10 Best Wedding Bands for Hire in Manchester (With Prices)

Updated 10 June 2024
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10 Best Wedding Bands for Hire in Manchester (With Prices)
In this blog post, we'll list the 10 most popular wedding bands in Manchester on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2024 and 2025.

Manchester is home to some of the finest wedding bands in the UK...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.

All of our Manchester wedding bands 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 Manchester

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 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.

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

1. The Moon Walkers
2. Electric Nights
3. Disciples of Soul
4. Acoustic Nights
5. Fusion Girls
6. The Showstoppers
7. Aquarius Strings
8. Voxxy & DJ
9. Wild Foxes
10. Roaming Empire

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

1. The Moon Walkers
Average booking price: £2,000 - £4,000 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester

The Moon Walkers are a high energy, crowd pleasing, close harmony singing roaming band based in Manchester & London.

Their 4 piece roaming and strolling band consists of acoustic guitar, ukulele bass, saxophone and percussion with every member singing. The Moon Walkers are totally mobile and infectiously engaging!

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The band has a wide ranging repertoire spanning from jazz all the way through to modern day classics.

They’ll work closely with you to ensure that you have a perfect and unique playlist for your wedding or event.

With over 10 years experience performing at weddings and corporate events, The Moon Walkers are guaranteed to fill any dance floor!

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Finca Monasterio in Cádiz, Cigarral de las Mercedes in Toledo and Hotel Restaurante Castillo De Monda in Málaga, Spain.

All of the band members are graduates of the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music and collectively they’ve performed at some of the world's biggest music events such as Glastonbury, Hyde Park BST and GMF.

Fluent in both English and Spanish, the strolling band has performed at weddings and events all across Europe including Costa Del Sol, London, Lake Como, Paris, Berlin, Gibraltar & Geneva.

The band can provide a DJ service at an additional cost if you require a DJ service for your wedding or private event. Like with their live set, they’ll create a playlist of songs that suit you.

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

  • Swynford Manor, Newmarket
  • Villa Candela En La Colina
  • Cripps Barn, Cirencester
  • Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
  • Castello del Trebbio, Italy
  • Finca Monasterio, Cádiz
  • Casa Benigalip, Alicante
  • Cigarral de las Mercedes
  • Hotel Castillo De Monda
  • Sunset Beach Club, Benalmádena
  • Finca Maltes San José, Almería
  • Museu Etnològic dels Calderers
  • Chateau de Varennes, France
  • Mijas, Spain
  • Sevilla, Spain

So if you’re looking to hire one of Spain & the UK’s finest roaming wedding & party bands, look no further than The Moon Walkers and get in touch today!

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2. Electric Nights
Average booking price: £1,460 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester, UK

Electric Nights are the ultimate 3-piece indie rock band!

With charisma, style and unrivalled musicianship, Electric Nights will guarantee a night to remember.

Providing you with nostalgic hits from the likes of Arctic Monkeys & The Killers to modern day bangers from The 1975, George Ezra and James Bay, your guests will be boasting about your event for years to come.

For a night of sing-alongs and unforgettable memories, book Electric Nights!

Electric Nights are a group of young, energetic musicians who are often seen performing worldwide, sharing stages with the likes of Tom Jones, Bryan Adams & Kylie Minogue.

Their musicians are regularly performing on international TV shows and at prestigious venues such as Wembley Stadium, The Royal Albert Hall & Hyde Park.

With a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry, Electric Nights are able to provide high-quality entertainment for any event!

Their 3-piece indie covers band is particularly popular, with a set list that includes bands such as Mumford & Sons, The Killers and Kings of Leon.

Electric Nights are a young and stylish party band who specialise in providing entertainment for weddings, parties and corporate events in Manchester and throughout North West England.

The musicians in the band have all studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and have a wealth of experience in the music industry.

This includes performing with signed artists such as Leona Lewis, The Shires, Race the Horizon & Alex Buchanan, and playing at international events for high-profile clients including celebrities and royalty.

So you can definitely expect live entertainment of a high standard!

They have public liability insurance and PAT-certified equipment (certificates available upon request).

