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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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from£2,050

Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (141)

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 horn section.

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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.

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from£2,655

Soul Machine

  • London
  • 7
  • (34)

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.

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from£995

Superstrut

  • London
  • 4
  • (55)

Superstrut bring style, good vibes and a party-starting collection of R&B, pop, hip hop, classic soul and funk to every gig - their aim is to serve only the music and you, the audience!

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from£1,475

Masterblaster

  • Kent
  • 6
  • (48)

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. More videos available on profile page.

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from£2,240

The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (58)

Stylish wedding and corporate function band featuring outstanding male and female vocalists who have performed with Adele and Leona Lewis! Available with DJ service and/or afternoon cocktail piano, jazz or acoustic sets.

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from£1,080

Mastersound

  • Birmingham
  • 4-7
  • (54)

Young and talented party band from the West Midlands, featuring both female and male 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.

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from£1,475

Manhattan

  • Leeds
  • 5-10
  • (49)

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.

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from£995

Cinco Magic

  • London
  • 4
  • (75)

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.

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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! DJ service, brass section and afternoon acoustic or jazz sets available.

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from£1,230

The Misfits

  • Cheshire
  • 5-8
  • (53)

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.

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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£1,235

Shakedown

  • Brighton
  • 4-12
  • (59)

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 DJ service and/or extra musicians up to a 12-piece.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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from£1,085

East River

  • Leeds
  • 4-10
  • (37)

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.

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from£985

The Saints

  • Manchester
  • 5
  • (51)

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£1,230

Dr Funtimes

  • Leeds
  • 6
  • (27)

High energy party band with a big sound that’s perfect for weddings, parties and corporate events. They feature superb male vocals and sax, but also offer stripped-back line ups, afternoon acoustic or jazz sets, stage hire and DJ service.

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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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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.

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from£1,785

Balboa

  • Manchester
  • 5-8
  • (17)

World-class, male-fronted premium 5-piece band in high demand across the UK. The band have a repertoire covering everything from 60s favourites to the latest hits and include sax in their line-up. Afternoon acoustic sets, extra musicians and DJ service available.

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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.

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from£940

Soultrain

  • Bristol
  • 4-8
  • (37)

Fun and fresh party and wedding band playing rock, pop, soul and funk hits. Additional musicians, love letters and photobooth hire also available.

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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.


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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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