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Producer, musician, singer, published songwriter and seasoned performing artist, Gary has toured the world several times over with various Live projects and written songs now well known across the world. Gary’s debut album 'The Life We Learned To Live' was released in 2011 and three of the songs were featured on huge TV Ad Campaigns for Mars, Arla and Microsoft. in 2013 Gary co-produced and provided Backing Vocals on the song 'The Rage That's In Us All' that was sung by Bo Bruce and written by JJ Abrams and Snow Patrols Gary Lightbody and featured in the 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' Movie. Another more recent song of Gary's ‘These City Steets’ was featured on the Movie Soundtrack Album for Warners British Film, starring Idriss Elba, ‘100 Streets’, in which he also played a short cameo role. You can download all of Garys Music on iTunes or stream on Spotify. A producer and songwriter by day, published by legendary band Snow Patrols Publishing...
Available in Dorset from £175. Based in Greater London
A lively folk/gypsy/ceilidh band with tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, America and England. We are available for performing concerts, barn dances (or ceilidhs) at pubs, festivals, weddings, birthdays, BBQ's or any other party! We perform a range of music (both songs and tunes) from a broad repertoire and era from traditional folk to 70's and 80's rock! We can cater for Scottish 'flavoured' Ceilidhs, although for most Barn Dance/ Ceilidhs we would keep it mixed to allow dancers of all experience levels to enjoy themselves. Our aim is to 'entertain, not educate', it should be fun after all! Booking us for your wedding? Here is some more info! Your wedding day is important to you, and it’s important to know that everything is in hand. We have a few different wedding services that we can offer, but we are also flexible – so if you want to combine parts, or mix and match or have a different idea, do talk to us! Ceremony...
Available in Dorset from £600. Based in Bournemouth
•Highly rated acoustic duo •Have a wealth of experience providing quality entertainment for a variety of different events. •Repertoire includes over 100 upbeat and slow folky/acoustic cover songs. •Male and female vocals with acoustic guitar, concertina and stompbox. •Endorsed by BBC Introducing, Seasalt clothing and many folk icons. •Happy to learn request songs. Harbottle and Jonas are a acoustic/folk duo based in Totnes. Over the past six years, this talented duo have had extensive experience of music residencies, weddings and corporate events. The Duo have gigged extensively in Ireland, Italy and have appeared on Irish and Italian Radio & Television respectively. 'Phenomenal' - BBC Introducing Harbottle & Jonas can also perform with just a battery powered amp if required.
Available in Dorset from £300. Based in Totnes
Steelasophical Steel Band & Ambient music Dj is a full time, modern, professional entertainment service, where 'We bring the Caribbean to you' with "OVER DELIVERY AS STANDARD". We are not just musicians, but musical entertainers with the experience and ability to positively transform any occasion like no other. Uniquely versatile, we offer options of Steel Band (solo, duo, trio, fouro) which can be traditionally acoustic or with professional studio quality backing music for a full band sound (for up to 500 people), we have a Caribbean Music DJ service, professional Lighting, Outstanding quality PA systems and even wireless microphones for speeches and announcements. "YOU'LL REMEMBER HOW WE MADE YOU FEEL" Although Wedding Specialists booked up to 3 years in advance, Steelasophical is in demand for a host of special occasions from Private parties of 6 people to corporate events of over 500. Steelasophical will make your next event a success, [.....
Available in Dorset from £500. Based in Buckinghamshire
Blag play a variety of Celtic and World music, from Irish Ballads and Scottish Jigs to Flamenco and Gypsy Jazz. They perform regularly in Britain and in festivals throughout Europe. All the musicians in the group are professionals that have trained at music college, made records and have performed on both T.V. and radio, including being featured in 'Loose Ends' on Radio 4. Michael Pinsky started playing the fiddle at six. He has played in folk groups in Scotland from the age of 11 who’s members have become players in leading Scottish bands such a ‘Capercaille’ and ‘Shoogleniffty’ and with leading jazz players such a Courtney Pine in the ‘Grand Union Orchestra’. His ability to play both folk and jazz creates a unique fiddle style. David Morgan played acoustic guitar with ‘Golage’, in Brighton, which later formed ‘Stomp’ an extremely successful percussion, performance group that have toured the world, playing on Broadway in New York and th...