So if you're looking for a professional indie-rock covers band in Manchester to heat up the dance floor at your wedding or event, get in touch with them!

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3. Disciples of Soul
Average booking price: £3,252 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester, UK

Disciples of Soul are an eight-piece funk and soul band, who perform authentic covers and are comprised of some of the best professional musicians in the North West.

Disciples of Soul offer a slick, stylish, professional performance with no downtime between songs and guarantee to get everyone dancing to Disciples of Soul beat.

They are in demand to perform at weddings, parties, corporate events and other private events throughout the UK and internationally.

Born out of a mutual love of the work of The Wrecking Crew and of The Funk Brothers, and named after the borough of New Orleans that carried rock ’n’ roll through its earliest days, Disciples of Soul are available as an 8-piece line up featuring drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals with a three-piece brass section.

This line up can be extended to include additional backing vocalists and percussion for the full Funk Brothers experience.

Fronted by the sensational lead vocals of Amber, the band showcase a blend of established professional musicians, including a former World Champion and Royal National Ballet accompanist.

The band has a wealth of experience of performing across the UK and internationally for a range of corporate, private and leisure clients.

They expect the highest standards of each other with regard to musicianship and showmanship to ensure that every performance is unique and special for those in attendance.

Focusing firmly on Soul and Funk, each show explores the hits of Motown, Stax, Chess and Northern Soul, as well as putting a unique stamp on a variety of classic and contemporary floor fillers.

The band work to ensure that the dance floor is full and that the most enjoyable time possible is had by all.

As well as high expectations of themselves on stage, they expect the same off stage in dealing with clients.

They work to build an effective working relationship with every client, no matter the scale of job, to ensure that every event is dealt with in a manner that makes the client's occasion really special.

Disciples of Soul happily accept first dance requests and will work to adapt their setlist to the request of each client.

As well as a full band experience, Disciples of Soul can offer background music, or accompaniment for any part of any event across a range of genres; be it a wedding breakfast or a gala dinner.

A full lighting rig and high specification sound system accompany them wherever they go, and as a result, a DJ/Disco service is also available to ensure that the event embodies the atmosphere intended by the host.

Disciples of Soul band aren't just another Motown band. They aren't just another Soul or Funk band. They're not just another wedding band. Disciples of Soul are THE band that will make your event truly special.

Disciples of Soul band consists of Amber, Craig, Lewis, Tomos, Peter, Ben, Mike and Jim.

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4. Acoustic Nights
Average booking price: £1,446 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester, UK

Acoustic Nights are a new acoustic band, already in demand to perform at weddings, corporate events and private parties throughout the UK.

They operate as a 2 piece or 3 piece. They can perform unplugged and roaming amongst your guests, or plugged in – if required, they have their own state-of-the-art PA system and lighting.

They offer a casual DJ service between sets as standard. However they can also offer a professional DJ service with booth, mic and lighting for an extra cost.

Acoustic Nights are a professional 2 and 3 piece acoustic band who specialise in acoustic covers.

Led by the incredible female vocalist Sasha, they have had features across BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing as well as years of experience working the most trendy bars, clubs and events.

Sit back and relax whilst Acoustic Nights showcase some incredible live talent to wow your guests and get everyone singing along to classic tracks they'll know and love.

With a playlist that extends across a huge range of genres, there really is something for everyone! Their musicians are working professionals who have graduated from RNCM and performed worldwide from Sri Lanka to Seattle.

This group of friends has a long relationship and a love of music that will extend to your audience and get everyone in a warm and musical mood, perfect for weddings, birthdays, socials and corporate events.

Acoustic Nights can come fully self-contained with their own sound system and instruments and can also offer a casual DJ service between sets taking requests and keeping the music going all day and night long!

Whatever you have in mind for your entertainment, Acoustic Nights will do their best to make your day and night perfect in every way with all the music you love and that oh-so-important feature of live music that is worth every penny!

So if you're looking to hire the finest acoustic band Manchester has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Acoustic Nights.

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5. Fusion Girls
Average booking price: £3,000 - £10,000 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester, UK

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

The girls fill dancefloors 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.

