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End your reception on an epic note – exclusive live wedding music bands for hire, across the UK.

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Agent Smith

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (214)

Exceptional party and wedding band playing everything from vintage 1950s rock’n’roll to cutting edge pop, indie and R&B. High profile clients include BT, Mini Cooper and Microsoft! Background acoustic duo sets, DJ service & winter discounts available.

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from£1,230

The Sweet and Lowdown

  • Brighton
  • 4
  • (126)

Fun and totally unique party and wedding band with both female and male lead vocals. S&L play everything from retro swing, vintage jive and rock'n'roll through to 80s funk, 90s R&B and modern chart with a twist. Afternoon acoustic sets and DJ service also available. Low season and midweek discounts.

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Party Up

  • Kent
  • 6-10
  • (144)

Party down with Party Up, the slickest pop, soul and funk band in the South East! The band count Sky, Cadburys and the actress Emma Thompson among their regular clients. Available with DJ service, acoustic duo, backing vocalists and horn section.

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from£1,685

Downtown Underground

  • Manchester
  • 6-7
  • (79)

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. DJ service and jazz/acoustic afternoon music available.

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from£875

Rockit

  • Surrey
  • 3-4
  • (146)

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! Larger line-ups, acoustic background sets and DJ service available. Midweek discounts available.

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from£1,485

Masterblaster

  • Kent
  • 6
  • (58)

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. Book their acoustic/jazz sets and DJ service for non-stop music through the day. More videos available on profile page.

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The Different Lights

  • Liverpool
  • 4
  • (81)

Outstanding party band playing chart, indie, rock anthems and Britpop and featuring guitars, keyboards and vocal harmonies for a big, versatile sound! Laptop DJ service available, as well as acoustic guitar or solo cocktail piano sets for your afternoon reception.

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from£2,240

The Capricorns

  • Kent
  • 7-10
  • (65)

Stylish wedding and corporate function band featuring outstanding male and female vocalists who have performed with Adele and Leona Lewis! Available with DJ service and/or afternoon cocktail piano, jazz or acoustic sets.

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from£990

The Runaways

  • Surrey
  • 4
  • (60)

Phenomenally talented and charismatic new party band channelling rock, dance, hip-hop and soul influences. The band have already caught the attention of a major record label – catch them now while rates are still low!

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from£875

The High Rollers

  • London
  • 3
  • (87)

High-impact party band specialising 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.

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The DBs

  • London
  • 5-9
  • (43)

From pop favourites and feel-good funk to afrobeats and updated jazz classics, The DBs are an in-demand brass band like no other that have taken the UK festival scene by storm! Available with vocalist or rapper.

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from£995

Superstrut

  • London
  • 4
  • (66)

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!

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from£1,475

Manhattan

  • Leeds
  • 5-10
  • (50)

Dynamic and trendy Motown, pop and soul band with impressive industry credentials and a vast playlist of soulful floor-fillers by artists such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Rihanna. Acoustic set and singer waiter option available.

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from£750

The Crossfades

  • Bristol
  • 3-5
  • (58)

One of our most talked-about wedding bands this year, The Crossfades serve up energetic, fun sets of vintage and modern rock, pop and indie music. Keyboardist, DJ service and solo acoustic set available.

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from£3,295

Soul Club

  • London
  • 6-10
  • (30)

Max out on soul and sophistication with this stunning corporate and wedding entertainment band, offering slick vocals and high energy performances for both UK and international events.

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from£1,390

Big Easy Brass Band

  • London
  • 4-9
  • (57)

The hottest new brass fusion band in town, Big Easy will bring a raucous, New Orleans party vibe to your event! The band can perform in one place or roaming around your venue and guests whilst they play. Available as an instrumental only band, or with male or female vocalist.

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from£1,185

The Wandering Lights

  • London
  • 4
  • (58)

Charismatic new wedding band, taking the London circuit by storm. The Wandering Lights perform upbeat, folksy acoustic covers by Avicci, Blackstreet and R Kelly. Also available as an unplugged roaming band (free to wander around your venue).

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from£1,235

Shakedown

  • Brighton
  • 4-12
  • (60)

Incredible new party band taking the London events circuit by storm! Members of Shakedown have recorded and performed at Abbey Road and Glastonbury alongside some of the biggest artists in the world. Available with DJ service and/or extra musicians up to a 12-piece.

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from£1,080

Mastersound

  • Birmingham
  • 4-7
  • (65)

Young and talented party band from the West Midlands, featuring both female and male lead vocals and a host of rock, soul and pop anthems to get all your guests dancing – from Chuck Berry to Beyonce. Larger line-ups and laptop DJ service available.

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Blue Juice

  • Brighton
  • 4-5
  • (144)

Fantastic and unique 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. Available with DJ service and brass section.


Wedding band booking guide

What type of music do wedding bands play?

Since weddings are mixed generation events, our bands normally try to cover a wide range of rock, pop and soul music designed to appeal to all ages.

A typical wedding band set might include upbeat, danceable songs by artists as varied as The Beatles, Prince, Oasis and Dua Lipa.

If rock and pop isn't your thing, check out our soul & Motown bands or jazz & swing bands.

Brass and drums bands are an increasingly popular alternative to the classic guitar band format, whilst ceilidh bands go down well with kids and grandparents alike.

For more offbeat wedding band music ideas, see our alternative wedding bands.

How much does a wedding band cost?

The average cost of hiring a wedding band in 2020 was around £1200.

Wedding bands range from around £650 for a band with 3 members, to upwards of £3000 for 9- or 10-piece line-ups featuring brass sections and backing vocalists.

If you haven't yet set your wedding date, consider booking a midweek or winter wedding to take advantage of the most competitive rates.

