Soul, funk & Motown bands

Inject serious style into your event with our soul, Motown and R&B bands, playing everything from Marvin Gaye to Beyoncé. Hire a soul band to entertain at weddings, parties or corporate events.

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September / Forget Me Nots / Got To Be Real / Best Of My Love / Night To Remember / Wanna Be Your Lover
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from£1,790

Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (134)

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.

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

Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (67)

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.

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from£2,655

Soul Machine

  • London
  • 7
  • (22)

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.

Cinco Magic Promo Video (Gettin' Jiggy Wit It)
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from£995

Cinco Magic

  • London
  • 4
  • (73)

Outrageously talented and dapper new party and wedding band, combining session standard playing with a classic R&B-tinged repertoire of funk, soul, hip-hop and pop ideal for dancing. DJ service and acoustic set available.

Medley
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from£1,475

Masterblaster

  • Kent
  • 6
  • (28)

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. Book their acoustic/jazz sets and DJ service for non-stop music through the day.

Detroit City Soul - Promo video
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from£1,960

Detroit City Soul

  • London
  • 5-10
  • (10)

High-energy with a truly authentic sound, Detroit City Soul play classics from the Motown era through to the latest pop floor-fillers. They cadn also play jazz, rock'n'roll, disco, funk and Jewish hora! Optional brass section and acoustic background music.

Promo Video
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from£2,080

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.

Dancing in the Street / Knock On Wood / Tell Mama / Shake / Think
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from£6,250

The Soul Ventures

  • London
  • 8
  • (17)

The Soul Ventures are an authentic, high-impact soul, Stax and Motown band, recreating the music of Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

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

Blue Juice

  • Brighton
  • 4-5
  • (141)

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.

Happy / Proud Mary / Great Balls of Fire
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from£1,080

Mastersound

  • Birmingham
  • 4-7
  • (54)

Young and talented new party and wedding band in the West Midlands, featuring grand piano, male and female lead vocals and a host of rock, soul and pop anthems to get all your guests dancing – from Chuck Berry to Beyonce. Larger line-ups and laptop DJ service available.

Respect / Superstition / Kiss
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from£2,275

The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (53)

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.

Promo Video
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from£1,240

The Misfits

  • Cheshire
  • 5-7
  • (52)

Stylish corporate and wedding band, featuring female lead vocals and a large set list of pop, Motown, soul, jazz, jive and vintage rock'n'roll. Booking options include male vocalist, brass section, afternoon/dinner jazz sets and DJ service.

Adventure Of A Lifetime – Coldplay
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from£2,760

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!

New Power Groove
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from£3,100

New Power Groove

  • London
  • 6-10
  • (22)

Introducing the finest band on the wedding and party scene, welcome to the world of New Power Groove! Having fused stunning vocals with a super tight rhythm section and razor sharp horns, they have created the ultimate band for any event. DJ service available on request.

Acoustic Promo Video (3-piece)
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from£1,195

Soul Stars

  • London
  • 3-7
  • (17)

Stylish trio featuring male vocals, keyboards and trumpet and playing upbeat, mainstream soul and soul-infused pop covers. Also available as a full 5 or 6-piece party band.

7 Days / Walking Away
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from£1,200

Ibiza Funk

  • Berkshire
  • 4-6
  • (27)

A newcomer to the UK party scene, Ibiza Funk's unique versions of popular tunes are guaranteed to fill your dancefloor and take the vibe of your event to the next level!

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from£1,475

Manhattan

  • Leeds
  • 5-10
  • (39)

Dynamic and trendy pop, Motown 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£1,235

Shakedown

  • Brighton
  • 4-12
  • (48)

Incredible new party band taking the London events circuit by storm! Members of Shakedown have recorded and performed at Abbey Road and Glastonbury alongside some of the biggest artists in the world. Available with extra musicians up to a 12-piece band and a DJ laptop service on request.

Promo Video
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from£1,475

Soultone

  • Cheshire
  • 5
  • (17)

Funky soul & Motown band featuring stunning female vocals giving an authentic tribute to the greats of the genre! Additional musicians and laptop DJ service also available.

Promo Video
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from£980

Supertonic

  • Cheshire
  • 4-7
  • (22)

Polished and versatile party and wedding band playing pop, soul, dance, electronic and R&B music. Additional musicians also available.

