Over recent years, many couples tying the knot have been looking for something a bit different for the musical entertainment on their special day, as opposed to the standard wedding music genres of pop, funk and soul.
Often this means songs that the couple and their friends grew up listening to, and as such, one of the most dominant genres of music in the first part of the 21st century...indie rock.
The UK witnessed a great flourishing of indie rock talent in the first decade of the 21st century, as bands like Snow Patrol, Keane and Coldplay experienced huge commercial success.
In more recent years, bands like The Vaccines, Foals and Florence + the Machine continued to attract large fanbases.
As such a dominant musical genre in recent years, it’s no surprise that couples want to hire an indie rock wedding band for their special day, or at least a cover band that can perform a substantial amount of indie rock classics.
There are several bands on FixTheMusic that specialise in this style of music.
Here are the 12 most popular indie rock wedding bands in the UK based on confirmed bookings for 2020 and 2021...
So if you’re in the mood for hiring a band to perform more Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs and less Stevie Wonder and ABBA, you’ve come to the right place!
So let's take a closer look at the most in-demand indie rock wedding bands in the UK this year...
1. The Vitals
Average booking price: £1,386 (as of July 2020)
Location: London, UK
The Vitals are a high-energy indie rock trio who specialise in playing weddings and corporate events throughout the UK and Europe.
The band have vast experience within the industry with members having performed with artists such as Chaka Kahn, Josh Groban, James McCartney, Michael Buble and Gary Barlow to name but a few.
You can rest assured that their musical talents will be matched by their experience and professionalism at your event.
This talented group of musicians have a finely tuned back catalogue of songs in their repertoire, perfect for weddings, private parties and corporate events.
The band cover an eclectic range of artists and styles to include everything from The Beatles, Guns & Roses & The Foo Fighters to other famous artists such as The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Blur & The Strokes.
Based in the South of England, The Vitals are available to hire throughout the UK and Europe.
The band comes fully equipped with lighting and PA system so you won't need to provide a thing. For more information please get in touch.
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Average booking price: £1,523 (as of July 2020)
Location: South Wales
Majesty are an outstanding indie rock wedding band based in the UK, available to perform at weddings, corporate events and private parties.
With endless super cool tunes, bags of charisma and rockstar good looks, this epic line up will bring your event to life.
Majesty are fast becoming one of the most in-demand indie rock wedding and corporate event bands in the UK.
Their repertoire includes massive smash hits from George Ezra, Hozier, Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, James Bay, Fratellis, Kaiser Chiefs, Kings OF Leon, Killers and many more. The very best chart anthems of recent years.
Majesty have fast become one of the most in-demand wedding and corporate event bands in the UK. They are based in South Wales but travel internationally performing at top events across the globe.
Their starry image will undoubtedly appeal to the ladies and the guys get to rock out to their favourite indie hits. Everyone is a winner with this irresistible party band.
Guaranteed to get everyone on the dance floor. This cool, stylish, indie rock band are the real deal. If you want the “the best band we have ever seen” at your event get in touch.
So if you're looking to hire the finest indie rock covers band the UK has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Majesty.
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3. Rock Out
Average booking price: £1,647 (as of July 2020)
Rock Out have made a name for themselves as one of the top UK and international cover bands, playing at some of the largest events around the world.
Their experience is second to none, performing at corporate events such as the Formula 1 in Bahrain, The Carlsberg Festival in Verbier, the TIGI Awards, ITV Awards and the Rugby League qualifiers at the Millennium stadium and many other notable venues such as the NEC, The Cardiff City Stadium and The Gherkin in London.
Rock Out are the perfect cover band for hire for weddings and events worldwide.
They are one of the leading UK and international pop, rock and indie bands for hire.
Consisting of a collection of top session musicians, they are one of the most talented and professional corporate/function bands to hire.
They have one of the most varied set lists in the business and between them, they have a wealth of experience in the music industry.
Performing many of the best hits from the last four decades, they pride themselves on accurate covers of the originals, and in a lot of cases have been said to be even better than the real thing.
They provide a friendly, professional service from the initial booking enquiry right through to the end of every event.
The band work to an exceptionally high standard as musicians and maintain a professional attitude at all times.
Performing at endless corporate events, charity events, weddings, private parties, graduation parties, Summer balls and even bar mitzvahs, Rock Out travel all over the world playing at many of the biggest events.
