The 20 Most Recommended Live Bands For Hire In 2022 And 2023!

October 2022 | Matt Oats

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COVID-19: BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE WITH OUR COMPREHENSIVE COVID COVER.   Learn more

20 of our most recommended live bands for hire in the UK are here!

 

Well, it’s official, everyone is sick of this pandemic! However, summer weddings are back with a bang and we are loving performing for everyone again. We still hear from lots of couples who are worried COVID-19 could still cause them headaches, leaving them feeling unsure about hiring a live wedding band. So, for reassurance, I’ve handpicked our 10 best wedding bands that are available and eager to perform at weddings with or without COVID-19 restrictions in 2021 and 2022!

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My top 10 corona proof live wedding bands for 2021 and 2022 list!

Below is each act I will chat about today. Click on their name to be shown their part in my guide and if you click on their name above their promo video you will be shown even more info on them, bonus!

 

DJ Republic – a show like you’ve never seen before

Cadence – duo and trio acoustic delights

Acoustic Captain – roaming acoustic all-male pros

League of Gentlemen – rock and roll gods

Paper Boats – our most popular folk band

The Usual Suspects – our most popular wedding trio

From the Top – big band brilliance

Good Fellas – epic all-male wedding performers

Party Republic – award-winning party animals

Knight Riders – bringing the 80s straight to your door

 

If you want, you can skip right to our handpicked wedding bands here, otherwise, read on to find out how else we are helping wedding couples like you during the pandemic.

 

Bands for hire freebies!

Not forgetting our 15% off any 2022 or 2023 booking offer, you also get all the below and more for free with any corporate entertainment you hire with us. Enjoy!

  1. 2×60 or 3×40 minute live sets
  2. A comprehensive booking contract which includes covid cover
  3. Band arrival time of 5 pm or later
  4. Band set up time of 60/90 minutes
  5. Finish time of midnight or earlier
  6. *FREE* DJ laptop set in between live sets or as required (usually costing £150)
  7. A professional PA sound system, stage lighting, and PLI and PAT certificates
  8. All transport and accommodation costs
  9. All our live function bands are happy to discuss playing certain songs and catering their setlist just for you

 

More bands for hire and more tips and tricks with Seventh Second

There’s always more entertainment on offer with our full roster of live bands and popular guides below.

 

 

Book with confidence during the pandemic and beyond

During these months, we’ve produced two hugely popular guides in our blog helping with issues related to postponing or cancelling weddings due to COVID-19 and after such a fantastic response from couples who read them, we were also asked to write guest posts for high-profile wedding bloggers covering similar topics. Below is a list of the ways we are trying to help you, links to our past coronavirus guides and our current special offer that’s really helping wedding couples.

Save 15% on any 2021 or 2022 live wedding band booking here!

 

There’s always more than can be done

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What’s so special about these 10 handpicked corona proof wedding bands?

You can find out more about us here, but everyone at Seventh Second performs in the wedding bands we promote, and we also work behind the scenes running the website and chatting to all you lovely people. This means we are extra determined and prepared to stick around through thick and thin.

 

We’re not like other wedding agencies

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Other wedding entertainment agencies aren’t in the bands they promote, they are simply middlemen meaning they don’t always know if their wedding bands are disbanding or cancelling shows until it’s too late. As mentioned, we are in the bands you see on our site and we know we aren’t going anywhere and can guarantee we will be performing at weddings and events for years to come. We have also re-evaluated and updated our booking contracts with covid cover so both you and the live band you hire are safe and secure during these uncertain times. How can we promise all this though you may ask….

 

either are our live wedding bands. We live to perform so a pandemic isn’t going to stop us from bringing the party to your wedding!

 

Onto our 10 handpicked live wedding bands for 2021 and 2022

Now I’ve stopped waffling, let me guide you through our 10 handpicked wedding bands for 2021. You will find all types of wedding bands here plus all the core information you need including:

 

Pictures and videos

Act biography

Real reviews

In-demand lineup, songs, and locations/venues

 

DJ Republic

What are DJ Republic all about?

