There’s no doubt about it, a great function band can make the difference between a so-so party and an amazing, night-to-remember party. That’s why at Entertainers Worldwide we have one of the largest selection of Function & Party bands listed in the world, all ready for you to view and contact direct. But is a function band what you need and with such a glittering selection of bands, how do you choose the right one for you?
Booking a party band is ideal for larger celebrations and events, any occasion with a bigger venue and plenty of people to entertain. One option, which can work well for your budget if you need all-day entertainment, is to hire a band to play throughout the day, with an acoustic set to create a background to your event. More often bands are used to create the perfect highlight to the celebrations and are brought on later in the day or evening, after the fabulous food, when people are ready to hit the dancefloor. Bringing on the band beats away that end-of-meal sleepiness and breathes new life, energy and sparkle back into the event, getting everyone tapping their toes and itching to hit the dance floor.
What sort of band do I need?
Here are a few of the things you should consider when booking your band:
Would you prefer a male or female vocalist?
The lead vocalist can change the style of the music, from a smooth male-led ratpack style band, to a soul-singing female-led funk band.
At Entertainers Worldwide we have the most diverse and amazing selection of outstandingly talented bands, covering every music genre – all you have to do is decide what will really suite the mood of your party. Is it a sophisticated jazz and swing event, a funky and fun disco night or even a steam-punk and speakeasy themed event ? Many bands will play a selection of era’s and styles from 60’s, 70s and 80s to modern hits and more.
For extra fun and to really get your guests involved, some also offer ‘bandaoke’ where you and your friends can do the lead vocals live with the band, karaoke-style! They may also offer a DJ service so that you can carry on with the dancing long after their set is finished. Just ask about these when you book.
HOW MUCH DO FUNCTION & PARTY BANDS COST TO HIRE?
The main thing you will need to consider is your budget. The cost to hire a function & party band will vary depending on how big it is, as well as their level of experience. As an overview, a two or three person set-up would be around £300 to £500 in the UK ($500 in the U.S. and €600 in Europe). For a 4 or 5-piece band you can expect to pay between £1000 - £2000 in the UK ($1000-$2000 in the U.S. and 600€-1200€ in Europe). A top quality well known (but not 'famous') band with high calibre musicians and the best equipment will cost anything from £2000 to £10,000 in the UK ($2000 to $10,000 in the U.S. and 2,500€ to 11,000€ in Europe).
There are plenty of other practical considerations that you should keep in mind however when booking a band, from the size of the area you have to the length of the set and your budget, but we’ve got all of this covered in our extensive guide ‘Booking a Live Band’. Just take a look to find out everything you could ever need to know about the when’s, where’s and how’s of hiring one of our amazing acts for your event.
It is also worth considering that most bands will charge more at key times of the year, such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Since the prices do vary widely, we highly recommend getting in touch with your chosen performers for a completely free, no-obligation quote.’
find and book a function band for a wedding or other special event
The quickest way to find the right band in your area is to use our search function. Simply enter your location and the type of band you need and click search to see a huge variety of acts to choose from. Our latest testimonals / reviews are a fantastic way to start getting some ideas for your shortlist. Even better, if you would rather entertainers came to you, then you can even fill out our simple Multiple Quote request form here- this service is completely free!
You will also find reviews on many of the entertainer listings on our site and we fully recommend that you read them, since this will give you a good insight into what they do as well as bringing you peace-of-mind when you book. Many of our act listings will also show videos or have audio samples of their performances so you can find out exactly what it’s like to have one of these fantastic acts at your event.