Party bands for hire

Hire a live party band for dancing, singing and celebrating at birthdays, corporate parties, anniversaries and other special occasions.

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

Happy – Pharrell Williams
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from£995

Agent Smith

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (211)

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

Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon
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from£875

Rockit

  • Surrey
  • 3-4
  • (143)

Amp up your party with Rockit: a sensational party band with a huge catalogue of rock, indie and pop floor-fillers from Chuck Berry and The Beatles to The Killers and Ed Sheeran! Larger line-ups, acoustic background sets and DJ service available. Midweek discounts available.

Medley (7-piece instrumental band)
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from£1,375

Big Easy Brass Band

  • London
  • 4-9
  • (45)

The hottest new brass fusion band in town, Big Easy will bring a raucous, New Orleans party vibe to your event! The band can perform in one place or roaming around your venue and guests whilst they play. Available as an instrumental only band, or with male or female vocalist.

Sorry / 24K Magic / Waiting All Night
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from£1,790

Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (138)

Party down with Party Up, the slickest pop, soul and funk band in the South East! The band count Sky, Cadburys and the actress Emma Thompson among their regular clients. Available with DJ service, acoustic duo, backing vocalists and full brass section. More videos available on profile page.

Sex on Fire / Johnny B. Goode / Wonderwall / Stuck in the Middle
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from£920

Get Carter

  • London
  • 4-5
  • (58)

High-energy wedding and corporate party band in the South East, playing crowd-rousing pop, rock, dance, funk and soul music from the 1960s to the present day. The band have played Glastonbury and the Roundhouse and count Audi and Nintendo amongst their regular clients. DJ service and acoustic sets available.

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from£2,655

Soul Machine

  • London
  • 7
  • (33)

Led by a charismatic frontman who will scoop your audience up in the palm of his hand and melt them with his voice, Soul Machine pay tribute to James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and more. DJ laptop service also available.

Cake by the Ocean / Park Life / You Really Got Me / Feel It Still / Dakota
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from£875

The High Rollers

  • London
  • 3
  • (77)

High-impact party band, The High Rollers, specialise in classic indie rock hits by The Killers, Blur and The Kinks as well as brand new pop hits by Bruno Mars, DNCE and Pharrell Williams.

Samba Central Promo Video
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from£850

Samba Central

  • London
  • 3-12
  • (6)

Thrilling samba drumming group who play pounding Brazilian samba rhythms that resonate with excitement. Various line-ups of either 3, 6 or 12 fantastic drummers are available, as well as additional brass and vocals.

1999 – Prince
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from£1,230

The Sweet and Lowdown

  • Brighton
  • 4
  • (122)

Fun, talented and totally unique female-fronted party band playing everything from retro swing, vintage jive and rock'n'roll through to 80s funk, 90s R&B and modern chart with a twist. Afternoon acoustic sets and DJ service also available. Low season and midweek discounts available. More videos on profile page.

Rolling in the Deep / Shut Up and Dance
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from£1,355

The Lederpop Brass Band

  • London
  • 5
  • (31)

Outrageously good fun brass band complete with Lederhosen for a riotous and authentic oompah experience. Ideal for Oktoberfest, apres ski and beer festivals! Available acoustic, roaming or with PA system.

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from£1,475

Manhattan

  • Leeds
  • 5-10
  • (39)

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.

Promo Video
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from£2,350

Groove Capital

  • London
  • 7-9
  • (58)

Incredible new London-based function band, featuring some of the best performers in the capital – bound to get your guests dancing at corporate events and high-end weddings! Additional musicians and afternoon acoustic jazz sets also available. Midweek and low season discounts available.

Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
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from£895

The Different Lights

  • Liverpool
  • 4
  • (69)

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.

Hold On I'm Coming / Call Me Al / One Dance
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from£1,685

Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 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.

Respect / Superstition / Kiss
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from£2,240

The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (56)

Stylish wedding and corporate function band featuring outstanding male and female vocalists who have graced the stage with the likes of Adele and Leona Lewis! Available to hire with DJ service as well as solo cocktail piano and afternoon jazz/acoustic sets for music throughout the day. More videos available on profile page.

Alright – Supergrass
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from£750

Hudson

  • Liverpool
  • 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.

Adventure Of A Lifetime – Coldplay
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from£2,480

Drum n Brass

  • Manchester
  • 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!

Mr Brightside – The Killers
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from£850

The Breaks

  • Plymouth
  • 3-4
  • (33)

Top function band in the South West with a large song list of swaggering rock, pop and indie suitable for all ages at weddings, parties and celebrations. Laptop DJ service, reception/dinner acoustic music as well as larger line-ups including brass and keyboards.

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
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from£995

Blue Juice

  • Brighton
  • 4-5
  • (143)

Fantastic and unique function and wedding band with a soulful male vocalist who put their quirky stamp on melodic rock, pop, soul, ska and funk floor-fillers from Bob Marley to Bruno Mars. Available with DJ service and brass section.

