Magical Wedding Entertainment in the North West

The green and pleasant hills of North West England are idyllic for tying the knot! Its countryside and scattered villages are sprinkled with magic and folklore, and you’ll find historic cities home to unmistakable architecture and stunning wedding venues both traditional and modern – unrivalled romance in every corner!

But the North West isn’t just the home of awe-inspiring architecture; rich in history and culture, the region is renowned for its musical legacy, inspiring momentous bands from The Smiths to The Stone Roses, Take That to Oasis and, of course, The Beatles. The region’s thriving wedding scene is similarly bursting with creativity. Choose from an abundance of sensational live wedding bands and masterful musicians in myriad styles – pop bands, soul bands, folk bands, string quartets and rock ‘n’ roll bands to name a few – to add sensational live music to your special day.

Naturally, Manchester and Liverpool are the live entertainment hubs in the North West, but you’ll find live wedding entertainers distributed all across the region, in Cheshire, Cumbria and the Lake District, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. While you might be tempted by bands from farther afield, consider the benefits of hiring local:

  • Familiarity – hiring a local band or entertainer makes it a very real possibility that they will be familiar with your venue, making set up a lot smoother – and at the very least, they’re likely to know the area, making it a lot easier for them to find you!
  • Timeliness – A shorter journey means less chance of delays! England’s notoriously overcrowded roads can make even the shortest journeys feel laborious, and the further a band is asked to travel, the more chances they’ll have to run into trouble.
  • Readiness – A shorter distance means your band won’t have the fatigue of an arduous journey on their shoulders! This means they’ll be full of energy to give their best performance.
  • Cost – Hiring local wedding entertainment in the North West will save you some money! Another band’s quote might look tempting at first, but if they’re on the other side of the country, you may find the bills adding up – moving stage equipment, instruments and several people at once doesn’t come cheap, and if overnight accommodation is required, you’ll be footing even more bills.

So if you’re going to hire a local North West wedding band or entertainer, who should you choose? Not to worry – below is a selection of the very best live function bands and wedding entertainment in the North West.

The Barn Owls

Based in Liverpool, available nationwide.

Flying straight out of Liverpool’s eclectic music scene come the Barn Owls, an enormously popular 4-piece festival style band loved all across the UK! These feathered friends perform all your favourite songs in a dynamic and unique festival folk style! The Barn Owls deliver the perfect combination for your wedding – a foot-stomping Mumford-style folk set accompanied by a rousing electric rock and pop set to truly amp up the ambience at the after-party!

Every song is treated to The Barn Owls’ sensational range of male and female vocals, thrown out with endlessly catchy rhythms and foot-tapping beats from a rich combination of vibrant drums, smooth-as-silk bass, banjo, and heart lifting acoustic guitar (or, for the electric sets, electric bass and guitar). Every song is covered with fresh authenticity, meaning you’ll truly lose yourself when dancing to their floor-filling renditions of songs by The Kinks, Queen, Coldplay and The Killers!

Head over to the Entertainment Nation site to get the Barn Owls swooping into your big day!


The Jukebox Anthems

Based in Chester, available nationwide.

When it comes to booking your wedding band, there are always some key checkpoints to hit – they should be experienced, professional, versatile, and most of all, fun! Thankfully, all four members of pop and rock band Jukebox Anthems tick these boxes!

As music graduates who have made their living from entertaining audiences across the UK, Jukebox Anthems have experience that sets them out from the crowd. So, get ready to enjoy amazing covers of pop and rock legends from the last 60 years, from Elvis to the Arctic Monkeys, with a truly authentic performance from a band committed to their music.

Ready for a night you’ll never forget? Head over to Entertainment Nation and see how the Jukebox Anthems can make your wedding day a blast!


Supreme Singing Waiters

Based in Greater Manchester, available nationwide.

What could be better than the thrill of a live singer on your special day? Why, the thrill of having a live singer you never knew was coming, of course!

