The Top 21 Best Wedding Bands in the UK For 2021 (With Prices)

25 NOVEMBER 2020 (Updated 14 OCTOBER 2021)
Blog post by Adam Southall
Estimated read time: 9 minutes

In this blog post, we'll list the 21 most popular wedding bands in the UK on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2021 and 2022.

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

You'll see that there is a huge range of styles and that many of our recommended cover bands offer something a bit different to make your wedding truly memorable.

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

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So here's the list of the 21 best wedding bands in the UK for 2021...

1. Scintillate 🥇
3. The Manhattans
4. The Legends Collective
5. Fusion Girls
6. The Nauticals
7. Wandering Three
8. Mashup Kings
9. Luna Showband
10. Urban Dynamite
11. Soul Destiny
12. Supersoul
13. The Scottish Soul Collective
14. The Old School 90s Band
15. NOMAD Lite
16. The Lost Sons
17. The London Roaming Band
18. The Power
19. Trapstars
20. The Kingmakers
21. The Upshots

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

For clients with higher budgets, FixTheMusic has luxury bands from 10-piece, 12-piece to 20-piece, even featuring dancers and gospel choirs. They are particularly popular at destination weddings, Jewish weddings and high-end corporate events.

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

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

Our local wedding bands are selected by invitation only, and all are highly recommended by previous clients based on several factors, including quality, professionalism, punctuality and the ability to get wedding guests dancing!

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FixTheMusic is free for event planners to use – bands provide quotes directly to you. When you've made your choice, you can book and pay securely on FixTheMusic.

Our bands have performed at notable venues in the UK, including Addington Palace, Leeds Castle, Gosfield Hall, Hengrave Hall, Clearwell Castle, Leez Priory, Hotel 41, The Milestone Hotel, The Beaumont, Egerton House Hotel, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, COMO The Halkin, The Connaught and The Goring.

If you're looking for something a little bit different to the normal wedding band, you've come to the right place. As well as classic wedding covers bands, we also have a selection of outstanding cool, unique and alternative wedding bands available throughout the UK.

As well as the incredible bands listed below, FixTheMusic has a curated selection of other recommended wedding bands and groups based across the UK which you can browse here.

You can also view this list as the YouTube Playlist of The Top 21 Wedding Bands in the UK 🎥

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So let's take a closer look at the most in-demand bands in the UK this year...

1. Scintillate
Average booking price: £4,000 - £6,000 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

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

They perform at weddings, corporate events and private functions in the UK & across the globe.

From music selection and arrangements to performance and attire, everything about Scintillate oozes class and professionalism.

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

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

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

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

Here are just some of the locations where Scintillate have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic...Son Termes, Carr. de s’esgleieta, Bunyola, Spain; Cabanas Velhas Beach, Budens, Portugal; Monte Pego, Spain; Grand Convento di Amalfi, Salerno, Italy; Santorini; Dourakis Winery, Crete; Kimpton; Fitzroy London Hotel; Galu Seaside, Larnaca, Cyprus; Castell de Sant Marçal, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain; Saint-Martory, France; Massugas, France.

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Average booking price: £3,562 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

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 are one of the UK's only electric / amplified roaming bands. This is made possible by the unique addition of a musically involved sound engineer, who works wizardry with wireless technology. Wow.

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. The band usually performs as a 4-piece line-up, but can be expanded to a 5-piece wedding band, including sax player.

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Previous clients include Facebook, Google, Manchester United Football Club, Ted Baker, Coca Cola and Hampton Court Palace, amongst many other prestigious organisations and venues. NOMAD are the UK's ultimate interactive wedding band.

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3. The Manhattans
Average booking price: £2,747 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

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

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

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

Now back in the UK and based in Hertfordshire, the band have been inundated with requests to perform at corporate events, weddings and private parties throughout the UK, Europe and Middle East, and are widely considered to be one of the best rock wedding bands London and the UK has to offer.

