The North East has a diverse musical history going back through the years and covering a wide range of genres – from legends Sting, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, Dire Straits and Whitesnake, to Prefab Sprout, Pet Shop Boy Neil Tenant, Kenickie and Lauren Laverne, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini of Girls Aloud, Perrie Edwards of Little Mix, and James Arthur… and not forgetting Ant & Dec (OBEs).
The North East is home to many live music venues, including Newcastle’s O2 Academy, The Middlesbrough Empire and The Gala in Durham. For festivals, the region’s well served too, with the North-East’s largest inner-city music festival Hit The North, and This Is Tomorrow Festival both in Newcastle. Durham hosts Hardwick Live, while Darlington Summer Sound is a festival of tribute artists, and Lindisfarne Festival provides ‘the ultimate end of summer party’.
Hiring a North East wedding band
How much does it cost to hire wedding bands in the North East?
The cost of a wedding band varies, depending on the 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.
The table below shows the range of fees for different types of wedding bands:
|Type of Artist
|Rock and Pop wedding party bands
||£670 - £960 (3-piece)
£980 - £1,550 (4-piece)
£1,050 - £1,380 (5-piece)
£1,570 - £2,160 (4-piece)
|Upbeat and Dixieland Jazz bands
||£460 - £1,210 (3-piece)
£700 - £2,700 (5-piece)
|Acoustic and Roaming bands
||£330 - £720 (2-piece)
£480 - £1,630 (3-piece)
£600 - £1,630 (4-piece)
||£820 - £4,500 (4-piece)
£960 - £2,420 (5-piece)
£1,090 - £3,500 (6-piece)
£1,210 - £7,500 (larger bands)
|Rat Pack and Swing bands
||£1,060 - £1,940 (5-piece)
£2,120 - £2,904 (7 to 9-piece)
£2,900 - £3,020 (10-piece+)
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 wedding 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!
How much space will they need?
The table below shows approximately how much space wedding bands of different sizes require:
|Size of Wedding Band
||Performance Space Required
| 3-piece band
||3 x 3 metres
| 4-piece band
||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 they take to set up & soundcheck?
Depending how close to the performance space a wedding 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 around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.
How long is a typical wedding band set list?
Our bands usually offer 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, a wedding band 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 wedding 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 wedding 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.
Local North East Wedding Venues
We work closely with some amazing wedding venues in the North East including: Woodhill Hall, Close House Country Club, Durham Castle, Otterburn Towers, Lumley Castle Hotel, Alnwick Castle, Marriott Hotel (Newcastle-U-Tyne), Chillingham Castle, Horton Grange Country House and many more.
If you want any advice on suitable entertainment at your chosen venue, just let us know where you’re planning to book and we’ll share what we know, who we’ve booked there in the past, which of our bands are most suitable and any other key information about entertainment at that venue that we think you might want to be aware of.