The UK is home to some of the finest soul & Motown bands for hire in Europe...bands that perform regularly at high-end corporate events and celebrity weddings.
In this blog post, we'll list out the 7 most popular soul bands in the UK on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings in 2019 and 2020.
You'll see that there is a huge range of styles and that many of the cover bands offer something a bit different to make your event truly memorable.
Here's the list of the 7 best soul & Motown bands in the UK for 2019...
1. Soul Destiny
3. Soul Flight
4. The Scottish Soul Collective
5. Full Tilt
6. Full House
7. Disciples of Soul
So let's take a closer look at the most in-demand soul & Motown bands in the UK this year...
1. Soul Destiny
Average booking price: £1,533 (as of July 2020)
Location: London, UK
Soul Destiny are an energetic party band with a fresh repertoire focused on modern Pop, Soul and R&B.
Expect to hear Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, Beyonce and Drake mixed with classics like Prince, Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan.
Soul Destiny specialise in private entertainment and have built a reputation on high energy performances that make events unique and memorable occasions.
As one of the UK's top modern Motown bands, Soul Destiny provide top London session musicians that always guarantee electrifying performances.
Their members have a wealth of experience playing and recording for major artists such as John Newman, Rod Stewart, Kwabs, Clean Bandit and Jessie J.
Soul Destiny can also provide DJ Services and bespoke line-ups, from intimate duo performances to larger ensembles.
So if you're looking to hire the finest soul, Motown and RnB band London has to offer, get in touch with Soul Destiny.
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Average booking price: £1,872 (as of July 2020)
Location: London, UK
Supersoul are a soul band based in London featuring some of the finest musicians in the UK.
With an authentic soul, funk & Motown repertoire taking in such musical luminaries as Ray Charles, the Four Tops and Stevie Wonder, Supersoul are the perfect choice to keep your dance floor filled.
The band have performed across the UK and have entertained at some of the most prestigious venues including London's Ritz Hotel and the top floor of The Gherkin.
Their standard line up is their 6 piece band which is Male & Female Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Bass & Drums. We can expand the line-up to include brass for an extra fee.
Supersoul play for 2 hours which can be arranged as 2 x 60 minute or 3 x 40 minute sets. The band have their own engineer with professional PA system & lighting (all equipment PAT-certified).
Their sound engineer also supplies the music between the live band's sets if you don't have a DJ.
Supersoul will turn your celebration into an unforgettable event!
Whether you require a live band for corporate events, session work, weddings, or parties, Supersoul's fusion of effortless musicianship and attention to detail, choreographed stage show and current versatile set list, will undoubtedly make us the ideal band for you.
With a plethora of professional musical accolades, including such highlights as winning MOBO awards, worldwide tours including performances with Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Boys II Men, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Brand New Heavies, Cheryl Crow and Beverly Knight, and the Wailers to name but a few.
Supersoul perform at wedding receptions, parties, corporate events and have performed at iconic venues such as the London Gherkin, Mayfair One & Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
The diversity and calibre of Supersoul musicians means that any song can be learnt with finesse at the drop of a hat, and their set list reflects this, with hits from the 50s right through to this week’s top 40, along with the constant and frequent addition of new songs, dance moves, and sound and lighting.
Supersoul band consists of Joell (Vocals), Katanya (Vocals), Rich (Guitar), Matteo (Bass), Emilio (Keys) and Lee (Drums).
So if you're looking to hire the finest soul wedding band London has to offer, get in touch with Supersoul.
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3. Soul Flight
Average booking price: £3,347 (as of July 2020)
Location: London, UK
Soul Flight brings Funk, Soul, and Disco back to the 21st Century.
None of the cheese, and only the best grooves to guarantee a packed dance floor all night long!
Based in London, Soul Flight are one of the UK's leading funk & soul bands, having performed at hundreds of weddings and corporate events around the UK and also in Europe.
