5 stars - Happy Hour are Highly Recommended441 Reviews Number of members: 4Kent
Let you & your guests be blown away by one of the most in-demand bands in the UK! With 300+ reviews, a setlist full of the best music around & a wealth of industry experience, Happy Hour have entertained some of the world's biggest names (Pinewood Studios, Microsoft, ITV & more) & are no strangers to jam-packed dance floor’s & demands for encores!...
5 stars - Hipster are Highly Recommended508 Reviews Number of members: 4Cheshire
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 300 positive customer reviews!...
5 stars - Switch are Highly Recommended104 Reviews Number of members: 5Bristol
Switch are one of the freshest, most exciting new acts on the scene! Delivering up-to-date chart material to timeless classics, this band will fill your dance floor effortlessly with cool class, incredible vocals, amazing musicianship and a repertoire that's second to none!...
5 stars - Riptide are Highly Recommended120 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Having worked with the likes of Paolo Nutini, Chesney Hawkes, Echo Belly & Right Said Fred, Riptide are a highly experienced band with a cool & exciting edge! Guaranteed to show you a good time, the band's diverse repertoire covers all areas. Covering songs by The Beatles & The Kinks right up to modern day hits from Catfish & The Bottlemen, Taylor Swift, Arctic Monkeys & more!...
5 stars - The Good Habits are Highly Recommended111 Reviews Number of members: 3Merseyside
With a combination of great songs plus years of playing experience, party trio The Good Habits will guarantee a busy dance floor & an entertaining evening for all! Performing music from Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, The Beatles, Bruno Mars, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder & more, this rock & pop trio pack a punch with their energetic & fun live sets!...
5 stars - The Rips are Highly Recommended273 Reviews Number of members: 4Bedfordshire
Bringing fun, energy and a killer repertoire to every event, The Rips are experts at filling dance floors across the UK. Performing well known rock and pop from the 50's to present day, expect to hear music from Oasis, Kings Of Leon, Elvis, Arctic Monkeys and even a few fun surprises from the likes of Justin Bieber, One Direction and Girls Aloud!...
5 stars - Season are Highly Recommended129 Reviews Number of members: 4West Sussex
Season showcase on-stage chemistry, incredible talent & loads of experience! Covering chart hits, indie anthems plus some funk & disco classics, this cool band bring an infectious energy to every party they perform at! The band are true professionals who have previously performed alongside Carl Barat, The Ordinary Boys, Liberty X & more!...
5 stars - Breakthrough are Highly Recommended179 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Covering music from Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Kings Of Leon, Amy Winehouse & more, Breakthrough are young, charismatic, highly professional & guaranteed to get your audience on the dance floor!...
5 stars - Dexter are Highly Recommended168 Reviews Number of members: 5Cheshire
With an awesome reputation since establishing in 1997, Dexter are THE CHOICE for delivering incredible parties across the UK! Featuring both male & female vocals, this exciting band perform everything from rock & pop classics, modern day floor fillers & sing-along favourites! Acoustic sets, DJ sets & even a 6-piece line up also available!...
5 stars - The Upstarts are Highly Recommended74 Reviews Number of members: 4Lancashire
The Upstarts are one of the freshest bands around! Performing music everyone will love, The Upstarts live sets include cool classics from the Beatles and Stevie Wonder to the biggest modern-day hits from Bruno Mars, DNCE, Bieber and more!...
5 stars - The Kicks are Highly Recommended283 Reviews Number of members: 4Surrey
The Kicks play Indie & Pop; Killers, Rudimental, Ed Sheeran, Foals, Artic Monkeys with a sprinkling of vintage & retro. Members have shared a stage with One Direction, The Streets, Fat Boy Slim, Keane and had airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Radio X & BBC 6 Music. Previous clients include: BBC, O2, ITV, Ben Sherman and Procter & Gamble. Over 165 positive customer reviews!...
5 stars - The Low Down are Highly Recommended115 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Having performed on some of the biggest stages from Glastonbury to Alexandra palace alongside acts such as Bastille and Tom Odell, The Low Down are an explosive, energetic 3 piece band that will keep you on your feet all night! The band feature a dancefloor filling repertoire performed by a trio of amazing musicians with years of experience entertaining crowds all over the country....
5 stars - The Sonics are Highly Recommended119 Reviews Number of members: 4London
The Sonics are the hottest party band in town! Young, cool & current they are guaranteed to kick off your party with a sonic boom! Armed with a killer repertoire, you’ll be dancing all night to songs from Ed Sheeran, Prince, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac & so much more!...