Available as a high energy 4-piece wedding band as standard, with the option of adding female vocals and saxophone to the line-up, The Manhattans can tailor their band to suit each client’s individual requirements, making them one of the best party bands for hire in the UK this year and an unbeatable choice when it comes to hiring your live wedding band.

They also offer a DJ service and all sound and lighting equipment is included, so your wedding band and DJ requirements are all met with this band.

Sam, the band's lead vocalist, has recorded backing vocals for artists including Adele, Goldfrapp and Keith Urban, as well as singing on Movie Soundtracks such as "Pan", "The Great Gatsby" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge"

In booking The Manhattans band for your event you are guaranteed a high-energy, professional performance of the highest standard.

The band also offers an acoustic roaming option called The Manhattan Roamers, perfect for drinks receptions, as well as a solo pianist & singer Sam Stewart.

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4. The Legends Collective
Average booking price: £2,800 - £6,800 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

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

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

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

Our members are oozing experience in all the right circles having performed alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake, Shola Ama, Sweet Female Attitude, Jools Holland, Shakka, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Jacob Banks and Snarky Puppy.

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With a flexible band line up, you choose a band line up that fits your budget. The Legends Collective ranges from a 5-piece using just a rhythm section and 1 singer, to a huge Showband with 6 singers, horn section and percussion.

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

  • Portugal
  • Lake Como, Italy
  • Hort de Nal, Avinguda de Candalix, Elche, Spain
  • Ca Na Xica, Ibiza, Spain
  • Nettlestead, Maidstone, UK

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5. Fusion Girls
Average booking price: £2,441 (as of October 2021)
Location: Manchester, UK

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. They're the perfect solution, especially if you're finding it hard to decide between whether to book a wedding band or DJ.

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. If you can't decide between whether to have a wedding band or DJ at your wedding, Fusion Girls are the best choice, combining live music and DJ sets perfectly.

You can check out more of our DJ Live wedding bands on this blog post and all of our DJ & sax acts here.

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6. The Nauticals
Average booking price: £1,800 - £2,945 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

The Nauticals are one of the UK's best 4-piece rock and pop covers bands, consisting of both male and female lead vocals, plus sax.

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 for backing tracks.

With Male & Female Lead Vocalists and a repertoire that spans four generations, The Nauticals are the number one choice for couples looking to pack the dance floor on their wedding night with one of the UK's best live wedding bands with saxophone.

Having formed in 2010, the modern wedding band changed in 2014 to its strongest ever lineup! Now with a calibre of musicians and entertainers far superior to 99% of other bands, the party band travels the UK, Dubai & Europe full-time performing at weddings, awards ceremonies, and other corporate events, with their wedding band and DJ package being one of FixTheMusic's most requested options.

The band have one goal and one goal only! TO PACK THE DANCEFLOOR!

Invariably, the set list is chosen on the fly by the band so that they can maximise the number of your guests that take to the floor and get involved with the party.

With a repertoire that's got something for everyone, you can be sure that even Grandma will find there's something for her to jive to!

In addition to the phenomenal evening entertainment that the band offer, there's also the option of having them join you on the afternoon of your big day to perform one of a variety of different options they offer ranging from an acoustic set to a solo saxophone set.

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7. Wandering Three
Average booking price: £1,300 - £2,500 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

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. The UK's most popular 3 piece wedding band, 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!

Their highly experienced globetrotting band members have performed in 6 continents. They've played everywhere from the French Alps to the Yasawa Islands in Fiji… and from Blackpool to Bournemouth, gracing the stages of the Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, Walt Disney Hall (LA) and Carnegie Hall (New York City). As a compact 3-piece band they are the perfect wedding band for a small venue.

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Athough ideal for afternoon drinks receptions, the band can also be hired to perform at the evening wedding reception and even wedding ceremonies. If your ceremony venue is only a short walk to your afternoon venue, they can even accompany you and your guests as you walk between venues! As the UK's best wedding band with violin, their unique combination of instruments and vocals makes them the perfect folk wedding band and without doubt one of the country's leading acoustic bands for weddings.

