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New! Flamenco Guitarist

Flamenco Guitarist

Concert standard Flamenco Guitarist, Solo or with Dancer and Flamenco Singer

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New! Roadster

Roadster

One of the most dynamic and exciting rock/pop covers band on the Sussex circuit!

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New! Roger Proctor Jazz Trio

Roger Proctor Jazz Trio

Roger Proctor Trio

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Latest user reviews
22 Oct 2014

"What a stunning, professional rendition. Everyone was overwhelmed, and enjoyed the whole performance."

Andrew Morris (Opera Singer - Tenor) »

22 Oct 2014

"Great jazz band they done all we asked and more. They played out side my house and played all the way to the pub which they played in all afternoon. Great music friendly band members very smart. Will be booking again highly recommended thanks chaps!"

The Select Syncopators »

22 Oct 2014

"I wanted to thank you and the band for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment - the playing and singing was marvellous and not too loud so people could enjoy listening and talking at the same time and also inspired some dancing!! A lot of people asked where I found you so should anyone have an event coming up and need a jazz band I will pass on your details. Thank you once again for making the afternoon such a success - it would not have been the same without you!"

Melisma Jazz »

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Bands for events & special occasions

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What is LastMinuteMusicians.com?

LastMinuteMusicians.com is the UK's leading live entertainment portal. More than just a directory - it's the most convenient way to find the right entertainment for your event. Visitors can browse profiles, read reviews, listen to audio, watch videos and choose from a rapidly growing selection of the best musicians, bands, entertainers and related companies. Search for Entertainment or Register your act.

Royal Wedding CoupleRoyal wedding music

One of our bands MIB Band were booked for the Royal Wedding! MIB performed to 300,000 people in Hyde Park for the Royal Wedding, which has apparently gone down in history as the largest ever UK gig!

"Being the only band to perform as the 'Wedding band' after the first kiss was just fantastic..." Read the full interview »

 

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Bands & musicians for weddings

Find everything you could possibly need to plan the entertainment for your wedding!

We specialise in providing our clients with the best musicians, bands and entertainers for their wedding reception or ceremony. As well as wedding music, we provide live music for all sorts of other events including functions and corporate parties. Look at our Entertainment Agency to find out about the acts that we manage. Have a look at our Entertainment Directory to find any sort of entertainment, for any event in the UK. No need to sign up to contact our members, each profile has a quick and easy enquiry form that sends an email instantly...

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Live bands for weddings

The choices of wedding entertainment and music can vary a lot from person to person, but most wedding reception music includes jazz or classical of some sort, followed by a more 'dancey' wedding band for the evening entertainment. Our wedding bands cover the whole of London so check them out if you live in the big city! If not, we've got the rest of the UK covered with our selection of UK Wedding Bands. Try searching for "musicians London" if you can`t find what you are looking for.

Wedding Entertainment

Choosing the right wedding ceremony music and wedding reception music is essential to the success of any wedding so hiring a quality wedding entertainer or wedding music band is paramount! For other services like wedding dj's, please visit our entertainment services page.

Wedding Bands

Good live wedding bands are versatile in terms of style and usually try to cater for the wide range of tastes your guests are likely to have. Please see our wedding music page for more information about wedding band hire. as well as tips on how to plan your perfect day. If you are looking for music for the ceremony you might want to book an organist.

Entertainment directory

Our UK entertainment directory covers the whole of the UK and is packed full of jazz bands, string quartets, function bands, harpists etc. that can be booked for public or private events. You can also book party bands, Latin bands, rock and pop bands, singers, guitarists and pianists. Live Bands for Hire. View our complete list of members or start a new search from the navigation bar near the top of any page.

Find a Band

Hiring a live band for the first time can be daunting! If you are looking to find a band in London or the surrounding areas, we can help. If you are at all unsure about any of the bands featured on our site, or if you have any questions related to booking live music in general, we're always happy to help.

If you need help finding the right band for you please get in touch via our contact page. We have a specific page for Birthday Party Bands which features some of our picks. You can also watch video clips of our bands in action on our band videos page.

Tribute Bands

Tribute bands are always popular at events –everyone enjoys dancing to covers.  Make sure you think about the range of guests that will be at your event.  You might not want to book a Bon Jovi tribute band at an event with your grandma present!

Function Bands

Function bands in London are simply live bands that perform at functions.  The function could be an awards ceremony, party, dinner, conference – pretty much any event that requires live music... As there is quite a wide range of styles and standards, shop around a bit and you will find the right function band for you.

