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Jun 7, 2023

Hawke's Bay Bands for Hire - 10+ Exceptional Bands

By Sophie Mashlan

Whatever the occasion, finding the perfect band can make or break the event. That's why we've put together the ultimate list of Hawke's Bay bands for hire in 2023.

When it comes to creating the perfect ambiance for your upcoming event, whether it's a birthday celebration, product launch, or corporate gathering, live music has the power to make or break an event. However, with a multitude of talented artists available, it can be daunting to know where to start your search. That's why we’ve carefully selected a list of our top recommendations for live bands in Hawke’s Bay. Our collection encompasses a wide variety of genres, ranging from classic rock to modern chart-toppers, ensuring that there is something to cater to everyone's musical preferences.

hawke's bay Acoustic Artists

If you're after a chill and easygoing vibe for your event in Hawke’s Bay, acoustic artists are where it's at! Whether you're throwing a low-key get-together, hosting a brunch, or need some background tunes for a corporate event, these folks can create the perfect atmosphere for your guests. Check out our top recommendations for awesome acoustic bands available for hire in Hawke’s Bay:

Golden Hour

Genres: Pop, Acoustic, Jazz & Latin

If you're craving a mellow and relaxed atmosphere, look no further than Golden Hour. This dynamic duo specialises in pop and jazz tunes, making them a dreamy addition to afternoon canapes, or any occasion that calls for soothing background melodies. Armed with their acoustic guitars and captivating vocals, they're bound to leave your guests in awe. From soulful renditions of Dolly Parton to enchanting tunes from Fleetwood Mac, Golden Hour delivers the very best of acoustic music.

Golden Hour we’re AMAZING! So professional and accommodating and just beautiful musicians and singers. Thank you for booking them for us - they are a 10/10.


Selected Songs

Stevie Wonder
Isn't She Lovely

Camila Cabello

American Boy

Jessie J
Price Tag

Otis Redding
Dock of the Bay

Michael Jackson


Fleetwood Mac

Bill Withers
Lovely Day

Mustang Sally


Golden Hour PROFILE

Sam Allen

Genres: Top 40, R'n"B, Funk & Soul

Prepare to be blown away by the extraordinary talent of Sam, a gifted guitarist and vocalist. He effortlessly transitions from delivering breathtaking acoustic versions of beloved classics to infusing his own soulful twist into the realms of pop, hip hop, funk, and soul. With artists like Tupac and Will Smith gracing his setlist, he adds an irresistible flavour to the singer-songwriter genre that you won't be able to resist. Get ready to groove, sway, and be captivated by Sam's remarkable musical prowess and his ability to bring a unique and soulful touch to every performance.

We recently had Sam Allen perform at our 2019/20 Season Awards Party and he was absolutely amazing. 300 guests attended and all of the feedback was extremely positive. We will definitely be recommending him



Selected Songs

Josh Kelly

Black Seeds
So True

American Boy

Will Smith
Fresh Prince Of Bel Air


California Love

R. Kelly

Sonia Dada
Lover Lover

Peter Andre
Mysterious Girl

Luther Vandross
Never Too Much



Asch Rose

Genres: Pop, Top 40

Get ready to be captivated by the incredible talent of Asch-Rose. With vocals reminiscent of iconic artists like Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and Billie Holiday, she creates a mesmerising atmosphere. Asch-Rose takes popular hits from artists like Miley Cyrus, Johnny Cash and Sam Smith and transforms them into something truly unique. Prepare for a powerful and unforgettable performance that will leave your guests enchanted.

Everything went well! Asch-Rose was brilliant! Really lovely voice and soulful performance. She was very well received.


Selected Songs

Amy Winehouse

The Police
Walking On The Moon

Smooth Operator

Tracy Chapman
Fast Car

Something Got Me Started

Electric Feel

Violent Femmes
Blister In The Sun

Bobby McFerrin
Don’t Worry Be Happy

Horse With No Name

Chet Faker
No Diggity



Je Marco

Genres: Funk & Soul, Jazz & Latin, Top 40

Say hello to Je Marco, a Brazil native who has made New Zealand his home since 2013. He's all about creating a laid-back and sun-soaked atmosphere with his easygoing acoustic mix of reggae, funk, soul, and Latin tunes. Picture yourself sipping cocktails by the pool or enjoying some chilled beers by the beach while Je Marco sets the perfect vibe. His diverse setlist covers the greatest hits from funk, reggae, acoustic, and even some homegrown kiwiana favourites. From the timeless melodies of Stevie Wonder and the groovy beats of Bruno Mars to the iconic sounds of Fleetwood Mac, Six60, LAB, Tiki Taane, Katchafire, and The Black Seeds, Je Marco will take you on a musical journey you won't soon forget. Get ready to unwind, tap your feet, and let Je Marco's music transport you to a place of pure bliss.

