Function Bands for hire in Berkshire

Hire a function band in Berkshire for your wedding, party or event. If you need to book a live band to keep your guests on their feet all night, look no further. Whether you like Ed Sheeran, The Beatles, or Louis Armstrong, we have everything you'll need. Choose from 360 of the best local bands right here.

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Hire White Light
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£1250 - £1625
Function bandBracknell

The energy of an originals band covering all eras. Glastonbury & Livestock experience. Smiles on faces, feet on dance floor, amazing reviews

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Hire Discovered
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£1065 - £1815
Function bandOxford

One of the UK’s finest bands providing songs, dances and entertainment for everyone. Over 500+ events in 10 years, satisfaction guaranteed!

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Hire Bloomfield Avenue
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£450 - £4000
Function bandWoking

Bloomfield Avenue are a high-end, experienced function band. Covering all genres of music for all types of party. 350+ gigs played since '08

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Hire Rock The Night
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£1500 - £2000
Function bandBracknell

Playing everything Rock, Indie, Pop Punk, Britpop, Rock n’ Roll and Pop; you won’t want to leave the dance floor.

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Hire Penthouse 5
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£2000 - £3400
Function bandReading

4 piece, live party band that performs high-energy sets with live and unique arrangements!

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Hire The Loops
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£800 - £1750
Function bandReading

No party too big or too small, we're ready to rock your event and keep all your guests dancing all night.

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Hire Open Road
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£1575 - £1975
Function bandBracknell

Festival band performing Folk, Indie, and Pop hits. Suitable for weddings and parties. They excel in boho and rustic themes.

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Hire Mythicals
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£1000 - £2375
Function bandReading

Epic wedding, corporate and party band based in Berkshire. We're a female fronted, 6 piece band, filling dancefloors since 2010

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Hire The Front Runners
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£750 - £1650
Function bandAscot

We’re a lively and vibrant, 4-5 piece band based in Ascot, Berkshire. We specialise in high-energy music for weddings and functions.

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Hire Saint Avian
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£320 - £580
Function bandMarlow

Acoustic Duo or Singing Pianist soloist | Dynamic acoustics and melodic piano, topped off by strong, wide-ranging vocals.

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Hire The Deps
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Function bandHigh Wycombe

The Deps Showband: The grand finale to modern, glamorous weddings.

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Hire Yesterday's Jam
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Function bandSurrey

Young and enthusiastic function/ wedding band, with a huge repertoire of classic and modern sing-along covers.

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Hire The Big River Band
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£680 - £2500
Function bandMarlow

Great party and function band from Berks. Private, corporate, Masonic and Military functions. Special events include 60s nights, Jazz/Swing.

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Hire The Sugars
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Function bandReading

An energetic Soul Funk Disco professional party band with powerhouse vocals - perfect for weddings, parties and corporate events.

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Hire New Wolf
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£375 - £650
Function bandSlough

Cover band for pubs, gigs and events of any size! Fun, energetic 4 piece rock cover band that are guaranteed to get your event bouncing!

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Hire Leader
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£850 - £2000
Function bandChertsey

Party rock, pop & indie cover band guaranteed to get you all up on your feet!!!

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Hire The Covered
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£2500 - £5375
Function bandHenley-on-Thames

Multi-award winning wedding & party 6-8 piece band playing floor-filling Motown, soul funk pop and rock classics from across the decades!

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Function bandSlough

The Hound Dogs are an award winning act, one of the best and most popular professional party bands around.

Hiring a Function Band in Berkshire

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Popular genres:
Pop, Rock, Folk
Average response time:
1 hour
Busiest times:
July, August, September

How much does it cost to hire a Function Band in Berkshire?

The typical price per group member for Function Bands is:
£Budget£220
££Pro£330
£££High-end£400+

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Frequently asked questions

What do function bands do?

Function bands perform live music at events, engaging audiences with diverse songs from various genres. They tailor their sets to fit specific occasions, encouraging guests to dance and participate. Function bands create memorable experiences by interacting with the crowd, offering customisation options, and ensuring a lively atmosphere. From weddings to corporate events, function bands enhance events with their musical expertise, making them popular choices for entertainment.

