5 stars - The Dukes are Highly Recommended257 Reviews Number of members: 4London
Fun, dynamic, energetic & experienced band guaranteed to get everyone dancing! Hits from The Killers, Kings of Leon to classics like Bowie, Queen & Beatles. Dance off's encouraged! The Dukes will not stop rocking until everyone is on their feet!...
5 stars - The Kicks are Highly Recommended221 Reviews Number of members: 4Hertfordshire
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 - Live Wires are Highly Recommended221 Reviews Number of members: 4Staffordshire
Rocking events across the UK for the last 10 years, Live Wires are highly experienced, incredibly professional & ready to fill your dance floor! With over 160+ positive customer reviews, previous clients including Pepsi Co, Argos & Santander & a killer repertoire packed full of dance floor classics plus some of today’s biggest hits, Live Wires will go down a storm!...
5 stars - Fraudio are Highly Recommended214 Reviews Number of members: 4Warwickshire
Bringing fun, energy and a killer repertoire to every event, Fraudio 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 The Beatles, Kasabian, Oasis, The Killers, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Arctic Monkeys and even a few fun surprises from the likes of Justin Bieber, One Direction and Girls Aloud!...
5 stars - Teenage Kicks are Highly Recommended72 Reviews Number of members: 3East Sussex
Teenage Kicks: an Indie Rock-orientated cover band who capture the sounds of The Clash, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys & more! 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. Acoustic options available....
5 stars - Hipster are Highly Recommended410 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!...
If you would like help selecting the perfect cover 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.
5 stars - Dirty Weekend are Highly Recommended69 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 Guns are Highly Recommended106 Reviews Number of members: 4London
If you're looking for an energetic, explosive & professional band for your wedding, private party or corporate event, The Guns are for you! Their strong repertoire guarantees to fill your dance floor spanning artists such as Bruno Mars, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Prince, Stevie Wonder, The Black Keys, Rolling Stones and more!...
5 stars - The Fanatics are Highly Recommended84 Reviews Number of members: 5Staffordshire
WINNERS at the UK Wedding Industry Awards! They've slayed at UK festivals, scooped awards - and even won praise from music legends, Radiohead! The Fanatics are a party powerhouse, known UK-wide for their roof-raising live performances. Expect up-to-date chart material, rock & indie anthems, plus retro classics... with killer male & female vocals....
5 stars - The Supertones are Highly Recommended132 Reviews Number of members: 4Surrey
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!...
5 stars - Happy Hour are Highly Recommended336 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 - The Hot Shots are Highly Recommended331 Reviews Number of members: 4Essex
WINNERS!!! The Wedding Industry Awards 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 The Hot Shots, are an award winning modern rock & pop party band. Their repertoire features Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran & Maroon 5, as well as rock & indie by Foo Fighters, Killers & Kings Of Leon. Members have played at V Festival, BugJam, London Astoria & the O2 arena. Previous clients: Britvic, Surepass, Checkatrade. Over 230+ positive reviews....
5 stars - Front Runners are Highly Recommended16 Reviews Number of members: 4South Yorkshire
Offering a live show like no other, Front Runners are passionate, energetic & ready for a party! Bringing you the very best floor-filling indie-rock, their set list is packed with iconic anthems everyone knows & loves! From Oasis to The Stones, The Jam, Kasabian & more, a night with Front Runners will be an experience you want again & again!...
5 stars - Bella And The Bourbon Boys are Highly Recommended57 Reviews Number of members: 5London
Inspired by the American band Postmodern Jukebox, Alive Network’s exclusive swing jazz quintet Bella and the Bourbon Boys give a retro spin to events with their vintage Jazz covers of pop songs, including hits from Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi and many more!...
5 stars - Shine On are Highly Recommended181 Reviews Number of members: 5East Sussex
If you're looking for a professional, fun & energetic party band, then look no further! Shine On will have your guests jumping up & down & singing along to their exciting live sets which includes the very best indie, rock & pop classics from diverse artists such as Oasis, The Killers, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters & many more. With a wide repertoire & over 8 years playing with this line up they have the experience & on-stage chemistry to make your evening truly memorable....
5 stars - The Courts are Highly Recommended26 Reviews Number of members: 4London
Critically acclaimed by Blur’s Alex James & Tom Odell, The Courts have earned their reputation as an authentic, energetic, professional group of musicians. With music from Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Maroon 5, Queen & more, The Courts have mountains of experience & are ready to rock your event!...
5 stars - Ignition are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 5Berkshire
Delivering an unforgettable performance that is guaranteed to get you and your guests dancing all night, Ignition cover a range of styles from Pop, Rock, Indie, RnB and Dance music music with their own unique and contemporary twist....
5 stars - Hypersonix are Highly Recommended30 Reviews Number of members: 4Northamptonshire
Taking the biggest songs of past & present, Hypersonix capture the energy & essence of everything from chart pop to classic indie hits! Never failing to raise the roof, this 4 piece band are an electrifying team that fill any dance floor with music from the latest George Ezra & Bruno Mars to unforgettable the Beatles, Oasis & more! Previous clients include Oxford University Press, Bicester Village Retail Outlet & more!...
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5 stars - Ignition Sequence Start are Highly Recommended
“Now we’ve come back down the earth and back to the daily grind, we just wanted to thank
you for everything you did for us on our wedding day. The lads in the day were fantastic a...”
Allan A booked Ignition Sequence Start for their Wedding on 7th August 2020
5 stars - Sassy Deluxe are Highly Recommended
“OUTSTANDING, the dance floor was packed and the whole place was loving it, thanks to SASSY DELUXE we had a truly fantastic wedding party!”
Anne booked Sassy Deluxe for their Wedding on 26th January 2020
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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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