12 Best Wedding Bands for Hire in Yorkshire (With Prices)

Updated 15 May 2024
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12 Best Wedding Bands for Hire in Yorkshire (With Prices)
In this blog post, we'll list the 12 most popular wedding bands in Yorkshire on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2024 and 2025.

Yorkshire is home to some of the finest wedding bands in the UK...bands that perform regularly at high-end corporate events and celebrity weddings. Made up of professional musicians from across the cities of York, Leeds, Sheffield and beyond, we've curated a selection of Yorkshire's finest talent, and made it easy for you to hire them for your big day. These bands are available in North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

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.

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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.

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 wedding bands in Yorkshire have public liability insurance and PAT tested equipment.

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.

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How we choose the best wedding bands in Yorkshire

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.

So here's the list of the 12 best Yorkshire wedding bands for 2024...

1. Full House
2. The Jive Misters
3. Newfangled Groove
4. The Martinis
5. Swing State
6. Northern Heroes
7. The Club Collective
8. The Young Hearts
9. The Party Pioneers
10. Northern Star Showband
11. The Crossbones
12. The Rhythm Rascals

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

1. Full House
Average booking price: £3,000 - £5,000 (as of May 2024)
Location: West Yorkshire

Full House are an exciting 5 to 10 piece function band, particularly in demand to play at wedding receptions, corporate events and private parties.

Their members have many years of experience working for some of the biggest artists and shows including Westlife, China Crisis, The Wiz, Abba Tribute, Alexander O'Neal and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Their lead singer's soulful pop vocals and extensive musical ability is fused with an accomplished team. Full House offer a professional service and guarantee an eye-catching, foot-stomping performance that will make any event memorable!

They can perform any style of music but specialise in modern pop as well as 70s, 80s and 90s soul classics. Song requests for your event will be gladly welcomed – just give us a month's notice prior to your event.

They have different band size packages to suit you and your event, from a standard five-piece setup (bass, drums, keyboards, guitar and lead vocal), to an enlarged ensemble if required.

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

  • Coton House Farm, Lichfield
  • The Normans, York, UK
  • Hornington Manor, York, UK
  • Jervaulx Abbey, Ripon, UK
  • Thornbridge Hall, Bakewell
  • Wootton Hall, Lincolnshire
  • Grantley Hall, Yorkshire
  • Old Hazelwood Green Farm
  • Woodlands Hotel, Leeds
  • New House Farm, Lorton
  • Meriden, Coventry
  • Sandsend, Whitby

So if you're looking to hire the finest wedding band West Yorkshire has to offer, get in touch with Full House.

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2. The Jive Misters
Average booking price: £1,567 (as of May 2024)
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

A stylistically unique funk band from day one, the members of The Jive Misters have been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they had been together their entire musical careers.

Throughout the course of the band’s union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life...performing at a variety of venues, making loads of public appearances, all the while recording new music.

The Jive Misters regularly perform at weddings, corporate events and parties throughout the UK and internationally.

Leeds based soul and funk act The Jive Misters are a male-fronted 6 piece band who specialise in delivering a great funk and soul groove but also slip some more modern tracks into the set.

The repertoire takes its musical cues from acts as varied as Kool and the Gang, Cee Lo Green and Marvin Gaye and also features some funked up modern hits such as Valerie and Moves Like Jagger.

Genetically engineered in a pint glass by Dr Julius Von Funkenstein, The Jive Misters are a male-fronted professional wedding, party and function band.

Prescribing classic soul, funk and blues alongside modern hits (given The Jive Misters' special treatment) that no party could do without, they consist of saxophone, trumpet, drums, keyboards, bass guitar, guitar and lead male vocals, with the band providing backing vocals.

The Jive Misters have a wealth of performance experience that will set your occasion alight whether it be black tie, bat mitzvah or biopsy.

The Jive Misters provide the highest quality music along with the highest professional performances, aiming to keep their prices as low as possible.

Their prices include 2 x 45-minute sets or 3 x 30-minute sets of live music, a professional PA system and stage rig to suit your venue, LED stage lighting and a professional sound engineer.

They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this high energy party band. Composed of a group of inspirational musicians and skillful performers, the artists behind The Jive Misters have earned their reputation as a talented band to look out for.

From live gigs to studio sessions and more, they continue to touch fans around the world with their distinct and enjoyable musical style.

