Nothing brings your event to life like a live band, but what type of band is best suited to which type of event? Here are some suggestions!
Rock and Pop Function Bands
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Function bands for hire are the workhorses of live entertainment, able to perform a wide variety of songs from the 50s to the latest hits. Often referred to as wedding bands, cover bands or party bands, these types of band play music made famous by other artists, and usually comprise of four or five male performers.
Best for: wedding receptions, private parties, corporate parties, family celebrations, Christmas parties and any event where you want your guests to get up and dance all night long!
View all of our Tribute Bands >>>
A tribute band or tribute act recreates the music and experience of famous acts, looking and sounding as close to 'the real thing' as possible, often with accurate costumes and instruments. So, you get all the excitement of the original without the high price tag and ego clashes! Some tribute bands specialise in the music of a particular era, such as the 1960s, or type of music, such as disco.
Best for: themed parties, wedding receptions, corporate fun days, staff parties, product launches, festivals, fun days, community events, afterhours sports events entertainment.
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Jazz is a diverse genre of music, ranging from traditional jazz to modern laid back lounge styles, so there's a style of jazz for every mood you want to create at your event. Dixieland jazz bands play upbeat, foot tapping, traditional jazz.
Best for: outdoor receptions, jazz brunches and picnics, fetes and fun days, street events, family parties and BBQs.
Jazz standard bands play those classic jazz tunes made famous by artists like Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie and vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
Best for: wedding drinks receptions, corporate presentations, press launches, sports events lunches, wedding receptions, family parties, and lazy summer evenings under the stars.
Rat Pack & Swing Bands
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Swing bands and Rat Pack singers are stylish and sophisticated with a dash of Las Vegas, with a vocalist (or three) creating the "'Ol Black Magic" of The Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé or Jamie Cullum.
Best for: black tie dinners, elegant wedding receptions, charity dinner dances, international conference entertainment, private parties, executive company Christmas events, or any event where good music can be appreciated.
Big Bands & Jazz Orchestras
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Big bands are dance or show bands that combine brass, woodwind, sax, vocalists and drums to create full, vibrant and nostalgic music. Think Glenn Millar, the Rat Pack's backing bands and today's versatile jazz orchestras at The Proms and similar. Varying in size from 12 to 20 players, big bands play hits from the 1940s, swing, jazz, show tunes and more.
Best for: high impact entertainment for corporate events, weddings, fundraising dinner dances, anniversary parties, retro parties, stylish conference entertainment.
Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll Bands
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As their name suggests, these bands play an infectious mix of upbeat music including classic swing, jive and rock and roll hits that always get guests out of their seats and onto the dance floor!
Best for: dance parties, club nights, birthday parties, anniversary parties, sales team incentive days, wedding receptions, sports events entertainment, and any event requiring an injection of musical energy!
Soul, RnB & Motown Bands
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These bands invite you to step back to a time when pop was about superb harmonies, great voices and unforgettable tunes by classic artists. Versatile and highly accomplished, these bands and their talented vocalists can switch from high energy to high romance in the turn of a stiletto or drumstick!
Best for: nostalgic party entertainment, wedding parties, sports events, club and societies socials, high class private parties, themed nights, festivals and nightclubs.
70's, Disco & Funk Bands
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The sounds of the 70s, when flares were in and afro haircuts were cool, and chart music was dominated by the irresistible rise of disco. Disco bands and Funk bands are a great choice if you want your guests to get down and boogie all night long.
Best for: retro or themed parties, 'big' birthday bashes, hen nights, wedding parties, open air events, festivals, corporate fun days, disco club nights, family days and retro nights.
View all of our Mariachi Bands >>>
Mariachi bands are the street musicians of Mexico, a strolling band of violin, trumpet, guitar and accordion players dressed in traditional smart suits and sombrero hats. And thanks to adverts for a certain triangular corn snack, more popular than ever to play both original mariachi music and modern covers in mariachi style.
Best for: wedding receptions, drinks receptions, birthday parties for young and old, Spanish baptisms, ladies nights, romantic dinners, street festivals, high impact 'surprise' entertainment, and any outdoor event with a sense of fun!
View all of our Steel Bands >>>
Steel bands are the iconic sound of the Caribbean, playing steel pans (drums) to evoke visions of sand, sea and endless sunshine! Portable, flexible and fascinating to watch, steel bands bring a ray of musical sunshine to any event.
Best for: outdoor festivals, product promotions, wedding entertainment, drinks receptions, corporate fun days, beach or waterside events, summer parties, cocktail bar entertainment, shows and exhibitions, street entertainment, and Christmas events playing carols with a Caribbean twist!
For further details of the bands for hire from Alive Network, simply click on the categories on the left hand side of every page on our website.