10 Best Wedding Bands in Berkshire For 2024 (With Prices)

Updated 12 July 2024
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10 Best Wedding Bands in Berkshire For 2024 (With Prices)
In this blog post, we'll reveal the 10 most popular wedding bands for hire in Berkshire on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2024 and 2025.

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

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 wedding truly memorable.

All of these bands perform sets for dancing, as well as chillout music if you require a background set, e.g. for an afternoon cocktail event.

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Some of these wedding bands can also incorporate a horn section (trumpet and saxophone), as well as electric string instruments to add another dimension to weddings and events.

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

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FixTheMusic's cover bands perform in a variety of styles, from funk, blues, soul, acoustic, vintage and rock 'n' roll to R&B, Britpop, electro-swing and indie rock and pop covers. We also have a range of outstanding roaming bands, a particularly popular genre currently.

How we choose the best wedding bands in Berkshire

Every band on this list has been selected because they have the most bookings on our platform. The team at FixTheMusic invites only exceptional musicians to join the platform, so the wedding bands highlighted here are truly the best of the best.

Each band featured on FixTheMusic undergoes rigorous evaluation, chosen for their exceptional musicianship, verified reviews from past couples, high-quality videos, and dedication to customer satisfaction. We update this list regularly as new bands rise through the ranks and existing bands evolve.

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Here's the list of the 10 best wedding bands for hire in Berkshire for 2024...

1. Scintillate
2. ROAMEO
3. The Nauticals
4. Fusion Girls
5. The Old School 90s Band
6. The Manhattans
7. Wandering Three
8. The Legends Collective
9. Beats & Beyond
10. The Upshots

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Let's take a closer look at the most in-demand Berkshire wedding bands this year...

1. Scintillate
Average booking price: £5,000 - £10,000 (as of July 2024)
Location: Berkshire & London, UK

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Scintillate are a luxury high-end function band with over 15 years of industry experience.

They 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.

They aim to uplift your function by creating an incredible atmosphere to suit, with utmost elegance and sophistication.

Scintillate have a vast repertoire that covers a wide variety of styles and genres such as Chart, Soul, Funk, Motown, RnB, Hip Hop, Garage and Swing, they can cater for all.

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If RnB and hip hop is what you're after, check out our selection of other RnB wedding bands.

Scintillate is predominantly the same band line-up at every event although they do have a pool of amazing like-for-like musicians to cover for any eventuality. They are without doubt the function band to book for your event and one of the UK's top wedding reception bands!

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

  • Rocabella Hotel, Santorini, Greece
  • Beldi Country Club, Morocco
  • Grand Convento di Amalfi, Italy
  • Dievole Wine Resort, Italy
  • Castell de Sant Marçal, Spain
  • Château Prieuré Marquet, France
  • Antica Fattoria di Paterno, Italy
  • Hotel Mediterraneo, Sorrento, Italy
  • Borgo Stomennano, Siena, Italy
  • Palma, Mallorca
  • Castello Monaci, Puglia, Italy
  • Savoy Hotel, Strand, London, UK
  • La Bastide de Gordes, France
  • Hotel Villa Cimbrone, Ravello, Italy
  • Hotel Xereca, Puig d'en Valls, Spain
  • Halkidiki, Greece
  • San Miguel de Salinas, Spain
  • Chania, Crete, Greece
  • Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place
  • Son Termes, Bunyola, Mallorca
  • Cabanas Velhas Beach, Portugal
  • La Centenaria, Barcelona, Spain
  • Monte Pego, Spain
  • Carlowrie Castle, Edinburgh, UK
  • Château de Malliac, Montréal, France
  • San Roque Club, Spain
  • Dourakis Winery, Crete, Greece
  • Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel
  • Galu Seaside, Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Island Art and Taste, Athens, Greece
  • Château De Saint-Martory, France
  • Vigo, Spain
  • Massugas, France
  • Miltenberg, Germany
  • Heaton House Farm

Scintillate are widely considered to be one of the UK's best wedding bands. Although based in London, the band performs across the world at luxury destination weddings, working with top wedding and event planners. 

