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If there's one we specialise in here at Alive Network it's booking amazing live wedding reception bands! We've plenty of wedding entertainment ideas to get you started and to ensure everyone lets there hair down and celebrates your big day in style.

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Live music should be top of your list

When it comes to throwing a great wedding party there's nothing as exiting, interactive or enjoyable as a live music. A great live band will turn your wedding into the best wedding you or your guests have ever been to!
Rock and Pop bands for your wedding party

  • Happy Hour Live band for a Wedding Happy Hour 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Kent
    from £1394 + for your wedding party

    Wedding Industry Awards finalists 2014, Happy Hour pride themselves on being a fun & entertaining live act. Their repertoire spans rock n roll to modern pop-punk, from Chuck Berry & The Buzzcocks to Bruno Mars, Olly Murs & Blink-182. Past clients include: Trip Adviser, Santander, ITV, Nationwide, Waitrose & Microsoft. Over 226 positive customer reviews

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  • Hipster Live band for a Wedding Hipster 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Shropshire
    From £1436 + for your wedding party

    Hipster's repertoire contains classic & vintage artists; The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac & The Rolling Stones, plus modern indie & pop from Kings of Leon, The Killers & Pharrell. Over 1000 wedding & corporate bookings including; M&S, Wella, RBS, Lloyds, NSPCC, Oxford Uni Press & Claire's Accessories. Over 280 positive customer reviews!

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  • The Hot Shots Live band for a Wedding The Hot Shots 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Essex
    From £1388 + for your wedding party

    Wedding Industry Award winners 2015, The Hot Shots, are a modern rock & pop party band. Their repertoire features Drake, Avicii & Maroon 5 as well as rock & indie by Foo Fighters, QOTSA & Kings Of Leon. Members have played at V Festival, BugJam, London Astoria & the O2 arena. Previous clients: Britvic, Surepass, Checkatrade. Over 120+ positive reviews.

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  • Live Wires Live band for a Wedding Live Wires 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Staffordshire
    From £1414 + for your wedding party

    Live Wires have a varied repertoire, performing tracks by everyone from The Beatles to Biffy Clyro. Members have experience performing infront of 15,000+, live prime time TV and radio performances, with a guitarist signed to EMI. Previous clients include: Pepsi Co, Ocado, Argos, Stoke City FC & Santander. Over 150+ customer reviews!

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  • The Kicks Live band for a Wedding The Kicks 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Hertfordshire
    From £1285 + for your wedding party

    Top selling rock & pop band 2014, The Kicks have a modern-indie focused repertoire; Pulp to Bastille, with vintage rock & pop included. Previous clients include: BBC, O2, ITV, Ben Sherman and Procter & Gamble. Over 125 positive customer reviews!

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  • Munch Live band for a Wedding Munch 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Cheshire
    From £1195 + for your wedding party

    Munch play a wide variety of party music, drawing influence from The Beatles as well as Oasis & Paolo Nutini. Members of the band have performed with Oasis, Echo & The Bunnymen, Del Amitri & more! Previous clients include: BMW, Tesco, NHS, & HRH Princess Margret. 200+ positive reviews! Acoustic line ups available.

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  • The Rips Live band for a Wedding The Rips 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in North Yorkshire
    From £1259 + for your wedding party

    If you’re looking for a cool, edgy and exceptionally talented rock and pop band, with huge harmony vocals, then look no further! The Rips guarantee to get your party rocking with covers from The Stones to Kings Of Leon and even Lady Gaga!

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  • The Northern Monkeys Live band for a Wedding The Northern Monkeys 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in North Yorkshire
    From £1121 + for your wedding party

    The Northern Monkeys are a young and vibrant all-male 4 piece band with a great setlist to cover the tastes of many generations. Performing classics from The Beatles to Modern legends The Arctic Monkeys, they can entertain the crowds anywhere they go!

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  • The Dukes Live band for a Wedding The Dukes 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Buckinghamshire
    From £1285 + for your wedding party

    The Dukes offer an eclectic repertoire of rock & pop for discerning music lovers with songs from artists as diverse as Simon & Garfunkel, Dire Straits & The Police, to RHCP, Jesse J & even House Of Pain! Previous clients include: Ralph Lauren, Cineworld, Idox Group, Fuller's Brewery, Catlin Group, dB Broadcast & RAF. Over 110 positive customer reviews

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  • The Sparks Live band for a Wedding The Sparks 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Dorset
    From £707 + for your wedding party

    The Sparks are a professional and energetic Rock & Pop Party band! Exerperienced professional musicians with a big sound, The Sparks cover the very best music from the 1950's to Modern day! Expect hits from The Beatles, Elvis, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Journey, Gun's N Roses, and many more dance floor fillers!

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  • The Supertones Live band for a Wedding The Supertones 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Surrey
    From £1134 + for your wedding party

    The Supertones are a fantastic four piece rock and pop covers band, specialising in contemporary classics. With a stunning live show, performing everything from The Kinks to The Killers, The Supertones are sure to rock your function!