How many people are in a function band?

Most groups have a minimum of three members, and it increases from there. Most function bands are willing to adjust their size to fit your budget.

What styles of music can a function band play?

Function bands can perform various genres, including pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk, jazz, and even classical music. Their versatility allows them to cater to different audiences. From classic hits to contemporary chart-toppers, function bands tailor their repertoire to suit the crowd, making them a popular choice for most events.

Do function bands take requests?

Function bands will know a lot of songs, and if they don't know yours, they can learn it. Your booking may incur an extra fee as a result, but it will be well worth it to hear your favourite music played exclusively for you. A function band are able to gauge which songs will get people on the dance floor and which songs will change the mood, so give them your best music and let them give you a live performance that will keep the dancefloor filled.

How long do function bands play for?

Typically, function bands are hired for two one-hour sets or three 40-minute sets, with breaks of 15 to 30 minutes in between. As such, we advise to not look at hiring a function band during a wedding meal (if booking for a wedding). It's important to note, that your function band will also require around one hour for setup and soundcheck.

Do I have to pay for the band's travel?

With Encore, all fees (travel, VAT, and other expenses a musician may need) are included in the quote, making booking a function band simple. The only additional add-on fee is the optional Encore Cover package we offer which means on top of your Basic Protection (full refund in the unlikely event of a musician cancellation), you will also get a tailored replacement search, out-of-hours support, and if the replacement act is more expensive than the original musician booked, we’ll cover the cost. As such, you can have complete peace of mind you will have the perfect entertainment for you event. As with all musicians, the closer they are to your chosen venue, the lower the fees will be thus we always advise to consider local bands first.

Do bands need insurance?

All professional function bands should have PLI, and your venue may need it. PLI, or third-party insurance, is short for Public Liability Insurance. PLI insures damage to another person or their property that occurs during your event, for as if a guest trips over the band's amplifier. It's easy to find and book bands with PLI on Encore, as all our bands with PLI will be marked with a badge on their profile.

Will the function band provide all their own equipment?

Yes—most function bands will be fully equipped with their own PA system, music gear, and usually even lighting! Many will also provide a sound assistant, as well as a DJ service. A DJ service will keep the music going while the band take short breaks, but is also perfect add-on if you and your guests want to boogie into the far-reaches of the night!

What is the difference between headline, background and roaming function bands?

Headline, background, and roaming function bands differ in their performance styles and roles at events: - Headline Function Bands: These bands are the main act of the event, often playing on stage. Headline bands play energetic sets, engage the crowd, and are typically hired for the event's main entertainment. They have a fixed stage setup and perform live music, catering to the audience's musical preferences. - Background Function Bands: Background bands play softer, ambient music during events. They provide a pleasant musical backdrop for occasions like cocktail parties, dinners, or corporate receptions. The music is usually at a lower volume, allowing guests to converse comfortably while enjoying live music. Background bands create a sophisticated atmosphere without being the primary focus of the event. - Roaming Function Bands: Roaming bands move among the audience, interacting directly with guests. They are mobile and can perform both acoustic and amplified sets. Roaming bands increase guest engagement by performing up close and personal, often prompting sing-alongs and spontaneous dancing. They deliver entertainment to the audience, delivering an immersive experience. Each style of function band, serves a distinct purpose, allowing event organisers to select the best option based on the ambience and entertainment requirements of the event. If unsure, get in touch with the experts at Encore Musicians who can help you find the perfect band for your event.

What kind of performance should I expect from a function band?

Good question! There are essentially three types of function band performances: headline, background, and roaming. Headline bands are the most common; perfect for filling the dancefloor and getting the crowd moving. Background function bands are usually jazz bands—they can provide a great ambience for whatever event you might have in mind. Roaming bands are great for outdoor weddings or events where you want the band to get around to all the guests and provide a bit of audience interaction. Roaming bands are only possible as an acoustic act, so they come cord-free!

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