8 Wedding Bands for Venues with Sound Limiters

18 FEBRUARY 2019 (Updated 9 NOVEMBER 2023)
Blog post by Edward Southall
Estimated read time: 4 minutes

At FixTheMusic, we receive hundreds of enquiries each year from couples getting married at wedding venues with strict sound limiters in place.

The couples have normally booked an incredible wedding venue (usually a historic building or at an amazing central city location), only to be informed by the venue staff that if they book a band, they need to ensure the band doesn’t make too much noise.

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So, why are sound limiters potentially problematic?

Most amplified function bands will reach around 110 decibels when performing live. Sound limiters are usually set to between 80 - 95 decibels. If the noise levels in the room go above the set limit, the supply of electricity to the sound equipment (amplifiers etc.) will be cut. This can be pretty disastrous: the last thing you want when all your guests are on the dance floor is for the music to suddenly go silent.

You can read more about noise limiters in our blog post.

What can I do if my venue has a sound limiter?

If live music is really important to you and your wedding, and you want to hire a function band with drum kit (such as a rock or pop covers band), then you might need to consider hiring a different venue. Whilst some bands are able to play more quietly when there is a limiter in place, it can certainly detract from the overall experience if they have to tone things down.

If you can’t change venue, speak with your band – all of the bands on FixTheMusic have experience of performing at venues with noise limiters and so depending on the particular level, most bands can find a solution, e.g. using hot rods or brushes instead of wooden drum sticks, or even an electric drum kit.

Which bands are recommended for venues with sound limiters?

The following wedding bands all have experience with sound limiters or are perfectly suited to such situations. For example, we find that acoustic roaming bands are a great way to get around onerous noise limiters: they don’t need a PA system or amplifiers and as such are generally much quieter than amplified rock and pop bands.

1. Wandering Three
Average booking price: £2,500 - £4,500 (as of November 2023)
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).

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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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2. The Manhattan Roamers
Average booking price: £1,905 (as of November 2023)
Location: London, UK

The Manhattan Roamers are a high-energy acoustic roaming band based in London.

We perform modern and classic pop and rock acoustically at weddings, parties and corporate events.

Now back in the UK and based in London, the band have been inundated with requests to perform at corporate events, weddings and private parties.

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Available as a high energy 3-piece band as standard, with the option of adding female vocals and Saxophone to the line-up, The Manhattan Roamers can tailor their band to suit each client’s individual requirements.

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 Manhattan Roamers band for your event you are guaranteed a high energy, professional performance of the highest standard.

The band can also be hired as a static amplified band for your evening party. For more information, check out The Manhattans.

So if you're looking to hire the finest acoustic roaming band London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with The Manhattan Roamers.

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3. The Tonics
Average booking price: £1,614 (as of November 2023)
Location: London, UK

The Tonics is a friendly London-based act that provides entertainment for weddings, corporate functions and private parties.

Using an assortment of loop stations, harmony pedals and other clever tricks, Barry and Larissa create the atmosphere, sound and groove of a full five-piece band.

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4. Acoustic Nights
Average booking price: £1,087 (as of November 2023)
Location: London, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5. The Sidekicks
Average booking price: £1,500 - £2,000 (as of November 2023)
Location: Taunton, Somerset

The Sidekicks are a little different, a little quirky and something which is proving to be very popular at weddings and parties.

Performing a large repertoire from pop and rock covers to indie classics, we know exactly how to judge the mood of your event...from a laid-back cocktail set to high-energy music for the dance floor!

We love playing the usual party tunes and changing them up in our own style. We also love playing live lounge style tunes.

Based in Weston-super-Mare, the Trio have been inspired by bands such as Mumford and Sons and artists including Hozier and we believe that these influences strongly show in our performance.

Since 2012 we have been playing at weddings and events all over the South West, including Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Gloucester!

We have thought long and hard about the songs we play and we believe they are perfect for all sorts of events including tracks from George Ezra and Jess Glynne to Queen and Tom Petty.

Neil, Brad and Mike have worked as full-time musicians for over 5 years and have a dedication to make every event as perfect as can be!

We provide a full PA, and stage set comprising of Starcloth, smoke machines and lighting. We want your event to not only sound spectacular but look it!

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

  • Bordeaux, France
  • River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster
  • Bridwell Park, Uffculme
  • Bristol, UK
  • Upton Farm, Cullompton
  • Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, Devon
  • Huntsham Court Stables, Tiverton

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6. Starboard
Average booking price: £2,000 - £4,000 (as of November 2023)
Location: London, UK

Starboard are a young, modern and dynamic acoustic cover band.

We bring enthusiasm, energy and excitement to your special occasion with their own arrangements, offering a unique and innovative take on popular songs.

