Wedding Bands for hire in East Sussex

Find a wedding band in East Sussex for hire for your big day! If you want a first-class band that will keep your guests dancing all night you're in the right place. Whether you need to book wedding music for the reception, ceremony or party, we have 360 of the best live wedding bands available to book!

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Hire Major Major
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£500 - £1500
Wedding bandBrighton and Hove

We are an experienced 4-piece, pop, rock and indie band hailing from Brighton in East Sussex. We are ready to get your party started!

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Hire Brothers From Another Cover
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£900 - £1300
Wedding bandMaidstone

We are Brothers From Another Cover, a covers band made with a passion for music and making sure everyone has a good time.

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Hire Strobe
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£1875 - £2500
Wedding bandHorsham

Strobe are an exciting, young outfit with killer vocals and great musicians behind them! Guaranteed to get any party atmosphere jumping!

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Hire The Party Machine
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Wedding bandTonbridge

Based in the heart of Kent, with hundreds of gigs under our belts, we're everything you need to throw a fantastic celebration party!

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Hire Fit2Funk
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£1000 - £1500
Wedding bandTenterden

One of Kent's top Funk & Soul Wedding Bands. Playing all classics from 70s through to 20s to have your guest dancing all night!

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Hire Ru & The Party Grooves
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£875 - £2250
Wedding bandBrighton

One of the most sought-after versatile bands in the UK. Party grooves play hit covers from all ages, as well as soul, smooth jazz&swing.

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Hire High Tides
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£7.50 - £2000
Wedding bandShoreham-by-Sea

Looking for a band to make a splash at your next event? With a versatile repertoire and great live show, look no further than High Tides!

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Hire Jonahs Wail
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£1500 - £2000
Wedding bandSevenoaks

Jonah's Wail are an experienced live band established over 15 years with a wide range of music, professional PA, Lights and sound engineer

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Hire Brighton Party Band
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£2495 - £3495
Wedding bandBrighton

The No1 Party Band in Brighton and the South! The Ultimate 10 Piece Live Wedding & Function Band Available To Hire

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Hire Smokestack
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£300 - £900
Wedding bandBrighton and Hove

Top Class Rhythm & Blues Jazz grooves Duo and Trio . For all occasions- as Featured on BBC Radio 2 (Paul Jones Blues Show) .

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Hire The Razors
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£900 - £1350
Wedding bandBrighton

Whether playing Ed Sheeran or The Rolling Stones, we pride ourselves on always bringing a professional, fun show, whatever the event.

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Hire The Woodcutters
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£350 - £675
Wedding bandBurgess Hill

Excellent Acoustic Duo or Trio, Twin Guitars, Bass, Tight Vocal Harmonies and a Great Set List.

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Hire Miami High
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£800 - £1600
Wedding bandHove

We’re here to put on a show you’ll never forget! As a four-piece function band, we play anything from modern rock and pop to disco classics!

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Hire The Buskerteers
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£500 - £1200
Wedding bandBrighton

Award winning, charismatic party/ acoustic duo, disco & DJ service. Elite clients including American Express, Bupa, Deloitte and many more!

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Hire Newick Folk
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£480 - £1200
Wedding bandLewes

Sussex Folk / Ceilidh band playing traditional music of these islands + other stuff we like. Can be booked as Trio to 6 piece with caller

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Hire Willow Street Band
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£500 - £700
Wedding bandSaint Leonards-on-sea

The only 2 man band on Encore. Totally live. We can bring the party! Guitars, drums, keys and vocals to provide a big sound.

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Hire The Rivals
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£1250 - £2187.50
Wedding bandGatwick

The Rivals are a 4 piece band that go above and beyond ensure you get a truly unforgeable experience. 

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Hire D&L Acoustic Duo
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From£350
Wedding bandBrighton

D&L Acoustic Duo are a Brighton based covers duo that play a wide variety of popular songs and can be booked for all kinds of events.

Hiring a Wedding Band in East Sussex

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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 Wedding Band in East Sussex?

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

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Frequently asked questions

What is cheaper, a wedding band or a DJ?

The cost of a wedding band or a DJ can vary greatly depending on factors such as location, experience, reputation, and the exact services provided. However, in general, wedding bands cost more than DJs as they have multiple musicians, instruments, sound systems, and often require more rehearsal time. While DJs are a cost-effective option, live bands bring energy and atmosphere to your wedding day, enhancing the overall experience. While DJs offer a playlist, wedding bands offer a genuine, emotive performance, making your special day truly extraordinary and leaving a lasting impression on you and your guests. It’s important to note that most bands will play pre-recorded music through their PA system before and during their live shows to get people in the mood and keep the party going. Most bands provide this for free, however, some may charge a small fee. If you want a DJ service after the final live set until the end of the evening, most bands charge between £150 and £250 on average. As with all musicians, choosing a band that is closer to the venue will help reduce travel fees and overall costs, so we recommend considering local wedding bands first.

Is a wedding band worth it?

Yes, hiring a live wedding band is definitely worth it. The intimacy and intensity of live music can heighten celebrations and they interact with your guests on a more intimate level, making the occasion feel more special. Hiring a professional wedding band also ensures smooth transitions, appropriate volume levels, and a flawless performance.

What time should a wedding band start?

It's completely dependent on what you want for your day! Usually a wedding band will play for a few hours at the evening party (e.g. 7:30-10:30pm). However, lots of bands offer an acoustic afternoon set for the drinks reception or wedding breakfast (e.g. the singer and guitarist performing as a duo), or may offer a late night DJ set for a small additional charge.

How long do you need a band at a wedding?

Typically, wedding bands perform two 1-hour sets or three 40-minute sets, with a 15- to 30-minute break in between. Setup and soundcheck will take about an hour and a half for your band.

