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  • Fee for Kent £1,411

    Superstition

    Soul Band Kent
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Superstition are Highly Recommended 8 Customer Reviews

    Superstition are a fresh, vibrant and experienced soul band that will bring the party to your event and flood your dance floor. Full of charisma and fun on stage, they will make your special occasion one to remember!

  • Fee for Kent £1,475

    Atlantic Avenue

    Soul Band Kent
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Atlantic Avenue are Highly Recommended 22 Customer Reviews

    A professional five piece function band who play soul, funk, disco, pop & rock hits of the 60s right through to present day. Atlantic Avenue are perfect for any event needing that extra flare!

  • Fee for Kent £898 +VAT

    Sweet Home Blues Brothers

    Blues Brothers Tribute Act Kent
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - (Blues Brothers) Sweet Home Blues Brothers are Highly Recommended 1 Customer Reviews

    Get ready as Sweet Home Blues Brothers' very own Jake & Elwood rock the joint again with their hit show! These 2 renowned soul singers will once again recapture the lunacy & essence that is The Blues Brothers. Slip on your pork pie hat & join in the fun!

  • Fee for Kent £2,198

    Motor City Soul

    Soul Band Kent
    Number of members: 7 5 stars - Motor City Soul are Highly Recommended 15 Customer Reviews

    Playing some of the greatest tunes ever written, Motor City Soul deliver fiery and funky sets of classic Motown, Atlantic and rare Northern soul. Available as a 7-10 piece band with an infectious enthusiasm, Motor City Soul will bring the golden age of music to your event!

  • Fee for Kent £3,206

    Funk It Up

    Rock and Pop Function Band Kent
    Number of members: 8 5 stars - Funk It Up are Highly Recommended 5 Customer Reviews

    Meet Funk It Up! An upbeat bunch, who love jumping into your party and encouraging your crowd to get dancing all night long! With a 2-piece brass section that packs a punch plus incredible male and female vocals, the band perform music from Bruno Mars to The Jacksons, Marvin Gaye to Clean Bandit and... Read more...

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  • Fee for Kent £1,293

    Velocity

    Soul, Funk and Motown Band Kent
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Velocity are Highly Recommended 39 Customer Reviews

    Velocity are a young, fresh & contemporary 5-piece party band. With incredible vocals, amazing musicianship & an energetic stage presence, Velocity deliver an electrifying performance every time!

  • Fee for Kent £2,565

    Roadtrip

    Rock and Pop Function Band Kent
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Roadtrip are Highly Recommended 8 Customer Reviews

    An entertaining, high energy party band that will be sure to get everyone up on their feet! With a huge repertoire spanning over 5 decades, including everyone's favourite Pop, R&B, Motown Hits; Roadtrip guarantee to bring the party to your event!

  • Fee for Kent £2,974

    Swing Sister

    Rock and Pop Function Band Kent
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Swing Sister are Highly Recommended 7 Customer Reviews

    Swing Sister are a funky 6 piece band specialising in jazz, lounge & party music! With previous clients including Maclaren Formula 1 team, Theo Pathetis & Mikhail Gorbachev, plus a broad repertoire and flexible line-up, Swing Sister are perfect for any occasion.

  • Fee for Kent £3,841

    Mayfair

    Rock and Pop Function Band Kent
    Number of members: 7 5 stars - Mayfair are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

    If you are looking for something different at your event, look no further! Mayfair are a collective of top quality musicians who bring your favourite songs from the 90's to present day to life with a Vintage twist! With 3 fantastic vocals & intricate harmonies, combined with the classic sound of the... Read more...

  • Fee for Kent £1,795

    The Dancefloor Heroes

    Soul Band Kent
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - The Dancefloor Heroes are Highly Recommended 5 Customer Reviews

    With powerhouse vocals, high energy and great musicianship, The Dancefloor Heroes are more than just your average party band. With a perfect mix of Chart Pop, Motown, disco, 90’s Dance and 00’s RnB, they bring a taste of nostalgia to all. Highly energetic and entertaining, they are guaranteed to add... Read more...

The Ultimate Guide To...
Booking Soul, RnB & Motown Bands

What is a Motown or soul wedding band??

Soul, RnB and Motown has deep-seated roots in African-American music of the 40s and 50s, such as gospel and jazz. As such, the sound is expressive and genuine, often reflecting the pride, strength, joy, sorrow, triumphs and failures of life. It can be lively and optimistic one moment, and slow and regretful the next, but always served in fabulous style.

A soul band is a live music group dedicated to performing popular soul and Motown hits for special occasions, like weddings, private parties and corporate events. Typically featuring a strong lead singer with backing vocals, drums, guitars, percussion, keyboards, and occasionally with a horn or string section, they usually range in size from 3–5 performers, right up to the impact of a big band, with 10+ members.

They can perform a range of music to reflect the atmosphere you’d like to create at your event - from old classics to contemporary hits - and most offer the option to tailor their set to suit. Think Percy Sledge, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Joss Stone, and Beyoncé.

They are a self-contained entertainment package, providing everything needed for a booking, without the need to hire additional sound and lighting equipment. Often travelling over a wide geographical area, their performances are designed specifically for private events.

What music will they play?

Old classics or modern hits, soul and Motown bands will perform the best range of music to get you and your guests moving. Think music from the likes of:

  • Aretha Franklin
  • Beyoncé
  • Bruno Mars
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Jackie Wilson
  • James Brown
  • Jill Scott
  • John Legend
  • Joss Stone
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Michael Jackson
  • Nat King Cole
  • Otis Redding
  • Percy Sledge
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Prince
  • Rihanna
  • Sister Sledge
  • Stevie Wonder
  • The Four Tops
  • The Jackson 5
  • The Supremes
  • The Temptations
  • Usher
  • Van Morrison
  • Whitney Houston
  • Wilson Pickett

Check out the repertoire for each band on their individual profile pages. Many will offer the option to tailor their set list to your specific passions!

