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Soul Club

  • London
  • 6-10
  • (30)

Max out on soul and sophistication with Soul Club, a high energy show band comprising musicians who have toured with Stormzy and Dua Lipa. Expect stunning vocals and unparalleled musicianship.

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from£1,685

Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 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.

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from£875

Rockit

  • Surrey
  • 3-4
  • (148)

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!

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from£995

The Different Lights

  • Liverpool
  • 4
  • (81)

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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from£1,230

The Sweet and Lowdown

  • Brighton
  • 4
  • (128)

Fun and totally unique party band with male and female vocals, playing retro swing, vintage jive and rock'n'roll through to 80s funk, 90s R&B and quirky takes on modern chart.

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from£1,230

Smoke & Mirrors

  • Manchester
  • 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.

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from£995

Agent Smith

  • Manchester
  • 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!

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from£1,745

Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (147)

Party down with Party Up, the slickest pop, soul and funk band in the South East! The band offer either male or joint male and female vocals and count Sky, Cadburys and the actress Emma Thompson among their regular clients.

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from£2,240

The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (59)

Stylish, globe-trotting function band featuring powerhouse vocalists and gigs for KPMG, Gucci and Jaguar alongside weddings in London and Dubai.

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from£990

The Runaways

  • Surrey
  • 4
  • (60)

Youthful, charismatic new 4-piece, channelling rock, dance, hip-hop and soul influences. The band have caught the attention of a major label – catch them now while rates are low!

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from£1,500

The DBs

  • London
  • 5
  • (43)

From pop favourites and feel-good funk to afrobeats and updated jazz classics, The DBs turn the traditional brass band format on its head and drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century!

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from£1,185

Superstrut

  • London
  • 4
  • (58)

Dressed to the nines and touting a crowd-pleasing, quickfire set of R&B, pop, hip hop, classic soul and funk, Superstrut will have your guests moving and hollering from the first note.

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from£2,480

Drum n Brass

  • Manchester
  • 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.

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from£820

The Crossfades

  • Bristol
  • 3-5
  • (59)

The Crossfades serve up the best vintage and modern rock, pop and indie covers with a side of crowd-pleasing charm. Keyboardist, DJ service and solo acoustic set available.

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from£1,410

Big Easy Brass Band

  • London
  • 4-9
  • (57)

Young and animated brass band who never fail to get the party jumping with their funky take on the traditional brass format. The band can roam amongst guests or perform in one place. Male or female vocalists optional.

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from£1,480

Manhattan

  • Leeds
  • 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.

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from£1,485

Masterblaster

  • Kent
  • 6
  • (58)

Incredible pop, R&B and soul band performing floor-fillers from Stevie Wonder and Bruno Mars all the way to Artful Dodger, Sean Paul and more.

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from£1,250

The Wandering Lights

  • London
  • 4
  • (58)

Charismatic new wedding band performing upbeat, catchy covers with a folksy, festival feel. Expect to hear artists as diverse as Avicii, Blackstreet and Lionel Richie. Also available as an unplugged, acoustic roaming band.

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from£1,235

Shakedown

  • Brighton
  • 4-12
  • (62)

Knock-out party band featuring members who have recorded and performed at Abbey Road and Glastonbury and playing some of the biggest soul and pop floor-fillers of all time.

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from£1,125

Penfold

  • London
  • 4-6
  • (126)

Fun, high energy party and wedding band with a frontman skilled at working a crowd and around eight hours' worth of danceable party anthems from all eras at their disposal.


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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.


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