5 stars - The Futuristic Gramophones are Highly Recommended23 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Delivering a stylish performance of timeless jazz classics plus modern pop hits rearranged in the same vintage fashion, The Futuristic Gramophones are the perfect mix of old meets new! Effortlessly cool, this fun yet classy trio give the music of Taylor Swift, The White Stripes, Van Morrison & more, a big vintage makeover!...
5 stars - California Dreaming are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 2East Sussex
California Dreaming are the perfect acoustic duo for sun soaked sets whatever the weather. Taking influences and inspiration from Pop, R'n'B, Jazz & Blues and fusing them to create their own arrangements of popular classic and contemporary tracks....
5 stars - Mariachi King are Highly Recommended30 Reviews Number of members: 3Surrey
An exciting & vibrant Mariachi band who will engage and appeal to everyone who can hear them! With authentic costumes and a repertoire spanning from popular Mexican melodies to Latin American rhythms; Mariachi King will entertain your guests from the very first moment!...
5 stars - Just2Duo are Highly Recommended13 Reviews Number of members: 2London
Making your event one to remember with a soundtrack of pop, jazz, soul & RnB, Just2Duo perform throwback classics & modern hits you need to hear! With experience that's second to none, these musicians have toured the world in in-demand corporate bands, worked with Craig David, Omar, Wretch 32 plus taught at a number of music academies!...
5 stars - Beat Banditos are Highly Recommended39 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Beat Banditos are a crazy trio of rock n pop - loving Mariachi musicians, who will wander amongst your guests & perform a variety of popular songs in a Mexican style! Covering music from Lady GaGa to Guns & Roses, this fun loving trio are unforgettable!...
5 stars - Social Scene are Highly Recommended10 Reviews Number of members: 2London
A professional acoustic duo, playing heartfelt covers of pop anthems, folk tunes & jazz standards. Having both worked individually as session musicians & songwriters for names like Maverick Sabre, Crystal Fighters & Joseph J. Jones, together, the duo’s stunning vocals & gorgeous guitar work will add a touch of warmth & sophistication to any event....
5 stars - Alex and Jacques are Highly Recommended13 Reviews Number of members: 2Oxfordshire
A fresh & upbeat guitar duo with an extensive set from the 50's to present day including music from The Rolling Stones, George Ezra, Oasis, Lorde & more. Alex & Jacques are true professionals who have entertained crowds across the UK! Previous clients & venues include Virgin, 02 Academies, tons of festivals plus numerous weddings & private parties!...
5 stars - The T-Tones are Highly Recommended29 Reviews Number of members: 4Suffolk
THE T-TONES ARE THE UK'S PREMIER DOO-WOP VOCAL GROUP. Available for weddings, corporate events, functions and special occasions. Concepts, jingles, stings and appearances for TV, Radio and online marketing campaigns and projects. Music composition and bespoke song arrangement....
5 stars - Sugar are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 3Surrey
Sugar are a fresh, cool & talented acoustic trio. Performing both relaxed & upbeat material, old & new, the trio cover music from the Beatles to Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and more! Having wowed crowds for Google, BBC, P&O Cruises and more, this trio as a must have act for any special occasion!...
Uke Complete Me are a stylish, interactive, upbeat Ukulele roaming band guaranteed to get your guests foot tapping, hand clapping and singing along! The band perform classic and modern sing-a-longs whilst all complying with social distancing guidelines - a unique experience and a great way to kick off your evening/event....
5 stars - The Storyville Strutters are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 4London
A highly trained & experienced group of musicians specialising in traditional New Orleans (Dixieland) style Jazz. From a trio play low key background music to a full band perfect for dancing, The Storyville Strutters can cater for all events!...
5 stars - London Bloco are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 4London
Bringing the tradition of Carnaval to your special occasion, London Bloco honours the street bands tradition of celebrating music and life. Performing favourite Pop hits, as well as Brazilian classics, London Bloco will bring the party to any event!...
5 stars - Mulholland are Highly Recommended6 Reviews Number of members: 2London
Formed at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), Mulholland are a professional acoustic duo perfect for any occasion. The duo naturally leans towards stripped back renditions of popular soul and R&B tracks, but are equally at home performing contemporary chart his and rock'n'roll classics of the 50's and 60's....
5 stars - The Roots Acoustic Trio are Highly Recommended28 Reviews Number of members: 3Nottinghamshire
The Roots Acoustic Trio provide amazing live music that all your guests will be talking about! Their upbeat, feel-good repertoire includes music from Bruno Mars to Bob Marley and is designed to get guests of all ages onto the dance floor!...
