Who Are The Best Wedding Bands in the UK?

If you're on the lookout for some exceptional live entertainment for your wedding day, then we've got an excellent range of wedding bands for you to consider.

But who are the best wedding bands in the UK?

Trawling through hundreds of function bands can sometimes be frustrating, and that's precisely why we've hand-picked the best of the bunch to make your life easy! - the following acts are our best wedding bands to hire in 2022!

At Bands For Hire, we're here to help you find the perfect wedding band for your event. Whether it be for your daytime drinks reception or evening wedding reception, we have the ultimate selection of wedding bands to hire in 2022!

To avoid disappointment, we usually recommend starting your search at least six months to a year in advance, especially if you're planning a summer wedding when demand for bands is extremely high.

Fear not, our roster is continuously growing across the UK, and we’re confident you'll find your perfect band right here!

Below is our list of the top wedding bands to hire for 2022, featuring a variety of unique and individual acts with heaps of experience...

Recommended Soul & Motown Band

If you're looking for a band with that ultimate feel-good mixture of classic Motown and contemporary R&B, then look no further than The Oliver Soul Band - our top-rated soul wedding band for 2022. From The Temptations and Marvin Gaye to Bobby Brown and Usher, The Oliver Soul Band bring energy, charisma and professionalism to every single event.

Recommended Indie Wedding Band

An indie band is the perfect choice to ensure everyone lets their hair down and heads out onto the dance floor. Our best indie band for 2022 is The Matchsticks; with a repertoire that covers everything from Stereophonics, Killers and Kings of Leon to The Strokes and the Foo Fighters, The Matchsticks are the perfect indie wedding band to get you dancing and singing all night long.

Best Wedding Band in the North West

Searching for the perfect band to play for your wedding up North? Then consider Tailor & Co, a tight-knit trio of super-talented musicians that bring fun, energy and experience to the party. The band perform a range of music from soul to pop at venues all across the UK. Looking for more bands in the North West? Check out our function bands in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Yorkshire.

Recommended High-end Band

Are you planning a big-budget wedding? Our high-end party band recommendation for 2022 would have to be The Royals - a 'next level' wedding band bringing you the very best of RnB, Soul and Hip Hop. When it comes to exclusive wedding bands, The Royals are simply taking the events industry by storm.

We have a variety of high-end party bands to choose from, why not check them out and decide which one is your favourite?

Recommended Jazz Band

Our Jazz band recommendation for 2022 is Artisan Jazz; an instrumental jazz trio offering the ultimate Gypsy Jazz experience. With a sound that sits perfectly in any afternoon wedding setting, these highly accomplished musicians are certain to entertain as your guests socialise and sip champagne in the afternoon sunshine.

Recommended Swing Band

Our Swing band recommendation for 2022 is Big Blue Moon; performing a number of modern and classic hits in their unmistakable swing style! Enjoy their post-modern take on hits such as Billie Jean & Get Lucky to name a few. A fantastic choice to compliment those of you who are planning a vintage wedding or Great Gatsby themed event.

Best Affordable Wedding Band

Our best affordable band for 2022 is Pop Club, a high-quality group of musicians performing classics from the last 50 years, from Prince, Michael Jackson and ABBA to Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Lizzo and The Killers. We realise that budgets are a big factor when planning and organising events, which is why we strive to bring you the best quality bands at the very best prices.

Recommended Acoustic Duo

Our recommended Acoustic Duo for 2022 is Sonorous, a lively and enigmatic acoustic duo with captivating vocals and sublime guitar. With a unique approach to modern-day hits, Sonorous strip it down to the bare bones with their unforgettable style. Sonorous is composed of two professional musicians with a vibrant and unforgettable repertoire!

Recommended Solo Wedding Musician

Our Soloist recommendation for 2022 is Anthony; specialising in carefully crafted piano arrangements of the great classic indie, pop and rock songs through the ages. Anthony has a wealth of experience in performing, writing and arranging. The perfect accompaniment for background music.

Recommended World Music Band

Our recommended world music act for 2022 is Son Cubano - an incredible group of musicians with a truly authentic Afro Cuban sound that will bring your evening wedding party to life. With a range of line-ups on offer, Son Cubano are able to offer a bespoke quote to suit your venue and budget.

Best Modern Wedding Band

Our recommended modern & contemporary band for 2022 is  The New Tones - a fresh and vibrant wedding band with effortless style and on-stage charisma. The band is made up of four highly accomplished musicians who earned their stripes at the well known Academy of Contemporary Music in Surrey and have gone on to perform at hundreds of weddings and corporate events. With a wealth of experience performing at all types of events across the UK, this band are certain to get your guests dancing all night long.

