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York bands for hire

Our York bands for hire perform the very best rock, pop, soul and Motown, across the city and the surrounding areas. Choose your favourite genre and get ready to dance through the decades.

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Manhattan

  • 5-10
  • (75)

Dynamic Motown, pop and soul band with stunning female and male lead vocals, impressive industry credentials and a playlist of soulful floor-fillers by artists such as Marvin Gaye, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.

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from£960

Skylight

  • 3
  • (83)

Powerful party and wedding band, ready to get your party rocking! The band have a diverse songlist which will surprise, delight and keep your guests dancing and singing along.

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from£1,180

Agent Smith

  • 4-6
  • (250)

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.

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from£1,995

Downtown Underground

  • 6-7
  • (114)

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.

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from£1,325

Century

  • 4-5
  • (55)

With joint female and male lead vocals and a backing band of unrivalled funkmeisters, Century put on a fun, rip-roaring show that your guests will never forget.

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from£1,120

The Different Lights

  • 4
  • (102)

Outstanding wedding band playing chart, indie, rock anthems and Britpop and featuring guitars, keyboards and vocal harmonies for a big, versatile sound!

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from£880

The Aviators

  • 3-4
  • (25)

With a repertoire spanning six decades, this dynamic party band sings everything from Fleetwood Mac to Daft Punk, promising a hassle-free, all-inclusive celebration with top-notch PA and lighting.

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from£1,130

The Vendettas

  • 4-5
  • (65)

Exciting female-fronted wedding band playing the biggest party hits, from modern pop, 80s and 90s, disco/funk to rock, Motown and soul. The band have performed at Glastonbury and Edinburgh festival.

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from£995

The Alternatives

  • 4
  • (47)

Guitar-led wedding and party band playing infectious renditions of all your favourite party hits, The Alternatives will have you singing along until closing time!

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from£1,160

Mastersound

  • 4-7
  • (74)

Danceable, piano-led pop and soul from the West Midlands, with both female and male lead vocals and a song list of danceable rock, soul and pop anthems from Chuck Berry to Adele.

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from£995

Hudson

  • 3
  • (156)

One of our leading wedding bands in the North West, Hudson are a powerful trio playing everything from uptempo 50s rock'n'roll to last week's number 1.

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from£1,270

The Sonics

  • 4
  • (67)

Phenomenally popular party & wedding band in the North West, 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.

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Gallery

  • 4
  • (49)

Fresh-faced, high-energy 4-piece band featuring both male and female vocals and playing all of the nation's favourite dance floor fillers – from The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Blondie to George Michael, Dua Lipa, and The Arctic Monkeys.

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from£1,900

The Monophonics

  • 5-7
  • (20)

With outstanding male and female vocalists, The Monophonics seamlessly blend artists as varied as Stevie Wonder, The Killers, Lizzo and Queen.

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RAW Brass

  • 5
  • (18)

Flipping the script on traditional tunes, these dynamic brass wizards serve up everything from The Beatles to Beyonce.

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from£1,475

The Mayfields

  • 5
  • (27)

The Mayfields dive deep into the heart and soul of music, blending timeless Motown classics with the sassy beats of today's R&B and pop anthems.

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Dr Funtimes

  • 6
  • (42)

Dr Funtimes mix the perfect amount of on-stage silliness with the highest levels of talent and professionalism! Expect party anthems from artists as diverse Michael Jackson, The Proclaimers, Kool & The Gang and The Weekend.

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Superted

  • 3-4
  • (18)

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£1,350

Brooklyn Brass

  • 7
  • (22)

With a broad repertoire spanning brass classics and covers of contemporary pop hits, expect the likes of Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and The Jackson 5 all recreated in a bold brass sound!

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The Northern Lights

  • 5-6
  • (77)

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


Guide to booking party bands in York

What styles of music do your York party bands play?

Our York party bands aim to cover a broad range of popular music genres, including Motown, rock and indie. This ensures that all guest’s musical tastes are covered and the dancefloor is never empty!

Do your York bands come with everything they need for the performance?

All our party bands provide everything they need to get your party started including amplifiers, mics, instruments, and a PA system.

Most bands will bring along stage and dancefloor lighting but check each band’s profile to find out exactly what they offer.

What do I get for the fee?

Typically our quote will include 2 x 60 minute sets (this can also be split into 3 x 40 minute sets) with one or two short breaks in between sets, during which the band will put on a playlist, to ensure you’re never in silence. Quotes also include an arrival from 5pm or 6pm to set up their equipment and do a quick sound-check, and all relevant certificates for your venue (eg. PLI and PAT).

We’re booking a wedding party band in York. Can they learn our first dance?

Mostly of the time, yes. Our bands will always do everything they can to accommodate special requests such as first dance songs. Just ask us and we’ll run it past the band.

Can you also provide background musicians in York?

All bands listed on this page are intended for evening events where after-dinner dancing is a must. But we also have a range of acts suitable for afternoon receptions, cocktail parties and dinners, such as jazz bands, acoustic acts and steel bands.

Where in the York area have your bands performed?

York and the surrounding areas, with ruggedly romantic moors and imposing historic manors, make for an incredible wedding backdrop.

Our bands have played throughout York and Yorkshire including in Hull, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Halifax, Batley, Dewsbury, Keighley, Castleford, Brighouse, Pudsey, Morley, Pontefract, Shipley, Bingley, Holmfirth, Normanton, Ossett, Yeadon, Rothwell.

Premier York venues include Thicket Priory, The Guildhall, The Grand, Aldby Park, Malmaison York and Hornington Manor.

Why should we hire a local York band?

Booking a local York band can reduce travel costs significantly (musicians not only charge for fuel, but the time they spend travelling as well). You’ll also save on expensive hotel costs, as most bands booked for evening events will request accommodation if travelling for more than 2 and a half hours to your venue each way.

My venue has noise restrictions. Is this a problem?

More and more venues are installing sound limiters, which are designed to trip the power to the band when a certain threshold (in decibels) is breached. Thresholds set to 92dB or under are likely to cause problems for most bands.

Let us know if this is the case so we can suggest more suitable acts, such as bands using electric drums, or acoustic bands.

Why book a York party band from Function Central?

Our bands have performed at festivals, birthday parties, corporate events and more, so they know exactly how to keep guests entertained all night long.

At Function Central we only work with acts that meet our strict standards for professionalism, reliability, punctuality, and courtesy.

In addition, we offer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week right up until your event date.

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