Function Bands for hire in Highlands and Islands

Hire a function band in Highlands and Islands 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 44 of the best local bands right here.

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Hire The Brogues
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£400 - £1115
Function bandGlasgow

The Brogues are a UK-based ceilidh band who met in Glasgow and now play all over the country. #lovetoceilidh

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Hire The Northern Nights
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Function bandInverness

From ceilidh beginnings to modern hits, experience a highland rhythm with The Northern Nights: Scotland's unforgettable event soundtrack.

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Hire RANT
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£500 - £1200
Function bandMuir of Ord

RANT- one of the north of Scotland's most popular 'PARTY' bands.

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Hire Culla
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Function bandIsle of Benbecula

Culla first embarked on a musical journey in 2020 when the Covid Pandemic struck We hope to bring a new and unique sound to the trad scene

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Hire The Cavemen
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£506.25 - £1250
Function bandMunlochy

The ultimate party band in the Highlands, ideal for weddings, functions and community events - folk through to classic rock and ceilidh!

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Hire COVERZ
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Function bandMuir of Ord

Wedding Band, Party Band, Covers Band, Dance, Party, Function, Corporate Event, Wedding, Good Time, Popular, Busy Band, Scotland

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Hire The Soul Establishment
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£1340 - £2880
Function bandPaisley

The Soul Establishment are a first class 2 - 11 piece soul band specialising in high energy music for weddings, corporate events and parties

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Hire Wavelength
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£1250 - £2000
Function bandNewcastle upon Tyne

A dynamic and versatile three piece band performing anything from timeless classics to contemporary pop hits.

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Hire McDonald's Farm
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£2000 - £2500
Function bandDundee

Established musicians, currently a resident band in the iconic Cavern Club in Liverpool. Guaranteed to get your guests up and dancing!

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Hire Bass Rock Ceilidh Band
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£780 - £1200
Function bandGlasgow

What happens when you bring together four insanely-talented musicians from different genres? You get the Bass Rock Ceilidh Band!

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Hire Studio
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£1 - £2050
Function bandGlasgow

Wedding band with virtuoso sax player based in Glasgow. 600+ weddings under their belts! Flexible, professional and unforgettable.

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Hire Arta String Quartet
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Function bandGlasgow

Scotland's leading young professional string group since 2008! Pop covers & wedding specialists.

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Hire Romacaleo
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£350 - £2000
Function bandGlasgow

Close your eyes & you might think you are in a 1930's Parisian bar... a barmitzva... or a ceilidh?

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Hire Little Red
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£1950
Function bandGlasgow

One of Scotland's finest wedding and function bands. We've played over 500+ weddings and Corporate Functions in the UK and Europe.

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Hire Danger Zone Wedding Band
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£500 - £1250
Function bandDundee

Scotland's Top Wedding & Party Band providing upbeat floor fillers from through the decades!

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Hire Pulse
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£2500
Function bandMauchline

A lively and experienced wedding and function band with male and female vocals and a top notch horn section. We will get the party started!

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Hire Carbon Copy
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£800 - £1200
Function bandGlasgow

THE Hardest Working Wedding Band In Scotland

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Hire The Rock Ceilidh Band
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£500 - £1125
Function bandBathgate

What happens when you bring together four insanely-talented musicians from different genres? You get the Rock Ceilidh Band!

Hiring a Function Band in Highlands And Islands

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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 Highlands and Islands?

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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