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The band is in high demand with only a few dates still available in 2023 and 2024. Booking early is advised!


2. ROAMEO
Average booking price: £4,674 (as of July 2024)
Location: Berkshire & London, UK

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ROAMEO, previously known as 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.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah Hotel in Egypt, Borgo Sant'Ambrogio in Italy, Sky Garden in London and La Baronía in Barcelona, Spain.

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ROAMEO are one of the UK's only electric / amplified roaming wedding 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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ROAMEO'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...

  • DRIFT Beach Club, Dubai
  • Domaine de Canaille, Cassis, France
  • Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah Hotel, Egypt
  • Nobu Hotel, Portman Square, London
  • La Baronía, Barcelona, Spain
  • Fangar Vell, Campanet, Mallorca
  • Finca La Donaira, Cadiz, Spain
  • Finca Son Berga Eventos, Alaro, Mallorca
  • CAVO VENTUS VILLA, Santorini
  • Ocean Club Marbella
  • Locanda in Tuscany, Siena, Italy
  • Finca Comassema, Mallorca
  • Finca Son Termes, Mallorca
  • Finca Biniorella, Andratx, Mallorca
  • Skyfall Cocktail Club, Barcelona
  • Castell d´Empordà, Girona, Spain
  • Camp Nou, C. d'Arístides Maillol, Barcelona
  • L'Hôtel du Collectionneur, Paris
  • Masseria Amastuola Wine Resort, Italy
  • Vila Monte Farm House
  • Finca la Concepción, Marbella, Spain
  • La Torre del Visco, Spain
  • The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, London, UK
  • Borgo Sant'Ambrogio, Pienza, Italy
  • Finca Es Cabàs, Mallorca
  • La Garriga de Castelladral, Spain
  • Son Mir, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
  • SON DOBLONS, Mallorca, Spain
  • Fira de Barcelona, Montjuïc
  • Xalet del Nin, Vilanova i la Geltrú
  • Hostal de La Gavina, Girona
  • Venta de Aires, Toledo
  • Mas Santo, Cunit, Spain
  • Finca Son Sampol, Mallorca
  • Centre de Convencions Barcelona

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

Duo Option

If you like the look of ROAMEO, but 4 musicians stretches the budget, we have just released a condensed duo version: Players Lite. Led by a singer or singer/guitarist and supported by the drummer who has all the other instruments stored in his live drum machine, triggered on the fly. All the sound, sass, mobility and interaction of the full complement - just smaller. Sax or an extra singer can be added.

We are forever gauging dance floors around the world and keeping an ear to the ground for the freshest party tunes. The sample set list provided here shows examples of places we like to go.

Please note that ROAMEO operates as a family of no-compromise musicians, who are the best in London for this show and at the very top of their game. This means that the band may not have all members from promotional footage. The set list is indicative only and will vary according to the singer.


3. The Nauticals
Average booking price: £2,749 (as of July 2024)
Location: Berkshire & London, UK

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The Nauticals are a 4 piece rock and pop covers band consisting of both male and female lead vocals.

Their female singer also plays saxophone which means she can steal the show by ripping into some of the most famous sax solos of all time without the need of backing tracks.

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

  • Castello Monaci, Italy
  • Searcys at The Gherkin
  • Leez Priory, Chelmsford, UK
  • Cowley Manor, Cheltenham
  • Evolution London, Battersea Park
  • Wadhurst Castle, Wadhurst, UK
  • Pynes House, Upton Pyne, UK
  • De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham
  • Elmore Court, Gloucester, UK
  • 30 Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge
  • Hampton Court House
  • Pelham House, Lewes
  • Cooling Castle Barn, Rochester
  • Tidebrook Manor Farm, Wadhurst
  • Hogarths Hotel, Dorridge, Solihull
  • The Tythe Barn, Oxfordshire
  • Crescent Turner Hotel, Kent
  • 113 Chancery Lane, London
  • 100 Barrington, London
  • Ashridge House, Berkhamsted
  • South Farm, Royston, UK
  • The Pumping House, Newark
  • Winkworth Farm
  • Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
  • Bath Place, Ilfracombe
  • Hengrave Hall
  • Northbrook Park, Farnham
  • Upwaltham Barns, Petworth
  • Hever Castle & Gardens
  • The Barn at Botley Hill
  • Wasing Park, Reading
  • Caswell House, Brize Norton

