Hire Local Motown – Soul – RnB Musicians

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ACE Music Booking Agency‘s Motown musicians provide world class live music entertainment. We have a vast array of local live RnB musicians on our network.

Below is only a small selection of soul and Motown musicians from our network. If what you are looking for is not shown, request the type of music you prefer and we will find the perfect musicians for you!

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Performs Motown RnB Soul

Soulful tones and wide vocal range, with an extensive setlist of songs given a twist make her an ideal choice for any special event…

Performs Motown RnB Soul

PATB Cover some of the most iconic songs from a multiplicity of genres, spanning as many as SIX DECADES worth of classic tracks….

Performs Motown RnB Soul

They deliver excitement, great audience interaction and world-class high energy shows on a par with the best commercial pop concerts…

Performs Motown RnB Soul

Aisha Fay with The Ray-Band presents a rampant party to hear the Motown sound and revive a celebration of Rhythm and Blues, soul and funk…

Performs Motown RnB Soul

We have enjoyed bringing our music interpretations to a host of different events worldwide. From large festivals to intimate venues…

Performs Motown RnB Soul

Hitmen & Her are a 5 to 8 piece soul R&B outfit performing a wide range of top music! From the 60 s to the present day HM&H have it covered…

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The best local Soul musicians

With ACE Music Booking Agency you can get the top local Soul musicians to hire

Every entertainment is unique and there are thousands of musicians to choose from. How can you hire suitable local Soul musicians and what are the costs?

When you want to hire musicians there are a number of important questions you should ask before agreement and payment. With ACE Music Booking Agency you are sure to hire fantastic music at the right price. It is important to ensure you hire the right musicians and we understand not everyone has the time to find the perfect musicians. This is why we are happy to supply fantastic live music to hire from our vetted network of top quality musicians, singers and bands.

ACE Music Booking Agency musicians are able to provide world class entertainment. Choose from solos, duos, trios, quartets, 5-person or larger music group formats. All able to deliver live Motown RnB Soul music to suit your needs.

How to hire Soul musicians

Whether you are looking to hire a new original solo musician for a small village pub or a 10 piece “cover” band for a lavish function, ACE Music Booking Agency is ready and able to help.

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Entertainment Ideas

You can choose different styles of music 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, indie rock, world music acts, mariachi groups, live lounge style music groups or electric violinists. These may be a great fit for corporate event entertainment, weddings and functions. Or maybe you’re more interested in opera singers, classical guitarists, salsa bands and solo duos. For special occasions you might want to consider Christmas music bands, brass bands, singing waiters, piano players or barn dance bands.

Truth is, there are many types of acts available. If you let us know roughly what you’re looking for, we will be able to help you find a suitable act.

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. Music groups usually play popular covers or rock covers from famous bands and themes such as, Bruno Mars, James Bond, Stevie Wonder, Dire Straits, Lady Gaga and many more. You can offer to customise the set-list they perform to fit your event, and they would be happy to help.

Looking to book local bands? Below are some examples of musicians you could book for your event.

You could consider a rock pop function bands perform dance floor filling energetic numbers for your private party. Subtle classical guitarists can also to bring a classy atmosphere as your wedding entertainers. Or are you more interested in barn dance bands?

It’s always best to send your request. You can then choose from the live bands available for your particular date. If you let us know about your live music entertainment ideas we can help you find a fantastic act for hire.

Party entertainment (i.e. wedding party bands) acts are the most popular choices. Such as covers artists, motown, hard rock/metal, funk or rock and roll bands.

For intimate gatherings (i.e. birthday party bands) small groups such as acoustic bands, acoustic duos or folk trios might be a great choice.

Corporate entertainment acts can be as subtle or energetic as you want them to be. Such as jazz bands, steel pan players, background music acts, classical musicians, swing bands, gospel choirs, Latin music bands, rat packs or string quartets. Solo duos, live lounge style bands and rock covers bands are usually quite popular with pub and bar bookings too.