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8. Mashup Kings
Average booking price: £3,000 - £4,500 (as of October 2021)
Location: Bristol, UK

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

As well as being an extremely tight band, they are also very close friends, which shows on stage and truly makes them a very special band.

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In booking this wedding band, you can expect to hear songs from the 60’s to the present day, covering Hip Hop, RnB, Garage, Funk, Soul, Reggae & Pop!

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9. Luna Showband
Average booking price: £2,500 - £6,500 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

Luna Showband is an exceptional wedding & party band who specialise in providing the highest quality entertainment to any and every event.

A powerhouse of fantastic musicians and vocalists, Luna Showband is the best of the best and is guaranteed to give you a performance like no other. 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.

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Especially popular is their 11-piece band option (featuring 3 singers, keyboard, bass guitar, guitar, drums, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion), as well as their 12-piece and spectacular 15-piece bands (which includes 6 incredible singers). As one of the UK's best wedding bands with brass section, their musicianship and showmanship skills are second to none.

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10. Urban Dynamite
Average booking price: £3,500 - £7,000 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

Urban Dynamite was born with the idea that entertainment should bring joy to people's lives. The aim is to break the mould by carefully redesigning song lists to include the songs that make you sing, dance and smile.

The band understands that you need the best entertainment possible for your event, and they deliver every time.

Their musicians are seasoned professionals, with international touring, TV and recording credits including Rod Stewart, Take That, Robyn, Cee Lo Green, Duran Duran, Olly Murs, Simply Red, Jess Glynne, Jason Derulo, The Maccabees, Rita Ora, The Brand New Heavies, Kwabs, Hans Zimmer, The Levelers, Hurts, Iggy Azalea, Rizzle Kicks, Craig David, Katie Melua and Smokey Robinson.

Urban Dynamite's musicians take great pride in their craft, have a great attitude towards their work and, above all, love what they do – and it shows. The wedding band's talent really shines out above the rest.

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11. Soul Destiny
Average booking price: £1,879 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

Soul Destiny are an energetic party band with a fresh repertoire focused on modern Pop, Soul, 90s and R&B.

Expect to hear Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Beyonce and Drake mixed with classics like Prince, Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan.

Soul Destiny specialise in private entertainment and have built a reputation on high energy performances that make events unique and memorable occasions. Soul Destiny provide top London session musicians that always guarantee electrifying performances.

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Their members have a wealth of experience playing and recording for major artists such as John Newman, Rod Stewart, Kwabs, Clean Bandit and Jessie J, and the band has performed for brands such as Spotify at the company's London parties.

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12. Supersoul
Average booking price: £2,808 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

Supersoul are a soul band based in London featuring some of the finest musicians in the UK.

With an authentic soul, funk & Motown repertoire taking in such musical luminaries as Ray Charles, the Four Tops and Stevie Wonder, Supersoul are the perfect choice to keep your dance floor filled.

The band have performed across the UK and have entertained at some of the most prestigious venues including London's Ritz Hotel and the top floor of The Gherkin.

Our standard line up is our 6 piece band which is Male & Female Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Bass & Drums. We can expand the line-up to include brass for an extra fee.

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Supersoul play for 2 hours which can be arranged as 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets. The band have their own engineer with professional PA system & lighting (all equipment PAT-certified).

Our sound engineer also supplies the music between the live band's sets if you don't have a DJ.

Supersoul will turn your celebration into an unforgettable event!

Whether you require a live band for corporate events, session work, weddings, or parties, Supersoul's fusion of effortless musicianship and attention to detail, choreographed stage show and current versatile set list, will undoubtedly make us the ideal band for you.

With a plethora of professional musical accolades, including such highlights as winning MOBO awards, worldwide tours including performances with Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Boys II Men, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Brand New Heavies, Cheryl Crow and Beverly Knight, and the Wailers to name but a few.

