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  • Live Wires Wedding Band Staffordshire
    £1,485

    Live Wires

    Wedding Band Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Live Wires are Highly Recommended 175 Reviews

    Rocking events across the UK for the last 10 years, Live Wires are highly experienced, incredibly professional & ready to fill your dance floor! With over 160+ positive customer reviews, previous clients including Pepsi Co, Argos & Santander & a killer repertoire packed full of dance floor classics ... Read more...

  • The Fanatics Wedding Band Staffordshire
    £1,390

    The Fanatics

    Wedding Band Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - The Fanatics are Highly Recommended 70 Reviews

    “They’re hot. They rock. They get the party started!” WINNERS at the 2016 Wedding Industry Awards, and highly recommended by the many clients whose events they have set off with a bang, The Fanatics are among the industry's favourite crowd-pleasers. Young and cool with a killer repertoire spanning f... Read more...

  • The Red Letters Wedding Band Staffordshire
    £880

    The Red Letters

    Wedding Band Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The Red Letters are Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

    The Red Letters boast a fantastic repertoire featuring music from Elvis, The Killers, The Strokes, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Bonnie Tyler and even Disney! This band puts smiles on faces and feet on the dance floor. Perfect for your red letter day!

  • Stargazer Wedding Band Staffordshire
    £1,185

    Stargazer

    Wedding Band Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Stargazer are Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

    An uptempo, high energy band that will make your evening extra special. Having played over 500 gigs, the band have both experience and an extensive repertoire covering hits from the 60s to present day. This band will bring you something special to the party!

  • Cartoon Kings Wedding Band Staffordshire
    £1,384

    Cartoon Kings

    Wedding Band Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Cartoon Kings are Highly Recommended 88 Reviews

    Energetic & versatile 5 piece rock & pop band performing mostly in Central England. Choose both electric and acoustic sets depending on your event. Smaller line ups available. Great repertoire, great sound, great style, excellent choice!

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  • Wow Factor Wedding Band Staffordshire
    £818

    Wow Factor

    Wedding Band Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - Wow Factor are Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

    Wow Factor are a fun and lively trio with a big sound. Covering everything from the 60's to the noughties, expect a wide range of songs such as Mr Brightside, Sex On Fire, Town Called Malice, Johnny B Goode & Brown Sugar.

  • Smoke Screen Wedding Band Staffordshire
    £1,132

    Smoke Screen

    Wedding Band Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Smoke Screen are Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

    Smoke Screen is a Midlands band comprising four male talents, who cover the likes of The Rolling Stones & Crowded House through to Paolo Nutini and Arctic Monkeys. Subtle acoustic sets also available for a quieter occasion.

  • Effigy Wedding Band Staffordshire
    £1,215+VAT

    Effigy

    Wedding Band Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Effigy are Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

    Effigy are a fantastic all male rock, pop & indie band playing classic hits from Blur & Oasis to the Beatles and Queen. They are very well priced, have a great PA & lighting system, and travel anywhere in the UK.

  • Pop The Air Rock and Pop Trio Staffordshire
    £1,257

    Pop The Air

    Rock and Pop Trio Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - Pop The Air are Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

    A lively, energetic & totally sensational party band. Performing popular sing-a-long hits from all decades (think Beatles, Kings Of Leon, Blur, The Human League, James Bay, Queen, The Killers, Amy Winehouse). Guaranteed to get your party started. Free DJ service until midnight for weddings and birth... Read more...

  • AKA 2 Tones Ska Band Staffordshire
    £818

    AKA 2 Tones

    Ska Band Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - AKA 2 Tones are Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

    AKA 2 Tones - One Step Beyond your average male 3 piece rock and pop band, performing hits from the 80s British Ska & Pop movement including Madness, The Jam, The Specials, as well as rock & pop hits from The Ordinary Boys & The Fratellis.

The Ultimate Guide To...
Booking Wedding Bands

What is a wedding band?

