The 12 Best Wedding Bands for Hire in Bristol (With Prices)

Updated 2 April 2024
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The 12 Best Wedding Bands for Hire in Bristol (With Prices)

In this blog post, we'll list the 12 most popular wedding bands in Bristol on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2024 and 2025 as well as verified reviews from real couples

Bristol is home to some of the finest wedding bands and musicians in the UK...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 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. They're the perfect choice if you're looking for some upbeat wedding entertainment in Bristol.

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 for hire in Bristol 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 bands in Bristol

Every band on this list has been selected because they have the most bookings on our platform. The team at FixTheMusic invite only exceptional musicians to join the platform, so the 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.

Here's the list of the 12 best wedding bands in Bristol for 2024...

1. Mashup Kings
2. The Sidekicks
3. The Cardinals
4. Velvet Shadows
5. The Dynamos
6. Acoustic Royale
7. Brooklyn Funk
8. The Hawks
9. Soul Central
10. The Inlets
11. The Uprising
12. Funkytown Express

You can also view this list as a YouTube video which we've split up into chapters so you can easily navigate:

So let's take a closer look at these bands...

1. Mashup Kings
Average booking price: £3,000 - £5,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol, UK
★ 37 verified reviews
Best for unique mashups and medleys

Mashup Kings specialise in piecing together the very best songs of an artist or era, creating mashups that leave guests wanting more, and never knowing where the music is going next.

As well as being an extremely tight band, they are also very close friends, which shows on stage and truly makes them a very special band. The UK's ultimate mashup wedding band!

You can expect to hear songs, mashups and medleys from the 60s to the present day, covering Hip Hop, RnB, Garage, Funk, Soul, Reggae & Pop!

Mashup Kings will always arrive in good time to make sure everything is set up perfectly and ready to go when required, and there will always be one of us ready to answer any questions you may have leading up to the event or afterwards. v](**

Mashup Kings are a Bristol wedding band, available for hire as an acoustic duo up to a full 7-piece party band for weddings, functions, and corporate events.

The band has a huge passion for music and performing, as well as a very similar taste in music - they enjoy anything that sounds good!

Mashup Kings love funk, soul, jazz, R&B, and anything that grooves. This puts the band in the perfect position to compile a set list of songs from the 1960s to the Top 40, featuring tracks from the likes of Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Jess Glynne, Calvin Harris, Bob Marley, Ed Sheeran, Lauryn Hill, Van Morrison, Amy Winehouse, and loads more.

Their standard set times are standard 2 x 1-hour sets or 3 x 40-minute sets. In between sets, they are able to use their PA system to play some MP3s or your choice if required. They provide their own professional sound and lighting equipment.

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Mashup Kings can also offer a DJ service after the live wedding band has finished playing, to keep your guests dancing into the night!

They pride themselves on being willing to go the extra mile to make sure your event is everything you want it to be, whether it be learning a song for a special occasion or wedding, working with you to put together a bespoke set-list from our repertoire for a party or wedding reception, offering a DJ service, or anything else to make sure your event goes as smoothly as possible.

Between them, Mashup Kings have many years of experience, with achievements including touring the UK and Europe, performing on prestigious stages at Glastonbury Festival, and The Royal Albert Hall, as well as numerous other events and festivals.

But, all of that aside, the band members just love getting together, playing music and having fun, which we feel comes across well in their live performances.

So if you're looking to hire the finest funk & soul band Bristol has to offer, get in touch with Mashup Kings.

