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  • Fee for Northamptonshire £761

    The Tennessee King

    Elvis Presley Tribute Act Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Elvis Tribute (The Tennessee King) are Highly Recommended 10 Customer Reviews

    The Tennessee King provides an authentic tribute to Elvis! Using a state of the art set up with the option of a 4 piece band, this top act replicates hits spanning Presley's career whilst capturing the true on stage excitement of Elvis' performances.

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £1,699

    Jukebox Sixties

    Tribute Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 4 Highly Recommended

    Jukebox Sixties is a theatrical experience featuring all of the very best songs from the most creative musical decade of all time! The energy and enthusiasm brought to the stage from these 4 young musicians will guarantee to bring the audience into this swinging decade for an experience they will no... Read more...

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £1,132 +VAT

    A Night Of Jersey Boys

    Tribute Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - (Jersey Boys) A Night Of Jersey Boys are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    With all four members having appeared in London's West End, this tribute is unrivaled! Recreating the iconic sound, slick routines and tight harmonies of one of the most successful bands of the 50's and 60's, A Night Of Jersey Boys will leave you wanting to book them again and again!

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £755

    Sounds Of Bassey

    Shirley Bassey Tribute Act Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - (Shirley Bassey) Sounds of Bassey are Highly Recommended 2 Customer Reviews

    Audiences all over the UK constantly remarked on the power and unbelievable range of Joanne’s voice. Joanne is available solo, with a live band and with a Motown tribute for a great night's entertainment!

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £626

    The Definitive Miss Emerald

    Caro Emerald Tribute Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - (Caro Emerald) The Definitive Miss Emerald are Highly Recommended 1 Customer Reviews

    A sassy, sophisticated & authentic tribute act to Dutch singing sensation Caro Emerald. With nearly a decades experience in entertaining audiences throughout the UK, The Definitive Miss Emerald oozes class, Va-Va-Voom & a great sense of fun!

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  • Fee for Northamptonshire £786

    Frozen Singers

    Vocal Duo Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - Frozen Singers are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

    Perfect for switching on the Christmas lights, corporate, private and winter themed parties, the Frozen Singers will add a touch of Disney Magic to your event. Performance highlights include working for Disney as Pocahontas, Belle and Cinderella, as well as high profile events such as the Champions ... Read more...

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £1,730

    Now 80s

    Tribute Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Now 80s are Highly Recommended 24 Customer Reviews

    Fantastic professional 6-piece tribute to the 1980s with 2 lead singers. Fully costumed with wigs & make-up and with a top class sound system, the band play all the well known classics and No1 hits of the day so you won’t be able to stop dancing!

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £3,678 +VAT

    Black Tie Blues Brothers

    Blues Brothers Tribute Act Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 8 5 stars - (Blues Brothers) Black Tie Blues Brothers are Highly Recommended 1 Customer Reviews

    Pete (Jake), Michael (Elwood) are back! With the help of The Band, they intend to rock the joint again with the hit show. These 2 renowned soul singers will once again recapture the lunacy and the essence that is The Blues Brothers

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £597

    The Complete Blues Brothers

    Blues Brothers Tribute Act Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - (Blues Brothers) The Complete Blues Brothers are Highly Recommended 24 Customer Reviews

    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 and Disco available, you are sure to have a full evening's fun!

  • Fee for Northamptonshire £2,090 +VAT

    Abba Live

    Tribute Band Northamptonshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - (ABBA) Abba Live are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    Abba Live gives Abba fans a tribute to the Abba phenomena that swept the airwaves & discos during the 70’s/80’s in a truly feel good party style concert. From Waterloo to Dancing Queen, the hits are performed with unrivalled authenticity!

The Ultimate Guide To...
Booking Tribute Bands, Tribute Acts and Tribute Singers

What is a tribute band?

Tribute acts & tribute bands are formed of either a group of live musicians or one live singer, recreating the sound, performance, and often the look of a particular band or artist.

Paying homage to both current and past artists, tribute bands and solo tribute acts are a great way to experience music of the artists you love up close and personal, at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

Often imitating bands from a bygone era, such as The Beatles, tribute bands can offer a fantastic opportunity to step back in time and experience all your favourite band’s hits and feel the magic once again!

