5 stars - Party Starters are Highly Recommended92 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Party Starters are a cool & contemporary pop & rock band that know what a great party is all about! Energetic & exciting, Party Starters live sets are guaranteed to fill your dance floor & include music from Bruno Mars, Rudimental, The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder & much more!...
5 stars - Season are Highly Recommended74 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 - Parade are Highly Recommended5 Reviews Number of members: 5London
The ultimate in modern mashups, incredible sounds and the biggest classic and contemporary dancefloor anthems. Covering up-to-the-minute pop and rock with flavours of R&B, house and funk; Parade provide an unparalleled and unique live show....
5 stars - Happy Hour are Highly Recommended335 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 Recommended409 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 - 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 - Breakthrough are Highly Recommended114 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 - Audio are Highly Recommended6 Reviews Number of members: 5East Yorkshire
Want a party to remember? Introducing Audio, a unique, energetic party band who deliver a massive sound! Having entertained across the globe (from the Canadian Rockies to Hong Kong!), this in-demand act are one of the most exciting party bands around!...
5 stars - Seven are Highly Recommended53 Reviews Number of members: 7London
Seven are young, fresh, stylish & extremely passionate. Featuring pro musicians who have worked alongside Adele, Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, James Arthur & more. Seven perform music from the 60s to present day!...
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 - 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 - Dexter are Highly Recommended121 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 - 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 - Technicolour are Highly Recommended56 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 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 - Excite are Highly Recommended54 Reviews Number of members: 6Kent
A fantastic 6-10 piece pop function band. Featuring outstanding vocalists you'll struggle to find better! World class musicians Excite play rock & pop classics from an extensive repertoire complete with top equipment & a sound engineer!...
5 stars - Switch are Highly Recommended33 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!...
...and over 12,939 Party Band reviews. Read more here.
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
5 stars - Atlantic are Highly Recommended
“These guys are the real deal. I knew they'd be good but they exceeded my/our expectations (and I book plenty of music acts for events). Communication was prompt and easy right from...”
Patrick M booked Atlantic for their event on 13th January 2020
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Everything you need to know to hire Party Bands for your event
What is a Party Band?
A party band is a group of musicians who specialise in playing live music for parties, including corporate parties, birthdays, anniversaries and similar celebrations. Usually playing current and classic pop and chart tracks, a party band is generally made up of a lead singer, guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer. Larger party bands may include a keys player, backing singers, or a brass section.
A complete entertainment package, party bands will provide everything they need for their performance, including sound and lighting equipment, with no need for you to hire any additional services.
Their sets are specifically tailored to parties and may include DJ options, or ‘bandeoke’, where you and your guests take over the lead vocals, accompanied by the live band.
Professional party bands are used to performing internationally and all over the UK and will often travel large distances.
What music will a Party Band play?
You name it and party bands play it! But you may prefer to choose your band based on the repertoire in which they specialise. Most party bands play a huge range of rock, indie and chart music from early Beatles and Motown to current floor fillers, with some bands preferring guitar-based rock, or dance, funk and soul. A standard set list may include songs from artists such as:
Kings of Leon
The Rolling Stones
The repertoire for each of our party bands is featured on their profile pages. Usually artists will tailor their set list to your specific party requirements, and this can be discussed with your Alive Network Entertainment Coordinator.
Popular types of Party Band
1. Guitar bands
Usually consisting of 3–5 members, these bands unsurprisingly specialise in a repertoire based around guitar music – think rock/indie/pop. Guitar bands will cover artists from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Jam, through to The Strokes, Oasis and The Killers.
2. Pop/Funk/Soul bands
Mainly led by female singers and consisting of anything from 4–12 members, pop, funk and soul bands feature a more prominent use of synths and/or a brass section. Repertoire is more dance focussed, including soul and Motown artists like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, as well as modern chart and RnB artists such as Jess Glynne, Rihanna and Beyoncé.
