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  • Fee for Essex £2,308

    Atlantic

    Wedding Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Atlantic are Highly Recommended 23 Customer Reviews

    High energy, professional band who have toured the US twice & supported artists like Bruce Springsteen, Fuel & Alien Ant Farm. With a diverse repertoire covering Rock & Pop hits over the past 6 decades, & previous performances at the Closing Paralympic Celebrations, Atlantic will provide each client... Read more...

  • Fee for Essex £1,257

    Ultratones

    Wedding Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Ultratones are Highly Recommended 15 Customer Reviews

    Be it your wedding day, birthday or time to let your hair down, Ultratones are the perfect act for you. Covering a broad spectrum of genres that encompasses 6 decades; they make sure their repertoire is up to date, playing the hits everybody wants to hear!

  • Fee for Essex £1,587

    Sustainiacs

    Wedding Band Essex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Sustainiacs are Highly Recommended 28 Customer Reviews

    Sustainiacs' deliver a crowd pleasing set of slick funk, soul, rock & contemporary pop! From Stevie Wonder to Walk The Moon, this band's killer repertoire has something to suit everyone! Having previously performed at Glastonbury festival, The Albert Hall & more, Sustainiac's are truly professional,... Read more...

  • Fee for Essex £1,282

    Echoes

    Wedding Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Echoes are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    Influenced by their personal love for Funk, Jazz and Latin music; Echoes are a 4 piece band who put their own spin on contemporary and classic Rock, Pop and Soul. From Stevie Wonder to Pharrell Williams, MJ to Rihanna, this unique band will bring a fresh sound to your event.They also perform Latin, ... Read more...

  • Fee for Essex £1,219

    The Trilbys

    Wedding Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The Trilbys are Highly Recommended 6 Customer Reviews

    The Trilby’s are a pop/rock band of professional & talented musicians, who are suitable for any event from high-end weddings to corporate events. Able to offer a 4-piece service with optional extras, including a female vocalist, full brass section & acoustic sets; The Trilby's can adapt to any sized... Read more...

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  • Fee for Essex £1,477 +VAT

    Happy Hour

    Rock and Pop Party Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Happy Hour are Highly Recommended 326 Customer Reviews

    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 t... Read more...

  • Fee for Essex £1,995

    Fresh

    Rock and Pop Party Band Essex
    Number of members: 5 5 stars - Fresh are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    A collection of the UK’s most in demand musicians coming together to create something amazing! A super-group of talent, Fresh deliver a ‘must-have’ party where-ever they go. Fronted by both male & female vocals, the band perform an array of hits from iconic artists such as Winehouse, Wonder, Timberl... Read more...

  • Fee for Essex £833

    Rakish Paddy

    Wedding Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - Rakish Paddy are Highly Recommended 10 Customer Reviews

    A lively ceilidh band featuring brilliant musicians and an inspiring caller. Performing traditional Irish, Scottish & Country music, Rakish Paddy will bring a marvellous atmosphere to any party or gathering!

  • Fee for Essex £1,257

    The Little Big Tones

    Rock 'n' Roll Band Essex
    Number of members: 4 5 stars - The Little Big Tones are Highly Recommended 27 Customer Reviews

    Specialising in Rock ‘n’ Roll & Rhythm & Blues, The Little Big Tones are guaranteed to make people dance and smile. The music performed is taken from a classic repertoire, including Buddy Holly, Elvis and Eddie Cochran. *Trio option available*

  • Fee for Essex £1,887

    Blue Twist

    Vintage Party Band Essex
    Number of members: 7 5 stars - Blue Twist are Highly Recommended 27 Customer Reviews

    Having wowed crowds at Chelsea Flower Show, Wilderness Festival & many other prestigious events, Blue Twist are ready to bring their infectious enthusiasm, authenticity & incredible live show to your dance floor! Featuring seven of the UK's top musicians with a wealth of industry experience, Blue Tw... Read more...

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Wedding Bands in Essex

It’s the home of Blur, ‘The Planets’ composer Gustav Holst, and Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. Yet Essex is never given quite the credit it deserves for its contribution to music and culture.

Think Colchester and you probably think of a quaint ancient town, rather than the birthplace of Britpop. However it’s here that mates Damon, Graham and Alex came together with drummer Dave Rowntree to form the band around which the cultural movement coalesced: Blur.

Likewise, Southend (pronounced ‘Saarf-End’) deserves a reputation for punching above its weight when it comes to music, with goth-garage outfit The Horrors and many more all calling the seaside town home.

Essex Wedding Bands on Alive Network

Our bands are available to hire in every area of Essex including:


Alive Network is home to 17 of the very best wedding bands who are based in Essex and other bands who are available to hire for weddings taking place within the county.


Hiring a Wedding Band In Essex


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

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 Essex Has To Offer!

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



Local Essex Wedding Venues

We work closely with some amazing Essex wedding venues including: Gosfield Hall, Gaynes Park, Leez Priory, Braxted Park Estate, Quendon Hall (Parklands), Blake Hall, Prested Hall, The Reid Rooms, Layer Marney Tower and Houchins Farm 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 Essex

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 Essex and the surrounding areas: One Curious Dream, Weddings By Mary, Natalie Hewitt, BusyBrides and The Wedding Planners.

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