A wedding band is a group of musicians who specialise in playing live music for weddings. There’s a huge range of wedding bands you can choose from, depending on the style of wedding you’re planning and the vibe you’d like to create, including:

Each type of band will help you to create a personalised ambiance for your special day, be it the warm, intimate feel of an acoustic and roaming band, the light, romantic atmosphere of an upbeat jazz band, or the fun, rocking feel of a wedding party band.

Many bands offer pared-down or acoustic ensembles to entertain your guests in the daytime, and can provide music tailored specially for your romantic bridal procession, as well as headlining the party as your main evening entertainment.

Offering a self-contained entertainment package, wedding bands will provide everything they need for their performance, including sound and lighting equipment, so there’s no need to hire any additional kit.

Their sets are specifically tailored to weddings, and they will often travel large distances to perform.

What music will a wedding band play?

Wedding bands play a real assortment of rock and pop music from the 1950s to current chart acts, performing hits sure to make you move your feet. A standard set list may include song from artists such as:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Andy Williams
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Billie Holliday
  • Blur
  • Bruno Mars
  • Coldplay
  • Daft Punk
  • Dean Martin
  • Duke Ellington
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Elvis
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Jackie Wilson
  • James Brown
  • Jess Glynne
  • Kings of Leon
  • KT Tunstall
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Michael Bublé
  • Michael Jackson
  • Nat King Cole
  • Nina Simone
  • Oasis
  • Otis Redding
  • Robbie Williams
  • Sammy Davis Junior
  • Snow Patrol
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Beatles
  • The Jam
  • The Killers
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Van Morrison
  • Wild Cherry

The repertoire for each of our wedding bands are featured on their profile pages. Most will tailor their set list to your specific wedding requirements, and this can be discussed with your Alive Network Entertainment Coordinator.

Popular types of wedding band

1. Rock and pop wedding party bands

Often the main evening entertainment at weddings, rock and pop wedding party bands will perform a lively and dynamic set, perfect to fill the dancefloor at your evening reception. Most bands will offer a range of classic and modern rock and pop music, from the 1950s to current chart hits – tracks that the majority of your wedding guests will know and want to party to! They will cover music from the likes of The Beatles, The Jam, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift.

Visit our Rock and Pop bands page

2. Upbeat jazz bands

Upbeat jazz bands perform classic toe-tapping jazz music for a happy, sophisticated and romantic mood at your wedding celebrations. Sometimes featuring a singer and sometimes instrumental, these bands can range in styles from Gypsy Jazz, Latin Jazz, and modern pop songs with a vintage Jazz twist. For a more standard approach, you can expect traditional jazz tunes like I Get A Kick Out Of You, Cheek to Cheek, My Baby Just Cares for Me, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, from artists such as Billie Holliday, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Visit our upbeat bands collection

3. Dixieland jazz bands

Incorporating traditional jazz, Charleston music and the sounds of New Orleans, Dixieland jazz bands traditionally play over a 2-beat rhythm, blending trumpets, trombones, and clarinets with a rhythm section. Usually, one instrument will play a melody and the other instruments improvise around that, giving a really loose and fun performance style. You can expect a Dixieland jazz band to cover Dixieland artists like Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Kid Ory and Duke Ellington.

Visit our Jazz bands page

4. Acoustic & roaming bands

Whatever atmosphere you’d like to create, acoustic and roaming bands can offer a variety of engaging unplugged musical vibes, ranging from chilled-out to lively and high-tempo, and everywhere in between! Acoustic and roaming bands can be an exciting, quirky, and interactive option for your wedding. Always warm and intimate, they’re perfect for a relaxed wedding ceremony, a laidback, playful drinks reception, and a fun evening wedding reception. Unbound by cables, some bands wander among your guests as they perform. Some offer the option of ‘jukebox’-style song requests off the cuff, and exciting musical mash-ups, getting everyone involved! From traditional guitar-based acoustic bands to a capella barbershop quartets, mariachi, and bluegrass bands, our artists cover a broad range of styles and genres. Most will also include versions of popular chart music, to amuse and entertain, from Bon Jovi and The Beatles to Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake.

