Hiring a Live Band – Tips, Advice & How To Book

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If you are planning an event, adding an element of live music is sure to add atmosphere and get guests up onto the dance floor. There are so many choices when it comes to deciding on the type of live band you wish to book, so we’ve put together our suggestions and tips to ensure your party goes off with a bang!

What Event Types are Live Bands Suitable For?

Live bands are very versatile and this is due to their vast range in musical styles. From wedding reception entertainment, corporate event entertainment, proms and even Christmas party entertainment, live bands are suitable for a plethora of different styles of party or event. Let’s take a look at some of the options available to hire…

Acoustic Bands

An acoustic band is the perfect choice for more relaxed background music for your event, whether it be a sit down meal or during your wedding drinks reception. Acoustic bands can play many different genres of music and will range from old classics and chilled out versions of modern hits.

Big Bands and Orchestras

If you are planning a huge event and want entertainment with an impact, why not hire a big band or orchestra. These bands consist of many musicians who will play upbeat swing and jazz music or orchestral classics and are sure to put on quite a show for your guests. You’ll need plenty of space for this form of entertainment, but believe us… it will be worth it!

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Blues Bands

If you’re a fan of jazz and blues but don’t have the space to accommodate a big band, why not hire a blues band instead? Blues bands can either play more mellow music for background entertainment or for a full on show, they can also be the main attraction! Perfect for dinner party entertainment or corporate parties, blues bands can add real atmosphere to any event.

Cover Bands

A cover band is the perfect choice for a smaller occasion, such as birthday parties or weddings. Playing a multitude of covers from famous artists, a cover band is an affordable way to incorporate live music into your event. Don’t forget that a cover band is not a tribute band – they will play music in their own style rather than attempting to sound and look like the real thing and will cover a large range of songs.

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Function and Party Bands

If you are planning a birthday party or require wedding entertainment, a function and party band can provide the perfect solution. These styles of bands have a lot of experience in entertaining crowds and will get your guests involved. The majority of songs played by a live function band are covers, however you may find that they throw some unique material into the mix.

Jazz Bands

For a unique and versatile sound, why not hire a jazz band? These bands can put on an upbeat, eclectic mix of instrumental music or if you’re wanting to keep things a little calmer, provide background music too. Jazz bands include a mix of percussion, brass, and woodwind instruments and are perfect for sophisticated gatherings such as dinner parties or cocktail receptions.

Rat Pack Shows

For music from the 1940’s and 1950’s a rat pack show will put on a performance with tributes to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin and more! Your guests will be treated to a spectacular show including famous Rat Pack classics like “Fly Me To The Moon” and “New York, New York”.

Rat Pack Tribute Acts

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Rock Bands

If you want something upbeat and modern to get your guests dancing, hiring a rock band will make your event memorable and fun. Performing classic rock and more modern hits, a rock band will usually incorporate electric guitars and give you a completely different sound to the above suggestions. Perfect for birthday party entertainment or weddings!

String Quartets

For something completely different and sophisticated, why not book a string quartet for your upcoming wedding reception or corporate dinner. String Quartets consist of a number of musicians that will play classical music together and give a beautiful background performance to classy events. With violins, viola, and a cello, the music that String Quartets produce is simply wonderful.

There are many other types of band available to hire, covering all areas of the musical spectrum. For something unusual, why not hire a barn dance band or a lively Irish band?

How Much Will It Cost?

The costs for live bands vary depending on the type of band and their experience. Always check with your shortlist of acts before you book and remember to ask if there are any cancellation fees and how much the deposit to secure your date will be.


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Which Style of Live Band Should I Choose?

Choosing the right live band for your event all comes down to the type of celebration that you are hosting. If you have hundreds of guests, something more dramatic like a big band or orchestra will work better than a string quartet and a rock band would normally not suit a wedding drinks reception. Choose a musical style that will suit the ambiance of your event.

How Do I Book?

Booking a live band is easy when you book with Entertainers Worldwide! Using our website you can search through different types of bands, view act profiles and read their all important testimonials. Some of our listed acts also include sound or video samples of their performances. Once you’ve found the live band you wish to book, simply use the contact form to get directly in touch. We don’t add any commission on top or act as agents so you’ll get a direct line to your chosen live band.



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