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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Elix

  • Manchester
  • 8-12
  • (8)

Brand new luxury 8 to 12-piece show band featuring some of the most outstanding musicians in Manchester, who have performed alongside artists such as Paloma Faith, JLS, James Morrison and The Script.

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from£1,230

Groove Box

  • London
  • 6
  • (6)

Slick soul and funk band with a super cool look and sound, plus a varied repertoire that will get all your guests dancing! Acoustic sets also available.

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from£2,140

All Night Long

  • London
  • 6-9
  • (20)

High-energy pop and soul band with an enormous song list of almost 500 songs and featuring a world-class female vocalist! Book the band with optional 2- or 3-piece brass section, DJ, and ambient jazz or acoustic sets!

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from£1,660

Royal Groove

  • Brighton
  • 6-9
  • (17)

Slick and funky party band with male and female lead vocalists delivering knockout performances. These seriously polished musicians bring tight harmonies and bags of energy to your favourite funk, Motown, pop and rock tunes. DJ service and brass section available.

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from£1,205

Grand Central

  • Bristol
  • 4-9
  • (3)

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£2,975

Beat Club

  • London
  • 5-12
  • (15)

Incredible rock and pop party band featuring joint male and female lead vocals, sax and keyboards, and performing five decades of floor-fillers. Available to hire with DJ service, cocktail pianist or afternoon jazz sets.

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from£920

The Soul Expressions

  • London
  • 4-7
  • (4)

Talented young soul band featuring both male and female vocals and a 3-piece horn section, playing a selection of classic disco, funk and soul tunes. *London events only*.

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from£1,570

Funkadelic

  • London
  • 5-7
  • (5)

Exceptional funk and soul band with male and female lead vocals who have performed alongside the likes of Leona Lewis and Katie Melua. Their large song list features the biggest floor-fillers from the 1970s to the 2010s. Larger line-ups available.

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Dr Funtimes

  • Leeds
  • 6
  • (12)

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£940

Soultrain

  • Bristol
  • 4-8
  • (5)

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

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from£1,350

The Soul Cats

  • London
  • 5
  • (11)

Outstanding pop and soul band with incredible male or female vocals, performing high-energy, floor-filling Motown, funk and soul-infused pop! Available to book with male vocals, full brass section or afternoon jazz sets.

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Limelight

  • Berkshire
  • 6-13
  • (6)

A stylish and versatile band with a range of line-up options and song choices to suit your event. Choose from additional male and female vocalists, brass section, afternoon cocktail piano, jazz sets and DJ service.

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from£1,225

Brother Brown

  • Nottinghamshire
  • 4-7
  • (10)

With stunning joint male and female lead vocals, exciting soul, Motown and funk band Brother Brown are a musical monster! 4, 5 and 6-piece band available.

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Phoenix

  • Essex
  • 4-5
  • (5)

Slick and super-professional party band with superb female and male vocals that cover everything from current chart hits to classic floor fillers. Book with additional keys and DJ options.

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Streetlife

  • North Yorkshire
  • 6

Six funky cats with a passion for 60's soul, 70's disco, 80's electro- funk and everything in between.

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The Dip Dabs

  • Hertfordshire
  • 4-7
  • (18)

Top-flight party band delivering exceptional value for money, with male and female lead vocals and the best pop, rock and soul hits. Extra musicians available, including brass section, rapper and strings, as well as acoustic sets and DJ service.

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from£1,045

The Soul Girls

  • London
  • 4-8
  • (5)

Fantastic all-female soul, Motown and pop band with a wide-ranging repertoire, who have performed with artists as diverse as Lady Gaga, The Noisettes, Corinne Bailey Rae and Fatboy Slim!

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from£885

Uptown

  • London
  • 5-9
  • (3)

Exciting pop, soul and funk party band with female vocals, who also play a super cool blend of R&B and disco classics. Additional musicians also available.

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from£2,900

The New Sensations

  • London
  • 5-10
  • (5)

Deluxe wedding and corporate function band including male and female vocals specialising in pop, R&B, hip hop, drum'n'bass, garage, funk, motown, soul and dance. Dinner sets and additional musicians available.

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from£860

Heartland

  • London
  • 3-4
  • (8)

Sophisticated new acoustic band featuring fabulous female or male vocals and unique, stripped-down acoustic versions of classic rock & pop, jazz, soul & funk tunes, old and new. They can also offer a roaming band option!

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Keri & The Heartbreakers

  • London
  • 8
  • (3)

Quirky and exciting party band featuring female vocals and 3 brass players. With an unusual repertoire of classic funk and soul mixed with disco and modern mainstream hits, this band stand out from the crowd! Afternoon entertainment also available.

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from£1,410

Shut The Funk Door

  • Bristol
  • 5-7
  • (7)

Excellent party band playing a range of music, from funk, soul, pop and Motown to jazz, swing and Gatsby. This band can provide live entertainment for your entire event! Additional musicians and afternoon sets also available.

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from£955

The Yoyos

  • London
  • 4
  • (6)

Lively acoustic covers band featuring stunning female vocals and playing all the best tunes from pop, rock and funk to disco and jazz with that classic unplugged sound! Smaller line-ups available. Discounted rates for midweek events.

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from£1,220

Empire Beats

  • Kent
  • 6-8
  • (27)

Experienced South East-based soul and funk band playing the best of Motown, funk, disco, acid jazz and banging dance tunes! Optional brass and percussion. Discounts available for midweek and Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb bookings.

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from£1,595

The Soul Movers

  • Essex
  • 6-9
  • (4)

Don your flairs, platforms, aviators and high collar shirts! The Soul Movers are a funktastic 70s tribute featuring both male & female lead vocals and a selection of floor-filling grooves such as I Feel Good and Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag. Available with brass section, extra percussion 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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