Talented duo Supreme Singing Waiters will be indiscernible from the catering team as they work their way in amongst the crowd – letting their 20 years of experience in providing surprise singing acts do the work. When the time is right, the bluff is over, and your guests are treated to song, dance and humour they’ll never forget. The pair are lifelong friends with an unrivalled chemistry that truly warms every venue they attend – and if their singing performance wasn’t enough, you can even book a fully manned DJ service to truly complete your whole evening’s wedding entertainment.

For a surprise you won’t want to miss, head to Entertainment Nation and enquire about the Supreme Singing Waiters!


The Stiles

Based in Liverpool, available nationwide.

Cutting-edge contemporary folk-pop band The Stiles are exactly the kind of group everyone loves at a function – astonishingly talented, covering a huge range of modern and classic hits, and injecting every song with a folky twist!

Don’t let their youth fool you – The Stiles deliver polished performances with a truly professional sound from sharp male lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar, bass and drums. 70 years of music is covered in their diverse repertoire, from The Beatles to Mumford & Sons, James Bay and Kings of Leon – so no matter how hard you resist, even the staunchest of wallflowers will be up on the dancefloor singing along!

Dynamic and cutting edge, inquire today about The Stiles for your big day!


John Daniels

Based in Merseyside, available nationwide.

Looking to ladle on the romance for the big day? John Daniels will bring distinctive vocals, incredible talent, and a crowd-winning selection of pop, rock, soul and country hits to serenade you through the night.

From 60s classics to contemporary chart toppers, guests of all ages love his mixture of live-lounge covers. His diverse repertoire will treat you to The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac, and much more! With 10 years of experience, John brings you an unforgettable experience, honed in his travels across the UK and Europe, with nothing more than gorgeous vocals and a beautiful guitar.

Minimalist style but maximum enjoyment is delivered every time with John Daniels – inquire today so you don’t miss out on this stunning guitarist!


Prohibition Jukebox

Based in Merseyside, available nationwide.

Prepare to shake your soul and tap your feet! Prohibition Jukebox are a thrilling 8-piece band infusing contemporary songs with the sound of 1920s jazz!

Prohibition Jukebox’s repertoire consists of unmistakable modern songs from ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Bad Romance’ all the way back to the classics of swing, sure to please pop fans and jazz lovers alike. Whether you’re swinging to ‘Single Ladies’ or Sinatra on the special day, your guests will recognise and love every minute of their performance, which is delivered with uncompromising musicianship and refinement. Whatever they play, Prohibition Jukebox are sure to leave your wedding guests in awe.

Head back to the heyday of swing with Prohibition Jukebox! Enquire through the Entertainment Nation team to book this glamorous ensemble for your special day.


Vintage Playground

Based in Cheshire, available nationwide.

Another take on the Postmodern Jukebox formula, but in a totally different direction – Vintage Playground take their covers of modern pop hits and forge them in their own vintage style to match their signature look, sound and theme!

Thanks to a repertoire of songs covering Bossa Nova, Afro-Cuban, swing, soul, jazz, funk, ska, Latin and Brazilian, Vintage Playground have songs for any audience at any kind of wedding. Featuring female lead vocals, female backing vocals, guitar, piano, drums and double bass (or bass guitar), the rich sound of this vibrant band will have you captivated from the very moment they take to the stage.

Nothing beats a unique sound from a passionate band on your big day – contact Entertainment Nation today to book Vintage Playground for your event.


Clasico Y Flamenco

Based in Greater Manchester, available nationwide.

Hearts will swell and spines will tingle with Clasico Y Flamenco! If you’re looking to infuse your romantic day with some fiery continental passion, this world-class performer is an exciting choice. With strumming that stirs the soul, Clasico Y Flamenco never fails to conjure the passionate traditions of Andalusia and classical Spanish guitar music with a truly refined performance and wondrous improvisation – and it’s not surprising, since he’ll bring over 20 years of experience in the world music scene to your event.

