The Top 5 Best Wandering Bands in London For 2021 (With Prices)

15 DECEMBER 2020 (Updated 21 SEPTEMBER 2021)
Blog post by Adam Southall
Estimated read time: 4 minutes

In this blog post, we'll list out the 5 most popular wandering bands for hire in London on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings in 2021 and 2022.

London is home to some of the finest wandering bands in Europe...bands that perform regularly at high-end corporate events and celebrity weddings.

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You'll see that there is a huge range of styles and that many of the cover bands offer something a bit different to make your event truly memorable.

What Is the definition of a wandering band?

A wandering band is a type of musical group that usually performs acoustically and can wander or roam, usually between guests. This is unlike most traditional bands that are static and connected by wires to a PA system or other kind of amplification.

Wandering bands first became popular in France. The tradition started in the French Riviera, where they are still very popular at corporate events, on luxury yachts and at destination weddings. Their popularity quickly spread and the UK is now home to some incredibly talented wandering bands.

FixTheMusic's co-founder Ed Southall summarised the definition of wandering bands as "those bands that are free to roam and weave freely amongst guests, usually acoustic and made up of guitars, cajon, singer, and a bass guitar".

Are all wandering bands acoustic?

Not necessarily. There are a handful of wandering bands that are also electric, meaning that they are amplified. They use state-of-the-art wireless technology to amplify the band. This means the band can be louder than a purely acoustic wandering band and is more suited to parties where the number of guests exceeds around 80 people.

Check out NOMAD and The London Roaming Band if you're interested in seeing incredible amplified wandering bands.

How much does a wandering band cost?

Most wandering bands charge between £1,300 - £2,000 for weddings and events in the UK. Some charge a lot more based on their level of experience and the demand for their music.

Cover bands on FixTheMusic have public liability insurance and PAT tested equipment.

Here's the list of the 5 best wandering bands in London for 2021...

2. Wandering Three
3. The London Roaming Band
4. Roaming About
5. The Strolling Pack

So let's take a closer look at the most in-demand wandering bands in London this year...

Average booking price: £3,544 (as of October 2021)
Location: London

NOMAD is a carefully sculpted, slick and totally innovative music entertainment trio and quartet.

The outfit was formed to create something unique for the entertainment world, which brought to life a vision of a small, dapper roaming band, able to deliver a big dance floor sound, while weaving through rooms, interacting with guests.

NOMAD are one of the UK's only electric / amplified roaming bands. This is made possible by the unique addition of a musically involved sound engineer, who works wizardry with wireless technology. Wow.

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NOMAD's band members are all seasoned entertainers from established backgrounds - sharp presentation and honed audience-sensitive charm set this outfit well apart from the rest. Their set is full of cool hits, often put together in a clever mashup.

Previous clients include Facebook, Google, Manchester United Football Club, Ted Baker, Coca Cola and Hampton Court Palace, amongst many other prestigious organisations and venues.

The band is highly experienced at performing outside the UK. They have recently travelled to and have upcoming events in Malta, France, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Greece and Portugal. The band also recently performed at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Their performance at a destination wedding in Barcelona was recently featured as a real wedding in Whimsical Wonderland Weddings.

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Great Braxted, Witham
  • Porthouse, Portsmouth
  • Limewood Hotel, Hampshire
  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Carveiro, The Algarve, Portugal
  • Mallorca
  • Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italy
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Château La Tour Vaucros, Sorgues, France
  • Boliqueime, Portugal
  • Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London
  • Château de Lisse, Réaup-Lisse, France
  • Frome, UK
  • Cannes, France
  • Crete, Greece
  • Cheltenham, UK
  • Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France
  • Château d'Ingrandes, France
  • La Roche-Chalais, France
  • Cotswolds, UK
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Sartoria, Savile Row, London, UK
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Contignano, Siena, Italy
  • Malta
  • Ham Yard Hotel, London
  • Sky Garden, London

So if you're looking for the finest pop covers roaming band London has to offer, get in touch with NOMAD.

2. Wandering Three
Average booking price: £1,300 - £2,500 (as of October 2021)
Location: London

Wandering Three are London’s fresh, high-energy acoustic roaming band.

With no need for a PA, Wandering Three take no time to set up and can perform anywhere you need. They can roam around the guests at your event, entertaining them in small groups and playing their requests.

Or show them a stage and they'll fiddle the house down!

View our complete list of UK roaming bands ➡️

Our highly experienced globetrotting band members have performed in 6 continents. We’ve played everywhere from the French Alps to the Yasawa Islands in Fiji… and from Blackpool to Bournemouth, gracing the stages of the Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, Walt Disney Hall (LA) and Carnegie Hall (NYC).

We’ve shared stages with Sting, McFly, Bill Bailey, Elbow, Bjork, Dizzee Rascal, James Morrison and Calvin Harris. We’ve performed in West End shows including Mamma Mia!, Dirty Dancing, Jersey Boys, Motown and School of Rock.

We’ve won prime time TV competitions in UK and France (Stars in Their Eyes and Le Cover), as well as appeared on the BBC Proms and Classical Brit Awards.

We’ve entertained corporate clients at Microsoft, Merrill Lynch Bank Of America and Amstel. We’re ready to make your event amazing… any time, any place.

Wandering Three were recently booked on FixTheMusic to entertain guests at a Facebook event at BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium.

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Port de Pollença, Spain
  • Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort, Lagoa, Portugal
  • Regent Street, London
  • Hotel Croatia Cavtat
  • Hackney Town Hall
  • The Groucho Club
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Château Rigaud, Mouliets-et-Villemartin, France
  • Brussels, Belgium

So if you're looking to hire the finest acoustic roaming band London has to offer, get in touch with Wandering Three.

3. The London Roaming Band
Average booking price: £3,000 - £4,500 (as of October 2021)
Location: London

The London Roaming Band are the ultimate roaming band for weddings and events!

Unlike most acts of this nature, they come with a fully wireless, portable PA (as you can see in our videos) which we can easily roll around a venue, or plug into a larger system.

4. Roaming About
Average booking price: £1,850 - £2,895 (as of October 2021)
Location: London

Roaming About are a professional roaming band based in London.

They are a roaming covers band composed of five fantastic musicians, with a line up of male vocals, drums, guitar, bass/double bass and sax/flute. The band are incredibly versatile and offer a unique sound, with their acoustic roaming style.

5. The Strolling Pack
Average booking price: £3,000 - £5,000 (as of October 2021)
Location: London

The Strolling Pack combine two acoustic guitars percussion, saxophone, double bass and numerous vocal harmonies to offer a fresh delivery of live music arrangements with a warm feel-good twist once described as Mumford & Sons meets The Lumineers.

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We hope you've enjoyed reading this list of the best wandering bands London has to offer in 2021.

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— 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.