A lively folk/gypsy/ceilidh band, 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 parties!
We perform a range of music (both songs and tunes) from a broadly Irish repertoire although we also perform Scottish, Welsh, English, American or Cape Breton tunes.
The music can be fast and exciting - great for stomping your feet - or slow and relaxing - great for chilling between the stomping!
We can cater for Scottish 'flavored' 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!
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Available in Dorset
from £500. Based in Bournemouth
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...
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!
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
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.
Gentlemen Groove are the go to solution for your event, formed as a working function band in 2009 this band can operate as an Acoustic Duo or Power Trio and have vast experience at events ranging from weddings, corporate events large par...
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.
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
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
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...
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Available in Dorset
from £450. Based in Bournemouth
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
WONDERBAND is a full live and highly entertaining show dedicated to the music of Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Chic The Jackson 5 and More.. Based in the UK, the band have performed all around the world, to a combined audience of over 500,000. Led by soul legend Ivan J (Dellimore) and The BBC Voice Finalist C J Edwards, the 9 piece band guarantees the best possible experience, faithfully and authentically performing all the classics, including ‘As’, ‘Sir Duke’, ‘September’, ‘Lets Groove’, ‘Rock With You', ‘Shake Your Body Down’, ‘Good Times’, ‘Lost In Music’ .
Giardino Strings was founded in 2000 by David Giardino who studied under Italy’s leading violinists Riccardo Brengola at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and Alberto Fiore at the Conservatoire in Rome. David has extensive professional experience and his credits include Rome Opera House, London Concert Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Soloists, Cunard Cruise Liners and he is also a session musician for the BBC.
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, corporate and Bollywood events, parties and Jewish celebrations including Bar Mitzvahs and 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 strin...
Many bands describe themselves as “The Top” or “The best” function/covers band...but there isn't another band like Run Gizmo Run.
Few bands feature a Chapman stickist and if they do, it's unlikely that he'll be dressed as a Victorian gentleman.
With a unique, 'big' sound, Run Gizmo Run is available as a 3pc and a 4pc party band comprising of outstanding professional musicians and performers playing biggest dance-floor fillers from the last 70 years - songs that appeal to everyone and songs that will guarantee that your dance floor will be full from the first note. Keys and Synths are provided by backing track, giving Run Gizmo Run a bigger than life sound usually found in large format bands.
A professional service every time, energetic and inclusive performances, big PA, DMX LED lighting and live hosted DJ provision as well.... Run Gizmo Run is the perfect function band to inject wicked music and fun into your special day.
Available in Dorset
from £750. Based in Southampton
Whatever the occasion The Party Animalz Glam Rock band are committed to providing a fun packed evening of entertainment leaving you with a night to remember. The large repertoire of non stop popular sing along songs will keep you on the dance floor all evening until you drop!
Based in Wiltshire The Party Animalz cover around the UK to meet all of your partying needs. Whether it be a club, birthday, wedding, outdoor event............ The Party Animalz will leave you with a smile on your face!
Party Animalz also provide a Rock band called Second Nature playing more recent and classic rock.
The Magic Tones - The Party Band for Every Occasion!
The Magic Tones are a sensational, professional party and wedding band from Hampshire, available as a 5-piece with female lead vocals, or a 6-piece with male and female lead vocals.
We pride ourselves on being professional and easy to work with and do everything we can to provide what you want for your evening. And on top of the professional and slick show the band plays with infectious energy and enthusiasm, that ensures a packed dance floor all night!
We have a 100% positive feedback record and are recommended by a number of great wedding venues, agents and event companies, including:
De Vere New Place, Shirrell Heath, Hampshire
Skylark Golf & Country Club, Whiteley, Hampshire
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Elmers Court Hotel, Lymington, Hampshire
Rhinefield House Hotel, New Forest, Hampshire
The band provide as standard: 2 hours of live music (split in to sets as requ...
Available in Dorset
from £1369. Based in Hampshire
Catch 22 are a fun, energetic and talented wedding & party band. Made up off professional Ba(Hons) degree musicians who actually work in the music industry, Catch 22 can provide the soundtrack to your perfect day. With a vast repertoire ranging from 50's Rock 'n' Roll to modern hits fresh from the charts Catch 22 can keep your dance floor filled from your first dance to the last.
Catch 22 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 local and national) and are used extensively to entertain troops for various army functions throughout Wiltshire.
With flexible packages ranging from acoustic/semi-electric afternoon sets to 3hr danceathons Catch 22 have something for everybody and all budgets to make your day even more special.
Although fronted by the lovely Stephanie, the rest of Catch 22 can't keep quie...
The Edge are a first class, international modern party band, rocking corporate events, weddings and functions both here in the UK and the rest of the globe. Featuring first class musicians, The Edge pride themselves on energetic and exciting performances that fill dancefloors with their mix of latest chart toppers, dance anthems and classic hits.
We are the one and only Stereo Jacks, one of the top wedding and function bands in Somerset!