Available in Dorset from £600. Based in Greater London
Gentlemen Groove have been playing events including weddings, corporate functions and other special events for nearly a decade now. We pride ourselves on our versatility, offering a range of line ups from a background duo to a full party band, we can provide the perfect backdrop to any event. Our professional musicians provide entertainment that is fresh, energetic and youthful covering a broad spectrum of musical styles including motown, soul, funk, indie rock and pop. Whether the event is for 20 or 2,000 people, these incredible musicians will make for a party that will last long in the memory. We bring you the best in function band entertainment across Bournemouth, Dorset, Hampshire & throughout the UK.
Available in Dorset from £600
The first Blue Commotion gig in February 2012 was a culmination of a ten-year musical partnership between Zoe Schwarz and guitarist Rob Koral. Through their intense musical journey and compatible desire, they developed a perfect collaboration and empathy, which, when analysed, comes from two completely different starting points. Because of this melting pot of musical diversity, there is a depth and uniqueness to the band's music which is hard to pigeon-hole and categorise. Into the mix comes the sheer virtuosity of each of the band members who are allowed the freedom to express their musical authority, and stamp their own personal magic to the song writing of Zoe and Rob. A testament to this chemistry is the sheer volume of music coming out of the band, and 'Exposed' will be Blue Commotion's third album in two years. Zoe's unique, yearning vocal style is blended with Rob's ability to come up with catchy vibrant riffs and musical arran...
Available in Dorset from £175
Catch 22 - We are also a modern and fresh party band using the latest music technology. Catch 22 use a full digital system which means they can sound amazing in the smallest of venues all the way up to giant marquees. Catch 22 have created many happy memories for clients off all ages. They can't be beaten on value and service so book now to find out why Catch 22 can make your event. Catch 22 provide both Female & Male vocals and run a click system which means we can perform alongside prerecorded orchestras and brass sections allowing us to produce a huge sound. It also helps us with a unique sound and the ability to play songs many bands could not such as our infamous 90's MegaMix and modern dance mashups. Although Catch 22 excel at weddings and private functions they are a 'go-to' band for holiday parks such as Haven, Park Dean, Park Resorts, John Fowler & Hoburne. They have also performed for many reputable companies & corporations (both ...
Available in Dorset from £750. Based in Wiltshire
Tweed in Bourbon | A Lively Wedding & Events Folk Band from the UK's South Coast. Available to play at your; Wedding, Ceilidh (including Traditional Scottish), Barn Dance, Birthday, Festival or other celebration. We regularly cater for; Burns Night, St.Patrick’s Day & other special occasions! Our sets are carefully thought-out to ensure guests are not only entertained, but also up & dancing! We balance the order of songs so that everyone is catered for, and customise each gig to suit the occasion. Our music genres range from traditional Irish, Scottish & English music; to popular Americana and modern Folk, plus re-imagined 'Live Lounge' style chart hits. Looking for a high energy, non-stop Ceilidh? Then we’ll keep tunes fast, songs exciting and dances great fun! Prefer a calm start that builds to a massive party evening? Perhaps just some gentle tunes during your wedding meal or ceremony? We cater across the board... The band ...
Available in Dorset from £450. Based in Bournemouth
Meet Naomi, Billy, James and Toby. We are Nu Generation: a professional wedding, function and party band based in Bournemouth, available to play across the UK and beyond. Nu Generation were formed mid 2010 when Billy and Naomi decided to put their professional talents together and form a function band. James was quickly added on bass. Toby is our newest member joining us in December 2011 and we think he is our most popular guitarist yet!
