The Top 12 Wedding Bands on the French Riviera (With Prices)

Updated 28 March 2024
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The Top 12 Wedding Bands on the French Riviera (With Prices)

In this blog post, we'll list out the 12 most popular wedding bands on the French Riviera on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings in 2024 and 2025.

The French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) 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 the cover bands offer something a bit different to make your wedding truly memorable.

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The French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) is one of the most popular regions in France for destination weddings, and for good reason. The beautiful Mediterranean coastline, pleasant climate and excellent cuisine are just some of the factors that make the French Riviera such a hotspot for tying the knot, especially with British and American couples.

Whether it be at a private villa in Saint Tropez, a luxury hotel in Cannes or at a rustic church wedding in Nice, there are so many beautiful and unique wedding venues to choose from.

But when it comes to hiring a live wedding band on the French Riviera, it can be difficult to find exactly what you want for your special day.

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

Here's the list of 12 best wedding bands on the French Riviera for 2024...

1. Riviera Roaming Band
2. The Impresarios
3. High Jinx
4. The Rovers
5. The Craftsmen
6. The Riviera Rock Band
7. Sunset Jets
8. The Travellers
9. The Mad Socks
10. The Cadillac Cruisers
11. The Cannes Acoustic Duo
12. The Journeymen

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

1. Riviera Roaming Band
Average booking price: €6,000 - €12,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: Nice, France

Originally created as a duo, Riviera Roaming Band has specialized in roaming and now offers several options for weddings and events.

The band can also perform amplified/electric with acoustic drums and a sound system (for an additional fee).

We recently performed at a corporate event for a famous luxury fashion brand at Château Volterra in Ramatuelle, France.

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We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Villa Pellegrini in Italy, Hotel Vitznauerhof in Switzerland and Villa Mandala in Saint-Tropez, France.

All the musicians of the band studied at the best music universities in France. They worked a lot on each song and their vocal harmonies will take your breath away!

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Riviera Roaming Band is able to play more than 200 songs covering all periods and almost every style.

Based on the Côte d'Azur, Riviera Roaming Band can be booked for special events throughout France and Europe.

If Elton John said that these guys are awesome, we guess you can trust him!

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

  • Hotel Vitznauerhof, Seestrasse 80, Vitznau, Switzerland
  • Villa Pellegrini, Grezzana, Italy
  • Villa Mandala, 7 Avenue Charles Camoin, St Tropez
  • Château Volterra, Ramatuelle, France
  • Torre San Marco, Gardone Riviera, Lake Garda, Brescia, Italy
  • Chateau Lagorce, France
  • Château de Sannes, France
  • Domaine de Canaille, Cassis, France
  • Monaco
  • Chateau de Lartigolle, Pessan, France
  • Château Grimaldi, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Les Domaines de Patras, Solerieux, France
  • Hotel Villa Flori, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy
  • Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort, Tourrettes, France
  • Villa Octopus, 6 Avenue des Fleurs, Cannes
  • Le Grand Banc, Oppedette, France
  • Chateau La Commanderie, Plaigne, France
  • Clos du Tuilier, Oppedette, France
  • Ruhl Plage, Nice, France
  • Angouleme, France
  • Mairy-sur-Marne, France
  • Théoule-sur-Mer, France
  • Oppède, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
  • Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  • Tournus, France
  • Isle Sur La Sorgue, France
  • Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, France

So if you're looking to hire the finest pop covers wedding band South of France has to offer, get in touch with Riviera Roaming Band.

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Note: if you book one of our alternative line-ups, the set list will vary from the one listed here. Please ask us for more details.

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2. The Impresarios
Average booking price: €8,000 - €16,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: Nice, France & Geneva, Switzerland

The Impresarios are a five-piece acoustic band that discard the formalities of the stage and are free to roam, interacting with the audience in fun and engaging ways.

From classic songs of the golden era of swing to modern day hits, they spontaneously curate the perfect musical setlist for each event, along with taking requests from the guests.

This alliance of experienced international performers are based in both Geneva and Nice, and are fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Between them they have given shows in 43 countries, performing for heads of state, royals and celebrities at many of the world’s most prestigious events.