Mashup Kings were also our most booked band in Bristol for 2023 and are currently our most reviewed local wedding band. Check out one of their recent reviews from a local wedding earlier in 2024:

"Mashup Kings performed at our wedding at Hyde House. They were absolutely incredible and made our whole wedding. To see so much joy and happiness in a room of people who mainly didn’t know each other was amazing and their music and entertainment was the reason for that. We had so many guests tell us it was the best wedding they’d ever been to and many had never been to a wedding where bridesmaids were up on the table before we’d even entered the room. Mashup Kings created the atmosphere and party we had always imagined for our day and we are so grateful."
— Chloe Mellett, 22 February 2024, wedding at Hyde House, Gloucestershire

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

  • The Kingscote Barn, Tetbury
  • Elmbridge Farm, Worcestershire
  • Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster
  • Holbrook Manor, Wincanton, UK
  • Stone Barn, Cheltenham
  • Old Gore by Yard Space
  • Fairyhill, Reynoldston, Swansea
  • Elmore Court, Gloucester, UK
  • Brympton House, Somerset, UK
  • South Gloucestershire & Stroud College
  • Abbazia di San Galgano, Italy
  • Castello di Petrata, Assisi
  • Castello di Celsa, Siena
  • Castello Monaci, Puglia
  • Ktima Xatzi, Athens, Greece
  • Finca Comassema, Mallorca
  • Corfu, Greece
  • Masseria Amastuola, Puglia
  • Château de Lerse, Pérignac
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, Malta
  • Villa Catureglio, Lucca, Italy
  • Bruisyard Hall, Woodbridge, UK
  • Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
  • Offley Place Country House
  • Syon Park, Brentford, UK
  • Port Lympne Reserve, Hythe, Kent

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2. The Sidekicks
Average booking price: £1,200 - £1,500 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol & Somerset, UK
★ 23 verified reviews
Best for intimate weddings

The Sidekicks are a little different, a little quirky and something which is proving to be very popular at weddings and parties.

Performing a large repertoire from pop and rock covers to indie classics, they know exactly how to judge the mood of your event...from a laid-back cocktail set to high-energy music for the dance floor!

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They love playing the usual party tunes and changing them up in our own style. They also love playing live lounge style tunes.

Based in Weston-super-Mare, the Trio have been inspired by bands such as Mumford and Sons and artists including Hozier and they believe that these influences strongly show in their performance.

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

  • Villa Eva, Ravello, Italy
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Bridwell Park, Cullompton, UK
  • Huntsham Court Stables, Tiverton
  • Pennard House, Shepton Mallet
  • De Vere Tortworth Court
  • Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, Devon
  • The Manor House Hotel, Moreton
  • Cefn Tilla Court, Llandenny, Usk
  • Aldwick Estate, Bristol, UK
  • Bickham Barn & Farm, Exeter
  • Lapwing Farm, Shepton Mallet
  • Mapperton House & Gardens
  • The Grand Hotel, Torquay

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What our couples say...

"The Sidekicks were an excellent addition to our evening! Mike was great in communicating beforehand, and even found us a sax player at very short notice to really add to their sound. Their energy kept our guests dancing through all of their sets and they didn't miss a beat all night. After the event it seemed that we got nothing but rave reviews from our guests for their music, and I can't thank them enough for their part in making our wedding night truly unforgettable!"
— Dave Johnson, wedding at Circomedia, Bristol, UK

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3. The Cardinals
Average booking price: £2,000 - £2,500 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol, UK
★ 21 verified reviews
Best for funky soul covers and 90s bangers

The Cardinals are a young, slick 5-piece covers band of highly experienced musicians who play a plethora of hits based on the Soul, Funk and Pop genres of the last 50 years.

Energetic and armed with an arsenal of floor fillers, this band know how to work a crowd and get your guests onto the dance floor!

The Cardinals are a slick five-piece band that has played at a range of weddings and corporate shows over the past few years.

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They have played for the likes of Debenham's at their regional Christmas party as well as performing at countless weddings and birthday parties across the UK.

What our couples say...

"I just wanted to drop you guys a line to say thank you for what was an epic night at the Gloucester Old Spot! Everyone has commented on how good you were - the set was perfect and you absolutely got the dance floor rocking. The acoustic set was excellent in the afternoon and really added to the atmosphere on what was a perfect day. We'll always be grateful to you guys and will recommend you in the future! Who knows our paths may cross again. All the best, Paul."
— Paul Astbury, wedding at The Gloucester Old Spot, Kellaway Avenue, Bristol, UK

All band members have studied at musical universities including Bristol Institute for Modern Music, so you know you're in safe hands with these guys.

