Planning a music-filled Sussex wedding? Lucky you! With the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (aka BIMM) on your doorstop, you’ll have the choice of the brightest new things when it comes to live wedding music. Plus all the artists we feature on our website have been vetted by us, so you know you’re getting the best. To ensure the quality that comes with experience, we’ve selected ten of Alive Network’s finest Sussex wedding bands who we know will give you a night to remember for all the right reasons. Our top ten features ladies first (of course) with our female-fronted bands, then three-, four-, and five-piece bands. So peruse, view them in action and enjoy shortlisting your faves!
The Leading Ladies
They do exactly what they say in their name…! Party Starters are a fresh, female-fronted four-piece who know how to bring the party to your wedding, keeping the dancefloor pumping all night. Their sets are exciting and energetic, performing contemporary pop and rock, Motown, soul or special acoustic and solo singer sets – everything from The Beatles and Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars and Rudimental, and more!
“What an amazing band! They played at our wedding… and totally ticked every box. Amazing acoustic set during the service. Lovely attention to detail. Super friendly, but the evening sets were rocking. Everyone got up on their feet, so much fun and dancing had by all. Highly recommend! You will not be disappointed! …you made our day even better than we could have imagined!”
Vicko and Sharon, Alive Wedding Clients
Inject the exotic into your wedding vibes with JukeBossa’s fusion of modern hits in a Latin style, creating the most infectiously happy dancefloor you’ve ever seen! Graduates of BIMM, this fab four-piece have experience working with Chase & Status, Jamie Cullum, and Chaka Khan, as well as performing at weddings across the UK. Think palm trees, Copacabana beach, caipirinha cocktails, and the sunny shores of Brazil – the irresistible beat will just compel your guests onto the dancefloor!
“JukeBossa played our wedding this summer in Cornwall and were absolutely fantastic! Professional and fun, their fusion style was spot on and got everyone dancing the night away. They a very talented bunch of musicians with a great variety of songs – we really couldn’t recommend them more.”
Piran, Alive Wedding Client
See JukeBossa in Sarah & Jim’s real wedding blog
This charismatic trio of BIMM virtuosos have played on festival stages including at Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. Covering current chart toppers, like Pharrell, Daft Punk, and James Bay, to musical masterpieces from Bowie, The Beatles, and MJ, Press Play’s repertoire is jam-packed with awesome tracks to kick-start your party.
“Brilliant… song choices were a perfect mix of older/newer and [their] performance was excellent. Some of the guests thought the covers were better than the originals! They made the whole night… I would recommend to anyone.”
Peter, Alive Wedding Client
Technicolour are musically flexible, and with a huge repertoire, they and can turn their hand to a wide range of styles. Each member provides vocals, giving their performance an impressive sound. Separately and together, they’ve performed alongside artists including Lemar and Republica, playing on UK and European tours, and at hundreds of gigs UK-wide. As well as a killer party set, they can fit your event perfectly with acoustic options, and – if your venue has sound restrictions, they can still make sure you have an amazing party! Plus, when your photographer’s finished, Technicolour can also capture all the fun of your night with party photos to treasure. The only cheese will be when you’re smiling for the camera.
“Technicolour are a fantastic band and really did make our wedding go with a bang. We really tested them by choosing a really random first dance song which they learned specially and did an amazing job of performing. They had everyone up and dancing straight away and I didn’t leave the dance floor the whole time they were playing. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a professional, friendly band who will have your whole wedding party dancing the night away.”
Charlotte and Joe, Alive Wedding Clients
Playing alongside Bastille and Tom Odell, and regulars across the radio waves, this trio perform at festivals and venues including Glasto, Reading, Secret Garden Party, and Alexandra Palace. They’re a bright, dynamic group with impressive musical creds, and a flexible style sure to please any crowd, covering rock, pop, indie, soul, funk, and more. Think Fresh Prince–meets–Bruno Mars–meets–The Monkees… and you’re only just scratching the surface! Consider your dancefloor filled.
“From the get go they were always on hand to answer any questions that we had and provide support. They were incredibly friendly and, on the day, wanted to ensure that everything was perfect for us. They had everyone up and dancing and kept all of our guests engaged! Thank you for helping to make our wedding the incredible day that it was! ”
Ben and Laura, Alive Wedding Clients
This all-male four-piece are highly professional BIMM graduates with charisma and energy to spare. Members have performed on Jools Holland and TOWIE, and together, they have a repertoire that’ll keep your dancefloor jam-packed – whether you fancy a bit of Biebs, Sheeran, Winehouse or the Kings (Of Leon!).
“This band are beyond incredible… They were great and so helpful with the lead up to the wedding. On the day they were even better!!! The way they interacted with our guests, their song choices and how they performed, simply brilliant!”
Chloe and Josh, Alive Wedding Clients
If you’d like to recreate your favourite festival or have your own personal wedding festival (#wedfest), look no further than Dirty Weekend. Regularly seen partying on the festival circuit, they also love performing at a range of fab festivals across the globe – including Fuji Rock, Isle of Wight, Glasto, and Coachella. These guys are experts at putting on a show that’ll really rock your party, with specially designed sets that play tribute to the world’s major festivals.
“Dirty weekend are THE perfect band to have at a festival wedding. After many festivals, they did us proud, they even had my two-year-old up dancing. Wish we could do it all over again.”
Jessica, Alive Wedding Client
With four-part harmonies The Beach Boys would be proud of, Get On Up cover everything from cool classics to modern chart hits. Members have experience touring, performing with and supporting the likes of Bowie, Jamiroquai and smash West End Shows like Billy Elliot. Electricity? They’ve got it.
“Get On Up were epic! Super talented, professional and fun… they were everything we could have asked for and more! All our guests commented on how great the music was and they were exactly what we wanted for our wedding and zero cheese!!”
Lara, Alive Wedding Client
Chemistry, talent and experience – these guys are so slick, you immediately know you’re in for the night of your lives. Their lively repertoire has something for everyone, from chart tracks, funk, disco and indie anthems. These pros have performed alongside The Ordinary Boys, The Libertines co-frontman Carl Barat, and Liberty X, to name-drop a few!
“As well as being completely down to earth approachable and helpful guys, they absolutely smashed their set for our wedding. They get the crowd going, energetic and really cater to what’s good for the crowd. We’ve had loads of compliments from our guests and want to know how we found them. Perfect!”
Sam, Alive Wedding Client
For a big, vibrant sound, this expert, fun five-piece will bring it… trumpet and all! From Mr JT, Madness, The Clash, The Killers, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, their repertoire sparkles with style, and there’s something for everyone. The band have bags of experience performing at festivals, on TV and radio, and with artists like Robbie Williams and Olly Murs, and they love nothing more than getting the crowd involved at your party; lead singer Ian confirms, “The more fun you guys have, the more fun we have on stage too!” Their experience and chemistry combine on-stage to make yours a wedding that’ll shine on in your memories.
They’re one of our sound-limiter-friendly bands too, so they can rock your wedding, while keeping your guests and your venue happy.
“Shine On were absolutely incredible and booking them was one of the best decisions we could have made. Despite initial concern that not all of my guests (particularly elderly family members) would enjoy a more rock and roll / indie wedding, they had everyone up on the dance floor and all of our guests, including the oldies, commented on how great they were and how different it was to the usual cheesy wedding music. They really are a lovely group of guys too and amazing to deal with. They were so friendly and helpful in the lead up to the day, learning new songs and accommodating our Israeli dancing set. I highly recommend them to anyone – they were so good that our bar bill came in under budget as no one wanted to leave the dance floor!!”
Victoria, Alive Wedding Client