Wedding Band For Hire

Wedding Entertainment For Hire

While we offer music for all types of events wedding entertainment is our passion! Mister Kanish began as a wedding band in 2006 and since then we've played at over 50 functions a year across the world. We are based in Hampshire in the South East but have performed all over the UK as well as at weddings in Dublin, The Isle of Man, Strasbourg, The Dordogne, Madrid, and Majorca. Our line-up includes the same people every week so you can rest assured that we'll bring an awesome vibe to your wedding. The 5-piece play a mix of violin, double bass, mandolin, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, and drums all mixed with Ben's powerful vocals and four part harmonies.

Happy Brides and Grooms

As of last year we started to take end of the night selfies at all the weddings we played. Here are a few of our favourites.

We have hundreds of amazing testimonials from happy couples. Just have a flick through our latest reviews that have been posted by brides and grooms on Facebook and Google. There's more below along with lots of videos!

Choosing Mister Kanish as the band to play at our wedding has been the first thing we’ve done after getting engaged. We’ve found them during some random wandering session on YouTube years ago and fell in love with their cover of White Stripes - Seven Nation Army. We’re so glad we did choose them - they were FANTASTIC! There wasn’t a single guest who hasn’t commented on how awesome the music at the wedding was. We had people who’s never danced at any wedding before dancing the night away. I had no idea that Martyn (the groom) had such moves! 😂 We had an amazing time - the day after the wedding we’re sat in a bar, discussing the next upcoming occasion to ask them to play for us, that’s how AWESOME they are. If you’re looking for the best band to play at your wedding, don’t think twice - just book Mister Kanish. THANK YOU GUYS for helping us have the best time at our wedding! Maggie & Martyn married in Manchester 2019

Wedding Band, UK - Take On Me Cover

Mister Kanish - Party Band

The original. Mister Kanish is our rock/pop setup. Electric guitars and bass, drums, and vocals - simple but incredibly effective. Ideal for the more traditional wedding where guests enjoy the sounds of 90s dance, The Killers, Hip-hop, rock, modern chart tunes and sing along classics played close to, but not exactly, like the record. We play anything we think will get the party going and don't like to pin ourselves down. We make every song our own and every performance is different. When you hire a wedding band you don't want to hear it exactly like the record, that's what a DJ is for. Our sound has evolved over the last thirteen years and continues to at every wedding we play.

Seven Nation Army - White Stripes Folk Cover

Classic Kanish - Festival / Folk / Mumford and Sons

Same band, same people - we are the original “Mumford and Sons style wedding band". Acoustic guitars, double bass, mandolin, violin, banjo and drums. Ideal for festival / vintage styled, or quirky weddings, or perhaps a to fit the theme of a wedding in a rustic barn venue. Imagine a bluegrass, gypsy jazz, folk inspired knees up playing covers of all your favourite songs - that’s Classic Kanish. We can pretty much play any song from our repertoire using this setup - our folky version of the garage medley is an assault on the senses.

Some songs work best with the Classic setup, others were written to rock. You can book your preferred style for over 2 hours of live wedding music. If you want to see the full versatility of Mister Kanish then book MK Best of Both. We play at least one set of all your favourite folked up classics, then switch over and crank up the party as the night continues with the rock/pop setup. This is our most frequently booked option, and generally works best for our audiences who love the combination of sounds.

To really blow your guests away why not go big with the MK 10-piece party band - Mister X <-see what I did there!!

Corporate event band

Check out our line-up options here

Backstreet Boys - Everybody Cover by Wedding Band
Wedding Entertainment, UK - No Diggity Cover
Daft Punk - Get Lucky Cover
Arctic Monkeys - Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor Cover
Mister Kanish - Hit Me Baby One More Time - Britney Spears Vintage Cover
Mumford and Sons Cover - The Cave - Mister Kanish
Seven Nation Army - White Stripes Folk Cover
Wake me up - Avicii / Aloe Blacc Folk Cover by Mister Kanish

  • 5 star review  Hey guys!! Love your selfie vid from our wedding in Wiltshire 😀 Just wanted to let you know that I've had nothing but amazing comments from all the guests. You certainly kept the dance floor full and overflowing right until the end! In fact lots of people told me that they thought you were the best wedding band they'd ever heard and that they could have carried on dancing to your music for hours! We felt the same and were absolutely thrilled to have you as part of our big day. It was fantastic to have so many people dancing including the older generation. Everyone properly let their hair down thanks to your awesome performance. You really made the party! Thank you ever so much.

    Rebecca Scott Avatar Rebecca Scott
    June 28, 2018
  • positive review  There are no words to describe how kind, thoughtful and incredibly talented this group of gentlemen are. From enquiring about booking them, to learning and playing our first dance outside, to rocking the dance floor with everything from Britney to The Killers, Mister Kanish were everything you could wish for from a wedding band, and more! We are eternity grateful! Thank you so very much, from the new Mr & Mrs Taylor-Holt!

