David - just wanted to say thanks for last Friday - enjoyed by all - you're an absolute gent - a superb singer and great entertainer - we were very lucky to have been entertained by such a great talent - really would love to see you perform again at some point - thanks again - John
You played brilliantly and we were both so pleased. Matthew’s son Sam was absolutely in awe of your music to the point we are expecting a string instrument to be added to the ever growing Christmas list. His comment later that evening was there was nothing you couldn't play...
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Royal wedding music
One of our bands Men in Blue 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
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!
Live bands for weddings
The choices of wedding entertainment and music can vary a lot from person to person, but most wedding receptions include jazz or classical of some sort, followed by a more 'dancey' band for the evening entertainment. We've got the whole of the UK covered with our selection of Wedding Bands.
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 band is paramount! For other services like wedding dj's, please visit our entertainment services page.
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 hiring a band. 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.
Our UK entertainment directory covers the whole of the UK and is packed full of live bands for hire - 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, pianists and pretty much anything else you can think of!
Find a Band
Hiring a live band for the first time can be daunting! Have no fear, 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 advise you.
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 top picks.
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 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. We get a lot of enquiries for covers bands and band for weddings, parties and events.
Every year there are a few dates which get booked up really quickly. Here are some dates 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.
Easter: 3rd - 5th April 2015
Christmas week: 21st - 27th December 2015
New Year's Eve: 31st Dec 2015
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 (see above) to help you with event planning as well as our entertainment resources section.
Live entertainment for a corporate party can be hard to find... 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 jazz musicians available today.
Bands for hire
How do you choose the right 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!