If you want your wedding guests partying late into the night with hit after hit expertly performed by a high energy and truly unique outfit, then you’ve come to the right place. With years of experience performing in all sorts of professional wedding bands, members of DJ Republic know how to party and perform for you. With a large repertoire covering modern dance classics and popular club music amongst other genres, DJ Republic can take requests and offer a truly flexible and bespoke service. A full dance floor is guaranteed and you will enjoy yourself almost too much with this one of a kind live DJ come wedding band for hire. DJ Republic are a very unique live spectacle.

Happy reviews

“Cannot recommend DJ Republic enough. They played at our wedding performing a fantastic evening set. The dance floor was packed from start to finish in the evening! They get everyone going, we had so many compliments from our guests. Even my grandad was on the dance floor with his tie round his head, can’t think of a better compliment than that. Thank you so much for being amazing guys. Everyone loved you.”

Harry and Sian Williams, London, 2019

 

“Do not look any further than DJ Republic! Very well organised with great communication pre-wedding and even better on the night. They provided the wedding with the live band/DJ service, which was phenomenal. The whole room was bouncing from the start of the band to the end – including my 90-year old Nan. Thank you guys for adding your flair and talents to an unforgettable weekend! We can not recommend DJ Republic enough.”

Joe Willis, London, 2019

 

See everything about DJ Republic here!

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DJ Republic typically line up with lead male vocals/bass, lead female vocals, trumpet and guitar/DJ and prices start from £1850. Popular dance floor tunes include Closer, P.Y.T and Red Alert.

 

Cadence

See more on Cadence here!

What are they all about?

With over 6 years of performance experience together, our Cadence wedding trio offers the kind of understated expert performances that can only be achieved after years of performing. You won’t find an acoustic trio with finer natural chemistry and it’s this musical chemistry that lights up weddings with energy, variety and a touch of style that only comes from truly excellent live acoustic music. With a carefully developed, extensive and exciting playlist that can be edited to cater to your tastes, you will be hard-pressed finding a more distinctive acoustic trio for hire. Cadence bring a contagious energy to any wedding day they attend.

Plans for 2021 and a fun fact!

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Happy wedding couple reviews

“Tina and I had the most magical day and Cadence were the icing on the cake for us! We watched their videos and fell in love with the covers they had. They catered for the special song that my wife wanted as she made her way down the aisle – it was very emotional and we’re so glad they were a part of our day.”

Howard and Tina Trow, Buckinghamshire, 2019

 

“I had Cadence play at my wedding ceremony. They performed a beautiful rendition of our favourite song and we couldn’t have been happier. We searched around for what seemed forever for the right music and once we saw their videos we knew that it was exactly what we wanted. Beautiful acoustic music.”

Christina Pollock, Oxfordshire, 2019

Line up, pricing and popular wedding songs

Cadence provide music either as a duo or trio made up of lead female vocals, percussion and acoustic guitar/backing vocals and prices start from a fantastic £600 for the duo. Top songs include California Girls, Hey Ho and New Rules.

 

 

Acoustic Captain

See everything on Acoustic Captain here!

What are they all about?

Performing outdoor or indoor is all in days work for Acoustic Captain. A real benefit to an acoustic band such as Acoustic Captain is the minimal amount of equipment they bring to any wedding. They can set up and pack down in an instant and roam freely entertaining your guests anywhere, any time. However, if you do have a larger wedding venue they can provide professional PA and lighting systems so everyone can join in the fun. If you want even more from this exciting quartet, have a look at their Captain Obvious outfit too. Acoustic Captain are a premium London act that add authentic, up-close musical entertainment to any wedding and if you want that unique acoustic sound you simply can’t go wrong booking these highly experienced musicians.

Plans for 2021 and a fun fact!

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Happy wedding couple reviews

“Acoustic Captain were a fantastic acoustic party band. Great mix of songs and so much better than a DJ. Our guests commented on how good they were and want to book them for their weddings. Excellent job guys.”

James O’Neil, Somerset, 2020

 

“The boys provided a wonderful acoustic set for our wedding this weekend. They set up outside without any fuss and helped create the perfect atmosphere for our friends and family to enjoy the sunshine.”

Adele and Justin Jefferies, Louth, 2019

 

Line up, pricing and popular wedding songs

Acoustic Captain line up at your wedding as a quartet made up of lead male vocals/acoustic guitar x2, percussion and double bass. Prices start from £1650 and popular songs include Lonely Boy, Use Somebody and I Feel Good.

 

 

League of Gentlemen

See all about League of Gentlemen here!

