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Find 137 of the best Soul & Motown Bands for hire in the UK. Mixing R&B, funk, soul, classic pop & Motown with a big band sound that includes hits by Aretha Franklin & James Brown to Otis Redding & Wilson Pickett - These bands make a big impact! We'll help you find the perfect soul & motown band for weddings, corporate events & parties. Also see tribute bands, function bands, wedding bands & party bands.
5 stars - Motor City Soul are Highly Recommended19 Reviews Number of members: 7London
Playing some of the greatest tunes ever written, Motor City Soul deliver fiery and funky sets of classic Motown, Atlantic and rare Northern soul. Available as a 7-10 piece band with an infectious enthusiasm, Motor City Soul will bring the golden age of music to your event!...
5 stars - Soulisphere are Highly Recommended22 Reviews Number of members: 6Surrey
Soulisphereare an energetic 5–12 piece ensemble whose wireless rigs render them boundless and indispensable if you want your dance floor filled. The band have performed in Oman, Italy, Singapore, France, Azerbaijan, Spain and the Philippines. Soulisphere have performed at such prestigious venues as The Ritz, The Savoy, The Dorchester, Four Seasons....
5 stars - Men Of Motown are Highly Recommended11 Reviews Number of members: 4London
A sleek, highly-finished show created by soulful harmonies and well-paced choreography. Comprising of former Drifters member, West End Stars and an X Factor finalist, Men of Motown will deliver an engaging and impressive show that will be remembered by all....
5 stars - After 8s are Highly Recommended25 Reviews Number of members: 8West Midlands
Superb energetic 8 piece band with male & female lead vocals, backing vocals & brass section! After 8's playing an awesome unique blend of modern & classic Funk, Soul, Motown, Disco, Rock ‘n Roll, R ‘n’ B and House anthems!...
5 stars - Laura Soul Valore are Highly Recommended28 Reviews Number of members: 1London
A vibrant solo Soul / Motown singer who can 'wow' any crowd! From celebrity events, to weddings and functions; Laura Soul Valore can tailor her set to meet your individual requirements. Singing all the Motown & Soul classics mixed with modern day hits, she will bring a touch of class and elegance to any event! Also available with a full live band....
5 stars - Funk The Revolution are Highly Recommended46 Reviews Number of members: 4London
Filling your dance floor with an array of Soul, Funk & Pop hits both old & new, Funk The Revolution are cool, stylish and full of groove! Professional musicians, the band's members have worked across the world performing with artists such as Jamiroquai, M People & Brand New Heavies plus gracing the stages of Glastonbury & Love Box!...
5 stars - Minnie And The Moochers are Highly Recommended10 Reviews Number of members: 4London
Bring the very best Blues, Motown & Soul to your event, Minnie And The Moochers perform your favourite classics with music from all the greats including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Otis Redding & more!...
5 stars - Motown Glamour are Highly Recommended8 Reviews Number of members: 3Surrey
Motown Glamour are a stunning trio of gorgeous vocalists who perform a variety of Motown, Soul, Disco and current Pop hits with style, glitter and glamour! Bringing your event to life with huge party sets, or soft mellow background entertainment, Motown Glamour are a professional act who deliver incredible vocals everytime!...
5 stars - Motown Vogue are Highly Recommended6 Reviews Number of members: 7Surrey
Take you & your guests back to the 60s & 70s with the truly authentic & charismatic Motown Vogue. This 7 piece band perform classics from artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 & more! Vocal Trio also available!...
5 stars - Brown Sugar are Highly Recommended15 Reviews Number of members: 4Staffordshire
Brown Sugar are known for their powerhouse sound, high energy sets & first class customer service. Covering music from the greats across the decades, like Aretha to Stevie, Bruno & more, this 4 piece band have a whole host of previous clients who absolutely rave about them!...
5 stars - Soul Groove are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 5London
Soul Groove bring Funk, Soul & Disco back to 21st Century - with all of the glam & none of the cheese... Expect to hear your favourite Funk, Soul, Motown & Disco classics by Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Chic, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Prince & more!...
5 stars - Funk Soul Stars are Highly Recommended18 Reviews Number of members: 6Essex
Featuring both male & female lead vocals, floor-filling grooves and an optional horn section, Funk Soul Stars are a highly sought-after band who play the very best Motown, Funk, Soul and R&B hits with style!...
5 stars - Academy Of Soul are Highly Recommended11 Reviews Number of members: 4Cheshire
Bringing funk, groove & passion for some of the greatest hits of all time, Academy Of Soul are one of the finest UK soul bands! Guaranteeing a slick, top flight performance with music from Aretha, Marvin, Stevie & more, this band will kick-start your party & fill your dance floor!...
