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  • The Hat Tricks Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    £905

    The Hat Tricks

    Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 3 Highly Recommended

    An energetic trio who have performed across the UK to great acclaim. Performing Pop, Rock, Funk & Soul from across the decades, The Hat Tricks always deliver an exciting live show, full of fun and great music, that won't fail to get you dancing!

  • JukeBossa Bossa Nova Covers of Pop Songs West Sussex
    £1,035

    JukeBossa

    Bossa Nova Covers of Pop Songs West Sussex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - JukeBossa are Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

    JukeBossa fuse chart hits plus pop, soul & dance with Latin & World rhythm's creating an infectiously happy sound that’s a perfect suit for any dance floor! With covers ranging from the likes of Clean Bandit to Stevie Wonder, JukeBossa will make your event unique, lively & whisk you off to the sunny... Read more...

  • Here Come The Girls Party Bands West Sussex
    £1,006

    Here Come The Girls

    Party Bands West Sussex
    Number of members: 3 Highly Recommended

    A high energy trio performing an entertaining set with 3 impressive vocals and high quality backing tracks. With a wealth of experience performing with the likes of Beverley Knight, Clean Bandit, Joss Stone and more, Here Come The Girls are a simple but effective line-up suitable for any event!

  • The Gigawatts Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    £1,698

    The Gigawatts

    Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Gigawatts are Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

    With an eclectic mix of music from the 50’s right through to the present day, The Gigawatts are a professional, fun party band guaranteed to get your toes tapping & tail-feathers shaking!

  • Young Folks Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    £2,138

    Young Folks

    Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 5 Highly Recommended

    Young Folks are an experienced, well rehearsed & charismatic band that love to interact with their audience! Performing a mixture of acoustic, vintage or electric styles depending on your preference, the band features both male & female lead vocals & covers music from the 50's to present day. Profes... Read more...

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  • 3D Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    £1,572

    3D

    Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - 3D are Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

    For a party band guaranteed to bring energy and fun to your event, look no further than 3D. This stylish four piece will fill the dance floor with classic hits and chart toppers from the 50s to current day.

  • Marvellous Medicine Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    £1,195

    Marvellous Medicine

    Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Marvellous Medicine are Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

    Marvellous Medicine are a top-end female fronted five-piece cover band based in Brighton, England. Offering live-wired, straight-shootin’, pelvis-pushing music with arousing live performances that you’ll simply have to move to. Forget your typical cheesy party bands, Marvellous Medicine ... Read more...

  • The Euphonics Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    £1,699

    The Euphonics

    Rock and Pop Function Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Euphonics are Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

    A high quality, female fronted party band delivering a professional, concert style performance at every event! With members who have worked and toured with artists such as Beverly Knight, Jessie J, Two Door Cinema Club & more, The Euphonics play everything from Funk & Soul classics to Pop & modern f... Read more...

  • Acoustic Companions Acoustic Band West Sussex
    £849

    Acoustic Companions

    Acoustic Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Acoustic Companions are Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

    Performing unobtrusive acoustsic versions of popular songs or mingling amongst your guests whilst playing; Acoustic Companions will be the perfect backdrop to any wedding, corporate event or party!

  • The Long Straws Rock & Pop Retro Rockabilly Covers Band East Sussex
    £1,495

    The Long Straws

    Rock & Pop Retro Rockabilly Covers Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The Long Straws are Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

    The Long Straws are not your average function band; they will jive, twist & shake up any event taking crowds back to the vibrant world of a 1950’s dance hall with a rockabilly bang! Covering artists from Taylor Swift & Arctic Monkeys to Chuck Berry & The Beatles but in a rockabilly-jive style, The L... Read more...

The Ultimate Guide To...
Booking Rock and Pop Function Bands

What is a function band?

A function band (or cover band / wedding band / party band as they’re also known) is a live band that specialises in performing popular rock and pop music for function events such as weddings, corporate events and private parties. They usually consist of a drummer, bass player, guitarist and lead singer, with larger bands also including a keyboard player, brass section and backing singers.

Function bands are a self-contained entertainment package, providing all of the equipment required when you book a band, without clients having to hire additional sound and lighting equipment. They often travel over a large geographical area, and their performances are designed specifically for the demands of private events.

What music do function bands play?

A function band setlist will contain a variety of rock and popular music from the 1950s right through to current chart acts, performing dancefloor-filling hits. A typical repertoire might feature artists such as:

  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Kinks
  • Elvis
  • Van Morrison
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Killers
  • Daft Punk
  • Taylor Swift
  • Take That
  • Maroon 5
  • Ed Sheeran
  • James Bay
  • Oasis
  • Blur
  • Coldplay
  • Kings of Leon
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Beyoncé
  • Justin Bieber
  • Katy Perry

Popular types of function band

Guitar bands

Usually formed of 3–5 members with an indie/pop/rock guitar based sound, covering artists like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles through to The Killers and Arctic Monkeys.

Pop/Funk/Soul bands

Containing anything from 5–12 members, often with female lead vocals and more prominent use of keyboards or a brass section, playing classic pop and Motown through to contemporary pop/RnB artists like Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé.

Is a function band suitable for my event?