5 stars - E and O are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 2Hampshire
Known not only for their talented guitar playing and stunning vocals, E and O have the charisma and good looks of stars to match. As well as classics, they perform top chart music hits of artists like Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Rihanna, Drake and many more. Available to perform in a stripped back acoustic style or with backing tracks E and O will be sure to entertain....
5 stars - The Hot Horns are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 4Nottinghamshire
The Hot Horns are a dynamic brass band, performing funk and pop covers in a New Orleans street style. Having played at weddings, festivals & sporting events throughout the UK, their diverse repertoire covers everything from Amy Winehouse to Stevie Wonder & Pharrell Williams. Previous clients include John Lewis, Alton Towers, BMW & more....
The Monochromes Duo deliver beautifully worked harmonies & a fabulous repertoire of songs that will bring a smile to everyone’s face. Offering acoustic/easy listening sets, this extremely professional duo guarantee to exceed your expectations....
Uke Complete Me are a stylish, interactive, upbeat Ukulele roaming band guaranteed to get your guests foot tapping, hand clapping and singing along! The band perform classic and modern sing-alongs whilst wandering amongst your guests - a unique experience and a great way to kick off your event!...
...and over 1,166Acoustic Band5-star reviews. Read more here.
5 stars - Social Scene are Highly Recommended
“My partner booked these guys as a surprise for my 30th birthday and all I can say is WOW.
We had a private dinner for 20 people and these guys got everyone up on their feet and...”
Kevin G booked Social Scene for their event in London on 30th August 2020
5 stars - Capital Brass are Highly Recommended
“We recently had the pleasure of Capital Brass at my husband's 40th, and they were absolutely first rate! The music was perfect for a street party, (especially in these sociall...”
Elle D booked Capital Brass for their event on 14th June 2020
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Everything you need to know to hire Acoustic Bands for your event
What are Acoustic Bands?
Acoustic bands and soloists play chilled-out music in an unplugged style. They can also perform lively high-tempo music, ideal for dancing. Usually consisting of vocals and acoustic guitar, they will often feature other acoustic instruments, such as saxophone, banjo, bass, digital piano and Cajon.
Acoustic artists can play a wide range of musical styles, from vintage music of the ‘20s and ‘30s to the 1950’s musical explosion, and right up to current pop and rock music. Acoustic bands create a uniquely informal ambiance, perfectly suited to a range of relaxed or low-key occasions, from intimate wedding ceremonies to laid back drinks receptions or private afternoon parties.
What music will an Acoustic Band play?
An acoustic band can cover a wide range of musical genres in an unplugged style – from indie, rock, and pop, to Motown, soul and jazz music, old and new. Playing acoustic versions of tunes that most of your guests will recognise, a typical repertoire might include the musical stylings of:
Guns n’ Roses
You can view the unique set list of each acoustic band on their profile page.
Popular types of Acoustic Bands
1. Acoustic Duos
Typically made up of vocals and an instrument, but sometimes simply instrumental, such as guitar or ukulele, our acoustic duos can provide stunning harmonies and warm acoustic music, for a soulful and laid-back ambiance. Covering a wide range of genres, and acoustic versions of songs by artists such as Jackie Wilson, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, and Jason Mraz.
2. Acoustic Trios, Quartets and Bands
All of our acoustic trios, quartets and bands feature a range of unplugged instruments, most frequently acoustic guitar, double bass and Cajon percussion box. Many also feature vocals and wind, brass and other string instruments, with some improvising to perfection with washboard and spoons! Bands either perform music in one genre, such as jazz, swing or Latin style, while many cover a range of styles within their repertoires, from The Rolling Stones to Bruno Mars.
Where in the UK do Alive Acoustic Bands perform?
Acoustic bands and soloists perform across the UK, most often in:
If your event calls for a really relaxed and intimate vibe, then a live acoustic band is perfect. Able to cover a wide remit of music, their stripped-back, acoustic arrangements can help to create the ideal mood for your special occasion, be it a birthday party, an anniversary, an informal wedding ceremony, or a chilled out daytime corporate event. Instrumental acoustic music can create a fantastic background atmosphere, if you prefer your event entertainment to be low key.