If you’re trying to recreate a moment in time for a special occasion, many tribute bands and artists also pay respect to a specific era, like the swinging ‘60s or the electro-pop of the ‘80s, or a specific genre of music, like soul and Motown, or Rat Pack and swing. Whatever your theme, tribute acts are the ultimate way to bring your event to life.

What music will a tribute act play?

Tribute acts come in all shapes and sizes, specialising in songs from the artists they’re imitating, or from a specific era or genre of music. Tracks include music from the 1950s right through to current chart acts, with specific repertoires consisting of the well-known hits by your favourite music icons! Popular bands and artists in this category include tributes to:

Solo tribute acts:

  • Adele
  • David Bowie
  • Elton John
  • Elvis
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Gary Barlow
  • George Michael
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Johnny Cash
  • Kylie
  • Lady Gaga
  • Michael Bublé
  • Michael Jackson
  • Robbie Williams
  • Shirley Bassey
  • Tom Jones
  • Van Morrison

Tribute bands:

  • Abba
  • Blondie
  • Green Day
  • Kasabian
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Madness
  • Maroon 5
  • Oasis
  • Queen
  • R.E.M.
  • Take That
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Beatles
  • The Blues Brothers
  • The Kinks
  • The Rolling Stones

Era-based entertainment can cover periods from the 1950s right through to the 1990s. Many tribute bands cover a specific style of music, providing the perfect musical nostalgia to set the scene for your event, including:

  • Ska
  • Brit pop
  • Disco
  • Soul and Motown
  • Rat Pack and swing

Popular types of tribute acts

1. Tribute bands

A tribute band is a live band that only performs the music of the artist they’re honouring – Abba or The Beatles, for example. They typically match the instrumentation and performance style of the original band, and will usually attempt to recreate their style with costumes, accessories and wigs to look as authentic as possible. Some tribute bands may even feature ‘lookalike’ musicians in an attempt to match the appearance of the original band, but this is considered less important than with solo artists.

Our tribute bands cover great bands, past and present, from Blondie and The Blues Brothers through to Oasis and Take That.

2. Solo tribute singers

Usually singing over pre-recorded backing tracks, solo tribute acts are live performers who imitate the musical style and songs of a particular famous solo artist, such as Elvis, Michael Bublé or Lady Gaga. In an attempt to copy the original artist as authentically as possible, solo tribute singers will usually dress up like them. Many will even have an uncanny resemblance to the original artist, faithfully completing the guise!

Is a tribute act suitable for my event?

Tribute artists specialise in lively and uplifting performances so you and your guests can have an amazing time on the dance floor! They are usually the headline evening entertainment, perfect for events such as:

Many acts offer a DJ package in addition to their standard set. You can view and select the options for each tribute act on their profile page.

Volume considerations at your event

Depending on which artist and line-up you choose, our live tribute solo artists and tribute bands perform to a wide range of volumes. Large tribute bands can offer a thrilling live performance with a sound and volume to match. The volume of large tribute bands is often in the region of 95dB – 110dB. With a full band this can be a big sound (roughly equivalent to the volume of a lawnmower) and great for big parties.

If your venue has a volume restriction, many bands offer the option of an electric drum kit, to reduce the overall volume.

Solo tribute artists often perform over backing tracks, singing through a PA system, and as such, it’s far easier to set the volume in accordance with your event requirements. This is great for venues with sound limiters or for smaller events.

If you prefer your music to serve as laid-back ‘background’ entertainment, setting the scene for your event, where guests can still easily hold a conversation, then you could consider a solo tribute artist. Many soloists can perform on a more ‘low-key’ basis, but this is dependent on the style you’re after, and you may prefer your tribute act to perform as a headline at your event.

Feel free to ask your Entertainment Coordinator for advice if you venue does have any sound restrictions or a limiter, and do check out our handy guide to sound limiters here.

Space considerations at your event

A typical solo artist will need around 2 metres wide by 2 metres deep, and a standard 4-piece band will need an area of around 4 metres wide by 3 metres deep. Bear in mind that more space will be needed if you choose an artist with a dance routine!