Coupling authentic, passionate vocals with one of the tightest rhythm sections around, The Sensations are the live experience you won’t want to miss. Playing all of your favourite tracks from Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations and more, there’s no doubt you’ll leave the room shaking your tail feather....
5 stars - Soul Hop are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 5London
Soul Hop is a group of extremely talented musicians bringing the best hiphop, RnB, pop, soul and Motown party music to stages and dance floors up and down the UK. With 2 high quality female vocalists, Claire and Emma, together with Andrew's rapping skills, Soul Hop will win you and all of your guests round from the first song....
5 stars - Diva Divine are Highly Recommended67 Reviews Number of members: 1Staffordshire
Diva Divine tributes a wide range of songs from the 60's to present day. With impeccable vocals, stunning costumes & plenty of audience participation! Her huge repertoire includes the best Soul, Motown, Disco, Rock & Roll and Jazz Hits that were made famous by artists like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Candi Staton, Rihanna, The Beatles, Madonna, The Jackson 5, Alicia Keys & many more!...
5 stars - The Motownettes are Highly Recommended6 Reviews Number of members: 3Greater Manchester
Performing the very best Soul & Motown hits with style, full choreography, incredible harmonies & stunning outfits, The Motownettes will have your dance floor full from their first note! Featuring an authentic set of Motown & Soul, followed by a party set of fun 70s & 80s hits, this incredible trio are a must have choice for any party!...
Cool yet classic, The Wonders deliver timeless Motown anthems alongside Soul inspired chart hits. Showcasing insane talent, musicianship & professionalism, let this impressive act help you party the night away!...
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5 stars - Mrs X are Highly Recommended
“Mrs X you were amazing. Two great sets full of hits from a Stevie Wonder medley to Mr Brightside. Every one of them performed to perfection with great energy. You were a memorable ...”
Robert D booked Mrs X for their Wedding in Surrey on 25th June 2022
5 stars - Seven are Highly Recommended
“The band were so professional, great fun and had everyone up and dancing. High energy and superb quality they kept the hits coming with barely a pause. Totally engaged with the cro...”
David W booked Seven for their event in Devon on 25th June 2022
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Everything you need to know to hire Soul, RnB & Motown Bands for your event
What is a Motown or soul wedding band?
Soul, RnB and Motown has deep-seated roots in African-American music of the 40s and 50s, such as gospel and jazz. As such, the sound is expressive and genuine, often reflecting the pride, strength, joy, sorrow, triumphs and failures of life. It can be lively and optimistic one moment, and slow and regretful the next, but always served in fabulous style.
A soul band is a live music group dedicated to performing popular soul and Motown hits for special occasions, like weddings, private parties and corporate events. Typically featuring a strong lead singer with backing vocals, drums, guitars, percussion, keyboards, and occasionally with a horn or string section, they usually range in size from 3–5 performers, right up to the impact of a big band, with 10+ members.
They can perform a range of music to reflect the atmosphere you’d like to create at your event - from old classics to contemporary hits - and most offer the option to tailor their set to suit. Think Percy Sledge, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Joss Stone, and Beyoncé.
They are a self-contained entertainment package, providing everything needed for a booking, without the need to hire additional sound and lighting equipment. Often travelling over a wide geographical area, their performances are designed specifically for private events.
Old classics or modern hits, soul and Motown bands will perform the best range of music to get you and your guests moving. Think music from the likes of:
Nat King Cole
The Four Tops
The Jackson 5
Check out the repertoire for each band on their individual profile pages. Many will offer the option to tailor their set list to your specific passions!
Popular types of Motown wedding band
Take jazz music, add a strong beat coupled with lyrics about life, love and freedom, and you have Rhythm and Blues music. Nowadays, RnB is a genre in its own right, sprouting sub-genres such as funk, ska, and hip-hop. This genre is home to artists as disparate as Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige and Justin Timberlake.
Born out of jazz and rhythm and blues in the late 1950s, soul music also has links to American gospel, combining powerful rhythms and strong, emotive vocals. Artists in this field include Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Sam Cook and Joss Stone.
Calling themselves ‘the new definition of soul’, this style of music was named after Detroit-based record label, Motown Records. Founded in 1958, the Motown record label created a new sound by merging soul and new pop, which proved extremely popular, filling dance-floors in night clubs and discos ever since. Motown artists include artists like Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, the Four Tops, The Temptations, The Pointer Sisters, the Jackson 5, and Lionel Ritchie.