The smallest line up is the 5pc consisting of female vocal, guitar, bass, drums and keyboards - this is the perfect line up for smaller venues and events which are not able to host their bigger line ups.
Their female vocals are some of the best London in the business, and know exactly how to get your guests off their seats and onto the dancefloor!
To truly experience what the band can offer though, they recommend a minimum of the 7pc band which is the same as the 5pc plus male vocal and saxophone.
Their male vocalist oozes soul and your guests are sure to love him!
Having a male and female duo front the band creates a wonderful dynamic on stage, and as a team they are able to work the crowd much better.
Their saxophone player is one of the best in the business, and when it's time for him to shine be prepared to see your guests' jaws drop as plays the most captivating melodies.
If you're lucky he may even leave the stage and join you and your guests in the middle of the dancedloor!
If funk is your thing they highly recommend adding a trumpet. There is nothing quite like the sound of a full brass section for that fat, funk sound. and having 2 horns working in combination allows the band to play more of the brass heavy songs such as "Move On Up" by Curtis Mayfield.
For a more tropical edge, why not add some percussion? Bongos and congas are a staple of disco and house music, but percussion is rarely seen on stage these days. So having a live bongo/ conga player is sure to please your guests, and this gives the band a more authentic disco sound and flavour.
For those looking for the ultimate line up, the band can complete their line up with an additional female vocalist. Having 3 vocalists allows the band to create luscious vocal harmonies, aswell as perform choreography on stage and really work the dancefloor!
Expect to hear your favourite Funk, Soul, Motown and Disco classics by Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Chic, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Prince and Michael Jackson.
Not only that, but Soul Flight Band bring you right up to date with more recent hits inspired by these old school legends, with Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Pharell Williams and many more..!
For those of you looking for something super cool and off the charts, Soul Flight also perform a number of rare groove, funk, and acid jazz tracks which will keep even the most discerning listener happy!
All of this is presented to you in the unique Soul Flight style with glitz, glam, flair and energy for a spectacular night that you and your guests will never forget!
The Soul Flight Band has performed at many renowned venues in London and beyond including Blenheim Palace, Emirates Stadium, Madame Tussauds, The London Science Museum, Bush Hall, The Savoy, The Ritz, The Hilton, as well as 100's of smaller wedding venues across the country.
The most popular line up is the 7 piece soul & Motown band, which is the smallest line up featuring the perfect combination of male & female vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and saxophone.
So if you're looking to hire the finest showband London has to offer for your wedding or corporate event, get in touch with Soul Flight.
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4. The Scottish Soul Collective
Average booking price: £2,735 (as of July 2020)
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
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.
With no event too big or too small, the band is always bring the party and pack the dance floor! The Scottish Soul Collective is widely considered to be the best soul wedding band in Scotland.
Based in Glasgow, The Scottish Soul Collective is composed of a group of inspirational musicians and skilful performers and singers from across the UK. The artists behind The Scottish Soul Collective have earned their reputations as the best in the business and have over 200 years of combined performance experience.
With a huge repertoire list and fantastic arrangements, we perform a unique mix of genres and songs, all of which can be tailored to meet the requirements of you and your guests.
We want to contribute towards making your event as unique and unforgettable as possible so get in touch now to discuss enquiries and bookings.
So if you're looking to hire the finest soul and Motown wedding band Glasgow and Scotland has to offer, get in touch with The Scottish Soul Collective.
The band have performed all over the world and bring their vast musical experience to every performance.
With all their own equipment and a huge catalogue of songs suitable for any occasion, The Scottish Soul Collective will ensure your night runs smoothly and create a set list designed to keep your dance floor full ensuring that any event is a huge success.
The Scottish Soul Collective perform at all events, be it weddings, office parties, corporate events, private parties, they have it all covered.
Every event is seen as being unique and is approached in that way, guaranteeing that the music performed and running of your night is a success.
The Scottish Soul Collective tailor every single performance to the client's needs, working as closely as possible to ensure that every event is stress-free and memorable for all the right reasons.
