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  • Fee for Essex £1,506 +VAT

    The Hot Shots

    Rock and Pop Function Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The Hot Shots are Highly Recommended 327 Customer Reviews

    WINNERS!!! The Wedding Industry Awards 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 The Hot Shots, are an award winning modern rock & pop party band. Their repertoire features Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran & Maroon 5, as well as rock & indie by Foo Fighters, Killers & Kings Of Leon. Members have played at V Festival, BugJam, L... Read more...

  • Fee for Essex £1,476

    Tritts And The Numbers

    Rock and Pop Function Band Essex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Tritts And The Numbers are Highly Recommended 39 Customer Reviews

    An award winning party band with blistering guitar solos, on stage high jinx and a set list that will leave any audience begging for more! Featuring hits from Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, Faithless and many more; crowd surfing is inevitable!

  • Fee for Essex £1,705

    The Hot Waves

    Party Bands Essex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Hot Waves are Highly Recommended 17 Customer Reviews

    A fantastic 5 piece band with both male and female vocals, who have played with some of the biggest names in the industry including Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, The Killers and more. With a blisteringly hot reputation and a genre-embracing repertoire, The Hot Waves are guaranteed to get any dance floo... Read more...

  • Fee for Essex £1,667

    SOLA

    Live DJ / Instrumental Duo Essex
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - SOLA are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

    Looking for the coolest live entertainment at your event? SOLA are a DJ duo with a difference. Incorporating live percussion, guitar, bass and looping stations with the freshest dance floor hits, this act is main-stage worthy!

  • Fee for Essex £1,219

    Cut The Cake

    Rock and Pop Function Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Cut The Cake are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

    Known for their diversity and stadium rock performance, Cut the Cake are one of the most entertaining bands around providing you with a slick and well rehearsed show, making them a true crowd pleaser.

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  • Fee for Essex £1,064

    The Barneys

    Rock and Pop Function Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The Barneys are Highly Recommended 13 Customer Reviews

    The Barneys are an energetic, talented and professional four-piece cover band. Formed in 2016, these four young lads have been rocking all over Essex & beyond since. Performing covers from Queen to Bruno Mars, they will guarantee to keep your guests entertained all night long!

  • Fee for Essex £1,154

    New Light

    Rock and Pop Function Band Essex
    Number of members: 3 Highly Recommended

    New Light are an energetic party band with an outstanding repertoire guaranteed to keep the dancefloor jumping! Big sing-a-long classics from across the eras ensures that there's something for everyone to party to!

  • Fee for Essex £1,916

    The Grooved

    Rock and Pop Function Band Essex
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - The Grooved are Highly Recommended 19 Customer Reviews

    A Premiere act boasting truly outstanding musicianship, one of a kind song arrangements, stunning female lead vocal and professional musicians. An incredible Party Pand that is different from the norm, these guys fill dance floors.

  • Fee for Essex £1,154

    Festival Anthems

    Rock and Pop Trio Essex
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - Festival Anthems are Highly Recommended 20 Customer Reviews

    Recreating some of the biggest sounds on the festival circuit, Festival Anthems guarantee to get your party rocking! Their set includes music you’d expect to hear at Glastonbury with tracks from Kings Of Leon, Rizzle Kicks, Foo Fighters & more!

  • Fee for Essex £1,488

    Alpha

    Rock and Pop Function Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Alpha are Highly Recommended 19 Customer Reviews

    Alpha are a fresh & exciting function band covering absolutely everything from current chart hits to classic floor fillers. From Jessie J to Jocelyn Brown, Alpha will have the whole venue on their feet, yound & old!

Our Guide to the Best
Bands for Hire Essex has to offer

It’s the home of Blur, ‘The Planets’ composer Gustav Holst, and Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. Yet Essex is never given quite the credit it deserves for its contribution to music and culture.

Think Colchester and you probably think of a quaint ancient town, rather than the birthplace of Britpop. However it’s here that mates Damon, Graham and Alex came together with drummer Dave Rowntree to form the band around which the cultural movement coalesced: Blur.

Likewise, Southend (pronounced ‘Saarf-End’) deserves a reputation for punching above its weight when it comes to music, with goth-garage outfit The Horrors and many more all calling the seaside town home.

Essex Bands on Alive Network

Our bands are available to hire in every area of Essex including:


Alive Network is home to 17 of the very best function bands who are based in Essex and other bands who are available to hire for events taking place within the county.


Hiring Bands In Essex


How much does it cost to hire a band in Essex?

The cost of a live bands 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 bands:

Type of Artist Cost Range
Rock and Pop 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)
Soul Bands £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 live bands of different sizes require:

Size of 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 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 around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.



How long is a typical function bands 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 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 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.



Find The Perfect Function Bands Essex Has To Offer!

Check out these reviews of Essex wedding bands to help you find the perfect band for you.



Local Essex Wedding Venues

We work closely with some amazing Essex wedding venues including: Gosfield Hall, Gaynes Park, Leez Priory, Braxted Park Estate, Quendon Hall (Parklands), Blake Hall, Prested Hall, The Reid Rooms, Layer Marney Tower and Houchins Farm 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.



UKAWP Wedding Planners in Essex

As a proud supplier member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, we are happy to recommend their members who abide by the UKAWP Code of Business Practice.

The following UKAWP wedding planners cover Essex and the surrounding areas: One Curious Dream, Weddings By Mary, Natalie Hewitt, BusyBrides and The Wedding Planners.

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