These are the perfect live bands for corporate events, weddings & parties in Oxford .... in fact any event where you want to dance all night to rock and pop hits from across the decades! Find the best local function bands in Oxford only at Alive Network, the UK's biggest music agency.... More
5 stars - Happy Hour are Highly Recommended340 Reviews Number of members: 4Kent
Let you & your guests be blown away by one of the most in-demand bands in the UK! With 300+ reviews, a setlist full of the best music around & a wealth of industry experience, Happy Hour have entertained some of the world's biggest names (Pinewood Studios, Microsoft, ITV & more) & are no strangers to jam-packed dance floor’s & demands for encores!...
5 stars - Season are Highly Recommended74 Reviews Number of members: 4West Sussex
Season showcase on-stage chemistry, incredible talent & loads of experience! Covering chart hits, indie anthems plus some funk & disco classics, this cool band bring an infectious energy to every party they perform at! The band are true professionals who have previously performed alongside Carl Barat, The Ordinary Boys, Liberty X & more!...
5 stars - Technicolour are Highly Recommended59 Reviews Number of members: 3West Sussex
Meet Technicolour! A stand out, vibrant band of talented dudes. Stylistically diverse with a repertoire filled with all of your favourites spanning the last seven decades, this band have entertained Heineken, Shard media, Birmingham FC and more!...
5 stars - The Kicks are Highly Recommended223 Reviews Number of members: 4Hertfordshire
The Kicks play Indie & Pop; Killers, Rudimental, Ed Sheeran, Foals, Artic Monkeys with a sprinkling of vintage & retro. Members have shared a stage with One Direction, The Streets, Fat Boy Slim, Keane and had airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Radio X & BBC 6 Music. Previous clients include: BBC, O2, ITV, Ben Sherman and Procter & Gamble. Over 165 positive customer reviews!...
5 stars - Breakthrough are Highly Recommended117 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Covering music from Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Kings Of Leon, Amy Winehouse & more, Breakthrough are young, charismatic, highly professional & guaranteed to get your audience on the dance floor!...
5 stars - Riptide are Highly Recommended57 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Having worked with the likes of Beyonce, Paolo Nutini & Mumford & Sons to name a few, Riptide are a highly experienced band with a cool & exciting edge! Guaranteed to show you a good time, the band's diverse repertoire spans music from The Beatles & The Kinks right up to modern day hits from Catfish & The Bottlemen, Taylor Swift, Arctic Monkeys & more!...
5 stars - The Low Down are Highly Recommended60 Reviews Number of members: 3East Sussex
Having performed on some of the biggest stages from Glastonbury to Alexandra palace alongside acts such as Bastille and Tom Odell, The Low Down are an explosive, energetic 3 piece band that will keep you on your feet all night! The band feature a dancefloor filling repertoire performed by a trio of amazing musicians with years of experience entertaining crowds all over the country....
5 stars - Talk Of The Town are Highly Recommended14 Reviews Number of members: 4Essex
Talk Of The Town are an energetic, talented & professional party band who formed in 2016 & have been rocking all over Essex & beyond ever since. Performing covers from The Beatles to George Ezra, Bruno Mars to Stevie Wonder & tons more, they will guarantee to keep your guests on their feet all night long!...
5 stars - The Hot Shots are Highly Recommended331 Reviews Number of members: 4Essex
WINNERS!!! The Wedding Industry Awards 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 The Hot Shots, are an award winning modern rock & pop party band. Their repertoire features Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran & Maroon 5, as well as rock & indie by Foo Fighters, Killers & Kings Of Leon. Members have played at V Festival, BugJam, London Astoria & the O2 arena. Previous clients: Britvic, Surepass, Checkatrade. Over 230+ positive reviews....
5 stars - The Supertones are Highly Recommended134 Reviews Number of members: 4Surrey
The Supertones are a fantastic four piece rock and pop covers band, specialising in contemporary classics. With a stunning live show, performing everything from The Kinks to The Killers, The Supertones are sure to rock your function!...
5 stars - Party Starters are Highly Recommended92 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Party Starters are a cool & contemporary pop & rock band that know what a great party is all about! Energetic & exciting, Party Starters live sets are guaranteed to fill your dance floor & include music from Bruno Mars, Rudimental, The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder & much more!...
5 stars - The Dukes are Highly Recommended257 Reviews Number of members: 4London
Fun, dynamic, energetic & experienced band guaranteed to get everyone dancing! Hits from The Killers, Kings of Leon to classics like Bowie, Queen & Beatles. Dance off's encouraged! The Dukes will not stop rocking until everyone is on their feet!...
5 stars - Bandit are Highly Recommended97 Reviews Number of members: 4Hertfordshire
Award winning Indie Rock & Pop band! Young, experienced & energetic Bandit delivers a lively repertoire including fresh new music from Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Pharrell, The Kings of Leon as well as your favourite dance floor fillers. Guaranteed to get all your guests dancing and rock your event!...
5 stars - The Sonics are Highly Recommended62 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
The Sonics are the hottest party band in town! Young, cool & current they are guaranteed to kick off your party with a sonic boom! Armed with a killer repertoire, you’ll be dancing all night to songs from Ed Sheeran, Prince, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac & so much more!...
5 stars - Shine On are Highly Recommended181 Reviews Number of members: 5East Sussex
If you're looking for a professional, fun & energetic party band, then look no further! Shine On will have your guests jumping up & down & singing along to their exciting live sets which includes the very best indie, rock & pop classics from diverse artists such as Oasis, The Killers, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters & many more. With a wide repertoire & over 8 years playing with this line up they have the experience & on-stage chemistry to make your evening truly memorable....
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 - 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 - Dirty Weekend are Highly Recommended69 Reviews Number of members: 4East Sussex
Dirty Weekend have been to the biggest & best music festivals in the world & have even been lucky enough to play at some of them! Knowing first-hand how priceless it is to be surrounded by your closest mates whilst watching your favourite artists, this band have designed the coolest, most exciting show ready to rock your party! Choose 3 of 6 sets each designed to pay tribute to the world's most major festivals, from Glastonbury, Live Aid '85, the Isle of Wight, V & more!...
All Alive Network 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 kind of music do they 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 Rolling Stones
Kings of Leon
Popular types of bands to hire
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.
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.
Where in the UK can I hire a band?
Our bands are regularly booked for a range of events and locations across the UK and internationally – for weddings, corporate events, private parties, venues, festivals, and more. The most popular locations include:
The search form at the top of the page includes all counties of the UK. Simply run a search selecting your event type, the location and the date and we will show you a list of artists who are available along with their price and distance from your event location. The list is sorted by popularity, but you can reorder based on distance if you're specifically looking for a local band for hire.
Is a rock & pop band suitable for my event?
Rock and pop bands like the guys and girls in the list above 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 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! Alive Network's 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.
Most 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 are the band going to be?
The average volume level of most fully-amplified 4-piece guitar-based rock and pop 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 we need if we book a band?
Most 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 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
How long will it take for the 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 they need?
To really rock at your event, most live 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.
All Alive Network bands will provide their own PA system, microphones, stage lighting, backline amplifiers and instruments.
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Aside from finding some of the best Function Bands in the UK and getting expert advice from our friendly staff, one of the main reasons to hire a Function 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 Function 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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