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  • Breakthrough Live band for a Wedding Breakthrough 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Brighton
    From £1350 + for your wedding party

    Covering music from The Beatles, Jessie J, The Stones, Kings Of Leon, Amy Winehouse & more, Breakthrough are young, charismatic, highly professional & guaranteed to get your audience on the dance floor!

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  • The Modern Way Live band for a Wedding The Modern Way 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Brighton
    From £1510 + for your wedding party

    The Modern Way are a 5 piece guitar band with keyboards. Their repertoire spans classic guitar indie rock bands such as; The Beatles, Blur, Kings Of Leon & The Killers to modern pop by Bruno Mars, Rudimental, Daft Punk and Avicii. Graduates of BIMM, their experiences include performing on Later with Jools Holland, UK & European tours. Previous clients include Trip Advisor and Peugot.

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  • Teenage Kicks Live band for a Wedding Teenage Kicks 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in East Sussex
    From £957 + for your wedding party

    Teenage Kicks: an Indie Rock orientated cover band who capture the sounds of The Clash, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys & more brilliantly! Members have performed at SXSW, Warped Tour, Fuji Rock Festival & Coachella. Previous clients include: Domino's Pizza, ESS Safeforce, Retail Solutions Inc & D&L London. Over 110+ positive reviews. Acoustic options available.

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  • The Jukeboxes Live band for a Wedding The Jukeboxes 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in London
    From £1289 + for your wedding party

    Talented 4 piece band covering an extensive mixture of Rock & Pop favourites from the classics Beatles to the latest Kings of Leon. With amazing male vocals plus outstanding musicianship, The Jukeboxes are the ideal party band!

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  • The Child Live band for a Wedding The Child 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in London
    From £1304 + for your wedding party

    Multi-talented musicians, The Child have a decade of experience playing all over the world, performing classics from U2 to Killers, The Stones to Prince, James Brown to Oasis! Also available as a trio, they're the ideal party band.

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  • Brightlights Live band for a Wedding Brightlights 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Hampshire
    From £1573 + for your wedding party

    Brightlights are a stylish & vibrant party covers band with a wide repertoire of music from the likes of Bruno Mars, The Beatles, Swedish House Mafia & Kings of Leon.

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  • BackBeat Live band for a Wedding BackBeat 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Yorkshire
    From £1028 + for your wedding party

    An electric group of 5 young, cool, professional musicians. Their ever expanding repertoire covers a huge range. From Soul, Funk, Motown & Disco to Rock & Pop, all your favorite party classics & latest modern day hits guarantee to get the party started!

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  • Excite Live band for a Wedding Excite 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Kent
    From £2040 + for your wedding party

    A fantastic 6-10 piece pop function band. Featuring outstanding vocalists you'll struggle to find better! World class musicians Excite play rock & pop classics from an extensive repertoire complete with top equipment & a sound engineer!

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  • Live Lounge Live band for a Wedding Live Lounge 
    Rock and Pop Bands
    Based in Hampshire
    From £1452+ for your wedding party

    Live Lounge bring you the best BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performances live to your event. They are five world class musicians whose career has already seen them work with the likes of Jessie J, Chase & Status, Mel B, Boy George, Liam Bailey and many more.

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Band for a wedding: choosing a live wedding band

By far the most popular type of live band for a wedding is a rock and pop wedding band. These bands play a wide mix of music which will be suitable for all age groups and which is designed to get people dancing. They will cover all the well known hits from 60s through to current chart acts, including music from bands like The Beatles, The Stones, Van Morrison, The Killers, Robbie Williams, Kings of Leon, The Jam, Oasis, Blur, Elvis etc.

It's important to book a band through a reputable music agency like Alive Network to ensure your booking is safely covered in case of an emergency.

Highly recommended live bands and live entertainment

"The comments we have had from our guests have been pouring in. Everyone has said it's the best wedding they have ever been to (so of course we are basking in the glory of that!) But most of the accolades have been for the band. Thank you so much."

"The band were absolutely amazing, they really did make the night. We still get comments from our guests. I really can't overstate what an impact they had on the evening - they were brilliant!"

"So many people came up to me and said it was the best wedding they had ever been to and commented on how good the band were - we are just trying to think of another excuse for a party now so that we can hire them again!"

"Alive Network were quick easy and friendly. The band were amazing! Words can't express! We had the best wedding party in the history of parties!"

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Other types of live music for your evening wedding party

There are many popular variations on the rock and pop band theme such as Soul Motown bands or 70s disco funk bands. These are great if you want something a bit different to the norm.

You can also go all out on the theming and hire a tribute band. However, it pays to stick with only the most popular types of tribute band otherwise guests who aren't so familiar with the music will get bored and they won't dance.

The safest options are The Beatles or Abba.

If you have a large number of older guests then a 50s rock n roll band or a swing jive band is a fantastic option as even if you don't know the songs, the music is still great to dance to.

Likewise, for something with a real ellement of fun, why not hire a Ceilidh band and enjoy watching as your friends and family all try to figure out the dance sequences. Guaranteed fun for guests of all ages!

