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  • Fee for East Sussex £951

    The Emulators

    Rock and Pop Function Band East Sussex
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - The Emulators are Highly Recommended 9 Customer Reviews

    A trio of world class musicians who have performed performed at concerts and festivals all over the world. Whether it's Daft Punk, Coldplay, Pharrell or Van Halen, this versatile band will make sure everyone's having a good time!

  • Fee for East Sussex £1,044

    Goldess

    Vocal Trio East Sussex
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - Goldess are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

    A dynamic trio with power house vocals, dazzling choreography, crowd interaction, costume changes & energy to fill an area! Performing the very best Motown, Pop, RnB & Dance anthems, Goldess offer a unique performance guaranteed to get you dancing!

  • Fee for East Sussex £2,314

    Rafiki

    Party Bands East Sussex
    Number of members: 5 Highly Recommended

    Rafiki pride themselves on breaking the mould with their quirky covers of modern and classic hits. They draw inspiration from reggae, gypsy jazz, folk, rock and more to create unique takes on all your favourite songs. They add fun and innovation while keeping it all upbeat and perfect for dancing. Y... Read more...

  • Fee for East Sussex £798

    Feeling Good

    Cover Bands East Sussex
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - Feeling Good are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    Dedicated to providing you with the best musical entertainment with an energetic show and an exciting mix of contemporary chart hits and classic favourites, Feeling Good will do their best to accommodate your wishes so that you have the best experience possible.

  • Fee for East Sussex £1,582

    Soul Patrol

    Pop and Soul Band East Sussex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Soul Patrol are Highly Recommended 21 Customer Reviews

    Soul Patrol is a female fronted 5, 6 or 7 piece band with raw talent! With a unique selection of hits from the 1960's to present day, Soul Patrol perform live with an energy and versatility that will guarantee an evening of top class entertainment!

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  • Fee for East Sussex £1,218

    The Social

    Rock and Pop Function Band East Sussex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The Social are Highly Recommended 2 Customer Reviews

    Featuring the stunning vocal talents of a 'The Voice' finalist, with a diverse repertoire of the latest and greatest hits; The Social are guaranteed to keep your guests entertained 'All Night Long'.

  • Fee for East Sussex £2,012

    Groove Legends

    Rock and Pop Function Band East Sussex
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Groove Legends are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

    With a fusion of effortless musicianship and attention to detail, choreographed stage show and versatile set list from the 50's to this week's top 40; Groove Legends will undoubtedly make your event an unforgettable occasion!

  • Fee for East Sussex £1,459

    Off The Record

    Rock and Pop Function Band East Sussex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Off The Record are Highly Recommended 34 Customer Reviews

    Off The Record are a cool & lively band ready to kick start your party! With an extensive repertoire covering artists such as Chuck Berry & The Beatles to Taylor Swift & Blink 182! Off The Record will give your special event that extra oomph!

  • Fee for East Sussex £1,635

    Covered Up

    Rock and Pop Function Band East Sussex
    Number of members: 5 Highly Recommended

    Covered Up receive a tremendous reception wherever they perform. Adding their own spin to classic Pop, Funk and Soul songs; from Michael Jackson & Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars & Pharrell. Covered Up will make sure every event is personal & memorable!

  • Fee for East Sussex £3,396 +VAT

    Absolute 80s

    80's Tribute Band East Sussex
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Absolute 80s are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    Absolute 80s is a high energy rollercoaster ride through the last great decade of pop! Covering your favourite 80s classics from artists such as Duran Duran, Wham!, Blondie & more, this energetic six piece guarantee to get you on the dance floor!

The Ultimate Guide To...
Booking Rock and Pop Function Bands

What is a function band?

A function band (or cover band / wedding band / party band as they’re also known) is a live band that specialises in performing popular rock and pop music for function events such as weddings, corporate events and private parties. They usually consist of a drummer, bass player, guitarist and lead singer, with larger bands also including a keyboard player, brass section and backing singers.

Function bands are a self-contained entertainment package, providing all of the equipment required when you book a band, without clients having to hire additional sound and lighting equipment. They often travel over a large geographical area, and their performances are designed specifically for the demands of private events.

What music do function bands play?

A function band setlist will contain a variety of rock and popular music from the 1950s right through to current chart acts, performing dancefloor-filling hits. A typical repertoire might feature artists such as:

  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Kinks
  • Elvis
  • Van Morrison
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Bruno Mars
  • The Killers
  • Daft Punk
  • Taylor Swift
  • Take That
  • Maroon 5
  • Ed Sheeran
  • James Bay
  • Oasis
  • Blur
  • Coldplay
  • Kings of Leon
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Beyoncé
  • Justin Bieber
  • Katy Perry

Popular types of function band

Guitar bands

Usually formed of 3–5 members with an indie/pop/rock guitar based sound, covering artists like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles through to The Killers and Arctic Monkeys.