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3. High Jinx
Average booking price: €4,000 - €6,200 (as of April 2024)
Location: Cannes, Côte d'Azur, Provence, France

High Jinx are a professional wedding band on the French Riviera, who are in great demand to perform at events throughout the south of France and across Europe, especially in northern Italy.

Comprising four outstanding musicians, High Jinx offer pop and rock covers with a high-energy delivery to get your guests onto the dance floor!

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4. The Rovers
Average booking price: €3,000 - €5,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: French Riviera, France

The Rovers are an exceptional collective of musicians who share a passion for music and performance.

The group are fully roaming and can weave in and around your event, ensuring that your event is the best it can be.

These skilled musicians are experts at mixing genres, seamlessly gliding through jazz and soul to reggae, rock and country.

With astonishing ease, The Rovers will provide you with a performance like no other and will have you entertained from start to finish.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Château Cazenac in Coux-et-Bigaroque-Mouzens and Château de Cassis in Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

The group can play both amplified and unplugged. In the ‘plugged-in’ set, the group will give you a full on stage show with all the energy and skill you would expect. Unplugged, the band is fully roaming and will weave in and around your event with ease.

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These two formats make the group ideal for any and every occasion, with their strolling format perfect for outdoor and more intimate gigs. If you want the full party, opt for their amplified show!

The Rovers are also able to offer a DJ service for your event, with live musicians available too for that extra splash of magic.

The group have a vast and varied repertoire that spans many eras and genres and will ensure that they have a song for every guest.

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

  • Fairmont Monte Carlo, Avenue des Spélugues, Monaco
  • Château de Cassis, France
  • Château Cazenac, Coux-et-Bigaroque-Mouzens, France
  • Chateau Chevre d’Or, Eze, France
  • Le Mas de La Rose, Route d'Eygalières, Orgon, France
  • Rome, Italy
  • Domaine Souviou, Le Beausset, France
  • Cannes, France
  • Violès, France
  • Nice, France

So, if you’re looking to hire one of the French Riviera’s best wedding & party bands, look no further than The Rovers and get in touch today!

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5. The Craftsmen
Average booking price: €3,000 - €5,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: French Riviera, France

The Craftsmen are a rock 'n' roll party band from Nice, France that perform in French Riviera and around Europe at festivals, pubs, nightclubs, hotels, restaurants, and also for private events such as weddings, corporate events and private parties.

Since their creation in 2015, each member of the band has been a professional musician.

The full band is composed of 3 guitar players, a double rhythmic session with our bass and drums, with vocal performances provided by the whole band, creating a full harmony on every song played.

We are inspired by great bands such as The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, CCR and The Killers.

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So if you're looking to hire one of the French Riviera's most popular energetic bands to get the party going, get in touch with us!

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Casa Fuego in Menton and Chateau de la Bourlie in Urval, France.

Guitar arrangments, influenced by the Eagles or Creedence Clearwater Revival, are brought up by the power of the rhythmic session and the voices.

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The band can either perform as a duet, a trio, a quartet or even a quintet.

The multicultural influences and various genres of music played by the band come from their personal experiences abroad through trips and works overseas, in countries like England, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Eastern Europe, South America... and mostly, for the love they share around rock 'n' roll!

Our primal field takes place in the most rock 'n' roll performances. We also enjoy playing acoustic shows.

We attach much importance to the preparation of our performances, and most of all, we try to give you the best live quality sound.

In order to achieve that goal, we play with professional equipment and always try to improve our sound to give the best concert possible (Jules, our drummer, has actually followed sound tech courses for a year and worked as a sound technician for a few years).

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

  • Casa Fuego, Boulevard de Garavan, Menton, France
  • La Ferme Du Rastel, Bourdeaux, France
  • Chateau de la Bourlie, Urval, France
  • Le Grand Banc, Oppedette, Provence, France

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6. The Riviera Rock Band
Average booking price: €2,671 (as of April 2024)
Location: French Riviera, France

The Riviera Rock Band formed in 2012. Their line-up includes Fabrizio, Simone and Julien.

