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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£585

Skylight Duo

  • Sheffield
  • 2
  • (31)

Recreating a full band sound with their impactful, multi-instrumental talent, this duo are ready to get your party started! Their diverse songlist will surprise and delight you - and keep your guests dancing and singing along!

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from£650

Midnight Blue

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (60)

Experienced, versatile jazz trio, performing jazzy takes on pop music from The Beatles to Sam Smith as well as classic jazz. Suitable for mellow background music at weddings, corporate events and more! Also available with drums and vocals.

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from£920

The Files

  • London
  • 3-4
  • (31)

Seasoned male-fronted rock and pop wedding and party band covering a varied mix of songs, from 1960s Merseybeat to the latest chart-toppers. Book the band’s DJ service and acoustic sets for music throughout the day.

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from£980

Acceptable In The 80s

  • Liverpool
  • 4-5
  • (14)

A superb 80s tribute band with male vocals and featuring retro-synth sounds, capturing the spirit and dubious fashion sense of the 80s. A retro show that's second to none! Available with female vocals.

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from£1,350

The Soul Cats

  • London
  • 5
  • (12)

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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from£1,230

The Boogie Bugs

  • Liverpool
  • 6
  • (4)

Top wedding & party band with male and female vocals as well as sax! Acoustic sets and DJ service available.

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from£980

Supertonic

  • Cheshire
  • 4-7
  • (22)

Polished and versatile party and wedding band playing pop, soul, dance, electronic and R&B music. Additional musicians also available.

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from£785

Superted

  • Liverpool
  • 3-5
  • (37)

Experienced all-male wedding function band who have toured with Deacon Blue and The Sugababes. Expect danceable classics by artists such as Queen and The Killers! DJ service available.

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from£1,475

Soultone

  • Cheshire
  • 5
  • (17)

Funky soul & Motown band featuring stunning female vocals giving an authentic tribute to the greats of the genre! Additional musicians and laptop DJ service also available.

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from£770

The Black Jacks

  • Lancashire
  • 4
  • (25)

This lively covers band are as comfortable playing student events as they are wedding receptions, and draw on a varied repertoire of 60s-00s floor-fillers. DJ service available.

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from£670

The Beat Kings

  • Nottingham
  • 3
  • (17)

Experienced East Midlands wedding and party band with a massive playlist of rock, pop, reggae and soul, from Bob Marley to Bruno Mars. Afternoon acoustic sets and DJ service also available.

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from£885

Uptown

  • London
  • 5-9
  • (4)

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£395

80s Gold

  • Lancashire
  • 2
  • (1)

Plaid with passion and talent, this is a sound not to be missed as 80s Gold perform authentic floor fillers from across the greatest decade of pop, the 1980s.

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from£925

Parklife

  • London
  • 3
  • (30)

London-based wedding band specialising in the Britpop genre of the 90s covering bands such as Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Pulp, Supergrass, classic British acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, T-Rex and The Who as well as a vast repertoire of wedding and party classics.

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from£740

The Turnstyles

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (16)

A fun, energetic and professional 4-piece wedding and party band from the North West of England, covering a variety of rock, pop and Motown from the 50s to modern-day.

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from£1,045

Radio Club

  • Manchester
  • 4-6
  • (15)

One of Manchester’s finest function and party bands with a superb repertoire of classic and contemporary dance floor fillers. Available from a 4-piece to a 6-piece line-up.

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from£985

Kid Charlemagne

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (6)

With over 300 weddings under their belt and two wedding entertainment awards, these mates, brothers and band members specialise in authentic, festival style, live music.

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from£740

The Records

  • Liverpool
  • 3
  • (1)

An approachable, flexible band for any type of function with set lists carefully crafted to ensure the dance floor is packed all night with rock and pop to indie and swing.

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from£1,540

Totally Rad

  • Brighton
  • 5
  • (1)

Say yes to cheese, high energy & a totally rad repertoire! Totally Rad are an 80s tribute band like no other. Each member is wireless and will be in the crowd as much as they're on the stage.

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from£1,720

Backlight

  • London
  • 3
  • (6)

An international live band and lightshow act for public events, corporate events, weddings and parties armed with a venue-filling, fully synchronised lighting rig, standing hybrid drum kit, keytar/keyboard, and a dynamic female vocalist.

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from£585

The Kicks

  • Manchester
  • 3
  • (1)

An elegant, self-contained function band based in Greater Manchester that provides high quality entertainment for weddings, parties, corporate events and much more with a mix of modern and classic pop tunes from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Shawn Mendes and Kings of Leon.

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from£615

The Fade

  • Wigan
  • 3
  • (1)

A fully live, big-sounding 3-piece band playing only the best sing-a-long indie, rock and pop hits by artists such as The Killers, Oasis, The Beatles, The Jam and many more.

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from£1,970

The Recollections

  • Surrey
  • 7
  • (4)

Over 14 years experience in providing music at weddings and events and never failing to get people up on the dance floor. A seven-piece band playing classic soul, disco, Motown and pop tunes.

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from£1,220

Pretty Fly Guys

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (12)

Fun and friendly band fully armed with high energy party tunes and years of experience on the function and wedding circuit

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from£1,410

Spotlight

  • London
  • 5
  • (5)

A band with powerhouse vocals, high-level energy and great musicianship that perform a perfect mix of chart pop, Motown, disco, 90s dance and 00s R'n'B. Available from a 2-piece to 8-piece line-up.


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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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