5 stars - Dexter are Highly Recommended123 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 - Switch are Highly Recommended34 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 - Crimson Kings are Highly Recommended28 Reviews Number of members: 4Lincolnshire
A professional 4 piece band who have entertained hundreds of people all around the UK. Performing a diverse mix of 50's classics to modern chart toppers, Crimson Kings will create an exciting, fun atmosphere wherever they play!...
5 stars - The Sonics are Highly Recommended62 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
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 - 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 - The Nightliners are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Brighton, THE NIGHTLINERS are a cool, experienced & energetic group that will give you a night to remember! Specialising in Rock, Indie & Pop, covering The Killers, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters & many others, members have appeared on Later with Jools Holland, shared a stage with The Maccabees, Foals, Frank Turner, Friendly Fires, The Vaccines & Noel Gallagher, and received airplay on Radio X, BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, & 6 Music!...
5 stars - Ride The Fire are Highly Recommended66 Reviews Number of members: 3Devon
A professional three piece with a sound that packs a punch! Featuring award winning guitarist, Ride The Fire perform music from Green Day, Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon to Queen & Elvis Presley. They have previously supported bands such as Toploader, Feeder, Ocean Colour Scene and even been the warm up band for Calvin Harris & Tinie Tempah for a corporate festival. Bringing a real live music experience to any event, Ride The Fire rock weddings and private parties across the UK!...
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 - Bandit are Highly Recommended97 Reviews Number of members: 4Hertfordshire
Award winning Indie Rock & Pop band! Young, experienced & energetic Bandit delivers a lively repertoire including fresh new music from Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Pharrell, The Kings of Leon as well as your favourite dance floor fillers. Guaranteed to get all your guests dancing and rock your event!...
5 stars - Luxe are Highly Recommended5 Reviews Number of members: 5London
Introducing Luxe; the UK’s freshest, hottest 5-piece band ready to party! Wowing your guests from their first note, Luxe perform music across the ages from Jackie Wilson, The Beatles, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris & loads more! With expert knowledge, insane talent & a whole host of previous experience, Luxe deliver the ultimate party time & time again!...
5 stars - The Low Down are Highly Recommended60 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 - Drive are Highly Recommended37 Reviews Number of members: 4Merseyside
Known across the UK for their ‘real gig’ feel, Drive are the perfect choice for real music lovers looking to party! Specialising in indie-rock with a bit of modern pop thrown in for good measure, this energetic 4-piece band are huge crowd-pleasers and receive rave reviews wherever they go!...
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 - The Good Habits are Highly Recommended60 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 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 Supertones are Highly Recommended133 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 - The Colts are Highly Recommended72 Reviews Number of members: 4London
The Colts are a high-energy professional party band whose members who have played in the West End; toured the world; supported well-known artists & appeared on television & radio. Playing hits from the 50’s right up to the present day, The Colts' exhilarating live shows never fail to get audiences out of their seats and on to the dance floor!...
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....
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Everything you need to know to hire Wedding Bands for your event
What is a wedding music band?
A wedding music band is a group of musicians who specialise in playing live music for weddings. There’s a huge range of wedding bands you can choose from, depending on the style of wedding you’re planning and the vibe you’d like to create, including:
Each type of band will help you to create a personalised ambiance for your special day, be it the warm, intimate feel of an acoustic and roaming band, the light, romantic atmosphere of an upbeat jazz band, or the fun, rocking feel of a wedding party band.
Many bands offer pared-down or acoustic ensembles to entertain your guests in the daytime, and can provide music tailored specially for your romantic bridal procession, as well as headlining the party as your main evening entertainment.
Offering a self-contained entertainment package, wedding band hire will often include everything they need for their performance, including sound and lighting equipment, so there’s no need to hire any additional kit.
Their sets are specifically tailored to weddings, and they will often travel large distances to perform.
What music will they play?
Wedding band music is often a real assortment of rock and pop music from the 1950s to current chart acts, performing hits sure to make you move your feet. A standard set list may include song from artists such as:
Kings of Leon
Nat King Cole
Sammy Davis Junior
The Rolling Stones
A complete repertoire of each wedding bands music is featured on their profile pages. Most will tailor their set list to your specific wedding requirements, and this can be discussed with your Alive Network Entertainment Coordinator.
Popular types of bands for weddings
1. Rock and pop wedding party bands
Often the main evening entertainment at weddings, rock and pop wedding party bands will perform a lively and dynamic set, perfect to fill the dancefloor at your evening reception. Most bands will offer a range of classic and modern rock and pop music, from the 1950s to current chart hits – tracks that the majority of your wedding guests will know and want to party to! They will cover music from the likes of The Beatles, The Jam, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift.