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4. Velvet Shadows
Average booking price: £1,250 - £2,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol, UK
★ 5 verified reviews
Best for female-led covers

Velvet Shadows, a dynamic wedding and party band based in Bristol, offers an unparalleled musical experience tailored to elevate any occasion.

With a lineup consisting of captivating female lead vocals, skilful lead guitar, grooving bass guitar, versatile keyboards, and dynamic drums complemented by harmonious backing vocals, we ensure a performance that leaves a lasting impression.

Dedicated to exceeding expectations, we specialise in curating a diverse repertoire spanning from the timeless classics of the '60s to contemporary hits, ensuring a night of entertainment suited for all audiences and age groups.

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Whether it's the nostalgic tunes of yesteryears or the chart-toppers of today, we guarantee to keep the energy high and the dance floor packed.

Equipped with professional-grade gear that undergoes rigorous PAT testing and is backed by comprehensive insurance, you can rest assured of a seamless and secure experience.

Our state-of-the-art lighting system further enhances the ambience, setting the stage for an unforgettable celebration.

At Velvet Shadows, we understand the importance of personalization.

Whether your preference leans towards rock and pop or you're inclined towards the infectious rhythms of funk, disco, and Motown, we pride ourselves on tailoring our performance to meet your specific tastes and preferences.

Let Velvet Shadows transform your event into an unforgettable extravaganza, where every note resonates with joy and every beat ignites the dance floor.

What our couples say...

"We booked Velvet Shadows for our wedding evening. All members of the band are talented musicians and their singer Maria has a fantastic voice! They adapted their playlist to suit our requests and performed our first dance to perfection. The dance floor was kept busy with their wide range of songs they expertly played. The band made sure the sound levels were suitable for us and our guests. All band members were very friendly and dressed very smartly. The booking process was easy to follow and David was very helpful with helping us plan the music for our wedding evening."
— Paula & Andy Turner, wedding at Mendip Spring Country Club, Bristol, UK

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5. The Dynamos
Average booking price: £1,612 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol & Gloucestershire, UK
★ 12 verified reviews
Best for pop and rock classics

The Dynamos are an experienced, fun and lively four piece party band based in Gloucestershire with an impressive repertoire guaranteed to get your guests up and dancing.

With a highly energetic performance, the band request guests get up and dance whilst performing hits from across the decades with songs from The Kinks, The Beatles, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Rolling Stones, Status Quo, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, Arctic Monkeys and more.

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The Dynamos are a professional outfit performing internationally at well over 70 weddings and events each year across the UK as well as Europe.

The Dynamos are happy to learn any new songs you may want for your event (as long as musically possible for the line up) and would be more than happy to play a first dance for a wedding.

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6. Acoustic Royale
Average booking price: £2,000 - £4,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol, UK
★ 18 verified reviews
Best for upbeat drinks receptions

We specialise in taking the very best songs from an era or artist & mashing them together 🎉

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Villa Catignano in Italy, Château de Malliac in France, Casa Benigalip in Spain and De Vere Tortworth Court in the UK.

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Acoustic Royale really are the perfect act for any event or occasion….whether you need some background music during your afternoon reception, songs learned for your ceremony, an upbeat evening party….these are your guys!

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

  • Villa Catignano, Italy
  • Château de Malliac, France
  • Casa Benigalip, Spain
  • De Vere Tortworth Court
  • Stanford Farm, Shrewsbury
  • Doggett's Coat and Badge
  • Hotel Valldemossa & Frédéric
  • Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire
  • The Moonraker Hotel, Trowbridge
  • Sant Ffraed House, Abergavenny
  • Town Hall Hotel Patriot Square
  • Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, UK
  • Rosewood London, High Holborn
  • Lapstone Barn, Gloucestershire
  • Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire
  • Warwick House, Southam, UK
  • The Forge, Colston Yard, Bristol
  • Lincoln, UK

So if you're looking to hire the finest acoustic duo Bristol has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with us.