There are four of us in this all-male band. Between us, we have a huge wealth of experience getting the party started, then keeping the dance floor filled until the very end of the night.
We are a very busy function band, performing at over 70 events a year. Weddings are our most popular gig, but we also perform at loads of private parties (birthdays & anniversaries etc) and corporate events (launch parties & Christmas parties etc), travelling across the UK and overseas.
Our repertoire is always evolving to keep up with current music chart trends and we're always happy to learn a special song for your event - providing it suits our instrumentation. You can expect our set list to contain songs from over 6 decades of rock, pop and indie music, granting all generations the opportunity to have a boogie to their favourite tunes.
Funk You! are the UK’s leading funk rock wedding band – Playing Hip Hop, funk and R’n’B covers with a live show that’s fun, lively and “totally rocks” weddings and parties throughout the UK and Europe!
Having spent many years performing and recording with signed bands in UK and USA this collective of experienced professional musicians have now come together to produce one of the most exciting and unique function bands on the circuit.
Their show is a fun, fresh mix of old and new funk and r’n’b hits that will have your party rocking from start to finish. From 90s classics No Diggity and Cosmic Girl to more recent chart hits Blurred Lines and Get Lucky. Funk You! have the songs, style and show that will guarantee a packed dance floor all night long.
These guys have previously played alongside bands such as EMF, SLAVES TO GRAVITY, MUNROE EFFECT, THIRST, MAX POKTROVSKY and JOOLS HOLLAND to name a few.
Performing at top venues includin...
Available in Dorset
from £1177. Based in Hampshire
Are you looking for a stylish, contemporary and exciting live music experience for your party or event? A-List is the Hampshire party band for you!
This superb live covers band is made up of 4 supremely talented young musicians who will guarantee a fun-filled night of classic party hits to have everyone, young and old, dancing the night away.
A-List are not your average wedding or function band. They are young, highly skilled professional musicians playing a refreshing mix of pop and rock covers including hits from the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, through to Oasis, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars and many more.
They are highly recommended at a vast array of wedding and event venues such as PORTSMOUTH & SOUTHAMPTON GUILDHALLS, DE VERE NEW PLACE & GRAND HARBOUR, SOPLEY MILL, OAKLEY HALL, HMS WARRIOR, SPINNAKER TOWER & many more. They’ve played for numerous corporate events including LLOYDS TSB, BARCLAYS, ROYAL ASCOT & TRETHO...
Available in Dorset
from £1284. Based in Hampshire
Decade are the premier wedding party band in the South and guarantee a packed dance floor and a night to remember!
This fantastic 4 piece male function band boast a set list that will take you from the 60’s classics of the Beatles right up to modern day dance floor fillers such as ‘Sex on Fire’ and ‘Mr Brightside.’ Whatever you and your guests music tastes there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone.
Made of up 4 full-time professional musicians; these guys live and breathe music whether it be performing, recording and producing or teaching. With years of experience in the industry you can be sure that by booking Decade your function is in safe hands!
Available in Dorset
from £1123. Based in Hampshire
Book a brilliant live covers band with Hampshire based Chorus!
If you are looking to hire a professional band for your wedding or function that will pack the dance floor and give you and your guests a great night to remember, then Chorus are the band for you!
The band features five professional musicians with a huge amount of experience in entertaining at weddings and functions - from private parties at pubs and clubs, to weddings and corporate events at barn venues, in marquees and at 5 star hotels.
The Chorus repertoire features something for everyone – including 60s classics by the likes of Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Chuck Berry, soul favourites by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross, as well as recent chart hits by artists such as Killers, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Clean Bandit. The band also love a bit of nostalgic 90s party music and perform an awesome 90s medley that is always a real crowd pleaser!
Available in Dorset
from £1332. Based in Hampshire
We are a ten piece party covers band playing music from fifties swing, through Sixties Soul and pop to today. Our playlist includes songs from Ami Winehouse, Robbie Williams, Kool & The Gang, Louis Prima, Jackie Wilson, Caro Emerald and many others
We can play for up to two hours plus if required and have played many Weddings and Corporate functions, clients including Clarks International, Sidcot School and The Royal Navy Air Service at venues such as Ston Easton Park, Haslebury Mill Crewkerne, Cadbury House Yatton, and RNAS Yeovilton.
Our line is a basic rhythm section (Guitar, Bass, Keyboard and Drums) Brass section (Trumpet, Tenor and Alto Sax) and three singers.
Several members of the band have considerable experience in the business having worked professionally on Cruise Liners and recorded for the BBC. If you want to see us "Live" we do the occcasional "Pub Gig" at the "King William" in Glastonbury or the Duke of Cumberland at...
Available in Dorset
from £750. Based in Glastonbury
We`re a very talented and versatile band based in the south west of England. We mostly do rock covers with all the well known classics and a few blues numbers thrown in. We tend to put our own spin on the current hits so they`ve got that great rock sound.
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.
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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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