Supersoul perform at wedding receptions, parties, corporate events and have performed at iconic venues such as the London Gherkin, Mayfair One & Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

The diversity and calibre of Supersoul musicians means that any song can be learnt with finesse at the drop of a hat, and their set list reflects this, with hits from the 50s right through to this week’s top 40, along with the constant and frequent addition of new songs, dance moves, and sound and lighting.

Supersoul band consists of Joell (Vocals), Katanya (Vocals), Rich (Guitar), Matteo (Bass), Emilio (Keys) and Lee (Drums).

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

  • Whittlebury Hall Golf & Country Club, Towcester, UK
  • Milling Barn Wedding Venue, Throcking, Buntingford, UK
  • Bledlow Ridge, High Wycombe, UK
  • Hyde House, Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham, UK
  • Devonshire Terrace, London, UK
  • Knowlton Court, Canterbury, Kent
  • Copdock Hall, Ipswich
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Putney Embankment
  • Hedsor House, Taplow
  • Kimberley Hall, Norfolk
  • Gorse Hill Hotel, Woking
  • Winkfield Row, Bracknell
  • National Liberal Club, London
  • High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells, UK
  • The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, Basingstoke

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13. The Scottish Soul Collective
Average booking price: £2,633 (as of October 2021)
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

The Scottish Soul Collective are a first-class 2 to 11 piece soul and Motown band specialising in high energy music for weddings, corporate events and private parties.

With no event too big or too small, they always bring the party and pack the dance floor! Local to Glasgow, they are available throughout Scotland, England and Wales.

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14. The Old School 90s Band
Average booking price: £2,389 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

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

Their line up of highly experienced professional musicians have all toured internationally as well as across the UK.

They faithfully recreate the spirit of the 90s. Get your glow sticks ready!

We have many years of experience performing at weddings and high-end corporate events and will keep your guests dancing and singing from start to finish.

This London-based 6 piece are fronted by both male and female vocals, and backed by a hugely experienced band.

Their repertoire takes in acts as varied as Snap, R Kelly, En Trance and Shania Twain.

So if you're looking to hire the finest 90s cover band London (UK) has to offer, get in touch with The Old School 90s Band.

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

  • The Queen's House, Romney Road, London, UK
  • Pangdean Old Barn
  • The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London
  • Sedgehill, Shaftesbury
  • Peartree Way, London
  • Cornwall, UK
  • Copdock, Ipswich
  • Drapers' Hall, London
  • Feltwell, Thetford
  • Maidstone, UK

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15. NOMAD Lite
Average booking price: £1,750 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

NOMAD Lite are the miniature spin-off from Europe's most famous wireless roaming band NOMAD.

With the guile and charisma to supercharge any party or wedding, this duo are fast becoming a must-have for high-end functions in London and worldwide.

NOMAD Lite perform a huge repertoire of upbeat covers, specialising in mashups and medleys.

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16. The Lost Sons
Average booking price: £1,909 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

Formed in January 2021, this awesome London based wedding party band are one of the latest additions to FixTheMusic's roster of bands.

They have been created and managed by Chris, who manages and performs bass guitar for The of the UK's most popular wedding bands.

They play their own up beat, high energy arrangements of pop, rock, indie, and funk with their unique line-up including guitar, violin, harmony vocals, keys, bass, and drums.

And as they are only a quartet they can offer this within an affordable package!

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17. The London Roaming Band
Average booking price: £3,000 - £4,500 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

The London Roaming Band are the ultimate roaming band for weddings and events!

Unlike most acts of this nature, we come with a fully wireless, portable PA (as you can see in our videos) which we can easily roll around a venue, or plug into a larger system.

What this means is that you get all of the fun and interaction of a roaming band but with the even coverage and volume that a larger venue often needs.

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Musically, think playful gypsy style mashups with four-part harmonies of Drake and Bob Marley, or an intricately woven UK garage medley with a smattering of Buena Vista for good measure.

Whether you'd like your guests entertained during an outdoor drinks reception or kept dancing on into the night, The London Roaming Band have got it covered.

