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  • Fee for Manchester £2,586

    The Silks

    Wedding Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Silks are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    The Silks are a combination of powerful vocals & high quality of musicianship, featuring some of Manchester's most established & talented musicians. With a killer repertoire, expect to hear music from Daft Punk, The Beatles, The Killers, The Jam and more!

  • Fee for Manchester £833

    Swag

    Wedding Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Swag are Highly Recommended 30 Customer Reviews

    Swag are a fun four piece band playing the best music from the 60s to the present day. With great vocals, rich harmonies & excellent musicianship, they produce a full, energetic sound with keyboards as well as guitars, bass and drums. The band can dress casually, in their stripy outfits or wear smar... Read more...

  • Fee for Manchester £772

    The Zenettes

    Wedding Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - The Zenettes are Highly Recommended 8 Customer Reviews

    Hailing from the bustling streets of Manchester, The Zenettes are an acoustic folk, pop girl group comprised of three really good friends with a mutual love of music. With influences as broad as Dusty Springfield and Daft Punk, they have created a distinctive sound fuelled by live instruments and t... Read more...

  • Fee for Manchester £1,538

    The Blakes

    Wedding Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The Blakes are Highly Recommended 18 Customer Reviews

    A Modern, Fresh, Premium 4 piece party band made up of professional musicians who have worked with The Script, Paloma Faith & more. With fantastic female vocals, The Blakes perform dancefloor hits from the 60s to current banging chart hits!

  • Fee for Manchester £769

    The Manchester Ceilidh Trio

    Wedding Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - The Manchester Ceilidh Trio are Highly Recommended 7 Customer Reviews

    One of the finest Ceilidh bands around, The Manchester Ceilidh Trio are a young and extremely talented trio who will have your guests dancing from the first note to the very last! All Royal Northern College of Music graduates, members have performed with UK leading orchestra... Read more...

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  • Fee for Manchester £1,026

    Outshine

    Wedding Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Outshine are Highly Recommended 11 Customer Reviews

    Outshine deliver killer, energetic performances of your favourite songs! With a wide range of music including the cool indie-rock of the Killers and Kings of Leon, the modern pop hits of Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars and sure fire classics by The Beatles, Bowie and Prince, Outshine are guarantee to ge... Read more...

  • Fee for Manchester £1,497

    The Firebirds

    Quirky Cool Vintage Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Firebirds are Highly Recommended 14 Customer Reviews

    The Firebirds are highly experienced and specialise in vintage versions of rock and pop favourites! From Soul to Funk to Jazz, The Firebirds sound modern and authentic all in one!

  • Fee for Manchester £1,411

    The Sinatra Swingers

    Wedding Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Sinatra Swingers are Highly Recommended 25 Customer Reviews

    The Sinatra Swingers are great for a party crowd with a wide variety of ages and tastes in music. They entertain fabulously with diverse styles from swing and latin exotica to 50's and 60s rock and pop, to vintage versions of pop hits and rock anthems. 

  • Fee for Manchester £1,229

    The 45s

    Wedding Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The 45s are Highly Recommended 9 Customer Reviews

    The 45s are a retro style band who perform unique live sets! Covering music (in their own vintage style!) from artists such as Michael Jackson, Bill Withers, Jessie J, The Beatles, Estelle & more, The 45s are a cool & quirky band perfect for your event!

  • Fee for Manchester £1,411

    The Family

    Wedding Band Manchester, Greater Manchester
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Family are Highly Recommended 25 Customer Reviews

    The Family are a Funk, Soul & Pop party band, performing a superb mix of classic and contemporary dance floor fillers. One of Manchester’s finest function bands, the band work closely with you to ensure that the music for your event is perfect!

Our Guide to the Best
Wedding Bands Manchester has to offer

Manchester is the birthplace of Madchester and home to a wide range of bands and musicians, including The Smiths, The Chemical Brothers, and Joy Division, Take That, The Ting Tings, Lisa Stansfield, and X-Factor winner Shane Ward, as well as the Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Oasis.

Manchester has plenty of famous and infamous venues, including Bridgewater Hall, Albert Hall, Soup Kitchen, and Band on the Wall. Celebrating the best of live music, Manchester hosts a range of music festivals, from the Manchester Jazz Festival, Sounds of the City, Dot To Dot, and the Parklife Festival.

Manchester is home to two prestigious music schools – the Royal Northern College of Music, established in 1893, and Chetham’s School of Music.


Manchester Wedding Band Hire FAQs


How much does it cost to hire a wedding band in Manchester?

The cost of wedding bands 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 wedding bands:

Type of Artist Cost Range
Rock and Pop wedding party 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 wedding bands of different sizes require:

Size of Wedding 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 a wedding 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 wedding band 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 wedding 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 wedding 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 wedding 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 Wedding Band Manchester Has To Offer!

Check out these reviews of Manchester wedding bands to help you find the perfect band for you.



Local Manchester Wedding Venues

We work closely with some amazing Manchester wedding venues including: The Midland Hotel, Great John Street Hotel, Victoria Warehouse, The White Hart Inn at Lydgate, Monastery Of St Francis, Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport, Hyde Bank Farm, Radisson Edwardian Hotel, The Parkfield Inn, Hilton Manchester Deansgate 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.



UKAWP Wedding Planners in Manchester

As a proud supplier member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, we are happy to recommend their members who abide by the UKAWP Code of Business Practice.

The following UKAWP wedding planners cover Manchester and the North West: Charlotte Elise Weddings & Events, Staffordshire Wedding Planning, Kook Events, Fabulous Together and Your Fabulous Wedding.

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