Over recent years, many couples tying the knot have been looking for something a bit different for the musical entertainment on their special day, as opposed to the standard wedding music genres of pop, funk and soul.
Often this means songs that the couple and their friends grew up listening to, and as such, one of the most dominant genres of music in the first part of the 21st century...R&B.
London witnessed a great flourishing of R&B talent in the first decade of the 21st century.
As such a dominant musical genre in recent years, it’s no surprise that couples want to hire an R&B wedding band for their special day, or at least a cover band that can perform a substantial amount of R&B classics.
There are several bands on FixTheMusic that specialise in this style of music.
Here are the 6 most popular R&B wedding bands in London based on confirmed bookings for 2020 and 2021...
So let's take a closer look at the most in-demand R&B wedding bands in the London area this year...
1. NOMAD Lite
Average booking price: £1,750 (as of May 2020)
NOMAD Lite are the miniature spin-off from Europe's most famous wireless roaming band NOMAD.
With the guile and charisma to supercharge any party or wedding, this duo are fast becoming a must-have for high-end functions in London and worldwide.
NOMAD Lite perform a huge repertoire of upbeat covers, specialising in mashups and medleys.
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2. Urban Dynamite
Average booking price: £4,237 (as of May 2020)
Urban Dynamite was born with the idea that entertainment should bring joy to people's lives.
The aim is to break the mould by carefully redesigning song lists to include the songs that make you sing, dance and smile.
Urban Dynamite understand that you need the best entertainment possible for your event, and we deliver every time.
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Average booking price: £4,019 (as of May 2020)
Scintillate are a luxury high-end function band with over 15 years of industry experience.
We perform at weddings, corporate events and private functions in the UK & across the globe.
From music selection and arrangements to performance and attire, everything about Scintillate oozes class and professionalism.
We aim to uplift your function by creating an incredible atmosphere to suit, with utmost elegance and sophistication.
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4. The Moonlighters
Average booking price: £2,003 (as of May 2020)
The Moonlighters are a London-based band who have been playing together since 2014 and are top industry professionals.
Since the start of the band, The Moonlighters have graced the stage with legendary artists such as Sting, Shaggy, Stereophonics, Melanie C (Spice Girls), Beverley Knight and Jamiroquai.
The band have a wealth of experience playing at all kinds of events of every type of audience.
They are happy to travel and regularly perform across the UK and beyond.
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Average booking price: £1,504 (as of May 2020)
Location: Berkshire & London
Loophole are a live party band specialising in weddings, private events, corporate parties, product launches, award shows and any other events in the UK and internationally.
Covering a range of styles from Soul, Funk, RnB to the latest Pop hits with hints of Jazz, we bring our own sound and flavour to the music that is guaranteed to get you dancing and keep that dance floor filled.
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Average booking price: £1,672 (as of May 2020)
Impulse are a London-based 5 piece pop, rock & dance covers band.
From Beyonce to DJ Fresh, it's guaranteed to make you spill your drink all over yourself!
Armed with an eclectic mix of fresh chart toppers and classic dance floor fillers, Impulse are a collective of young and talented musicians who have worked professionally as individuals for over 10 years and have a vast amount of live experience to their name.
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What does an R&B wedding band perform?
The R&B wedding bands on FixTheMusic play a variety of music in this style featuring a range of artists including Kanye West, Bruno Mars, R Kelly, Justin Timberlake and Ceelo Green.
Most R&B cover bands will also include in their set list songs from other styles of music, including hip hop, garage, pop, rock, soul and Motown. You might also be looking for an urban wedding band – perfect for cool city weddings.
How much does an R&B / hip hop wedding band cost to hire?
The average price of an R&B wedding band for hire on FixTheMusic is £1,685.
R&B bands tend to cost more than the average London wedding band as they often feature more instruments and vocalists than a regular pop covers band so that they can cover the full range of R&B and soul hits.
Should I hire an R&B band for my wedding?
Yes! We've noticed a big trend in recent years for discerning clients to choose an R&B wedding band for their big day. The London's best R&B bands are made up of some of the most in-demand session musicians and singers in the country, who have often toured with celebrity singers across Europe and the rest of the world.
Booking an R&B band or hip hop band for your own wedding is guaranteed to ensure a cool edge that most other bands can't provide. At FixTheMusic we have some of the UK's best hip hop bands for hire, as well as specialist RnB groups.
Why have RnB wedding bands become so popular in recent years?
Couples these days are looking for something a bit different to the tried-and-tested wedding covers band of recent years.
Couples getting married in their early 30s were children of the 90s, so they want music that reflects their personal music tastes, be that 90s kitsch pop such as Britney Spears and various boy bands, to Britpop, Garage, Hip Hop and American heavy metal such as Greenday, Metallica and Guns N' Roses, as well as RnB covers.
Of course, couples will want guests of all ages to enjoy the wedding music, so bands that specialise in 90s genres (90s wedding bands) generally also perform some classic covers from the 50s to the 80s.
Some of our RnB / hip hop wedding bands also feature rappers or singers who can rap – the perfect addition to a live band.
— Adam is a co-founder of FixTheMusic and works on everything from copywriting and marketing to design and user experience. He studied Music at Cambridge University. Adam is a keen pianist, and also learned cello and trumpet from an early age.