Live Wedding Bands For Hire

Live Wedding Bands For Hire

We offer a wide range of wedding bands for hire including indie rock bands, modern pop bands, 50s wedding bands80s wedding bands and much, much more. We understand that your wedding day is the biggest day of your life and the entertainment for the evening will play a big part in this. We offer a professional service to make sure you get the right band for you, whether that's a 4-piece rock band, Motown tribute band or a quiet acoustic trio in the corner.

Hire a wedding band

All of the live wedding bands you see on our website have been selected because they meet our very strict guidelines on what makes a great band for a wedding. A high quality act that not only puts on a great live show, but also takes extra care to make sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish. Turning up on time, setting up professionally, being courteous and polite to guests and venue staff; these are all important factors to take into consideration.

If you're looking to hire a UK wedding band, just take a listen to our bands below and click the bands image to view their full profile. From here you can watch videos, see the full repertoire, download mp3's, view the gallery and make an enquiry to get out an exact price. We always aim to get back to you the same working day whenever possible.

Learning the First Dance

If you've got a special song in mind that you'd like for your first dance, most of our bands will be more than happy to learn the song free of charge.

Wedding Band / DJ Package

All of our bands offer free iPod music between sets free of charge, however it's always a nice touch to add a DJ between sets and after the band, especially if you've booked the venue until the early hours. We have a number of bands that offer their own DJ package. Not only does this work out cheaper for you, it also means that the band and DJ are able to share equipment and save precious venue space.

We also work with a huge database of Bands For hire wedding DJs around the UK so if it's package deal you're after, please mention this when making your enquiry.

Wedding Bands in the South of England

All of our wedding bands are based in the following areas: Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Greater London, Hampshire, Kent, SurreyOxfordshire and West Sussex.

Our wedding bands in the UK are also more than happy to travel although this may increase the price depending on distance. These areas include, HertfordshireNorfolk and Suffolk. Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northants, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, and the West Midlands.

  • Sound City
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    Sound City
    From £995
    A dynamic and lively trio who bring an abundance of talent, charm and charisma to each and every event. Having studied at the acclaimed British Academy of New Music,...
  • Soho Soul
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    Soho Soul
    From £1195
    An upbeat soul band from London who bring an abundance of style and charisma to the stage! Having studied in numerous music colleges in the capital such as BIMM London...
  • The New Tones
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    The New Tones
    From £1395
    The New Tones are a young and vibrant function band who offer a lively repertoire, enthusiastic performance and up beat style to kick start your event. The New Tones...
  • The Tricks
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    The Tricks
    From £1545
    Introducing The Tricks - London’s most prestigious function band, available to book for weddings, corporate functions, business awards ceremonies and more....
  • The Fiction
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    The Fiction
    From £1295
    The Fiction are a fun and entertaining function band performing popular songs from the past five decades. This talented and enthusiastic 4-piece function band offer a...
  • Tailor & Co
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    Tailor & Co
    From £995
    Keeping the rhythm and soul flowing are Tailor & Co; a North West trio bringing together the very best of soul, rock 'n' roll and contemporary chart hits. With a...
  • Electric Soul Club
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    Electric Soul Club
    From £1295
    Electric Soul Club are a gifted young 5-piece function band performing a range of music from old soul classics to contemporary pop. With all five members highly...
  • The Altitudes
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    The Altitudes
    From £1250
    The Altitudes deliver the very best in pop, club, rock and soul for an evening jam-packed full of party anthems. An experienced line-up featuring four of London's...
  • Life In Stereo
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    Life In Stereo
    From £1495
    Life In Stereo are one of the UK's leading cover bands, made up of four world class session musicians - together they produce a sound you'll find difficult to match....
  • The Oliver Soul Band
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    The Oliver Soul Band
    From £2225 + VAT
    With an abundance of charisma, on-stage charm and talent, The Oliver Soul Band have got the goods to take your event to the next level. The Oliver Soul Band offer a...
  • The Mesh Band
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    The Mesh Band
    From £1250
    The mesh band are an experienced 4-piece wedding and function band performing a variety of music from 50s rock 'n' roll to Motown, indie rock and up-to-date pop. With...
  • The Lost Keys
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    The Lost Keys
    From £1095
    This all-rocking indie quartet is guaranteed to set your party off with a bang! Smart haircuts, smart shirts and even smarter tunes are what await your guests when you...
  • The Relays
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    The Relays
    From £1750
    With a penchant for creating an electrifying live performance, The Relays offer non-stop party anthems all night long! With a casually cool yet professional on-stage...
  • The Jets
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    The Jets
    From £1395
    The Jets are an explosive young function band performing hits from every decade. From old rock 'n' roll classics from the 50's and 60's to indie, Britpop and the...
  • Atlantica
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    Atlantica
    From £2785 + VAT
    Meet Atlantica, an energetic and entertaining party band bringing you the absolute best from the past six decades. Atlantica are an exceptionally talented group of...
  • The Matchsticks
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    The Matchsticks
    From £995
    A high-octane indie-rock party band that offer a diverse selection of songs powered by electric vocals! This young and energetic band cover everything from the The...
  • Stylus
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    Stylus
    From £1145
    When it comes to event entertainment, Stylus are the elite. This function band comprises some of the UK’s most in-demand rock and pop session musicians; each at the...
  • The Breakaways
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    The Breakaways
    From £1055
    Bring out the anthems with this rockin' indie trio - combining new and old, The Breakaways are the perfect band for any occasion. The Breakaways are a high-energy...

