Derbyshire Wedding Band

Professional Live Band & Free DJ!

Derbyshire Wedding Band

Hire HARD TO HANDLE as your Derbyshire wedding band – rock, indie pop and more + a free DJ for one affordable fee. Or, you could spend hours looking at all of the wedding bands in Derbyshire for wedding receptions advertised on wedding entertainment agency websites.

It’s your choice of course, but unlike other wedding bands in Derbyshire, we have no sliding scale of charges. No confusing line up options; just an amazing wedding band Derbyshire music experience. It’s as simple as that! HARD TO HANDLE provide:

  • Wedding band music for Derbyshire
  • Perfect for small to midsized venues
  • Over 500 wedding reception gigs performed
  • 2 hours of classic and contemporary dance floor-friendly music
  • Professional wedding musicians
  • More cost effective than a large party band
  • 100% live band music, no backing tracks
  • 350 song playlist – indie rock, classic rock, pop, soul and more
  • Create your own band sets for us to perform
  • Song requests taken
  • Free live DJ with every booking direct via our website
  • Non-stop music all night
  • No wedding entertainment agency commission or fees
  • Contract for stress-free booking
  • Sound system and lights
  • Speak to the band direct
  • Fully insured
  • A full dance floor!

Hire a wedding band direct – no need to hire through a wedding entertainment agency

There are two main ways to hire a wedding band for your wedding reception – through a wedding entertainment agency or by contacting a function band direct. As you have probably discovered, most of the Google search results you can see are entertainment agencies rather wedding bands. These are the type of websites that declare that they have the best wedding bands, and bands for hire.

Now don’t get us wrong – entertainment agencies can be a good live band option for brides and grooms who believe that they need the assurance of consulting a large music organisation in order to secure the services of Derbyshire wedding bands.

But for wedding bands Derbyshire entertainment agencies aren’t the only booking option. Savvy brides, grooms and other Derby party music planners are realising that you can hire Derbyshire wedding band entertainment by contacting a professional function band direct.

So what are the benefits? First and foremost, when you hire HARD TO HANDLE as a function band for your Derbyshire wedding reception, you will be saving money because you won’t have to pay a commission to the agency as well as the wedding band. Secondly, you will be able to talk to the band direct straight away, which is not always possible when you hire Derbyshire wedding bands through an agency.  

Also, when you hire us, you are hiring a real live wedding band. Often, entertainment agencies will take a booking from a bride and groom and then hastily form a function band or party band from a pool of local musicians just to fill that booking – so you won’t necessarily know which musicians you’re getting until they arrive on the day. If you’d prefer not to have to wait and see whether the musicians who arrive are actually good, it’s better to hire a band direct.

350 song playlist, requests happily learnt and performed

We have performed at many wedding venues in Derbyshire such as Shottle Hall, Makeney Hall Hotel, Breadsall Priory, Tissington Hall, The White Hart Inn, Kegworth Hotel, Osmaston Park, Stancliffe Hall, The Priest House, Yeldersley Hall, The Pudding Room, Newton House Barns – probably more than most Derbyshire wedding bands.

When we arrive at your venue on the big day you can be confident that we will have liaised with yourselves and the venue manager to ensure we know when to arrive, where to set up, what time your evening guests are arriving, the song you would like us to perform for your first dance and when to play it, what time you would like our sets to be performed, and crucially what music you would like us to play.

We allow you to pick and choose songs to build up a set list from our large, eclectic 350 song playlist featuring music from the 1960s to modern charts.

You can even ask your guests to requests songs in advance, because the best way to get your friends guests dancing is for them to dance to music that they have requested – it’s a simple idea but not all Derbyshire wedding bands are happy to do this. We are also happy to build our DJ sets with your song requests in mind.

Speak to wedding musicians direct

Being able to speak to the wedding musicians direct is a good way of getting a flavour of who you will be hiring, but it also makes sense to take a look at what the function band can offer from their videos, music, playlist, information and reviews.

Because an entertainment agencys’ website will feature lots of wedding bands, the information displayed their wedding bands will be limited to the basics – for specific information on the band, you will need to contact the agency, who if they don’t know the answer will need to contact the function band, who will then pass on the information back to the agency and then back to yourselves…it can be a long, drawn out process.

So you can either get tired waiting for an answer from the agency and keep waiting, or you contact HARD TO HANDLE for a quote or other information, and we will get back to you in 24 hours so you can make an informed decision about the type of live wedding bands you want.

Derbyshire wedding band

Amazing sounding wedding music

Brides and grooms who search bands for hire and choose HARD TO HANDLE BAND comment on our perfect mix of amazing sounding music or classic rock pop indie rock and more, strong vocals and onstage personality.

All three wedding musicians in the band possess strong vocals, which helps create a very full sound, layering multiple vocals on top of our classic covers band line up of guitar, bass and drums (plus some keyboards).

Because we are experienced, versatile musicians, all of the music we perform as a function band sounds authentic.

Unlike some function bands and wedding bands in Derbyshire, we don’t feel the need to pad out songs with endless drum and guitar solos – which play the songs as they were meant to sound.

We like to think that this is why we have a 5* Google review rating! By the way, you might think that you need to hire large function bands featuring six or more wedding musicians to entertainment your guests.

However, not only do larger wedding bands struggle to fit into many Derbyshire wedding venues but they will probably be too loud, especially if your wedding reception has a guest list of 400 or less invitees – if the music is too loud, just watch your guests vacate the dance floor to the bar, and then elsewhere in the venue because the function bands’ music is too loud.

If this does happen, you will have a hard time encouraging them back to dance, which means that you will have spent money on a function band which isn’t actually entertaining anyone!

If you are worried about this, it’s far better to hire a band like HARD TO HANDLE who can vary the performance volume to suit both venue and guests, and who can also set up more comfortably and in smaller areas than large wedding bands Derbyshire has to offer, while having the experience to “read the room”, playing the style music that will entertain everyone and keep the party atmosphere going all night.

Hopefully we have given you an idea why HARD TO HANDLE BAND are one of the best wedding bands to hire in Derbyshire. Feel free to take a look at our videos and listen to our MP3s (recorded with no overdubs, so what you hear is a good representation of our live sound), as well as our massive and regularly updated playlist.

Don’t forget, if you are interested in hiring us as your wedding band Derbyshire, wedding entertainment or party music and don’t see your favourite music featured in our set list, just ask us if we can perform it – we’ll be happy to oblige.

So with that in mind, get in touch for more information on how HARD TO HANDLE BAND can rock your party!        


Hire Hard to Handle band in Derbyshire

Get in touch! For enquiries or just to find out more about Hard to Handle band, fill in the form below. We aim to respond within 24 hours. If you haven’t heard from us by then, we may not have received your enquiry so please call us direct on 0796 433 5657.