For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a tribute act need?’, below.

How much does a tribute act cost?

Prices vary depending on the number of members, the quality and experience of the band and their travel distance to your event.

In 2017, the average price of a 4–5-piece tribute band is around £1,500.

More established bands, such as The Bootleg Beatles, command upwards of £12,000.

Here’s a breakdown of the cost range between different tribute artists:

Type of Act Cost Range
Solo tribute artists (with backing tracks) £450 - £860
Live Tribute Bands:  
Duo tribute artists £540 - £950
3-piece tribute bands £700 - £1,300
5-piece tribute bands £750 - £2,700
7-piece bands + £1,300 - £3,200
Large format tribute bands £1,700 - £4,200+

Who are the top 10 best tribute bands in the UK right now?

Below are the acts that we feel are among the best tribute artists in the UK right now, based on a mixture of popularity, performance quality and innovation:


For a list of Alive's most booked tribute bands right now, see our 'Top 10 Tribute Bands For Hire in 2017' article

How long will a tribute band play for?

Most tribute artists perform as headline acts, and as such will play one 45- to 60-minute set. However, for private events where a whole evening’s entertainment is required, most can tailor their set to 2 × 45 or 2 × 60 minute sets.

When choosing a start time for the first performance at a private party, bear in mind the catering! If your guests have just eaten, they probably won’t feel like dancing immediately. For the average wedding/birthday party, 9pm is an ideal start time, with a 30- to 45-minute break afterward the first set, and a final performance running until close. Note that some acts also offer a later finish, up to 1am for example.

How much space will a tribute act need?

This will depend on the size of the band you book and whether their show needs a large performance area. It’s worth bearing in mind that an act with accompanying dancers – or a Michael Jackson solo tribute act! – will need plenty of room for dance routines. Your Entertainment Coordinator will be happy to advise should you need more guidance.

Here are some guidelines based on ‘normal’ space requirements. These would work well for most tribute bands unless additional dance routine space was required:

Size of Tribute Artist Performance Space Required
 Solo artist 3 x 2 metres
   2–3-piece band 3 x 3 metres
    4-piece band 4 x 3 metres
     5 and 6-piece band 5 x 3 metres
       7-piece and bigger: 5/6 x 4 metres

How long will it take for a tribute act to set up?

Your chosen tribute act will arrive at a time to suit you and set up their equipment in the performance area. Depending on how close the band can park, unloading, setting up and carrying out a sound check takes around 60 – 90 minutes. This time is to ensure that your act will sound great, as levels for each instrument will need to be balanced correctly.

Background music from a laptop or iPod is usually played while the act gets changed and ready for the performance.

Some busy London hotels insist bands ‘load in’ via their shared supplier’s entrance, which can greatly extend set up times.

If your event includes a sit-down meal, the set-up and sound check would usually take place after the meal when guests leave the room to get drinks and stretch their legs, and while the room is being cleared. If you would prefer the band to be set up before guests arrive, this can be arranged – just see the artists’ profile for early arrival options.

It takes around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out after the performance.

What equipment will a tribute act need?

Most tribute acts need some or all of the following:

  • a suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area. If performing outside, they will require cover – either from the rain or the sun
  • one to four power sockets, and sometimes more depending on the size of the line-up (your Entertainment Coordinator can advise)
  • parking provision, ideally with easy access to the venue
  • a secure, lockable changing room
  • refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.

The majority of our tribute acts will provide their own professional-quality PA system, microphones, stage lighting, backline amplifiers and instruments. Those promising to be an accurate copy of the original artist will use authentic-looking instruments.

Most tribute bands provide PA systems suitable for average-sized private events, but if you’re planning a large event with over 200 people, you may need to hire separate PA and lighting. A few will provide stage lighting too. For details on particular artists, our dedicated Entertainment Coordinators are here to help!

For information on the following, see our Frequently Asked Questions:

For a more comprehensive tribute band booking guide please read ‘Booking a tribute band – Everything you’ll ever need to know’.

If you have any other queries, simply visit our FAQ page.

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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