Smooth Spanish guitar and fiery flamenco passion – if your heart is already racing, inquire through the Entertainment Nation team to book Clasico Y Flamenco!


Stellar Swing

Based in Manchester, available nationwide.

Nothing beats the style and sophistication of an authentic swing band for your wedding day! Nearly a decade of experience has honed Stellar Swing’s performances, delivering a diverse repertoire that spans the ages. From the stalwart classics of jazz, Rat Pack and swing, all the way to the legends of classic pop, soul and Motown, this incredible swing band infuses big-band sound and style to their covers of artists from Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder.

Performing as a 5-piece as standard, a diverse range of line-ups and instruments are offered all the way up to a 9-piece band to suit a variety of tastes, venues and budgets. From the “mini” big band sound of smaller horn sections to the ebullient brass harmonies of the full ensemble, their unique style sets Stellar Swing apart and guarantees a show-stopping performance you’ll never forget.

The unrivalled elegance of a swing band is just a few clicks away! Get in touch with Entertainment Nation to secure Stellar Swing for your wedding day.


Sky String Quartet

Based in Merseyside, available nationwide.

There’s a reason string ensembles are so incredibly popular for weddings, and the Sky String Quartet prove why! Bringing romance and serenity to your reception, the quartet are able to create a set catered entirely to your occasion, performing beautiful string music from a vast and diverse repertoire.

It’s not just the classical standards by Pachelbel, Debussy and Mozart that enjoy the melodious combination of violins, viola and cello – a contemporary string ensemble like Sky String Quartet also perform their own arrangements of beloved pop, rock, and jazz songs from the last 60 years in their beautiful style. Formed at Paul McCartney’s prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, not only do the ensemble bring an unrivalled sound to your romantic day – they also bring years of high-level musical training and enormous experience from events across the country.

The unbeatable sound of classical strings is just a few clicks away – get in touch with the Entertainment Nation team to secure Sky String Quartet for your big day!


The Groove Criminals

Based in Merseyside, available nationwide.

One of the slickest cover bands to emerge from the North West, the Groove Criminals are here to steal the show! This female-fronted 5-piece band is the perfect way to stir up your guests for a villainous night of excitement on the dance floor! Covering disco and funk, golden oldies, chart toppers and romping rock, the Groove Criminals bring their huge repertoire of songs alongside passion and professionalism to deliver criminally good performances every time!

For skill that shouldn’t be legal, contact the Entertainment Nation team and book The Groove Criminals for your event!


Stellar Tonic

Based in Merseyside, available nationwide.

Unrivalled romance comes as standard with Stellar Tonic, a stunning duo of piano and vocals covering jazz, pop, swing, soul and Motown hits. The perfect way to add a laid-back atmosphere to your big day, Stellar Tonic have a repertoire that spans the ages, from the Music Hall era to the roaring twenties, wartime songs, the thrilling days of the 50s and 60s, Broadway Musicals, and covers of standards and popular songs all the way up to the modern day. True skill shines through in this well-travelled and talented duo, who have performed across the UK on stage and screen – so you can be sure they’ll put your big day in safe hands.

For the perfect romantic music for your ceremony or a stylish backing to your afternoon drinks, hire Stellar Tonic!


Hiring a Wedding Music Band in the North West

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little jaunt through a handful of our amazing acts in the North West! If you’ve discovered a band you’d love to play at your big day, our team are waiting for you to get in touch! If you’re based elsewhere in the UK, have no fear, we offer wedding entertainment throughout the country, from the South East to the North West, the South West to the North East, and throughout the Midlands, Wales and Scotland.

We recommend you book as early as possible so you don’t miss out on your favourite act. Our friendly, expert advisers are on hand every day from 10am until 10pm to help you find the wedding entertainment of your dreams, and don’t forget to check out the hundreds more brilliant bands on the Entertainment Nation website to see who else could make your big day sparkle!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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