Previous clients include the Royal College of Music, Pinewood Studios, Barclays, Disney, BMW, the Royal Air Force, Sandown Racecourse, Chester Racecourse, The Royal Navy, Halifax, Cadburys, The British Motorcycle Federation, Ben Jones (Absolute Radio DJ), Sheraton Hotel chain in Poland, Live venues in Meribel, France during ski seasons and many, many more.
So if you're looking to hire the finest rock covers band London (UK) has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with them.
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4. The Manhattans
Average booking price: £2,119 (as of July 2020)
Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
The Manhattans are a high-energy pop & rock covers band based in Hertfordshire.
Having supported huge names including Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park and headlined Trafalgar Square as part of the Closing Paralympic Celebrations, the band caught the attention of promoters in the United States.
Since then the band have been touring across the US supporting bands like Fuel and Alien Ant Farm.
Now back in the UK and based in Hertfordshire, the band have been inundated with requests to perform at corporate events, weddings and private parties.
Available as a high energy 4-piece band as standard, with the option of adding female vocals and Saxophone to the line-up, The Manhattans can tailor their band to suit each client’s individual requirements.
They also offer a DJ service and all Sound and Lighting equipment is included.
Sam, the band's lead vocalist, has recorded backing vocals for artists including Adele, Goldfrapp and Keith Urban, as well as singing on Movie Soundtracks such as "Pan", "The Great Gatsby" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge"
In booking The Manhattans band for your event you are guaranteed a high-energy, professional performance of the highest standard.
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5. The Chiefs
Average booking price: £1,622 (as of July 2020)
Location: Brighton, East Sussex
The Chiefs are regarded as one of the best indie rock covers bands in the UK. Cool, fun and full of energy, they’ll give you a night of rocking live entertainment to remember forever.
A perfect choice if you are looking for something different to the average wedding band and want to bring the sounds of your favourite festival headliners to your event or party.
If you love bands like The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Kooks, Blur, to name a few, The Chiefs is the band to book.
This professional 4-piece band of exceptional full-time musicians are proving a popular choice for wedding and party bookers, as well as popular venues throughout the south of the UK.
Including Brighton and West Sussex venues: THE GRAND, PANGDEAN BARN, SOUTHEND FARM BARN, SOUTH LODGE HOTEL and GRAVETYE MANOR.
The Chiefs are the ideal live party entertainment for weddings, corporate events, nightclubs, forces balls and festivals. Previous clients include ACCENTURE, THE BRITISH ARMY, RAF, ROEDEAN SCHOOL and many more.
If you’re looking to book an authentic indie rock band with bags of enthusiasm, a huge set list of cool, current and classic rock anthems, and an evening of live music you won’t forget. The Chiefs are the band for you!
The Chiefs are an exceptional and extremely professional wedding cover band. They regularly perform at weddings in the Hampshire, Surrey, & South East area, and never fail to pack the dance floor and provide a great nights entertainment you and will your guests will be talking about for a long time to come!
They fully appreciate that it is your special day and do everything they can to ensure that they, as your wedding band, exceed your expectations and make your night one to remember.
The Chiefs are happy to learn the first dance of your choice and will also tailor the set and disco between sets to your tastes.
They provide disco from a laptop but they are more than happy for you to connect your own iPod or laptop to play your own playlists.
The Chiefs come self-contained with professional PA, stage lighting and disco, so provide an entire entertainment package!
They believe that booking the right live band for your wedding reception can transform your day in to something special and have put this band together with that in mind
They are happy to be flexible with times, set list, and will learn a first dance of your choice. The Chiefs would also like to stress that this band is a fully professional band, they are all full time musicians who make a living from playing music.
The quality of our performance and professionalism in how they deal with clients from the enquiry stage right up until the wedding day is very important to us – and they believe of the very highest standard.
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6. The Caves
Average booking price: £1,649 (as of July 2020)
The Caves are available for public and private hire including weddings, parties, corporate events and much more!
They bring with them tons of enthusiasm and professionalism that guarantee an evening to remember.
The Caves offer a classic covers setlist consisting of a varied array of genres dating back five decades to present day.
The Caves will tailor each set to suit specific requirements ensuring you will receive the music you need to get your party going...
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7. The Score
Average booking price: £993 (as of July 2020)
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
Playing literally hundreds of gigs throughout the UK per year, The Score function band can be relied on to provide top class live entertainment for your special evening.
So let The Score 3-piece band take the stress out of booking the live music for your party, wedding or corporate event!
The Score are perfect for festival-themed wedding receptions and just about any other private hire function.
