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
Play 'September / Forget Me Nots / Got To Be Real / Best Of My Love / Night To Remember / Wanna Be Your Lover'
from£1,685

Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6 - 10
  • (121)

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

Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (54)

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
  • (21)

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
  • (32)

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
  • (26)

Incredible pop and soul band featuring outstanding male and female vocalists and performing floor-fillers by Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bruno Mars and more. Book their acoustic/jazz sets and DJ service for non-stop music through the day.

Promo Video
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from£2,080

Groove Capital

  • London
  • 7-9
  • (26)

The hottest new function band in London, 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.

Promo video
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POA

The Soul Ventures

  • London
  • 8
  • (5)

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.

Mastersound Medley
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from£1,080

Mastersound

  • Birmingham
  • 4-7
  • (21)

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
  • (29)

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
  • (40)

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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POA

Drum 'n' Brass

  • Manchester
  • 5-10
  • (22)

Young and animated brass band with an extensive song list of rock and pop floor-fillers. This groundbreaking group have performed for royalty and offer the perfect alternative entertainment for your wedding or event! Larger line-ups available.

New Power Groove
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from£3,100

New Power Groove

  • London
  • 6-10
  • (9)

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.

Promo Video
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from£1,475

Soultone

  • Cheshire
  • 5
  • (5)

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
  • (28)

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
  • (13)

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.

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

Chronicle

  • London
  • 4-8
  • (10)

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.

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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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from£985

The Saints

  • Manchester
  • 5
  • (47)

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£1,665

Brothers of Soul

  • Wiltshire
  • 5-7
  • (3)

Funky male-fronted party band mixing classic soul and modern chart. The band have performed on the BBC, and at Glastonbury and Bestival! Hire options include additional musicians, acoustic duo and DJ service.

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from£1,170

Manhattan

  • Leeds
  • 5-10
  • (14)

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.

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from£1,785

Soul Circus

  • Bristol
  • 5-10
  • (13)

Energetic female-fronted soul and pop party band, playing the very best party music that’s guaranteed to pack your dance floor. Extra singers, brass section, and DJ service available.

Promo Video
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POA

Solar

  • London
  • 8-21
  • (2)

Unbeatable soul, pop, R&B and funk show band who have performed worldwide for PepsiCo, Rolls Royce and Channel 4. Brass section, electric strings section and gospel singers also available.

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from£2,875

The Natural Highs

  • London
  • 7-11
  • (9)

Exceptionally talented wedding and party band playing pop, soul, funk and disco hits from the 1960s to the present day.

Promo Video
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from£1,235

Shakedown

  • Brighton
  • 4-12
  • (23)

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.


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What artists do our soul bands cover?

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

Line-ups vary in size from solo soul singers performing to backing tracks up to large soul extravaganzas complete with brass, backing vocals and percussion for an authentic Motown sound.

You can get even more from your soul or Motown wedding bands by asking about their afternoon jazz sets for your drinks reception or wedding meal, as well as DJ service between sets. This will keep the music going all day while saving you money.

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

Booking a soul band?

All of our Motown, funk & soul bands supply their own instruments, backline and PA system. Their PA system is typically suitable for up to 250 guests at indoor venues and marquee-style parties. If you are booking an event on a larger scale, let us know so that we can request a PA upgrade. Most bands will also bring lighting equipment to illuminate both the performance area and the dancefloor.

Standard performance time for our soul bands is 2 hours – we recommend a working pattern of 2 x 1-hour or 3 x 40-minute sets. The bands supply music via mp3 to keep the party going while they take their breaks. Longer performances or full DJ services during the intervals are available from most bands, with additional costs.

Booking a band is easy. All you need to do on the day is supply a flat, sheltered performance area sufficient for the band to work with. They will need time to set-up and soundcheck ahead of the event, and most of our bands ask for a hot meal to keep their energy levels up.

Hiring a soul band for your wedding?

If you're booking a soul band for your wedding, you may want them to play your first dance, and most are more than happy to do this – just let us know your song so that the band have time to prepare. If the band’s line-up cannot do the song justice, they will be more than happy to play your first dance via mp3 through their PA system.

Make the most of your soul wedding band by considering additional services throughout the day. Whether it’s a jazz set during your drinks reception, cocktail piano during your wedding breakfast or a DJ set until last orders, see what else your chosen band can offer. This avoids the additional hassle and cost of booking separate musicians.

Most of our wedding soul bands offer competitive rates but you may wish to consider booking locally if you are on a budget, minimalising travel costs. If you are yet to set a date, think about a midweek or winter wedding to make the most of off-peak prices.

What areas do our function bands serve?

We have hundreds of function bands playing soul music, as well as bands performing rock, pop and other mainstream styles. Most will perform UK wide as well as internationally. We recommend hiring a local band, to save on travel costs.

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