Having known each other for years, getting together for this project seemed like the natural thing to do.

Each wedding or concert is unique and is like an energy overdose from three great guys whose spontaneity shines through their music!

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Domaine de la Fauconnie in Campsegret and Château de Robernier in Montfort-sur-Argens, France.

The Riviera Rock Band is both a pop-rock trio and a power trio of indie rock originals songs in Nice, France.

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When they are in covers mode (most part of the time) they perform a lot for private events such as Weddings, the Monaco Grand Prix, works councils, luxury hotels, yachts, après-ski in Switzerland, Harley Davidson...

The Riviera Rock Band play energetic covers and install a great party atmosphere live.

They play in Monaco, South Of France, Switzerland, Italy, Corsica, Netherlands...

The Riviera Rock Band is the association of...

  • Fabrizio (vocals/guitars), Simone (vocals/bass) who have been playing for years in their famous group "Running Birds" (Nice) who recorded in 2010 an album with Ian Paice, drummer of Deep Purple and assured the first part of Status Quo, Jean-Louis Aubert, Scorpions, Deep Purple and ZZ top between 2010 and 2012

  • Julien (drums/vocals) who has been playing for many years with his band "Koma" who played for the first part of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, ZZ Top, Pete Doherty and Deus in 2010 and who accompanied on stage, on radio and TV, Louis Bertignac (Téléphone) from 2010 to 2011.

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

  • Domaine de la Fauconnie, Campsegret, France
  • Château de Robernier, Montfort-sur-Argens, France
  • Castello di Petrata, Via Petrata, Assisi, Perugia, Italy
  • Mas Saint Germain, Route de Carnas, France
  • Château Les Carrasses, Quarante, France
  • Comptoir Saint Hilaire, Saint-Hilaire-de-Brethmas
  • Dordogne, France
  • Pessan, France
  • Pernes-les-Fontaines, France
  • Ginestas, France
  • Mougins, France

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7. Sunset Jets
Average booking price: €1,713 (as of April 2024)
Location: French Riviera, France

Sunset Jets are a chic acoustic duo, based on the French Riviera and warming the hearts of thousands since 2018.

They create the perfect atmosphere for weddings, private parties or corporate events. With a wide and sophisticated repertoire, they can easily adapt to every style and music taste.

The pair have a vast and varied repertoire that spans many eras and covers numerous genres, from Nina Simone to Estelle, Sunset Jets can play it all!

Please take a look at our 2024 SET LIST

This duo’s stunning vocals and extensive repertoire make them the perfect choice for anyone planning a destination wedding in the Côte d'Azur.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Chateau Colbert Cannet in Le Cannet-des-Maures and Mas de Fauchon in Saint-Cannat, France.

Chris is a talented french guitarist born in Nice. With a classical and jazz background, it's very hard to find a musician more passionate about his instrument than he is.

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Tasea is originally from Eastern Europe, who lost her heart to the French Riviera 10 years ago and never left since. Along with her career in acting, she persuades her path in singing - which is her life long passion and her alter ego.

Most of all - they consider their biggest reward the spark in their clients' eyes when they have goosebumps after their performance.

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

  • Chateau Colbert Cannet, Le Cannet-des-Maures, France
  • Mas de Fauchon, Chemin de Berre, Saint-Cannat, France
  • Le Méridien Beach Plaza, Avenue Princesse Grâce, Monaco
  • Chateau Lagorce, Haux, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
  • The Mas de So, Laudun-l'Ardoise, France
  • Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
  • Grasse, France
  • Les Allues, France
  • Garibondy, Le Cannet, France
  • Théoule-sur-Mer, France
  • St Paul de Vence, France

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8. The Travellers
Average booking price: €8,000 - €12,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: French Riviera, France

The Travellers are an acoustic roaming band available for weddings, corporate events and private parties on the French Riviera and throughout Europe.

All four members provide vocals resulting in a full sound and rich harmonies.

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9. The Mad Socks
Average booking price: €6,000 - €10,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: French Riviera, France

The Mad Socks have performed around the world and are proud to boast royalty, world-famous recording artists and sports stars amongst some of their previous clients.