As you can see the list of bands and travelling acts displayed on this page is only a selection. New artists are added on to our website every day and if you haven’t seen what you’re looking for yet, it’s best to send us your request and we will be in touch shortly.

In addition to musicians, singers and bands from area, there are also many bands in the UK, US, Europe and all around the globe that are willing to travel to perform at your event. Most professional bands play nationwide and sometimes worldwide. Especially if you’re considering to offer accommodation with your event, this may lower their costs as well.

If your venue has a sound limiter you may want to send request for acoustic acts; such as singer guitarists. Some amplified music bands to hire may also be suitable for sound limiters as they would have volume control. Such as electric violinists or singing waiters.

For your wedding music please let us know if it’s for your wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast or wedding receptions. Bands for weddings vary depending on the event types. As some bands for hire may only suit one section of your special day, whereas some bands for weddings may have the flexibility to perform for all.

For corporate functions you may find more experienced and versatile cover bands available to hire more suitable. These may include, singer guitarists, brass bands, indie rock bands, Irish bands or world music acts, depending on your selected music types.

Searching for live entertainment for most event types can be confusing and time wasting. The acts you finally decide on may not even be available for your date. This is why we strongly suggest placing your request and receive direct price quotes from the live entertainment acts. The cover bands available will reserve your date for 7 days enabling the time to review, decide and make a booking.

If you have any questions you can always check our frequently asked questions below.

Booking Help and Advice


Help and Advice on Hiring Live Music

See below for frequently asked questions as well as help and advice when booking live music. If your question is not displayed below, please feel free to get in touch with us. Happy to help!


How can I book bands, musicians or singers?

It’s easy to hire . Simply request the type of music you have in mind. Add some information on the event you are planning and we’ll do all the work!

We can find you great for your booking. If you want more control, you can add more information. This can help find exactly what you are looking for.

  1. Number of musicians you prefer.
  2. Style of music you’d like (for example Rock, Pop, the ’60s).
  3. Type of event.
  4. Your budget (this will ensure only music acts within your price range will apply).

You can add any other info which you feel may help. For example, tell us it’s for a 75th birthday party we can find you some great classic bands for hire to get the night swinging! Once completed, ‘Set us to work!’, and we’ll search our network for the right musicians for hire which matches your request.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 or you can take control and get exactly the music you need for your event.

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How long do musicians take to set-up?

Setting up time varies depending on the number of musicians involved. A solo violinist can be ready in a few minutes. A solo singer or duo may need 30 minutes to an hour. Whereas a 10-piece function band for hire may take an hour to 90 minutes. This is to position the musicians on stage, prepare the equipment and sound-check.

If this is a wedding or a private event, they may need to arrive earlier. In either case, it is best to agree with the bands or musicians about the time of arrival. This will allow them to prepare for your event. This should ideally be before your guests or patrons arrive.

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I need to cancel or re-arrange a musician or band booking. What should I do?

This is best done direct with the chosen live music artist as soon as possible.

You can contact us, the band, musician or singer for hire you selected for the event. Please ensure you provide the musicians with as much notice as possible. They may not be able to schedule another performance on the cancellation date. This could lead to a loss of earnings for them.

When you discuss the terms with your hired musician, please cover the cancellation details. Musicians and bands are human-beings too. Likely they will understand if you have a genuine reason for the cancellation. If you have to re-arrange an engagement you should contact the band or musician. Let them know and when you would like them to perform. They may need time to check calendars before confirming the re-arrangement.

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What if the musician / band cancels?

If a musician or band cancels you will need to find a replacement band, singer or musician as soon as possible. We recommend entering another live music hire request. As we may have many bands, singers and musicians available at the last minute.

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Can I see the musicians perform live before booking?

