Want to recreate those sultry nights listening to stripped-back acoustic songs in the flickering glow of a crackling campfire? Or perhaps capture the infectious energy of festival favourites Mumford and Sons? When you hire a festival wedding band, you can relive those heady days and endless summer nights on your big day.
Festival-themed weddings are a huge trend that shows no sign of slowing, and why would they? The carefree vibe, gorgeous rustic style and feel-good folk-style music all make for the perfect outdoor wedding. Thanks to the popularity of music festivals large and small, there’s been an explosion in festival wedding bands. Inspired by the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and (of course) Ed Sheeran, the best young musicians are choosing to pick up the acoustic guitar instead of the electric and going back to traditional musical roots for inspiration.
Festival wedding bands add a summer glow to your big day, infusing the atmosphere with feel-good vibes thanks to home-crafted acoustic reworkings of mellow pop, rock, soul and even jazz. And when the sun sets, the temperature rises – many festival wedding bands will unleash their inner rock god and raise the roof at your wedding reception into the early hours with a fully amplified set of rock, pop and indie bangers fit for the main stage. Those that stick with their acoustic instruments still know how to get the party going with barnstorming live performances that’ll have your guests bouncing along until the cows come home.
We’ve curated the best festival wedding bands the UK has to offer here:
This young and vibrant bunch are one of the most in-demand modern folk weddings band on the scene right now. The Wayfarers’ speciality is high-energy acoustic music that’s designed to get people dancing. Their repertoire consists of all the biggest folk tunes of the past few years, including songs by Avicii, Of Monsters and Men and The Lumineers, alongside their live-lounge style interpretations of wedding classics by The Beatles, Bruno Mars, Luther Vandross and many more.
The unique wedding entertainment options offered by The Wayfarers sets them apart from other bands. Accomplished musicians in a variety of genres, these lads offer a set of relaxed and refined jazz and swing that’ll go nicely with your drinks reception or wedding breakfast. If you want afternoon entertainment with a little more verve, then you can also opt for The Wayfarers’ roaming set, where these charismatic musicians stroll amongst your guests as they perform.
Wandering Wings are the premier acoustic folk wedding band in the UK. These spectacular performers have accumulated a vast array of experience, despite their young age, impressing audiences up and down the country. Wandering Wings won the 2017 West Midlands wedding band of the year at the Wedding Industry Awards thanks to their crowd-winning stage presence and lovingly arranged acoustic versions of songs from throughout the decades. Their live cover of The Darkness’s “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.
The perfect fit for a festival wedding, Wandering Wings perform in stylish rustic attire and with beautifully crafted acoustic instruments, nicely complementing your theme. Wandering Wings give you the option to book an acoustic duo performance from their sparklingly talented lead singer and guitarist to provide a stirring accompaniment to your wedding ceremony. Like The Wayfarers, Wandering Wings also have an optional roaming set, which is always popular with guests old and young.
The Peaky Blinders
If you’re looking for cheekily charismatic wedding musicians who perform with a smile on their faces and a glint in their eyes, then The Peaky Blinders might just be the act for you. The sheer ebullience of these two exceptional musicians is infectious, leaving you and your guests grinning and dancing along to a carefully chosen mix of songs.
Another act who can provide entertainment throughout your wedding day, The Peakers Blinders can perform tender ballads during your ceremony; wander among your guests providing a musical backdrop to the laughter and raising of toasts during the afternoon drinks; and deliver a fun-filled evening reception set, backed up by a fully manned DJ service to keep the party in full flow until kicking out time!
Arriving at your wedding venue with over a decade’s experience of giving live performances at events ranging from festivals and concerts to private parties and, of course, weddings, you can rely on these consummate professionals to put on an unforgettable show on your special day.
Featuring gorgeous male and female vocals, Full Circle are able to sing a diverse selection of songs to suit wahtever mood you wish to create. Thanks to their large and varied repertoire, Full Circle will please guests of all ages and tastes.
Wicker Park are a versatile male and female-fronted four-piece with star appeal. Giving you two distinct styles of music with a single booking, Wicker Park are ideal if you want a mix of acoustic and fully amplified electric music at your wedding.
Kicking off with unplugged party songs by pop favourites like Maroon 5, Sam Smith and Bruno Mars, Wicker Park ease guests into the party spirit. As dusk falls, these invigorating performers raise the intensity with their electric set of floor-fillers by artists like Stevie Wonder, The Killers and Amy Winehouse.
This impeccable trio of gents always add a touch of class to proceedings with their rich vocals and exquisite musicianship. With exquitely pitched vocals, the depth of twin acoustic guitars and the resonant sounds of the saxophone, The Gentlemen Roamers are experts at working an audience and getting them caught up in the festival atmosphere.
Dedicated to making your wedding a unique celebration, the Gentlemen Roamers will learn and perform four special requests for you. So if there’s a special song that means the world to you as a couple, or you’d like to dedicate at a request to a friend or family member, The Gentlemen Roamers can give you a rendition that’ll become a memory you’ll treasure forever.
If you can’t decide whether you prefer the jaunty folk of Mumford and Sons or the hard-hitting rock and indie of festival headliners like Arctic Monkeys and The White Stripes, then The Haywains might just be the band for you.
The Haywains’ folk line-up consists of rhythmic acoustic guitar, thumping upright bass, satisfyingly twangy banjo and nimble drums. Creating an uplifting folky sound as they cover massive pop hits, The Haywains are sure to get your feet tapping. Their acoustic version of Toxic by Britney Spears is always a highlight!