From yacht parties to corporate shows and weddings, they specialise in bespoke luxury events on the French Riviera and internationally.

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10. The Cadillac Cruisers
Average booking price: €5,000 - €6,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: Nice, France

The Cadillac Cruisers are an exceptional wedding & party band based in the French Riviera and available to hire worldwide.

The band are fully roaming and can weave in and around the audience, ensuring they bring the music to every single guest.

For larger venues and occasions, the band can perform plugged-in, amplifying their sound to fit the scale of your event.

Made up of four talented multi-instrumentalists, The Cadillac Cruisers will wow every audience, big and small, young and old.

Please take a look at our 2024 SET LIST

Their extensive repertoire covers many eras and genres, drawing influence from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Rock N 'Roll, Rockabilly, Country, Funk, RnB and Pop.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Monaco Yacht Club, Terrazza Martini in Milan and Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France.

Happy to travel, the group regularly perform across the entire Côte d’Azur region at weddings, private parties, corporate events and many more.

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Being multi-instrumentalists, these four talented musicians are the ideal choice for any occasion, as they can create bespoke and specialised performances with a variety of different instruments.

The group will play all of your favourite songs with their charisma, professionalism and skill.

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

  • Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
  • Monaco Yacht Club, Quai Louis II, Monaco
  • Terrazza Martini, Piazza Armando Diaz, Milan, Italy
  • Le St Barth Tarbouriech, Marseillan, Hérault, France
  • Provence, France
  • Mallorca, Spain

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11. The Cannes Acoustic Duo
Average booking price: €2,500 - €3,500 (as of April 2024)
Location: French Riviera, France

Based on the French Riviera, The Cannes Acoustic Duo are a classy acoustic duo that provide the perfect atmosphere for any wedding, corporate event or private party.

Please take a look at our 2024 SET LIST

With their modern repertoire and vocals by soulful British singer-songwriter Becky, The Cannes Acoustic Duo have earned themselves an outstanding reputation along the Cote D’Azur.

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We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Château Canet in Rustiques, France.

The Cannes Acoustic Duo can provide music for any part of your wedding day, including the ceremony, cocktail reception, dinner, after-dinner music, your first dance, welcome parties and brunches.

The acoustic duo is based on the French Riviera but frequently travel all over France, including to Nice, Cannes, Marseille, Montpellier and Provence.

Born in England, into a musical family, Becky is not just a vocalist.

She began learning to play the Piano, Violin, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and Guitar from the age of 5 and has performed in various orchestras, choirs, bands and jazz groups throughout her childhood and adult life.

She started singing every Sunday in her local church and her passion grew from there.

She studied music at the University of Southampton in England, where she specialised in voice as her chosen instrument.

After three years of studying, straight out of university she was offered a job in Bordeaux, France as a vocalist in an entertainment group performing 5 nights a week.

After falling in love with France and its way of life she decided to make a permanent move and started her search for an acoustic guitarist in the South of France.

So if you're looking to hire the finest acoustic duo French Riviera has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with The Cannes Acoustic Duo.

En français

The Cannes Acoustic Duo est un duo acoustique élégant idéal pour créer une atmosphère musicale parfaite quelque soit le type d’évènements que vous recherchez aussi bien pour vos mariages ou soirées privées.

L’alchimie de la voix suave de Becky et du sens aiguisé de l’arrangement à la guitare vous laissera un souvenir inoubliable de votre soirée.

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12. The Journeymen
Average booking price: €7,500 - €12,500 (as of April 2024)
Location: French Riviera, France

The Journeymen are an exceptional roaming band hailing from the beautiful shores of the French Riviera.

This talented band are made up of some of the most in-demand and experienced performers on the Riviera. They’ve always got their passports in hand and love travelling and performing.

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With a unique blend of youth, experience and talent, it’s their infectious energy that has become The Journeymen’s trademark.

The Journeymen have years of experience performing across France and beyond at weddings, private parties and corporate events.