The Scottish Soul Collective perform music from a huge and ever-expanding catalogue of songs ranging from funk, soul and Motown, through to jazz, pop and rock.
They understand the importance of having the right songs performed at your event and tailor their set with that in mind. The Scottish Soul Collective can perform any piece of music and are happy to arrange music for your event which may not be in their repertoire.
The band can also tailor their band size to meet your needs and understand you may not have space or the budget for a full 11 piece showband. Percussion can be added to any of their line-ups – and this option is highly recommended. If you have a preference for a male singer or female singer (or both male and female vocals!), then just let the band know at the time of booking.
The Scottish Soul Collective also perform as a 7 piece, a 9 piece and 11 piece.
The band is also available to perform Jazz sets as a trio, quartet or quintet if you require music for canapes, wedding ceremonies or champagne receptions.
The Scottish Soul Collective bring in all their own equipment and sound system so once you've booked the band, decided on what music you want and when you want the band to perform there is nothing to worry about and they will take care of the rest.
For weddings, the band usually provides 3 x 1 hour sets between 7pm and 12 midnight. They can also provide a short ceilidh set.
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5. Full Tilt
Average booking price: £2,349 (as of July 2020)
Location: London, UK
Full Tilt are one of the UK’s most popular bands, compelling people to dance with their unrivalled quality, endless energy and an abundance of soul.
They are available to perform at weddings, corporate events and any other kind of party.
Unique to the UK, they are the only group that provides a "band silent disco" – perfect for venues with sound limiters.
One of their favourite things about playing at weddings is the first dance. There are many wedding bands that will simply play your first dance on a CD and then go through the motions playing the same set they play at every wedding…but not Full Tilt!
They will happily learn the first dance song and play it live for that memorable moment – completely free of charge!
Although the full Full Tilt experience is the 8-piece band with full rhythm section, 2 horns (trumpet and saxophone) and 2 singers, they do offer a variety of different ensembles to suit your event.
Their smallest line-up is the 5-piece band which is perfect if you are tight on budget or space!
They will provide their own PA and lighting for up to 500 people. For larger events there will be a hire charge.
They are happy to provide a DJ service - either their own selection of music or your own selection before and in between their sets. Most people find that they don’t need a separate DJ as well as the band.
Full Tilt musicians usually perform in white shirts, dark trousers and cool, skinny ties with waistcoats and other accessories!
However, they can wear suits or even black tie if required. They will always be smart in appearance on and off stage.
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6. Full House
Average booking price: £1,252 (as of July 2020)
Location: West Yorkshire, UK
Full House are an exciting 5 to 10 piece function band, particularly in demand to play at wedding receptions, corporate events and private parties.
Our members have many years of experience working for some of the biggest artists and shows including Westlife, China Crisis, The Wiz, Abba Tribute, Alexander O'Neal and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Our lead singer's soulful pop vocals and extensive musical ability is fused with an accomplished team. We offer a professional service and guarantee an eye-catching, foot-stomping performance that will make any event memorable!
We can perform any style of music but specialise in modern pop as well as 70s, 80s and 90s soul classics. Song requests for your event will be gladly welcomed – just give us a month's notice prior to your event.
We have different band size packages to suit you and your event, from a standard five-piece setup (bass, drums, keyboards, guitar and lead vocal), to an enlarged ensemble if required.
So if you're looking to hire the finest wedding band West Yorkshire has to offer, get in touch with Full House.
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7. Disciples of Soul
Average booking price: £2,150 (as of July 2020)
Location: Manchester, UK
Disciples of Soul are an eight-piece funk and soul band, who perform authentic covers and are comprised of some of the best professional musicians in the North West.
Disciples of Soul offer a slick, stylish, professional performance with no downtime between songs and guarantee to get everyone dancing to Disciples of Soul beat.
They are in demand to perform at weddings, parties, corporate events and other private events throughout the UK and internationally.