All our musicians, singers and bands for hire are active acts. The band selected for your engagement is very likely to be working in your local area. It may not be the case if they are a high production tribute band. They may not be able to grant you access for private events. However, if it’s a public event, pop along and have a listen.

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Is it possible to pick the songs the musicians will perform?

This depends a great deal on the type of band, singer or musician you are booking. Some bands for hire will work very hard on a particular series of songs. Sometimes linking many songs together into a medley. They will be likely to 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. Your first dance song for example. Other bands or singers for hire will be happy to play any song you request. Providing you give them enough notice to learn them.

Many international musicians, singers and bands to hire travel the world with over hundreds of 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 at your event.

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Will the wedding singer or wedding band for hire perform a first dance song request?

In the many years of operating as a professional live music agency, we have never come across a wedding musician / band that will not be happy to learn a song for your first dance.

You should to bear in mind the type of song you have requested and the style of the wedding band you have chosen. Some bands may not fit the instrumentation and music style. They may not be able to represent the song you chose. For example, choosing a hip-hop song for a classical guitarist. In this case, it could be better to have the band play the official MP3 version through their PA system instead.

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How loud will the band be?

The volume a band performs will depend on the type of instruments involved. Particularly live drums and brass which have a set volume level. If you hired a band that is all amplified then their volume can be set as quiet as the lowest level.

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Will the band be suitable for sound limiters?

This will depend on the type of band selected. Sound limiter is something that should be discussed when booking the band. If you are unsure then it is best to choose a band which is all amplified. The sound produced will be more controllable than a band with un-amplified instruments. Drums for example. Many musicians to hire have experience in working with sound limitations. They will be able to advise whether they will have an issue.

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Do I need to provide anything for the musicians?

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 are booking. The bands and musicians for hire have experience in the space they need and will be able to tell you in more detail. The payment 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.

ACE Music Booking Agency has a “Managed” option. You can choose this for a secure and stress-free booking. ACE will handle communications and booking agreements as well as offering a secure online payment

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What if I have a complaint about the musician / band?

If you have a complaint this should be raised as soon as possible with the music act 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 Agency’s Managed booking option.

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How will the musicians plan my event’s performance?

Exactly as agreed! This usually takes the form of their arrival before the event is to start to set-up and sound-check. They will then make themselves scarce or get changed into their performance costume. Once the music begins the band or musician you have chosen will start their performance. 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 your agreement, accept payment and leave.

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What equipment will the musicians provide?

The band will supply all the equipment they need to perform. If you have any particular requests then please discuss these with the band booked beforehand. Likely the band will provide a suitable lighting system, a PA sound system and enough great songs for everyone in attendance to enjoy.

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Will the musicians need a lot of space?

The amount of space the bands and musicians will need varies. This depends on whether you’re looking for a solo musician, 4-piece band or big bands. Small bands will not need a large space and may only need one plug socket to perform. Whereas a 10 piece band will be best suited to a big stage area. These bands may need extra plug sockets. Please discuss the space your band / musician requires before the booking agreement.

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How long do musicians perform?

As long as agreed! Generally, bands and musicians perform in sections of 45 minutes to an hour. This is usually with a small break in-between usually lasting around 15 to 20 minutes. So if you want your musicians to perform across 3 hours, it is quite likely the band will play for 45 minutes 3 times. Some bands performing across 2 hours, would play for 45 minutes, take a 15-minute break then play for the whole last hour. There are also bands that when asked to perform across 3 hours will do that without a break! You can discuss and agree how long you want your band to perform their music sets and break duration.

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Can I tailor my music act’s performance?

This will depend on how you want to tailor 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 want particular songs performed at particular times or make announcements. Let the musicians know exactly what you would like to change or add. Especially if you plan to have them swinging from the chandeliers!

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How much will it cost to hire a band or musician?

