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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!

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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£1,230

Bertie And The Spiffs

  • 4-5
  • (21)

Hugely entertaining and swinging 1920s-style jazz band, who have previously performed at Wembley Stadium. The band put their own unique and eccentric take on modern pop, from Taylor Swift to Motorhead! DJ laptop service available on request.

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from£1,230

Swing Central

  • 5
  • (2)

Exciting swing band playing pop tunes in their unique style! Additional musicians, acoustic sets and DJ service also available.

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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.

The 646 Society
from£1,475

The 646 Society

  • 6-9
  • (1)

Exciting renditions of modern pop songs with a jazzy, vintage speakeasy style twist! Additional musicians and jazz/lounge quartet also available.

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from£390

Almost Blue

  • (3)

Stylish and sophisticated guitar and vocal duo performing an eclectic range of jazz standards and swinging jazz-influenced contemporary pop and rock!

Dan G
from£210

Dan G

  • 1-2
  • (4)

Stylish acoustic singer guitarist, performing a set of rock and pop from the Beatles to Amy Winehouse. Suitable for bars, clubs, wedding receptions, parties and corporate events. Additional cajon player also available.

The Elvis Experience
from£390

The Elvis Experience

  • 1
  • (21)

The UK’s most in-demand Elvis tribute! The show is based around the '68 Comeback special, Vegas and the Jumpsuit era and is available with showgirls, backing singers, dancers and DJ services.

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from£260

Stuart C

  • 1
  • (15)

Versatile pianist with an extensive repertoire of wedding favourites, jazz standards, modern pop songs and classical pieces.

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from£335

Rat Pack Party

  • 1
  • (9)

Sophisticated Rat Pack vocalist singing the best swing, big band and party classics for weddings, parties and events.

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from£365

The Gypsy Jazz Experience

  • 2-3
  • (4)

Entertaining and stylish gypsy jazz group playing in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in 1930’s Paris. Trio line-up also 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£2,655

The Ministry Of Horns

  • 7-9
  • (3)

World-class brass and drums party band who are regulars at Glastonbury and have performed for Jamie Oliver and Liam Gallagher.

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from£1,085

East River

  • 4-10
  • (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.

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from£1,785

Balboa

  • 5-8
  • (17)

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£935

The Mustangs

  • 4-6
  • (9)

Fresh, exciting and unique vintage band playing music from the 50s and 60s as well as 70s, 80s and 90s hits songs in a vintage style. Acoustic "unplugged" band, 4-piece option and acoustic trio available. DJ service included free with every booking.


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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.

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