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  • Fee for Northamptonshire £1,282

    Sophie and the Exciters

    Soul Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Sophie and the Exciters are Highly Recommended 25 Customer Reviews

    Fronted by Sophie, the first artist to perform at London's O2 Arena, Sophie & the Exciters are first class musicians with one of the largest set lists of music for a party band, from present day pop rock and indie, through to Soul, funk and Motown

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £513

    Miss Know It All

    Versatile Pop / Soul / Jazz Singer To Tracks Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Miss Know It All are Highly Recommended 9 Customer Reviews

    Miss Know It All is a versatile solo singer who performs to high quality backing tracks. This well established artist covers music spanning almost 9 decades!! From current pop and 80s/90s classics, Soul, Motown, all the way back through Jazz, Swing and even WWII era golden oldies, there's something ... Read more...

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £1,811

    Mama Butterfly

    Rock and Pop Function Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Mama Butterfly are Highly Recommended 27 Customer Reviews

    Highly talented & enthusiastic with years of experience, Mama Butterfly are a 6 piece party band not to be missed! Performing a mix of Pop, Rock, Soul & Disco plus the very latest hits, Mama Butterfly play up-beat, feel good music guaranteed to please!

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £507

    James Nicholas

    Singer / Pianist Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - James Nicholas are Highly Recommended 19 Customer Reviews

    Whether you are planning a wedding, organising a corporate event or holding a private party, James Nicholas is an incredibly talented singer pianist performing a mixture of Pop & Soul. Having performed for the Royal Family, ITV, BBC and appeared on stage with Kelly Rowland, Lily Allen & more... Read more...

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £511

    Big City Swing

    Rat Pack & Swing Singer Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Big City Swing are Highly Recommended 15 Customer Reviews

    Stylish performer featuring soulful male vocals. His extensive repertoire offers you the option of starting the evening off with a set of swinging classics then a set of uptempo soul & Motown hits to get your guest dancing all night!

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  • Fee for Northamptonshire £1,475

    The Party Crashers

    Rock and Pop Function Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Party Crashers are Highly Recommended 35 Customer Reviews

    Combine the finest musicians from the Midlands, add an irresistibly varied repertoire of modern & classic party hits, then serve with a confident hard hitting performance to create the ultimate in live music. The Party Crashers are just that and more!

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £2,903

    Funky Fresh

    Rock and Pop Function Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Funky Fresh are Highly Recommended 9 Customer Reviews

    Funky Fresh are an exceptional and exhilarating high end 6-11 piece party band. Comprising of some of the UK’s most in-demand musicians and performing an array of music from the 60's to present day, Funky Fresh will have your guests up and dancing, and talking about your event for years to come!

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £1,958

    The Black Harringtons

    Mod / Rhythm and Blues / Soul / Bluebeat Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 6 Highly Recommended

    The Black Harringtons are a 6 piece Mod band, playing an explosive mix of Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Bluebeat and Ska. The music is delivered with style and passion by this sharp line up of top musicians, fronted by the effervescent Ricky Cool.

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £1,103

    Melodies

    Rock and Pop Function Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Melodies are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

    An exciting 5 piece function band collective that can cater for all occasions! Made up of top London session musicians, Melodies perform a high quality Funk, Soul, Pop & Rock set with a great look and highly professional attitude.

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £2,276

    After 8s

    Soul Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 8 5 stars - After 8s are Highly Recommended 21 Customer Reviews

    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!

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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