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The UKs Best Cover Bands

Updated on July 20, 2015

My Top 10 of the UKs Best Cover Bands

If you are looking to hire a cover band in the UK for a wedding, party or corporate event and want to try to stay away from the standard 'cheesy' style wedding bands or party bands, then I would recommend checking out the bands on this list. I have ordered them from my absolute personal fave to just plain old GREAT!

Just my opinion...

The bands all provide a good range of songs but realise that the more contemporary / modern songs are always going to be the best at getting your guests on the dance floor. These bands are also known for putting on great shows with lots of energy and enthusiasm.

In addition, the bands listed are all fully self-contained with their own PA and lighting and most (if not all) of them also provide either pre-mixed party music or a full DJ option between their live sets.

So, I hope you enjoy their websites and tunes (and, in some cases videos) and have a great event.

The Indie Killers
The Indie Killers

Number 1

The Indie Killers

This is the most fun and crazy band I have ever seen! These guys not only play a blistering live set of modern day indie rock (with a few oldies thrown in for good measure), but they also use wireless guitars and so mix with your guests on the dance floor... or, even jump onto the odd table or two whilst still playing! I just feel sorry for the drummer... he is slightly stage stuck :) Awesome, awesome band!! Perfect band for weddings, parties and young and funky corporate companies who really want to let their hair down!

Although based in Sussex the guys comfortably cover the whole of the south and Midlands area. Prices start at £1000.

www.theindiekillers.com

The Indie Killers performing Happy

Friends of the Bride
Friends of the Bride

Number 2

Friends of the Bride

Friends of the Bride are like the North West's version of The Indie Killers. Covering a fantastic range of songs from the 60s to present day, these guys ROCK! With experience of performing the length and depth of the UK at wedding events and huge corporate bashes, FOTB know how to get your party started.

A three piece with a massive sound, these guys are a must if you want your friends to know just how cool you really are... they will be talking about your event forever! Guaranteed!

Based in Manchester, the starting price for this ace 3 piece is £830.

www.friendsofthebrideband.co.uk

Friends of the Bride performing 'Shake it Off'

RIOT Band
RIOT Band | Source

Number 3

RIOT!

Band for the stars! Riot! are a southeast band who have played all over the UK for all forms of 'names' and celebs! For a totally non-wedding band experience and just hit after hit of classic anthems performed in the coolest way possible, RIOT are the only choice. These guys play at weddings and parties where the guests (or the bride and groom) are musicians themselves and know how to cast that ultra critical eye over anything and everything musical!

Riot are a cover band who are fast booking up as well so if you are interested on booking them for your own event, DO NOT DELAY!

Based in Surrey the starting price for this band is a budget busting £890.00

www.riot-band.co.uk

RIOT! do the Arctic Monkeys

Kings of the Dance Floor
Kings of the Dance Floor | Source

Number 4

Kings of the Dance Floor

At last... a Midlands band! But, believe me, they are worth the wait :) KOTDF are based in the Birmingham area and have one goal... to make your event FUN! They have a cheeky chappy style and your guests will fall in love with them! Recently featured in Wedding Ideas magazine, Kings of the Dance Floor are receiving RAVE reviews all over the UK.

Weddings, Party events, Military Events, Corporate Party Events, Young Farmers Events.. whatever the occasion, the Kings know what is required and will pull the most awesome songs out of the bag to fill the floor!

Midlands based band and starting price of £950!

www.kingsofthedancefloorband.co.uk

Blurred Lines with Kings of the Dance Floor

The Weekend
The Weekend | Source

Number 5

The Weekend

OK, if you're looking for something a little more pop or soul, then these guys are the perfect choice. The Weekend will have your guests with their ties around their heads and have them swinging from the rafters in no time... and, if they are slow on the uptake then get ready to have the lead singer be on that dance floor encouraging the heck out of them to party like they have never partied before!

Female fronted, exciting and massively experienced! These guys have performed for more companies than I could begin to list and many foreign locations... and you can hire them now! but, be quick!