Wedding DJs

If your budget just won't stretch to a live band, then the next best alternative is one of our professional wedding DJs. A wedding DJ will specialise in music which is ideal for all ages, but with the flexibility to tailor the song selections to your requirements. If you want the music to be cool and funky without too much cheese, they'll know exactly what you mean and will tailor their play lists accordingly. If you want classic pop hits that everyone wil know, again, you'll get exactly what yopu need to keep the dance floor full all night.

Check out a few of these featured wedding DJs.
Featured wedding DJs

  • Anthony Parella Wedding DJ Anthony Parella 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in Staffordshire
    From £339+

    An experienced & professional DJ playing music that is determined solely by the people in attendance. Confidently covering the last 50 years of soul, funk, motown & rock through to 80s, 90s club & pop, indie, house-party hits, current dance music & more!

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  • The Flying Scotsman Wedding DJ The Flying Scotsman 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in Fife
    From £424 + (for small disco with lighting)

    If you are looking for a DJ who can really entertain, then look no further! The Flying Scotsman has a collection of over 500, 000 songs covering all genres from Rock, Pop, Soul, Dance, Motown & even Ceilidh! Most importantly he loves entertaining!

    View The Flying Scotsman's profile >
  • Adrian Hughes Wedding DJ Adrian Hughes 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in Worcestershire
    From £354 +

    Whatever size event, top DJ Adrian Hughes has it covered! A professional DJ since ‘92 for UK-wide parties, weddings, corporates & celebrity events he has a range of extra options including corporate logo in lights, confetti cannon, star cloth & karoake

    View Adrian Hughes's profile >
  • Steeve Mills Wedding DJ Steeve Mills 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in London
    From £330+

    Highly experienced London based DJ with corporate clients including Waitrose, Marks & Spencers, Paypal & more! Whether you want your dancefloor filled all night or require relaxed background music, Steeve is more than happy to cater for your needs.

    View Steeve Mills's profile >
  • Ben Malone Wedding DJ Ben Malone 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in Staffordshire
    From £444 +

    Ben has been filling dance floors for the last 15 years & is guaranteed to bring the PARTY! No matter what kind of vibe you want for your event, Ben can provide you with the perfect soundtrack to your perfect night!

    View Ben Malone's profile >
  • Guy Stevens Wedding DJ Guy Stevens 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in London
    From £726 +

    Guy Stevens - the black tie disc jockey & discotheque for corporate events, parties & weddings. Previous customers include the British Royal Family, Joan Collins for her wedding and Dame Shirley Bassey's birthday.

    View Guy Stevens's profile >
  • Amazing Roadshow Disco Wedding DJ Amazing Roadshow Disco 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in Derbyshire
    From £354+

    Professional Mobile DJ’ing Specialists in larger functions, balls, weddings, corporate functions and all black tie events. Established over 25 years and fine-tuned to merge the magic of the theatre with the technology of a modern discotheque.

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  • Bob McKenzie Wedding DJ Bob McKenzie 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in Staffordshire
    From £360 +

    Bob McKenzie is an experienced and obliging DJ with a thousands of great tunes to fill your party from start to finish! Available UK wide and requests always taken. Bob offers excellent value and service great for any event.

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  • Richard Budding Wedding DJ Richard Budding 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in Leicestershire
    From £390+

    With 6 years of experience at the decks, Richard is a DJ committed to every aspect of his show. His extensive repertoire and excellent audience rapport guarantee a fantastic night beyond your expectations & an audience dancing from start to finish!

    View Richard Budding's profile >
  • Stuart H Wedding DJ Stuart H 
    Wedding DJs
    Based in West Midlands
    From £280 +

    Stuart H has been DJ'ing & running his own mobile disco for over 20 years. He can provide superb, specially tailored music, lights & brilliant disco entertainment for all occasions. Stuart guarantees to create the perfect party atmosphere for your event!

    View Stuart H's profile >

Remember, we're here to make your wedding amazing. What ever you want, ask us and we'll do everything we can to make it happen!

Popular wedding music entertainment
Rock & Pop Function Band for a wedding
Wedding Bands
Covering popular hits from 60s to current party music.
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Soul Band for a wedding
Soul Bands
Commitments, Motown, RnB and a huge sound!
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Ceilidh Band for a wedding
Ceilidh Bands
Put the fun factor into your wedding day with a ceilidh.
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Rock n Roll Swing Jive Wedding Bands
Rock n' Roll Bands
Great for older guests and guaranteed to get you dancing.
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Tribute Bands for Weddings
Tribute Bands
A popular choice but stick with tributes to well known acts.
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70s Bands for Weddings
70s Disco Bands
Bring a bit of glitz, glam and colour to your wedding party.
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Wedding Rat Pack Singers
Rat Pack Singers
Fly me to the moon and many other classic hits.
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Salsa Bands Weddings
Salsa Bands
Perfect for a hot afternoon drinks reception with a twist.
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Wedding Magicians
Wedding Magician
A popular ice breaker, great to bring people together.
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Wedding Caricaturists
Not only a talking point, but also a great take home favor.
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Celebrity Look alikes for a wedding
Look alikes
Which gulable guest will ask for an autograph first?
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Childrens Entertainment for your wedding
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Anything for a quiet life!!
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