    Amy Taylor-Holt Avatar Amy Taylor-Holt
    September 13, 2018
  • 5 star review  Oh my god....we are so rubbish....its taken us too long to write this review. We are very lucky to call the handsome lead singer of this band a good friend of ours and we couldn't have dreamed of having anyone else play at our wedding...luckily the band he is in is flipping fantastic too! Mr Kanish absolutely made our wedding reception. There was never a point when the dance floor wasn't full to the brim and our guests were blown away...we had loads specifically contact us after to ask for their name to spread the word. I literally cannot recommend this band enough. Guys, you absolutely smashed it and the 'oldies' generation moshing out to 'killing in the name of' is somerhing that we will never forget. HIRE THIS BAND!!! Love Guy and Rach X x

    Rachel Leanne Avatar Rachel Leanne
    May 16, 2017
  • 5 star review  I can not recommend this band highly enough! The most professional fun group of guys you will ever meet! Nothing was too much trouble for them to insure George and Bridget had the best wedding party that they had hoped for. Words can not convey how I feel, Thank you so much �

    Helen MacDonald Avatar Helen MacDonald
    July 26, 2017
  • positive review  What can we say?! We knew you were going to be amazing and had pretty high expectations for you, but you exceeded them all. We had the best day of our lives and you guys played a big part in that. Everyone kept saying how much they enjoyed it! Even our parents friends who said they had no idea of the words, but couldn’t help but dance away. We didn’t think it could get any better until you played ‘one last song...one last song’ the acoustic version of don’t look back in anger. That’s a very long winded way of saying thank you to you and the guys. We are so grateful

    Victoria Wood Avatar Victoria Wood
    July 17, 2019
  • 5 star review  Amazing set at Oktoberfest Worcester on Saturday night. Loved it and told them several times! Made my day!

    Stan Langley Avatar Stan Langley
    October 22, 2017
  • 5 star review  If you are looking for a band look no further They were amazing 👌

    Hayley OHara Avatar Hayley OHara
    December 19, 2017
  • 5 star review  Saw you guys at the Oktoberfest in Colchester, great, great band! The Mrs is going to enquire around weddings in the near future!

    Dave Ware Avatar Dave Ware
    October 30, 2017
  • positive review  We first saw Mister Kanish play at a wedding a couple of years back and straight away said that when the time came for us to get married we have to have them too. We even checked they were available before booking our date! Chris made the process so easy and when it finally came to the wedding evening they were amazing.... the dance/garage/hip-hop melodies are incredible and they get the dance floor filled from the first minute til the last. You guys should be an essential pick for anyone planning a wedding or event, everyone loved you, and we can’t thank you enough 😊 Ryan & Chelsey

    Ryan Wales Avatar Ryan Wales
    January 5, 2020
  • 5 star review  Mister Kanish played at our wedding in 2015 and they were INCREDIBLE. People still comment on how great they were. The dancefloor was full all night and they created such a brilliant atmosphere. They are also top guys, good fun and super easy to deal with during the booking process.

    Rebecca Bettley Avatar Rebecca Bettley
    March 20, 2017

Wedding Ceremony Music

Hire us as your wedding entertainment to perform during your ceremony. We can provide 3 to 5 piece options and can play requested music for the bride's walk up the aisle, and for the happy couple to dance back down. We'll also play a few songs during the signing of the register and beforehand while your guests take their seats.

Drinks Reception & Wedding Breakfast

If you want entertainment for the whole day we can offer music for your drinks reception or wedding breakfast. This can be booked as a stand alone performance for your event, or added to your regular booking. The best time to use this is during the photo hour to entertain your friends and family while the photographer snaps them. or perhaps during the wedding breakfast before the main evening event. Ask about options and line-ups for background music when you get in touch. We really find adding this additional set can warm your guests up to us for the evening and so make breaking the ice for the first dance and first set a lot easier.

Horn section

Everyone loves brass. Our awesome horn section, made up of trumpet, trombone, and sax, can be added to any Mister Kanish or Classic Kanish wedding booking. This turns our setlist into a seriously classy outfit, Rio Carnival, and ska skankathon all rolled into one - if that's possible. Highly recommended!

We are recommended by and recommend a lot of amazing wedding venues all over the UK. Here are some of our favourites...

Gate Street Barn, Surrey

Caswell House, Oxford

The Tithe Barn, Petersfield

The Tythe Barn, Bicester

Farbridge, Chichester

Hedsor House

The Ritz, London

Plus many, many more

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Wedding Band Hire FAQ

We speak with hundreds of brides and grooms a year and get asked the following questions regularly.

What do we get as standard when we hire the band for our wedding?

Our standard wedding day package includes the following...

  • Up to 3 x 50minutes of live music between 8pm and midnight (Folk style includes 2 x 60)
  • Arrival at 6pm to be ready for 8pm.
  • A choice of either just our folk style, our rock and pop style, or both.
  • Playlist for between sets so you don't need to hire a DJ.
  • Basic stage lighting, all PA, all equipment for up to 200 guests.
  • Your choice of first dance learnt and played
  • An extensive tried and tested wedding specific repertoire honed at over a decade of bookings.

We offer lots of extras including wedding ceremony music, drinks reception entertainment, extra musicians such as brass and female vocals, and late finish. We are more than happy to play weddings abroad and regularly play in France and Spain.

How much say do we have over the set lists for our big day?

While we have been playing as a function band since 2006 and really know what gets people up and dancing we don't know your friends and family better than you do. We usually recommend to clients to pick around five or six of their favourite songs from our repertoire as loves and two or three dislikes. This can give us a steer in the right direction when it comes to your music tastes. Chances are though, if you've seen our videos and enjoyed the music there, then you'll love what we do. It's not rare to see indie loving grooms up and screaming every lyric to Mysterious Girl . And we regularly see father's of the bride who haven't danced in years pogo-ing to Britney.