Recommended Vintage Band

Our recommended vintage band for 2022 is Postmodern Jukes; a glamorous and stylish act that deliver a charming and elegant performance perfect for Great Gatsby themed parties. A spectacular band to blow the socks off of your wedding guests or headline any event! It doesn't get more vintage than this sensational prohibition styled swing and jazz band.

Recommended Wedding String Quartet

Our recommended string quartet for 2022 is Oceano Strings; an acoustic string quartet with captivating arrangements of modern and classical pieces. Their diverse repertoire is perfectly suited for wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions and wedding breakfasts.

Top Wedding Band To Watch

Our band to watch in 2022 is Halos, a young and exciting 4-piece band with a vibrant repertoire of soul & classics and modern-day hits. Their soulful sound and smooth style is simply irresistible, these four incredibly talented musicians will get everyone on their feet and are definitely worth keeping an eye on next year!

Recommended 80s Wedding Band

Jump back into one of the most iconic eras for music with our recommended 80s wedding band of the year, Miami Wave! Delivering a highly charged 80s experience, coupled with an incredible light show, glow sticks and fun props to play with, is all part of the experience offered. In need of some inspiration for your 80s themed party? Check out our article ’18 Totally Bodacious Ideas For Your 80s Theme Party’ to get the ball rolling!

Recommended Wedding Duo

All the fun and high energy as a regular wedding band, but half the size! The Passengers are our recommended party duo of the year, with an eclectic repertoire that ranges from Madonna, ABBA and Blondie to Miley Cyrus, Amy Winehouse and Clean Bandit. Just because the venue you’re hiring isn’t large enough to accommodate an entire wedding band doesn’t mean you and your guests can’t throw a lively party and dance the night away, which is why a party duo is a perfect solution!

Recommended Roaming Band

Roaming entertainment is all the rage at weddings; creating a special moment or memory with each of your guests is priceless! Our recommended roaming band this year is JJ & The Beatniks, purely for their incredible four-part harmonies and diversity of songs/medleys they cover - whether you’re into the 80s, 90s, grunge, dance, garage.. the list goes on and on!

Best R&B Wedding Band

Our recommended R&B band this year is Just Dance, and, looking at their video above, it’s a no brainer as to why we chose them! Though their R&B covers are impressive, this is not all they’ve mastered, as they also cover many classic hits that’ll guarantee a memorable wedding night and plenty of dancing! Don’t forget to check out our article on ‘The Top Wedding Trends You’ll See In 2022’ for some top tips and ideas!

Best Folk Wedding Band

Mumford & Sons made this genre popular again with their debut album ‘Sigh No More’, and, since then, many bands have covered their songs and style of music. The Riptides are our recommended folk wedding band because they not only offer folk-style wedding sets but also have a diverse repertoire covering many genres, providing you with the best of both worlds!

Recommended Festival Band

Festival weddings have become all the rage, set outside during the summer months with haystacks, fairy lights and tipis; it’s the perfect backdrop for a great evening! With this in mind, our recommended festival wedding band would be The Squires! A tight-knit group with fantastic harmonies, their fun set-up and folk/festival vibe is perfect for festival-goers of all ages to enjoy. Why not read our article ‘How to Plan a Festival Wedding That Rocks’ for further inspiration.

Best Wedding Band Under £2000

Are you looking to push the boat out a little? Loosen those purse strings? If you’re wondering where to splash the extra cash, then we’d always advise you to go big on the entertainment, which is why our recommended wedding band under £2000 is The Fix. This high octane powerhouse of a band is visually stunning with an epic sound to match! The Fix are regulars at festivals and tours worldwide, so you know you’re in safe hands if you want to blow your guests out of the water!

Recommended Mariachi Band

You needn’t have hailed from the land of spices, tequila and some of the best beaches in the world to enjoy Mexico’s vibrant music! With this in mind, our recommended Mariachi wedding band is Mariachi Kings! Why not add some heat to your wedding and spice up the party, a sure fired way to get guests smiling, having fun and enjoying the festivities of the day. For further information, read our article on ‘The Complete Mariachi Band Booking Guide for 2022: Tips, Costs and FAQs’.

Recommended Caribbean Steel Band

If you’re after some sunshine for your wedding day, then our recommended Caribbean steel wedding band, The Tropical Steel Sunshine Band, would be your best bet. The distinctive sound of their steel pans immediately brings tropical beaches, island breezes, and good vibes to mind.

Recommended German Oomparty Band

Raise your steins, cover your bratwurst in sauerkraut and join a bench for some singing, swaying and beer-swigging! Oktoberfest is the largest Volksfest in Germany, and these festivals have become popular across the world, regardless of the time of year! The signature sound to these festivals is the Oompah bands, so our recommended German Oompah wedding band is The Oomparty Band!

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