They offer a free DJ set after the live band with every booking!
The Score have an extremely broad repertoire as you will see from our sample song list below.
With hits from the 1960s through to today, you’re sure to be on the dance floor from the first song!
You might be surprised to discover that they can also provide a DJ service to complement the live music.
As a professional, hard-working wedding reception band, you can be assured that The Score band use only top of the range equipment.
This includes instruments, amplifiers, a sound system and lights – all the equipment a top wedding music band needs to perform.
The Score can perform for approximately two hours, and this is usually broken into two sets. They can set up our equipment in a compact space that will allow you and your guests plenty of space to dance in.
The Score will work with the space available and will set up in a convenient and unobtrusive way.
They usually take approximately one hour to set up. All equipment will be checked and the band will be ready to perform within this time.
The Score perform at weddings and functions throughout the Midlands.
They hold public liability insurance (a requirement of most wedding venues) and all our equipment is PAT certified at regular intervals.
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8. Up The Ante
Average booking price: £1,455 (as of July 2020)
Location: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Up The Ante comprises three of the UK’s most talented, versatile and professional session musicians who combine a wealth of musical knowledge and experience to create a highly energetic, fun and dynamic stage performance.
Collectively, the band have clocked up a vast amount of live, recording and TV experience and have worked alongside some of the world’s renowned pop artists such as Jason Derulo, Just Jack, Beyonce, Groove Armada, James McCartney, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Julio Iglesias, Rumer, Cee Lo Green, Craig David and Jason Mraz (to name but a few).
Armed with an eclectic blend of music from the 60’s all the way through to modern chart hits, their versatility enables Up The Ante to cater for any occasion.
And, to cover an even greater depth of material, additional musicians such as a female singer, horn section (sax, trumpet etc.) or backing vocalists can also be added to the line-up to give your party that extra wow factor.
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9. The Motherships
Average booking price: £1,137 (as of July 2020)
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
The Motherships are a 4 piece covers band from central Scotland that entertain at weddings, corporate events and parties.
The Motherships' only aim is for all clients that book them to have exactly what they want, when they want it!
If your event has to be a modern upbeat party or whether you need it to have the old Motown classics to swing to, they will be happy to tailor their song list to suit your preferences.
The Motherships have all their own PA systems, lighting rigs and transport (full details can be given on request). They are also fully covered with full public liability insurance for your own peace of mind. All equipment is PAT tested to the highest safety standards.
They are able to learn any song requests you may have, provided you let us know well in advance of your wedding or event.
So if you are in need of the finest wedding band Glasgow has to offer, that are amongst the most reliable and experienced in the business, then look no further than The Motherships band.
At The Motherships, they're suckers for romance. Helping couples to celebrate their wedding day is the most gratifying part of their job.
They aim to deliver a service that is completely bespoke for you and yours, with minimal fuss - leaving you to concentrate on everything else that goes into planning the best day of your life.
They provide everything you need, including set list consultation to get your wedding soundtrack just right, to all of their own sound and lighting equipment, so that you know you can arrive on the day with your guests, relaxed and ready to party.
The band also offers a called ceilidh set, which is a very popular option to include.
They perform all over the UK, and take bookings years in advance.
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10. The Britpop Covers Band
Average booking price: £1,287 (as of July 2020)
Based in Birmingham, The Britpop Covers Band is the best of its kind, delivering faithful and fun renditions of some your favourite nineties hits.
The Britpop Covers Band deliver an energy-packed tribute to the 90s Britpop, Madchester and Indie era.
The sound, the look and the vibe are all created by the lads as they belt out all the epic anthems you know and love, from Oasis’ Don’t Look Back In Anger and Blur’s Parklife to James’ Sit Down and The Verve’s Sonnet
These guys have an absolutely banging repertoire that will have everyone filled with ‘90s nostalgia and get everybody dancing!
Oasis didn’t sound like Blur who didn’t sound like James who didn’t sound like Happy Mondays.
Yet close attention to detail is a speciality as The Britpop Covers Band pay homage to a variety of different artists that came from such a defining era of music not seen since the sixties.
Additionally, The Britpop Covers Band can also swap some of the lesser-known / melancholy tracks for party floor-fillers that either influenced or were influenced by Britpop.
Artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, T. Rex, The Jam, Stereophonics, Kaiser Chiefs can also be included in the set to give something to every generation. Oh, and they can also throw in a couple of Christmas ones in December!
