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Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

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Give your guests the reception finale of the century with an amazing live band. Here's our round-up of the very best UK wedding bands for 2021, handpicked by our team.

Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

Finding a good wedding band can be hard work, with hours spent wading through bands' promotional material. And even when you've shortlisted the ones with the best video, how do you know they'll live up to expectations in a live setting?

We've handpicked the bands below using feedback from 1000s of our customers. All bands listed here perform a minimum of 60 weddings per year and have more 5-star reviews than you can shake a drum stick at. Some of them have even made it through to the final rounds of The Wedding Industry Awards.

For our top wedding band recommendations for 2021, we've tried to include bands based in different parts of the UK, covering a broad range of genres. Not sure how to choose a band? Jump to our band-hunting tips.

    1. The Sweet & Lowdown

    Based in: Brighton
    Genres: Swing, jive, rock 'n' roll, 80s, 90s, R&B, chart
    Appeal:
    Fun; quirky; versatile
    Price
    : from £1230

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    The Sweet & Lowdown are dripping in the kind of authentic, quirky appeal you might expect for a band who honed their craft working the pubs and clubs of Brighton.

    They've since gone on to perform over 80 weddings a year and win industry plaudits (TWIA finalists in 2018).

    The band were an absolute pleasure to deal with and the dancefloor was full for every minute of every set! Richard, Wedding at The Bell in Ticehurst

    Their line-up packs a considerable punch for a 4-piece: bass, drums, keyboards for vintage piano and 80s synths, guitar for funky Prince riffs, and not one but three vocalists for a massive combined vocal range. All this gives them access to cover a much larger repertoire than most bands.

    Optional extras include a laptop DJ service as well as easy-listening acoustic sets for afternoon drinks receptions or dinners.

    Find out more about The Sweet & Lowdown.

    2. Party Up

    Based in: Kent
    Genres: Soul, funk, pop, UK garage
    Appeal:
    High calibre musicianship; groove-heavy sets
    Price
    : from £2050

    Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

    No-one knows their way around a groove like Party Up. When they're not playing weddings and parties, they can be found backing up 70s disco legends Sister Sledge and acid jazz stalwarts Incognito.

    The band's repertoire runs the gamut of British and American black music styles, from Garage to soul – for sheer danceability, they can't be beaten!

    Party Up are the best live band I've ever danced all night to... I'll never book anyone else! Emma Thompson, Actress

    Sky TV and Cadburys are regular corporate clients, whilst the actress Emma Thompson books them for her annual bash. You can too!

    The band are also available with DJ service, acoustic duo, backing vocalists and horn section.

    Find out more about Party Up.

    3. Agent Smith

    Based in: Manchester
    Genres: 1950s rock’n’roll to chart, soul, indie and R&B
    Appeal:
    Energy; crowd interaction; charisma
    Price
    : from £995

    Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

    Agent Smith are a phenomenon whose success can be measured in many ways: thousands of Facebook followers, hundreds of positive reviews, corporate clients counting Microsoft and TWIA finalists in 2018, or a trail of heartbroken bridesmaids.

    Animated, charming, energetic, fun, lively, witty, hilarious, magnetic! Agent Smith were beyond phenomenal! Tamlyn, Wedding at The Merewood Country House in Windermere

    The band pride themselves on getting even the most timid of party-goers on their feet and bringing the house down every time.

    The band background acoustic duo sets, DJ service & winter discounts available.

    Find out more about Agent Smith.

    4. The High Rollers

    Based in: London
    Genres: Chart, indie, Britpop
    Appeal:
    Great value; sing-a-long/dance-a-long; ideal for small spaces
    Price
    : from £875

    Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

    Good-time party band The High Rollers specialise in classic indie rock hits by The Killers, Blur and The Kinks as well as brand new pop hits by Bruno Mars, DNCE and Pharrell Williams.

    Since there's only three of them, they don't charge the earth and can squeeze in just about anywhere.

    The band were awesome, they were so professional and supportive before and through out whole event. They absolutely made the wedding. Jenny, Wedding at Richmond Hill Hotel in Surrey

    The band are happy to learn a special request or first dance song for you, and can also provide their solo guitar vocalist for acoustic background music during your wedding ceremony, champagne reception or meal/wedding breakfast.

    Find out more about The High Rollers.

    5. Downtown Underground

    Based in: Manchester
    Genres: Soul, pop, R&B
    Appeal:
    Fronted by an American soul star; floor-filling; optional brass section
    Price
    : from £1685

    Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

    Featuring a bona-fide American soul singer, now relocated to Manchester, Downtown Underground are a world-class pop, funk and soul function band.

    The band refresh and recreate the classic soul sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s, alongside soul-infused contemporary pop and R&B.

    For younger guests, they can also offer soul-infused pop and R&B hits by Outkast, Ed Sheeran and Rudimental.

    The band's performance was absolutely brilliant, everyone was up dancing and the music selection was perfect. We are still buzzing! Jen & Neil, Wedding at Mottram Hall in Cheshire

    If you have the space, they're available with a knock-out 2-piece horn section for a more authentic classic soul repertoire. They can also offer a DJ service and jazz/acoustic afternoon music during your reception or wedding breakfast.