Live Video (filmed with Easyjet)
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from£1,475

The VPs

  • Surrey
  • 6-7
  • (15)

Unforgettable high-energy performances of soul, funk, pop and rock favourites from a band who have played for Easyjet, DHL and Gatwick Airport - they're guaranteed to get you on the dancefloor! Professional DJ also available.

Function showreel
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from£985

East River

  • Leeds
  • 4
  • (2)

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.

Can't Feel My Face / Finesse / Say My Name / Ride Wit Me / Aint Nobody
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from£1,845

Chronicle

  • London
  • 4-8
  • (38)

Guaranteed to bring class and charisma to your event, Chronicle can blend the best of R&B, pop and soul to make sure your guests party in style all night. Solo and duo options available, as well as additional female vocals and brass section.

Showreel
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from£1,230

The Electric Collective

  • Nottingham
  • 5
  • (12)

Available in a range of exciting line-ups, these outstanding musicians are equipped with their own, unique spin on your favourite hits to keep your guests partying late in to the night!

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from£1,570

Capital Soul

  • Leeds
  • 5-7
  • (17)

Superb rock, pop and soul party band featuring female or male vocals and drawing on a wide repertoire of tried and tested classics. Optional brass section, Jewish songs, cocktail piano, jazz duo and DJ sets!


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Soul & Motown bands booking guide

What artists do your soul, funk and Motown bands cover?

Our soul, funk and Motown bands perform the best soul classics by legends such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and James Brown as well as 70s and 80s funk by the likes of Kool & The Gang, Prince and Chaka Khan. Many bands also include R&B anthems by more recent artists such as Lauryn Hill and Bruno Mars.

How many musicians are in your soul, funk and Motown bands?

Line-ups of the bands vary from solo soul singers performing to backing tracks all the way up to large soul extravaganzas complete with brass, backing vocals and percussion for that authentic Motown sound. Check out each band’s profile for specifics and options for expanding with add-ons and extras!

If you want a bit more from the era, it's worth checking out our 70s-themed bands. For a broader range of genres including guitar-based rock and indie, see our wedding bandsand party bands.

Do your soul, funk and Motown bands bring their own sound and lighting equipment?

All our soul, funk and Motown bands will bring their own PA sound system and backline amplifiers as well as microphones and instruments – so nothing to worry about there! This normally does more than enough to fill a venue but let us know if you're expecting more than 250 guests and we’ll double check that the band’s sound system is large enough.

Most bands will also bring lighting for both the stage and dancefloor to transport your guests into the evening vibes – and there’s always optional add-ons on the band’s profile to take the show to an even higher level!

How long will the band play for on the night?

Our soul, funk and Motown band performances are two hours and usually split over 2 x 1-hour or 3 x 40-minute sets with short intervals – but the band can play for less time, or longer (for an additional cost) if it suits your event better.

We would like a particular song at our event - can the band play it?

Our soul, funk and Motown bands will be happy to learn and perform a request – provided they think they can arrange it for their line-up and do it justice! Check the band’s profile to see what they can offer and if they can’t do it live, they'll be happy to play it through their PA system from Spotify or an iPod.

How can we keep the music going in the intervals between the band’s sets?

All our soul, funk and Motown bands provide mp3 music during the breaks in their live performances and many are able to offer virtual DJ software so that they can mix songs seamlessly and even take some of your guests’ requests.

Is there any equipment that we need to provide?

One very simple thing – power! All you need to provide is access to a power source in a flat, sheltered performance space for the band to set up and play from! As a guide, it’s best to allow for 4m wide x 4m deep for a 4-piece band – then add an additional square metre for each extra band member. A raised stage always helps give the band more presence but isn’t essential as long as the band’s area is flat and dry! If you’re unsure, check the ‘performance information’ on the band’s page.

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

Performing can be tiring work! So please make sure that your band have the food and refreshments that they need during your event. Most of our soul, funk and Motown bands will require a hot meal and depending on the venue, some bands will also need reserved parking or a secure changing room so do check their profile for details if you can’t see it detailed on your booking contract.

How can we save money on our Soul & Motown band?

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