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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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  • 5-10
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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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  • 3
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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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Agent Smith

  • 4-6
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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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Downtown Underground

  • 6-7
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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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The Different Lights

  • 4
  • (104)

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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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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  • 3
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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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The Aviators

  • 3-4
  • (38)

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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  • 4-5
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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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  • 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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Night by Night

  • 4-6
  • (9)

Energetic and versatile, this 4-piece wedding and party band guarantees an unforgettable experience with a dynamic blend of old classics and current hits.

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The Alternatives

  • 4
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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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The Soul Stars

  • 5-12
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The Soul Stars bring the best of soul, Motown, and old-school R&B, with unmatched energy and huge vibes. Musicians in the band have featured on Jools Holland and on iconic stages alongside music legends.

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The Suit Ups

  • 5-6
  • (16)

Energetic and experienced five-piece covering pop, rock, soul, and Motown hits from the 60s to today to keep the dance floor packed all night long.

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  • 4
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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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The Retro Pops

  • 4-6
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The Retro Pops re-interpret classic pop songs from the 1970s to the 2020s in a variety of other genres, from jazz and blues to calypso. A fresh approach to the traditional party band format.

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The Flavours

  • 4-8
  • (5)

The Flavours energise any event with chart-topping hits, soulful classics, and good time vibes, offering acoustic sets, DJ services, and a personalised playlist to keep the party going!

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  • 3-4
  • (30)

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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The Sonics

  • 4
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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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The Heartbreakers

  • 4
  • (5)

Belting out classic and modern anthems from Summer of '69 to Mr Brightside as well as contemporary pop, these northern rockers know how to ignite a party vibe like no-one else, guaranteeing an unforgettable night of non-stop dancing.

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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