How to hire a band for New Year's Eve (Updated February 2020)

30 OCTOBER 2019
Blog post by Edward Southall
Estimated read time: 2 minutes

Since 2016, we at FixTheMusic have provided bands for hundreds of New Year’s Eve events each year. With that special time of year fast approaching, we’ve put together a few frequently asked questions to help guide you.

When should I book the band for our New Year’s Eve party?

You should aim to book your band at least 6 months before the event. Our most in-demand bands will be booked a year or more in advance, but many will still have availability until around July or August.

NYE is the busiest night of the year for our live bands so it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.

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Here's one of our most popular bands who perform on New Year's Eve every year. Miami Nights are an 80s tribute band based in Wales, but available throughout the UK.

Here are some more outstanding cover bands who regularly perform on NYE every year...

Scintillate are a luxury high-end function band with over 15 years of industry experience.

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.

The Scottish Soul Collective are a first-class 2 to 11 piece soul band specialising in high energy music for weddings, corporate events and private parties.

Fusion Girls are a unique trio of DJ mixing, light-up sax & percussion, available for events in the UK and worldwide.

How much do bands charge for new year’s eve events?

Most function bands charge roughly double their normal fee for a new year’s event. The average price for a covers band from last year’s events was £2,424.

Bear in mind that they are working on a night when most people choose to celebrate with friends and family, so the prices they charge will reflect this.

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Are there any cheaper options?

If hiring a full band is beyond your budget, you could book a DJ, solo musician or duo for the entertainment for your New Year’s party instead. A singer-guitarist is a popular choice, especially ones who use live looping, as this can create a full sound that is still suitable for encouraging guests to dance.

Who are the most frequently booked bands for New Year’s Eve in the UK?

Our ceilidh bands are in particularly high demand for NYE. Many are booked every year on FixTheMusic for Hogmanay celebrations throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as in the Middle East.

Top tip: Add a couple of highland dancers to your ceilidh band for that extra special touch!

We’ve also noticed many enquiries for DJ, sax and percussion groups. They provide an energetic alternative to the usual function band and are guaranteed to keep your guests dancing through the night.

I’m having my wedding on New Year’s Eve. Can I still book a band?

Absolutely! We receive numerous enquiries each year for NYE weddings. It’s an increasingly popular date for weddings and all of our bands have experience of this. You’ll probably want to hire the band until 1am so they cover the big countdown to midnight and then can play a final set before your guests head home.

I’m having a theme for my New Year’s Eve party. Will the band join in?

Most bands are happy to tailor their clothing and set lists to suit a themed event. You might also want to hire a particular type of band to match your theme. For example, our vintage jazz bands are especially popular at Great Gatsby and 1920s themed events where they also play modern covers in a jazz & swing style.

1990s & old school throwback parties are also popular themes and FixTheMusic has a range of bands that cover artists including Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls and Craig David.

Where in the UK do most bands perform for New Year's Eve?

The majority of the events that our cover bands perform at for New Year's Eve are in London, Essex and the south east of the UK (Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire). We also provide bands for parties in Liverpool, Manchester, Scotland, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Bath, Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Oxford, Cambridge... and many other towns and cities in the UK and beyond!).

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If you're planning your own New Year's Eve bash, what are your plans for the live music or entertainment? Tell us in the comments section below!

— Ed is a recovering lawyer, having worked at international firm Hogan Lovells in London and Hong Kong before moving to a specialist practice in Mayfair. He left law to return to one of his earliest passions — music.