Upbeat jazz bands perform classic toe-tapping jazz music for a happy, sophisticated and romantic mood at your wedding celebrations. Sometimes featuring a singer and sometimes instrumental, these bands can range in styles from Gypsy Jazz, Latin Jazz, and modern pop songs with a vintage Jazz twist. For a more standard approach, you can expect traditional jazz tunes like I Get A Kick Out Of You, Cheek to Cheek, My Baby Just Cares for Me, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, from artists such as Billie Holliday, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Incorporating traditional jazz, Charleston music and the sounds of New Orleans, Dixieland jazz bands traditionally play over a 2-beat rhythm, blending trumpets, trombones, and clarinets with a rhythm section. Usually, one instrument will play a melody and the other instruments improvise around that, giving a really loose and fun performance style. You can expect a Dixieland jazz band to cover Dixieland artists like Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Kid Ory and Duke Ellington.
Whatever atmosphere you’d like to create, acoustic and roaming bands can offer a variety of engaging unplugged musical vibes, ranging from chilled-out to lively and high-tempo, and everywhere in between! Acoustic and roaming bands can be an exciting, quirky, and interactive option for your wedding. Always warm and intimate, they’re perfect for a relaxed wedding ceremony, a laidback, playful drinks reception, and a fun evening wedding reception. Unbound by cables, some bands wander among your guests as they perform. Some offer the option of ‘jukebox’-style song requests off the cuff, and exciting musical mash-ups, getting everyone involved! From traditional guitar-based acoustic bands to a capella barbershop quartets, mariachi, and bluegrass bands, our artists cover a broad range of styles and genres. Most will also include versions of popular chart music, to amuse and entertain, from Bon Jovi and The Beatles to Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake.
With origins in RnB (rhythm and blues), jazz, and gospel music, the music that soul bands perform combine tantalising tempos and strong, heart-felt vocals. A soul band will perform songs from artists such as James Brown, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Otis Redding. Most will also perform a soulful twist on modern classics, and tunes by artists like Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Rihanna.
If you’re looking for a cool, modern vintage wedding theme, Rat Pack and swing bands are ideal. Equally smooth and glitzy, these bands will cover Rat Pack classics by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin, and – with one foot in the jazz camp – they will also perform a range of timeless hits spanning the last 70 years, including music by Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Glenn Miller. Most will perform modern hits in a swing style, such as Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams, which you and your guests will love! You can choose to have the full, big band experience to raise the roof, or opt for a toned-down version, according to the vibe you’d like to create at your wedding.
The evening entertainment can be turned up a few notches, with additional members and instruments added to perform a dynamic and energetic party set. A live band can play music for the all-important first dance too, with many offering the option to learn a special song of your choice, given enough notice. They can also provide a DJ option so that you and your guests can party all night.
Once you've decided to book a band for a wedding, it's worth considering the benefit of booking one band for the whole day’s celebration. Costs and logistics are minimal, particularly compared with the option of hiring several separate performers for your wedding day.
Space considerations at your event
A typical 4-piece band will need a space of roughly 4m width × 3m depth to perform comfortably. For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a band need?’, below.
Volume - How loud is a live band?
To some extent, the volume of your band will be dictated by the line-up, instruments and room acoustics at your venue. Live bands can give exhilarating evening performances, and their volume often reflects this – usually in the region of 95 dB – 110 dB. The sound will obviously be quieter if you opt for a smaller, pared down or acoustic version for your daytime entertainment.
Booking a band who are 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's bands are included on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can recommend the best bands near to 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 recommended wedding bands in the UK right now?
This hot list features our current premier bands, based on a range of performance quality, innovation and popularity. These guys & girls are our most recommended live bands:
Wedding band entertainment usually consists of two 60-minute performances, though many can perform for longer if needed. You could spread out a two-hour performance by splitting it into three 40-minute sets. Most bands are flexible to fit in with your evening, and will usually take a break of around 15 minutes between sets, during which time they will provide background music from an MP3 player or laptop.
If providing the evening entertainment, wedding reception bands would typically arrive at 6pm, get set up and perform that all-important sound check by 7.30pm to 8pm, get changed and ready to start the first performance by around 9pm. The second performance would then start around 10.30pm, until a normal curfew of midnight. Many 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 band’s profile page. These times serve as an example – the band will always liaise with you and will tailor what they are doing on the night to your particular needs.
How much space will a live band need?
The table below shows approximately 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 a live band to set up?
Depending how close to the performance space the band can park, unloading, setting up and performing their sound-check will take around 60 – 90 minutes.
Some busy city 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 band around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.
What equipment will a live band need?
Most bands will need:
parking provision with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
sturdy, armless chairs for acoustic musicians
a dedicated, suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area or stage
if performing outside – by prior agreement – they will need cover from the ever-changing elements to protect from either direct sunlight or any chance of rain!
good lighting, 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
All Alive Network bands provide their own PA sound system, microphones, backline amplifiers, and stage lighting.
If you are planning a large wedding with over 200 guests, you may need to hire a separate PA system to fill the large venue. Your dedicated Entertainment Coordinator will be happy to discuss the requirements for specific bands.
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