Available in Dorset
Petites Annonces play a mix of gypsy jazz (Django Reinhardt et al), those bonnes old french chansons, from Charles Trenet to Jacques Dutronc, Boris Vian or Yan et les Abeilles, all wrapped in a big slice of Punk Manouche. Established since 2005 Petites Annonces has played at some places like The Quecumbar in London, IGGF Gossington, Cloughtoberfest in Ireland, the Gillingham Festival, Salisbury Live, Gold Hill Festival, the Bell Street Cafe in Shaftesbury and entertained many weddings and private events
Available in Dorset from £500
With Over 14 years of experience in UK and Europe, Abba STARS is one of the UK's NO.1 Abba Tribute Bands. Featuring some incredibly talented singers and musicians they offer one of the most captivating and authentic tributes to one of the greatest bands of all time. With a hint of humour and audience participation it s a great entertainment for every occasion! We are fully self contained with our own sound and lighting with additional D.J if required. All our equipment is PAT tested and we have Public Liability Insurance.
Available in Dorset from £390. Based in London
HELLO! The Cheers are a fun and highly professional party band with a modern edge. Traditionally a male and female fronted 5 piece, this experienced and exciting collaboration perform a variety of classic and upbeat tunes from the 50’s to current day; they want to ensure that your party is the best it can be so that you and your guests leave with great memories and a story to tell! To guarantee that booking the entertainment for your occasion is easy, they also provide the PA, lighting and background music before, between and after sets. The Cheers are available for weddings, parties, events and any other occasion you are celebrating. CLASSIC SET UP Quintet (male & female vocals, keys, electric guitar, bass, drums) ALTERNATIVE SET UPS Quartet (vocals, electric guitar, bass, drums) Trio (vocals, acoustic guitar, cajon) Duo (vocals, acoustic guitar) Want to funk things up with a SAXOPHONE? Be sure to request upon booking so you don’t miss ou...
Available in Dorset from £495. Based in Guildford
Danielle May is a Hampshire based pop singer in a wonderful acoustic duo, trio or 4-piece band. Performing stylistic arrangements of chart hits, both new and classic. Perfect for any occasion; the set list can be tailored to background dinner or drinks set, or more upbeat party sets. The duo option consists of stunning female lead vocals and acoustic guitarist, the trio adds a percussionist and the full 4-piece option features either bass or keys.
Available in Dorset from £500. Based in Hampshire
Up and Running Ceilidh Band and Caller are the best Ceilidh or Barn Dance outfit in the South West! We play exciting toe-tapping folk on traditional instruments - and Joy, our caller will have everyone dancing the night away. We love what we do and we come with all our own equipment - no event is too small or too big for us. You will find us enthusiastic, friendly, and above all, sensitive to your particular requirements. We can provide mics for your speeches and our PA is available for your choice of prerecorded music.
Available in Dorset from £460. Based in Bridport
Giardino Strings is a distinguished ensemble composed of highly regarded professional musicians who have played extensively in concert halls across Europe. The group specialises in professional music engagements, weddings, proposals, corporate and Bollywood events, parties and Jewish celebrations including Bar Mitzvahs and Jewish weddings. The group is especially versatile and can perform as a solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet, octet or chamber orchestra depending on your request or budget requirements. The group’s repertoire of strings arrangements is one of the largest in the UK ranging from classical to jazz, pop, soul, Bollywood, folk, Jewish and Israeli. The group can also arrange your favourite playlists to be performed at your special event if not already in their extensive collection.
Available in Dorset from £400. Based in London
The Funk Bunnies are a 6 piece dynamic funk covers band from Wiltshire, and pride themselves on their fresh interpretations of funk classics and well-loved hits, from the 70s through to the present day. With every performance you’re guaranteed an eclectic mix of reworks and medleys: from Bill Withers, Ian Drury, Chic and Chaka Khan to Joss Stone and Stevie Wonder. Coming up to their 5th year, The Funk Bunnies, would love to provide your event with the niche entertainment you’ve been searching for, so please get in touch! We are available for Weddings, Festivals, Parties (private, public and corporate) and much, much more. We are fully insured, our equipment is checked and tested and we supply all our equipment. We can play acoustically too, and have done so for smaller pub events, champagne receptions, weddings and namely Pizza Express live Jazz nights. Our Trumpet Player Emma, is also an amazing DJ. If you'd like to complement your live musi...