5 stars - Dirty Weekend are Highly Recommended117 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Dirty Weekend have been to the biggest & best music festivals in the world & have even been lucky enough to play at some of them! Knowing first-hand how priceless it is to be surrounded by your closest mates whilst watching your favourite artists, this band have designed the coolest, most exciting show ready to rock your party! Choose 3 of 6 sets each designed to pay tribute to the world's most major festivals, from Glastonbury, Live Aid '85, the Isle of Wight, V & more!...
5 stars - The Hot Shots are Highly Recommended372 Reviews Number of members: 4Essex
Four time winners of The Wedding Industry Awards! The Hot Shots, are an multi award winning modern rock & pop party band. Their repertoire covers Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran & Maroon 5 through to rock & indie classics by Foo Fighters, Killers & Kings Of Leon. Members have played at V Festival, BugJam, London Astoria & the O2 arena. Over 350+ positive reviews....
5 stars - Technicolour are Highly Recommended114 Reviews Number of members: 3West Sussex
Meet Technicolour! A stand out, vibrant band of talented dudes. Stylistically diverse with a repertoire filled with all of your favourites spanning the last seven decades, this band have entertained Heineken, Shard media, Birmingham FC and more!...
5 stars - The Marlins are Highly Recommended27 Reviews Number of members: 3North Yorkshire
The Marlins are a 3-piece Rock, Pop and Indie band based in York, who have the experience, tunes, passion and musical ability to make your event completely unforgettable! Members of this talented group have performed with internationally renowned artists including The Vamps and Rick Astley at prestigious venues such as Scarborough Open Air Theatre and London’s O2 Arena....
5 stars - The Compilation are Highly Recommended69 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Keeping the party dancing with an array of Chart Hits, 90s anthems and a selection of funk & disco classics, The Compilation offer something for everyone whilst bringing an infectious energy to each and every performance! This band are true professionals, with members performing at events for Birmingham City FC and supporting artists such as Disclosure, MJ Cole, Lamar, and Soul 2 Soul!...
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5 stars - Nashville Nights are Highly Recommended
“They were absolutely amazing”
Jessica J booked Nashville Nights for their event in Warwickshire on 24th June 2023
5 stars - Nashville Nights are Highly Recommended
“They were brilliant and all the guests loved them. They really made the party an outstanding success.”
Liz B booked Nashville Nights for their event in Northamptonshire on 10th September 2022
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Everything you need to know to hire Cover Bands for your event
What is a cover band?
A cover band is a group of musicians that specialise in playing live music covers of popular rock, pop and chart tracks, both classic and contemporary. Typically consisting of a lead singer, guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer, cover bands may also include synths, a brass section or backing singers but generally, when a line up is extended beyond a standard 4-piece, male fronted guitar band, and additional singers are included for example, they are better defined as wedding bands, function bands or party bands.
As cover bands play a repertoire of well-known songs, they are a crowd-pleasing option for private events, weddings and public performances in pubs, clubs & venues. Depending on the event type, most cover bands offer a complete entertainment package, providing sound and lighting equipment, with no need to hire any additional services. Bands performing gigs for public venues, like music bars, clubs or restaurants, may use in-house PA sound systems and lighting.
For private events and wedding entertainment, cover band sets are specifically tailored to parties and may include DJ options.
Often mainstays at their local music venue, professional cover bands are also used to performing internationally and all over the UK, and will often travel large distances.
From Led Zeppelin to Beyoncé, cover bands do it all! Most cover bands play a huge range of rock, indie and chart music incorporating classic artists like Stevie Wonder to current floor fillers, with some bands preferring guitar-based rock, pop and dance, or funk and soul. A standard set list may include songs from artists such as
Cee Lo Green
Florence and the Machine
Kings of Leon
Mumford & Sons
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
The Rolling Stones
The repertoire for each of our cover bands is featured on their profile pages. Usually artists will tailor their set list to your specific event requirements, and this can be discussed with your Alive Network Entertainment Coordinator.
Popular types of cover band
1. Guitar bands
Unsurprisingly these bands specialise in a repertoire based around guitar music – think rock, indie or pop. Often consisting of 3–5 members, guitar bands will cover artists from Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis, to The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
2. Pop/Funk/Soul bands
Comprising of 4–12 members and usually fronted by a female singer, pop, funk and soul bands may feature a brass section or keyboards. Repertoires include modern chart artists such as Jess Glynne, Rihanna and Beyoncé as well as classic soul and Motown artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder.