Why not give your guests something a little different when it comes to live music on your big day?

Without needing to set up a bulky PA, The London Roaming Band can spring up pretty much anywhere to play some music.

From surprise proposals in the park to performances on the Thames, they can go wherever you want them to!

With past clients including Google, Amazon, Credit Suisse, BMW and Cadburys, you can trust The London Roaming Band to deliver the perfect level of quirk to your corporate event.

You want the band to be mobile. You want the band to be heard.

The London Roaming Band is truly unique in its ability to deliver in both respects with this bespoke mobile PA unit which has been designed and built specifically for the project.

Providing they have room to move and step-free access, the band can play songs in different parts of a room or open space within the same set. Not a wire in sight.

The volume is easily adjustable too so that they can effortlessly slip from background music into party mode.

Alternatively, for bigger events, the band can provide an onsite AV team with a perfectly balanced audio signal to feed directly into the sound reinforcement already in place.

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

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Camden
  • Offham, Kent
  • Devere Latimer Estate
  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Oxnead, Norwich
  • Exeter
  • Orpington, UK
  • Kings Chapel, High Street, Amersham, UK
  • Birchencliffe, Huddersfield, UK

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18. The Power
Average booking price: £4,885 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

The Power have consistently delighted wedding guests since joining FixTheMusic in 2017. They are a high-energy, versatile wedding reception band with male and female vocals, featuring a full horn section and many other additional band members.

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.

Their experience and versatility allows them to carefully tailor their sets to your crowd and their approach of combining fantastic music with flamboyant showmanship is what gives them their reputation.

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.

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19. Trapstars
Average booking price: £3,281 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

With glamorous vocalists, show-stopping sax and high impact percussion, Trapstars bring luxury, first-class entertainment and wedding music to your event.

If it's an ultimate club atmosphere, Ibiza pool party or all-out 90s rave you are after, then Trapstars will bring this and more.

As one of the UK's best wedding bands for hire, they provide a nightlife experience perfect for corporate events, club nights and luxury destination weddings: the ultimate dance music wedding band. Trapstars are also one of our many amazing club & dance anthems wedding bands in the UK that we recommend.

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20. The Kingmakers
Average booking price: £1,650 - £2,500 (as of October 2021)
Location: Hertfordshire, UK

The Kingmakers are a group of the UK’s most talented, versatile and professional session musicians who combine a wealth of musical knowledge and experience to create a highly energetic, fun and dynamic stage performance.

Collectively, the band have clocked up a vast amount of live, recording and TV experience and have worked alongside some of the world’s renowned pop artists such as Jason Derulo, Just Jack, Beyonce, Groove Armada, James McCartney, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Julio Iglesias, Rumer, Cee Lo Green, Craig David and Jason Mraz (to name but a few).

Armed with an eclectic blend of music from the 60’s all the way through to modern chart hits, their versatility enables The Kingmakers to cater for any wedding or occasion.

And, to cover an even greater depth of material, additional musicians such as a female singer, horn section or backing vocalists can also be added to the line-up to give your party that extra wow factor.

Specific song requests are always welcomed, and the constantly updated song list will always be tailored to your event depending on the age range of your guests and of course your personal requirements.

Our set list includes songs by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, through to The Black Eyed Peas, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers.

The Kingmakers are suitable for all types of events and venues. They specialise in performing at weddings, corporate events, product launches, university balls, and private functions and will travel anywhere in the UK and abroad (especially to mainland Europe including France, Italy and Spain) to add that electric party atmosphere to your event.

The band recently performed at Masia Egara in Spain for a stunning destination wedding.