What are they all about?

With glowing reviews, thousands of hours of performance experience and dedication to their art, the League of Gentlemen guarantee you a professional, personalised, passionate performance that will really enhance your wedding. They’ve recorded sessions for top music producers at studios such as Abbey Road and Rock Sound not to mention touring worldwide and performing at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the Roundhouse, SXSW and NXNE amongst 0thers. Music is their life, period. The League of Gentlemen know your wedding isn’t all about their music, so they hope you’ll enjoy their professional attitude, discreet setup, and sensitivity to your individual needs. Live music with a bit of an edge for a wedding that wants to rock!

Plans for 2021 and a fun fact!

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Happy wedding couple reviews

“The boys judged the mood and tone of the room and guests very well. I was really pleased that the dance floor was full up by the second song and stayed that way all night. I had many comments from my guests about how good the band was and offered something a bit different to the usual wedding DJ.”

Elaine Garrett, London, 2012

 

“The League of Gentlemen were absolutely fantastic at our wedding – everyone was on the dancefloor for both sets and they played brilliantly throughout. They included all of our favourite songs and many jaw-droppingly good guitar solos. Lots of our guests, many of whom are gifted musicians themselves, asked how we had found such a great wedding band. They were incredibly professional throughout and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a band for their special event. Seventh Second made organising a wedding band wonderfully simple – it was easily the most hassle-free part of planning the wedding.”

Simon and Helen Hockney, Brighton, 2019

 

Line up, pricing and popular wedding songs

League of Gentlemen are most commonly booked in their 4 piece line up of lead male vocals, guitar, bass and drums and prices start at an affordable £800. Popular songs at weddings include Basket Case, Forget You and Praise You.

 

Paper Boats

See more on Paper Boats here!

What are they all about?

Based in the south, this dynamic 3 to 9 piece acoustic wedding band for hire travel all over to provide festivals, weddings, parties and functions some fine folk sounds to get you dancing the night away. Members not only have years of experience performing at weddings and events, they are also established folk musicians performing worldwide meaning they can effortlessly deliver that Mumford & Sons, festival-inspired performance you’ve always wanted. In fact, the drummer of Paper Boats has toured with Mumford & Sons and shared a stage at Glastonbury with them!

Plans for 2021 and a fun fact!

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Happy wedding couple reviews

“PERFECT! Paper Boats were polite and kind, really accommodating. They created a brilliant atmosphere and everyone said how great the band were. SUPER talented, we would HIGHLY recommend them if you want a great acoustic wedding band!”

Lucy Wedd, Wiltshire, 2019

 

“Truly brilliant band who were a big part in making our wedding day the best day of our lives. So many of the guests commented on how great the band were – among them professional musicians who are not easily pleased. The constantly packed dance floor spoke for itself. Fantastic performance – thank you.”

Charles Barry, Shropshire, 2018

 

Line up, pricing and popular wedding songs

Paper Boats usually perform in a 3 or 5 piece but they can mix and match all sorts of musicians to suit your wedding. Prices start from £800 and foot-stomping wedding crowds love Riptide, Little Lion Man and Shut Up and Dance with Me.

 

The Usual Suspects

See everything about The Usual Suspects here!

What are they all about?

With years of experience, countless happy clients, the best equipment and the best training a musician can get you can relax and enjoy the wedding music and fun unfold with The Usual Suspects. No matter how big or small your wedding, their top of the range PA system and excellent light show guarantee you a professional, sleek setup and performance from start to finish that exceeds expectation. It’s why they are one of our most popular live wedding trios for hire. With years of experience entertaining countless happy clients, top-spec equipment and plenty of great booking options and add-ons, what more could you ask for! The Usual Suspects won’t disappoint you or your wedding guests.

Plans for 2021 and a fun fact!

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Happy wedding couple reviews

“The guys were f****** brilliant!! Everyone really enjoyed everything they played and some pretty manic dancing was done by all! From a logistics point of view they were as slick and professional as can be. They had a note of all the song requests we had sent across and those we wanted at the end and had the first dance song set up perfectly. Please pass on a heartfelt thanks to all of the guys from Louise and I and also a big thanks to you for all your work, input and help. Your name and the work you do will definitely be passed on to anyone who needs a band. Thanks from a very happy couple.”