Pop/Funk/Soul bands

Containing anything from 5–12 members, often with female lead vocals and more prominent use of keyboards or a brass section, playing classic pop and Motown through to contemporary pop/RnB artists like Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé.

Is a function band suitable for my event?

Rock and pop function bands specialise in lively and energetic performances so you and your guests can party! They are usually the headline evening entertainment, perfect for events including:

For weddings, a live band can perform the first dance, as well as provide background music between sets, delivering an all-in-one wedding entertainment solution. Many function bands also offer jazz or acoustic sets for your drinks reception, and solo guitar / piano for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. These options can help to keep costs down, in comparison with hiring separate performers for your wedding day.

For corporate events, bands can provide walk-on music for awards ceremonies.

Volume considerations at your event

If you’ve ever been to a live gig, you’ll know there’s nothing quite like the exciting, big sound of a live band! Function bands can offer an electrifying live performance with a sound and volume to match. A volume level in the region of 95dB – 110dB is standard.

If your venue has a sound limiter or volume restrictions, many bands offer an electronic drum kit option which can significantly reduce the overall volume of the band. You can find our sound limiter friendly bands here.

If you prefer your entertainment to serve as background music, where guests can still easily hold a conversation in the same room, then you might like to consider a Jazz / Swing band, solo singer / guitarist or Rat Pack singer. All of these artists are able to perform popular music but in a more laid-back style.

For more information about volume, see below.

Space considerations at your event

A typical 4-piece band will need an area of around 4 metres wide by 3 metres deep. For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a function band need?’, below.

How much does a function band cost?

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

In 2017, the average price of a 4–5-piece wedding function band is around £1,350 – £1,700.

Larger bands who specialise in corporate events vary in price between £2,000 – £10,000 depending on their size and experience.

This table shows a breakdown of the range of costs for different types of function bands:

Number of musicians / Type of Act Cost Range
Function Band Duos £420 - £850
3-piece bands £570 - £1,600
5-piece bands £900 - £3,600
7-piece bands + £1,200 - £5,100
Large format Rock and Pop bands £3,300 - £7,500

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

Below are the bands that we feel are currently flying the flag as the leading rock and pop function bands in the UK right now, based on a combination of popularity, performance quality and innovation:


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

How long will a function band play for?

Most function bands offer two 60-minute performances as standard, though many can perform for longer if required. You can spread out a two-hour performance by splitting it into three 40-minute sets.

For most weddings and private parties, the band would arrive at 6pm, get set up and sound checked by 7.30pm to 8pm, then start the first performance around 9pm, with the second performance starting around 10.30pm, through to a standard midnight curfew. Many bands will offer longer performances at an additional cost, including finishing times of 1am and 2am.

Bands will provide background music from an MP3 player or laptop between their performances.

How loud is a function band?

The average volume level of most fully-amplified 4-piece guitar-based rock and pop function bands, is between 95dB – 110 dB (decibels), with occasional volume peaks of around 120dB. This is a big, roof-raising sound with lots of energy, making them the perfect headliners to your party!

If your venue has noise restrictions or a sound limiter, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a band. Just speak to our Entertainment Coordinators before you book to find the right artists for you. Many of our bands have the option of an electric drum kit, which can significantly help to reduce overall volume. Check out our sound limiter friendly collection here.

How much space will a function band need?

Most function bands can work within a space of 4 metres wide by 3 metres deep, but this increases as you add more members. The guide below shows how much space bands of different sizes require:

Size of Function 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

How long will it take for a function band to set up?

To unload, set up and sound check takes on average 60 – 90 minutes, depending on how close the band can park relative to the space they’re performing in. Some busy London hotels insist bands load in via a suppliers entrance, using an elevator shared with caterers and staff. This can greatly extend set up times.

After the performance, it takes around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.

What equipment will a function band need?

To really rock at your event, most function bands need:

  • a suitably-sized, safe, dry performance area. If performing outside, they will require cover – either from the rain or from the scorching sun!
  • a minimum of four 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up
  • parking provision, preferably 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.

Function bands will provide their own PA system, microphones, stage lighting, backline amplifiers and instruments.

In a band? How do you join a function 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:

For a more comprehensive function band booking guide please read ‘Booking a function 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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