So if you're looking to hire one of the finest funk bands West Yorkshire has to offer for your wedding or party, get in touch with The Jive Misters.

The Jive Misters also offer a duo featuring male vocals & guitar, sax, backing vocals, percussion & cajon.

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Jive Misters ➡️


3. Newfangled Groove
Average booking price: £1,415 (as of May 2024)
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Newfangled Groove is a collective of some of the best musicians and singers in the North of England.

With a wide range of experience playing in the wedding and party band industry, Newfangled Groove has earned great acclaim and support for their exciting and upbeat sets.

Newfangled Groove have a broad knowledge of genres ranging from your modern-day pop to old school rock and even a touch of jazz.

We are regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at The Oakwood at Ryther.

The band has a wide range of experience in the industry and have performed at some of the biggest venues and theatres, both nationally and internationally.

Alongside this, Newfangled Groove has also performed widely on national and international cruise ships.

Newfangled Groove are perfect for any event and can adapt quickly to any situation or requests you may have.

The band is inherently versatile and can play in a number of formations, ranging from a 4-9 piece party band.

The full band is able to provide you with two singers, a full rhythm selection as well as a powerhouse horn section.

For smaller and more intimate occasions, Newfangled Groove is able to provide a stripped back smaller band which is ideal for jazz and acoustic sets.

The band is fully flexible and will do everything they can to meet your every need!

View more videos and read verified reviews of Newfangled Groove ➡️


4. The Martinis
Average booking price: £1,533 (as of May 2024)
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Martinis are a highly experienced and extremely versatile duo.

They have performed at many prestigious events globally, including Glastonbury Music Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and many celebrity events.

They can offer anything from a relaxed background set to a high energy performance. They are available for bookings internationally.

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5. Swing State
Average booking price: £1,000 - £2,000 (as of May 2024)
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Swing State are a jazz & swing band based in West Yorkshire, who are in great demand to perform at weddings, festivals, restaurants, corporate events and private parties throughout northern England.

Swing State are a dynamic jazz collective of experienced conservatoire-trained musicians performing traditional jazz favourites.

They can provide a trio, quartet, quintet or their full six-piece outfit to add a touch of class to any occasion whether it be for background listening or for your guests to show off their moves on the dance floor.

Swing State, an international group of talented musicians, have performed live on BBC Radio 3, at renowned jazz venues across the UK such as Ronnie Scott's, SevenArts Leeds and Pizza Express Jazz Club, as well as at numerous private events and weddings, including at high-profile venues such as The Royal Automobile Club.

They are able to offer one free song request if it's not already in their repertoire list, depending on suitability. Most of their clients book them for a performance duration of 2 x 45-minute sets.

It takes them approximately 60 - 90 minutes to set up before their performance.

They can provide suitable pre-recorded music during their intervals, or you can bring your own playlist on an iPod or similar and use their PA system. They provide their own lighting.

With the perfect balance of experience, talent and youthful energy, Swing State are sure to make your event one to remember.

So if you’re looking to hire the finest jazz band Leeds (West Yorkshire) has to offer, get in touch with Swing State!

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6. Northern Heroes
Average booking price: £932 (as of May 2024)
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Northern Heroes are a three-piece pop & rock cover band available in Northern England.

They have a varied repertoire featuring songs by The Beatles, The Who, The Jam etc, along with current bands including the Killers, Kings of Leon and Ed Sheeran.

All three members are experienced musicians with over 30 years of professional experience. The three piece set up suits the band as their wealth of technical ability on their respective instruments allows them to create a powerful live sound that is as impressive and dynamic as any other larger band around.

The band caters directly to the clients' needs working with them to create a memorable night that is as professional as it is entertaining.

The evening’s proceedings can be organised by a band member acting as an MC if required, for example, ensuring your wedding guests congregate for the first dance with cameras ready etc.

The band's dress code will also meet the client's requirements – fully suited for formal occasions or a more casual look for a laid back atmosphere if required.

The band receive wide praise for their performances combining technical ability and a love for music with professionalism and a desire exceed the client's expectations to ensure a great show!

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7. The Club Collective
Average booking price: £1,748 (as of May 2024)
Location: Manchester & Yorkshire

Bringing a slice of Ibiza to your event, The Club Collective deliver an incredible, interactive and engaging set of the ultimate Dance hits.

