Find an artist for your event...

  • The 45s Rock and Pop Function Band Lancashire
    £1,331

    The 45s

    Rock and Pop Function Band Anglesey
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The 45s are Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

    The 45s are a retro style band who perform unique live sets! Covering music (in their own vintage style!) from artists such as Michael Jackson, Bill Withers, Jessie J, The Beatles, Estelle & more, The 45s are a cool & quirky band perfect for your event!

  • The Glitterati Rock and Pop Function Band Greater Manchester
    £2,138

    The Glitterati

    Rock and Pop Function Band Anglesey
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Glitterati are Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

    A high energy party band with explosive passion and an infinite amount of glamour. With previous clients such as ITV, Manchester Pride and Gala Leisure, The Glitterati will bring the house down with their repertoire of Funk, Pop, Hip Hop & Dance music from across the decades.

  • Outshine Rock and Pop Function Band Greater Manchester
    £1,320

    Outshine

    Rock and Pop Function Band Anglesey
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Outshine are Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

    Outshine deliver killer, energetic performances of your favourite songs! With a wide range of music including the cool indie-rock of the Killers and Kings of Leon, the modern pop hits of Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars and sure fire classics by The Beatles, Bowie and Prince, Outshine are guarantee to ge... Read more...

  • Brooklyn Rock and Pop Function Band Lancashire
    £1,359

    Brooklyn

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

    An Indie Rock party band playing all the classic hits by Oasis, The Killers, Human League , The Clash & more! Made up of 4 talented and experienced musicians, Brooklyn will make sure your dancefloor is jam packed all night long!

  • The Silks Rock and Pop Function Band Lancashire
    £2,790

    The Silks

    Rock and Pop Function Band Anglesey
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Silks are Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

    The Silks are a combination of powerful vocals & high quality of musicianship, featuring some of Manchester's most established & talented musicians. With a killer repertoire, expect to hear music from Daft Punk, The Beatles, The Killers, The Jam and more!

  • Having trouble finding the perfect Function Band?

    If you would like help selecting the perfect function band for your event, simply give us a call or submit the quick enquiry form below and one of our talented entertainment coordinators will be happy to assist.

    Make a Quick Enquiry

    My event details...

    £

    Enter your enquiry details...

    My contact details...

  • Groove Night Rock and Pop Function Band Cheshire
    £1,746

    Groove Night

    Rock and Pop Function Band Anglesey
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Groove Night are Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

    5-8 piece party band playing a mix of pop, soul & funk material with classic hits from the 60's to present day! This female fronted act are guaranteed to get everyone on the dancefloor for an unforgettable night! Larger line-ups also available.

  • The Sparters Rock and Pop Function Band Greater Manchester
    £1,761

    The Sparters

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

    Playing a variety of classic hits from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder & Otis Redding; The Sparters will not fail to bring a superb live show full of style, excitement and amazing music!

  • Party Nights Rock & Pop Trio Cheshire
    £1,006

    Party Nights

    Rock & Pop Trio Anglesey
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - Party Nights are Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

    A dynamic party trio who work hard to bring you the highest standard of live music. Recreating some of the biggest pop hits, spanning almost five decades of music; Party Nights will ensure that your party is one to remember forever!

  • Dexter Rock and Pop Function Band Cheshire
    £1,573

    Dexter

    Rock and Pop Function Band Anglesey
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Dexter are Highly Recommended 76 Reviews

    Dexter are a fantastic rock & pop band who are available exclusively from Alive Network! With both male & female vocals, they play music that's ideal for dancing, ranging from The Beatles, Adele, The Killers, Maroon 5, The Clash & more!

  • Alive and Kicking 80's Tribute Band Cheshire
    £1,446

    Alive and Kicking

    80's Tribute Band Anglesey
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Alive and Kicking are Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

    Alive & Kicking bring you the ultimate tribute to the Smash Hits of the 1980's. Performed by 5 energetic & talented performers, be prepared to have your event transported back to the 80s with hits from Soft Cell, Madonna, Duran Duran & 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.