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4. Fusion Girls
Average booking price: £2,753 (as of July 2024)
Location: Berkshire & London, UK

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Fusion Girls is an all female group made up of DJ, roaming saxophone, bongos, electric violin and singer.

The girls fill dance floors at luxury venues worldwide with their popular tunes and unique festival style.

The high energy party performances are ideal for all events including weddings, corporate functions or club nights.

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When the girls jump out in the crowd to provide an interactive live music experience, the atmosphere steps up a level!

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Beach Club Hvar in Croatia, Santorini Gem in Greece, Shangri-La Paris in France, Borgo Stomennano in Italy, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura Resort in Portugal, This Must Be The Place (Mas Casamitjana) in Spain, Ktima Alassos in Cyprus and The Steel Yard Nightclub in London.

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Fusion Girls have entertained crowds in London, Ibiza, Dubai, Monaco, The Philippines and many more.

The girls have been honoured to perform for luxury brands such as Land Rover, Man City Football Club, Four Seasons Hotels, Vogue, Ibiza Rocks, Mini, Boohoo and Ministry of Sound.

With a reputation for providing the highest calibre of performance it’s no wonder so many celebrities book the girls including David Attenborough, Coleen Rooney and Steven Gerrard to name a few.

Fusion Girls are guaranteed to give your event that extra sparkle and glitter… these girls know how to bring the party!

Fusion Girls are a unique trio of DJ mixing, light-up sax & percussion, available for events in the UK and worldwide.

Their unique combination of funky, soulful house mixes tied with jazzy sax grooves and an uber-cool feel of percussion beats have created a sound like no other, that people just can’t help but dance to!

These successful girls have all led extremely interesting lives in their careers and music playing worldwide shows from Glastonbury to Ibiza, Parklife and Hideout Festival as well as opening for Jools Holland, just to mention a few.

So if you're looking for something unique for your party, wedding or event, which combines saxophone, DJ and drums, get in touch with Fusion Girls.

The group is available to provide a sax and DJ wedding package, combined with percussion (bongos/drums) and also singer/vocals, or just a sax and bongos wedding package.

They are available for events across Europe, including for parties at ski resorts in the Alps, weddings in France and luxury events in Italy. In the UK, they are in particularly high demand in the North West (Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire), as well as in Yorkshire, Leeds, Essex and London.

Fusion Girls frequently perform at corporate events, retail conferences and awards ceremonies, including at the Women's Recognition Awards, W Series Gala, and for corporate clients including Three and Samsung.

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

  • Santorini Gem, Greece
  • Island Art & Taste, Athens
  • Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Algarve
  • Villa Corsini a Mezzomonte, Italy
  • Borgo di Castelvecchio ▶️
  • Finca Villa Palma, Marbella
  • Villa Mon Repos, Sicily, Italy
  • Borgo Stomennano, Siena, Italy
  • Mas Torroella Luxury Villa & Spa ▶️
  • Venus Hotel & Suites, Zakynthos
  • Shangri-La Paris, France
  • Masseria San Nicola, Fasano, Italy
  • This Must Be The Place (Mas Casamitjana)
  • Elivi Hotel, Skiathos, Greece
  • Château de Vallery, France
  • Beach Club Hvar, Croatia
  • Castello di Titignano, Umbria
  • Dominican Republic
  • La Cannonerie, Réaux, France
  • Château de Massillan, France
  • Chateau Plombis, France
  • Ktima Alassos, Cyprus
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Annecy, France
  • Gargnano, Brescia, Italy
  • Střezimíř, Czech Republic
  • Chateau de Castellaras, France
  • Villabona, Spain
  • Pals, Catalonia, Spain
  • La Penne, Alpes-Maritimes
  • Poppi, Arezzo, Italy
  • Toledo, Spain
  • Sabina Villas, Ibiza
  • Casa de la Era, Marbella, Spain
  • Savile Club, Brook Street, London ▶️
  • Dundas Castle, Scotland
  • Lina Stores King's Cross Restaurant
  • Ochsalm, Kirchberg in Tirol, Austria
  • The Gherkin, London
  • The Fire Pit Camp, Norfolk
  • Hedsor House, Bourne End