Born out of a mutual love of the work of The Wrecking Crew and of The Funk Brothers, and named after the borough of New Orleans that carried rock ’n’ roll through its earliest days, Disciples of Soul are available as an 8-piece line up featuring drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals with a three-piece brass section.
This line up can be extended to include additional backing vocalists and percussion for the full Funk Brothers experience.
Fronted by the sensational lead vocals of Amber, the band showcase a blend of established professional musicians, including a former World Champion and Royal National Ballet accompanist.
The band has a wealth of experience of performing across the UK and internationally for a range of corporate, private and leisure clients.
They expect the highest standards of each other with regard to musicianship and showmanship to ensure that every performance is unique and special for those in attendance.
Focusing firmly on Soul and Funk, each show explores the hits of Motown, Stax, Chess and Northern Soul, as well as putting a unique stamp on a variety of classic and contemporary floor fillers.
The band work to ensure that the dance floor is full and that the most enjoyable time possible is had by all.
As well as high expectations of themselves on stage, they expect the same off stage in dealing with clients.
They work to build an effective working relationship with every client, no matter the scale of job, to ensure that every event is dealt with in a manner that makes the client's occasion really special.
Disciples of Soul happily accept first dance requests and will work to adapt their setlist to the request of each client.
As well as a full band experience, Disciples of Soul can offer background music, or accompaniment for any part of any event across a range of genres; be it a wedding breakfast or a gala dinner.
A full lighting rig and high specification sound system accompany them wherever they go, and as a result, a DJ/Disco service is also available to ensure that the event embodies the atmosphere intended by the host.
Disciples of Soul band aren't just another Motown band. They aren't just another Soul or Funk band. They're not just another wedding band. Disciples of Soul are THE band that will make your event truly special.
Disciples of Soul band consists of Amber, Craig, Lewis, Tomos, Peter, Ben, Mike and Jim.
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Aside from the top 7 soul wedding bands we've listed above, we would also like to share with you some of FixTheMusic's trending soul & Motown bands, who have become very popular in recent months. These are also widely considered to be some of the best wedding band hire options in the UK...
Average booking price: £2,820 (as of July 2020)
Location: Liverpool, Merseyside
Powerhouse are one of the UK’s leading wedding and event bands providing a glittering line-up from 4 to 10 musicians and vocalists.
They perform a wide variety of Soul, R&B, Pop, Ibiza-style Dance & Electronic music, guaranteed to get your guests onto the dance floor!
Featuring musicians and singers who have worked with reputable artists such as Paul Van Dyk, Nile Rodgers, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Keane, Elton John, Kid Creole, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Cream, Nate Watts, Oz Noy, Russell Watson, Boy George, Chris Difford, and many more…..
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Average booking price: £1,624 (as of July 2020)
Location: London, UK
One of the many soul and Motown bands on FixTheMusic, Motown Misters is a firm favourite with our clientele.
This band is a great choice for anyone who is in need of a function band or lively musical entertainment for their wedding day.
Motown Misters can perform an expansive array of hit songs at your party or wedding, including the work of Jackson 5, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Rick James and more.
It’s not only soul and Motown songs that can feature on your setlist either, as Motown Misters can also perform a full range of more standard classics as well...there will certainly be something for everyone!
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Average booking price: £4,960 (as of July 2020)
Location: London, UK
Scintillate are a luxury high-end function band with over 15 years of industry experience.
They perform at weddings, corporate events and private functions in the UK & across the globe.
From music selection and arrangements to performance and attire, everything about Scintillate oozes class and professionalism.
They aim to uplift your function by creating an incredible atmosphere to suit, with utmost elegance and sophistication.
From 2020, Scintillate are offering a larger lineup to include full horn section for that extra wow factor at weddings and events.
Scintillate are one of the most popular wedding bands so we recommend enquiring well in advance, especially if your event is on a Friday or Saturday between May and October (peak wedding season). Please consider a weekday or Sunday wedding so we can have availability!
