of old classics and current hits.

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The Alternatives

  • 4
  • (48)

Guitar-led wedding and party band playing infectious renditions of all your favourite party hits, The Alternatives will have you singing along until closing time!

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The Soul Stars

  • 5-12
  • (24)

The Soul Stars bring the best of soul, Motown, and old-school R&B, with unmatched energy and huge vibes. Musicians in the band have featured on Jools Holland and on iconic stages alongside music legends.

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The Suit Ups

  • 5-6
  • (16)

Energetic and experienced five-piece covering pop, rock, soul, and Motown hits from the 60s to today to keep the dance floor packed all night long.

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  • 4
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Fresh-faced, high-energy 4-piece band featuring both male and female vocals and playing all of the nation's favourite dance floor fillers – from The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Blondie to George Michael, Dua Lipa, and The Arctic Monkeys.

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The Retro Pops

  • 4-6
  • (47)

The Retro Pops re-interpret classic pop songs from the 1970s to the 2020s in a variety of other genres, from jazz and blues to calypso. A fresh approach to the traditional party band format.

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The Flavours

  • 4-8
  • (5)

The Flavours energise any event with chart-topping hits, soulful classics, and good time vibes, offering acoustic sets, DJ services, and a personalised playlist to keep the party going!

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  • 3-4
  • (30)

Experienced all-male wedding function band who have toured with Deacon Blue and The Sugababes. Expect danceable classics by artists such as Queen and The Killers! DJ service available.

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The Sonics

  • 4
  • (67)

Phenomenally popular party & wedding band in the North West, 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.

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The Heartbreakers

  • 4
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Belting out classic and modern anthems from Summer of '69 to Mr Brightside as well as contemporary pop, these northern rockers know how to ignite a party vibe like no-one else, guaranteeing an unforgettable night of non-stop dancing.

Guide to booking wedding bands in Manchester

What sort of music do your Manchester wedding bands play?

Our Manchester wedding bands typically perform a varied mix of upbeat pop music from across the decades. We find this approach works well at weddings, where the ages and tastes of guests can vary dramatically.

So you can expect to hear songs by The Beatles, Oasis, Stevie Wonder as well as songs by modern artists such as Lizzo, Dua Lipa and The Weeknd.

Saying that, if you favour one genre over the other, we would recommend doing the following:

  • if you're into your rock, pop and indie, hire a 3- or 4-piece band featuring electric guitars, drums and vocals.
  • if you're after a soul, Motown or R&B sound, book 5-piece or upwards, featuring keyboards and brass.
  • if you like your indie music on the folkish side, book a festival folk band featuring acoustic guitars and double bass.

If pop music isn’t your thing, don't worry – we have a range of alternative genres, from festival folk to Latin, ceilidh, and swing. Browse the menus above to find the perfect genre for your day.

What’s included in the price of my wedding band?

Once you've found a band you love, add it to your basket and submit your enquiry. We'll then send you an all-inclusive quote. Typically, this will include:

  • an arrival at your venue from approx 5.30pm to set up and do a sound-check.
  • everything required for the band's performance, including a stage lighting rig
  • 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute performances up until midnight
  • recorded music between sets (eg. via an mp3 player)
  • all travel expenses (and accommodation if applicable)
  • Public Liability Insurance and Portable Appliance Test certificates
  • Round-the-clock support and troubleshooting, right up until your booking date

Can your Manchester wedding bands learn new songs for us?

Many of our Manchester wedding bands will learn one new song (eg. for your first dance), completely free of charge, although this depends on the song choice and whether it can be easily reproduced by the band's specific instrumentation.

Let us know if you have a request, and we'll run it past the band. Since the band may need to schedule extra rehearsal time to learn it, we recommend sending us your request as soon as you can.

If the band don't think they can easily reproduce your first dance or do it justice, they’ll be more than happy to play it via an mp3 or Spotify through their own PA system.

Is there anything I need to provide for the band?

Our Manchester wedding bands come fully equipped for your event, though it’s worth getting in touch if you are expecting your event to exceed 250 guests, as extra equipment might be necessary.

For the performance itself, you will need to provide your performers with a flat, level performance area or stage, measuring at least 4m wide x 3 meters deep for a 4-piece band – add an extra meter per band member as applicable.

The band will also require a power source for their equipment and a raised stage is preferable.

When should the band start their sets?

Assuming you want the band for after-dinner dancing, two 60-minute sets starting any time from 8.30pm is a fairly normal timetable to work to.

A start time any earlier than this is not recommended as it may still be light outside, and guests may be less in the mood for dancing.

What happens in the interval? Do I need to book a Manchester DJ?

No – the band will make sure to play upbeat, recorded music in a similar style to their own, through their PA system in all the gaps, ensuring your guests don't have to stop dancing.

They'll likely take one 15-20 minute interval between their sets (or two intervals if performing 3 x 40 minute sets).

Some bands also offer their own in-house DJ service. This is recommended if you'd like to make specific requests for songs to be played in the intervals, or if you'd like mixed songs.

For a larger lighting rig, and late night finishes, we'd recommend booking a separate Manchester DJ.

Will the band need to soundcheck when they arrive?

All our Manchester wedding bands will require a soundcheck on arrival, typically 60 or 90 minutes.

It’s generally best if the performance space is free of guests at this point, but most bands can arrange a "silent" line-check to keep the volume down, if you prefer.

Where have your function bands played in Manchester?

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.

Whether your hosting your reception at Worsley Park, King Street Townhouse, Great John Street, The Castlefield Rooms, The Lowry, Albert's Restaurant & Bar or Didsbury House Hotel, our wedding bands are set to help you dance the night away.

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

How much does a wedding band cost in Manchester?

In 2023 so far, the average price our customers have paid for wedding band in Manchester is £1650 – however most of our customers pay closer to the £1200 mark.

Note that the "from" price listed on our band's profile pages is reflective of an event in the band's locality, in the off-season. You can expect a higher quote depending on the distance of your venue from the band's home location. and your event date.

Can you provide background wedding musicians in Manchester?

All bands listed above are suitable for dancing at evening receptions.

But if you're after music earlier on in the day as well as the evening, our selection of Manchester wedding musicians is second to none.

Hire classical musicians to serenade you down the aisle, or book a wedding singer to break the ice during the wedding banquet.

Hire a harpist or string quartet for your bridal procession and photos, as well as acoustic musicians for your wedding drinks or banquet.

In fact, from your bridal entrance through to the last limo of the night, we’ve got your entertainment covered!

Can you provide jazz bands in Manchester?

Yes. We've listed a few swing bands suitable for late night wedding parties on this page, but for our full selection, including our background jazz duos, trios and quartets, see our Manchester jazz bands.

How can we save money on our wedding band?

Before you book more musicians for afternoon background music, check whether members of your wedding band can provide this – it'll save you additional costs, such as travel.

If you haven't yet set your date, consider booking a midweek or winter celebration 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 acts based in most major towns and cities across the UK.

What happens if the band is forced to cancel?

If a band member falls ill before the event date, it is the responsibility of the band to organise a substitute musician for that member. Each band member has at least one well-rehearsed "deputy" musician who knows the songs and has performed with the band before.

In the very unlikely event that all members of the band are unable to attend and the band is forced to cancel, Function Central will make every possible effort to find a replacement band in a similar genre, line-up, and price range, from our extensive collection of Manchester wedding bands, musicians, and DJs.

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