The majority of the function bands we manage are based in London. If you are looking to hire a London function band, or you are in a London or UK function band yourself, please get in touch. We get a lot of enquiries for covers bands and band for weddings, parties and events.

Popular Dates

Every year there are a few dates which get booked up really quickly. Here are some dates in 2014 that we expect to be very busy so if your event corresponds to any of these then please make sure that you arrange all of your entertainment as early as possible.

Halloween: 21st October 2014

Christmas week: 22nd - 26th December 2014

Equipment

Most live bands for hire are self-contained so will provide their own instruments and sound equipment. Some have lighting systems, but most will charge extra for this or recommend a third party supplier for you to use.

If you are booking live music abroad it is more common for the larger equipment (like drums, keyboards, PA system etc.) to be supplied by a local hire company.

Transport & Parking

Live bands tend to have their own transport by car, van or tour bus. They normally require parking close to the venue and will need to get as close as possible to load in their equipment.

Band Riders

Lots of bands will have a rider that they can send to you before you book to check their exact requirements. They will probably ask for soft drinks and a meal (depending on the event times).

Musicians often have a long journey to and from events so a good meal is always appreciated – remember a hungry musician is not a happy musician so won’t give their best performance!

Entertainment Agency

LastMinuteMusicians.com entertainment agency is a one-stop shop for all your entertainment needs! Our London-based band agency can provide live musicians & entertainers to perform for wedding ceremonies and receptions, or music for parties / corporate events. We also have entertainment articles to help you with event planning as well as our entertainment resources section.

Corporate Entertainment

Live entertainment for a corporate party can be booked online for corporate events held in London and the South East. When you are organising your corporate event entertainment it is likely that you will want to book live music bands as well as a corporate entertainer or two (such as a magician) to keep your guests entertained. Lots of our London wedding bands are also well suited to corporate events.

If you're looking for jazz bands for hire in London or need to hire UK jazz bands for any purpose at all then we can help. We specialise in supplying the best London jazz musicians available today.

Bands to Hire

How to choose your band for hire and how much should it cost?

Choosing a band for hire is a major part of organising your event and making the right choice can often mean for your guests the difference between a successful, memorable occasion and a wasted evening out that should quickly be forgotten.

There are, however, thousands of bands out there, as well as numerous agents trying to convince you to part with as much money as possible. Here follows some advice to help make the right choice and avoid the price pitfalls.

Deciding on style and some ideas

The style of band you choose to hire will reflect the atmosphere you are trying to create at the event. You may be interested in our article on live music entertainment, which will offer more information on this. Style will firstly reflect the purpose of the music in the event; background music, dancing, show case, homage etc and will secondly be in keeping with the tastes of the expected guests.

Any themes designed into the evening should also be reflected by the choice of musical style. For example a rat pack band might be suitable to accompany a 50’s theme night or a movie stars evening, but would not be suitable for an English country garden, or 70’s disco!

For background music, options may include a jazz trio or swing band, a woodwind ensemble or cocktail piano player. A tribute band, 60s-00’s band, function band, funk band or Latin band might cater for dancing, although other popular choices to hire are a big band, a ceilidh band with caller or even a Mexican Mariachi band!

So how much should you pay?

Generally speaking, the price of your band will depend on two things: a) the number of musicians and b) how long they are required for. Remember that you are paying professionals for their time, so even if they are not performing they are still entitled to charge for their time. Keep this in mind when planning your entertainment and try not to have the musicians hanging around for too long.

By the same token, however, bands will also need breaks, usually at least 15 minutes for every hour and an experienced event planner will plan these to coincide with other entertainment or interim periods such as speeches. As a guideline, individual musicians will usually charge between £150 and £300 for most functions.

This will be more if they are required for long periods of time. By multiplying this out therefore, it should be possible to estimate a reasonable cost for the band you are hiring. £900 for example, therefore, would be a high price to pay for a trio. Less than £450 and you might be getting a great bargain, but be sure to exercise caution here.

You usually get what you pay for and scrimping on the price might mean scrimping on the quality too. General good advice for any entertainment service is to make sure you have as much information as possible on an act before engaging them.

Professional acts will have promotional packs with information, photos, repertoire and normally audio or visual samples of their work. You can find a band for your event today by using our band search shown at the top of any page of LastMinuteMusicians.

Significant extra charges to the above are to be expected if you are booking a ‘name’ or if the band use any particular equipment or include spectacular displays in their performance.

Other reasonable additional expenses, which may be added to the total cost, include travel expenses and any parking. It is customary also to provide bands with food and refreshments, so this should also be budgeted for. Good luck in choosing your band for hire!

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