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What our couples say...

"Don’t look any further, you have found the band you need for your wedding! I couldn’t have been happier with Acoustic Royale. From the offset, Benji was engaging and enthusiastic. He went out of his way at short notice to record a cover of our first dance song to see if we would prefer an acoustic version or the original record. What a voice! Communication was excellent throughout the whole process. Acoustic Royale were very professional and discreet in their setting up at our venue. Their duo acoustic performance set the perfect energy for the day-to-evening transition. Their evening set was energetic, filled with a brilliant array of songs and brought the party to the dance floor. Many of our guests remarked on how good their performance was. In between sets, they played music from their DJ set which kept the atmosphere flowing and the party alive. It was so lovely for them to stay, have a chat and say goodbye at the end of the night. If I could go back and change anything, it would be that I was able to party with them all over again without the distractions of my wedding! Thank you again Acoustic Royale! You rocked!!!"
— Claire Appleton, wedding at De Vere Tortworth Court, Wotton-Under-Edge, UK

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7. Brooklyn Funk
Average booking price: £2,000 - £4,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol, UK
★ 15 verified reviews
Best for funk & soul covers

Formed in 2011, Brooklyn Funk was created as a way for seven talented musicians to play the music they love...funk, soul and Motown.

Initially playing in pubs and clubs around Bristol & The South West, the authentic sound of Brooklyn Funk has led to more and more wedding and corporate performances throughout the UK.

Brooklyn Funk's musicians can really play. Their busy schedule includes performing and recording with artists such as Kenny Thomas, Bizarre Inc & This Picture.

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They are also seasoned wedding band players, having only the best equipment and will speak directly with your venue to ensure that everything runs smoothly!

Brooklyn Funk band are all you need to make for a memorable evening – they can’t fail to impress!

So if you're looking for the finest funk covers band Bristol has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Brooklyn Funk.

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8. The Hawks
Average booking price: £1,258 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol, UK
★ 14 verified reviews
Best for a set list guaranteed to satisfy every guest

The Hawks are a premier wedding band from Bristol, who are dedicated to creating an electric and energetic atmosphere to fill the dance floor, whatever the venue!

With their authentic renditions of chart hits from the last 50 years, and many classics thrown in for good measure, they won't be happy until they have the venue bouncing and the crowd singing along with them!

Having performed for many well known and high profile clients, including The National Trust, and Bristol City FC, and packing over ten years of experience, the band have everything you need for an energetic evening to remember!

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For smaller events, The Hawks can also offer their Acoustic Duo option, perfect for more intimate gatherings and occasions.

We are regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at St Tewdrics House in Chepstow, UK.

The band can play two sets of 45 minutes, two sets of 60 minutes or three sets of 40 minutes, and generally have a finishing time of midnight. They also offer a late finish of 1am as an additional service.

As standard, the band usually provides the following for events in the UK:

  • 4-piece band
  • Up to 2 hours of live music (split into 2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minute sets)
  • PA system and stage lighting
  • Laptop playlist service between sets and until 12 midnight
  • PAT Tested equipment and Public Liability Insurance

The band also offers a late finish service (£195 / hr), early arrival (POA), acoustic duo (usually £335) and manned DJ service (£195) as optional extras.

The Hawks have years of industry experience and regularly perform up and down the country at weddings, private parties and corporate events.

Covering Bristol, Bath and nationwide The Hawks are the first choice wedding band for Somerset and beyond.

What our couples say...

"The Hawks were amazing! Having my wedding in Bristol so wanted a local band to play at my wedding and they didn't disappoint. Very clear in what they offer and easily could communicate with them if there were questions. They were very friendly when they arrived and were quick to set up. They have a list of songs they play and a Spotify playlist in between sets. Once they started they were brilliant. They were energetic, brilliant selection of songs and during their breaks they chatted to our friends and family adding to the special feel. They even let my wife sing one of the songs! 100% recommend them they were a blast"
— Harry Street, wedding reception at The Mount Without, Bristol, UK

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9. Soul Central
Average booking price: £3,596 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol, UK
★ 6 verified reviews
Best for authentic soul & Motown

Relive the sounds of soul and Motown with Soul Central. This high energy show band of up to 11 musicians are dedicated to recreating the sound that changed America and the World.