Where in the UK do Alive Party Bands perform?
Our party bands jet set all over the world – from Dorset to Dubai! The most popular UK locations include:
A party band is the perfect centrepiece to your big celebration. Bands usually feature towards the end of the night, when guests are up for dancing and the celebrations can be turned up a notch! Sets are lively and energetic, and best performed after any food has been served to enable guests to dance comfortably.
Many bands offer ‘bandaoke’ (check out Vinyl Beats) or ‘rockaoke’ sets (take a look at The Dukes) where guests can take on the lead vocals in a karaoke style, with a live band accompaniment. This is a great way to bring guests into the action, as well as being a real crowd pleaser!
Almost all bands also provide a DJ service if you want to keep the party going after their final set has come to a close.
If your celebration is an all-day affair, party bands can offer daytime-friendly acoustic sets, providing a backdrop for a champagne tent, drinks reception, awards or garden parties.
Booking one band for the whole day’s celebration can be a real timesaver – and great for the budget too. Both logistics and price are minimised, compared with the option of hiring several separate performers.
The volume of your band will be dictated by the line-up, instruments and room acoustics at your venue. Live party bands tend to be hired for a big, energetic evening performance, and their volume often reflects this – usually in the region of 95 dB – 110 dB. For any daytime entertainment, eg for drinks receptions or garden parties, the sound will obviously be quieter if you opt for a smaller, pared down or acoustic version of the band.
The cost of party bands varies, depending on the number of musicians, and the options each band offers.
The average price of a 5-piece party band is around £1,300.
This table shows the range of fees for different types of party bands:
Line-up of band
£670 - £960
£980 - £1,550
£1,050 - £1,380
£1,500 - £7,500+
If your budget is tight, booking a band local to your venue is a great way to reduce cost, as any travel fees will be minimal. The home town of all Alive Network party bands are included on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can recommend the best bands near your venue. However, you don’t need to limit your search to just local bands – your perfect band maybe willing to travel at nominal cost!
Who are the top 10 Party Bands in the UK right now?
Our list features the current premier UK party bands, based on performance quality, reputation, innovation and quality:
Party bands usually perform two 60-minute or three 40-minute sets.
FIf you’ve booked your party band for an evening, they might arrive at 6pm, set up and perform the all-important sound check by 7.30pm to 8pm, get changed and ready to start the first performance by around 9pm. After a 30 minute break, the second set would then start around 10.30pm, and finish at 11.30pm, before the usual midnight curfew. Many party bands offer longer performances or DJ sets at an additional cost, including finishing times of 1am and 2am.
You can find the booking options on each party band’s profile page. Of course, times supplied above are just an example – the band will always liaise with you and will tailor performances to suit your celebration.
How much space will a Party Band need?
The table below demonstrates how much space party bands of different sizes might require:
Size of Party 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
This is a good rough guide, but measurements might vary depending on the number of musicians and the type of instruments in your chosen party band. Your Entertainment Coordinator can discuss the options with you.
How long will it take for a Party Band to set up?
Depending how close to the performance space a party band can park, unloading, setting up and performing their sound check will take around 60 – 90 minutes. Some city-centre hotels require bands to load in via a supplier’s entrance, using a shared staff elevator, which can increase set up times.
Following their performance, it takes a party band around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.
What equipment will a Party Band need?
Most party bands need:
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!)
parking provision with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
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 – soft drinks and a hot meal, for example, depending on how long you’ve booked them for
Party bands provide their own PA sound system, microphones, backline amplifiers, and stage lighting, with some offering additional production packages, including staging and lighting effects.
If you are planning a large party with over 200 guests, especially if it is an outdoor event, you may need a larger PA system. Your dedicated Entertainment Coordinator will be happy to discuss the requirements for specific party bands.
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Aside from finding some of the best Party Bands in the UK and getting expert advice from our friendly staff, one of the main reasons to hire a Party 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 Party 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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