Rock and pop function bands specialise in lively and energetic performances so you and your guests can party! They are usually the headline evening entertainment, perfect for events including:

For weddings, a live band can perform the first dance, as well as provide background music between sets, delivering an all-in-one wedding entertainment solution. Many function bands also offer jazz or acoustic sets for your drinks reception, and solo guitar / piano for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. These options can help to keep costs down, in comparison with hiring separate performers for your wedding day.

For corporate events, bands can provide walk-on music for awards ceremonies.

Volume considerations at your event

If you’ve ever been to a live gig, you’ll know there’s nothing quite like the exciting, big sound of a live band! Function bands can offer an electrifying live performance with a sound and volume to match. A volume level in the region of 95dB – 110dB is standard.

If your venue has a sound limiter or volume restrictions, many bands offer an electronic drum kit option which can significantly reduce the overall volume of the band. You can find our sound limiter friendly bands here.

If you prefer your entertainment to serve as background music, where guests can still easily hold a conversation in the same room, then you might like to consider a Jazz / Swing band, solo singer / guitarist or Rat Pack singer. All of these artists are able to perform popular music but in a more laid-back style.

For more information about volume, see below.

Space considerations at your event

A typical 4-piece band will need an area of around 4 metres wide by 3 metres deep. For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a function band need?’, below.

How much does a function band cost?

Prices vary depending on the number of members in the band and their travel distance to your event.

In 2017, the average price of a 4–5-piece wedding function band is around £1,350 – £1,700.

Larger bands who specialise in corporate events vary in price between £2,000 – £10,000 depending on their size and experience.

This table shows a breakdown of the range of costs for different types of function bands:

Number of musicians / Type of Act Cost Range
Function Band Duos £420 - £850
3-piece bands £570 - £1,600
5-piece bands £900 - £3,600
7-piece bands + £1,200 - £5,100
Large format Rock and Pop bands £3,300 - £7,500

Who are the top 10 best function bands in the UK right now?

Below are the bands that we feel are currently flying the flag as the leading rock and pop function bands in the UK right now, based on a combination of popularity, performance quality and innovation:

For a list of Alive's most booked function bands right now, see our 'Top 10 Function Bands For Hire in 2017' article

How long will a function band play for?

Most function bands offer two 60-minute performances as standard, though many can perform for longer if required. You can spread out a two-hour performance by splitting it into three 40-minute sets.

For most weddings and private parties, the band would arrive at 6pm, get set up and sound checked by 7.30pm to 8pm, then start the first performance around 9pm, with the second performance starting around 10.30pm, through to a standard midnight curfew. Many bands will offer longer performances at an additional cost, including finishing times of 1am and 2am.

Bands will provide background music from an MP3 player or laptop between their performances.

How loud is a function band?

The average volume level of most fully-amplified 4-piece guitar-based rock and pop function bands, is between 95dB – 110 dB (decibels), with occasional volume peaks of around 120dB. This is a big, roof-raising sound with lots of energy, making them the perfect headliners to your party!

If your venue has noise restrictions or a sound limiter, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a band. Just speak to our Entertainment Coordinators before you book to find the right artists for you. Many of our bands have the option of an electric drum kit, which can significantly help to reduce overall volume. Check out our sound limiter friendly collection here.

How much space will a function band need?

Most function bands can work within a space of 4 metres wide by 3 metres deep, but this increases as you add more members. The guide below shows how much space bands of different sizes require:

Size of Function Band Performance Space Required
   3-piece band 3 x 3 metres
    4-piece band 4 x 3 metres
     5 and 6-piece band 5 x 3 metres
       7-piece band and bigger 5/6 x 4 metres

How long will it take for a function band to set up?

To unload, set up and sound check takes on average 60 – 90 minutes, depending on how close the band can park relative to the space they’re performing in. Some busy London hotels insist bands load in via a suppliers entrance, using an elevator shared with caterers and staff. This can greatly extend set up times.

After the performance, it takes around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.

What equipment will a function band need?

To really rock at your event, most function bands need:

  • a suitably-sized, safe, dry performance area. If performing outside, they will require cover – either from the rain or from the scorching sun!
  • a minimum of four 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up
  • parking provision, preferably with easy access to the venue
  • a secure, lockable changing room
  • refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.

Function bands will provide their own PA system, microphones, stage lighting, backline amplifiers and instruments.

In a band? How do you join a function band agency?

For information on joining Alive Network please visit our 'How to join' pages here.

What you will need in order to apply?

  • High quality audio tracks and promo photos
  • Reliable, good quality equipment & your own transport
  • A setlist of music suited to private events
  • Smart formal stage clothes, suited to private events
  • A PA system & stage lighting suited to audiences of up to 200 people
  • Reliable, professional band mates

For information on the following, see our Frequently Asked Questions:

For a more comprehensive function band booking guide please read ‘Booking a function band – Everything you’ll ever need to know’.

If you have any other queries, simply visit our FAQ page.

Alternatively, our dedicated expert entertainment coordinators are on-hand to help. Simply call 0845 108 5500 or email enquiries@alivenetwork.com.