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from£995

The In-Laws

  • Essex
  • 4
  • (96)

Super-talented and authentic rock and pop band, whose sensational live performances at corporate parties, birthdays and weddings have attracted the attention of EMI. The band are unique in that they come with their own dedicated, professional DJ.

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from£1,000

The Sonics

  • Liverpool
  • 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.

Promo video (Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand)
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from£1,000

Penfold

  • London
  • 4-6
  • (125)

On-trend wedding party band, suitable for all events from classy wedding receptions to high-end corporate events. The band cover rock and pop music from Elvis and the Beatles through to The Killers and Sam Smith. DJ service, brass section and acoustic sets available.

Live Medley
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from£1,500

The DBs

  • London
  • 5-9
  • (43)

Outstanding brass covers band playing a mix of pop favourites and feel-good funk, afrobeats and updated jazz classics! The band are favourites at festivals around the UK and in great demand for private events and corporate parties! Available with vocalist or rapper.

Promo video
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from£740

The Turnstyles

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (6)

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.

Promo Video
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from£2,735

Fireflies

  • Hertfordshire
  • 6-11
  • (40)

High-end 6-piece party band featuring male vocals, female vocals and sax playing accurate renditions of modern and classic hits. Additional musicians, DJ service and afternoon sets available.


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Party band booking guide

What sort of events do your party bands play at?

Our bands provide live, party entertainment for any and every occasion! Whether you’re commemorating a milestone or staging a one-off celebration, we’ve got you covered. Our bands have provided the soundtrack to Bar Mitzvahs, birthdays and retirement dos. They’ve helped surprise employees at annual office parties and brought in a New Year in style. Whatever the occasion, our bands will give your guests something to remember long after the music has stopped!

The bands on this page specialise in after-dinner and evening entertainment for events when the lights have dimmed, the dancefloor’s lit up, and guests are in the mood for making some shapes! If your event is in the afternoon and early evening or you need a different style of music, check out our acoustic background acts, or our collection of roving musicians– perfect for garden parties. You might also find what you need on our wedding bands page.

What style of music do your party bands play?

A complete list of songs is available on each band’s profile page but, typically, our party bands perform well-known rock, pop and soul covers from throughout the decades – from Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklin to modern anthems by Taylor Swift, The Killers and Calvin Harris. Don’t forget that if you’d prefer your party band to stick to one genre, you can have a look at our soul and funk bands, swing bands or, if you want to focus on a particular era, our tribute acts from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Remember, larger line-ups are more likely to feature keyboards and brass, which lets the band play a broader range of soul, pop and dance classics as well as pint-raising rock and indie favourites.

Do your party bands bring their own sound and lighting equipment?

All our party bands bring their own PA sound system, microphones, backline amplifiers and instruments so have everything they need. Do let us know if you're expecting more than 200 guests though, just so we can check that the band’s system is big enough. Most bands also bring lighting to bring the party look to the stage and the dancefloor – but check their individual profile for extra details in case there are add-ons you would like to include to make it even more epic!

Is there any equipment that we need to provide?

Pressure off - all you need to provide is access to a power source and a flat, sheltered performance space for the band to set up and perform from! As a guide, it’s best to allow for 3m wide x 3m deep for a 3-piece band – then add an additional square metre for each extra band member. A raised stage always helps a band make a bigger impact but isn’t essential – the performance space mainly just needs to be flat and dry! If you’re unsure, check the ‘performance information’ on the band’s page.

How long will the band need to set up?

Party bands ask for a 60-90 minute window from 5pm or 6pm at the earliest in order to set up and soundcheck their equipment. It’s ideal if your venue is free of guests at this point, although some bands are happy to do a noiseless ‘line check’ to test instruments and equipment instead of a full, front-of-house soundcheck, if you need them to keep the volume down.

How long will the band play for on the night?

Most of our party bands are booked for after-dinner dancing, and typically would perform 2 x 60 minute sets from 9.30pm through to midnight, with a half hour interval. For performances later than midnight (whether band or DJ service), a later fee usually applies.

Is there anything else that we will need to sort out for the band?

The members of your party band are going to need to keep their energy going all night so please make sure that they have the food and refreshments that they need at the venue. If access is tricky, some of the band may well need reserved parking too or a secure changing room to be able to leave items during the event. Do check the band’s profile if you can’t see it detailed in your booking contract.

How can we save money on our party band?

  • Before you book more musicians for afternoon background music, check whether members of your party band can provide this – it'll save you additional costs, such as travel.
  • If you haven't yet set your party date, consider booking a midweek or winter party 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 party bands based in most major towns and cities across the UK.

Handpicked party bands, UK wide

Function Central is one of the leading providers of party bands in the UK. Find and book a local party band near you to save on travel and accommodation costs.


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