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

If you are looking for a relaxing ambiance the girls also love performing soulful acoustic style covers for pool parties, lounge events and wedding ceremonies.

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.

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6. The Showstoppers
Average booking price: £1,849 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester, UK

The Showstoppers are no ordinary party band. Performing at over 100 weddings, corporate events and parties each year, the band provide an exceptional quality, entertaining and lively show.

The band is made up of some of the finest musicians in the UK who have performed alongside The Script, Paloma Faith, James Morrison and more!

The band is available as a high energy 4 piece to an incredible 8 piece band incl brass, keys, dancers and extra lead vocalists, meaning they can create a bespoke line-up to suit your event space and budget.

The Showstoppers have used their extensive knowledge and experience to create the ultimate party set including some of the biggest dance floor hits of all time.

The set includes banging Dance hits from Rihanna, Swedish House Mafia and Calvin Harris to Pop hits from Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Jess Glynn and Justin Timberlake not forgetting the classic Soul, Motown, Pop, Rock and Indie hits from Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Bon Jovi, Kings Of Leon, Take That, Chaka Chan, The Beatles, Journey, Jackson 5, Queen and many more.

Their party set will keep your guests rocking all night long!

The Showstoppers have invested in the highest quality sound and lighting equipment meaning that not only do you get the finest musicians and performers but also the best sound on the market when you book the band!

They can’t wait to bring The Showstoppers to your event!

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7. Aquarius Strings
Average booking price: £1,290 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester & London

Aquarius Strings offer a bespoke service by providing flexibility in the size of the group ranging from 1-20 players.

Aquarius Strings features vibrant female electric and acoustic musicians. We are in demand to entertain at private & corporate functions in the UK and internationally.

The group can also combine with other musicians, including a DJ, sax player, bongos...

Covering a wide range of music genres (including popular songs, classical and famous musicals), each event is exclusive to the requirement of our client.

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Members are all vibrant young, modern professional musicians who trained at top UK conservatoires.

Together with choreographed moves, an eye for fashion and captivating output we entice audiences of all ages on a global level.

We can play acoustic by day and electric by night whatever atmosphere you wish us to create it will be delivered.

As a contemporary, modern string quartet group, our energetic covers of pop and rock songs have been described as being similar to the Vitamin String Quartet and all-female string quartet ESCALA. The string quartet is also able to perform in the style seen in the hit Netflix show, Bridgerton, featuring its classical arrangements of modern pop songs such as Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.

The group also specialises in Bollywood music.

We have performed all over Europe, including at beach weddings in Ibiza, romantic proposals in France, wedding receptions in Italy, corporate events in Spain and luxury parties in Monaco.

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8. Voxxy & DJ
Average booking price: £1,691 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester

Looking to fill your dance floor with a modern, cool Ibiza-style act that will have everyone talking about your evening for weeks to follow?

Voxxy & DJ are a dedicated pop and dance duo that will bring the house down with their high-energy dance floor anthems and roaming vocal performance.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Moulin de Chazotte in France, Casa Rocca Piccola in Malta, Alderley Edge Hotel & Restaurant in Cheshire and Aldwick Estate in Bristol, UK.

Voxxy also performs with Acoustic Nights...an acoustic duo for weddings and events.

No ordinary singer, you’ll be utterly amazed by our roaming vocalist with her incredible live voice and fully interactive performance, plus our DJ will bring the house down with her amazing party repertoire and tailored-to-you playlists.

Voxxy & DJ have performed at the coolest nightclubs and chicest events around the world, so we really know how to bring real, wow-factor performances to your big day.

We have something for everyone with our tried and tested playlists and we’ll carefully coordinate with you to personalise your package and give you the best night ever! What are you waiting for?

Enquire now to see what Voxxy & DJ can do for you!

Voxxy & DJ have been working together for over 8 years where they first began entertaining in Manchester's finest cocktail bars and lounges, before moving onto larger private events in the UK and around the world.

Voxxy has signed and released dance music to labels like Armada and Spinnin and has her own BBC Artist Page.

Her music has been played on BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, Kiss and BBC Radio 2.