Peter and Louise Hook, London, 2016

 

“We did have a great time thanks! The guys were absolutely brilliant and here is our a 5* review. All our guests were wowed and my Dad (a keen guitarist himself) thought the bassist was very, very talented indeed. A great wedding band!”

Catherine Hutchinson, Leeds, 2015

 

Line up, pricing and popular wedding songs

The Usual Suspects are a trio as standard and consist of lead male vocals/guitar, drums/backing vocals and bass/lead vocals. Prices start from £730 which is great for such a popular wedding act. Top wedding songs include All-Star, Adventure Of A Lifetime and Wake Me Up.

 

From the Top

See more from From the Top here!

What are they all about?

When it comes to the variety of music offered, From the Top don’t disappoint. They masterfully cover tunes from the ’50s right up to modern-day, putting their own big band spin on tunes from Chaka Khan to Bruno Mars. Like all acts at Seventh Second, this fantastic live band bring top-spec instruments, PA and lighting to your wedding so you enjoy the complete musical experience. They can take requests, tailor sets to you and your guests, offer fantastic background music and now offer line ups from 3 up to 9 piece so all weddings at all locations and budgets can be catered for. If you truly want some of the finest female-fronted big band music at your wedding there really is no excuse not to book From the Top. They are the cream of the crop and really can’t be beaten by any band when it comes to professionalism or sheer musical fun!

Plans for 2021 and a fun fact!

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Happy wedding couple reviews

“Just a belated email to say thanks a lot for performing at our wedding!  As you will have gathered from the packed dance floor and fact that none of us wanted you to stop, it was a great evening and everyone enjoyed the music immensely! Thanks again, and please pass our thanks to the rest of the band!”

Carlo and Lizzie Hunt, Surrey, 2019

 

“We have to thank you so much for everything you did to make our evening wedding reception so wonderful! We were so thrilled with your performance and keep hearing many great things about your music from our guests. Your varied repertoire was exactly why we chose you and the way you learnt our song especially for our first dance was incredible. Thank you!”

Jeff and Beth Brown, Wimbledon, 2018

 

Line up, pricing and popular wedding songs

From the Top provide the fun as a 3 piece and right up to a 9 piece but prices start from £1000 for a 4 piece of lead female vocals, lead male vocals/guitar, bass and drums. Requested songs include Hound Dog, Thinking Of You and Relight My Fire.

 

Good Fellas

See everything about Good Fellas here!

What are they all about?

With a wealth of experience through hundreds of wedding performances, festivals and TV and radio work, wedding quintet Good Fellas combine passion and unbridled fun through their bombastic band led by one of the most flamboyant frontmen you will ever witness. Brandishing keyboard, trumpet and even bongos he will deliver a master class in vocal and stage performance. Plucking hits from the ‘50s up to present day including the very best Indie, Rock & Pop classics from diverse artists such as Oasis, The Killers, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters and many more you just can’t go wrong with Brighton’s best live wedding band. Good Fellas can also offer a special Britpop or Garage live show that will take you back to the ‘90s. With a plethora of fantastic reviews throughout the years, Good Fellas are a rocking four or five-piece who love to party.

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Happy wedding couple reviews

“It was really important to us to have a great band playing the music we love at our wedding, and Goodfellas did just that! Our first dance was not originally in their repertoire but they were more than happy to learn a new song and played it beautifully, including some unexpected but excellent trumpet work! As soon as the first dance finished the dance floor was packed and remained so until the end of the night. We have such great memories of dancing like crazy with all our friends and family to our favourites songs, played by a really talented band, so thank you for making that happen Goodfellas.  We really cannot recommend this band enough, they are really talented, friendly and professional and really made our wedding reception very special.”

Amanda Loft, Dover, 2012

 

“We just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the rest of the band for a brilliant performance at our wedding. We have had so many comments from guests about how good you guys were and how much fun they had. I have never seen a dance floor so packed for the whole night!”

Anna Bayne, Kent, 2014

 

Line up, pricing and popular wedding songs

Good Fellas arrive at weddings in their popular 4 piece made up of lead male vocals/keys, guitar, bass and drums and with prices starting from £900 they are quite the bargain. Popular songs at wedding parties include Galway Girl, Treasure and 7 Days.

 

Party Republic

See all about Party Republic here!

What are they all about?

