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10 Types of Bands You Can Hire From Alive Network

10 Types of Bands You Can Hire From Alive Network

Amazing Bands For Hire!

Can't decide what type of live cover band will suit your wedding, corporate event or private party the best? Alive Network have created a list which explains what the different band types are and where they are best applied.

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!

Top 5 Rock & Pop Function Bands Right Now >>>

  • Happy Hour Function Band Kent

    Happy Hour

    5 stars - Happy Hour are Highly Recommended 407 Rock & Pop Function Bands Kent

    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!
    Price from £1,615

  • Hipster Function Band Cheshire


    5 stars - Hipster are Highly Recommended 481 Rock & Pop Function Bands Cheshire

    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!
    Price from £1,755

  • The Hot Shots Function Band Essex

    The Hot Shots

    5 stars - The Hot Shots are Highly Recommended 360 Rock & Pop Function Bands Essex

    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.
    Price from £1,512

  • The Fanatics Function Band Staffordshire

    The Fanatics

    5 stars - The Fanatics are Highly Recommended 93 Rock & Pop Function Bands Staffordshire

    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.
    Price from £1,635

Tribute Bands

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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.

Top 5 Tribute Bands Right Now >>>

  • (Take That) A Night Of Take That Tribute Act Bedfordshire

    A Night Of Take That

    5 stars - (Take That) A Night Of Take That are Highly Recommended 20 Tribute Bands Bedfordshire

    A Night Of Take That bring to you a fantastic act perfectly capturing the sounds and performance of the real Take That. One of the very best tributes around!
    Price from £1,212

  • Express Tribute Act West Midlands


    5 stars - Express are Highly Recommended 36 Tribute Bands West Midlands

    A truly authentic tribute to the world’s greatest pop band! Their unique blend of polished vocals, quality musicianship, carefully sourced '70s costumes, realistic accents and thoughtful choreography ensure a night to remember!
    Price from £1,145

  • (Neil Diamond) The Real Diamond Tribute Act Worcestershire

    The Real Diamond

    5 stars - (Neil Diamond) The Real Diamond are Highly Recommended 74 Tribute Bands Worcestershire

    The Real Diamond is rated one of the top Neil Diamond tribute acts in the UK. With an uncanny likeness, this is a must see for all Neil Diamond fans.
    Price from £453

  • (Rat Pack) The Rat Pack Swinging Live Tribute Act Essex

    The Rat Pack Swinging Live

    5 stars - (Rat Pack) The Rat Pack Swinging Live are Highly Recommended 27 Tribute Bands Essex

    The Rat Pack Swinging Live is a hit show perfectly capturing not only the wonderful music & comedy of the original legends, but also the remarkable personalities. Voted number 1 Rat Pack Tribute in the UK at The National Tribute Awards!
    Price from £1,411

  • (Blues Brothers) The Complete Blues Brothers Tribute Act West Midlands

    The Complete Blues Brothers

    5 stars - (Blues Brothers) The Complete Blues Brothers are Highly Recommended 28 Tribute Bands West Midlands

    The Complete Blues Brothers is a full and authentic stage show tribute to the film and musical duo of the same name. With hits like Gimme Some Lovin', Blues Brothers car also available, you are sure to have a full evening's fun!
    Price from £736

Jazz Bands

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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.

Top 5 Jazz Bands Right Now >>>

  • Kind Of Two Jazz Band London

    Kind Of Two

    5 stars - Kind Of Two are Highly Recommended 26 Jazz Bands London

    Kind of Two are a highly skilled and award-winning jazz duo who are guaranteed to lend a sophisticated soundtrack to any event, with experience performing for well-known clients such as Elton John, Lord and Lady Sainsbury and a private party hosting the Queen, as well as countless other events.
    Price from £577

  • The Quartones Jazz Band London

    The Quartones

    5 stars - The Quartones are Highly Recommended 55 Jazz Bands London

    The Quartones are a professional 4 piece band brimming with a wealth of music and performance experience. They have been providing entertainment for over 10 years which has seen them perform all over the world. With 100s of gigs under their belt and a wide-ranging repertoire you can be assured that you are in safe hands, and that The Quartones will add a big spark to your special day!
    Price from £987

  • Soho Cool Jazz Band London

    Soho Cool

    5 stars - Soho Cool are Highly Recommended 26 Jazz Bands London

    Soho Cool are a slick & professional jazz trio made up of some of London’s finest jazz musicians. With a reputation that is second to none, Soho Cool provides unrivalled sophistication, versatility, reliability & a touch of quality to every event!
    Price from £834

  • All That Jazz Jazz Band South Yorkshire

    All That Jazz

    5 stars - All That Jazz are Highly Recommended 111 Jazz Bands South Yorkshire

    EXCLUSIVE TO ALIVE NETWORK - All That Jazz is a versatile collection of the country's finest young Jazz musicians. They are available in a range of ensemble formats, including duo, trio, quartet and quintet, with male & female musicians.
    Price from £769

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.

