It’s a question we get asked a lot, and there isn’t really a short answer to give. That being said, you can find entertainment in lots of different price brackets, and many bands offer different sized line-ups to match different budgets. To help you plan for your event we have put together a bit of guidance on the topic.

1. Where is your event?

Bands and musicians based in large cities are usually more expensive than bands in rural areas. So if you are planning an event in London, expect to pay a tiny bit more than in the rural parts of Cornwall.

2. What are you looking for?

Are you looking to hire a quartet with violins and cellos, or are you searching for the perfect party band, or maybe a well known DJ? These will all come with very different price tags.

3. What can I afford with my budget?

Regardless of what you are looking for, you are likely to have an approximate budget you are working too. From the shy few hundreds up to thousands of pounds, there’s something in every price bracket. Here’s an idea of what you can get in each bracket. 

 

£250 and Below

This is a very small budget for hiring music, but if it’s a budget you simply can’t stretch there are some great options available. A 6-piece band might be out of your reach, but if you’re after a DJ or a solo musician, you’ll be able to find something to perfectly match your event. DJs on Headliner start from around £200 and you can book a solo musician from around £150. Here’s a few examples in this price bracket:

George Hilton – from £186 

GeorgeDJ

George is one of Headliner’s most popular DJs and is an expert on reading an audience (read interview with George).

VIEW GEORGE'S PROFILE

Andrew Humphries – from £149

Headliner act Andrew Humphries

If you prefer someone tickling the ivories, solo musician Andrew Humphries is a great option. Oh, we almost forgot, he can sing too!

VIEW ANDREW'S PROFILE

Alice Kirwan – from £230

Headliner Act Alice Kirwan

Who needs a string quartet when you can get a harp? Headliner’s Alice Kirwan can fill your event with blissful music.

VIEW ALICE'S PROFILE

Scarlett – from £248

Headliner Act Scarlett

Another of Headliner’s top DJs, Scarlett plays a wide selection of genres, from 80s and 90s RnB to African and Brazilian Disco. Playing across Europe, with residencies in high-end London establishments, Scarlett is an in-demand DJ.

VIEW SCARLETT'S PROFILE

Dave Sings Swing – from £248

Headline Act Dave Sings Swin

If swing’s your thing, then Dave’s your man. With a deep velvet voice he will make people swoon as well as swing.

VIEW DAVE'S PROFILE

 

£250 – £500

This is a decent budget for smaller events, with a good choice of solo musicians and duos. Just perfect for setting the mood. 

Sally Cinnamon – from £372

Headliner Act Sally Cinnamon

Dublin based Sally Cinnamon will put some colour into your world and you event. With an eclectic mix of music, she plays everything from Northern Soul to Reggae and Funky Electro House.

VIEW SALLY CINNAMON'S PROFILE

Daniel Benisty – from £449

Headliner Act Daniel Benisty

From Jazz to Elvis, Daniel Benisty is a true entertainer. He also prides himself on his multilingual music repertoire, including songs in in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

VIEW DANIEL'S PROFILE

Cris Tanzi – from £248

Headliner Act Cris Tanzi

If you’re looking for something more laid back and atmospheric, Cris Tanzi will provide you with smooth and mellow Jazz.

VIEW CRIS' PROFILE

Sistermatic: from £372

Headliner Act Sistermatic

The sisters from violin duo Sistermatic will add a classy touch to any event.

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Dust Me Down Blues – from £496 

Headliner Act Dust Me Down Blues

For some genuine Chicago Blues you don’t need to go any further than London.

VIEW DUST ME DOWN BLUES BAND'S PROFILE

£500 – £800

Set on having a string quartet for your event? With this kind of budget you start having lots more options to choose from, including quartets and small bands. For a fun variation, go for a vintage harmony group like The Dazzlettes.

Chrysler String Quartet  – from £546

Headliner Act Chrysler String Quartet

Sometimes you simply can’t beat a string quartet. Let Chrysler String Quartet fill your event with music.

VIEW CHRYSLER STRING QUARTET'S PROFILE

Bird & The Bad Man – from £744

Headliner Act Bird & the Bad Man

This charismatic duo deliver songs you and your guests know well, with a stunning voice and beautiful guitar parts.