Due to its beautifully warm and informal nature, acoustic music is perfect for laid-back wedding ceremonies and receptions, especially where space is an issue or you just want something a bit different for your special day. Your acoustic band can play as your guests arrive, during the wedding ceremony and the signing of the registers, and they can entertain into the afternoon’s celebrations.
You can choose to have an unplugged band that covers all musical styles, from the old classics to contemporary music. Alternatively, you can opt for an acoustic band that performs a specific style of music to accent your party theme, such as roaring twenties Gatsby style, swing, lively Mariachi music, Spanish, Balkan music, skiffle rock and roll, or a range of music played in a Mumford and Sons style! Whatever you choose, all of our acoustic bands can create a unique intimate vibe for your special party.
Some bands perform an interactive set, roaming between you and your guests, injecting interactive fun, and drawing the crowd in.
Several of our acoustic bands also offer the option for spontaneous song requests on the day, so they can be flexible and reactive to your guests wishes, offering the ultimate in musical personalisation!
Space considerations at your event
As with all our artists, the performance space they need will be dependent on their line-up and the type of instruments they perform with – a double-bass taking up much more space than an acoustic guitar or a washboard! Much of this is down to your personal preference and what will sound great, but our artists usually have a minimum number of members and instruments that you can add to if you want a broader performance.
If space is limited at your party venue, you may wish to select a vocal and guitar duo, who can happily perform seated on a couple of armless chairs, taking up only around 2 x 1 metres. However, if you’re entertaining in a large venue and would like a performance to match, you could choose a fun 5-piece acoustic band with a variety of instruments. For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will an acoustic band need?’, below.
Volume - How loud is an acoustic band?
The size of your band, their line-up and the venue’s acoustics will influence the volume of the acoustic band on the day of the event. Also, your choice as to whether you’d like your band to act as chilled background music or a lively feature to your event will determine how loud they play! Our artists will always attempt to perform in a volume according to your event needs. Ambient background music can range from 65 – 85 decibels (dB), but if you’re after something a little more energetic your band can pump this up to create a fun and dynamic atmosphere, a maximum of around 95 dB.
The volume of the band is always balanced against the level of the drum kit. If your venue has a sound limiter or strict volume limitations, most acoustic bands can cater for this. Many bands can reduce the volume of their drum kit by using hot rods or brushes, which can significantly reduce the overall volume of the band.
How much does an Acoustic Band cost?
Acoustic bands and acoustic solo artists offer many different booking options for your event requirements. This table outlines the rough costs for acoustic soloists and bands:
Type of Artist
£450 - £630
Acoustic 3- and 4-piece bands
£600 - £1,630
Larger acoustic bands
£1,220 - £1,870
One way to reduce costs is to select an artist who lives near your venue, since their travel time and cost will be minimal. You can find the location of all Alive Network acoustic artists on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can recommend a range of amazing musicians near your venue.
Who are the top 10 Acoustic Bands in the UK right now?
Our list of UK-based acoustic bands features artists deemed the best in their field, based on popularity, innovation, and performance quality:
Our acoustic bands and soloists will perform two 40- or 60-minute sets as standard, with many offering three shorter 40-minute sets, or the option to perform for longer if required.
Acoustic artists can also vary their performance times to fit with your event schedule. They can offer intimate daytime wedding ceremony music or relaxed background music during an afternoon drinks reception, or for a wedding breakfast, for example.
How much space will an Acoustic Band need?
This table gives an idea of roughly how much performance space needed by different formats of acoustic artists:
Type of Acoustic Artist
Performance Space Required
3 x 2 metres
3 x 3 metres
4 x 3 metres
5 and 6-piece band
5 x 3 metres
Smaller options are available. These approximate performance area measurements will vary, depending on the number of musicians and the type of instruments in the band you choose. Your Entertainment Coordinator can explore options and space requirements with you.
How long will it take for an Acoustic Band to set up?
If they can park relatively close to your venue’s performance area, it can take around 60 – 90 minutes for an acoustic band to unload, set up and sound checked. Solo acoustic artists usually need less time, taking around 30 minutes to set-up.
Following their performance, it can take anything between 15 and 60 minutes to pack away and load out.
What equipment will an Acoustic Band need?
Acoustic bands usually need the following for their ‘unplugged’ sets:
parking provision, with easy venue access
sturdy, armless chairs
good lighting – particularly if they’re performing in a marquee
a dedicated, suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area
if they’ve agreed to perform outside, your musicians will need suitable shelter from the elements
refreshments – soft drinks and hot food, depending how long you’ve booked them for
a secure, lockable changing room
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