Top 5 Rat Pack & Swing Bands Right Now >>>

  • Matt Thomas Swing & Rat Pack Band Lancashire

    Matt Thomas

    5 stars - Matt Thomas are Highly Recommended 150 Rat Pack & Swing Singers Lancashire

    The go-to choice for celebrities & high profile companies, Matt Thomas' clients include Sir Alex Ferguson, Floyd Mayweather Jnr, David Beckham, Ferrari, Jaguar & more! With a repertoire ranging from legendary icons like Sinatra & Tony Bennet to modern day crooners such as Buble, Matt's sterling live performances are to be enjoyed by all!
    Price from £513

  • Mr Bojangles Swing & Rat Pack Band Essex

    Mr Bojangles

    5 stars - Mr Bojangles are Highly Recommended 21 Rat Pack & Swing Singers Essex

    Meet Mr Bojangles; a Rat Pack singer bringing a lively fresh feel to all the legendary classics! With high quality backing tracks, Mr Bojangles covers Rat Pack & Swing favourites from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole & Michael Buble! A classy & entertaining act whose previous clients include Thomson, Hilton Hotels & The Metropolitan Police.
    Price from £351

  • William May Swing & Rat Pack Band Warwickshire

    William May

    5 stars - William May are Highly Recommended 200 Rat Pack & Swing Singers Warwickshire

    One of the UK's most sought after swing singers, William May has become the first choice to entertain at events & occasions. Performing Rat Pack standards plus modern Pop hits in a cool swing style, William is an expert at setting the perfect mood at your event!
    Price from £487

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.

Best Selling Big Bands & Jazz Orchestras Right Now >>>

  • The MBB Band Big Band West Yorkshire

    The MBB Band

    5 stars - The MBB Band are Highly Recommended 144 Big Bands & Jazz Orchestras West Yorkshire

    Magnificent 10 piece act specialising in Modern songs in a Swing style, Jumpin' Jive, Supercool Swing & R'n'B! Covering music from the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, to Take That and Radiohead, The MBB Band's extensive repertoire is set to entertain all night long!
    Price from £3,462

  • The Matt Thomas Big Band Big Band Lancashire

    The Matt Thomas Big Band

    5 stars - The Matt Thomas Big Band are Highly Recommended 99 Big Bands & Jazz Orchestras Lancashire

    Matt Thomas & his amazing 11 piece big band recreate the sound of the roaring 40's with wonderful music from Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller & more! With style, charm & sophistication, this spectacular show will make your event one to remember!
    Price from £2,693

  • Swing Stars Rock n Roll Swing Band Kent

    Swing Stars

    5 stars - Swing Stars are Highly Recommended 6 Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll Kent

    Young & stylish with a unique feel to their sound, Swing Stars are a swinging sensation guaranteed to make your event! Whether you are looking to relax & unwind to the sound of Jazz or Swing your way to the dance floor & have a great time moving to the sounds of Buble and Sinatra, you have come to the right place!
    Price from £3,209

  • Swing Central Jazz Band London

    Swing Central

    5 stars - Swing Central are Highly Recommended 7 Jazz Bands London

    One of the UK's most popular vintage bands - a mini big band who bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life, with an electrifying show full of incredible energy and musicianship.
    Price from £4,616

  • Prestige Swing Rock n Roll Swing Band Hertfordshire

    Prestige Swing

    5 stars - Prestige Swing are Highly Recommended 21 Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll Hertfordshire

    As seen at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, BBC TV "Children in Need" and Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity events - performing the power and excitement of this vintage era - even with a smaller combination! Featuring multi-instrumentalist / vocalists with the authentic impact of Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble plus Jools Holland style Jive!. “They Swing like Crazy!” – Sheila Tracey, BBC.
    Price from £1,208

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!

Top Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll Bands Right Now >>>

  • Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks Rock n Roll Swing Band West Yorkshire

    Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks

    5 stars - Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks are Highly Recommended 62 Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll West Yorkshire

    If it's a party you want, Blue Note Mitch & The Red Hot Jacks will be in their element! This quality act perform Jazz, Swing & Jive hits of the 1930s to the 1960s plus Rock ’N’ Roll, Indie, Funky Disco & Soul hits of the 1960s to the present day!
    Price from £1,603

  • Stardust Rock n Roll Swing Band London


    5 stars - Stardust are Highly Recommended 25 Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll London

    Performing a fine blend of Rat Pack classics, Soul favourites and the best dance floor hits; Stardust are a sophisticated, versatile band that will keep you and your guests on the dance floor all night long. 4, 5 or 6 piece line-ups available.
    Price from £1,898

  • Whole Lotta Shakin Rock n Roll Swing Band Warwickshire

    Whole Lotta Shakin

    5 stars - Whole Lotta Shakin are Highly Recommended 46 Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll Warwickshire

    The band Bryan Adams chose to play at his birthday party, Whole Lotta Shakin are the ultimate Rock n' Roll party band. Ideal for youngsters & oldies alike, they play great tunes for dancing, from Elvis & Buddy Holly to Beach Boys & Jerry Lee Lewis
    Price from £855

  • Vintage Lianna Rock n Roll Swing Band West Sussex

    Vintage Lianna

    5 stars - Vintage Lianna are Highly Recommended 66 Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll West Sussex

    Full of timeless elegance, beautiful vocals and authentic attire; Vintage Lianna is the perfect choice of entertainment for any type of event! Performing 50's and 60's Rock'n'Roll, Jazz & Doo-Wop, Lianna will take you back in time with her classic performances!
    Price from £417

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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.

