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  • Fee for West Sussex £774

    Technicolour

    Party Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - Technicolour are Highly Recommended 22 Customer Reviews

    Meet Technicolour! A stand out, vibrant band of talented dudes. Stylistically diverse with a repertoire filled with all of your favourites spanning the last seven decades, this band have entertained Heineken, Shard media, Birmingham FC and more!

  • Fee for West Sussex £1,163

    Season

    Party Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Season are Highly Recommended 37 Customer Reviews

    Season showcase on-stage chemistry, incredible talent & loads of experience! Covering chart hits, indie anthems plus some funk & disco classics, this cool band bring an infectious energy to every party they perform at! The band are true professionals who have previously performed alongside Carl Bara... Read more...

  • Fee for West Sussex £1,195

    Sugar Push

    Party Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Sugar Push are Highly Recommended 21 Customer Reviews

    Combining vintage Rat Pack Swing with Jazz twists on Modern Pop, Sugar Push perform classic music of the 50's, alongside sophisticated swung up hits from Nirvana, Meghan Trainor, Oasis, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga and many more! Available as a 5 - 9 piece band, Sugar Push are a professional... Read more...

  • Fee for West Sussex £1,035

    JukeBossa

    Bossa Nova Covers of Pop Songs West Sussex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - JukeBossa are Highly Recommended 10 Customer Reviews

    JukeBossa fuse chart hits plus pop, soul & dance with Latin & World rhythm's creating an infectiously happy sound that’s a perfect suit for any dance floor! With covers ranging from the likes of Clean Bandit to Stevie Wonder, JukeBossa will make your event unique, lively & whisk you off to the sunny... Read more...

  • Fee for West Sussex £1,006

    Here Come The Girls

    Party Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 3 Highly Recommended

    A high energy trio performing an entertaining set with 3 impressive vocals and high quality backing tracks. With a wealth of experience performing with the likes of Beverley Knight, Clean Bandit, Joss Stone and more, Here Come The Girls are a simple but effective line-up suitable for any event!

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  • Fee for West Sussex £2,138

    Young Folks

    Party Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 5 Highly Recommended

    Young Folks are an experienced, well rehearsed & charismatic band that love to interact with their audience! Performing a mixture of acoustic, vintage or electric styles depending on your preference, the band features both male & female lead vocals & covers music from the 50's to present day. Profes... Read more...

  • Fee for West Sussex £905

    The Hat Tricks

    Party Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 3 Highly Recommended

    An energetic trio who have performed across the UK to great acclaim. Performing Pop, Rock, Funk & Soul from across the decades, The Hat Tricks always deliver an exciting live show, full of fun and great music, that won't fail to get you dancing!

  • Fee for West Sussex £1,447

    3D

    Party Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - 3D are Highly Recommended 2 Customer Reviews

    For a party band guaranteed to bring energy and fun to your event, look no further than 3D. This stylish four piece will fill the dance floor with classic hits and chart toppers from the 50s to current day.

  • Fee for West Sussex £1,902

    The Gigawatts

    Party Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Gigawatts are Highly Recommended 2 Customer Reviews

    With an eclectic mix of music from the 50’s right through to the present day, The Gigawatts are a professional, fun party band guaranteed to get your toes tapping & tail-feathers shaking!

  • Fee for West Sussex £1,195

    Marvellous Medicine

    Party Band West Sussex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Marvellous Medicine are Highly Recommended 1 Customer Reviews

    Marvellous Medicine are a top-end female fronted five-piece cover band based in Brighton, England. Offering live-wired, straight-shootin’, pelvis-pushing music with arousing live performances that you’ll simply have to move to. Forget your typical cheesy party bands, Marvellous Medicine are the real... Read more...

The Ultimate Guide To...
Booking Party Bands

What is a Party Band?

A party band is a group of musicians who specialise in playing live music for parties, including corporate parties, birthdays, anniversaries and similar celebrations. Usually playing current and classic pop and chart tracks, a party band is generally made up of a lead singer, guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer. Larger party bands may include a keys player, backing singers, or a brass section.

A complete entertainment package, party bands will provide everything they need for their performance, including sound and lighting equipment, with no need for you to hire any additional services.

Their sets are specifically tailored to parties and may include DJ options, or ‘bandeoke’, where you and your guests take over the lead vocals, accompanied by the live band.

Professional party bands are used to performing internationally and all over the UK and will often travel large distances.

What music will a Party Band play?

You name it and party bands play it! But you may prefer to choose your band based on the repertoire in which they specialise. Most party bands play a huge range of rock, indie and chart music from early Beatles and Motown to current floor fillers, with some bands preferring guitar-based rock, or dance, funk and soul. A standard set list may include songs from artists such as:

  • Amy Winehouse
  • Andy Williams
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Beyoncé
  • Bruno Mars
  • Calvin Harris
  • Chaka Kahn
  • Coldplay
  • Daft Punk
  • David Bowie
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Jackie Wilson
  • James Brown
  • Jess Glynne
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Kings of Leon
  • Michael Bublé
  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince
  • Neil Diamond
  • Oasis
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Beatles
  • The Killers
  • The Rolling Stones

The repertoire for each of our party bands is featured on their profile pages. Usually artists will tailor their set list to your specific party requirements, and this can be discussed with your Alive Network Entertainment Coordinator.

