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Wedding bands for hire

Outstanding live wedding bands for hire, throughout the UK. Typically our bands will perform upbeat music from all eras, to fill your dancefloor and appeal to all

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from£2,350

Groove Capital

  • London
  • 7-9
  • (58)

Incredible new London-based function band, featuring some of the best performers in the capital – bound to get your guests dancing at corporate events and high-end weddings! DJ service, brass section and afternoon acoustic or jazz sets available.

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from£1,290

The Trebletones

  • Liverpool
  • 3-6
  • (43)

A Cheshire-based covers band who regularly play at weddings and events all over the UK and Europe with an eclectic repertoire spanning the last five decades.

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from£1,105

The Gladrags

  • Bristol
  • 4
  • (15)

Performing pop, rock and indie classics spanning from the 70s through to the present day, The Gladrags guarantee you'll never leave the dancefloor - right from the first chord!

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from£1,000

Penfold

  • London
  • 4-6
  • (125)

On-trend wedding party band, suitable for all events from classy wedding receptions to high-end corporate events. The band cover rock and pop music from Elvis and the Beatles through to The Killers and Sam Smith. DJ service, brass section and acoustic sets available.

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from£3,400

Lightspeed

  • Kent
  • 7
  • (24)

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£965

The Funky Struts

  • London
  • 4
  • (20)

An experienced, slick and professional 4-piece band who provide a full show band sound in a smaller neater package.

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from£1,365

The Highball Swingers

  • Liverpool
  • 5-7
  • (19)

Quirky vintage swing band with a fantastic female lead putting a retro take on modern songs like Get Lucky, Uptown Funk and Billie Jean. Additional musicians, acoustic jazz sets and laptop DJ service available.

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from£1,475

Manhattan

  • Leeds
  • 5-10
  • (49)

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£895

The Vendettas

  • Liverpool
  • 4-5
  • (51)

Lively female-fronted wedding function band with a huge repertoire of party classics and appearances at Glastonbury and Edinburgh festival to their name. Optional extras include sax or acoustic background sets for drinks or dinner. DJ service available.

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Solar

  • London
  • 8-21
  • (17)

Unbeatable soul, pop, R&B and funk show band who have performed worldwide for PepsiCo, Rolls Royce and Channel 4. Brass section, electric strings section and gospel singers also available.

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from£1,235

Shakedown

  • Brighton
  • 4-12
  • (59)

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£1,230

The Misfits

  • Cheshire
  • 5-8
  • (53)

Stylish corporate and wedding band, featuring female lead vocals and a large set list of pop, Motown, soul, jazz, jive and vintage rock'n'roll. Booking options include male vocalist, brass section, afternoon/dinner jazz sets and DJ service.

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from£985

Dangermouse

  • Northampton
  • 3
  • (32)

The finest party and wedding band performing rock, indie, R&B and chart music with charisma and energy! Hire the band’s DJ service for a seamless night of music.

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from£1,165

The Dip Dabs

  • Hertfordshire
  • 4-7
  • (44)

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£1,355

The Northern Lights

  • Lancashire
  • 5-6
  • (65)

Popular, energetic 5 or 6-piece wedding band featuring male vocals and first rate musicians. Afternoon acoustic jazz & swing sets and DJ service available.

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from£1,170

The Flavours

  • Manchester
  • 4-5
  • (26)

This rumbunctious bunch of likely lads are like no wedding band you've heard before! They blend acoustic and electric instruments for a fresh, quirky spin on your favourite tunes, from classic Motown to 90s hip hop and current pop. Video currently in production.

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from£750

The Crossfades

  • Bristol
  • 3-5
  • (57)

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£665

The Alternatives

  • Leeds
  • 4
  • (35)

With guitar-led energy and infectious renditions of all your favourite party hits, The Alternatives will always bring an electric atmosphere to your event.

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from£995

The In-Laws

  • Essex
  • 4
  • (97)

Super-talented and authentic rock and pop band, whose sensational live performances at corporate parties, birthdays and weddings have attracted the attention of EMI. The band are unique in that they come with their own dedicated, professional DJ.

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from£985

The Saints

  • Manchester
  • 5
  • (51)

Experienced rock, pop, dance and soul band with powerful male vocals and expandable to an 8-piece featuring female vocals, keyboards and brass. Jazz duo also available for mellow background music during receptions or dinners. Midweek discounts available.

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from£1,085

East River

  • Leeds
  • 4-10
  • (37)

Take your event the full distance and let East River carry you away with all your favourite tunes late into the night! Acoustic background sets also available.