Happy to travel, Soul Central perform regularly across the UK and beyond at weddings, private parties and corporate events.

This fantastic band’s flexible line-up makes them the ideal choice for events big and small, and their eclectic sound will win over any audience.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at The Old Milking Parlour at Cavokay House in Somerset and Stanway House in Cheltenham, UK.

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Soul Central can perform a selection of classics chosen from the magic of the Motorcity, the funk of Fame Studios and the Southern Soul of Stax.

If you want the big sound of America’s original dance music then Soul Central are a perfect choice. If the event requires they also do authentic ‘Motown only’ sets.

Songs you know and love, played by the band you can’t help but love!

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

  • Sudeley Castle, Cheltenham
  • Cavokay House, Somerset
  • Quantock Lakes Wedding Venue
  • Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
  • Fforest Farm, Cardigan
  • Colehayes Park, Newton Abbot
  • Stanway House, Cheltenham
  • Ashley Wood Farm, Tisbury
  • Tickhill, Doncaster

So, if you’re looking to hire one of Bristol’s finest soul & Motown bands, look no further than Soul Central and get in touch today.

What our couples say...

"We had the immense pleasure of having the incredible 8-piece Funk and Soul band, Soul Central, at our wedding evening party, and they absolutely stole the show! If we could sum up their performance in one word, it would be "unforgettable." From the moment they took the stage and absolutely nailed our first dance, it was clear that we were in for some fantastic music. Their energy was infectious, immediately getting everyone on their feet and onto the dance floor. The band's tight-knit rhythm section laid down grooves that had even the most reluctant dancers unable to resist the beat. The lead vocalists were nothing short of sensational. Their voices blended together beautifully, bringing soulful melodies and powerful harmonies to every song. Whether it was a classic Motown hit or a contemporary track, Soul Central's renditions were spot on and full of passion. They managed to capture the essence of each song while adding their own unique flair. What truly set Soul Central apart was their genuine engagement with the audience. It was evident that they weren't just performing; they were sharing their love for music with us. The band's interaction with the crowd, their playful banter, and their ability to read the room created an intimate connection that made us feel like we were part of something truly special. The song selection was impeccable, catering to a wide range of ages and musical tastes. They seamlessly transitioned between funky dance numbers that had everyone grooving, and soulful ballads that tugged at heartstrings. It was clear that they had taken the time to curate a setlist that resonated with everyone present. Soul Central's professionalism and attention to detail were also worth noting. From the moment we first contacted them, they were responsive, accommodating, and genuinely invested in making our wedding night unforgettable. Their setup and soundcheck were seamless, and the quality of their performance was top-notch throughout the entire evening. Our guests are still raving about Soul Central's performance weeks after the wedding: so many of our guests said to us how good the band were and some stated that Soul Central were the best band they had ever heard at a wedding. They created an atmosphere of joy, celebration, and unity that perfectly encapsulated the spirit of our special day. To anyone looking for a band that will elevate their event to a whole new level, we wholeheartedly recommend Soul Central. They are not just musicians; they are memory-makers. Thank you, Soul Central, for filling our wedding night with music that will resonate in our hearts forever. You truly made it a night to remember!"
— Simon Takel, wedding reception at Quantock Lakes Wedding Venue, Bridgwater, UK

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10. The Inlets
Average booking price: £1,500 - £2,500 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol, UK
★ 5 verified reviews
Best for foot stompin' folky hits

Get ready to groove with The Inlets – your ultimate party catalyst! These musical maestros are not just your average performers; they are the life of the celebration, bringing infectious energy and toe-tapping tunes to every event.

Whether it's a wedding, a private bash, or a corporate soirée, the band knows how to set the perfect vibe.