Formed in 2015, their fast-growing reputation for exceeding the expectations of an acoustic party band has meant they have been selected to perform across the world, at prestigious hotel launches, corporate hospitality events, parties, weddings, festivals and sporting occasions.

Stylish and fashionable, whether as background music, afternoon entertainment or the highlight of your evening, Starboard are the only choice to create the perfect atmosphere for your event.

Offering multiple acoustic lineups including the duet, trio and quartet. These can include saxophone where requested.

Corporate clients include Red Bull, Harman, JBL, AKG, DELL, Taste of London, Almaza Bay (Egypt), Claridge's London, Three6Zero, ENJO, Freshwater UK, Forge Bar London, Maxims Casino, Rentokil, Celebrity Cruises, Baroosh and many more.

The band is available for weddings, corporate events, proposals, product launches, flash mob events and Christmas parties.

Starboard also perform throughout the UK and internationally. They are particularly popular at destination weddings in France and in the rest of Europe.

So if you're looking to hire the finest acoustic party band London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Starboard!

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Average booking price: £4,589 (as of November 2023)
Location: London, UK

ROAMEO, previously known as 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.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah Hotel in Egypt, Borgo Sant'Ambrogio in Italy, Sky Garden in London and La Baronía in Barcelona, Spain.


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

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ROAMEO'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.

Previous clients include Facebook, Google, Manchester United Football Club, Ted Baker, Coca Cola and Hampton Court Palace, amongst many other prestigious organisations and venues.

The band is highly experienced at performing outside the UK. They have recently travelled to and have upcoming events in Malta, France, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Greece and Portugal. The band also recently performed at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Their performance at a destination wedding in Barcelona was recently featured as a real wedding in Whimsical Wonderland Weddings.

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

  • DRIFT Beach Club, Dubai
  • Domaine de Canaille, Cassis, France
  • Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah Hotel, Egypt
  • Nobu Hotel, Portman Square, London
  • La Baronía, Barcelona, Spain
  • Fangar Vell, Campanet, Mallorca
  • Finca La Donaira, Calle Fuente, El Gastor, Cadiz, Spain
  • Finca Son Berga Eventos, Alaro, Mallorca
  • CAVO VENTUS VILLA, Santorini
  • Ocean Club Marbella
  • Locanda in Tuscany, Siena, Italy
  • Finca Comassema, Mallorca
  • Finca Son Termes, Mallorca
  • Finca Biniorella, Andratx, Mallorca
  • Skyfall Cocktail Club, Barcelona
  • Castell d´Empordà, Girona, Spain
  • Camp Nou, C. d'Arístides Maillol, Barcelona
  • L'Hôtel du Collectionneur, Paris
  • Masseria Amastuola Wine Resort, Italy
  • Vila Monte Farm House
  • Finca la Concepción, Marbella, Spain
  • La Torre del Visco, Spain
  • The Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, London, UK
  • Borgo Sant'Ambrogio, Pienza, Italy
  • Finca Es Cabàs, Mallorca
  • La Garriga de Castelladral, Spain
  • Son Mir, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
  • SON DOBLONS, Mallorca, Spain
  • Fira de Barcelona, Montjuïc
  • Xalet del Nin, Vilanova i la Geltrú
  • Hostal de La Gavina, Girona
  • Venta de Aires, Toledo
  • Mas Santo, Cunit, Spain
  • Finca Son Sampol, Mallorca
  • Centre de Convencions Barcelona
  • Casa Fèlix, Olivella, Spain
  • Villa Es Colls, Mallorca, Spain
  • Casa De La Era, Marbella
  • El Cortal Gran, Costa Brava, Spain
  • Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque
  • Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge
  • Casa Benigalip, Alicante, Spain
  • Castell de Sant Marçal, Barcelona, Spain
  • London Fruit & Wool Exchange
  • Hotel Fuente del Sol, La Joya, Spain
  • La Mola Fortress, Menorca
  • Hotel Miramar, Málaga, Spain
  • Restaurante Mirabé, Barcelona, Spain
  • Eurostars Sitges, Spain
  • Camélia Gardens, Sintra, Portugal
  • Masia Casa del Mar, Spain
  • Casa Olivi, Macerata, Italy
  • Bodegas Binifadet, Menorca, Spain
  • Finca Monasterio, Montenegral, Spain
  • Villa Luisa, Seville, Spain
  • This Must Be The Place, Barcelona
  • Great Braxted, Witham
  • Paphos, Cyprus
  • Porthouse, Port Solent, Portsmouth
  • Fasano, Brindisi, Italy
  • Limewood Hotel, Hampshire
  • Carveiro, The Algarve, Portugal
  • Amares, Portugal
  • Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italy
  • Villa Catalina, Sitges, Spain
  • CM.com Circuit Zandvoort
  • Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Château La Tour Vaucros, France
  • Boliqueime, Portugal
  • Kimpton Fitzroy Hotel, London
  • Thames Rowing Club, London, UK
  • Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London

So if you're looking for the finest pop covers roaming band London has to offer, get in touch with ROAMEO.

