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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Paul Cattermole & The Stuff
from£2,950

Paul Cattermole & The Stuff

  • London
  • 6
  • (4)

Hire a genuine pop star for the night! Paul from S Club 7 heads an all-star professional band playing your favourite music, from classic rock and soul through to contemporary pop covers and a few S Club hits thrown in for good measure.

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from£1,355

Hancock

  • Bristol
  • 5
  • (7)

Energetic and exciting young band playing rocky covers of all your favourite indie, pop and rock songs! From Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon to David Bowie and The Beatles, there's something for everyone.

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from£470

The Caledonians

  • Fife
  • 2-4
  • (6)

Fun and lively ceilidh duo, whose unique line-up includes a mix of instruments, dances, and folk songs. A caller is included and a four piece line-up upgrade is also available.

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from£2,900

The New Sensations

  • London
  • 5-10
  • (15)

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.

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£1,045

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.

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from£1,535

The Rubies

  • South Wales
  • 4-8
  • (13)

Fun-loving party band who have worked alongside Jessie J and Tinie Tempah playing hits by legends from Tom Jones and Bon Jovi to Rihanna and Bruno Mars. Larger line-ups, acoustic duo and laptop DJ service also available.

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from£1,100

Renville

  • Bristol
  • 3
  • (4)

Energetic covers band playing the best pop, funk, soul and rock songs for weddings and parties. Their lively covers are guaranteed to have your guests up and dancing all night long!

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from£1,350

Night Moves

  • Swansea
  • 3
  • (15)

Led by an exceptional female vocalist, Night Moves will bring an eclectic set to your event with everything from Motown classics to modern day chart-toppers – floor-filling fun for all ages!

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from£1,045

Radio Frenzy

  • South Wales
  • 3
  • (8)

Energetic 3-piece band featuring male lead vocals, guitar, drums and backing tracks playing a carefully selected repertoire that spans the decades. Afternoon acoustic set available.

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from£615

Kojak

  • Southampton
  • 2
  • (11)

Young and vibrant guitar and vocal duo, playing big tunes across the decades with an emphasis on modern rock, pop and indie. Available in either acoustic (background) or electric (for wedding celebrations and parties) formats. DJ service also available. Low season and midweek discounts.

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from£415

The Clementines

  • Northamptonshire
  • 2
  • (10)

A quirky and entertaining acoustic/cajon duo featuring both male and female vocals – ideal as background music or upbeat party songs for dancing. Pro DJ service also available.

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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£430

Wildwood Folk Duo

  • Devon
  • 2-3
  • (17)

Engaging and authentic acoustic folk duo with both male and female vocals, playing popular songs by artists such as Coldplay, Jake Bugg and The Beatles, in their own inimitable style. The duo can perform unplugged and provide a DJ service where requested.

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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£1,095

The Diffusers

  • Cardiff
  • 4
  • (13)

A much sought-after act who pride themselves on the high calibre of their musicianship, playing a mixture of music fresh from the pop charts and classic hits.

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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£920

The Parma Violets

  • Cardiff
  • 4-6
  • (7)

One of our first-call Welsh bands: a fantastic 4-piece with male and female lead vocals playing classic rock & soul to contemporary pop & RnB. Optional DJ service and brass section.


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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 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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