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Rock Bands for Hire in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester is full of fantastic bands to hire guaranteed to fill your venue or event with fantastic rock music. Whether you want banging drums, wailing guitars or screaming vocals, ACE Music Booking agency has a rock band for you! All vetted for quality and able to entertain you and your guests all night long.
The best in Greater Manchester Rock Bands
Rock bands come in many different sizes these days; from duos like Royal Blood to traditional 4-piece and 5-piece rock bands featuring drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals. Whatever size or style of Greater Manchester rock act you're looking to book we can help. Rock on!
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See below for answers to many of the most common band hire questions:
- How do I hire a rock band in Greater Manchester?
- How long do bands I hire need to set-up?
- I need to cancel or re-arrange a booking, what do I do?
- What if the band cancels?
- Can I see the band perform before hiring?
- Is it possible to pick the songs bands will perform?
- Will the bands learn a song request?
- How loud will the band be?
- Will the band for hire be suitable for sound limiters?
- Do I need to provide anything for the band for hire?
- What if I have a complaint about the hired band?
- How will the bands plan my event's performance?
- What equipment will the band provide?
- Will bands need a lot of space?
- How long is the band's performance?
- Can I customise my band’s performance?
- How much will it cost to hire a rock band in Greater Manchester?
- What happens if a band member is ill?
- What size of band should I hire?
- Do all rock bands in Greater Manchester perform live?
- Can bands play different styles of music?
- What are the power requirements for the band for hire?
- Are the music bands PAT tested with adequate public liability insurance (PLI)?
- How do I make a booking?
How do I hire a rock band in Greater Manchester?
It's easy to make a booking. Simply complete the band hire enquiry form here. Provide some information about the type of booking you are planning and let us do all the work! We only need a few essential bits of information. These include the music type you would prefer to hear and the event location. If you are not sure of the timings you can provide us with the rough timings. Such as when your guests will be arriving and when the event will finish. If you know about the space you have for the band this might help choosing the act type. For example, if it is a small marquee solo to 4 piece acts might suit better. If you want more control, you can use the Additional Details section for more information.
- the size of band you prefer or the venue permits, the genre of music you'd like (for example Rock, Pop, 60's),
- the type of event you are planning (if you're planning a wedding reception we can find you expert wedding bands),
- your budget (this will ensure you hire a rock band in Greater Manchester within your price range),
- and any other info which you feel may help. (For example, if you select birthday party as your event type and tell us it's for a 75th birthday. We can find you some great classic vintage bands to get the night swinging!).
Once completed, press the 'Set us to work!' button and we'll search our network for the right bands area which match your enquiry. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 or you can take control and get exactly the music you need when you hire a rock band in Greater Manchester.
How long do bands need to set-up?
The time it takes for a music group to set-up also varies depending on the amount of musicians involved. A solo violinist can be ready in just a few minutes. Whereas 10-piece cover bands, tribute bands, function bands, wedding bands or party bands may need an hour to 90 minutes. This is to position all the musicians on the stage, prepare the equipment and conduct a sound-check. In either case, it is best to agree with the bands on the time of arrival which will allow for them to prepare for your event . This should ideally be before your guests or patrons arrive.
I need to cancel or re-arrange a booking, what do I do?
When you hire a rock band in Greater Manchester and need to cancel this is best done directly with the chosen band as soon as possible. Simply contact the band you selected for the event and explain the reason for the cancellation. Simply changing your mind is not usually a good enough reason to cancel! Please ensure you provide the bands with as much notice as possible. As without it, the band will not be able to schedule another performance on the cancellation date leading to a loss of earnings.
When you discuss the terms and conditions of the engagement with your band please discuss what is to happen if a cancellation occurs. Musicians in these bands are human-beings too. So likely they will understand if you have a genuine reason for the cancellation. If you need to re-arrange an engagement you should contact the band and let them know why and when you would like them to perform. They may need time to check their calendar before they can confirm the re-arrangement.
What if the band cancels?
