When it comes to wedding entertainment, it’s hard to beat a live band rocking, jiving, or jazzing up your wedding party! But what kind of wedding bands are best for your wedding? There is an infinite number of possibilities out there, what with all of the different genres of music and different times of W-day that would be enhanced by musical accompaniment!!!
So today, List members and the UK’s largest online entertainment agency, Alive Network are here to help by telling us their top suggestions for great bands to get your guests bustin’ some moves (yes…I did just say that. And yes…I’m cringing at myself).
What type of music are you having for your big day? Let us know if Alive Network inspire you to go for something a little different…
Rock and Pop Function Bands
These are the guys who turn your wedding party into the most amazing gig, playing hits everyone can hum from the 1950s to the latest charts. Whether you call them a cover band, function band, or party band, these four or five lads (they are usually lads) work hard to ensure everyone has a great time, and your dance floor is never empty. So, if your gran loves Elvis, your aunt adores Adele and you’re a bit of a Killers or Kings of Leon girl (or boy), this is the type of band for you. We think these are three of the UK’s best wedding party bands – Happy Hour, Hipster and The Kicks.
The top tribute acts are as close as you can get to the experience of seeing your favourite artists perform live at your wedding without shelling out a small fortune – or persuading the band to get back together! From ABBA to Lady GaGa, Robbie Williams to Queen, relive the magic with authentic costumes, instruments and light shows to thrill your guests. Some bands perform tributes to cult films such as The Blues Brothers and The Commitments, or a tribute to a whole decade of music, such as the 1980s.
Check out Abba Express, The Complete Blues Brothers or The 70s and 80s Tribute Show.
Soul, RnB and Motown Bands
Want some wedding music with real soul? Combining classic tunes, tight harmonies and terrific vocals, these bands and artists can switch from romantic to rhythm in the shake of a sequin! Try these for size – Soul Education, Lady Motown or Informer.
70’s, Disco & Funk Bands
Dig out your flares, pull on your platform boots, brush up your chest hair and step back into the funky, fabulous days of disco. So retro, so cool, so bogie on down and book your band now! The best of the 70’s, disco and funk with Disco Chic, Disco Nights and Funkytown.
Rat Pack and Swing Bands
It’s back to the heyday of Las Vegas with our Rat Pack bands, recreating the style and sophistication of Frank, Sammy and Dino performing with a swing orchestra. Or bring the music bang up to date with swing bands paying the music of Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. Get the “Ol Black Magic” with The Rat Pack Swinging Live, Russell Shaun or The Swing Smiths.
Whether you’re into the cool vibes of modern jazz or the sophistication and style of jazz standards, there’s a band ready to set the mood at your wedding. Choose a Dixieland jazz band playing upbeat, foot tapping, traditional jazz for an outdoor drinks reception or marquee party. Fill up your dance floor with jazz standard bands recreating the fantastic music of the world’s classic jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Or give your chill-out zone some laid-back beats with a modern jazz duo or trio. Be cool, daddy-o with these jazz bands – The Quartones, All That Jazz, Fascinating Rhythm Jazz Quartet or Silver St Dixie Trio.
Swing, Jive & Rock n Roll Bands
Time to get on your best dancing shoes, because these bands will keep everyone on their feet and on the dance floor, regardless of age, musical tastes or dancing talent! You’ll enjoy an energetic mix of upbeat music including classic swing, jive and rock and roll hits that will make your heart sing and your feet ache! Rock on over to Alive Network to check these bands – Blue Note Mitch and The Red Hot Jacks, The Jackpots and The Swing Cats.
Big, bold and sassy, big bands play an evening packed with nostalgia and style. Enjoy a show packed with hits from the 1940s, swing, jazz, show tunes and more, with up to 20 players dedicated to giving your guests their best night out for months! Get ‘In the Mood’ with – The Debbie Curtis Radio Big Band, The MBB Band or The Cat Pack.
Cue the smart suits, sombreros and sounds of the streets of Mexico. Combining guitar, trumpet, accordion player and (sometimes) violinist, the modern mariachi band mashes Mexican favourites with classic pop, for an unforgettable dose of energy, fun and laughter. Book one for your drinks reception, your meal, or any part of your wedding! Try Beat Banditos or Mucho Mariachi.
It’s sunshine, sand and clear blue seas in musical form, the lilting sound of traditional steel pans (drums) wafting on the breeze. It’s doesn’t matter if your wedding is in Cardiff, Crieff or Croydon; when your steel band start to play, it’s always in the Caribbean! Have a look at Skyline Steel Band, The Island Boys Steel Band or TNT Steel Combo.
How to book your band with Alive Network
Click on the band’s links and you’ll be whisked to their Alive Network Profile page where you and hear demo tracks, watch videos and read their repertoire (set) list. You can get an instant online quote and availability check, to book your band in confidence. For more details, call the Alive Network team on 0845 108 5500.
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