Best 10 Bands & Singers to Entertain Awards Evening Guests

Joe Burton Official Author Picture
Music & Entertainment Executive
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An awards gala is a celebration of people’s achievements, so the entertainment must cap off the event with non-stop dance floor fillers. That is where our outstanding singers and bands come in. Discover the best musicians for awards evenings in our latest post!


Who are the best bands and singers for awards evenings?

We asked our booking agents to list their favourite bands and singers for awards evenings and, voilà! The outstanding musicians below are regularly recommended for events of all sizes and can easily tailor their act to your specific needs.

1. Sister Sledge

Sister Sledge, the renowned vocal maestros of the disco era, present an ideal choice for awards evenings. Their genre-blending soundtrack, seamlessly weaving pop, disco, funk, soul, and R&B, ensures a dynamic performance that resonates across diverse audiences. With a history marked by chart-topping hits and a Grammy-winning album, Sister Sledge brings not just music but an immersive experience, making them the perfect choice for awards celebrations.

2. Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, boasting an impressive 19-piece lineup, are the perfect choice for awards organisers seeking sheer musical excellence. They resonate with sophistication and style with a lineup including a pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocalists, and a rich brass section. Having captivated over 300,000 guests annually, their international acclaim and extensive touring history prove their ability to entertain audiences.

To hire Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, contact a booking agent today.

3. Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is a seasoned performer known for her journey from indie rock with Theaudience to solo stardom. With a chart-topping debut album, Read My Lips, selling over two million copies, and subsequent successes like Shoot from the Hip and Wanderlust, Sophie’s impressive catalogue is a testament to her international acclaim. Not just a musical sensation, her captivating stage presence, honed on platforms like Strictly Come Dancing, makes her a popular choice for awards entertainment.

4. Fleur East

Book Fleur East through Champions Music & Entertainment for a cutting-edge artist at your awards event. A consummate professional with a voice that transcends R&B, hip-hop, soul, pop, and dance, Fleur brings a captivating presence. From her X Factor debut to touring with DJ Fresh, Fleur’s journey has been a powerhouse of hits, crowned by her stunning performance of Uptown Funk. With chart-topping singles and an international recording deal, Fleur East isn’t just contemporary; she’s the artist to set your event ablaze.

5. Heather Small

Heather Small, former M People lead singer and solo sensation, offers soulful entertainment for diverse events. Specialising in R&B, dance, soul, and house, Heather’s musical journey from M People’s chart-topping hits to her solo triumph, Proud, defines her versatility. With a voice that sold over 10 million albums, this soulful singer will instantly be recognised by your guests. Heather blends chart-topping success with a legacy of charitable contributions, making her the perfect choice for a memorable awards evening.

6. The Overtones

For a music extravaganza at your awards evening, The Overtones are the go-to party band. Comprising seasoned musicians, this quartet’s harmonies and stage charisma breathe life into any event. The Overtones boast chart-topping albums and a legion of loyal fans. They've graced prestigious stages worldwide, from Buckingham Palace to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Their feel-good style, honed by a decade of hits, ensures a memorable awards night.

7. The Talent

Step into the world of pure entertainment with The Talent, a twelve-piece band delivering a showstopping musical experience. From British Royalty events to high-end corporate functions, this isn’t just a showband; it’s an experience. Boasting a jaw-dropping 13-piece showband and a massive 500-song repertoire, The Talent guarantees an unforgettable night. Their harmonies, soulful vocals, and expansive options make them the ultimate choice for a night that leaves the dancefloor bursting.

8. The Rick Parfitt Jr. (RPJ Band)

The RPJ Band redefine party rock events with heart-stopping performances. Founded by Rick Parfitt Junior, son of Status Quo legend Rick Parfitt, this rock band for hire features session musicians with a long and successful music history. Having played for celebrities and corporates alike, The RPJ Band promises an unparalleled, unforgettable experience for your awards evening. If you want to keep the dance floor filled from the moment the last awards are announced, this band is the clear choice.

9. Coyote

Coyote, the UK’s premium live party band, injects cool and contemporary vibes into awards evenings. With lead vocalist Laura and backup vocalists Brian, Pete, and Dan, Coyote’s repertoire spans from Coldplay to Rihanna, ensuring a night of non-stop dancing. As a self-contained unit with state-of-the-art setups, they’ve performed for everyone from Tesco to The Belfry Hotel. Whether pop hits or classic anthems, Coyote guarantees an awards event packed with infectious energy.

10. The Shane Nolan Band

The Shane Nolan Band, led by Shane Ritchie Jnr, is the UK’s in-demand cover band, turning events into high-energy, up-tempo celebrations. With a charismatic lead and a lineup of talented musicians, they’ve rocked the UK and Europe, delivering hits from all eras. Whether it’s hits from Maroon 5 or classics from Stevie Wonder, the Shane Nolan Band ensures an upbeat, unforgettable party atmosphere for your awards evening.

Why is live entertainment crucial for a successful awards evening?

Live entertainment can turn a normal awards event into an unforgettable experience. Imagine the energy of a live band or the charisma of a talented singer filling the room; it elevates the entire experience, keeping your audience engaged from start to finish. The right music can set the tone of your event to cap off a night of celebrations.

According to Network Know-How, social events like awards evenings can also be a great way to network and meet other professionals in your field. What better way to make an impression than by cutting shapes on the dance floor?

When hiring a band or singer for their awards evening, what should clients consider?

Choosing the perfect act is key. First and foremost, consider the style of your event. Are you aiming for a classy ambience or a livelier atmosphere? Next, think about the preferences of your audience - a versatile performer who can cater to diverse tastes will be a hit. And, of course, discuss your event details thoroughly, from setlists to logistics, to ensure a seamless and stress-free performance.

Book Awards Evening Entertainment Today!

Ready to take your awards evening to the next level of entertainment? Look no further than Champions Music & Entertainment. Discover the perfect blend of talent and charisma for your event.

Take the first step towards an unforgettable experience and fill in our online contact form today. Let’s turn your awards ceremony into a showstopping celebration!

Joe Burton Official Author Picture
Music & Entertainment Executive

Since joining the Champions Music & Entertainment team in 2021, Joseph Burton has established himself as our all-around music expert, thanks to his eclectic taste. Joe regularly supplies his expertise on musical acts and entertainment for clients, having studied Theatre Arts at Nottingham Trent University. Among his other expert topics, Joe regularly books festival headliners and famous acts for clients across the globe, the most notable being Tom Walker and Madness. He also works closely with entertainers like Richard Jones and often recommends magicians for corporate and public event entertainment alike. 

For several years, Joe travelled the world as a Production Manager on cruise ships. The experience sharpened his organisational skills and spurred Joe’s passion for entertainment. Today, such skills benefit his clients, as Joe expertly coordinates talent of all genres and forms for their events. He is our resident technical expert and is quick to offer his guidance to event planners wanting to make their occasion stand out. 

When Joe is not connecting globally renowned acts for large-scale and intimate events, he plays the guitar. Regularly jamming with his fellow musicians, he lives, eats and breathes music; Joe is committed to his craft. Discover a selection of Joe’s articles below, which showcase his expertise. 

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