Booking a Tribute Band, Everything You'll Ever Need To Know
Everything you'll ever need to know about booking a tribute band. Find out what a tribute band will do at your event, how various types of tribute bands differ from each other, what type of music they'll play, how much space they will require, how to ensure quality, how much it costs to hire a tribute band and much more.
Adore Michael Bublé but don't quite have the budget to hire him? Love the music of Queen or Abba but never got tickets for their shows? Book a tribute band or tribute act and you can experience all the famous hits and musical magic of the originals, recreated live at your event.
What is a Tribute band and what will they do at my event?
A tribute act or tribute band recreates the sound and performance of a famous band or artist, often with authentic costumes and instruments. Where it’s no longer possible to see the original artist, a great tribute band gets you as close to the 'real thing' as is possible, short of going back in time to see the original act in their prime!
Tribute bands are available in the following popular formats:
Tribute bands: a live band playing music only by the artist they’re paying tribute to, matching the instrumentation and performance style of the original artist, and featuring authentic costumes and instruments. Some tribute bands try to recruit ‘look-alike’ musicians to get their image as authentic as possible, but this isn’t considered as important as it is with solo tribute artists.
Solo tribute singers: a live singer mimicking the performance and songs a famous artist, in authentic costume, often a close personal resemblance to the original act, performing over pre-recorded backing tracks.
One of the first ever successful tribute bands, the legendary Bootleg Beatles formed in the early 1980s and became the first western rock band to tour the USSR in 1982. The trend for 'accurate' tribute acts really took an upsurge in the early nineties, thanks in part to legendary Australian ABBA tribute band Björn Again. Although many Elvis Impersonators might disagree, it’s been said that Australia was the real birth place of the tribute band phenomena due to many famous touring bands having a reluctance to include the distant continent on their tour schedules. Unable to see their favorite artists live, Aussies formed ‘tribute bands’ to fill the gap.
Either way, a seed was sown and those roots have grown world-wide to produce many successful tribute acts mimicking everyone from classic artists such as Freddie Mercury and Queen, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and Elvis, through to modern chart artists such as One Direction, Take That, Adele, Maroon 5 and Robbie Williams. As an indicator of the level of acceptance of tribute bands into popular music culture, The Bootleg Beatles supported Oasis in 1996 at the height of their fame, playing to 250,000 people a night at the infamous Knebworth concerts.
You can also hire a tribute band to an era, for example the So 60s show pays tribute to the music of the 1960s, That 70s Show play 1970’s disco music, Alive and Kicking play a 1980’s themed tribute show, The UK Ska Club perform a tribute to Ska music or The 90s Anthem Band who play tribute to the dance music of the 90s. These kinds of tribute bands make terrific entertainment for weddings and office Christmas parties, where guests may want a variety of music but they also want a theme to tie the party together!