VIEW BIRD & THE BAD MAN'S PROFILE

The Dazzlettes – from £645

Headliner artist the dazzlettes

Close harmonies and Motown is on the menu with The Dazzlettes.

VIEW THE DAZZLETTES' PROFILE

The Hoops – from £744

Headliner Act The Hoops

If you’re set on having a party band for your event, why not check out The Hoops? They’re great.

VIEW THE HOOPS' PROFILE

The Kensie Jazz Band  – from £748

Headliner Act The Kensie Jazz Band

How about a full Jazz band? Opt for The Kensie Jazz Band, complete with double bass and saxophone!

VIEW THE KENSIE JAZZ BAND'S PROFILE

£800 – £1500

In this price range you can start looking at larger groups of musicians to fill out the sound at your event, including party bands and swing bands.

P.Y.Ts – from £1116

PYTs Facebook Xmas Party

Headliner’s most popular function band, the P.Y.Ts could be playing at your event (read our interview with the P.Y.Ts).

VIEW THE P.Y.T'S PROFILE

The Jake Leg Jug Band – from £1488

Headliner Act The Jake Leg Jug Band

Get your dancing shoes on and get ready for some ragtime music with The Jake Leg Jug Band (try saying that five times in a row).

VIEW THE JAKE LEG JUG BAND'S PROFILE

Belle Noir – from £1178

Headliner act Belle Noir

Add a touch of glamour and film noir with the exquisite vocal harmonies from Belle Noir.

VIEW BELLE NOIR'S PROFILE

Cafe Manouche – from £992

Headliner Act Cafe Manouche

Get some Gypsy Jazz into your life and make your party a swinging one with Cafe Manouche.

VIEW CAFE MANOUCHE'S PROFILE

Chromatic – from £1488

Headliner Act Chromatic

An ultimate party band, Chromatic will get those bums off the seats and on to the dance floor.

VIEW CHROMATIC'S PROFILE

 

£1500 – £2000

Your budget is heating up and so are the acts available to you. From award winning function bands to a full brass outfit, you can’t really go wrong at this stage.

Folk Junkies – £1860

Headliner Act Folk Junkies

Looking for The Lumineers or Mumford and Sons type entertainment? Enter Folk Junkies. With double bass, violin, keys, guitar and female vocals, they ooze style and sound incredible.

VIEW FOLK JUNKIES' PROFILE

Mansfield Avenue – from £1736

Headliner Act Mansfield Avenue

With a “Best Wedding Band in the East Midlands 2016″award, Mansfield Avenue knows how to get a party started.

VIEW MANSFIELD AVENUE'S PROFILE

The Brass Funkeys – £1953

Headliner Act The Brass Funkeys

Want brass? The Brass Funkeys have tons of brass, and they will play just for you.

VIEW BRASS FUNKEY'S PROFILE

The Wanderland Band – £1712

Headliner Act The Wanderland Band

Roaming bands are all the rage, but have you ever seen one featuring a double bass? The Wanderland Band members are ridiculously talented, and I am sure have guessed by now that they wander and roam as they perform.

VIEW THE WANDERLAND BAND'S PROFILE

 

£2000 +

You are now moving into crème de la crème territory. From classical ensembles to the UK’s top function band, they are all within your reach.

Uncle Funk & the Boogie Wonderband – from £3720

Headliner Act Uncle Funk & the Boogie Wonderband

Boogie the night away with Uncle Funk & the Boogie Wonderband!

VIEW UNCLE FUNK & THE BOOGIE WONDERBAND'S PROFILE

Theme Machine – from £3720

Headliner Act Theme Machine

If you’re a fan of movie themes, these are the guys you are looking for. Playing theme music from the 60’s up until modern day, Theme Machine will make your even one to remember.

VIEW THEME MACHINE'S PROFILE

Faithettes – from £5022

Headliner Act Faithettes

Fancy having Paloma Faith’s backing band play at your event? Well you can!

VIEW FAITHETTES' PROFILE

Letz Zep – from £2232

Headliner Act Letz Zep

Letz Zep are second only to the original band, and are currently the UK’s number one Led Zeppelin tribute band.

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The Function Band – from £6194

Headliner Act The Function Band

If you want the best of the best, The Function Band is it! With a reputable client list longer than all their arms combined, they will sweep you off your feet and raise the roof at the same time.

VIEW THE FUNCTION BAND'S PROFILE

 

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