Available in Dorset from £420. Based in Salisbury
SAXuality are two highly talented and professional female artists. Together they have been gigging in the UK and abroad for many years constantly adding to their varied repertoire of over 400 songs, ranging from the 1940's to current day chart hits. SAXuality pride themselves on their versatility and specialise in tailoring their music to each occasion, the venue and the audience with a blend of sassy sax and soulful vocals so if it's laid back grooves you want or just to dance the night away, or a seventies themed evening, then SAXuality is the perfect duo for your event. Saxuality can provide a Mobile DJ service complete with lighting rig and dj booth to complete your evening's entertainment.
Available in Dorset from £400. Based in Bournemouth
HissyFit is a five piece function band with an emphasis on what we call 'Power Pop'. We cover frequently played radio songs and popular dance tunes from the 90's onwards; although we've stolen one or two classics from a little earlier as well . We like to keep our set list current and strive to deliver versions of new and recently released songs that will be familiar to all audience types. If you'd like to hear songs that are more unique across the live music circuit, then we are the band for you!
Available in Dorset from £650. Based in Hampshire
Social Affair are experts in entertainment who aim to fill dance floors with their unique renditions of all the greatest Funk, Soul, Rock & Pop Classics. As a band they are hired throughout the South Coast for just about any occasion. Especially well versed in Weddings, Birthday Parties, Award Ceremonies, Charity Balls and Corporate Events, whatever your vision, there are quite simply no limits… Social Affair can do it all! Being in the business of entertainment, we understand that no two events are ever the same and we have seen and helped to create all sorts of wonderful ideas. Social Affair is a 4 piece line up performing all the very best dance floor hits by artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and James Brown to modern pop by the likes of Kings of Leon, The Killers and Robbie Williams, the band caters for tastes young and old with their fine-tuned set lists, expertly designed to ensure your audience have no choice but to spend the w...
Available in Dorset from £700. Based in Bournemouth
TheWiseguys are one of the most popular bands in Bournemouth. We are a four piece band consisting of vocals, lead guitar base and drums. We cover songs from the 60's to current music, which is great for those wanting to book a band for a wedding or private function. We use very modern BOSE quality sound system, which gives a fantastic sound.
Available in Dorset from £600. Based in Bournemouth
Surrey wedding band The Winklepickers. Providing live music entertainment that will really get your event going. By offering options of booking a solo guitarist with vocals for a more relaxed atmosphere through to a lively quintet that will add a spark to your special day, The Winklepickers give you the unique ability to tailor your musical entertainment for your specific needs. The Winklepickers are available in the following formats: [These prices are for 2 hours of live music divided to suit your requirements, background music through the sound system during breaks and the learning of a first dance song just for you] Solo (guitar and vocals) for £300 Duo (guitar and vocals with double bass) for £500 Trio (guitar and vocals, bass and drums) for £800 Quartet (guitar and vocals, bass, drums with keyboard or saxophone) for £1000 Quintet (guitar and vocals, bass, drums, saxophone and keyboard) for £1200
Available in Dorset from £300. Based in Guildford
The Zoots are a friendly and professional band, performed nearly a thousand gigs and travelled over 30 territories. We perform a wide range of events all over the UK and overseas. We are highly experienced and have played at every type of venue there is to play. We have over two hundred tracks in our repertoire from Queen, Killers to The Stones and Michael Jackson: there is something for everyone. We also have a pretty cool Sixties theatre show where we'll recreate the note for note musical goodness of the most exciting decade in music including hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, Neil DiamondThe Who and The Kinks.
