5 stars - Groove Station are Highly Recommended15 Reviews Number of members: 4Edinburgh
The act to book if you really want to impress! With talented musicians & 1st class vocals, Groove Station offer a fantastic selection of foot stomping classics & contemporary cover tunes guaranteed to have your guests dancing all night long!...
5 stars - Retrospect are Highly Recommended62 Reviews Number of members: 4Shropshire
Retrospect are an energetic, four-piece party band that will go down a storm at your event! Covering everything Rock, Pop & Indie from The Beatles to The Killers, these guys have bags of talent & a wealth of experience rocking events across the UK!...
5 stars - Front Runners are Highly Recommended16 Reviews Number of members: 4South Yorkshire
Offering a live show like no other, Front Runners are passionate, energetic & ready for a party! Bringing you the very best floor-filling indie-rock, their set list is packed with iconic anthems everyone knows & loves! From Oasis to The Stones, The Jam, Kasabian & more, a night with Front Runners will be an experience you want again & again!...
5 stars - Algorhythm are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 4Northumberland
A phenomenal, 100% live, four-piece unit essential for every party! With music from 60's (the Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Etta James) right through to the latest chart hits (Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars), Algorhythm are ready to fill your dance floor with favourites for everyone!...
5 stars - Fraudio are Highly Recommended217 Reviews Number of members: 4Warwickshire
Bringing fun, energy and a killer repertoire to every event, Fraudio are experts at filling dance floors across the UK. Performing well known rock and pop from the 50's to present day, expect to hear music from The Beatles, Kasabian, Oasis, The Killers, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Arctic Monkeys and even a few fun surprises from the likes of Justin Bieber, One Direction and Girls Aloud!...
5 stars - Astrix are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 3Lancashire
Astrix are a high energy party trio playing the very best pop and rock! A packed dance floor all night is guaranteed with your favourite hits from the 60s to present day! Expect to hear music from Bruno Mars, the Beatles, George Ezra, Oasis & loads more!...
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5 stars - Smoke Screen are Highly Recommended36 Reviews Number of members: 4Staffordshire
Smoke Screen is a Midlands band comprising four male talents, who cover the likes of The Rolling Stones & Crowded House through to Paolo Nutini and Arctic Monkeys. Subtle acoustic sets also available for a quieter occasion....
5 stars - Resident Heroes are Highly Recommended63 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Contemporary covers trio Resident Heroes offer a truly versatile performance. Tackling a unique and appealing selection of indie-rock, pop & hip-hop hits from the early 90's to today, they can strip down to the bare basics for a laid-back acoustic session, or plug-in and amp-up to bring your party to a rousing climax....
5 stars - The Courts are Highly Recommended26 Reviews Number of members: 4London
Critically acclaimed by Blur’s Alex James & Tom Odell, The Courts have earned their reputation as an authentic, energetic, professional group of musicians. With music from Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Maroon 5, Queen & more, The Courts have mountains of experience & are ready to rock your event!...
5 stars - Signature are Highly Recommended14 Reviews Number of members: 4Northamptonshire
This incredible 4 piece band are fronted by X Factor contestant (2015 Series) Jamie and are available nationwide to perform at your event! With an exciting repertoire of Pop/Rock/Indie/Funk and Soul, trust this talented band to keep your guests on the dance floor and jumping around all night long!...
5 stars - Night Shift are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Want that unforgettable party? Want funk? Want rock and pop? Night Shift deliver. With the band's mix of stone cold classics and spanking-new bangers, you’ll be a party legend, because the dancing never stops. Members have shared stages with Busted, UB40 and Example and are now ready to rock your party!...
5 stars - The Flairs are Highly Recommended5 Reviews Number of members: 4Lancashire
Providing high quality sound and lighting, The Flairs pride themselves on being reliable, efficient and experienced with tried and tested set lists, guaranteed to fill a dance floor! With lots of energy and commanding stage presence, the band will ensure a great for all....
5 stars - The Compilation are Highly Recommended18 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Keeping your party dancing with an array of Soul, Funk & Pop hits, The Compilation are a young, cool & energetic party band covering artists from MJ to Dua Lipa & everything in-between! Having entertained Birmingham City FC, supported Lamar & Soul 2 Soul & travelled the UK to perform at a range of events, this group of musicians are guaranteed to wow!...
5 stars - Effigy are Highly Recommended38 Reviews Number of members: 4Staffordshire
Effigy are a fantastic all male rock, pop & indie band playing classic hits from Blur & Oasis to the Beatles and Queen. They are very well priced, have a great PA & lighting system, and travel anywhere in the UK....
5 stars - The Up Beats are Highly Recommended9 Reviews Number of members: 4West Midlands
Book The Up Beats & expect showmanship, incredible male & female vocals, energy & a set list dedicated to filling your dance floor. With previous clients including high profile names such as Amazon, 02, Barclays Bank & many Premier League Football Clubs, The Up Beats are experienced, professional & guaranteed to make your night one to remember!...
5 stars - Outshine are Highly Recommended11 Reviews Number of members: 4Greater Manchester
Outshine deliver killer, energetic performances of your favourite songs! With a wide range of music including the cool indie-rock of the Killers and Kings of Leon, the modern pop hits of Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars and sure fire classics by The Beatles, Bowie and Prince, Outshine are guarantee to get the party started!...
The Delfinos are THE party band you need at your event! With a repertoire jam-packed with hit after hit (old and new!), this charismatic 4 piece are no strangers to a jumping dance floor, a big crowd sing-a-long and chants of ‘one more song!’....
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!...
