A covers band also known as a party band, wedding band, or function band plays live music covers of popular chart, pop, and rock songs. If you are looking to hire a band for your wedding, party or event then check out this simple guide that will help you with your decision-making.
1. What genres of cover bands do you have?
2. Cover bands info
3. Do I need to provide anything?
4. How do I book a band?
5. Final thoughts
What cover bands do you have?
With so many cover bands for hire, we have decided to list some for you covering a few different genres.
The Maida Vales: Are an Indie Folk-Rock band with a charismatic lead singer in Paul Littler. A superb party band that has performed at weddings and corporate events all over the UK and Europe they can cover every aspect of your event. If you are looking to hire a band for a wedding then you can't go wrong with The Maida Vales. They can also offer an acoustic duo for a song at the ceremony or 90 minutes of acoustic fun for your drinks reception and then the full band for a high-energy evening of entertainment.
FunkStars: If you are looking to hire a Funk & Soul band then check out this excellent band for a wedding, your corporate event, birthday party, or any life celebrations...anything or anywhere that needs a bit of funkin up, jazzin down or groovin around! The band is available as a 5 piece up to a 9 piece band.
Mumford Rocks: Mumford style folk bands are all the rage and this folk wedding band will give you a night to remember with dancing, fun, and big sing-alongs! They will perform one set acoustically and finish off with an indie-rock set to blow you away.
Bella Acoustic: This all-female acoustic roaming band is four amazing musicians with 4 stunning voices. Playing songs from every era & genre from the 60' to the present, the girls bring infectious energy & charm to your wedding day or corporate event. The girls will mingle with the guests which makes them perfect if you are holding your event or wedding outdoors.
Speakeasy Swing Band: Are you considering a Vintage band? Then grab your dancin' shoes 'cos the roaring 20s are here to stay! Taking you back to the golden age of jazz, This band is a roaring seven-piece swing band performing hits from the speakeasy bars of the Prohibition era. They have had audiences jumpin' and jivin' on dance floors across the UK!
Cover Bands Info
Each band will have Public Liability Insurance (PLI) certificates and a portable appliance tested (PAT) certification which will be renewed every 12 months. This is usually requested by the venue holding the event.
How long to set up and how long do they play for
The standard set-up time is around 60-90 minutes depending on how far it is from the car parking to the stage.
The standard set times for a covers band will either be 2 x 60 minutes or 3 x 40 minutes with around 20-minute breaks in between.
Most bands will also provide a free DJ service in between sets to keep the music going all night. This is usual music on a iPod or pc played through their PA system.
A professional covers band will come self-contained with sound equipment and additional lighting for the performance area if it is required.
How much space do they need?
A general guide for a 3-piece band is a space of 3 m x 3 m. This will increase by an additional meter for every additional band member. So for example a 4-piece band would need 4 m x 3 m and so on. This space is required for PA equipment, drums, amps, and any lighting, etc. So always check the venue has enough room before booking the size of the band and 13 amp plugs are available to plug in all their equipment.
Do I Need to Provide Anything?
A supply of soft drinks and a buffet-style meal would be very much appreciated especially if it is for a wedding as it will likely be a long day for them.
Check that they can park as close to the venue as possible to save time unloading their equipment.
If you are holding an event outdoors your band will need some cover like a gazebo and electrical supply.
Always check if the venue has a sound limiter in place.
How do I book a band?
Booking a band is simple through Music8, a deposit will be required to secure your band and then a contract will be drawn up for you and the band. Final payment of the outstanding balance will be required the week of the event.
Will they learn a song?
Yes, if you want to have your special song for the first dance for example then a professional covers band will always take the time to learn this for you.
What happens if a band member is ill?
All our cover bands will have a deputy to cover any band member that is unable to make the day of the event through illness or for any over reason.
Can I speak to the band before booking?
The simple answer is yes, we think it is a good idea to do this to put your mind at ease to know you have booked the right band for you.
With so many bands to choose from we hope you found this guide useful in your search to hire a band. It is always a good idea once you have a date in place for a wedding or an event to book a band early especially if it falls between the months of May-October which is the main wedding season.
Prices will vary depending on band size, the distance the band has to travel and in some cases, accommodation may be required. Please feel free to get in touch for a free quote.
If you require any more information, please do get in touch we are always happy to help.