So, if you’re looking to hire one of the UK’s best Britpop tribute bands, look no further than The Britpop Covers Band and get in touch today!
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11. The Atoms
Average booking price: £1,853 (as of July 2020)
Location: South Wales
The Atoms..the best young indie-rock cover band in the UK!
Since forming in 2011 they have fast become one of the most in-demand wedding bands in the country and play at over 100 weddings and events every year.
Their cool contemporary sets cater for all and include music from Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, The Kinks and many more....none of the same old wedding songs.
When you book this highly experienced 4 piece band your whole evening's entertainment is taken care of.
They provide free state of the art DJ software to keep your party kicking between sets. These super talented boys are sure to make your night one to remember!
They live and breathe music and this is reflected in their refreshing performances and highly professional attitude.
Sensational vocals and superb musicians whose sole intention is to get you and your guests rocking the night away with their non-stop floor fillers!!
The boys are managed and mentored by a team who have worked with the likes of Robbie Williams & Cee Lo Green. Performed in West End Shows and appeared at Major theatres & festivals all over the world.
Meaning that although these guys are young and fresh they benefit from over 20 years of experience in the business, not many young bands have this rare opportunity. Book The Atoms today and see what all the fuss is about!
The band have recently performed at the stunning Pencoed House Estate wedding venue in Cardiff and will be returning there for more weddings next year.
So if you're looking to hire the finest indie rock wedding band UK has to offer, get in touch with The Atoms.
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12. Turn Of The Century
Average booking price: £1,343 (as of July 2020)
Location: Guildford, Surrey
Turn Of The Century are an outstanding pop covers trio from Guildford, UK.
They specialise in 80s, 90s and 00s urban, pop, UK garage dance hits.
They also play a wide variety of pop, funk, garage, disco, rock, soul and reggae hits to get the dancefloor moving. They offer DJ services for before and/or after they play at your event.
Turn Of The Century can also provide beautiful acoustic sounds for tender moments, like walking down the aisle etc.
So if you're looking to hire the finest pop and indie wedding band UK has to offer, get in touch with them!
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What sort of music do the indie-rock bands perform?
Our indie-rock bands will cover songs by bands such as Mumford & Sons, Blink 182, The Strokes, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Kings Of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys. Most of the songs feature electric guitar, bass, drums and male or female vocals (or sometimes both).
Most bands take one or two requests to learn before your event – usually for your first dance if you are booking the band for a wedding.
Indie-rock bands tend to be either a 3-piece band or 4-piece band. If you prefer a fuller sound from the band, you'd be better booking a 4-piece indie-rock band; but if your venue has limited space or if you're trying to keep costs down, go for a 3-piece indie-rock trio. The bands perform a mix of indie, rock, pop and folk covers.
What does "indie" mean?
Indie music traditionally referred to music that was produced independently from commercial record labels – it was supposed to be free from the typical constraints that come with producing music for a commercial audience.
These days, indie music does include artists represented by big household labels and for most famous indie bands, they aren't strictly "independent" anymore. However, the style of music continues – with an emphasis on slightly heavier, guitar-based sounds.
What kind of events do the indie rock bands perform at?
The indie rock bands on FixTheMusic perform at hundreds of weddings each year, as well as charity and corporate events. The bands are particularly popular at events with a fairly young crowd – often in their late 20s or 30s, who grew up with some of the classic indie-rock tunes that the bands cover.
All professional bands on FixTheMusic have Public Liability Insurance and use PAT-certified electrical equipment – these are requirements of most wedding venues in the UK.
Most of our indie rock wedding bands are also capable of performing at venues with sound or noise limiters, often by using hot rods or brushes rather than conventional drumsticks, or using an electric drum kit.
How much will it cost to hire an indie-rock band?
Local indie-rock trios begin at £950, with four-piece bands starting at £1,200. Musicians always tailor their quote for your event and requirements.
If you wanted a larger band, the price would increase. Some bands can add a saxophone to the line-up or another vocalist, for example.
We have a number of rock, indie and alternative bands based across the UK. Each lineup specialises in guitar-based covers usually with male lead vocals. All the bands on FixTheMusic are hand-picked, local and guaranteed to get your guests dancing.
Our bands have vast experience performing at weddings, corporate functions and public events across the UK.
— Adam is a co-founder of FixTheMusic and works on everything from copywriting and marketing to design and user experience. He studied Music at Cambridge University. Adam is a keen pianist, and also learned cello and trumpet from an early age.