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

  • Alderley Edge Hotel & Restaurant
  • Aldwick Estate, Redhill, Bristol, UK
  • De Vere Tortworth Court, Wotton-under-Edge, UK
  • Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns, St Andrews, Scotland
  • Lina Stores Restaurant & Deli, Marylebone, London, UK
  • Silvermere Inn On The Lake, Redhill Road, Cobham, UK
  • YHA Ilam Hall, Ashbourne
  • Crewe Hall Hotel & Spa, Weston Road, Haslington
  • Holker Hall & Gardens, Grange-over-Sands, UK
  • Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, UK
  • Barnstaple, UK
  • Sherston, Wiltshire
  • Farnham, UK

So if you're looking to hire the finest DJ and roaming female singer duo UK has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Voxxy & DJ.

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9. Wild Foxes
Average booking price: £1,100 - £1,500 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester

Wild Foxes bring the old-school RnB, UK garage, nineties and noughties tunes to your event.

With a setlist packed full of nostalgic dance tracks, this fun trio brings a massive sound with a compact set-up.

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The band are consummate professionals with a decade of live performing experience, and they always deliver a show to remember.

Wild Foxes are based in the North West but are more than happy to travel for bookings.

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We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Newlands Bishop Farm in the West Midlands.

Their nostalgic setlist is packed full of UK garage tracks, old-school RnB, and 90’s and 00’s classics, as well as current chart-toppers that will keep your guests on their feet.

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Let them handle all of the musical requirements for your big event so that you can focus on the important bits – like landing the rap in Wannabe.

Wild Foxes Standard Package

  • 2 x 45 or 2 x 60 minute sets of high-energy live music
  • Bespoke DJ set until midnight
  • Your first dance or a special request song
  • Professional PA system and stage lighting
  • PAT certified equipment and Public Liability Insurance
  • Advice and planning assistance from our experienced booking manager
  • Optional extras include a live acoustic set and an extended DJ set finishing at 1am

So, if you’re looking to hire one of Manchester’s finest wedding & party bands, look no further than Wild Foxes and get in touch today!

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10. Roaming Empire
Average booking price: £1,830 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester & Cheshire

Since their establishment in 2022, the high-energy four-piece travelling brass band known as the Roaming Empire has been thrilling audiences.

They have grown to be a popular option for weddings, corporate gatherings, and other special occasions because of their versatility in playing music types, which ranges from traditional New Orleans jazz to contemporary pop favourites.

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Before combining to establish the Roaming Empire, the band's members had played music together for years, refining their craft in a variety of ensembles and groups.

The band's distinctive use of the trumpet, sousaphone, saxophone, and percussion results in a rich, full sound that encourages dancing.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at New House Farm in Herefordshire and Tros Yr Afon in Anglesey, North Wales.

Roaming Empire's capacity to take requests and adjust their sets to the situation sets them different from other bands.

They are always up for the challenge and adore nothing more than seeing a crowd come to life on the dance floor, whether it be a traditional jazz standard or a modern pop song.

Roaming Empire have amassed a devoted fan base over the years and have developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining and adaptable brass ensembles on the scene.

They have played innumerable weddings, business gatherings, private parties, festivals, and venues all around the north west.

Roaming Empire are grounded and committed to their work despite their success. They continually push themselves to pick up new songs and performing techniques, and they're always on the lookout for fresh ways to engage their crowd and make their concerts even more memorable.

You won't quickly forget Roaming Empire because of their contagious enthusiasm and unmatched musicianship.

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

  • New House Farm, Herefordshire
  • Tros Yr Afon, Anglesey
  • Lubenham, Market Harborough

You will undoubtedly be enthralled by the enthusiasm and joy that they bring to every performance, whether you decide to book them for your upcoming event or attend one of their live performances at a nearby venue.

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

How much does a wedding band cost in Manchester?

The average price to hire a wedding band in Manchester in 2024 is £1,960. For this price, you can expect to book a 4-piece band performing two hours of live music, together with all of their own equipment and instruments. Larger bands in Manchester will cost more, whereas some smaller duos or 3-piece bands will be a bit 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 Manchester 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 Manchester?

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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