From seventies supergroup ELO, and eighties stars UB40 & Duran Duran, to modern artists The Streets, Clare Maguire, and Mr Hudson, Birmingham has a wide-ranging musical origins. The region is also home to the world’s longest-running bhangra band, Bhujhangy Group, formed in 1967.
Birmingham is home to a range of music and event venues – from the O2 Academy, the stunning Symphony Hall, the huge Arena, and – with more canals than Venice – The Flapper is an independent live music venue that takes advantage of a fabulous canal-side pitch. The region revels in music festivals too, from the UK dance and urban music festival MADE, to the UK’s premier experimental music celebration Supersonic Festival, and Swingamajig at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens – a 1920s style festival of live music, dance & cabaret with a modern twist.
Birmingham’s music schools are devoted to enabling the next generation of musicians to flourish, including the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and Europe’s largest and leading music college, the British & Irish Modern Music Institute, BIMM Birmingham.
Alive Network’s Bands in Birmingham
Our bands are available to hire in every area of Birmingham and the West Midlands including:
Alive Network is home to the very best function bands based in Birmingham and other bands who are available to hire for parties and events taking place within the city.
Hiring Bands In Birmingham
How much does it cost to hire a band in Birmingham?
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
|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)
||£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.
Local Birmingham Venues For Hire
We work closely with some amazing venues in Birmingham and the West Midlands including: Shustoke Farm Barns, ICC Birmingham, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, The NEC, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, The Vox Conference Centre, Aston Villa, Highbury Hall, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, The Bond Company 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.