If a band cancels you will need to find a replacement band as soon as possible. Firstly, you should enter another enquiry form to hire a rock band in Greater Manchester. So we can help you as we have many cover bands, tribute bands, rock bands in Greater Manchester, function bands, wedding bands or party bands available at last minute. Secondly you need to decide the impact of the cancellation. If the cancellation has not allowed enough time for a replacement to be found what your losses may be. This should then be checked with your band booking agreement agreed before booking. You can download a live music hire Engagement Agreement document to use here.
Can I see the bands performing live before hiring?
Of course! All of our bands are active musicians and the band selected for your engagement is very likely working in your local area. Many cover bands, tribute bands, rock bands in Greater Manchester, function bands, wedding bands or party bands have websites which they can direct you to. Which will usually include a list of the dates they are playing and where. Provided it's a public event simply pop along and have a listen. If you like what you hear don't forget to introduce yourselves and let them know you discovered them via the ACE Music Booking agency website. You can also discuss a pre-hire viewing when you discuss your engagement with the bands. As they are keen to secure the booking they will be very happy to let you know when you can see them play and to discuss your engagement.
Is it possible to pick the songs the bands will perform?
Choosing which songs to perform depends a great deal on the type of band you are hiring. Some bands will work very hard on a particular series of songs, sometimes linking a number of songs together into a medley and will have a routine to last the entire evening which they have perfected. In this case it is very difficult for them to change the order of songs to include your choice. But, they may still be able to perform a special song for you, a first dance for example. Other bands will happily play any song or number of songs you request providing you give them enough notice to learn them.
Many international cover bands, tribute bands, function bands, wedding bands and party bands to hire travel the world with over 300 songs in their repertoire. They will likely know the songs you like already! In both cases, don't be afraid to ask! It is important you get exactly the music you want.
Will the bands learn a song request?
Yes. Or at least they should! In the many years we have been operating as a professional agency we have never come across a music band that will not happily learn a song for your first dance. But, you may need to bear in mind the type of song you have requested and the style of the covers band, tribute or theme band, event band, wedding band or party band you have chosen. As some bands may not fit the instrumentation and music style, they simply will not be able to accurately represent the song you chose. (For example choosing a hip-hop multi vocal song for a solo cello player!) You may be better served having the band play the official MP3 version through their PA system instead.
How loud will the band be?
The volume the band performs at will depend in the most part on the type of instruments involved. Particularly un-amplified instruments like drums and brass which have a fairly set volume level at which they are played. Amplified instruments will then be required to set their volume levels appropriately to musically blend together. If you have chosen a band that is entirely amplified (a hi-tech band for hire using backing tracks for example) then their volume can be set as quiet as the lowest level at which they can sing without the dry sound (the voice before microphone amplification) being heard.
Will the bands be suitable for sound limiters?
This will depend on the level of the sound limiter and the type of band selected. If your venue has a sound limiter this is something that will need to be discussed when you hire a rock band in Greater Manchester. If you are unsure then it is best to choose a band which is entirely amplified as the sound produced will be more controllable than a band which has un-amplified instruments, drums for example. Many bands are experienced in working with sound limitations and will be able to tell whether they will have any issue.
Do I need to provide anything for the band for hire?
You will only need to provide a space in which to perform and payment. The space they need will depend on the size of the band you hire and can vary from as little as 2 meters to as much as an orchestra pit! The bands themselves will be experienced in the amount of space the band requires and will be able to advise you in more detail. The payment for the engagement should be issued by prior arrangement. This is usually via a BACS transfer in the week leading up to the event, issued in cash at the end of the performance or payment via cheque.
What if I have a complaint about the hired band?
If you have a complaint this should be raised as soon as possible with the band themselves. The sooner a band knows there is an issue the quicker they can rectify the problem if it is within their power to do so. A great way to avoid complaints is to use the ACE Music Booking agents’ Engagement Agreement form here. This covers many of the areas which can result in a complaint if not agreed before the performance. For example when the band is to arrive, set-up, play, break, finish as well as agreement on cancellations and payments.
How will the bands plan my event's performance?
Exactly what you want them to as agreed! This usually takes the form of their arrival before the event to set-up and sound-check. Once done they will likely make themselves scarce or get changed into their performance clothing or costume. Once the music begins the cover band, tribute band, function band, wedding band or party band you have chosen will perform the type of music you heard from the examples they provided. They will play for the agreed amount of time, usually taking small break in-between sets. At the end they will pack up their equipment and depending on what you agreed with them in the terms and conditions, accept payment and leave.