Where in the UK do Alive cover bands perform?
Cover bands are as at home in their local music bar as they are performing a party in Abu Dhabi! The most popular UK locations include:
A cover band is usually the headline act to your celebrations, featuring towards the end of the evening when guests are ready to dance and enjoy the music! Performances are best scheduled after any food has been served so that guests can dance comfortably, and make the most of a lively and energetic atmosphere.
If you want to party hard after the final set, almost all cover bands offer DJ options in addition to their live performance.
For all-day celebrations, cover bands can offer laid back acoustic sets. These are more chilled out and daytime-friendly, providing a perfect backdrop for drinks receptions and dining.
Booking one band for your entire event is a great option for those looking to simplify their event planning as logistics and price are minimised, compared with hiring several separate performers.
The line-up, instruments and room acoustics at your venue will all affect the volume of your band. Volume is usually in the region of 95 dB – 110 dB, reflecting the roof-raising, lively performance expected of them. For more laid back daytime entertainment, sound levels will obviously be quieter, especially if you opt for a smaller or acoustic version of the band.
Cover band costs can vary, depending on the number of musicians, and the options each band offers.
Tthe average price of a 4-piece cover band is around £1,300.
The table below demonstrates the range of fees for different types of cover bands:
Type of Artist
£700 - £1,500
£720 - £1,850
£950 - £1,900
£2,000 - £4,500+
Booking a band local to your venue is a great way to reduce cost as travel fees will be minimal. The home town of all Alive Network cover bands is included on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can recommend the best bands near your venue. There’s no need to limit your search to just local bands, however! Your perfect cover band may be willing to travel at nominal cost.
Who are the top 10 cover bands in the UK right now?
Our list features the UK’s best cover bands, based on reputation, performance quality and innovation:
Cover bands usually perform two 60-minute sets, or occasionally three 40-minute sets.
Bands that are booked for an evening performance might arrive at 6pm, set up and perform the sound check by 7.30pm to 8pm, get changed and ready to start the first performance by around 9pm. After a break of around 30 minutes, the second set might start at 10.30pm, finishing at 11.30pm, before the usual midnight curfew.
Many cover bands offer DJ sets or longer performances including finishing times of 1am and 2am. You can find the booking options on each cover band’s profile page.
Times supplied are an example and cover bands performing at both public and private events will liaise with you, tailoring their performance times to suit your celebration.
How much space will a cover band need?
The table below demonstrates how much space party bands of different sizes might require:
Size of Cover Band
Performance Space Required
3 x 3 metres
4 x 3 metres
5 and 6-piece band
5 x 3 metres
7-piece band and bigger
5/6 x 4 metres
Of course, measurements may vary depending on the number of artists and the type of instruments in your chosen cover band. Your Entertainment Coordinator can discuss the options with you.
How long will it take for a cover band to set up?
Depending how close to the performance space a cover band can park, unloading, setting up and performing their sound check will take around 60 – 90 minutes.
Some venues require bands to load in via a supplier’s entrance and/or use a shared staff elevator, which can increase set up times.
It takes a cover band around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out, following their performance.
What equipment will a cover band need?
Most cover bands need:
parking provision with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
a dedicated, suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area or stage
if performing outside – by prior agreement – they will need cover from the elements (either direct sunlight, strong wind or rain!)
adequate lighting for set up, especially if playing in a marquee, for example
a minimum of four 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up
refreshments – usually soft drinks and a hot meal, depending on how long you’ve booked them for.
Cover bands usually provide their own microphones, backline amplifiers, PA sound system and stage lighting.
If you are planning a large celebration with 200+ guests, you may need a larger PA system – especially if it is an outdoor event. Your dedicated Entertainment Coordinator will be happy to discuss the requirements for specific cover bands.
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Aside from finding some of the best Cover Bands in the UK and getting expert advice from our friendly staff, one of the main reasons to hire a Cover Band from Alive Network Entertainment Agency is security. We ensure your booking is covered 24/7 against any eventuality, so that no matter what, you can enjoy your event without worrying about whether your entertainment will turn up. If your Cover Band is ill or unable to perform, our team will be on hand to source a suitable replacement even out of office hours and at short notice. Imagine having to do that yourself!?
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