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Soul, funk & Motown bands

Inject serious style into your wedding or party with our Motown, R&B and soul bands. Covering everyone from Marvin Gaye to Beyoncé and beyond.


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Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (167)

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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Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (84)

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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  • London
  • 4
  • (63)

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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The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (66)

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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  • Leeds
  • 5-10
  • (64)

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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Pacha Vibe

  • Brighton
  • 6+
  • (48)

Pacha Vibe is the freshest live act bringing you the very best old skool and newest anthems from R&B, club classics and garage.

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Groove Box

  • Devon
  • 10
  • (6)

Serving up classic funk and soul by Earth Wind & Fire and Aretha Franklin alongside more recent floor-fillers by Lizzo, Bruno Mars and Jamiroquai, this 10-piece funk orchestra are all about positive energy and having a good time!

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The Sweet and Lowdown

  • Brighton
  • 4
  • (151)

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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  • London
  • 6
  • (27)

Comprised of top-flight touring musicians that have backed artists such as Rita Ora and George Ezra, Spotlight are an explosive premium party band covering the biggest soul & pop hits of all time.

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Soul Club

  • London
  • 6-10
  • (34)

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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Mojo Brass Band

  • London
  • 4-8
  • (26)

Mojo Brass are a funky, punchy brass powerhouse made up of the UK's best up-and-coming horn players and drummers. Their track list blends rarer grooves with mainstream crowd-pleasers.

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Beat Club

  • London
  • 5-8
  • (27)

Incredible soul, R&B and pop function band featuring joint male and female lead vocals, sax and keyboards, and performing five decades of floor-fillers.

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The Misfits

  • Cheshire
  • 5-8
  • (60)

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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  • Birmingham
  • 4-7
  • (64)

Soulful, danceable pop from the West Midlands, with both female and male lead vocals and a song list of danceable rock, soul and pop anthems from Chuck Berry to Clean Bandit.

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Grand Central

  • Bristol
  • 5-9
  • (32)

Funk & soul party band in the South West featuring male lead vocals and a fantastic rhythm section and horns. Grand Central play uptempo, soulful tunes, from James Brown to Bruno Mars. Available with a two-piece horn section.

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The Chandeliers

  • London
  • 6-10
  • (27)

Winners of the Prestige Awards 'Best London Party Band' for 2019, The Chandeliers bring their youthful energy to a range a fresh medleys and rewrites of party favourites.

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  • Brighton
  • 4-12
  • (67)

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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  • Hertfordshire
  • 6-14
  • (41)

Exhilarating 6-8 piece party band featuring stunning male and female vocals and offering optional horns, playing accurate renditions of modern and classic hits.

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  • London
  • 4-8
  • (40)

Looking for a stylish band to lead your party through the greatest R&B, pop and soul of all time? Chronicle are guaranteed to have your guests on the dancefloor in record time! Solo and duo options, additional female vocals and brass section available.

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Radio Nation

  • Brighton
  • 5
  • (27)

Whether it is your wedding day, corporate party, a product launch, birthday or anniversary, Radio Nation guarantee to keep the dance floor jumping all night and provide you and your guests with an unforgettable performance.

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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 bands or 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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