What equipment will the band provide?
The band will supply all the equipment they need to perform at your venue. If you have any particular equipment requests (laser lights for example!) then please discuss these with the band hired beforehand. Likely the band will provide a lighting system suitable to the venue, a PA system capable of supporting their amplification needs and enough great songs to get everyone in attendance dancing and singing along all night long!
Will the bands need a lot of space?
The amount of space the bands will need to set-up varies greatly depending on whether you're looking for a 2-piece band or larger bands. Smaller bands will only need a couple of square metres and a plug socket to perform. Whereas a 10 piece band will be best suited to a stage area which is usually much larger and elevated. These bands may also require extra plug sockets for the increased amount of musical equipment they will supply to your event. When you hire a rock band in Greater Manchester please discuss the space your band requires before the engagement.
How long is the band's performance?
As long as you need it to be! Generally bands perform in sections of 45 minutes to an hour with a small break in-between usually lasting around 15 to 20 minutes. So if you need your band to perform across a 3 hour time it is quite likely the band will play for 45 minutes 3 times. Some bands performing across a 2 hour time like to play for 45 minutes, take a 15 minute break then play for the whole last hour. There's also bands that when asked to perform across 3 hours will do just that without a break! Just remember to discuss and agree exactly how long you want your band to perform, what length their sets of music will be and how long their breaks will be.
Can I customise my band’s performance?
That will depend on how exactly you want to customise the band’s show! Many bands are happy to discuss any ways in which they can perfectly fit your event. For example to wear themed clothing or to perform a particular genre of songs. You may also want particular songs performed at particular times or announcements to be made. Just let the band know exactly what you would like to customise. Especially if you plan to have them swinging from the chandeliers!
How much will it cost to hire a rock band in Greater Manchester?
This will obviously depend on the bands in the area and what your budget may be. It also matters for how long you want the band to perform at your event and if there are any extra requirements. You can stipulate these on your band booking enquiry form. A local solo musician can be available from as little as sixty pounds. Whereas a world class 10 piece wedding band can command thousands. ACE Music Booking Agency will find bands which fit your budget. If you entered your budget you can rest assured you will be able to afford the musicians we find.
What happens if a band I hire member is ill?
Illness is something all bands should be prepared for. Usually this means another musician (a deputy also known as a 'dep') stepping into the band. The deputy musician will be well versed in the music that the band performs. You will be unlikely to hear any difference, although they may appear different. If the band hasn't prepared a deputy in case of illness or the deputy is not available then they may have to either cancel the performance or perform without the ill musician. You will need to agree with the band what happens in-case of illness before confirming the hire.
What size of band should I hire?
The size of band you want! You should bear in mind your event and the space at your venue when you hire a rock band in Greater Manchester. If you are having a party for friends in a small garden then a smaller band would be a good choice. But, if you've hired a large hall with a big stage area then large function bands or party bands would be a better choice to fill the hall with sound.
Just let us know on the hire form the size of band you prefer and we'll find it for you. If you're not sure or have no preference on the band size then leave the field blank and we'll supply you with the best bands of many different sizes to choose from.
Do all rock bands in Greater Manchester perform live?
The musicians in the bands will perform live but not all shows are completely live. Although many bands are fully live, some bands will use musical backing tracks to perform with a larger sound than the number of band members involved, for example a soloist may use a backing track accompaniment. If you have a preference then please discuss this with the band as they would rather perform to their greatest potential. Even world famous music artists use backing tracks!
Can bands play different styles of music?
Some bands can perform music across many genres and decades whereas other prefer to focus their band on a particular genre. To our experience, cover bands, tribute bands, function bands, wedding bands or party bands that can play multiple styles of music are perfect choices at events where there is a mixed age of audience, for example at a birthday party. If you want your band to perform different styles then simply the genre information on the enquiry form.
What are the power requirements for the band for hire?
