navigation contact search enquiry list

North East bands for hire

Local party bands for hire in Newcastle and the North East from Function Central - you're guaranteed an outstanding performance in any genre you desire, from rock and pop cover songs to jazz, swing and ceilidh!

Excellent

461 reviews on

To check availability, please add your event date to the menu above.

Play 'video'
from£615

The Echoes

  • 3
  • (23)

Great value party and wedding band in the North East who've supported The Klaxons and Turin Brakes and bagged the coveted XFM unsigned band award. Large rock and pop song list spanning seven decades of covers! DJ service available.

Play 'video'
from£1,480

Manhattan

  • 5-10
  • (51)

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.

Play 'video'
from£1,230

Dr Funtimes

  • 6
  • (37)

Dr Funtimes mix the perfect amount of on-stage silliness with the highest levels of talent and professionalism! Expect party anthems from artists as diverse Michael Jackson, The Proclaimers, Kool & The Gang and Calvin Harris.

Play 'video'
from£795

The Graduates

  • 4
  • (15)

Impressive male-fronted rock and pop wedding covers band from the North East. Book the band with female vocalist, brass section, DJ service or acoustic afternoon sets.

Play 'video'
from£1,080

Mastersound

  • 4-7
  • (65)

Soulful, danceable pop 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 Clean Bandit.

Play 'video'
from£730

Banzai

  • 3-6
  • (52)

Energetic party band playing crowd-rousing anthems by Huey Lewis, The Killers, Oasis, Amy Winehouse, Pharrell and more!

Play 'video'
from£995

Agent Smith

  • 4
  • (217)

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!

Play 'video'
from£1,685

Downtown Underground

  • 6-7
  • (70)

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.

Play 'video'
from£1,230

Smoke & Mirrors

  • 4-5
  • (26)

With a powerhouse vocalist up front and a backing band of unrivalled funkmeisters, Smoke & Mirrors put on a fun, rip-roaring show which your guests will never forget.

Play 'video'
from£995

The Different Lights

  • 4
  • (81)

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

Play 'video'
from£2,480

Drum n Brass

  • 5-10
  • (68)

Performing hi-octane brass arrangements of floor-fillers by Pharrell, Daft Punk, Queen, Beyonce and more, Drum 'n' Brass are a fresh alternative to traditional cover bands. Male vocals optional.

Play 'video'
from£830

Skylight

  • 3
  • (38)

Skylight are a powerful party and wedding band, ready to get your party rocking! With a diverse songlist which will surprise, delight and keep your guests dancing and singing along.

Play 'video'
from£1,355

The Northern Lights

  • 5-6
  • (66)

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

Play 'video'
from£875

Hudson

  • 3
  • (129)

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.

Play 'video'
from£895

The Vendettas

  • 4-5
  • (51)

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.

Play 'video'
from£990

The Sonics

  • 4
  • (55)

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.

Play 'video'
from£1,320

The Highball Swingers

  • 5-7
  • (41)

Quirky vintage swing band with a fantastic female lead putting a retro take on modern songs like Get Lucky, Uptown Funk and Billie Jean.

Play 'video'
from£1,230

East River

  • 5-10
  • (37)

Take your event the full distance and let East River carry you away with all your favourite tunes late into the night! Acoustic background sets also available.

Play 'video'
from£875

The Alternatives

  • 4
  • (35)

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!

Play 'video'
from£985

Give It Up

  • 3-5
  • (13)

Perform a varied mix of timeless and current classics guaranteed to get you and your guests celebrating all throughout the festivities!


The easy way to hire live bands in the North East

  • The very best live bands for hire in the North East
  • Function bands, cover bands, jazz bands and more
  • Expert band hire advice, support and booking tips
  • Fast customer service and an easy booking process
  • 24/7 emergency band replacement and cover

Guide to booking party bands in the North East

Why should I hire a North East party band for my event?

From weddings to Bar Mitzvahs to large-scale corporate events, our North East party bands are guaranteed to give you a night to remember.

With acts like The Animals and Maximo Park, Newcastle has a track record for producing great bands and our local Newcastle bands offer some of the finest entertainment in the area.

Whether it’s 60s rock’n’roll, 70s disco, 80s pop classics or modern chart hits, our acts will fill the dancefloor every time.

And don't forget to consider all the additional services that our bands offer, from DJ sets to smooth jazz – make the most of booking local with Function Central by using your act’s add-ons throughout the day.

What style of music do your North East bands perform?

Our bands play every kind of music, from spicy salsa and traditional ceilidh to upbeat rock & indie. We have party bands in North East suitable for all occasions, budgets and venues.

If you want a riotous wedding reception, book an act 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 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 experts, and we’ll find the perfect entertainment for you.

Can you provide background musicians for hire in the North East?

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

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

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

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

Do you offer other musical genres, such as ceilidh or jazz bands in the North East?

Perhaps you’re planning a garden party or something with a touch of sophistication?

Our jazz bands are suave, compact, professional and set the perfect tone for your event. From jazz standards and wartime ditties to all-out big bang swing, we have all of the area’s classiest jazz acts for hire.

Do we need to provide any equipment for the band?

Our 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 North East party bands tend to perform?

As the leading North East entertainment agency, we can help you hire your perfect band to perform anywhere in Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East.

With its lively musical history and party-starting culture, we always look forward to an evening in the North East and can provide bands across Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Sunderland, Blyth, Cramlington, Gateshead, South Shields, Tynemouth, Chester-le-Street, Billingham, Peterlee, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Washington and Wallsend.

Whether you're planning a celebration at The Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park, The Vermont Hotel, Village Hotel Club or As You Like It, check out our wide variety of band hire options to set you and your guests up for an unforgettable occasion.

How can we save money on our North East 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 thje North East and UK wide

Function Central have handpicked the very best cover bands that the North East has to offer, so you don’t have to! Our bands are available throughout the UK and internationally.

Browse the menu below to find a local band near you.

Back to top