With powerhouse Lead vocals and a live DJ, recreate the clubs of Ibiza with an all-star line of up some of the finest musicians, writers and performers in the UK.

We're regularly booked by clients on FixTheMusic to perform for weddings and events at Delamere Manor in Cuddington and The Hall Barns in Leicestershire.

The Club Collective perform all over the world at prestigious events for clients including Cartier, Armani, Wella, Jimmy Choo and many weddings, VIP events and parties.

View our list of the UK's best DJ & sax groups for hire ➡️

This band have shared the line up with Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, Paloma Faith, and many more.

The line up is fully customisable to suit your event or party.

Choose from SINGER & DJ, add IBIZA SAX, PERCUSSION, STRINGS, GUITAR, additional LEAD SINGERS or create an All FEMALE, ALL STARS LINE UP for something truly unique.

Previous clients include:

  • The Roundhouse 
  • The President of Lebanon
  • Armani
  • Cartier
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Manchester United 
  • One Marylebone
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Searceys
  • Wella 
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • BBC 
  • The Sunday Times 
  • Key103 
  • Rock FM 
  • Hilti
  • The AA
  • Hilton Hotels 
  • Nightingales Night Club 
  • Manchester Evening News 
  • Lowry Theatre 
  • The Lowry Hotel 
  • Fiat Europe

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

  • Middleton Lodge Estate, Kneeton Lane, Richmond, UK
  • Delamere Manor, Cuddington, UK
  • Eaves Hall, Moor Lane, West Bradford, Clitheroe, UK
  • The Hall Barns, Prestwold Lane, UK
  • Broughton Hall
  • The Plough Inn, Eaton, Congleton, UK
  • P&J Live, East Burn Road, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Patrington, Hull, UK

So if you're looking to hire the finest Sax, DJ & vocal group UK has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with us.

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Club Collective ➡️


8. The Young Hearts
Average booking price: £1,852 (as of May 2024)
Location: West Yorkshire

Delivering show-stopping vocals and the best floor fillers around, The Young Hearts are a first class, modern band who know how to throw a party!

Covering music old and new, from The Weeknd, Oasis, Whitney, The Killers, Dua Lipa, AC/DC and tons more, you won't find a more eclectic band - they never fail to wow!

Happy to travel, the band routinely perform across the country and are available for hire for weddings, private parties and corporate events throughout the UK and Europe.

The Young Hearts are the ideal choice for anyone looking for top-quality entertainment from one of the freshest and most talented wedding bands on the scene.

This talented band has a vast and varied repertoire, ensuring that there is always a song for every occasion and every guest.

So, if you’re looking to hire one of the best weddings & party bands that the UK has to offer, look no further than The Young Hearts and get in touch today!

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9. The Party Pioneers
Average booking price: £2,120 - £3,840 (as of May 2024)
Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK

The Party Pioneers are a high-end, opulent music group founded in 2018.

The Party Pioneers deliver an electrifying sequin-star studded live music experience with 2 unique gorgeous line-ups that are sure to amaze, excite, and thrill you and your guests!

View our list of the UK's best showbands ➡️

You can rest assured that your entertainment is in the best hands with our in-house DJs, sound engineers, and production staff and that everything will go down without a hitch.

We are fortunate to work with top-notch singers and musicians who have appeared on programmes like The X-Factor, toured with renowned recording artists, and performed on London's west end stages.

We strive to deliver the finest calibre in all we do and bring the most skill to the table.

The Party Pioneers make the ideal musical accompaniment for a variety of events, including elegant parties, corporate gatherings, and wedding receptions.

We're excited to have you as our audience!

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Party Pioneers ➡️


10. Northern Star Showband
Average booking price: £4,000 - £10,000 (as of May 2024)
Location: Yorkshire & Newcastle

Based out of Yorkshire and Newcastle, Northern Star Showband play for clients in and around Northumberland and across the whole of the North of England, Scotland and the wider UK!

Northern Star Showband consists of a collection of top session musicians all based in the Newcastle area.

Each member of Northern Star Showband has been specially selected for their area of expertise and style and together they are by far the coolest, funkiest and freshest party band available to hire today.