For some bands no power at all is needed. A string quartet does not need any power and are a great choice for venues where there are not any power outlets. Small bands will usually only need one or two power sockets depending on the type of instruments they play or equipment they use, whereas larger bands can need many power options to set-up in their correct configuration. When you hire a rock band in Greater Manchester please ensure you discuss the power requirements and availability.
Are the music bands PAT tested with adequate public liability insurance (PLI)?
Yes and yes! Every cover band, tribute band, function band, wedding band or party band for hire on the ACE Music Booking agency network needs to follow portable appliance testing (also known as PAT testing) requirements and will also need to have public liability insurance (also known as PLI). This ensures that the band you choose to hire will be legally able to perform at your venue without issue. Although the musicians on our network cannot join without confirming both of these points you still need to check with them that their certifications are still valid for the date of performance.
How do I make a booking?
Some useful information to help you when booking a music act
- Entertainment ideas
- Specific booking requests
- Difference between tribute and cover act hire
- Why book live music
- Instrument types
- Questions to ask when you book a music act
- Live music hire cost
- List of counties covered for live music booking
- List of cities and towns covered for live music booking
- Popular music types
- Popular instruments
- Common event types
- Musicians code of conduct
Live music can be as entertaining as you want it to be. For example, you could have your entertainment agency to find an act to fit the theme of your event by performing music from a particular era and dress the part to really get your party started. Another idea would be to hire tribute artists as your live entertainment to represent the music of your favourite artists. If your function is a garden party then a string quartet playing softly in the background whilst your guests mingle would be delightful. Maybe you want your live music to fit all ages attending your event by playing set lists from 60's to the present day. We have many more ideas, just get in touch and we'll help you book a night to remember.
More entertainment ideas
You can choose different styles of live performance acts to fit your event perfectly. Just let us know what you have in mind and we will help you find the right act. Types of bands available include, rock pop bands, indie rock bands, world music acts, mariachi bands, live lounge style bands or electric violinists. These may be a great fit for corporate event entertainment, weddings and functions. Or maybe you're more interested in wedding ceremony musicians. Such as opera singers, classical guitarists, salsa bands and solo duos for your special day.
Truth is, there are many different types of acts available to hire. Maybe have rock pop function bands perform dance floor filling energetic songs. This could bring your private party to life. Looking for subtle wedding entertainers for your live music? Why not hire classical guitarists or solo duos to bring a classy atmosphere. Or are you more interested in barn dance bands? It's best to send your enquiry to be able to choose from live bands available for your particular date. If you tell us about your live music entertainment ideas we can help you find the perfect band to hire.
Live Party Music
For your party entertainment event bands may be a great choice. As they will fill dance floors with lively sets of chart hits. For example a drinks reception, corporate event and private party. These include funk bands, motown bands, jazz bands, ceilidh bands, swing bands, steel bands and rat packs. Tribute acts such as Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson tributes are also a great choice for evening entertainment.
Live party bands would be what your party needs. Bands and musicians perform different types of music. Their recommendation from another client may be for a young couple's engagement party. This doesn't mean they would be the perfect professional party band for your event. The similar situation applies for a 65th birthday. But, the ultimate function bands may charge above your budget.
You can hire live party bands for your party. Including any engagement party, Christmas party or anniversary parties. Especially a pop and rock band for parties can bring a fun high energy.
Whether it's a live function band based in your area or a professional party band, start receiving quotes now. It is best to receive quotes from a party band available in your area to discuss.
Please feel free to send your enquiry with your event location and we will find your perfect act. Whether you're looking for 60s rock bands, Christmas entertainers or live wedding music acts.
Booking live music entertainment for corporate parties is no different to other events. Please make sure you have provided us with as much information as possible. This includes the age range of the audience. By knowing this your function band would know if it's appropriate to perform any pop chart hits or not.
Your corporate event entertainment may be needing a live band for events and functions. Booking corporate party entertainment can be for various reasons. From Christmas parties to Great Gatsby themed corporate party entertainment. Corporate bands can perform different styles of music. This can be pop and rock acts or professional country bands.
We are sure to help you with booking corporate party entertainment. From singing waiters or corporate event bands performing current chart songs to Gatsby themed jazz bands. You can tell us if you want to receive quotes from acts with female vocals or from Christmas bands.