5. The Old School 90s Band
Average booking price: £2,533 (as of July 2024)
Location: Berkshire & London, UK

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The Old School 90s Band bring the best of 1990s pop, dance, RnB and hip hop to your party, event or wedding.

Their line up of highly experienced professional musicians have all toured internationally as well as across the UK. They faithfully recreate the spirit of the 90s. Get your glow sticks ready!


6. The Manhattans
Average booking price: £2,941 (as of July 2024)
Location: Berkshire & London, UK

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The Manhattans are a high-energy pop & rock covers band based in London and Hertfordshire.

Having supported huge names including Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park and headlined Trafalgar Square as part of the Closing Paralympic Celebrations, the band caught the attention of promoters in the United States.

Since then the band have been touring across the US supporting bands like Fuel and Alien Ant Farm.


7. Wandering Three
Average booking price: £1,954 (as of July 2024)
Location: Berkshire & London, UK

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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!


8. The Legends Collective
Average booking price: £6,500 - £10,000 (as of July 2024)
Location: Berkshire & London, UK

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This stunning 5-15 piece band provides a world-class spectacle that will absolutely floor your guests from start to finish.

Week in week out they perform a hit-filled repertoire that flows with the fluidity of a DJ set, but with the punch of Beyoncé’s live band.

Their impressive set list includes 200+ bangers ranging from R&B throwbacks, Garage classics, Ibiza anthems all the way to your favourite old school soul and Motown!


9. Beats & Beyond
Average booking price: £2,288 (as of March 2024)
Location: London, UK

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If you are looking to book a live band that will blow you away with an authentic high-energy live show, one that will guarantee you and your guests don't leave the dance floor all night, then Beats & Beyond are the band for you!

With over 10 years in the event business ranging from luxury weddings, large corporate events and exclusive private parties.

This incredible band perform live covers from the ages with an electrifying performance from a rock fused horn section, blistering sax solos, face melting guitar solos all fronted by sensational male and female vocals.

Beats & Beyond are available as a 4 – 9 piece line up depending on your event size.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Gate Street Barn in Guildford, Hedsor House in Bourne End and Westerham Golf Club in Kent.

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With over 500+ successful events under their belt, Beats & Beyond have performed all over the world in locations such as Dubai, Italy, Spain, Ireland and France.

As musicians they have worked with some of the biggest names in the business and have performed at venues such as Hammersmith Apollo, Birmingham NIA, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Isle Of Wight Festival + 100's more.

Beats & Beyond have become one of the most sought after wedding & corporate bands in the industry, they are the perfect choice for luxury entertainment in the UK and internationally.

The band also have the option to upgrade to a show band with extra vocalists, percussion and string section.

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

  • Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire
  • Carousel, Charlotte Street, London
  • Gate Street Barn, Guildford
  • Westerham Golf Club, Kent
  • Northbrook Park, Farnham, UK
  • West Green House Garden, Hook
  • Southdowns Manor, Petersfield
  • St Albans, UK

So if you're looking for the finest cover band to hire in London for your wedding or corporate event, get in touch with Beats & Beyond.

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10. The Upshots
Average booking price: £3,500 - £7,500 (as of July 2024)
Location: Berkshire & London, UK

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The Upshots are a London based events band like no other.

