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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - BackBeat are Highly Recommended63 Reviews Number of members: 5West Yorkshire
An electric group of 5 young, cool, professional musicians. Their ever expanding repertoire covers a huge range. From Soul, Funk, Motown & Disco to Rock & Pop, all your favorite party classics & latest modern day hits guarantee to get the party started!...
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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!...
Come and bathe in the warmth of the music you secretly love with one of the UK’s premier nostalgia bands! Your School Disco lovingly and precisely recreate your favourite tunes from the 90s and 00s and invite you to dance and party as you did back then!...
5 stars - Dexter are Highly Recommended123 Reviews Number of members: 5Cheshire
With an awesome reputation since establishing in 1997, Dexter are THE CHOICE for delivering incredible parties across the UK! Featuring both male & female vocals, this exciting band perform everything from rock & pop classics, modern day floor fillers & sing-along favourites! Acoustic sets, DJ sets & even a 6-piece line up also available!...
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 - Soul Stew are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 7Northumberland
Soul Stew's repertoire utilises the raw funk of King Curtis, the heavy bass of James Brown and the household hooks of Stevie Wonder plus many more! A dedicated band who love what they do, Soul Stew's passion for performing shines through at every event and is guaranteed to make your night!...
5 stars - Hipster are Highly Recommended412 Reviews Number of members: 4Cheshire
Hipster's repertoire contains classic & vintage artists; The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac & The Rolling Stones, plus modern indie & pop from Kings of Leon, The Killers & Pharrell. Over 1000 wedding & corporate bookings including; M&S, Wella, RBS, Lloyds, NSPCC, Oxford Uni Press & Claire's Accessories. Over 300 positive customer reviews!...
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!...
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 - 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 Groove Line are Highly Recommended5 Reviews Number of members: 5West Yorkshire
The Groove Line are a professional Pop Funk band with a fantastic sound, style & repertoire! Graduates of Leeds College Of Music, the band have a wealth of performance experience & will kick start your party with music from Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Bruno Mars & more!...
5 stars - The Hot Keys are Highly Recommended71 Reviews Number of members: 5London
The Hot Keys have been raising the roof on parties up & down the UK with their unique sound & energetic sets! From party classics to jazz standards, The Hot Keys are one of the most exciting & original function bands around!...
5 stars - Switch are Highly Recommended34 Reviews Number of members: 5Bristol
Switch are one of the freshest, most exciting new acts on the scene! Delivering up-to-date chart material to timeless classics, this band will fill your dance floor effortlessly with cool class, incredible vocals, amazing musicianship and a repertoire that's second to none!...
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Everything you need to know to hire Party Bands for your event
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:
Kings of Leon
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.
Where in the UK do Alive Party Bands perform?
Our party bands jet set all over the world – from Dorset to Dubai! The most popular UK locations include:
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.
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.
The cost of party bands varies, depending on the number of musicians, and the options each band offers.
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
£670 - £960
£980 - £1,550
£1,050 - £1,380
£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:
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 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
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.
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Aside from finding some of the best Party Bands in the UK and getting expert advice from our friendly staff, one of the main reasons to hire a Party Band from Alive Network Entertainment Agency is security. We ensure your booking is covered 24/7 against any eventuality, so that no matter what, you can enjoy your event without worrying about whether your entertainment will turn up. If your Party Band is ill or unable to perform, our team will be on hand to source a suitable replacement even out of office hours and at short notice. Imagine having to do that yourself!?
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