Picture this: your wedding guests on their feet, dancing to the rhythm of Motown classics, or your private party turning into an unforgettable night filled with laughter and fantastic beats.

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These performers are not just musicians; they are memory-makers.

Their dynamic setlist caters to all tastes, making sure everyone from your grandma to your youngest cousin is grooving together.

The Inlets turn each event into a unique, fun-filled experience that'll have people talking long after the party ends.

From weddings that feel like a romantic musical to private parties that turn into dance extravaganzas, the band knows how to make every moment memorable.

So, why settle for the ordinary when you can have the extraordinary?

Invite The Inlets to your celebration and let the good times roll! Your event is not just an occasion; it's a party waiting to happen, and the band is here to make it epic!

Line-up Options:

  • 1 Piece solo.
  • 2 Piece duo - two guitars.
  • 3 piece trio - with double bass.
  • 4 piece band - with drums.
  • 5 piece - with Saxophone.

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11. The Uprising
Average booking price: £1,658 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol, UK
★ 15 verified reviews
Best for guitar-led indie & rock covers

The Uprising are a charismatic pop, rock & indie covers band based in Bristol.

They are in demand to perform at weddings, corporate events, parties, public events and any type of event where a packed dance floor is required!

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They are regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Notley Tythe Barn in Aylesbury.

The boys were born to perform, spending most of their time on the road to make parties unforgettable and some may say, life-changing.

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Playing over 250 shows last year, you won’t find a band this tight with this much energy in a lifetime.

Taking the world by storm at weddings, parties and on cruise ships, these stylish gentlemen are well versed in providing professional entertainment of the highest quality and treat the local pub as if it were Wembley Stadium.

Friendly and approachable, they’ve made a name for themselves in the industry and are favoured by numerous clients that have rebooked for the next get together.

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

  • Notley Tythe Barn, Aylesbury
  • Haselbury Mill, Crewkerne
  • Nottinghamshire, UK
  • Dursley, Gloucestershire

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12. Funkytown Express
Average booking price: £1,000 - £2,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: Bristol & Cardiff
★ 1 verified review
Best for smart city weddings

A dynamic band with a distinctive touch on the party and function band experience is Funkytown Express.

Comprising seasoned professionals from Cardiff's music scene, Funkytown Express's wide repertoire combines timeless dance floor hits with undiscovered treasures from all eras.

Whether it's more relaxed lounge/acoustic sets or a high-energy, all-out full band sound with a trio or four-piece band style.

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Funkytown Express can customise the set list to fit any event size and keep the good times flowing, regardless of the age range or musical preference you have in mind!

The band makes sure your event is one to remember by bringing enthusiasm, assurance, and a high degree of professionalism to every performance!

The band was formed in 2016 and has since performed at festivals, weddings all across the UK, and events for companies like IKEA, The Territorial Army, Za Za Bazaar, and the Cardiff Half Marathon.

Line-up Options:

  • 3 Piece band (Bass, Drums, Guitar) (2 x male vocals).
  • 4 Piece band (Keys, Drums, Bass, Guitar) (3 x male vocals).

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At FixTheMusic, we supply bands for hundreds of weddings and events in Bristol 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 Bristol.

How much does a wedding band cost in Bristol?

The average price for a wedding band in Bristol in 2024 is £1,450. This price would usually cover a 4-piece band, 2 x 60 minute live sets, their PA system and lighting and a 12 midnight finish time. Larger bands will be much more expensive (up to £5,000 or more), and some smaller 3-piece bands or duos will be a little bit cheaper (starting from around £850).

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 Bristol 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 cities such as Bristol, you might also need to cover the costs of parking. Bristol also presents some issues for wedding bands. For example, all of our bands will need clear access to the wedding venue to unload their equipment. This can often be tricky at central Bristol venues, where on-street parking is prohibited or very limited. It's worth checking with your venue if they have any unloading bays nearby or if the band can park at the venue temporarily to take out their instruments and sound system.

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 Bristol?

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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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.

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