The band has a vast and varied repertoire consisting of modern hits, reimagined in the Journeymen’s signature style.

The group specialise in energised covers of timeless classics too, always ensuring they have a song for everyone.

So, if you’re looking to hire one of the finest acoustic roaming bands that the French Riviera has to offer, look no further than The Journeymen and get in touch today!

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We hope you've enjoyed reading this list of the best wedding bands French Riviera has to offer in 2024.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about hiring a wedding band...

FixTheMusic provides bands for thousands of weddings and private events each year across Europe and worldwide. We've put together some Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about hiring a wedding band, a few of which are listed below:

How early should I book a wedding 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 wedding bands 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 most wedding bands perform for?
Most bands play 2 x 45 minute or 2 x 1 hour live sets at weddings. Some bands will play for longer than this. The bands will usually tell you how long their sets are when they provide you with their quote.
What happens between and after the wedding band's 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. It's worth checking the details of this with the band, as some wedding bands only provide the live music and prefer to leave the rest of the evening's music to the couple or a professional DJ.
Can I choose the music that the wedding band plays 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. You should check this with the band first, as not all bands are comfortable with others using their own equipment.
What songs will 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. The set list will change throughout the year, as the band adds and removes songs.
Will the wedding 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 wedding 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 wedding 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 wedding 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 wedding band finish?
Most bands expect to finish by midnight. This suits most weddings as the majority of venues require live music to stop by this time.
Can the wedding band stay later than midnight?
Usually, yes, the band can finish after midnight. But bands will normally charge a slightly higher fee for this later finish, and this should be arranged with the band in advance.
Can I use the wedding 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 him until 3am or 4am.
Will the wedding 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. Not all bands in Europe provide their own equipment (e.g. they might not bring lighting), so you may wish to check this before booking.
Do wedding bands 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 wedding 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 perform or sing with the wedding 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 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 wedding 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 wedding band?
Professional wedding bands will normally 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 wedding 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 wedding 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.
Can wedding bands play outside?
If you’re getting married in Europe, 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 weather isn’t always 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 or sun 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 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.

What style of music do the French Riviera bands perform?

At FixTheMusic, we have curated the French Riviera's best bands available for hire. We have rock, pop and indie covers bands, jazz bands, soul and funk groups, as well as acoustic, roaming / strolling bands. We can also provide classical musicians, solo singers and guitarists, as well as other forms of musical entertainment for your wedding or event.

Several of FixTheMusic’s UK-based wedding bands are proving popular for destination weddings in the Côte d'Azur. Of course, travel expenses mean that it can cost roughly double the price of hiring these bands to perform in the UK, but it often ends up costing a similar amount to the local French bands.

What part of the wedding day will the bands perform at?

Our French Riviera musicians are booked most frequently to provide music for the wedding reception in the evening, where they provide music for the dancing. They usually play 2 x 45 / 60 minute sets with a short break in between, and can provide DJ music in their breaks and afterwards.

Our bands are also hired to provide music for earlier in the day – often at the wedding ceremony itself, or for afternoon cocktails. When the weather is warm and dry, it is common for the bands to be asked to perform outside, often as an acoustic band. As the musicians will be unplugged, it means they can roam amongst your guests, interacting with them and taking requests as they wander in between them.

On FixTheMusic, bands always provide quotes directly to you with a clear breakdown of costs so you can make an informed decision – no other costs are added, and once you’re happy to book, you can pay securely online via card.

FixTheMusic is free for event planners to use – the price you agree with musicians is the price you pay. There are no costs added on top and 0% booking fees!

FixTheMusic is a one-stop shop for booking outstanding professional musicians – and it's completely free for you to use.

Fill in the enquiry form to receive offers directly from hand-picked musicians. Once you've confirmed details with your preferred act, book and pay securely through our secure online checkout.

If you'd like to receive free quotes from our bands that are available to hire for weddings in the French Riviera, click here to submit your enquiry.

We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to hire English wedding bands in France, and we hope to help many more couples find their perfect wedding band in the years to come.

So if you're looking for a French Riviera band, get in touch with us and you'll soon be receiving offers from local musicians.

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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