Live Wedding & Event Music
Event entertainment acts to hire include pop function bands for hire for weddings and functions. (Including drinks receptions.) These types of acts can also perform at any corporate event, private party or charity event. Bands play popular covers or rock covers from famous bands and themes. Such as, Bruno Mars, James Bond, Stevie Wonder, Dire Straits, Lady Gaga. You can offer to customise the set-list the band performs to fit your event.
Receive direct quotes from a world class band available to hire. Your act of choice can live wedding bands or saxophone players. Either way the quotes you receive will be direct. And the acts will work with you to make sure your event runs smoothly.
Live Wedding Ceremony Music
For your wedding ceremony you could consider wedding entertainers and live musicians that provide background music. These include world music acts, live lounge style bands, classical musicians, acoustic bands and acoustic duos.
Live wedding bands, wedding singers and event entertainment acts can be subtle and energetic as you need. You may want to choose from wedding ceremony musicians and solo duos for your special day. A mariachi band or a band offering evening entertainment with a set list of pop songs is more suitable. It might just be a tribute act of chart hits from artists like Bruno Mars .
If you're planning to have live wedding ceremony music, get some quotes and ask questions to the acts. Your wedding ceremony musician cost may lower if you engage in a conversation. Make sure to include any extra and useful information. Have you included your entire event's timing instead of only live music performance? The band's quote may include a live performance for 5 hours. Whereas you may only need the live music for 2 lots of 30 minutes.
Wedding Reception Entertainment
There are plenty wedding entertainment ideas. But your wedding reception entertainment needs to fit your unique wedding. You thought about wedding musicians and function bands for weddings. What does your evening entertainment really need?
Live wedding bands are popular when it comes to reception entertainment. But, a wedding band for hire may perform many different styles of music. From roaming bands to soul bands or singing waiters. Some use the term 'dance bands' for wedding music bands. If it's not the type of music you like, there may not be any dancing. So, how do you choose the music for your wedding?
Perfect weddings do not come with a manual full of wedding entertainment ideas. It's your and your guests' unique wedding entertainment. It should be what you want it to be. If you want your wedding band for hire to perform indie rock you should include this in your enquiry. Don't hesitate to tell us if you're not happy to consider any 70's disco karaoke classics. The more details you give on your enquiry, the better quotes you will receive.
If cost is a major consideration, you may want to tell us you would be interested in local wedding bands. Both local wedding bands and professional wedding music bands are experienced. So, don't hesitate to request some evening reception ideas along with your quote. They can provide different prices for different performance lengths. This may help you plan the timings for the evening.
Wedding musicians have experience in performing at different sections of a wedding. This may mean that the same band can perform a different set list for wedding breakfasts. This can lower the costs if you were considering a separate act for the breakfast.
Planning Your Wedding Music
Choosing your wedding music can seem overwhelming. This depends on your reception music and ceremony music ideas. You want to be choosing the perfect wedding ceremony music and wedding reception music. Both brides and grooms want the best for their wedding day. So how do you start planning the music for your wedding?
We admit, wedding planning is hectic and there isn't an ultimate guide. Yet, your ultimate wedding happens when you're choosing the perfect elements that suit you. Live music entertainment for your wedding day is no different. It needs to be the wedding ceremony music you like. It needs to be the wedding reception music you like. But when everything gets too hectic, how do you remember what you like?
This is similar to being asked what your favourite song is after a busy day. It takes time to gather your thoughts. That's why we're here to help. Whether it's a bridal party or civil ceremony the more information you give us the better our acts can help you. For example, you can ask for guidance in the 'Additional Information' section. This could be about ceremony music ideas or wedding song suggestions. ACE acts are experienced and happy to give brides and grooms wedding ideas on ceremony songs too.
Wedding Musician Cost
One of the questions arise would be the wedding ceremony musician cost. This would depend on what you want from your live wedding ceremony entertainment. Costs might be average if you're booking a professional classical music artist performing during signing of the register. This would be true for other solo acts such as singer guitarists and opera singers. You may want to book a string trio or gospel choir to perform while the bride's walking down the aisle. Although, the cost may increase here as there will be more musicians. Wedding breakfasts would have similar booking details.