Wedding Band Booking Guide

When does a wedding band arrive and set up?

Wedding bands generally quote to arrive early evening at around 5:30pm/6pm to set up just after the wedding breakfast and speeches have finished. If the band are performing in the same room as the meal, the venue staff will need to turn the room around and this is when the band will load in.

If you need the band to arrive before the meal due to space or time constraints, most bands are happy to do this and will quote extra for their time.

How long does a wedding band take to set up?

Most wedding bands take about an hour to set up, however, some function bands can take 90 minutes or longer depending on the size of their set up.

How much does a live wedding band cost?

As you start your search for wedding bands in the UK, you’ll find that prices for bands can vary. As a guide you might find prices for a high quality band start from £300-£350 per musician, but this is purely a starting point. Fees vary depending on location, band style, time of the year and the band’s experience. Find out more on our blog: What Affects The Price of a Wedding Band.

How long does a wedding band play for?

In England and Wales wedding bands tend to offer a package that includes 2 hours of live music split into either 3 x 40 or 2 x 60 minute sets.

The band will also include DJ playlists or iPod music throughout the evening so that there’s no need to book a separate DJ. Many bands do also offer ‘laptop DJ sets’ which consists of one member of the band looking after the music, taking song requests and generally ensuring they’re present throughout the evening.

How long is the band’s break?

Most cover bands will require at least 15 minutes break between sets but this can be longer to suit your schedule. For example, you might like to spread their sets out or leave a longer gap for the evening buffet.

Who are the best wedding bands in the UK?

At Bands For Hire we’ve spent the last 10 years putting together a roster of the best wedding bands across the UK. When booking a band through Bands For Hire you can be confident that they’ve passed our strict criteria and are of an exceptionally high standard.

Will the band learn our first dance song?

Most wedding bands will be happy to learn your first dance as long as it’s a song that works with their line-up and style. It’s worth noting that some bands charge a small fee to cover their rehearsal time so always mention this prior to booking.

Don't forget to check out our list of first dance songs to get you some ideas!

What equipment will the band provide?

Most party bands come fully self-contained with everything they require. Depending on the size of the band this usually includes full PA system (speakers, mixing desk and power amps), backline (guitar amps), lighting and instruments. Unless specified in the band’s quote, you won’t be required to provide any equipment.

How do I book a wedding band?

Once you’ve found a band you like, either fill in the contact form on their profile page or add them to your enquiry list. Once you’ve created a list of 3-10 bands you can enquire about all of your bands in one go here.

If you’re happy with your quote and are looking to book a band, we’ll just need you to send over your full name and address along with confirmation of the wedding venue. At that point we’ll email you an online contract and invoice for a small deposit of approximately 20%. This can be paid by card, bank transfer or cheque.

Where can I find out further information?