Performing current pop to classic soul & Motown, this slick 5 - 9 piece band is composed of London’s hottest session musicians.

Whatever the line-up, The Upshots pack a punch to rival any band, celebrity act or DJ and continually wow audiences across Europe!

From their roots at The Royal Academy of Music, all members of The Upshots now balance a busy full-time career performing with the band alongside collectively working with some of the biggest names in the UK Top 40 & The West End.

Choose from a 5-piece, 7-piece or 9-piece band line-ups and all in between!

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

  • Athens, Greece
  • Berkeley Castle, UK
  • Notley Abbey, Haddenham, Aylesbury, UK
  • Manor By The Lake, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, UK
  • Wilderness Reserve, Yoxford Road, Saxmundham, UK
  • Smedmore House, Kimmeridge, Wareham, UK
  • Bradbourne House, West Malling, UK
  • Moat Farm House, Canterbury, Kent
  • Davenport House, Worfield, Bridgnorth, UK
  • The Matara Centre, Kingscote, Tetbury, UK
  • Beamsley, Skipton, UK
  • Whempsted, Hertfordshire
  • Chalfont Saint Giles, UK

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At FixTheMusic, we supply bands for hundreds of weddings and events in Berkshire each year. From our experience and having spoken to our wedding couples and bands, we've put together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about hiring a wedding band in Berkshire.

How much does a wedding band cost in Berkshire?

The average price of a wedding band in Bekshire in 2024 is £1,975. Some larger bands will charge much more than this, whereas smaller bands and duos will be cheaper.

How early should I book the band?

You should aim to book your band as soon as possible. Most of our best wedding bands have bookings at least two years in advance. If your wedding is on a Saturday in May, June, July, August or September, you should really be looking to book at least a year in advance of your date. This is because most weddings fall on a Saturday during summer so our bands receive the most enquiries for these days. That said, there are more and more weddings taking place on Sundays and mid-week (especially on Thursdays and Fridays) so it’s best not to wait too long before locking down your band.

Can I see the band perform live before I book?

Usually it’s not possible to see the band live. Most professional bands perform at private events only, such as weddings and corporate events. It’s not usually possible for the bands to allow potential clients into these venues to watch them perform. It is occasionally possible so there’s no harm in asking. And sometimes wedding bands will do the odd gig at a pub or festival that’s open to the public.

How long do Berkshire wedding bands perform for?

Most wedding bands play 2 x 45 minute or 2 x 1 hour live sets at weddings. If you'd like your wedding band to perform for longer, just ask the band. It's usually possible but they might charge a bit extra.

What happens between and after the band’s live sets?

Most wedding bands provide a “laptop DJ” service. This isn’t the same as providing the service of a professional DJ who reads the room and adapts to the feel on the night. Instead, they will have a playlist (usually on something like Spotify or iTunes) that they play out of their PA system.

Can I choose the music they play in between and after their live sets?

Yes, usually you can send the band a list of requests before the wedding and the band will download them onto their laptop or device, ready to play on the night. Alternatively, you can compile a playlist and bring your own device to plug into the band’s PA system.

What songs do wedding bands play?

Most bands have a repertoire of songs that they perform regularly at weddings. This will be a tried-and-tested playlist that they know works well at weddings: it appeals to guests of all ages and keeps people on the dance floor.

Will the band learn my first dance song?

Most bands will be delighted to learn your first dance song and perform it live for you on your wedding night. If it doesn’t fit the band’s style (e.g. if your first dance song is a jazz song, but you’ve booked an indie-rock band), then they might suggest you use the recorded version of the song and the band will play this out of their PA system. Some bands might charge a bit extra (often around £150) to learn a new song to cover rehearsal time.

Can I give a list of songs to the band to play at my wedding?

Most bands will usually learn one song for your wedding that isn’t already in their setlist. Some bands will offer to learn 2 or 3 new songs, but in our experience they are rarely able to learn more than this. It can be very time consuming for the band to learn and rehearse new songs, and especially so for singers to learn all the new lyrics.