This exceptional, award-winning wedding band give their all at every wedding they are hired for bringing energy, raw talent and a packed, fun-filled dance floor along for the ride. Party Republic are here to create your ultimate wedding memories and are happy to tailor their service and performance to your needs. They also offer a bespoke acoustic duo if you want some relaxing background music added to your wedding day. As with all our wedding acts, Party Republic supply top quality musical and lighting gear plus PLI and PAT certificates so they can perform to their max in any venue. Watch their video and read some of their glowing testimonials and you will quickly understand why you can’t not book this award-winning live wedding band.

 

Plans for 2021 and a fun fact!

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Happy wedding couple reviews

“After looking for hours on end at various bands, we knew straight away this band was the one for us! They were so informative before the date sending us their long and varied set lists for us to pick some favourite songs to create a wicked evening. They totally exceeded our expectations on our wedding night! The dance floor was buzzing and nobody wanted them to end! I couldn’t recommend them highly enough on vocals, set list, professionalism, price and great fun! Best wedding band around!!! “

Adam and Jo Thompon, London, 2017

 

“We hired Party Republic for our wedding and they were amazing! Everyone commented on how great they were, they read the dancefloor and kept it full all night, they were all great and so easy to talk to, they made a real effort. Thank you so much for making our evening extra special!”

Lucy Edmans, Whitstable, 2019

 

Line up, pricing and popular wedding songs

Party Republic usually turn up to weddings as a four-piece made up of lead female vocals, guitar, bass and drums and prices start from £1600. Songs that are asked for time and again include Rather Be, Treat You Better and We Found Love.

 

Knight Riders

View more on Knight Riders here!

What are they all about?

Maybe you are hosting a wedding with a twist, themed wedding or simply want some wedding entertainment that’s totally, totally different. Knight Riders can bring something to your wedding that no other live party band can. With many of the members also performing in our world-class act Flair, you are guaranteed a performance and professionalism of the highest order.
Even though Knight Riders are one of the best themed ’80’s wedding bands for hire in the UK with a highly polished and varied ’80s setlist, they are happy to take requests and transform them into ’80s styled classics. Nothing is too much for a band with the talent that Knight Riders posses. Get ready for some serious nostalgic fun and silliness with one of the best ’80s themed wedding bands out there. You’d be bonkers not to book them!

Plans for 2021 and a fun fact!

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Happy wedding couple reviews

“We had Knight Riders at our wedding in June, and after much stalking we had high expectations….and they did not disappoint…..they were amazing and really helped make our day the best! They are loud, fun, entertaining, get everyone dancing and do what they can to make an event a success so we thank you sooooo much for keeping our guests entertained – everyone gave positive feedback. A big thanks for learning Living on a Prayer and also nailing the garage mix…. so many great memories.”

Kat and John Jones, Birmingham, 2019

 

“Knight Riders were absolutely incredible and booking them was one of the best decisions we could have made. Despite initial concern that not all of my guests (particularly elderly family members) would enjoy a more 80s themed wedding, they had everyone up on the dance floor and all of our guests, including the oldies, commented on how great they were and how different it was to the usual cheesy wedding music. They really are a lovely group of guys too and amazing to deal with. They were so friendly and helpful in the lead up to the day, learning new songs and accommodating our Israeli dancing set. I highly recommend them to anyone – they were so good that our bar bill came in under budget as no one wanted to leave the dance floor!!”

Victoria Wershof, London, 2019

 

Line up, pricing and popular wedding songs

Knight Riders typically consist of lead male vocals/bass, guitar, drums and keytar with prices starting from £2350. Popular wedding songs include Call Me Al, Don’t You Want Me and Easy.

Fun, reliable and professional live wedding bands are here for you 

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So there you have it! Fun, reliable and professional live bands that are ready to perform as soon as you and your wedding venue are. Our live wedding bands aren’t going anywhere so in these uncertain and scary times, I hope that reassures you and gets you dreaming about your wedding again! We can’t wait to be there performing and celebrating your special day with your friends and family and helping create some fantastic memories for you all.

If you have any questions, comments or just want to chat about all things wedding band, contact us 7 days and a week, 10 am to 10 pm via email, phone, live chat, text and all the socials. We spend a lot of time making our blog posts the best we can for you so if you liked what you read please consider sharing it with others.

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Matt and the Seventh Second Family



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