Swapping acoustic instruments for electric, The Haywains will whip up your wedding reception into an arms-in-the-air, sing-along feast of huge anthems that’ll make you feel like you’re in the crowd at the Pyramid stage (if you use your imagination!)>
A vastly experienced trio of acoustic performers, Big T know precisely how to lay on a wedding day performance to impress. Made up of male vocals, acoustic guitar, bass and drums, Big T pack a punch for such a small ensemble, allowing you to get that authentic live band sound for a fraction of the cost of larger bands.
Big T have built up an impressively varied repertoire during their years on the live music circuit. Their sets consist of pop, rock, folk, soul, funk, R&B, indie, ska, reggae, dance, Latin and rock ‘n’ roll from the 1950s all the way through to the latest chart-toppers – it would have been easier to list what they don’t do!
Masters at drawing guests onto the dance floor and keeping it heaving, Big T guarantee a good time for guests of all ages!
What do you get when you combine powerhouse, soulful vocals with effervescent acoustic guitar and sax? Lady Strut! These strolling performers will roam through your venue, interacting with guests and leaving them open-mouthed in astonishment at the close-up demonstration of musical virtuosity they’re witnessing.
With a repertoire that mixes modern hits with old school classics and the option to add double bass and drums, Lady Strut can provide a wedding entertainment package to cover the entirety of your day, from the ceremony all the way through to the evening party.
For those looking to evoke an authentic festival vibe at their wedding, Folk Addicts are a must. Four wonderfully talented musicians fronted by an audaciously talented female lead singer (who also plays violin and piano), Folk Addicts create a joyous vibe that’ll have even the most reserved of guests dancing and singing along.
The band’s repertoire features artists as varied as Tina Turner and Tylor Swift, Shania Twain and Swedish House Mafia, and Michael Jackson and Mumford and Sons – in other words, something for everyone! While the songs may be familiar, Folk Addicts give them fresh new life with their folk-inflected interpretaions.
The Festival Crowd
Another hugely popular festival-style wedding band, The Festival Crowd is made up of some of the UK’s most acclaimed session musicians. Members of the band have even written, recorded and performed alongside global phenomenon Ed Sheeran!
The Festival Crowd’s wedding package is as impressive as their musical pedigree. The band offer a chilled afternoon acoustic set, a foot-stomping early evening folk set and a rambunctious rock and pop amplified late-night set to send your guests home happy!
As their name suggests, Roaming Free don’t enjoy being constrained by pesky cables, preferring instead to wander through your venue and join in with the revelry! Something magical happens when Roaming Free get into full swing, they become part of the celebration, more than just the hired entertainment. Guests respond to the band’s passion, singing along and dancing, causing the band to raise their efforts and put even more into the performance.
These experienced musicians love to party, but they’re equally adept at slowing things down and playing more tender tunes for those quieter, romantic moments like your first dance.
Cool and creative, The Wheatsheafs play folk-inspired spins on pop and rock songs from throughout the years. From Bryan Adams to Bruno Mars, The Wheatsheafs cover it all; ideal when you’ve got a room of people ready to dance, but each with eclectic tastes of their own.
Highly trained and with an impressive history of live performance, the musicians in this band have graced the stage at festivals including Beautiful Days, Victorious and the Isle of Wight, meaning they’ll be able to effortlessly generate a festival feeling at your wedding.
The Wheatsheafs whet the appetite with their early evening acoustic endeavours, before storming into a frenetic electric set to really get your reception rocking.
The Roving Rabble
Bringing fun and an irrepressible zest for life, The Roving Rabble are a four-piece roaming band who’s only aim is to put a smile on the face of every guest! Performing with style and charm, The Roving Rabble light up every wedding they take part in.
The band’s upbeat repertoire includes songs by Ray Charles, Prince, James Brown, Dolly Parton and many more. From this inspired choice of tunes, The Rabble compile uplifting sets that seamlessly flow from one crowd-pleasing song to the next.
The quintessential acoustic wedding band, Rose Avenue put stunning female lead vocals to the fore, ably supported by the immaculate skills of respected musicians performing on acoustic guitar, double bass and cajon. All the members of Rose Avenue are veteran musicians, with over a decade of gigging to their names.
Having spent years developing their skills and acquiring the knowledge of how to keep a crowd captivated, Rose Avenue are sure bets to make your wedding a festival of fantastic live music. If you yearn for the stimulating sounds of a sax, Rose Avenue give you the choice of adding a sax player to their line-up. The band’s lead singer and guitarist can also join forces to give you a sublime duo set during your ceremony.
Most brides and grooms have a definite preference for either male or female vocals, but for those of you who adore both, a dual-fronted folk band like the Fletchers should hit the target. Working together to produce sweeping vocal harmonies, the two lead singers give spine-tingling performances every time they perform together.
Another act that starts out folky, before switching the whimsy of acoustic equipment for the impact of amplified electric instruments, The Fletchers will create that balmy festival night atmosphere you’re looking for.
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If you’ve fallen in love with any of the bands featured, don’t delay in getting them booked in. These acts are hugely popular and, therefore, are often booked up months and years in advance. Don’t risk missing out on your favourite band by leaving it until the last minute! If you need any advice on organising your wedding entertainment, get in touch with the friendly team at Entertainment Nation. Entertainment Nation’s advisers are around from 10am until 10pm every day to answer your questions and give you their expert tips on booking the best band for your wedding!