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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
  • (158)

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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from£1,685

Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (75)

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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from£1,400

Superstrut

  • London
  • 4
  • (61)

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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from£3,295

Soul Club

  • London
  • 6-10
  • (31)

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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from£1,230

Smoke and Mirrors

  • Manchester
  • 4-5
  • (28)

With a powerhouse vocalist up front and a backing band of unrivalled funkmeisters, Smoke & Mirrors put on a fun, rip-roaring show which your guests will never forget.

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from£2,240

The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (61)

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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from£1,480

Manhattan

  • Leeds
  • 5-10
  • (57)

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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from£1,500

The DBs

  • London
  • 5
  • (45)

From pop favourites and feel-good funk to afrobeats and updated jazz classics, The DBs turn the traditional brass band format on its head and drag it kicking and screaming into the 21st century!

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from£2,100

Masterblaster

  • Kent
  • 6
  • (49)

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.

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from£2,480

Drum n Brass

  • Manchester
  • 5-10
  • (68)

Performing hi-octane brass arrangements of floor-fillers by Pharrell, Daft Punk, Queen, Beyonce and more, Drum 'n' Brass are a fresh alternative to traditional cover bands. Male vocals optional.

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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.

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Detroit City Soul

  • London
  • 7-10
  • (30)

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

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Grand Central

  • Bristol
  • 4-9
  • (30)

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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from£3,400

Lightspeed

  • Kent
  • 7
  • (25)

Ultimate live music experience featuring a centre-stage light up drum kit that delivers a feast for the eyes and ears. This slick outfit brings you supreme talent and a large repertoire of chart hits. Additional musicians, jazz sets and DJ service available.

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from£3,000

Groove Capital

  • London
  • 9
  • (65)

Incredible, premium pop and soul function band featuring some of London's best musicians – performance credentials range from Glastonbury and The Royal Albert Hall to The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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from£1,410

Big Easy Brass Band

  • London
  • 4-9
  • (48)

Young and animated brass band who never fail to get the party jumping with their funky take on the traditional brass format. The band can roam amongst guests or perform in one place. Male or female vocalists optional.

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from£1,500

Shakedown

  • Brighton
  • 4-12
  • (65)

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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from£3,395

Beat Club

  • London
  • 5-8
  • (25)

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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from£1,400

Cinco Magic

  • London
  • 4
  • (77)

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.

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from£1,845

Chronicle

  • 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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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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