Available in Dorset from £1500. Based in Salisbury
Hello! We’re Mikado Grande, a professional, 4 piece, Wedding & Party band based in the Midlands. We travel the UK turning up the Fun Dial and bringing parties to life! We have a wealth of experience performing at Weddings, Parties and Corporate events, playing indie / rock / pop chart hits from the 60’s to the present day! Take some time to read our reviews and you will see that we know how to get the party rocking! Our extensive repertoire allows us to be versatile so we can adapt to audience in front of us. We have a passion for what we do and always endeavour to be, Fun, Professional and Engaging! - Fully Insured - PAT tested - Songs 60's to the present day - Song requests available - Lighting included - Dj service Available
Available in Dorset from £750. Based in West Midlands
FUNKBUSTERS are an acid jazz, funk and soul band 6 piece band consisting of professional musicians with yonks of experience between them A unique and funky sound perfect for parties and functions playing acid jazz, funk and soul as it was intended
Available in Dorset from £650. Based in Bournemouth
I would just like to say a massive thank you to you and your team for an excellent evening. The atmosphere was outstanding and this was down to all the acts. The feedback I have had from those who attended has been great and some have said it was one of the best they had been too. I could sit here now and thank each act individually and comment on there performance but the email would be too long as they were all just outstanding and all went down a treat. The DJ Chris was excellent and one of the best I've come across since attending military functions and the same goes for the band Entrée. I would be sure to ask for all of these again in the future. All acts were so accommodating and a pleasure to meet and work along side. A massive thank you again to you and your team, me and my team couldn't of done it without you. I'm sure our paths will cross again the future. Thank you again. Many thanks
Absolutely brilliant.... kept people dancing... couldn't have had anyone better
If your looking for probably the best ABBA tribute group then look no further ! Book these band if they are not already booked ! We have tried to book them for or event for the last 2 years ! however they are booked years in advance. I can certainly see why, I was absolutely blown away with their performance and stage presents. They even sound Swedish on stage but very normal to chat to before and after the show. Sam was very efficient and nothing was to much trouble. Sam sent the all the relevant information required and the band arrived on time ( Early actually) and they sound checked all before the crowds arrived. Abba reborn are defiantly worth the money and you certainly get what you paid for, a professional band that will entertain all. I could go on and on about the comments for guests and how the kids were absolutely star struck, JUST BOOK THEM !! you will not be disappointed and thats a promise. Kind Regards Tracy Event Organiser
If you're looking to hire a Function & Wedding Band for your wedding, corporate or private celebration in Dorset, take a look at our extensive catalogue to find the best option for your event. You can filter Function & Wedding Bands by price and location, and compare reviews, images and videos to help you make the right choice. When choosing a Live music band it's important to consider:
Typical parties in Dorset require over 30 hours of planning while the party events take about 6 hours. It is wise to put enough time for booking and choosing your band to make your party amusing and keep your guests entertained. It is however quite tricky to get the right band considering that there are very many options to choose from. The following are some tips on how to choose fuction or wedding bands for hire in Dorset.
Shop around extensively
It is always wise to do a Google search about the best bands in Newcastle. A good search will help you determine the type of band that suits your event best. It will also give you an idea what you to expect from the band and narrow down your search. It is advisable to prioritise bands that have played at wedding or similar parties before.
Cost of hiring the band
Different party bands in Newcastle charge differently depending on the number of members to play, hours and location of the party. You may list your needs and submit them to various potential bands for price quotation. The price difference by different bands may imply difference in the quality of the music played by the bands. It is vital to know the reason behind the charge difference to eliminate the trap of forgoing music quality by choosing the band with the lowest quotation.
Most parties are attended by people of different social-classes and ages. This simply means you will have to consider every group to make sure every guest is entertained. For instance, you can choose a band that plays quality music for all age groups to keep young children, teens, adults and the elderly entertained. It is also advisable to choose music that matches your party by letting the band know your expectations in advance.
Review and reputation
It is vital for party organisers to hire party bands with good reputation. You can get true stories about the prospect band by doing a Google search of their online reviews, or simply looking what people are saying in social media such as Facebook and Twitter. This will let you hire a quality band that keeps its word without disappointments.
Event planners do all they can to make sure they keep their guests entertained throughout the party. So, be sure to keep the above tips in mind when searching for the best party bands for hire in Dorset. The tips will guide you through the process and help get a cover band that will grace your party with unlimited fun. Moreover, you will be assured of a quality band within your budget without necessarily breaking the bank.
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