The experts at Alive Network share their picks for the best and most brilliant entertainment for your wedding reception
When it comes to wedding entertainment for your evening reception, you know your live wedding band are gonna rock it, but how do you know which band is perfect for you? These are Alive Network’s top ten wedding bands – they’re brilliant, they’re friendly, they’re flexible, and they’re uber-talented… And they know that the perfect entertainment for weddings is all about partying exactly the way you want.
These guys are quality, and massively popular! Regularly performing worldwide, Hipster have not just played for TV royalty, GoT’s very own King in the North, Kit Harington – they come endorsed by HRH Prince Harry himself! They’re often found on the festival circuit, working with big names like BBC Radio 2 and celebrated record producer Nick Lowe.
With over 17 years of experience and a massive repertoire – from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to The Killers and Ed Sheeran – their mix of rock, pop and indie will make sure all ages are burning up the dancefloor. See Hipster's profile on the Alive Network here.
The Good Habits
Fab, fresh three-piece with a broad repertoire, power trio The Good Habits will create an energetic atmosphere at your wedding, covering a wide range of genres from the ‘60s right up to current tracks, that all your guests will love. From The Kinks to Katy Perry, and The Beatles and Bowie to Bruno Mars.
Members of the band have especially cool credits, from experience supporting The Libertines and Funeral For A Friend, to appearances at festivals like Neighbourhood and Festival No. 6, as well as European tours and featured spots on Spotify’s New Music Friday. Yes, please! Watch them perform here and see their profile on the Alive Network here.
"They smashed our first dance song and now my wife can’t stop singing it round the house…! The rest of the performance was spot on. I would highly recommend the band … and in future would look to book them again." Jack Farrar, May 2017
Guitar-based indie rock and pop wedding band, Fraudio are young and experienced and ready to take on your wedding! Members of the band have UK and European tour experience with the likes of Biffy Clyro and The Bluetones, as well as main stage festival performances.
Fraudio have an awesome interactive repertoire, and love throwing in a few pop surprises to mix it up and keep the energy pumping! They like to give passionate, high energy performances and get the crowd involved, particularly towards the end of the night, to make them feel like they’re part of the night, as drummer Graham explains, “we like to keep the energy high – it’s meant to be fun, it’s not meant to be just a performance.”
If your venue has volume restrictions, Fraudio are a ‘sound limiter friendly’ band, so they can still rock your evening do, while keeping your venue and their neighbours happy. Result! See Fraduio's profile on the Alive Network here.
If you’re after a really lively, entertaining night that will put you and your guests front and centre, Happy Hour bring bags of fun, energy and interactivity. Their wireless equipment means they can move around and mix things up, performing on stairs, jumping on tables and getting everyone involved. Heck, they’re the ones at the front of your conga line!
They’re sound-limiter friendly, so can adapt their performance to suit your venue, and they can even take piccies of your dancefloor moments, and share them on Facebook, so you can tag your friends and revel in the fab fuzzy memories weeks before your professional photos show up. Watch them perform here. Take a look at their profile on the Alive Network here.
"The dance floor was occupied all night and everyone has raved about how great Happy Hour were. The music was a great mix, the band interacted well with the guests and (really importantly) they seemed to have fun and be really loving it themselves, which … really showed through in their performance. So a big thank you to Happy Hour, you made our wedding everything we hoped it would be and more!" Heather and Sam, April 2017
The Hot Shots
The Hot Shots are an award-winning wedding band from Essex – in 2015, the Wedding Industry Awards named them the Best Wedding Band in the South East, but they’ll travel UK-wide to rock at your wedding. They’re a versatile four-piece, playing classic to modern indie, rock, and pop chart hits. Expect songs from Maroon 5, Daft Punk, Queen, Rihanna, Coldplay, The Killers, Elbow and Oasis.
They’re cool, young, energetic and brimming with talent. The Hot Shots play at loads of great venues and festivals, year-round, including London Astoria, V Festival and O2 Arena, and they’ve performed alongside artists like Scouting For Girls and Steven Adler from Guns ‘n’ Roses. Look at their profile on the Alive Network here!
These guys are a fun five-piece band featuring both male and female vocals, so you get a bigger choice of your favourite tracks. They perform everything including rock, pop, indie, soul and Motown – great for big indie kids and pop-lovers alike and perfect for dancing! They also offer an acoustic set and a DJ service, so you can get more band for your buck throughout your day. Happy days! Take a look at Dexter's profile on the Alive Network here.
Suited and booted or cool and casual, Live Wires tailor their look and their sound to your venue, offering a wide range of tracks to choose from. They usually perform a varied set to cater for all ages, which includes a mix of ‘60s, ‘70s, indie and modern songs by Ed Sheeran, Take That, The Beatles, The Commitments, Kings Of Leon, Oasis, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Andy Williams...we could go on! Guaranteed to please crowds all night long. Browse their profile on the Alive Network here.
"Live Wires were amazing, I can’t recommend them enough! They played a great range of songs – something for everyone. They got the crowd going by getting people to vote for songs, and having banter between songs. Overall the quality of their music was incredibly tight and fun.” William Burgess, August 2017
Party Starters are a fresh female-fronted band, who really know how to get a great party moving! So if you fancy some party classics, like Queen, Aretha, and MJ or want to rock out to a bit of Nirvana, fancy shaking it off with Taylor Swift, or funking it up, Uptown style with Marc Ronson and Bruno Mars, look no further! Party Starters offer tailored choices like a Motown set, acoustic sets, a late finish, full DJ packages, and the option to learn a new song, just for your big night. See their profile on the Alive Network here.
The Long Straws
If you and your partner’s style is more swing, jive and Rock n Roll, The Long Straws are an uber cool alternative to your usual rock and chart band. Their original takes on old classics and modern hits all have a rockabilly twist guaranteed to shake up your night and get your feet moving. Covering music from artists as diverse as Madness, Jerry Lee Lewis, T. Rex, Green Day, Adele, and The Weeknd with their unique verve and style, if you want a lively party filled with modern vintage vibes, these guys are your perfect match. Find out more about The Long Straws here.
"The Long Straws were the talk of the evening! Everyone loved the music, and they filled the dancefloor. The first dance they performed for us was better than the original." Chris Warburton, May 2017
Magnetic and modern with bags of energy, Breakthrough’s playing credentials include a stint on Jools Holland, no less. They have a massive repertoire of songs from the ‘50s to the present day, so you can expect Rock n Roll classics by The Beatles and The Kinks, tracks by soul masters like James Brown and Marvin Gaye, gems from artists like A-ha, The Jam, and Blur, and modern masterpieces by Meghan Trainor, Robin Thicke, and Mr JT. Look at Breakthrough's profile on the Alive Network here.