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  • Fee for York £1,699

    Rude Boy Mitch and The Two Tones

    Ska Band York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Rude Boy Mitch and The Two Tones are Highly Recommended 28 Customer Reviews

    If it's a skanking good party you want, Rude Boy Mitch & The Two Tones will be in their element! Performing classic ska hits from Jamaica & Britain from the 60s, 70s & 80s, this quality act will have you guests skanking & dancing all night!

  • Fee for York £1,282

    BackBeat

    Party Function Band York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - BackBeat are Highly Recommended 63 Customer Reviews

    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!

  • Fee for York £1,031

    Cassino

    Rock and Pop Function Band York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Cassino are Highly Recommended 14 Customer Reviews

    Cassino are Yorkshire's finest function band. An enthusiastic & passionate four-piece band with extremely talented musicians featuring both male and female vocals, Cassino offer something for everyone with their varied repertoire of unforgettable classics & contemporary hits!

  • Fee for York £1,411

    We Are Guardians

    Rock and Pop Function Band York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - We Are Guardians are Highly Recommended 16 Customer Reviews

    We Are Guardians are a professional live band with a wealth of experience, fronted by Chris who has toured extensively supporting acts including THE CHARLATANS, SHED SEVEN, CHRIS HELME (SEAHORSES) THE TWANG and many more. Performing classics old & new!

  • Fee for York £1,411

    Soul Satisfaction

    Soul Band York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Soul Satisfaction are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

    Graduates of Leeds College Of Music, Soul Satisfaction are a professional 6 piece band specialising in Funk, Soul, Motown & Pop! With a pure soulful sound and a stunning female vocalist Soul Satisfaction guarantee to provide you with top class music.

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  • Fee for York £1,457

    Lets Dance

    Rock and Pop Function Band York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 6 5 stars - Lets Dance are Highly Recommended 8 Customer Reviews

    Lets Dance are here to get you and your guests moving all night long. From dance floor bangers, soul and RnB all the way through to chart music from the 70’s to the present day they will make sure your event is unique

  • Fee for York £1,539

    Your School Disco

    Tribute Band York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 6 Highly Recommended

    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!

  • Fee for York £1,334

    Midnight Train

    Rock and Pop Function Band York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Midnight Train are Highly Recommended 16 Customer Reviews

    Midnight Train are a 4 piece party band hailing from Leeds. They have played together for almost a decade, combining their different styles & passions to create exciting, memorable sets to fill any dance floor. Expect hits from Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce & much more! Previou... Read more...

  • Fee for York £2,052

    Funkytown

    Rock and Pop Function Band York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Funkytown are Highly Recommended 33 Customer Reviews

    Funkytown are a 5-10 piece Funk/Pop/Soul band with fantastic female vocals. From Aretha Franklin to Mark Ronson's latest collaborations, they can provide great party music for all occasions!

  • Fee for York £1,244

    Audio Wave

    Rock and Pop Trio York, North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - Audio Wave are Highly Recommended 115 Customer Reviews

    If you want an energetic, cool & contemporary band that bring your event to life with their powerful 3-piece harmonies & selection of rock, pop, funk & soul hits from the sixties to the present day, Audio Wave are for you! They will bring music to life with their amazing, top of the line PA, instrum... Read more...

Our Guide to the Best
York Bands For Hire

With its Roman roots and Viking past, York has nurtured a range of artists, from electronic dubstep producer & DJ Rusko, nineties Britpop band Shed Seven, indie folk singer Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Chris Helme, to the rock and heavy metal bands Glamour of The Kill and Asking Alexandria.

Live music can be heard across the city at venues such as the Grand Opera House, the York Barbican, at renowned live music club Fibbers, and at The Great Yorkshire Fringe and the Best of York Music Festival.

Alive Network’s Bands in York

Our bands are available to hire in every area of York and North Yorkshire including:


Alive Network is home to the very best function bands based in York and other bands who are available to hire for events taking place within the city.


Hiring A Band From York


How much does it cost to hire band in York?

The cost of a live band varies, depending on the line-up, and the options each band offers. In the last 12 months, the average price of a 5-piece band is around £1,600.

The table below shows the range of fees for different types of bands:

Type of Artist Cost Range
Rock and Pop bands £670 - £960 (3-piece)
£980 - £1,550 (4-piece)
£1,050 - £1,380 (5-piece)
£1,570 - £2,160 (4-piece)
Upbeat and Dixieland Jazz bands £460 - £1,210 (3-piece)
£700 - £2,700 (5-piece)
Acoustic and Roaming bands £330 - £720 (2-piece)
£480 - £1,630 (3-piece)
£600 - £1,630 (4-piece)
Soul Bands £820 - £4,500 (4-piece)
£960 - £2,420 (5-piece)
£1,090 - £3,500 (6-piece)
£1,210 - £7,500 (larger bands)
Rat Pack and Swing bands £1,060 - £1,940 (5-piece)
£2,120 - £2,904 (7 to 9-piece)
£2,900 - £3,020 (10-piece+)

Booking a band who are 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 wedding bands are included on their profile pages, and your Entertainment Coordinator can recommend the best bands near to 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!




How much space will they need?

The table below shows approximately how much space live bands of different sizes require:

Size of 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 they take to set up & soundcheck?

Depending how close to the performance space the band can park, unloading, setting up and performing their sound-check will take around 60 – 90 minutes.

Some busy city 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 around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.



How long is a typical function bands set list?

Our bands usually offer two 60-minute performances, though many can perform for longer if needed. You could spread out a two-hour performance by splitting it into three 40-minute sets. Most bands are flexible to fit in with your evening, and will usually take a break of around 15 minutes between sets, during which time they will provide background music from an MP3 player or laptop.

If providing the evening entertainment, a band would typically arrive at 6pm, get set up and perform that all-important sound check by 7.30pm to 8pm, get changed and ready to start the first performance by around 9pm. The second performance would then start around 10.30pm, until a normal curfew of midnight. Many 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 band’s profile page. These times serve as an example – the band will always liaise with you and will tailor what they are doing on the night to your particular needs.



Find The Perfect York Band For Your Event!

Check out these reviews of York bands for hire to help you find the perfect artist for you.



Local York Venues For Hire

We work closely with some amazing York venues including: Sandburn Hall, Merchant Adventurers' Hall, The Royal York Hotel, Yorebridge House, The Hospitium, The KP Golf Club, Grays Court Hotel and many more.

If you want any advice on suitable entertainment at your chosen venue, just let us know where you’re planning to book and we’ll share what we know, who we’ve booked there in the past, which of our bands are most suitable and any other key information about entertainment at that venue that we think you might want to be aware of.

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