In this blog post, we'll reveal London's top 10 live wedding bands for hire based on the number of bookings they've received on FixTheMusic, including average prices, usual set times and booking details.
You'll see that there is a huge range of styles and that many of the cover bands and function bands offer something a bit different to make your wedding truly memorable and stand out from the usual wedding entertainment provided in London.
All of these London wedding 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, saxophone and sometimes trombone), as well as electric string instruments to add another dimension to weddings and events.
Here's the list of the 10 best wedding bands in London for 2021...
1. NOMAD 2. Scintillate 3. The Nauticals 4. Fusion Girls 5. The Old School 90s Band 6. The Manhattans 7. Wandering Three 8. Luna Showband 9. The Scene 10. The Power
So let's take a closer look at the most in-demand bands in London this year...
1. NOMAD Average booking price: £2,414 (as of January 2021) Location: London
NOMAD is a carefully sculpted, slick and totally innovative music entertainment trio and quartet.
The outfit was formed to create something unique for the entertainment world, which brought to life a vision of a small, dapper roaming band, able to deliver a big dance floor sound, while weaving through rooms, interacting with guests.
NOMAD's band members are all seasoned entertainers from established backgrounds - sharp presentation and honed audience-sensitive charm set this outfit well apart from the rest. Their set is full of cool hits, often put together in a clever mashup.
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2. Scintillate Average booking price: £4,433 (as of January 2021) Location: London
Scintillate are a luxury high-end function band with over 15 years of industry experience.
They perform at weddings, corporate events and private functions in the UK & across the globe.
From music selection and arrangements to performance and attire, everything about Scintillate oozes class and professionalism, and they guarantee to provide the best wedding entertainment London has to offer.
They aim to uplift your function by creating an incredible atmosphere to suit, with utmost elegance and sophistication. From 2020, Scintillate are offering a larger lineup to include full horn section for that extra wow factor at weddings and events.
Scintillate are one of the most popular wedding bands so we recommend enquiring well in advance, especially if your event is on a Friday or Saturday between May and October (peak wedding season). Please consider a weekday or Sunday wedding so we can have availability!
3. The Nauticals Average booking price: £1,523 (as of January 2021) Location: London
The Nauticals are a 4 piece rock and pop covers band consisting of both male and female lead vocals.
Their female singer also plays saxophone which means she can steal the show by ripping into some of the most famous sax solos of all time without the need of backing tracks.
We love playing anything that makes sure the dancefloor is kept busy all night. Whether it’s Elvis or Ed Sheeran, we’ve got it covered.
Our standard service includes 2 x 60 minutes (or 3 x 40 minutes) of live music up until midnight (which can be extended).
We also include free DJ music in between and after our sets so there’s no need to hire a DJ.
We are fully equipped with our own top spec PA & lighting rig - all we need is a couple of plug sockets and we’re good to go!
As one of the UK's most loved wedding bands with male and female vocals (and sax too!), what sets us apart from most other 4 piece bands is our ability to adapt our instrumental lineup without adding additional band members.
4. Fusion Girls Average booking price: £2,215 (as of January 2021) Location: London
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!
The Old School 90s Band bring the best of 1990s pop, dance, RnB and hip hop to your party, event or wedding.
This London wedding band's line up of highly experienced professional musicians have all toured internationally as well as across the UK. As one of the capital's best live bands, they faithfully recreate the spirit of the 90s and bring it to your very own wedding. Get your glow sticks ready!
6. The Manhattans Average booking price: £2,019 (as of January 2021) Location: London
The Manhattans are a high-energy pop & rock covers band and one of the best rock wedding bands London has to offer.
Having supported huge names including Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park and headlined Trafalgar Square as part of the Closing Paralympic Celebrations, the band caught the attention of promoters in the United States.
Since then the band have been touring across the US supporting bands like Fuel and Alien Ant Farm. Now back in the UK, the band is taking the London wedding scene by storm.
7. Wandering Three Average booking price: £1,402 (as of January 2021) Location: London
Wandering Three are London’s fresh, high-energy acoustic roaming band.
With no need for a PA, Wandering Three take no time to set up and can perform anywhere you need. They can roam around the guests at your event, entertaining them in small groups and playing their requests.
Or show them a stage and they'll fiddle the house down!
The band is a collective of some of the UK’s best performers who have trained at the most prestigious music schools in the country.
With multiple line-ups available, these talented folks are adaptable and flexible and will find the perfect performance for your occasion. These guys love to cross genres and styles, and their vast and varied repertoire will definitely have something for everyone.
10. The Power Average booking price: £5,083 (as of January 2021) Location: London
The Power have consistently delighted wedding guests since joining FixTheMusic in 2017. They are a high-energy, versatile band with male and female vocalists, featuring a full horn section.
They feature outstanding musicianship and a huge repertoire list, from old-school soul, funk and rock 'n' roll through to modern pop and dance covers. They can create a bespoke line-up, perfect for your event, from our standard 5 piece, right up to a luxury 16 piece including horns, multiple vocalists and dancers.
Aside from the top 10 wedding bands we've listed above, we would also like to share with you some of FixTheMusic's trending bands, who have become very popular in recent months in London. These are also widely considered to be some of the best wedding band hire options in the UK.
The Charmers Average booking price: £1,559 (as of January 2021) Location: London, UK
The Charmers are a professional London-based party band.
They pride themselves and their clients by providing a high-quality live music experience and guarantee a fun filled night for your guests.
They are in great demand to perform at wedding receptions, corporate events and private parties.
We hope you've enjoyed reading this list of the best wedding bands London has to offer in 2021.
FixTheMusic provides bands for thousands of weddings and private events each year. We've put together some FAQs about hiring a wedding band, a few of which are listed below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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 much does a wedding band cost UK?
A good rule of thumb is that the cost per musician in a wedding band for 2021 is roughly £285 to £335, so an acoustic duo would charge in the region of £570 to £670, a three-piece band charges approximately £855 to £1,005 and a four-piece band would cost about £1140 to £1,340 to hire for the evening’s entertainment.
How long do most wedding bands perform for?
Most 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 their live sets?
Most 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 will the band 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?
Yes! 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.
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?
Yes. 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 will the band arrive?
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.
What time will the band 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 the band stay later than midnight?
Usually, yes. But bands will normally charge a slightly higher fee for this later finish.
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.
Will the band bring their own equipment?
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.
Does the band need a stage?
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, 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.
Do I need to hire a DJ as well as a 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 the 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 will the band 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 such as London, 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.
What is Public Liability Insurance?
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.
Does the band 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.
Can the band 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?
Well the best option is to submit an enquiry on FixTheMusic, which is completely free to use! 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.
What should I ask a wedding DJ?
You should ask them what genres of music they perform. Most wedding DJs are highly versatile and can easily adapt to your own preferences, from house and hip hop to funk and soul. You should also ask the DJ if they will bring their own PA and lighting equipment. If your venue already has a PA system and disco lighting, the DJ might be able to reduce their quote. You will be able to ask your DJ for some requests, but it's best not to be too prescriptive...DJs are highly skilled at "working" a crowd and you should give them as much creative freedom as possible.
What is the #1 wedding song for the first dance?
In 2020 the most popular song for the first dance at weddings was Perfect by Ed Sheeran. His song Thinking Out Loud also featured in the top 10 wedding first dance songs of 2020.
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.