How much does it cost to hire a band?

27 Aug 2020 // 2 minute read


How much does a band cost?

Very simply, it depends on a few factors listed below:

  • The date of your event (week days Sun-Thur are cheaper than Fridays and Saturdays
  • Your location further out of town the more it is likely to cost
  • Type of event - weddings naturally cost more
  • Number of band members needed
  • Time you want the band to play for

So how much does it cost to hire a live band?

The following starting prices are pretty typical:

Large live band (6 musicians+) e.g. wedding band: £1,200
Small live band (4-5 musicians): £1,000
Duo & Trios: £400
Soloists: £170

How much does wedding entertainment cost?

Wedding entertainment can cost a little bit more as there is more at stake, it's your special day after all. You can expect to pay anything from £200-1,000 more for a wedding and if your wedding, or event is on a public holiday e.g. New Years Eve expect to pay even more on top of that!

Is the cost of live music fair?

Yes. Think about it this way. You hire a 4 piece band to perform at your wedding. It takes 30 minutes for them to get there. 1 hour for them to set up. Perform for 3 hours. 1 hour to set down and 30 minutes to get home. In total that's 6 hours. Each musician get paid £150 for the gig, that's £25 /hour. Now that may sound a lot, but don't forget they had to drive to the gig, pay for the equipment and instrument, rehearse and work unsociable hours.

If you're ever shocked by how much it costs for live music hire a plumber at 9pm on a Saturday night to fix a leaking toilet. I bet most musicians will work for half the piece they quote... (no disrespect for plumbers of course!)

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