    Find out more about Downtown Underground.

    6. Big Easy Brass Band

    Based in: London
    Genres: Pop, rock, soul, funk, dance
    Appeal:
    Fresh alternative to a function band; ideal for outdoor roaming events & processions
    Price
    : from £1375

    Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

    Brass and drum bands are all the rage at the moment, and Big Easy are one of our best!

    The band give classic and contemporary pop and soul anthems a New Orleans makeover. The result is raucous, brassy and impossible not to sing along to!

    Fantastic musicianship, a fresh sound, and an affable bunch of guys! Their choice of tunes was bang on and it was danceable too. An unforgettable party! Steve, Private Party in London

    Since their instrumental line-ups won't require access to a power supply, they're free to roam around your venue and even play you from the church to the reception!

    For something more closely resembling a classic function band, book them with one of their outstanding male or female vocalists.

    Find out more about Big Easy Brass Band.

    7. The Capricorns

    Based in: London
    Genres: Rock, pop, dance, soul, Motown, indie
    Appeal:
    Stylish; pop credentials; wow factor
    Price
    : from £2240

    Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

    The Capricorns are well-known across the globe, performing in some of the most prestigious venues from Birmingham NEC and ICC to the Shard, London and Atlantis, Dubai.

    The band features outstanding male and female vocalists who have performed with Adele and Leona Lewis, and their corporate client list includes KPMG, Gucci and Jaguar.

    The band were phenomenal. We can't imagine hiring any other band in the future! Rebecca, Wedding at The Great Tythe Barn in Gloucestershire

    Line-ups start from a 7-piece, all the way to a stunning, show-stopping 12-piece band. Customise the band further with a DJ service, afternoon cocktail piano or jazz sets.

    Find out more about The Capricorns.

    8. Superstrut

    Based in: London
    Genres: Pop, R&B, soul, funk, dance
    Appeal:
    On-trend; soulful; danceable
    Price
    : from £995

    Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

    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!

    The band play hundreds of weddings, parties and festivals every year, and their corporate client list includes Virgin, Sky, Microsoft and Barclays.

    We were so delighted with Superstrut! They put on a great show and the whole night was so energetic and funky! Great music! Jack & Harriet, Wedding in London

    They've performed in some of the most prestigious venues in London, including The Savoy, The Shard, ExCel London and The Saatchi Gallery.

    The band are easy-going, adaptable and happy to learn a first dance. They're also available with DJ service and/or a horn section.

    Find out more about Superstrut.

    9. Rockit

    Based in: London
    Genres: Rock, pop, indie, Britpop
    Appeal:
    Over 600 functions performed; anthemic sing-a-long sets
    Price
    : from £875

    Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

    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!

    Members of the band have worked with and performed alongside artists and acts such as Beverley Knight, Pete Doherty, Steve White (Paul Weller) Dave Rowntree (Blur) and Europe’s most popular Bon Jovi tribute band, The Bon Jovi Experience.

    Rockit were absolutely amazing - they had all our friends and family dancing till the early hours, catering for all tastes! Kevin, Wedding at The Harte & Garter in Windsor

    With options to add a fourth or fifth member, or to strip it down and play acoustically for a more intimate vibe (perfect for wedding drinks receptions or meals), Rockit will tailor their act to your exact requirements.

    You can also hire the band’s laptop DJ service (for mixed songs and requests between, during and after their band sets), for a nominal fee.

    Find out more about Rockit.

    10. The Different Lights

    Based in: Liverpool
    Genres: Rock, pop, chart, Britpop
    Appeal:
    Great value; fun; danceable
    Price
    : from £895

    Top 10 Best Wedding Bands for 2021

    The Different Lights are an outstanding party band playing chart, indie, rock anthems and Britpop and featuring guitars, keyboards and vocal harmonies for a big, versatile sound!

    They have vast experience playing at weddings, with previous venues including The V&A Marriott, Melling Tithebarn and The Sefton.

    An amazing live band! They played a great variety of songs, and the dancefloor was always full. Everyone commented how brilliant they were. Money well spent! John, Wedding at Iscoyd Park in Wrexham

    The band offer their own DJ service available as well as acoustic guitar or solo cocktail piano sets for your afternoon reception.

    Find out more about The Different Lights.


    Choosing a wedding band – 4 tips

    • Weddings are mixed generational events, so aim for a band which a broad range of genres and eras. Once that's sorted, consider the median age of guests at your event. If this is fairly low, you may want a band that leans more heavily to R&B and chart than 60s music, for instance.
    • Try and book a band based within 2.5 to to 3 hours travel time from your venue location if possible – longer than that and most bands will need to charge for accommodation and overnight expenses, which can add hugely to the price. But that should by no means rule out a band you love, and almost all bands will travel UK-wide and internationally.
    • Ideally, start your band search 12 months in advance of your event – 6 months at a minimum – as the most popular bands book up early.
    • Before you book, don't forget to check that your venue can accommodate live music or don't have noise restrictions in place.

    Continue browsing over 300 of the UK's best wedding bands here, or give us a call on 0333 242 0560 to discuss your requirements.