Popular types of Motown wedding band


RnB

Take jazz music, add a strong beat coupled with lyrics about life, love and freedom, and you have Rhythm and Blues music. Nowadays, RnB is a genre in its own right, sprouting sub-genres such as funk, ska, and hip-hop. This genre is home to artists as disparate as Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige and Justin Timberlake.

Soul

Born out of jazz and rhythm and blues in the late 1950s, soul music also has links to American gospel, combining powerful rhythms and strong, emotive vocals. Artists in this field include Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Sam Cook and Joss Stone.

Motown

Calling themselves ‘the new definition of soul’, this style of music was named after Detroit-based record label, Motown Records. Founded in 1958, the Motown record label created a new sound by merging soul and new pop, which proved extremely popular, filling dance-floors in night clubs and discos ever since. Motown artists include artists like Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, the Four Tops, The Temptations, The Pointer Sisters, the Jackson 5, and Lionel Ritchie.

Classic Pop

Usually containing between from 3–10+ members, often with female lead vocals and more prominent use of keyboards or a brass section. Most of our soul, RnB and Motown bands will perform a range of classic pop and Motown hits, to modern pop and RnB artists like Rhianna, Amy Winehouse, Pharrell, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.

Are they suitable for my event?

Soul bands specialise in fantastically fun, spirited performances, certain to fill the dance floor! They are usually the headline evening entertainment, but can provide several options for your own event, be it a:

Our bands come in all shapes and sizes, from sole soul singers and dynamic duets performing with backing tracks, to impressive 10-piece big bands with a lively brass section that will blow you away! Many offer flexibility for your event, and many solo artists also offer a live band option. You can scale most options up or down, depending on your budget and event requirements. You may want a lower-key version of your chosen band’s set for your wedding ceremony or afternoon drinks reception, for example, adding members in the evening for a larger line-up, making your party an energetic event after the lights go down!

Soul music is all-inclusive, and a great choice if you want all your guests to get up and enjoy themselves - whatever their age! They’re also great for exciting corporate events, fun cocktail parties, and can even provide walk-on music for awards ceremonies.

How much do soul bands for hire cost?

The cost of a Motown or soul band will vary, depending on 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.

This table shows the cost ranges for different types of acts:

Type of Artist Cost Range
Solo singer £390 – £720
Duo artists £660 – £780
3-piece bands £610 – £1,200
5-piece bands £960 – £2,420
7-piece bands + £1,270 – £3,620
Big Bands £1,740 – £7,500

Booking a band who are local to your venue is one way to reduce costs, as their travel time will be minimal. The home town location of all Alive Network bands are displayed on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can also recommend the best bands closest to your venue.

How long will they play for?

Most bands offer performances made up of two 45- or 60-minute sets, with a break of around 30 minutes in-between. In fact, many offer the flexibility of several set choices, such as one longer set or three shorter sets, so they can tailor their performances to your individual event. For example, at a wedding drinks reception, your band could perform a 40-minute set of lovely laid-back soul music, then take a break to reappear on-stage for the loud and lively party set later on, at your evening reception.

Some bands also offer the option of after-midnight finishes, if you’d like to continue the party into the wee small hours. The booking options for each artist can be found on their profile page, and our Event Coordinators will be happy to discuss the options available.

How much space will they need?

The performance space needed will depend on the format of band you choose, how many members it has and the number and type of instruments they use, as well as their sound equipment. Also, our bands specialise in providing a fantastic visual, as well as musical, performance so they’re likely to need plenty of room to move around to get your guests hyped up!

If you have a large space to fill, you may wish to opt for the impact of a big band with plenty of gusto. However, smaller bands and artists can also do an excellent job of delivering an energetic performance and getting the room jumping at a large venue.

This table gives a rough guide to the space a live soul artist will need to perform in:

Size of band Performance Space Required
 Solo singer 2 × 2 metres
  Duo artists 3 × 2 metres
   3-piece band 3 × 3 metres
    4-piece band 4 × 3 metres
    5 and 6-piece band 5 × 3 metres
       7-piece band and bigger 5/6 × 4 metres

If your band features dancers or backing singers, remember to ensure there’s plenty of space at your venue so the band can give their peak performance. Your dedicated Event Coordinator can provide you with specific measurements for your chosen band.

How long will it take for them to set up?

It usually takes anything from 60 – 90 minutes for a band to unload, set up and perform their vital sound check. This will depend on how close they can park relative to the performance area – some busy inner-city hotels require bands to load in via a supplier’s entrance, using a shared staff elevator, which can impact their set up time.

Following their final set, it can take around 20 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.

What equipment will they need?

To funk up your special occasion with style, our performers will appreciate:

  • a dedicated, suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area or stage
  • if consented to an outside performance, they will need cover from all types of elements
  • adequate lighting, especially if they're performing in a marquee, for example
  • a minimum of four 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up
  • parking provision with easy access to the venue
  • a secure, lockable changing room
  • refreshments – soft drinks and food, in some occasions and depending on the length of time you’ve booked them for

Our bands will bring their own instruments, PA sound system, microphones, stage lighting, and backline amplifiers. If you’re planning an event at a very large venue with over 200 guests, we recommend you discuss your requirements with your Event Coordinator, as you may need to hire an additional sound system.

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Alternatively, our dedicated expert entertainment coordinators are on-hand to help. Simply call 0845 108 5500 or email enquiries@alivenetwork.com.

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