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

  • Piedmont, Italy
  • Huntsham Court, Tiverton, UK
  • Cascais, Portugal
  • Bolton Abbey, UK
  • Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Guernsey
  • St Bart's Brewery, West Smithfield, London
  • Masia Egara, Terrassa, Spain
  • Saint-Privat-des-Prés, France
  • Sifnos, Greece
  • Castell d'Empordà, Spain
  • Upchurch, UK

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21. The Upshots
Average booking price: £3,200 - £5,400 (as of October 2021)
Location: London, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Athens, Greece
  • Notley Abbey, Haddenham, Aylesbury, UK
  • Wilderness Reserve, Yoxford Road, Saxmundham, UK
  • Smedmore House, Kimmeridge, Wareham, UK
  • The Matara Centre, Kingscote, Tetbury, UK
  • Beamsley, Skipton, UK

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We hope you've enjoyed reading this list of the best wedding bands the UK has to offer in 2021.

FixTheMusic is a one-stop shop for booking outstanding professional live bands, musicians and DJs for weddings, parties and events – and it's completely free for you to use. We know that finding and booking a wedding band in the UK is not an easy thing to do, so we've made it simple to hire the best wedding music bands the UK has to offer.

If you're looking for a guide on how to find a wedding band in the UK, check out our Definitive Guide With 29 FAQs From Real Couples.

We pride ourselves on being the best wedding band finder website in the UK and throughout Europe, providing unique and cool wedding bands and DJs, music and entertainment for thousands of weddings each year, and making it simple to find outstanding live bands for hire. Finding outstanding wedding music and entertainment has never been easier.

Fill in the enquiry form to receive offers for your own wedding entertainment bands directly from hand-picked musicians and local function bands in the UK, similar to the function bands listed above. Finding a "wedding band near me" and "wedding bands music" has never been easier. Once you've confirmed details with your preferred act, book and pay securely through our secure online checkout.

We're frequently asked if we can recommend any bands like The Function Band, whose roaming set during the wedding breakfast meal has become especially popular. Many of our best bands are frequently described as similar in style, and couples often hire one of the following bands:

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 2020 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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Wedding band trends for 2021 and 2022

The 2021 and 2022 wedding seasons are set to be the busiest ever experienced by wedding suppliers, especially high-quality cover bands in the UK.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, thousands of weddings in the UK and across the world have been postponed to 2021, 2022 and some even to 2023.

If you're just starting out, what does this mean for your own wedding planning?

Well, it's likely that if you're planning to host your wedding on a Saturday during the summer months, then you can expect many of the most popular and in-demand bands, musicians and other suppliers to be fully booked.

Even in normal years, many bands get booked up one or two years in advance, but with the added pressure from thousands of re-scheduled weddings and events, the next couple of years are unprecedentedly busy. Wedding band hire has never been a more urgent priority in your planning timeline.

But that doesn't mean you need to worry. We work with hundreds of local bands across the UK who still have availability. If you want to increase the range of bands you're able to consider for your wedding, you might want to book a mid-week wedding, as these tend to be far less popular than Saturday weddings.

Following the impact of COVID-19 on the events industry, many musicians have had to take on 'regular' weekday jobs, which does mean that some bands can't always commit to mid-week weddings; but generally there will be far more wedding bands available for you if you choose a wedding on a Wednesday rather than a Saturday.

Another trend we've noticed since COVID-19 is that bands are far less able to negotiate prices or offer discounts. At FixTheMusic, we think this is understandable – and fair. Musicians have been out of work since March 2020, and they need to work as hard as possible to recoup the huge financial losses they have suffered.

Combined with the increased level of demand for their services, this all means that many bands simply don't feel the need to discount their prices like they might have done in previous years, even for mid-week weddings.

With many couples still concerned about restrictions on the number of guests permitted at their wedding reception, we're finding that smaller band line-ups are becoming an increasingly popular choice, especially at micro weddings.

Larger showbands with full horn sections (sax, trumpet, trombone) and multiple male & female singers are still as popular as ever, but we're finding more and more couples opting for last minute weddings this year and planning to invite only 30 or so guests.

For these smaller weddings, it might be appropriate to hire an acoustic duo or 3-piece wedding band.

You can read more in our blog post on Most Popular Wedding Band Trends for 2021 (With Recommended Bands).

— 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.