Fit like? The UK’s Granite City has created a range of artists, from former Eurythmics front-lady, Annie Lennox OBE, and electronic dance band The Shamen, to Polar Bear’s drummer and bandleader Seb Rochford, and The Jasmine Minks. Emeli Sande lived in Aberdeen during her youth, and S Club 8’s Calvin Goldspink was schooled here, and – now living in London with her X-Factor star husband, Steve Brookstein – Eileen Hunter is a successful jazz singer who hails from Aberdeen.
Scotland’s third largest city, Aberdeen is used to hosting some of the best that music has to offer, with a range of grand and intimate venues to suit the scene. The iconic His Majesty’s Theatre is so beautiful, it’s been described by comedian Billy Connolly as like ‘playing inside a wedding cake’. The Music Hall reopened in 2019, following a multi-million pound transformation. The 1929 art deco Beach Ballroom features a dancefloor with real bounce – thanks to thousands of fixed steel springs! Krakatoa is a tiki dive bar and grassroots music venue. The Tunnels occupies two tunnels under the city, hosting live evening entertainment in their ‘subterranean rave cave’.
Aberdeen is home to a range of music festivals, including the urban music of True North, the University’s May Festival, Aberdeen Jazz Festival, and Sound – a daring and adventurous festival of new music.
Aberdeen is committed to emerging talent, with music taught at the North East of Scotland Music School, and Aberdeen City Music School at Dyce Academy.
Aberdeen Wedding Bands on Alive Network
Our bands are available to hire in every area of Scotland including:
Alive Network is home to the very best wedding bands who are available to hire for weddings taking place within the area.
Hiring Wedding Bands in Aberdeen
How much does it cost to hire a wedding band in Aberdeen?
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
|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)
||£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 Aberdeen Has To Offer!
Check out these reviews of Aberdeen wedding bands to help you find the perfect band for you.
Local Aberdeen Wedding Venues
We work closely with some amazing wedding venues in Aberdeen including: Raemoir House Hotel, The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Rox Hotel, Elsick House, Meldrum House Hotel, Falls of Feugh Restaurant, Holiday Inn Aberdeen - West, Macdonald Pittodrie House, The Kastille 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.