This will depend on the bands and musicians in the area and what your budget may be. It may be unrealistic to request a world class function band with more than 5 members to perform for under 1000 USD, GBP, EUR. It also matters for how long you want the band to perform at your event and if there are any extra requirements. You can detail what you have in mind on your band booking request. A local solo musician can be available from as little as 150 USD, GBP, EUR. Whereas a world class 10 piece wedding band can command thousands. ACE Music Booking Agency will find musicians for hire to fit your budget if you entered it onto your request. So you can rest assured you will be able to afford the musicians we find.

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What happens if a musician is ill?

Illness is something all bands and musicians for hire should be prepared for. Usually, this means another musician stepping into the band for the event. This can also happen for solo acts, as a replacement. The deputy musician will be well versed in the music that the musician performs. You will be unlikely to hear any difference, although they may appear different. If the band or musician hasn’t prepared a deputy or deputy is unavailable, they may have to cancel or perform without the ill musician. You will need to agree with the band or musician what happens in case of illness before the booking.

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Should I hire a solo singer or a band?

You should bear in mind your event and space available when booking your band / musician. If you are having a party for friends in a small garden then a smaller band or an acoustic solo / duo would be a good choice. Home gatherings would be great with an acoustic singer for hire. But, if you’ve hired a large hall with a big stage area then a large party or function band would be a better choice. Just let us know on the booking request the size of bands you prefer and we’ll find it for you.

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Do all music artists perform live?

The musicians and 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. For example, a soloist may use a backing track accompaniment. If you have a preference then please discuss this with the band as they may rather perform to their maximum potential. Even world famous music artists use backing tracks!

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Can musicians play different styles of music?

Some cover bands can perform music across many genres and decades. Whereas others prefer to focus their band on a particular genre. To our experience, bands / musicians that play various music styles are perfect choices. Especially at events with a mixed age audience. For example, when booking a band for a birthday party. If you want your band to perform different styles then simply enter this info into the booking request.

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What are the minimum power requirements for a musician / band?

A string quartet does not need any power and is a great choice for when there are not any power outlets. Small music groups for hire will usually only need one or two power sockets. Larger bands can need many power options to set-up in their correct configuration. When booking please ensure you discuss the power requirements and availability.

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Do the music artists have electrical testing and performance insurance certificates?

Yes and yes! Every band and musician for hire on the ACE Music Booking Agency network needs to comply with electrical testing requirements and will also need to have performance insurance. This ensures that the band you choose to hire will be legally able to perform at your event 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.

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How do I make a booking?

Simply request the type of music you prefer and receive price quotes from great musicians and bands.

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Entertainment ideas

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. They would perform music from a particular era and dress the part to really get your party started. Another idea would be to hire tribute artists as live entertainment. Why not represent the music of your favourite artists at your event. If your function is a garden party, a string quartet playing in the background as 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 live music booking request 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 request with your event location and we will find your perfect musicians. Whether you’re looking for 60s rock bands, Christmas entertainers or live wedding music acts.

Corporate Entertainment

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 request 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.

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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.

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Difference between tribute and cover?

The difference between a tribute act and a cover band is the type of music they play. A tribute act usually performs songs from a particular famous artist. Or they only perform music in a particular era or theme. Most cover bands play music from a wide variety of famous artists that can span many decades.

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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. A great music group responds to the mood to deliver a fantastic entertainment. When you book live music you know you’re hiring musicians that perfected their craft. They perform songs in such a way that will never be exactly the same again. This means every event with a live music act is completely unique for your special occasion.

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Instrument types

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.) This is often accompanied by a vocalist. (The voice itself being an instrument too of course!) Sometimes the guitarist sings as well or includes a separate singer. Next we have percussion usually from a drummer using a kit. But, recently percussion has also been provided by a cajon which is a wooden acoustic box. Most music acts performing at events and functions may also have a keyboardist and a bass guitarist. 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 saxophone and trumpet can make for a big sound combined with other musicians.

