Function Bands for hire in Ipswich

Hire a function band in Ipswich 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 Stallions & The Bear
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Function bandColchester

Hailing from the Sicilian City of Palermo (Italy), Stallions & The Bear are one of the UK's most vibrant and popular wedding and event bands

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Hire OLD SKOOL
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£400 - £2000
Function bandColchester

Step back in time with the ultimate party band!

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Hire Bandeoke
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£1500 - £2250
Function bandColchester

BANDEOKE - THE STAGE IS YOURS If you’re after something different, off the wall and unique why not try Bandeoke - karaoke on steroids.

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Hire The Sound Collective
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£1250 - £2500
Function bandBraintree

The Ultimate Function Band specialising in Corporate and Wedding functions. Playing the best in Disco, Soul, Motown and Pop.

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Hire Out of The Box
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£500 - £1200
Function bandWoodbridge

Back out of the Box Suffolk's Premier Functions Band with a repertoire that spans four generations,

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Hire Into the Sun
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£799 - £1195
Function bandColchester

The #1 party band in the UK! We've played 3000+ events including Glasto & VW fest and over 1,000 weddings. Guaranteed to wow your guests!

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Hire Jupiter Ray
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£895 - £3795
Function bandColchester

Jupiter Ray are an exceptional and experienced professional party band based in Essex and Hertfordshire. Motown/Pop/Party Music.

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Hire Playback Party Band
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£2000
Function bandThetford

We’re a covers band with a sophisticated edge, with 6 to 10 members – it’s your choice – with male, female lead vocals, sax, bass and drums

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Hire DJ ALIVE
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£2625 - £7000
Function bandColchester

Sassy Female Vocals, Powerful Male Vocals, Incredible Musicians performing at weddings around the world DJ Alive are the ONLY band to Hire

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Hire Soul Occupants
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£1200 - £3000
Function bandWitham

7 piece soul, funk and disco function band that never fail to get the party started, and keep the dance floor full from start to finish!

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Hire City Sound
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£1.25 - £1250
Function bandWitham

High energy band based in Essex, operating on a national level. City Sound play the best mix of hits between 1950s-00s. Dance-floor fillers!

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Hire Hustle Party Band
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From£1440
Function bandBury Saint Edmunds

We’re a 9- piece professional ensemble, bringing all the massive disco and dancealong hits- Chic, Sister Sledge, the Beegees, MJ and more!

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Hire The Vibrations
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£4399 - £6400
Function bandLondon

Established in 2016, we've played countless high-end weddings, plus corporate parties for the likes of Spotify, Fujifilm and Diageo +more!

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Hire MIB band
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£900 - £6100
Function bandGuildford

Book the band who performed to 300k people for the Royal Wedding of William & Kate - Professional party animals, MIB band!

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Hire The Alleycatz
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£1000 - £6875
Function bandLondon

The Alleycatz are one of the UK's Premier function bands! A brilliant 5-12 piece pop/Motown & funk band that'll bring class to any occasion!

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Hire The Weekend Grooves
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£675 - £4760
Function bandLondon

4+ piece party band ready to fill the groove and fill the dance floor with music from the 50's all the way up to current hits.

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Hire I Love Amp
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£1300 - £1800
Function bandSalcombe

I Love Amp are an incredible 4 piece party band offering a dynamic set list, they know how to entertain! The UK's favourite party band! 🇬🇧

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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

Hiring a Function Band in Ipswich

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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 Ipswich?

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

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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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