If you don't have the budget to hire a band, it's worth browsing our duos instead.

How far in advance should I book my wedding band?

The majority of wedding bands for hire tend to get booked up between 6 and 12 months in advance, but the best bands are snapped up even earlier.

For that reason, we recommend starting your search as early as 18 months before your wedding. This is especially important if you're planning a Saturday wedding between April and September.

If you're planning an off-season wedding (between October and March) or a weekday wedding, you can probably afford to start looking a bit later.

Should I hire a band or a DJ for my wedding?

Budget and space permitting, we’d always recommend hiring a wedding band over a DJ.

Live music has a way of unlocking emotions and strengthening social bonds. It creates a unique and inclusive atmosphere that you and your guests will remember for years.

Bear in mind that if your wedding band can't cover a specific song or genre, most can play recorded music through their PA between sets, and some even offer their own DJ service.

For example, you could ask a swing band to play chart music before, between or after their live sets.

That said, there are of course some scenarios where a DJ wins out.

Which are the best wedding music bands in the UK?

The best wedding music bands in the UK can be found on, ahem, Function Central!

We've spent years handpicking the most talented bands from all corners of the UK and gathering them together in one place.

To be accepted onto our books, acts must meet the strictest standards of quality and professionalism. We monitor feedback closely and only retain bands who consistently achieve a 5-star performance rating.

If you're finding the choice of bands too overwhelming, browse our top 10 most requested wedding music bands in 2021.

How long does a wedding band play for?

A standard live wedding band performance is two hours, split over 2 x 1-hour or 3 x 40-minute sets with short intervals.

But bands can play for less time, or longer (usually for an additional cost) if it suits your event better.

What happens when the band isn't playing?

All our wedding bands for hire provide mp3 music during their interval, free of charge. This means they'll be able to keep the music going until closing time.

Many bands are able to upgrade to a more advanced service using virtual DJ software so that they can mix songs and take your guests’ requests.

Can our wedding band play our first dance?

Check out the band's song list on their profile page, to see if they already know the song.

If not, most wedding bands will be happy to learn and perform your first dance, often free of charge. Send us the song request as soon as you can, so we can make sure the band has adequate time to learn it.

If the band can’t perform your song live, they can play it through their PA system instead. They can either use their own device to play the track, or plug your device into their system instead.

There's a higher chance the band will know the song already if it's included on our most requested first dance song list.

Can we choose the wedding band's music?

Yes (to an extent). Have a look at the band's song list on their profile page, then compile a list of your preferred songs and send them to us.

The band will then try to include as much of your favourite wedding band music as they can on the night.

Do be aware though, that they may not be able to fulfill each and every one of your requests. This is because they may need to add or remove songs with certain tempos or dynamics, "on the fly", depending on audience reaction.

Do wedding bands bring their own equipment?

All our bands for weddings are fully self-contained. This means they'll bring their own sound system, microphones, backline amplifiers and instruments. This equipment is suitable for most events up to around 250 guests.

If you're expecting more than 250 guests, let us know, so we can check whether the band’s system is large enough.

Most bands will also bring lighting for both the stage and dancefloor.

Check out the band's profile page for more details, as well as other optional add-ons to enhance the show!

When will the band arrive and set up?

Bands performing at a typical evening wedding party would normally arrive at around 5pm or 6pm. They would then take 60-90 minutes to unload their equipment, set up and soundcheck.

Most wedding music bands will aim to begin their first set anytime from 7.30pm, after the first dance. But we recommend they start later than this if possible, particularly in summer.

Feel free to ask us about any specific timing requirements you may have. For example, you may need the band to avoid sound-checking during dinner or speeches.

How much space does a live wedding band need?

As a rough guide, a 3-piece wedding band will require a space measuring approximately 3m wide x 3m deep. Add an additional square metre of width for each extra band member.

A raised stage always helps a live wedding band make a bigger impact but this isn’t essential. The performance space mainly just needs to be flat and dry!

Before you speak to your venue, you might like to check out our handy venue checklist. This contains all the questions worth asking your venue before you book a band for a wedding, from sound limiters to curfews.

What else do we need to provide?

Just make sure that the band has access to a power supply on the day, and a minimum of two separate domestic power sockets to plug into.

Please also make sure your wedding band has the food and refreshments that they need on the night. Bands performing in the evening will require a hot meal to keep their energy levels up!

Depending on the venue, some bands will also need reserved parking or a secure changing room. Check the band's profile for more details.

What is a sound limiter and is it a problem?

Many venues have sound limiters installed. These are designed to cut off the power to the band when the music or the crowd’s applause exceeds a certain volume, which can damage band equipment.

First, check whether your sound limiter can be turned off for the performance.

If not, don't panic - most live wedding bands can perform within the limits of a sound limiter set to 95dB or higher.

If your venue's limiter is set to a lower threshold than this, let us know so we can check this isn't a problem with the band. We may need to suggest an acoustic act, or bands using electric drum kits.

We’ve found a band we love! How do we book?

Great! If you would like to book a wedding band and you've already received a quote from us, simply email or call us on 0333 242 0560.

We'll draw up a secure booking contract between you and the act immediately.

You’ll need to pay a deposit by credit or debit card to secure the band, with the rest payable nearer, or on, the event date.


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Need background wedding music?

Wedding music isn’t just about the final party. If you're looking for background music to accompany your drinks reception or wedding meal, try our jazz bands, acoustic musicians or singers. Our steel pan bands are popular for outdoor receptions.

We can also provide wedding ceremony musicians such as harpists, string quartets or classical guitarists, for your bridal entrance, exit or the signing of the register.

If you've already hired a live band for your evening party, check whether they offer background music options. It'll save you the cost of booking a separate act. Read more about getting value from your wedding music band.

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