Can I indicate my song preferences to the band?

Most bands will be happy for you to indicate which songs from their set list you dislike and don’t want them to play, and songs that you like and absolutely want them to play on the night. The band will usually then build their setlist around these preferences.

What time do wedding bands normally arrive at the venue?

Most bands aim to arrive at around 5pm to be ready to play by 7pm. During this time they will set up their equipment and carry out a sound check, essential to making sure the volume of the band is appropriate to your venue and that any sound / noise limiters are taken into account.

Can the band turn up earlier than that?

Yes, most bands will be happy to turn up earlier than 5pm, but you should expect to pay them for the extra time. A lot of wedding couples worry about the band setting up while guests are at the venue. Bands with lots of experience of weddings should be able to set up discreetly and without making too much noise and mess. The noisiest part is when they have to carry out the sound check, but this should only last about 15 - 30 minutes. Rather than asking the entire band to turn up early, it’s often more cost-effective for one or two band members to arrive in advance to unload most of the equipment and get set up, which saves having to pay an extra fee for every band member.

What time do wedding bands normally finish?

Most bands expect to finish by midnight. This suits most weddings as the majority of UK venues require live music to stop by this time.

Can I ask the band to stay later than midnight?

Yes, but bands will normally charge a slightly higher fee to finish later than midnight.

Can I use the band’s PA system after midnight?

Usually, yes. Though this will also attract a slightly higher fee, as it means that at least one band member has to wait until the end of the party to pack up the PA system and head home. Some band members might be a couple of hours’ drive away from your venue, so finishing at 1am means they won’t arrive home until 3am or 4am.

Do wedding bands bring their own sound equipment and instruments?

Yes. Professional wedding bands will bring their own equipment. This includes a PA system, mixing desk, some basic lighting for the dance floor and their own instruments. If you are planning a particularly large wedding with hundreds of guests, you might consider hiring in a larger PA system and more lighting.

Do wedding bands need a stage to perform on?

No. Most bands are happy to perform without a stage, though it can look special if you can offer them a stage to perform on.

If I do provide a stage for my wedding band, how much space will the band need?

This will depend on the size of the band of course, but to give you a rough idea, a 4-piece band would usually need at least 5m x 4m. This is to provide room for not only the band members themselves, but also their instruments (keyboards and drum kits take up quite a bit of space) and other things like speakers and a mixing desk.

Can I or my guests play with the band?

If you ask the band in advance, most will be happy to allow you or one of your guests to sing or play along with them for one or two songs. We always advise checking this with your band first. Some bands’ public liability insurance doesn’t allow wedding bands to permit guests to use their instruments or equipment.

Do I need to hire a DJ as well as a wedding band?

Most bands will provide pre-recorded playlists between and after their live sets, so your entire evening will be covered. However, if you want a professional DJ who will adapt his music choices on the night and interact with guests, then it’s better to hire a DJ as well.

If I do hire a separate DJ, can the band and DJ share equipment?

Bands and DJs will often share the same PA system, as it can look cluttered to have two sets of speakers around the dance floor. However, you’ll need to discuss this with both the DJ and band before the event to check the equipment suits everyone’s requirements and that everyone is happy to share. One problem can arise when the DJ is booked to provide music into the small hours, but the band is to finish at 11pm. In this case, it would make more sense for the band to use the DJ’s equipment to save the band having to wait until the DJ had finished his set.

Do I need to provide anything for my wedding band?

Professional wedding bands will bring all their own technical equipment and instruments. However, most will expect to be provided with a hot meal each and soft drinks.The musicians will probably have left their homes around lunchtime to arrive at your venue in good time to set up and soundcheck. It can be a long day for them and they will be much more energetic on stage if they’ve had a good meal and refreshments before performing for you. The bands won’t expect to be given the same meal as you provide for your guests. Most wedding venues have an option you can purchase in advance for your suppliers or you can give the musicians access to your buffet if you’re having one.