The "Wedding Guides"
One thing to remember is that YOU are the ultimate wedding's ultimate guide. It's your civil ceremony, bridal party and it's your wedding song. You will be walking down the aisle. If you want a Caribbean beach vibe a steel band would be perfect. Another idea would favour a gospel choir for a church ceremony. Don't hesitate to ask for wedding ideas from a band available to hire. Don't have wedding planning tools to make decisions for you and have you pay more for things you don't want.
Short and Long Term Hotel Contracts
We have a great number of professional bands and musicians experienced in hotel residencies. Their experience includes up to 12 month residency at 5 star hotels in United Arab Emirates. Acts vary from rat packs to hip hop and classic rock bands. All contracts typically include cover for air tickets, visa, accommodation and food. Please make sure to include all contract details in your enquiry to receive contact from suitable acts.
Please feel free to send your enquiry with your contract details and we will find your perfect act. Whether you're looking for hi tech duos, lounge pianists or live party music acts.
Example contract details: 6 month residency. 5 star hotel in United Arab Emirates. Hi-tech duo with pop/rock repertoire. 3000 USD per person per month with all air tickets, visa, accommodation and food included.
Need booking help? No booking is too small. We provide hand picked acts for both corporate functions and pub event. You can check out our frequently asked questions or get in touch with us via live chat or contact form.
Specific hire requests
If you know exactly the type of music you want to book at your event then we're happy to help. You don't always have to book the same pop bands. You may be more interested in modern day music or perhaps rock covers bands. By entering your information into the enquiry form we can refine the acts we find. Also, if you have a specific request, simply use the 'Any other info?' box on the enquiry form and tell us any thoughts you have and we'll suggest some fantastic musicians to fill your dance floor.
Difference between tribute and cover act hire?
The difference between a tribute act and a cover music act is the type of music they play. A tribute music act will usually concentrate the material they perform on the songs from a particular famous artist or they only perform music in a particular era or theme. Most cover music acts play music from a wide variety of famous artists with material that can span many decades.
Why should I book live music for my event?
Live music is a great way to add an extra special touch to any event or function. There is nothing quite like a live music act to bring an event to life and a great music group can respond to the mood of the room to deliver a fantastic night unmatched by other forms of entertainment. When you book live music you know you're hiring musicians that have practised and perfected their craft, performing songs in such a way that will never be exactly the same again, which means every event with a live music act is completely unique for your special occasion. Live entertainment music acts available to hire include but not limited to the following.
- Ska bands
- Latin bands
- Electric violinists
- Blues bands
- Barn dance / Ceilidh bands
- Opera singers
- Rock and roll bands
- Wedding music bands
- Pop rock bands (rock and pop)
- Folk bands
- Singing waiters
- Irish bands
- Rat packs
- Singer guitarists
- Brass bands
- Pop cover band
- Live function acts
- Christmas bands
- Jazz singers
- Motown bands
- Steel bands
- Acoustic bands
- Background music band
- Funk bands
- Classical musicians
There are many different music instruments you can book for an event, function or wedding party. The most common type of instrument across almost all music acts is the guitar, either acoustic or electric, often accompanied by a vocalist (the voice itself being an instrument too of course!) which is sometimes the guitarist themselves or a separate singer. Next we have percussion usually from a drummer using a kit however, recently percussion has also been provided by a cajon which is a wooden acoustic box. Most music acts performing at events and functions will also have a keyboardist and often a bass guitar player. There are other instruments which are great in a live music environment; for example violins, cellos and flutes are fantastic to get your garden party started whereas saxophones and trumpets can make for a big sound when combined with other musicians.
Music hire questions
When you book live music it is important that you and the music act agree all the details relating to the event. This will need to cover a wide range of information from when they are to arrive, what to wear, the music to play and matters relating to cancellation and payment amongst many other factors. Some of the questions you should ask them:
- How much space do you require?
- What are the power requirements?
- How much is your booking fee?
- How long will you play for?
- How many sets of music will you play?
- Do you perform lively sets?
- How many breaks will you have and for how long?
- Do you have valid Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) certificates?
- Do you have valid Public Liability Insurance (PLI)?
- What time will you arrive?