Best Soul, RnB & Motown Bands Right Now >>>

  • After 8s Soul Band West Midlands

    After 8s

    5 stars - After 8s are Highly Recommended 26 Soul, RnB & Motown West 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!
    Price from £2,526

  • Funk Soul Stars Soul Band Essex

    Funk Soul Stars

    5 stars - Funk Soul Stars are Highly Recommended 22 Soul, RnB & Motown Essex

    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!
    Price from £1,795

  • La Frontera Soul Band Merseyside

    La Frontera

    5 stars - La Frontera are Highly Recommended 15 Soul, RnB & Motown Merseyside

    Performing an upbeat mix of Pop, Soul & Funky Dance, La Frontera are a versatile female fronted 5 piece. Providing unforgettable entertainment, this professional band cover material from Jessie J, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Estelle & more!
    Price from £1,733

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.

Top 70s, Disco & Funk Bands Right Now >>>

  • Disco Nights 70's Funk or Disco Band Hertfordshire

    Disco Nights

    5 stars - Disco Nights are Highly Recommended 31 70s, Disco & Funk Hertfordshire

    There may be a few 1970's bands on the professional circuit, but Disco Nights can rightly claim to be the most original! Their recent shows have included support slots for Robbie Williams and Culture Club!
    Price from £1,859

  • Disco Chic 70's Funk or Disco Band Hertfordshire

    Disco Chic

    5 stars - Disco Nights are Highly Recommended 31 70s, Disco & Funk Hertfordshire

    Performing a winning set of disco classics & modern dance bangers, every song in Disco Chic’s set has been chosen with the dance-floor in mind! Previous performances include Glastonbury Festival, Standon Calling, Cambridge Club and more!
    Price from £3,847

  • Apollo Groove Function Band Surrey

    Apollo Groove

    5 stars - Apollo Groove are Highly Recommended 14 Rock & Pop Function Bands Surrey

    How do you fancy booking the band that performed to 300,000 in Hyde Park for the Royal Wedding? Apollo Groove have fast been named the UK's top live band for Weddings, Corporate Events and other parties. Christmas songs available! Video Online!
    Price from £5,091

Mariachi Bands

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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!

Best Selling Mariachi Bands Right Now >>>

  • Mariachi King Mariachi Band Surrey

    Mariachi King

    5 stars - Mariachi King are Highly Recommended 45 Mariachi Bands Surrey

    An exciting & vibrant Mariachi band who will engage and appeal to everyone who can hear them! With authentic costumes and a repertoire spanning from popular Mexican melodies to Latin American rhythms; Mariachi King will entertain your guests from the very first moment!
    Price from £692

  • Beat Banditos Mariachi Band London

    Beat Banditos

    5 stars - Beat Banditos are Highly Recommended 49 Mariachi Bands London

    Beat Banditos are a crazy trio of rock n pop - loving Mariachi musicians, who will wander amongst your guests & perform a variety of popular songs in a Mexican style! Covering music from Lady GaGa to Guns & Roses, this fun loving trio are unforgettable!
    Price from £898

  • Mucho Mariachi Mariachi Band London

    Mucho Mariachi

    5 stars - Mucho Mariachi are Highly Recommended 15 Mariachi Bands London

    Mucho Mariachi is a 4 piece Mariachi Band with an authentic Mexican sound. They are a lively addition to any themed event and are available in a 2-6 piece band, so can fit in with any of your space or budget restrictions.
    Price from £962

Steel Bands

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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.

Top Steel Bands Right Now >>>

  • TNT Steel Combo Steel Band London

    TNT Steel Combo

    5 stars - TNT Steel Combo are Highly Recommended 8 Steel Bands London

    TNT Steel Combo‘s roots lead directly to such tropical islands as Barbados, Jamaica & Trinidad- the home of the steel pan! Even after 20 years, this excellent group cater for all occasions, available in many shapes & sizes offering elements of both traditional Caribbean and modern pop repertoires!
    Price from £769

  • Rhythm Xpress Latin, Salsa or Cuban Band London

    Rhythm Xpress

    5 stars - Rhythm Xpress are Highly Recommended 3 Latin, Salsa & World Music London

    Rhythm Xpress are a fantastic 7 piece band who perform a vast array of genres, from Caribbean reggae, calypso and soca to Motown, pop, R&B and soul all up to the present day.
    Price from £1,924

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