Usually containing between from 3–10+ members, often with female lead vocals and more prominent use of keyboards or a brass section. Most of our soul, RnB and Motown bands will perform a range of classic pop and Motown hits, to modern pop and RnB artists like Rhianna, Amy Winehouse, Pharrell, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.
Do you have a soul or Motown tribute band near me?
Our bands headline at a variety of occasions across the UK and internationally – from private parties and weddings to corporate events. They most frequently perform in:
Soul bands specialise in fantastically fun, spirited performances, certain to fill the dance floor! They are usually the headline evening entertainment, but can provide several options for your own event, be it a:
Our bands come in all shapes and sizes, from sole soul singers and dynamic duets performing with backing tracks, to impressive 10-piece big bands with a lively brass section that will blow you away! Many offer flexibility for your event, and many solo artists also offer a live band option. You can scale most options up or down, depending on your budget and event requirements. You may want a lower-key version of your chosen band’s set for your wedding ceremony or afternoon drinks reception, for example, adding members in the evening for a larger line-up, making your party an energetic event after the lights go down!
Soul music is all-inclusive, and a great choice if you want all your guests to get up and enjoy themselves - whatever their age! They’re also great for exciting corporate events, fun cocktail parties, and can even provide walk-on music for awards ceremonies.
The cost of a Motown or soul band will vary, depending on line-up and the options each band offers.
In the last 12 months, the average price of a 5-piece band is around £1,600.
This table shows the cost ranges for different types of acts:
Type of Artist
£390 – £720
£660 – £780
£610 – £1,200
£960 – £2,420
7-piece bands +
£1,270 – £3,620
£1,740 – £7,500
Booking a band who are local to your venue is one way to reduce costs, as their travel time will be minimal. The home town location of all Alive Network bands are displayed on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can also recommend the best bands closest to your venue.
Most bands offer performances made up of two 45- or 60-minute sets, with a break of around 30 minutes in-between. In fact, many offer the flexibility of several set choices, such as one longer set or three shorter sets, so they can tailor their performances to your individual event. For example, at a wedding drinks reception, your band could perform a 40-minute set of lovely laid-back soul music, then take a break to reappear on-stage for the loud and lively party set later on, at your evening reception.
Some bands also offer the option of after-midnight finishes, if you’d like to continue the party into the wee small hours. The booking options for each artist can be found on their profile page, and our Event Coordinators will be happy to discuss the options available.
How much space will they need?
The performance space needed will depend on the format of band you choose, how many members it has and the number and type of instruments they use, as well as their sound equipment. Also, our bands specialise in providing a fantastic visual, as well as musical, performance so they’re likely to need plenty of room to move around to get your guests hyped up!
If you have a large space to fill, you may wish to opt for the impact of a big band with plenty of gusto. However, smaller bands and artists can also do an excellent job of delivering an energetic performance and getting the room jumping at a large venue.
This table gives a rough guide to the space a live soul artist will need to perform in:
Size of band
Performance Space Required
2 × 2 metres
3 × 2 metres
3 × 3 metres
4 × 3 metres
5 and 6-piece band
5 × 3 metres
7-piece band and bigger
5/6 × 4 metres
If your band features dancers or backing singers, remember to ensure there’s plenty of space at your venue so the band can give their peak performance. Your dedicated Event Coordinator can provide you with specific measurements for your chosen band.
How long will it take for them to set up?
It usually takes anything from 60 – 90 minutes for a band to unload, set up and perform their vital sound check. This will depend on how close they can park relative to the performance area – some busy inner-city hotels require bands to load in via a supplier’s entrance, using a shared staff elevator, which can impact their set up time.
Following their final set, it can take around 20 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.
What equipment will they need?
To funk up your special occasion with style, our performers will appreciate:
a dedicated, suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area or stage
if consented to an outside performance, they will need cover from all types of elements
adequate lighting, especially if they're performing in a marquee, for example
a minimum of four 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up
parking provision with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
refreshments – soft drinks and food, in some occasions and depending on the length of time you’ve booked them for
Our bands will bring their own instruments, PA sound system, microphones, stage lighting, and backline amplifiers. If you’re planning an event at a very large venue with over 200 guests, we recommend you discuss your requirements with your Event Coordinator, as you may need to hire an additional sound system.
For information on the following, see our Frequently Asked Questions:
Alternatively, our dedicated expert entertainment coordinators are on-hand to help. Simply call 0845 108 5500 or email email@example.com.
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