- What happens if I cancel your act?
Live music hire cost
The cost depends on a few factors. Including your requirements, duration of performance, quality of the act and the size (number of musicians) you book. Below is a guide for average costings for live music acts. These are based on a 2x45 minute sets. Many music acts, including function and the perfect bands to hire for weddings, will play for 3x45 minute sets. And others perform sets of 60 minutes in duration. The quotes per individual act can be lower or higher than these approximate hire rates given below. By stating your budget we can help you book musicians, bands and entertainers for your event at the right price. The rates were estimated based on average local base fees and not considering any additional requirements or special events.
- Solo Singers: 80 to 300 GBP, USD, EUR
- Solo Musicians With Vocals (Singing guitarists, pianists etc.): 80 to 300 GBP, USD, EUR
- Solo Musicians Without Vocals (Solo guitarists, pianists, violinists, harpists etc.): 80 to 300 GBP, USD, EUR
- Duos/2-Piece Bands: 160 to 400 GBP, USD, EUR
- Trios/3-Piece Bands: 240 to 750 GBP, USD, EUR
- Quartets/4-Piece Bands: 320 to 850 GBP, USD, EUR
- 5-Piece Bands: 400 to 1150 GBP, USD, EUR
- 6-Piece Bands: 480 to 1300 GBP, USD, EUR
- 7-Piece Bands: 560 to 1500 GBP, USD, EUR
- 8-Piece and Larger Bands: 640 to 1800+ GBP, USD, EUR
- Famous celebrity musicians, singers and bands: 10,000 to 1,000,000+ GBP, USD, EUR
Live music counties
Below is a list of locations in England we cover currently for booking live music. ACE Music Booking Agency is sure to have a great local act on our network. And all acts are ready and willing to perform at your event. A large number of our music acts perform not only in the location they are based but often also in the immediately surrounding areas. This means our acts can provide music hire without additional travelling expenses.
- Bedfordshire Bands and Musicians
- Berkshire Bands and Musicians
- Bristol Bands and Musicians
- Buckinghamshire Bands and Musicians
- Cambridgeshire Bands and Musicians
- Cheshire Bands and Musicians
- Cornwall Bands and Musicians
- Cumbria Bands and Musicians
- Derbyshire Bands and Musicians
- Devon Bands and Musicians
- Dorset Bands and Musicians
- Durham Bands and Musicians
- East Sussex Bands and Musicians
- Essex Bands and Musicians
- Gloucestershire Bands and Musicians
- Greater Manchester Bands and Musicians
- Hampshire Bands and Musicians
- Herefordshire Bands and Musicians
- Hertfordshire Bands and Musicians
- Isle of Wight Bands and Musicians
- Kent Bands and Musicians
- Lancashire Bands and Musicians
- Leicestershire Bands and Musicians
- Lincolnshire Bands and Musicians
- London Bands and Musicians
- Merseyside Bands and Musicians
- Norfolk Bands and Musicians
- North Yorkshire Bands and Musicians
- Northamptonshire Bands and Musicians
- Northumberland Bands and Musicians
- Nottinghamshire Bands and Musicians
- Oxfordshire Bands and Musicians
- Rutland Bands and Musicians
- Shropshire Bands and Musicians
- Somerset Bands and Musicians
- South Yorkshire Bands and Musicians
- Staffordshire Bands and Musicians
- Suffolk Bands and Musicians
- Surrey Bands and Musicians
- Tyne and Wear Bands and Musicians
- Warwickshire Bands and Musicians
- West Midlands Bands and Musicians
- West Sussex Bands and Musicians
- West Yorkshire Bands and Musicians
- Wiltshire Bands and Musicians
- Worcestershire Bands and Musicians
- Yorkshire Bands and Musicians
Live music cities
See below for the most popular cities to hire live music. We don't just provide music acts in major cities. We also provide musicians throughout the country. So even if you are in a small village we can help you find quality bands to hire for your event. ACE Music Booking Agency finds and provides bookings for many fantastic music artists worldwide.