Please take a look at our 2024 SET LIST

Northern Star Showband are fully self-sufficient providing your event with everything from a quality PA system, lighting rig, dedicated sound and lighting engineer on every event.

Available from a 6 to 11 piece, our party band perform dance floor classics from the funk, soul and Motown era, with a sprinkling of modern day hits for good measure.

Mix this with the band's vast musical ability, performance experience and showmanship and you have the perfect recipe to get your event grooving from the first note to the last!

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We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Carlowrie Castle in Kirkliston and Carberry Tower Mansion House in Musselburgh, Scotland.

They can play mixed party music before between and after live sets with the option of both formal and informal stage wear. Set times consist of 2 x 1 hours or 3 x 40 minutes

Northern Star Showband perform the best Funk, Soul and pop hits from the last five decades from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Jamiroquai, Taio Cruz, Jesse J, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse and James Brown to name a few.

Northern Star Showband pride themselves on recreating authentic and accurate renditions of their repertoire and a have been told in the past that they sound even better than the original artists!

Band line-up options

6 piece band – The line up would include 2 singers, 1 male and 1 female, drums, guitar, bass and keyboards.

7 piece band – The line up would include 2 singers, 1 male and 1 female, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards and saxophone.

8 piece band – The line up would include 2 singers, 1 male and 1 female, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, saxophone and trumpet.

9 piece band – The line up would include 3 singers, 1 male and 2 female, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, saxophone and trumpet – OR the band can have 3 brass by adding in a trombone and just have 2 singers.

10 piece band – The line up would include 3 singers, 1 male and 2 female, drums, guitar, bass, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.

11 piece band – The line up would include 3 singers, 1 male and 2 female, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet, trombone player and second saxophone making a 4 piece brass section.

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11. The Crossbones
Average booking price: £1,500 - £2,500 (as of May 2024)
Location: Leeds, UK

Presenting The Crossbones is an award-winning rock and indie band from West Yorkshire that will make your wedding or event exciting and enjoyable.

The Crossbones are a group of full-time professional musicians who have performed at hundreds of private parties, giving them a wealth of experience in setting the mood for a memorable occasion.

They have a tonne of hits in their repertoire that are sure to make everyone dance on the floor.

The band performs great live solos by well-known musicians like Bon Jovi, The Darkness, and more thanks to the skill of two incredible guitarists.

Expect a combination of songs from the 1970s and 1980s rock classics to the 90s and 2000s indie anthems that will keep everyone happy and dancing.

Examine the band's song list to discover if any of the songs are what you’re after!

The Crossbones are unique because of their dedication to provide the whole package for any occasion or gathering.

In addition to their extraordinary musical abilities, they provide in-house sound engineering, state-of-the-art portable sound and lighting equipment, and expert DJ services.

Their meticulous attention to detail and knowledgeable pre-planning guarantee a stress-free wedding or event.

Are there any restrictions on sound volume at your venue of choice?

A top-tier electric drum set (that sounds and looks like a real one) would be great for the Crossbones.

There are no stage monitors or guitar amplifiers present; everything you hear is played straight via the crowd speakers.

You can really turn the entire band up or down, and the sound quality is crisp and CD-like. Loud enough for people to feel the music and dance on the dance floor, but not so loud that others in other parts of the room cannot hear one another.

View more videos and read verified reviews of The Crossbones ➡️


12. The Rhythm Rascals
Average booking price: £1,036 (as of May 2024)
Location: Leeds, UK

Leeds-based function trio The Rhythm Rascals.

The three musicians - Ro on lead vocals, Mich on drums, and Ben on bass - met at Leeds Conservatoire and began as an acoustic cover duo.

Now that they are well-known, the trio is playing classics and music from the 2000s at weddings and parties all over the North!

They contribute their distinct sound to well-known songs, and their versatility allows them to play with a full band or, if necessary, switch to acoustic shows.

You can enjoy the complete live music experience with The Rhythm Rascals!

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

How much does it cost to hire a wedding band in Yorkshire?

In 2024, the average price of a wedding band in Yorkshire is £1,765. Exact costs vary between individual bands, with some quoting much more than this (e.g. if you hire a larger band with multiple singers and lots of musicians) whereas some smaller groups will charge a bit less than the average price. Other factors also impact exact prices, including travel expenses and any accommodation costs.

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 Yorkshire 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.

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 Yorkshire?

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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