How to find good party & wedding bands

The Famous Five (!) things you should check first about any band.

5 – Does the band you found have a website that makes you go “WOW! They look AMAZING!!!”
and did the website come on the first page or two in Google or other web searches?
A fantastic looking website does not mean that the band is fantastic.  Money or know-how will
get a website high up in web searches but this tells you absolutely nothing about the band.
It might be worthwhile looking at a few more pages of search results.

4 – Does the band have Public Liability Insurance and a current P.A.T. certificate?  Yes, we do.
A good band will have these because they’ve played at many top venues, most of which require them.

3 – Is the band experienced enough to do a good job at a function like yours?
See if you can find their gig list and check their past gigs.
A good band is not afraid to list every gig so you can see what sort of work they do and how often they play.
If most of a band’s gigs are in pubs or clubs they may not be suitable for your special occasion.
They might play well but their repertoire may not be what you want for your wedding or function.

2 – Did past clients enjoy the band?  Read the band’s testimonials to see what people said about them.
Testimonials are very important to a band, and it is just as important that you check these.
If a band has testimonials, they will show them.  If there are none, don’t book them!
Good bands get many bookings and re-bookings just by being seen or recommended.

1 – Can they really play, do they have great singers and are they good performers?
There is only one way to find out – see them performing.
Don’t just listen to their demos – go and hear any band you are considering.
Their live videos are the next best thing but DO NOT rely on audio demos or video showreels with audio superimposed which can be faked!

If it all looks good so far, check the band’s Gig Guide page to see if they are available for your date.

A word of warning – most bands claim to be the best function/party/wedding band since sliced bread and “guarantee to fill the dance floor” – the band may play at many pubs and clubs but have actually played very few proper functions!
Ask them for proof of playing at events similar to yours and ask to see testimonials or reviews from these.

We try to have quite frequent public gigs so you can come to hear us and meet us.
You’re very welcome to come and have a chat in the break or afterwards.
We look forward to meeting you at any of these gigs.

We think we’re the best live covers Function/Party/Wedding Band you will find for hire in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, East Sussex or West Sussex but that’s for you to decide

Hire a dependable, experienced band

A once in a lifetime experience like your wedding needs to be right first time.

There are no second chances for an occasion like this so you need to be absolutely certain that the band
you are thinking of hiring really do know what they’re doing!

The band you choose must show that they always provide first class entertainment for events like yours.
Our Gig Guide and Experience pages give a pretty good idea of the kind of functions we’re used to doing.

It’s also a good idea to check a band’s Testimonials page to see what previous customers said about them.

It is simply not worth the risk of hiring an inexperienced band for those really special occasions like your wedding or anniversary, a big birthday party or any celebration you value and want to remember with happiness.

Review – Band for 60th Party in Surrey

Band hired for joint 60th Birthday Party in Surrey


“Many thanks for the superb performance at our party on Saturday”

Mike and all the band.

Many thanks for the superb performance at our party on Saturday.

Everyone I spoke to at the end was very impressed and all agreed that your input really made the evening.

I have already received numerous phone calls and emails from guests all singing your praises.

You’ve all gone straight to the top of my / our highly recommended list.

Thanks again for making a good party absolutely brilliant.

Pete and Anne


Hi Mike,

Feel free to use my few words as you see fit.

We have had another six people comment on how good you were since my last mail.

I will try and catch some of your public gigs in the future.

Thanks again.

Pete and Anne

Famous Five Band       Tel. 07881-481801 or 01483-236161