Will the band members be the same as the ones I’ve seen in their videos?

Not always. Most professional bands will have a core group that plays at the majority of weddings they are booked for. However, they will also have a group of deputies (or “deps” as they are known in the industry) that they call upon frequently to cover for band members. This is a standard and essential practice in the music industry. Most musicians work as freelancers, meaning they might work for different function bands or tour with famous pop groups for example. Being able to draw upon a deputy musician to cover a band member who is unavailable (or ill) means the rest of the band can still work.

What do wedding bands wear?

You should get a good idea of what the band wears from their videos online. Most will opt for a smart shirt, but if you have a particular theme or any requests, let them know well in advance. For example, if you’re having an 80s style wedding, you might want to check if the band could wear appropriate clothing to match!

Will the band need parking spaces?

Most bands will arrive by car as it’s the easiest way for them to bring their equipment and instruments. Having 1 or 2 parking spaces available for them to use that are close to the venue will be appreciated by the musicians. In certain cities, you might also need to cover the costs of parking.

My venue has a sound limiter. Is that a problem?

Some wedding venues have what’s known as a sound or noise limiter installed. This is particularly the case with venues in built-up areas in cities or towns or where the owners have to be careful not to damage the building (e.g. a National Trust or English Heritage property). Most professional wedding bands are experienced at adapting their performance to the sound limit in place. You should make your band aware of this in good time before your event, as it might mean they need to bring an electric drum kit. Some bands might even refuse to play at venues with sound limiters in place. You can read more on our guide to sound limiters at wedding venues.

My wedding venue says the band needs to hold Public Liability Insurance (PLI). What is PLI?

Most wedding venues in the UK require bands performing there to hold valid Public Liability Insurance (PLI). PLI provides protection from the financial consequences of legal action and compensation claims if anyone is injured or any property is damaged during the wedding. Your wedding venue will often ask the band to provide a certificate to show they hold up-to-date public liability insurance in advance of the wedding. Membership of organisations such as the Musicians Union usually comes with PLI included. Read more on our guide to PLI.

Do wedding bands need PAT-certified equipment?

PAT stands for portable appliance testing. Most wedding venues will require your band to produce evidence that their equipment has been PAT-certified. This means that it has been tested to ensure it is safe to use. If your band can’t produce valid PLI and PAT certificates, you might question whether they are a professional band, as all full-time bands will have these documents ready to send to venues. Read more on our guide to Portable Appliance Testing (PAT).

Can wedding bands play outside?

If you’re getting married in the UK, it’s a good idea to make the most of the summer months and have as much of your wedding outside if possible. That said, the British weather isn’t the most reliable – so whilst many bands will be happy to play outside in principle, they will always require access to a shelter from the elements, whether that’s strong sunlight or rain. Musicians’ instruments can be worth thousands of pounds and a small amount of water damage can have a devastating impact on the instrument.

Do I need a contract with my wedding band?

The most secure way to book a band is to do so via FixTheMusic. All bookings are governed by the agreement on our website, which is based on the UK Musicians Union standard contract and amended by the particular details that you agree with your band by email (date, venue etc.). The contract provides protection to both parties.

How do I find a band for my wedding in Berkshire?

The best option is to submit an enquiry on FixTheMusic. The best bands will have the most limited availability, so the solution is to submit details of your event on our enquiry form to receive offers from available bands, after which you can be in direct contact with them and book your favourite band for free on our site. Furthermore, we curate our selection of bands so you will only receive quotes from top-quality UK acts and musicians

Do wedding bands play during dinner?

If you have your heart set on the wedding band playing during dinner (often called the wedding breakfast), then by all means ask them if they can. You could opt for your wedding band to provide some lighter, instrumental background music (for example an acoustic or jazz set) during the dinner, though they will charge extra for this. Another popular option during the wedding meal is an acoustic roaming set, with the band weaving between your guests, providing something unique and a real talking point!


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