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Everything you need to know to hire Cover Bands for your event
What is a cover band?
A cover band is a group of musicians that specialise in playing live music covers of popular rock, pop and chart tracks, both classic and contemporary. Typically consisting of a lead singer, guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer, cover bands may also include synths, a brass section or backing singers but generally, when a line up is extended beyond a standard 4-piece, male fronted guitar band, and additional singers are included for example, they are better defined as wedding bands, function bands or party bands.
As cover bands play a repertoire of well-known songs, they are a crowd-pleasing option for private events, weddings and public performances in pubs, clubs & venues. Depending on the event type, most cover bands offer a complete entertainment package, providing sound and lighting equipment, with no need to hire any additional services. Bands performing gigs for public venues, like music bars, clubs or restaurants, may use in-house PA sound systems and lighting.
For private events and wedding entertainment, cover band sets are specifically tailored to parties and may include DJ options.
Often mainstays at their local music venue, professional cover bands are also used to performing internationally and all over the UK, and will often travel large distances.
From Led Zeppelin to Beyoncé, cover bands do it all! Most cover bands play a huge range of rock, indie and chart music incorporating classic artists like Stevie Wonder to current floor fillers, with some bands preferring guitar-based rock, pop and dance, or funk and soul. A standard set list may include songs from artists such as
Cee Lo Green
Florence and the Machine
Kings of Leon
Mumford & Sons
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
The Rolling Stones
The repertoire for each of our cover bands is featured on their profile pages. Usually artists will tailor their set list to your specific event requirements, and this can be discussed with your Alive Network Entertainment Coordinator.
Popular types of cover band
1. Guitar bands
Unsurprisingly these bands specialise in a repertoire based around guitar music – think rock, indie or pop. Often consisting of 3–5 members, guitar bands will cover artists from Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis, to The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
2. Pop/Funk/Soul bands
Comprising of 4–12 members and usually fronted by a female singer, pop, funk and soul bands may feature a brass section or keyboards. Repertoires include modern chart artists such as Jess Glynne, Rihanna and Beyoncé as well as classic soul and Motown artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder.
Where in the UK do Alive cover bands perform?
Cover bands are as at home in their local music bar as they are performing a party in Abu Dhabi! The most popular UK locations include:
A cover band is usually the headline act to your celebrations, featuring towards the end of the evening when guests are ready to dance and enjoy the music! Performances are best scheduled after any food has been served so that guests can dance comfortably, and make the most of a lively and energetic atmosphere.
If you want to party hard after the final set, almost all cover bands offer DJ options in addition to their live performance.
For all-day celebrations, cover bands can offer laid back acoustic sets. These are more chilled out and daytime-friendly, providing a perfect backdrop for drinks receptions and dining.
Booking one band for your entire event is a great option for those looking to simplify their event planning as logistics and price are minimised, compared with hiring several separate performers.
The line-up, instruments and room acoustics at your venue will all affect the volume of your band. Volume is usually in the region of 95 dB – 110 dB, reflecting the roof-raising, lively performance expected of them. For more laid back daytime entertainment, sound levels will obviously be quieter, especially if you opt for a smaller or acoustic version of the band.
Cover band costs can vary, depending on the number of musicians, and the options each band offers.
Tthe average price of a 4-piece cover band is around £1,300.
The table below demonstrates the range of fees for different types of cover bands:
Type of Artist
£700 - £1,500
£720 - £1,850
£950 - £1,900
£2,000 - £4,500+
Booking a band local to your venue is a great way to reduce cost as travel fees will be minimal. The home town of all Alive Network cover bands is included on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can recommend the best bands near your venue. There’s no need to limit your search to just local bands, however! Your perfect cover band may be willing to travel at nominal cost.
Who are the top 10 cover bands in the UK right now?
Our list features the UK’s best cover bands, based on reputation, performance quality and innovation:
Cover bands usually perform two 60-minute sets, or occasionally three 40-minute sets.
Bands that are booked for an evening performance might arrive at 6pm, set up and perform the sound check by 7.30pm to 8pm, get changed and ready to start the first performance by around 9pm. After a break of around 30 minutes, the second set might start at 10.30pm, finishing at 11.30pm, before the usual midnight curfew.
Many cover bands offer DJ sets or longer performances including finishing times of 1am and 2am. You can find the booking options on each cover band’s profile page.
Times supplied are an example and cover bands performing at both public and private events will liaise with you, tailoring their performance times to suit your celebration.
How much space will a cover band need?
The table below demonstrates how much space party bands of different sizes might require:
Size of Cover Band
Performance Space Required
3 x 3 metres
4 x 3 metres
5 and 6-piece band
5 x 3 metres
7-piece band and bigger
5/6 x 4 metres
Of course, measurements may vary depending on the number of artists and the type of instruments in your chosen cover band. Your Entertainment Coordinator can discuss the options with you.
How long will it take for a cover band to set up?
Depending how close to the performance space a cover band can park, unloading, setting up and performing their sound check will take around 60 – 90 minutes.
Some venues require bands to load in via a supplier’s entrance and/or use a shared staff elevator, which can increase set up times.
It takes a cover band around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out, following their performance.
What equipment will a cover band need?
Most cover bands need:
parking provision with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
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!)
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 – usually soft drinks and a hot meal, depending on how long you’ve booked them for.
Cover bands usually provide their own microphones, backline amplifiers, PA sound system and stage lighting.
If you are planning a large celebration with 200+ guests, you may need a larger PA system – especially if it is an outdoor event. Your dedicated Entertainment Coordinator will be happy to discuss the requirements for specific cover bands.
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