Can a wedding band play outside?

This is possible if the weather is warm enough and there is a marquee/gazebo that covers the group and protects the electrical equipment. They will also require access to a nearby power source.

How do I choose a wedding band?

Start by defining your budget and discussing your music preferences with your partner. Consider your wedding theme and venue, ensuring the band aligns with your vision. If stuck, speak to one of our experts who can provide you with tailored recommendations to suit your tastes and budget. You can look through our musician’s profiles, watching videos of them performing to see how they engage with their audience and listening to samples to gauge their style. You can also check client reviews to be assured of their professionalism and reliability. You can also use our platform to talk to the musicians directly about song requests and customisation options to make your wedding music personal to your relationship. Finally, confirm the band's availability, agree on any requirements they might have, and secure your choice promptly to ensure a seamless musical experience on your special day.

Why are wedding music bands so expensive?

Wedding music bands come with a higher price tag due to several factors. Firstly, their members are experienced and talented musicians who have dedicated years to perfecting their craft. The time and effort invested in rehearsals, song selection, and personalisation for each wedding contribute to their pricing. Additionally, professional bands use high-quality musical instruments, sound systems, and lighting equipment to ensure top-notch performance quality, all of which come at a significant cost. These bands offer versatility by covering a wide range of music genres and accommodating specific song requests, requiring extensive preparation and practice. Moreover, reputable bands incur expenses for liability insurance and taxes, all of which contribute to their operational costs. If the wedding venue is distant, travel and accommodation expenses further add to the overall price. When hiring a wedding band, couples are not just paying for the performance but also for the expertise, preparation, equipment, and customisation that go into creating a memorable musical experience for their special day.

What songs will a wedding band perform?

Professional wedding bands usually have extensive song lists—they're experienced musicians and will cater the songs they play to fit the mood of the night (with your input and ideas of course!). A wedding band's first priority is hitting the right tunes at the right time, getting your guests dancing, and making sure the evening is unforgettable. Unlike a pre-organised Spotify playlist, wedding bands will 'read the room', providing the right musical atmosphere to suit the moment. Make sure you tell the band the song you'd like them to play for the first dance well in advance—they might already know it, but best not to risk it!

When should I get the band to perform?

After the wedding dinner is usually your best bet. The band will normally set up during dinner, and be ready to start the party when you are. If you're after something low-key, getting the band to play background music during canapes is not unheard of—simply let them know beforehand.

Will the wedding band provide all their own equipment?

Wedding bands will come well-prepared with all their own equipment: lights, PA system, music gear, and sometimes even a sound assistant! To give them a break between their sets, they will also often provide a DJ service, which will keep the guests happy and the dancefloor moving (& perhaps, even grooving—depends on if you invited crazy uncle Albert or not).

How far in advance should I book my wedding band?

We recommend making a reservation as soon as possible because the best wedding bands frequently get booked a year (or more) in advance. However, at Encore, we manage last-minute reservations and can easily find a wedding band on short notice. If you need help booking wedding entertainment for your big day, have a look at Encore's curated collection of bands to hire for weddings or speak to one of our experts for additional peace of mind.

How to choose a wedding band music?

Start by defining your budget and discussing your music preferences with your partner. Consider your wedding theme and venue, ensuring the band aligns with your vision. If stuck, speak to one of our experts who can provide you with tailored recommendations to suit your tastes and budget. You can look through our musician’s profiles, watch videos of them performing to see how they engage with their audience and listen to samples to gauge their style. You can also check client reviews to be assured of their professionalism and reliability. You can also use our platform to talk to the musicians directly about song requests and customisation options to make your wedding music personal to your relationship. Finally, confirm the band's availability, agree on any requirements they might have, and secure your choice promptly to ensure a seamless musical experience on your special day.

How to book a wedding band?

Encore is the simplest method for hiring a live wedding band. You can look through hundreds of band profiles, and customer reviews, and watch videos on our website to get a sense of how the bands perform live and engage with the audience. After you've selected a few, you can use our website to submit a request and receive quotations in a matter of hours. You can also speak with a member of our team personally, provide some information, and receive recommendations that are specifically catered to your needs.

What to look for in a wedding music band?

What to look for in a wedding band will depend on the size of your wedding, type of wedding, if you’re having an outdoor or indoor wedding, your music preferences and how much crowd interaction you’d like. Other things you might want to consider include: - How many weddings they have performed before and check the reviews on their profile. - Consider your guests' ages and musical tastes. Will there be a good mix of music for everyone to enjoy? - Do you want high-energy dance music all night, or a mix of upbeat and slower, romantic songs? With Encore, you can find all this information on the musician’s profiles and we put you in touch directly with the musicians so you can make sure the night goes exactly how you want it. Another option is to speak to one of our music experts directly who help thousands of couples looking for bands for weddings They’ll talk to you about your preferences and style of wedding and get back to you with personalised recommendations in a matter of hours.

Does wedding band play during dinner?

Traditionally, wedding bands take a break during dinner service. This allows guests to focus on enjoying their meal, have conversations, and avoid competing with loud music. However, you can book a wedding band that offers different line-up options throughout the day. For example, the two of the members can perform as a duo or trio to provide smooth background music during the dinner and then perform a livelier altogether for the party afterwards. This can also be a great cost-saving option as hiring multiple, separate musicians for one event can be expensive. Talk to one of our experts today or speak with the bands directly to find out more.

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Wedding bands are designed to bring your big day to life - whether you're looking for some relaxed acoustic music, or upbeat rock and pop bands, we've got the perfect musicians for you. Our wedding bands can cater for each point in your day, regardless of whether you're looking for wedding ceremony musicians or even a headliner for your evening party. We've been trusted by thousands of couples to deliver their wedding entertainment, so let us take the weight off your shoulders.

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