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Average booking price: £4,824 (as of July 2020)
Location: London, UK
Introducing the finest band on the London wedding and party scene, welcome to the world of MOJO!
They’ve fused stunning vocals with a super tight rhythm section and razor-sharp horns to create the ultimate band for any event.
From funk masterpieces by Stevie Wonder and James Brown to modern classics by the likes of Daft Punk and Bruno Mars, MOJO will keep any dance floor packed all night long!
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The Inside Groove
Average booking price: £4,924 (as of July 2020)
Location: London, UK
The Inside Groove are an outstanding covers band who perform worldwide at weddings, high-end corporate events and private parties.
Founded in 2017, they are known for their ability to pack the dance floor as they perform their upbeat and eclectic repertoire.
Their artists have previous experience supporting world-renowned artists including Craig David, Chase & Status, Maverick Sabre and Jorja Smith.
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Average booking price: £2,280 (as of July 2020)
Location: Bristol, UK
Formed in 2011, Brooklyn Funk was created as a way for seven talented musicians to play the music they love...funk, soul and Motown.
Initially playing in pubs and clubs around Bristol & The South West, the authentic sound of Brooklyn Funk has led to more and more wedding and corporate performances throughout the UK.
Brooklyn Funk's musicians can really play. Their busy schedule includes performing and recording with artists such as Kenny Thomas, Bizarre Inc & This Picture.
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Below are some frequently asked questions about soul bands that we receive:
What kind of events do the soul bands perform at?
Our soul bands perform at a wide variety of events, including weddings, corporate events, product launches, birthday parties, charity functions and festivals.
Will there be more than one singer in the band?
Many of our bands include both a male and female singer in the band. This allows the band to cover a wider range of songs in their repertoire. Some bands also have male and female backing vocals. The number of additional vocals will have an impact on the overall price of the band, so some of the cheaper Motown soul bands will probably include only one soul singer.
What musical instruments will be in the soul band?
The standard line-up will include singer (or singers), guitar, bass guitar, drums and percussion and possibly keyboards. Additional instruments include a horn or brass section made up of trumpet, saxophone or trombone.
What kind of songs will the soul bands perform?
The bands perform a range of classic soul hits to more modern soul songs. Examples of artists the bands cover include Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Sister Sledge, Kool And The Gang, Jackie Wilson, Luther Vandross, Curtis Mayfield, Chic, Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown, The Supremes, The Four Tops and James Brown.
As well as soul music, the bands will draw inspiration from other musical genres, especially Motown, disco and funk. More modern soul bands will also have some RnB, ska and hip hop.
How much does it cost to hire a soul band?
Soul bands tend to be more expensive than the average pop or rock covers band. This is largely because of the number of musicians and singers required to produce an authentic soul sound. The average price of a soul band on FixTheMusic is £1,850. The prices range from around £1,500 for a smaller soul band, up to £3,000 or more, depending on the size of soul band you choose to hire.
How long do the soul bands perform for?
As is standard for wedding or corporate entertainment, most live soul bands will provide around 2 hours of live music. This is often split into 2 x 60 minute sets, or 3 x 40 minute sets. The bands will provide background music (a "laptop DJ service") in between the live music. Most bands arrive at the venue at around 5pm and expect to finish by 12 midnight.
Is it possible to see the soul bands perform live before I book?
It's often not possible to see the soul bands perform live before you book them for your wedding or event. Most professional soul bands rarely perform at public gigs, as most of their bookings are at private events such as weddings and corporate events. It is possible from time to time though, so feel free to ask your band and they'll let you know if they have any public gigs coming up.
Should I hire a soul band for my wedding?
Soul bands bring a unique flavour to wedding receptions. Their size usually means they provide a visual spectacle to the evening's entertainment. And the range of songs covered by such bands (from soul to pop, funk and maybe even some rock), means there is usually something for each of your wedding guests.
We hope you've enjoyed reading this list of the best soul bands UK has to offer for hire in 2019.
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— 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.