Visit our acoustic bands page & roaming bands collection

5. Soul bands

With origins in RnB (rhythm and blues), jazz, and gospel music, the music that soul bands perform combine tantalising tempos and strong, heart-felt vocals. A soul band will perform songs from artists such as James Brown, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Otis Redding. Most will also perform a soulful twist on modern classics, and tunes by artists like Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

Visit our soul bands page

6. Rat Pack and swing bands

If you’re looking for a cool, modern vintage wedding theme, Rat Pack and swing bands are ideal. Equally smooth and glitzy, these bands will cover Rat Pack classics by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin, and – with one foot in the jazz camp – they will also perform a range of timeless hits spanning the last 70 years, including music by Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Glenn Miller. Most will perform modern hits in a swing style, such as Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams, which you and your guests will love! You can choose to have the full, big band experience to raise the roof, or opt for a toned-down version, according to the vibe you’d like to create at your wedding.

Visit our Rat Pack & Swing page

Is a wedding band suitable for my event?

Typically the headline evening entertainment, wedding bands can provide the perfect atmosphere for various stages of your wedding day, offering a complete wedding entertainment solution. Most can offer smaller ensembles or soloists to play romantic acoustic music for the procession, ceremony, the signing of the register, and the recession. They can also perform live background music for the wedding drinks reception and wedding breakfast, where you and your guests can happily chat and enjoy each other’s company.

The evening entertainment can be turned up a few notches, with additional members and instruments added to perform a dynamic and energetic party set. A wedding band can play music for the all-important first dance too, with many offering the option to learn a special song of your choice, given enough notice. They can also provide a DJ option so that you and your guests can party all night.

The benefit of booking one band for the whole day’s celebration is that costs and logistics are minimal, particularly compared with the option of hiring several separate performers for your wedding day.

Space considerations at your event

A typical 4-piece band will need a space of roughly 4m width × 3m depth to perform comfortably. For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a wedding band need?’, below.

Volume - How loud is a wedding band?

To some extent, the volume of your band will be dictated by the line-up, instruments and room acoustics at your venue. Live bands can give exhilarating evening performances, and their volume often reflects this – usually in the region of 95 dB – 110 dB. The sound will obviously be quieter if you opt for a smaller, pared down or acoustic version for your daytime entertainment.

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

If offering the option to perform background music or music for a wedding ceremony, the musicians will play in a tone and volume to match with your event needs.

How much does a wedding band cost?

The cost of wedding bands varies, depending on the line-up, and the options each band offers.

In 2017, the average price of a 5-piece band is around £1,600.

This table 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!

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

This hot list features our current premier UK wedding bands, based on a range of performance quality, innovation and popularity:

How long will a wedding band play for?

Our wedding 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.

How much space will a wedding band 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 it take for a wedding band to set up?

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 a wedding band around 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.

What equipment will a wedding band need?

Most wedding bands need:

  • parking provision with easy access to the venue
  • a secure, lockable changing room
  • sturdy, armless chairs for acoustic musicians
  • a dedicated, suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area or stage
  • if performing outside – by prior agreement – they will need cover from the ever-changing elements to protect from either direct sunlight or any chance of rain!
  • good lighting, especially if playing in a marquee, for example
  • a minimum of four 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up
  • refreshments – soft drinks and a hot meal, for example, depending on how long you’ve booked them for

Wedding bands provide their own PA sound system, microphones, backline amplifiers, and stage lighting.

If you are planning a large wedding with over 200 guests, you may need to hire a separate PA system to fill the large venue. Your dedicated Entertainment Coordinator will be happy to discuss the requirements for specific wedding bands.

In a band? How do you join a wedding 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 recordings and promotional photos
  • Good quality, reliable equipment & your own transport
  • A setlist of music suited to weddings
  • Smart formal stage clothes, suited to weddings
  • 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:

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.