Duo Option

If you like the look of ROAMEO, but 4 musicians stretches the budget, we have just released a condensed duo version: Players Lite. Led by a singer or singer/guitarist and supported by the drummer who has all the other instruments stored in his live drum machine, triggered on the fly. All the sound, sass, mobility and interaction of the full complement - just smaller. Sax or an extra singer can be added.

We are forever gauging dance floors around the world and keeping an ear to the ground for the freshest party tunes. The sample set list provided here shows examples of places we like to go.

Please note that ROAMEO operates as a family of no-compromise musicians, who are the best in London for this show and at the very top of their game. This means that the band may not have all members from promotional footage. The set list is indicative only and will vary according to the singer.

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8. Roaming Beats
Average booking price: £3,500 - £8,400 (as of November 2023)
Location: London, UK

Roaming Beats are an acoustic roaming band, perfect for any wedding, corporate event or party where you want the guests singing at the top of their voices, shaking their bums or simply tapping their feet.

We will roam around the guests breaking the ice, warming the voices and tickling the funny bone.

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We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Château Rigaud in France and Ham Yard Hotel in London, UK.

We're taking bookings right now for any occasion. Whether you want an acoustic set up in your front room or in a big banquet hall, we are at your service.

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Delivering four-part harmonies and fun-filled funky performances, we will transform your occasion into a party atmosphere that only high-quality musicianship can provide.

We pride ourselves on our interesting arrangements, fun mash-ups and medleys but also enjoy playing songs in their original forms too. We have a number of sets to choose from or can mix them up according to your preference.

We can provide an acoustic or an amplified performance with our PA system, and we guarantee an entertaining party atmosphere. They regularly perform at weddings, parties, corporate events and festivals.

So if you're looking for the finest acoustic roaming band London has to offer, make an enquiry!

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

  • Château Rigaud, Mouliets-et-Villemartin, France
  • Saignon, France
  • Mallorca, Spain
  • Ardencote Hotel, The Cumsey, Claverdon, Warwickshire
  • Ham Yard Hotel, London, UK
  • Godwick Great Barn, King's Lynn, UK
  • The Oak Tree of Peover, Back Lane, Knutsford
  • Hidden River Cabins, Longtown, Carlisle, UK
  • Euridge, Chippenham
  • Woolwich Arsenal Pier, London
  • Forest Row, East Sussex, UK
  • Peckham, London, UK
  • Felixstowe, UK

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We've put together some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about sound limiters and how they affect hiring a wedding band at venues.

What is a sound limiter?
A sound limiter is a device fitted with a microphone to measure the sound pressure level of environmental noise, expressed by the decibel logarithmic unit (dB).

If the environmental noise level exceeds a certain pre-set dB level for a period of time (usually 5 to 10 seconds), the limiter cuts the electricity supply to the musical equipment for about 1 minute.
What dB level are sound limiters usually set to?
Sound limiters are often set at a level between 90 - 100dB. To put this in context, 90dB is roughly the loudness of a motorcycle 8m away, and 100dD is equivalent to a power lawn mower, motorcycle, farm tractor or bin lorry at close range.
How do professional wedding bands accommodate sound limiters?
Professional bands will have experience playing at venues fitted with sound limiters and will know how to accommodate them. The main solution will be to simply turn the PA system down to an acceptable level. The main problem arises from acoustic instruments like brass and drums, whose intrinsic "loudness" means that the sound level cannot be regulated electronically. With regard to drum kits, the solution can be to use soft drum sticks or even an electronic drum kit.
How to beat a sound limiter?
Some bands employ various tricks such as covering the sensor with a pillow or cushion. This is risky and we don't recommend it – the venue is likely not to look kindly on bands that try to bypass the sound limiter. It is far better to try to work with the venue and the noise limits in place, using the tips and hints above, i.e. performing with softer drum sticks and generally trying to lower the overall volume of the band.

So if you’re now ready to receive offers from wedding bands suitable for your wedding with a sound limiter, just tell us about your event and you’ll have appropriate and experienced musicians sending you their offers in a few hours.

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— Ed is a recovering lawyer, having worked at international firm Hogan Lovells in London and Hong Kong before moving to a specialist practice in Mayfair. He left law to return to one of his earliest passions — music.

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