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.

Soul & Funk Medley (10-piece)
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Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6 - 10
  • (111)

Party down with Party Up, the slickest pop, funk and soul 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.

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  • Kent
  • 6
  • (24)

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

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Soul Machine

  • London
  • 7
  • (20)

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.

Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
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Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (45)

World-class pop, funk and soul function band, recreating and refreshing the classic soul sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s alongside soul-infused pop and R&B hits by R Kelly and Rudimental! DJ service and jazz/acoustic afternoon music available.

Cinco Magic Promo Video (Gettin' Jiggy Wit It)
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Cinco Magic

  • London
  • 4
  • (22)

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.

Promo Video
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Groove Capital

  • London
  • 7-9
  • (14)

Super-slick new function band featuring some of the best performers in London – 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.

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
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Blue Juice

  • Brighton
  • 4-5
  • (129)

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.

Promo Video
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  • Birmingham
  • 4-7
  • (19)

Young and talented 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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The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (17)

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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The Misfits

  • Cheshire
  • 5-7
  • (38)

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

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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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