Popular types of Party Band

1. Guitar bands

Usually consisting of 3–5 members, these bands unsurprisingly specialise in a repertoire based around guitar music – think rock/indie/pop. Guitar bands will cover artists from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Jam, through to The Strokes, Oasis and The Killers.

2. Pop/Funk/Soul bands

Mainly led by female singers and consisting of anything from 4–12 members, pop, funk and soul bands feature a more prominent use of synths and/or a brass section. Repertoire is more dance focussed, including soul and Motown artists like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, as well as modern chart and RnB artists such as Jess Glynne, Rihanna and Beyoncé.

Is a Party Band suitable for my event?

A party band is the perfect centrepiece to your big celebration. Bands usually feature towards the end of the night, when guests are up for dancing and the celebrations can be turned up a notch! Sets are lively and energetic, and best performed after any food has been served to enable guests to dance comfortably.

Many bands offer ‘bandaoke’ (check out Vinyl Beats) or ‘rockaoke’ sets (take a look at The Dukes) where guests can take on the lead vocals in a karaoke style, with a live band accompaniment. This is a great way to bring guests into the action, as well as being a real crowd pleaser!

Almost all bands also provide a DJ service if you want to keep the party going after their final set has come to a close.

If your celebration is an all-day affair, party bands can offer daytime-friendly acoustic sets, providing a backdrop for a champagne tent, drinks reception, awards or garden parties.

Booking one band for the whole day’s celebration can be a real timesaver – and great for the budget too. Both logistics and price are minimised, compared with the option of hiring several separate performers.

Space considerations at your event

A typical 5-piece band will need a space of roughly 5m width × 3m depth to perform comfortably. For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a party band need?’, below.

Volume considerations - How loud is a party band?

The volume of your band will be dictated by the line-up, instruments and room acoustics at your venue. Live party bands tend to be hired for a big, energetic evening performance, and their volume often reflects this – usually in the region of 95 dB – 110 dB. For any daytime entertainment, eg for drinks receptions or garden parties, the sound will obviously be quieter if you opt for a smaller, pared down or acoustic version of the band.

If your party venue has volume restrictions or has a sound limiter fitted, many bands can play with an electronic drum kit to lessen the overall volume. You can find our sound limiter friendly bands here.

How much does a Party Band cost?

The cost of party bands varies, depending on the number of musicians, and the options each band offers.

In 2017, the average price of a 5-piece party band is around £1,300.

This table shows the range of fees for different types of party bands:

Line-up of band Cost Range
3-piece bands £670 - £960
4-piece bands £980 - £1,550
5-piece bands £1,050 - £1,380
Larger line-ups £1,500 - £7,500+

If your budget is tight, booking a band 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 party bands are included on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can recommend the best bands near 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!

Who are the top 10 Party Bands in the UK right now?

Our list features the current premier UK party bands, based on performance quality, reputation, innovation and quality:

How long will a Party Band play for?

Party bands usually perform two 60-minute or three 40-minute sets.

FIf you’ve booked your party band for an evening, they might arrive at 6pm, set up and perform the all-important sound check by 7.30pm to 8pm, get changed and ready to start the first performance by around 9pm. After a 30 minute break, the second set would then start around 10.30pm, and finish at 11.30pm, before the usual midnight curfew. Many party 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 party band’s profile page. Of course, times supplied above are just an example – the band will always liaise with you and will tailor performances to suit your celebration.

How much space will a Party Band need?

The table below demonstrates how much space party bands of different sizes might require:

Size of Party 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

This is a good rough guide, but measurements might vary depending on the number of musicians and the type of instruments in your chosen party band. Your Entertainment Coordinator can discuss the options with you.

How long will it take for a Party Band to set up?

Depending how close to the performance space a party band can park, unloading, setting up and performing their sound check will take around 60 – 90 minutes. Some city-centre 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 a party band around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.

What equipment will a Party Band need?

Most party bands need:

  • a dedicated, suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area or stage
  • if performing outside – by prior agreement – they will need cover from the elements (either direct sunlight, strong wind or rain!)
  • parking provision with easy access to the venue
  • a secure, lockable changing room
  • adequate lighting for set up, especially if playing in a marquee, for example
  • a minimum of four 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up
  • refreshments – soft drinks and a hot meal, for example, depending on how long you’ve booked them for

Party bands provide their own PA sound system, microphones, backline amplifiers, and stage lighting, with some offering additional production packages, including staging and lighting effects.

If you are planning a large party with over 200 guests, especially if it is an outdoor event, you may need a larger PA system. Your dedicated Entertainment Coordinator will be happy to discuss the requirements for specific party bands.

In a band? Want to join a party band agency?

For information on joining Alive Network please visit our 'How to join' pages here.

What you will need in order to apply?

  • High quality audio tracks and promo photos
  • Reliable, good quality equipment & your own transport
  • A setlist of music suited to private events
  • Smart formal stage clothes, suited to private events
  • A PA system & stage lighting suited to audiences of up to 200 people
  • Reliable, professional band mates

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

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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