Based in West Sussex their fee starts at £890.

www.theweekendband.co.uk

The Weekend performing 'All About That Bass'

The Hype
The Hype | Source

Number 6

The Hype

OMG! If you want a bunch of total model looking guys who are freaking mega talented performing at your wedding or party... then hire The Hype now! This band are sooo in demand that you may just miss out, but at least you can say you tried. Seriously, this is a well respected and professional band who have been playing live for around 4 years all over the UK and France.

Performing songs by The Beatles, The Kinks, Kings of Leon, Killers and loads more, this is one exciting band who are plenty interactive and fun. Check out their website (www.thehypeband.co.uk) and read their reviews from satisfied customers.... AWESOME!

Again, southern based, these guys prices start at £830.

The Hype Band Video

The Jacks
The Jacks | Source

Number 7

The Jacks

Whoop Whoop Whoop! A Bristol based band are in the house! The Jacks are based in Gloucestershire, which means they are perfectly situated to cover South Wales, the Midlands and the South West of the UK, and, bring their lively brand of covers to YOU! With everything from the Arctic Monkeys to The Sweet, The Jacks have a hand picked set of amazing songs that will keep the bar at your event empty because people just won't be able to leave the dance floor!

Looking to see some serious move-busting at your wedding? The Jacks can help....

Starting fee for these guys is £880.

www.thejacksband.co.uk

The Jacks Video

Anthem
Anthem | Source

Number 8

Anthem

Anthem are the ultimate in party bands! There's just not enough room here to tell you about the antics of these guys so check the website, speak to previous clients and find reviews... because they are something special!

They have a singer who is nuts (not totally lunatic btw... that wouldn't work), and a band made up of a ball of energy! They Polaroid your audience, have a guest singing spot for you and knock out anthem after anthem... hence their name... all night long! The guys offer a DJ option when they are not rocking, but the only reason you need this is to rest your feet between their performances! TOP STUFF!

Based in Kent, Anthem prices start at £940.

www.anthemband.co.uk

Anthem - Chelsea Dagger

The Kickstarts
The Kickstarts | Source

Number 9

The Kickstarts

Manchester based band The Kickstarts are the nicest bunch of guys you could hope to meet! And, boy do they love what they do! Interactive, fun, friendly, professional, reliable, talented... words do not do these guys justice and you need to book them so that you can see and hear just how awesome they really are.

With loooooooooads of weddings and parties under their belts, they are a 3 piece group who can set your night on fire!

Songs covering every decade means that your all of guests will find something to enjoy and get down to...

Based in Lancashire their fees start at £850.

The Daggers
The Daggers | Source

Number 10

The Daggers

The Daggers... well, having these guys at number 10 is no justice at all... so, I have to say at this point that my list is ludicrous and if you book any of these bands you will NOT be disappointed! But, back to The Daggers... this bands means it... they are immense fun, uber cool, hugely talented and have experience of any event you can imagine! Known for their famous 'Dagg Off' - seeing is believing - you will not believe the amount of interactive fun that one band can provide! Check out their Facebook page to see some live videos and happy customer reports!

Failing that check out their website at www.thedaggersband.co.uk

Based in Surrey, prices start at an amazing £1000 - You could pay triple and not be disappointed!

Lens by Matt Warren

The Daggers playing Little Lion Man

Let me know what you think? - Happy to hear what bands you like and would recommend...

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      Joseph 2 years ago

      Anna - Wow!!! The pictures are caivptating. Its amazing how children like these can inspire you just from a picture. My favorite after looking many time is the first one ..I felt like this is what Peter Pan would look like as a little boy.

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      HenryCavill 4 years ago

      Some great cover bands here!

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      Matt Warren 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      @PaulForcey: You have had a checkered past Paul! Wedding DJ :) thanks for the comment

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      PaulForcey 4 years ago

      Even though I made a living as a Wedding DJ in London myself for a few years I do love a good cover band. There is something about the raw energy that they bring.