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South East bands for hire

Hire an amazing party band in the South East to fill your dancefloor. Our bands typically perform rock, pop and soul covers from every decade, but we also have dedicated jazz, swing, ceilidh and themed tribute bands.

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The Sweet and Lowdown

  • 4
  • (133)

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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from£990

The Runaways

  • 4
  • (55)

Youthful, charismatic new 4-piece, channelling rock, dance, hip-hop and soul influences. The band have caught the attention of a major label – catch them now while rates are low!

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from£1,745

Party Up

  • 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£995

Rockit

  • 3-4
  • (155)

Amp up your party with Rockit: a sensational party band with a huge catalogue of rock, indie and pop floor-fillers from Chuck Berry and The Beatles to The Killers and Ed Sheeran!

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from£1,185

Superstrut

  • 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

  • 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£2,240

The Capricorns

  • 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£1,235

Shakedown

  • 4-12
  • (64)

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£1,410

Big Easy Brass Band

  • 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£875

The High Rollers

  • 3
  • (85)

Authentically recreated indie rock covers by The Killers, Blur and The Kinks sit alongside funkier pop by Bruno Mars, DNCE and Pharrell Williams. For value and impact, wedding bands don't come better than this.

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from£1,250

The Wandering Lights

  • 4
  • (55)

Charismatic new wedding band performing upbeat, catchy covers with a folksy, festival feel. Expect to hear artists as diverse as Avicii, Blackstreet and Lionel Richie. Also available as an unplugged, acoustic roaming band.

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from£1,135

Blue Juice

  • 4-5
  • (148)

Fantastic 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.

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from£875

Locomove

  • 3-4
  • (54)

Turbo-charged wedding party band performing danceable rock 'n’ roll, indie, 80s pop and RnB. Optional "heavy set" for die-hard rock fans, featuring artists such as Guns n' Roses and Rage Against The Machine!

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from£700

Boots n Bones

  • 3-5
  • (39)

Festival-hardened 4-piece playing unique, folksy covers of classic and contemporary party tunes. Enormous song list and a favourite at barn weddings!

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from£3,400

Lightspeed

  • 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£1,125

Penfold

  • 4-6
  • (128)

Fun, high energy party and wedding band with a frontman skilled at working a crowd and around eight hours' worth of danceable party anthems from all eras at their disposal.

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from£1,500

The DBs

  • 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£1,165

The Dip Dabs

  • 4-7
  • (45)

Top-flight rock and pop party band delivering exceptional value for money, female lead vocals and optional brass, rapper and string section.

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from£920

Get Carter

  • 4-5
  • (63)

High-energy corporate and wedding band, playing crowd-rousing pop, rock, dance, funk and soul music from the 1960s to the present day. Client list includes Audi and Nintendo.

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from£3,395

Beat Club

  • 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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Guide to booking party bands in the South East

Why should I hire a party band in the South East for my event?

Our experts have sourced the most talented performers, musicians and party bands in the South East, performing every genre and style.

Boasting a wealth of creative talent from Brighton, Canterbury, Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester and everywhere in between, our roster of bands for hire have been carefully selected to provide the highest quality of musical entertainment for any occasion.

Whether you're hoping for a classical instrumental accompaniment, a gentle jazz groove or a fully-fledged brass, pop, rock, soul or indie band, the South East is rich with performers in every style. What's more, we've done the hard work for you, finding and vetting hundreds of bands for you to browse!

What style of music do your South East bands perform?

We specialise in party bands playing upbeat rock, pop and soul music from the 50s to the present day – these are the most popular genres for parties, corporate events and weddings.

But if mainstream isn't your thing, we also have Latin, ska, ceilidh and jazz bands. If you love the sounds of Motown, R&B and big brass sections how about hiring a soul band?

For something more original, book a brass band.

If you’re not sure what would work best for your event, get in touch with one of our experts, and we’ll find the perfect entertainment for you.

Can you provide background musicians for hire in the South East?

This page is dedicated to party bands, but we can also provide musicians during the earlier part of your day, not just at your evening reception.

For a wedding ceremony, you could hire one of our string quartets. For the perfect accompaniment to a cocktail party and drinks receptions, we can provide classical guitarists and pianists.

For a summer garden party or outdoor event, our steel bands and Dixieland jazz bands in are much in-demand!

Do we need to provide any equipment for the band?

All of our bands will come fully equipped for your event, though it's worth getting in touch if you think your event will exceed 250 guests, as extra equipment might then be necessary.

You just need to make sure that the band has a power source to plug in to and a space to perform! We recommend a flat and sheltered stage area of at least 3 x 3 meters for a 3-piece band – then add an extra metre squared per band member that you have booked.

A raised stage is preferable for maximum impact but not essential.

Where do your South East function bands tend to perform?

Our bands have played across the South East and provided the soundtrack to a number of celebrations at venues including Newington Community Centre, The Lighthouse Music & Arts Club, Eastry Village Hall, Barming Village Hall, Chart Sutton Village Hall, Bredhurst Village Hall, Shorne Village Hall, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre, Bearsted & Thurnham Memorial Hall, Dance Box Bromley, Holy Trinity Community Hall, Offham Village Hall, Bernie's Bar, The Howard Venue, Erith RFC, Bredhurst Village Hall and Hawkinge Cricket & Social Club.

We love to arrange bands for your private events that you're hosting in your own space as well, so let us know any ideas you have for celebrating and we'll find the perfect band to fit your occasion.

Across the region, we've enlisted talented musicians that can put on the perfect entertainment for your event.

How can we save money on our South East band?

Before you book more musicians for afternoon background music, check whether members of your band can provide this – it'll save you additional costs, such as travel.

If you haven't yet set your event date, consider booking a midweek or winter date 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 bands based in most major towns and cities across the UK.


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