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from£700

Boots n Bones

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (35)

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

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from£750

Happy Daze

  • London
  • 3-4
  • (77)

Hugely popular all-male party and wedding covers band playing feel-good sing-along classics with an emphasis on vintage rock and pop music. Fantastic value! Hire the band’s DJ service and afternoon acoustic sets for non-stop music through the day. Midweek discounts available.

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from£735

The Resets

  • Manchester
  • 3-5
  • (21)

Quirky and retro acoustic trio and band playing modern pop songs in a gypsy jazz style. Available as a quartet and quintet with stunning female vocalists and percussion.

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from£1,000

The Sonics

  • Liverpool
  • 4
  • (55)

Phenomenally popular North West wedding and function band, featuring outstanding male vocals, guitar synth and a large set list of danceable rock, soul, reggae and pop music, from The Beatles to The Weeknd. DJ service, trumpet, sax and female vocalist available.


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Wedding band booking guide

What kind of music do your wedding bands play?

Typically our wedding bands perform a broad range of up-tempo, mainstream rock, pop, soul and chart music from the 1950s to the present day.

You’ll hear music designed to keep everyone on the dancefloor and appeal to all ages. Our bands cover artists form The Beatles, Elvis, Queen, Prince and Oasis to Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Dua Lipa.

We're after something more unusual - can you offer alternative wedding bands?

Yes! We love it when people get creative with their wedding themes and music.

Check out our brass and drums bands for an increasingly popular and refreshing alternative to the classic function band.

It's also worth browsing our wedding soul bands, ceilidh bands and latin & world music bands. For even more offbeat wedding music ideas, see our alternative wedding bands section.

Can your wedding bands learn a special song for our first dance?

Most bands will be happy to learn and perform your first dance 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 could just play it through their PA system using Spotify or an mp3 player.

Do all your wedding bands bring their own sound and lighting equipment?

All our bands for weddings are fully self-contained with their own PA sound system, microphones, backline amplifiers and instruments. This works really well for most marquee or indoor weddings.

But let us know if you're expecting more than 250 guests, 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 the band's individual profile for more details and optional add-ons to enhance the show!

How can we keep the music going in the intervals between the band’s sets?

All our wedding bands provide mp3 music during the interval, and many 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 you also provide wedding musicians for our ceremony or drinks reception?

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.

If you're after wedding ceremony musicians for the bridal entrance, exit or the signing of the register, our harpists or string quartets are a popular choice to make those moments extra special.

How long will the band play for on the night?

Standard wedding 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.

How much space will the band need at the venue?

As a guide, it’s best to allow for 3m wide x 3m deep for a 3-piece band – then add an additional square metre for each extra band member.

A raised stage always helps a band make a bigger impact but isn’t essential – the performance space mainly just needs to be flat and dry!

If you’re unsure, check the "performance information|" section on the band’s page.

When can we expect our wedding band to arrive?

Presuming that they can easily access the performance space, most bands need 60-90 minutes to unload their equipment, get set up and soundcheck – so (depending on your schedule, of course!), you can expect bands performing in the evening to arrive around 5pm or 6pm.

As a general rule, acts playing in the afternoon are likely to arrive 45-90 minutes before the start of their performance and classical acts, steel pan bands or any act that doesn't use sound equipment usually take just 15-20 minutes to set up and soundcheck.

Feel free to ask about any specific timing requirements you may have, if you need the band to avoid disrupting particular parts of your celebrations.

Our venue has a sound limiter – is this easy to manage?

Most 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 advise.

If possible, sound limiters can be used to set levels in soundcheck but then turned off for the performance. Most limiters cut off the power to the band when the music or the crowd’s applause exceeds a certain volume, which can damage band equipment.

Is there any equipment that we need to provide for the band?

Just make sure that the band will have access to the power supply that they need. A minimum of two separate domestic plug sockets should be fine for the majority of 3-piece or 4-piece bands.

Ideally, the sockets should be either side of the performance area, but most acts will carry extension cables.

Is there anything else that we would need to sort out for the band?

Please make sure your band have the food and refreshments that they need on the night – bands performing in the evening will require a hot meal to keep their energy up!

Depending on the venue, some bands will also need reserved parking or a secure changing room so do check their profile for details.

Ok, we’ve found a wedding 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 and 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.

How can we save money on our wedding band?

  • Before you book more musicians for afternoon background music, check whether members of your wedding band can provide this – it'll save you additional costs, such as travel.
  • If you haven't yet set your wedding date, consider booking a midweek or winter wedding 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 wedding music bands based in most major towns and cities across the UK.

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