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How do you find the right band to perform at your event? There are a number of styles, genres, lineups and sounds to consider.

That's where Headliner comes in. We have carefully curated the best professional bands across the country that are regularly booked for weddings, birthdays and corporate events.

Headliner helps you source and book great soloists, bands and DJs for your wedding, party or corporate event. Find and hire a band for your event.

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    Hiring a band for your event is an exciting prospect. Many bands have different performance options and lineups to accommodate every type of event. This can make all the difference to your budget without compromising on a great performance that will have your guests up and dancing all night long. If you're looking to hire a band, you've come to the right place! We'll be happy to help you find a band.

    Headliner helps you source and book the best bands for hire. Find and hire a local band for your event.

    What is a band?

    A band is typically a group of musicians who come together to play music of a particular and specialized type. On Headliner, a band usually starts as a 4 or 5 piece line up. You can typically expect to get a vocalist, lead guitarist, drummer and bassist. Often, you can also request a keyboardist, an additional singer or an optional brass section. Bands play a variety of different styles. While function bands tend to specialise in a particular style, most function bands will be happy to play the hits you'd like.

    Live bands usually offer a full package to make your event fantastic. They usually provide all elements needed to make their performances perfect for your event. These elements might include things like a PA system and lighting equipment. Any live bands offer DJ services between their sets so that there is never a lag in the music playing! If you want more than just a DJ service iPod playlist, some bands even offer a properly professional DJ to follow-suit after the band. This is so you have an actual DJ option for when the band has finished.

    What music will a live band play?

    The world is your oyster with choosing your live band! There are so many different professional bands out there who would be happy to play at your event. The term band encompasses a large range of musical styles and genres.

    Often, when looking for a function band, you actually might specifically be looking for a party band. As implied with the name, party bands play the best kind of party music! These specialists know how to get the party started. Most party bands cover all kinds of popular hits. While some might specialise by genre or decade, many will be happy to cover a variety of tunes. You'll be able to see exactly what a party band plays by checking the set lists listed on their Headliner profiles. Typically, you can expect loads of chart music and floor-fillers. Party bands range from pop to rock, Motown to mainstream.

    Popular types of bands:

    1. Motown/Funk/Soul bands Revisit the glorious 70s with a band that specialises in Funk and Soul for your event. These bands really know how to combine disco with chart toppers. These bands really know how to get you to dance.

    2. Pop bands Sometimes, you just want a good pop band to bring your party to life. Pop party bands cover popular music from all eras, whether it's the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or onward. They offer a wonderful variety that any one of your guests will appreciate.

    3. Rock bands Who doesn't love Rock N Roll? Sometimes you just need to rock out with the ultimate party starter - a rock band! Usually consisting of 3 to 5 members, these bands specialise in pop, indie and rock music with heavy guitar. These bands will cover anything from the Beatles to The Killers. Guitar bands will cover artists from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Jam, through to The Strokes, and Oasis.

    4. Jazz and Swing bands Create your own speakeasy feel with a jazz band. Delight your guests with sultry vocals, a rich double bass and perhaps some chilled piano solos. Jazz is a versatile genre, which can easily morph between being the centre of attention and harmonious music floating in the background. Want your guests dancing? Hire a swing band!

    5. Brass bands Who doesn't love the harmonious and chaotically fun sounds of a brass band? Brass bands loud, brash and so much fun. Picture a New Orleans style band accompanying your exit from a wedding ceremony or to launch your company party in style!

    6. Ceilidh bands Although the word Ceilidh simply means a social gathering, we tend to associate it with traditional Scottish or Irish music and dancing. A range of instruments can be used: traditionally a mix of fiddle, flute, tin whistle, bodhrán, accordion, and hammered dulcimer.

    Will a band be suitable for my event?

    If you want to have your guests dancing and you have the appropriate space for a band, a band is the perfect accompaniment to your event. Their sets are energetic and fun, usually helping to close off the night in style. Most bands will also offer a DJ service, making sure your night ends as spectacularly as it started.

    Quality Assurance

    All of Headliner's Artists go through an extensive vetting process before being approved to go live on the platform. This is a measure of quality control issued by a member of the Headliner team. This means when putting through an enquiry to any acts from Headliner, you are working with the best in the business. Led by the highest standards, all of our acts are professional, friendly and experienced.

    Genre style and Example Playlists

    When you're looking for a band, it's recommended that you watch their showreel and listen to their audio tracks. Each party band has their own distinctive style that sets them apart from the others. All Headliner acts are required to have showreel or audio tracks up so you can get a feel for whether or not they would be a good fit for your party or wedding.

    Our bands also tend to put up example set lists on their Headliner profile to display the type of music you can expect. However, don't fret, most party bands will work to cover requests if you want something extra! At the end of the day, their prerogative is making your day a special one.

    Experience and Reviews

    Headliner Acts are vetted artists who are well experienced in a variety of functions and discos. From corporate affairs to weddings, birthday parties to club launches, our acts come well versed in what's needed for each function. Ask the Headliner team to help you source the best party band for your event. Additionally, most of our party bands have reviews and testimonials on their Headliner profiles showcasing useful references from past clients.


    All the prices and fees listed on the Headliner platform are transparent. Whatever quote you and the act agree to is the one you will pay - there are no hidden fees! In order to proceed with booking the right party band for your event, we recommend that you make sure you understand what their price includes, as well as if any additional equipment is needed. Once an act is confirmed, you'll be able to call them directly.

    Headliner is the best band agency, helping you find local bands for hire! If you're looking for live bands for hire, you've come to the right place. Whether it's north, south, east or west, we have band hire in the UK, near you. Headliner has the best live bands in the UK.

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