Book a Live Function Band for your event anywhere in the UK
Book a Live Function Band for your event anywhere in the UK.
Find 586 of the best Function Bands for hire at Alive Network. Perfect for dancing, loved by guests of all ages & playing music from The Beatles to Bruno Mars & Ed Sheeran, our five star booking service helps you to hire a Function Band for weddings, corporate events & parties throughout the UK. Also see our wedding bands & party bands.
5 stars - Happy Hour are Highly Recommended439 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 Recommended507 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 - Riptide are Highly Recommended118 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 - 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 - Season are Highly Recommended128 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 - The Sonics are Highly Recommended117 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 - 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 Kicks are Highly Recommended282 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 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Live Wires are Highly Recommended275 Reviews Number of members: 4Staffordshire
Rocking events across the UK for the last 10 years, Live Wires are experienced, 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 - 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 - 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 Low Down are Highly Recommended114 Reviews Number of members: 3East Sussex
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 Compilation are Highly Recommended67 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!...
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....
All Alive Network 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 kind of music do they 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 Rolling Stones
Kings of Leon
Popular types of bands to hire
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.
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.
Where in the UK can I hire a band?
Our bands are regularly booked for a range of events and locations across the UK and internationally – for weddings, corporate events, private parties, venues, festivals, and more. The most popular locations include:
The search form at the top of the page includes all counties of the UK. Simply run a search selecting your event type, the location and the date and we will show you a list of artists who are available along with their price and distance from your event location. The list is sorted by popularity, but you can reorder based on distance if you're specifically looking for a local band for hire.
Is a rock & pop band suitable for my event?
Rock and pop bands like the guys and girls in the list above 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 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! Alive Network's 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.
Most 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 are the band going to be?
The average volume level of most fully-amplified 4-piece guitar-based rock and pop 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 we need if we book a band?
Most 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 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
How long will it take for the 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 they need?
To really rock at your event, most live 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.
All Alive Network bands will provide their own PA system, microphones, stage lighting, backline amplifiers and instruments.
Safe, Secure Function Band Hire Backed By 24/7 Cover!
Aside from finding some of the best Function Bands in the UK and getting expert advice from our friendly staff, one of the main reasons to hire a Function 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 Function 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!?
Outstanding five-star customer service
Emergency cover 24/7, 365 days a year
Hand-picked Function Bands for the ultimate in quality and reliability
Safe, secure booking contracts for your peace of mind
Easy enquiry and booking process
Hundreds of Rock and Pop Function Bands to choose from
Trusted brand with over 110,000 previous clients & high-profile industry partnerships
Instant online Function Band prices & availability
Established in 1999, Alive Network has grown to become the UK's largest live entertainment agency and one of the leading online entertainment booking services in the world. We specialise in wedding entertainment, party entertainment and corporate entertainment, trusted by companies like Apple, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Coca-Cola & Nike, and we have helped over 110,000 customers to hire the perfect live entertainment for their events. We are formally partnered with BIMM, the largest and leading provider of contemporary music education in the UK and Europe, ensuring that we are able to bring you the very best new talent exclusively at Alive Network.
Alternatively, our dedicated expert entertainment coordinators are on-hand to help. Simply call 0845 108 5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A UK-wide & International Function Band Agency
As the UK's leading function band agency we represent the very best bands for hire throughout the UK. We organise band hire UK wide as well as for international events. Our five star booking service ensures it's easy to hire a function band anywhere in the UK with minimum fuss. Every booking is backed by a secure contract and 24 hour a day customer support. By booking with a trusted function band agent you'll have the peace of mind to get on with enjoying your event!
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