- Acts Available in Bath
- Acts Available in Birmingham
- Acts Available in Bradford
- Acts Available in Brighton and Hove
- Acts Available in Bristol
- Acts Available in Cambridge
- Acts Available in Canterbury
- Acts Available in Carlisle
- Acts Available in Chester
- Acts Available in Chichester
- Acts Available in Coventry
- Acts Available in Derby
- Acts Available in Durham
- Acts Available in Ely
- Acts Available in Exeter
- Acts Available in Gloucester
- Acts Available in Hereford
- Acts Available in Hull
- Acts Available in Lancaster
- Acts Available in Leeds
- Acts Available in Leicester
- Acts Available in Lichfield
- Acts Available in Lincoln
- Acts Available in Liverpool
- Acts Available in London
- Acts Available in Manchester
- Acts Available in Newcastle upon Tyne
- Acts Available in Norwich
- Acts Available in Nottingham
- Acts Available in Oxford
- Acts Available in Peterborough
- Acts Available in Plymouth
- Acts Available in Portsmouth
- Acts Available in Preston
- Acts Available in Ripon
- Acts Available in Salford
- Acts Available in Salisbury
- Acts Available in Sheffield
- Acts Available in Southampton
- Acts Available in St Albans
- Acts Available in Stoke-on-Trent
- Acts Available in Sunderland
- Acts Available in Truro
- Acts Available in Wakefield
- Acts Available in Wells
- Acts Available in Westminster
- Acts Available in Winchester
- Acts Available in Wolverhampton
- Acts Available in Worcester
- Acts Available in York
Popular music hire types
Music has many different genres as shown below. We have music acts for hire able to perform in the style of your choosing on our network. From Folk to Rock and from Classical to Metal, we have musicians in all types of genres. There are also a large number of sub-genres. Just let us know on your enquiry and we'll find an act to suit. Many music groups can entertain for an entire evening in a particular decade. This is a great choice for birthday parties when you want to go back in time!
- Pop and Rock Bands & Singers
- Pop Bands & Singers
- Acoustic Bands, Duos, Singers
- Club | Dance Bands
- Indie Bands
- Classic Rock Bands
- Hard Rock | Metal Bands
- Disco & Funk Bands
- R&B (Rhythm and Blues) | Soul & Motown Bands
- Hip Hop Bands & Rappers
- Reggae Bands
- Ska Bands
- Steel Bands
- Classical Musicians
- Jazz Singers, Jazz Duos, Jazz Bands
- Swing | Gypsy Swing Bands
- Blues Singers, Bands
- Rock'n'Roll Bands
- Country Music Bands & Singers
- Folk Bands, Musicians, Singers
- Ceilidh Bands
- Celtic & Irish Bands, Musicians, Singers
- Traditional Music Bands
- Medieval | Historical Musicians
- 1920s Style Bands, Musicians, Singers
- 1930s Style Bands, Musicians, Singers
- 1940s Style Bands, Musicians, Singers
- 1950s Tribute Bands, Musicians, Singers
- 1960s Tribute Bands, Musicians, Singers
- 1970s Tribute Bands, Musicians, Singers
- 1980s Tribute Bands, Musicians, Singers
- 1990s Tribute Bands, Musicians, Singers
- 2000s Tribute Bands, Musicians, Singers
- Modern | Contemporary Bands, Musicians, Singers
- Tribute Acts
Common event types
There are many different event types for which you can book live music. Below we have listed many of the most common but we've provided musicians and groups for many more besides. You can hire live music for every type of event. From pubs and clubs to restaurants and cafes through to special events. For example corporate entertainment or Christmas and New Years Eve. We also provide live wedding music for your special day. Both the ceremony sections, drinks reception and the evening reception/wedding party.
- Wedding Ceremony Musicians
- Wedding Reception Bands
- Private Party and Function Bands
- Birthday Party Bands & Singers
- Corporate Event Bands & Musicians
- Pub | Bar Bands & Singers
- Social Club Bands & Singers
- Freemasons Ladies Night Bands & Singers
- Christmas Bands & Musicians
- New Year's Eve Bands & Singers
- Holiday Park Bands & Singers
- Hotel Bands, Duos & Musicians
- Restaurant | Cafe Bands & Musicians
Musicians code of conduct
To sign-up to the ACE network every music act has agreed to the following code of conduct linked below:
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