Wedding bands for hire

Hire an outstanding live wedding band anywhere in the UK. Typically our bands will perform uptempo, mainstream music through the decades, to fill your dancefloor and appeal to all ages

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The McCeilidhs
from£975

The McCeilidhs

  • Glasgow
  • 3
  • (10)

Fresh and dynamic Irish and Scottish ceilidh band with tons of experience playing at weddings, parties and celebrations. The band can call the dances if required and will have you whirling around the dancefloor all night!

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from£2,900

The New Sensations

  • London
  • 5-10
  • (5)

Deluxe wedding and corporate function band including male and female vocals specialising in pop, R&B, hip hop, drum'n'bass, garage, funk, motown, soul and dance. Dinner sets and additional musicians available.

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from£1,355

Wildcat

  • Shropshire
  • 5-8
  • (25)

Wildcat are a high-energy party band whose infectious performance promises to bring an extra dimension to any celebration! Additional musicians and DJ laptop service available.

The Gleneagles Ceilidh Band
from£885

The Gleneagles Ceilidh Band

  • Stirlingshire
  • 4
  • (2)

Nationally cherished Scottish ceilidh band who have featured on BBC's Monarch of the Glen and STV's Heartless! Additional ceilidh horn section, caller and DJ services are all available.

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from£1,290

Poptronix

  • Surrey
  • 5-9
  • (7)

Vibrant pop band with female and male lead vocals with a long list of satisfied clients! Additional musicians and afternoon jazz/easy listening entertainment available. DJ service available.

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from£735

Revolution

  • Newcastle
  • 3
  • (8)

Fun, energetic 3-piece band providing top tunes to top people at weddings, functions and parties throughout the North East.

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from£1,045

The Soul Girls

  • London
  • 4-8
  • (5)

Fantastic all-female soul, Motown and pop band with a wide-ranging repertoire, who have performed with artists as diverse as Lady Gaga, The Noisettes, Corinne Bailey Rae and Fatboy Slim! DJ service also available.

The Dynamites
from£1,230

The Dynamites

  • Manchester
  • 6
  • (7)

An explosive young function band made up of the highest quality musicians playing classic songs and anthems from Stevie Wonder to Madness!

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from£795

Gatsby

  • Manchester
  • 4-5
  • (5)

Superb 4-piece wedding band featuring female vocals, male backing vocals and fantastic musicianship. Extra musicians, low key afternoon music and DJ service available.

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from£2,900

Keri & The Heartbreakers

  • London
  • 8
  • (3)

Quirky and exciting party band featuring female vocals and 3 brass players. With an unusual repertoire of classic funk and soul mixed with disco and modern mainstream hits, this band stand out from the crowd! Afternoon entertainment also available.

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from£1,230

The Red Hot Hearts

  • West Yorkshire
  • 5-7
  • (1)

Energetic party band with a rich variety of material from rock'n'roll and swing to soul & disco, rock & pop and ska! Sax and trumpet player also available.

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from£1,220

Sky Hunters

  • London
  • 4
  • (5)

Young, vibrant rock and pop covers band with male and female vocalists performing upbeat, mainstream tracks from the 50s through to the present day, guaranteed to fill your dancefloor!

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from£1,425

The Stings

  • South Yorkshire
  • 4
  • (4)

Fantastic wedding and function band comprised of some of the UK's very best musicians, who have performed individually with The Temptations, Percy Sledge, Ben E King and Aerosmith.

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from£1,445

Nightboat To Skaville

  • West Yorkshire
  • 6-7
  • (9)

Lively and entertaining professional ska band with an authentic look to match their energy & charisma! Additional trumpet player also available.

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from£1,845

Streetlife

  • North Yorkshire
  • 6
  • (4)

Six funky cats with a passion for 60's soul, 70's disco, 80's electro- funk and everything in between.

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from£670

Motown Mania

  • London
  • 3-9
  • (5)

Get ready to clap your hands and move your feet, to the sounds of Motown soul so sweet! Motown Mania are a lively, top-quality Motown and soul group perfect for your event, be it a wedding, corporate do or party.

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from£750

Supremely Yours

  • Lincolnshire
  • 3-7
  • (2)

With stunning costumes and equally impressive performances, Supremely Yours deliver a stellar selection of Motown hits by artists such as The Supremes, Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.


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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 don't like pop music – do you have more 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 0845 643 2160 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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