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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 and the music to play. It should also include cancellation and payment matters amongst many other factors. Some of the questions you should ask them:

  • How much space do you need?
  • What are the power requirements?
  • How much is your booking fee for events similar to mine?
  • 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 electrical testing certificates?
  • Do you have valid live performance insurance?
  • What time will you arrive?
  • What happens if I cancel your act?

It can be difficult to ensure you have covered everything. To make things easier you can use our Booking Agreement Form. This covers all these points and more to use when you book an act.

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Live music hire cost

The cost depends on a few factors. Including your requirements, performance timings, quality of the act and the number of musicians you book. Below is a guide for average costings for live music acts. These are based on a 2×45 minute sets. Many music acts will play for 3×45 minute sets. Including function and the perfect bands to hire for weddings. And others perform sets of 60 minutes in duration. The quotes per individual act can be lower or higher than 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. For example, a guitar and vocal duo would cost less than hiring a big band. The rates were estimated based on average local base fees for not well-known acts who perform covers and/or original music. This is not considering any extra requirements or special events.

  • Solo Singers: 80 to 300 GBP, USD, EUR
  • Singing Musicians (Singer guitarists, pianists etc.): 100 to 300 GBP, USD, EUR
  • Instrumentalists (Guitarists, pianists, violinists, harpists etc.): 100 to 300 GBP, USD, EUR
  • Duos / 2-Piece Bands: 180 to 500 GBP, USD, EUR
  • Trios / 3-Piece Bands: 270 to 750 GBP, USD, EUR
  • Quartets / 4-Piece Bands: 350 to 850 GBP, USD, EUR
  • 5-Piece Bands: 450 to 1150 GBP, USD, EUR
  • 6-Piece Bands: 550 to 1300 GBP, USD, EUR
  • 7-Piece Bands: 650 to 1500 GBP, USD, EUR
  • 8-Piece and Larger Bands: 640 to 1800+ GBP, USD, EUR
  • Famous celebrity musicians, singers and bands: 10000 to 1000000+ GBP, USD, EUR

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Live music booking areas

You can take a look at the locations we cover 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 also in the surrounding areas. This means our acts can provide music hire without extra travelling expenses.

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Popular music hire types

Music has many different styles as listed our music styles page. 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 or Country Music 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 request and we’ll find an act to suit. From background music Jazz guitarists to party bands. Many music groups can entertain for an entire evening in a particular decade. This is a great choice for themed events, when you want to go back in time!

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Popular instruments

ACE Music Booking Agency does not limit the musicians in our network to be a one type of act. (Not only rock pop cover bands, for example.) So, if you’d like to hear a live saxophone, xylophone or mandolin at your event. And you can easily book them for your live entertainment. Whether your special occasion’s dance floor calls for a
Solo guitarist, Jazz band, cocktail pianist, acoustic band, flute duo, string quartet, mariachi band, medieval minstrels, Irish folk band, Celtic harpist, Ceilidh band, mainstream party band, swing band, acoustic duo with guitar and vocals or a solo singer, simply let us know and we will help you choose the right act.
Some popular instruments performed by our acts include:

  • Accordion
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Backing Tracks
  • Backing Vocals
  • Bagpipe
  • Banjo
  • Bass Guitar
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Drums
  • Electric Guitar
  • Female Lead Vocals
  • Fiddle – Violin
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Harmonica
  • Harp
  • Keyboard – Piano
  • Male Lead Vocals
  • Percussion
  • Saxophone
  • Traditional – Historical Instruments
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Ukulele
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Xylophone

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Common event types

There are many different event types for which you can book live music. We have listed many of the most common event types here, 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 Year’s Eve. We also provide live wedding music for your special day. Both the ceremony sections, drinks reception and the evening reception / wedding party.

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Musicians code of conduct

To sign-up to the ACE network every music act has agreed to the following code of conduct linked below:

Musicians Code of Conduct

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Privacy Policy

The ACE Music Booking Agency privacy policy is linked below:

Privacy Policy

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