Je!! You guys were amazing. I’m so sorry it was cold and your hands were freezing but you really made our night. The whole band was amazing and we got so many compliments for you. Honestly we couldn’t have asked for better. For a group of musicians to want to dance to you guys all night, you guys nailed it!


Selected Songs

Dancing in the moonlight

Michael Jackson
The way you make me feel

Gipsy kings

Red red wine

Frankie Valli
Can't take my eyes off you

Maceo Parker
Yes We Can Can

Kool & the Gang

Kool & the Gang
Get Down On it

Kool the Gang
Jungle Boogie

Bob Marley
Is This Love

Bob Marley
Three Little Birds

Bob Marley
Stir it Up

Harry Styles
Watermelon Sugar

Harry Styles
As It Was

Je Marco Profile

hawke's bay Party Bands

If you're aiming to keep the party vibes high and the dance floor packed at your upcoming special occasion, hiring a live party band is an absolute game-changer. Luckily, Hawke’s Bay is brimming with incredibly talented bands that know how to bring the festive spirit to any event, whether it's a corporate soirée or a rocking birthday bash. Without further ado, here are our ultimate top picks to ensure an unforgettable night of celebration:

Bang Bang 

Genres: Pop, Classic Hits, Top 40

Prepare for an explosive experience with Bang Bang! This sensational international band is raising the bar for live entertainment in New Zealand. With a wealth of experience from touring Europe to captivating audiences as far as India, Bang Bang knows how to deliver a show that will get you off your seats. Led by the incredibly talented Mandy Meadows, this band is a force to be reckoned with. Their repertoire is a treasure trove of hits, featuring unforgettable songs by legendary artists like Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Queen, James Brown, Prince, Tina Turner, and many others. With their unmatched versatility and captivating performances, this band will have you dancing, singing, and experiencing the time of your life.

Bang Bang were amazing!! Everyone absolutely loved them, they were outstanding. Loads of people dancing and singing along. I will definitely be booking them again, much appreciated!


Selected Songs

Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud

Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk

Nina Simone
My Baby Just Cares For Me

Van Morrison
Can’t Help Falling In Love

Etta James
At Last

The Killers
Mr Brightside

Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop The Feeling

Taylor Swift
Shake It Off



Turtle Funk

Genres: Funk & Soul, Classic Hits, Top 40

Get ready to groove with Turtle Funk, a funky three-piece band that brings together a mix of talented musicians from New Zealand and Brazil. Close your eyes and imagine the perfect summer day – the warm sand beneath your feet, a gentle breeze in the air, and the sound of chilled-out tunes filling the atmosphere. As the sun sets and the energy amps up, Turtle Funk kicks into high gear, delivering tight and upbeat bangers from legendary artists like Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, Sublime, and Stevie Wonder.as well as paying homage to the vibrant music scene of New Zealand by including beloved tunes from local artists such as Six60, The Black Seeds, Tiki Taane, and Katchafire. They bring a touch of homegrown flavour to their performances, ensuring a dynamic and memorable experience for all. Soak in the good vibes, dance to the infectious rhythms, and let Turtle Funk create a musical journey you won't forget.

I had this fabulous band of my 60th birthday and they rock! So great to deal with and we danced all night! Highly recommend


Selected Songs

Maceo Parker
Yes We Can Can

Kool & the Gang

Kool & the Gang
Get Down On it

Kool the Gang
Jungle Boogie

Bob Marley
Is This Love

Bob Marley
Three Little Birds

Bob Marley
Stir it Up

Harry Styles
Watermelon Sugar

Harry Styles
As It Was

Maroon 5
This love

Turtle Funk Profile


Genres: Top 40, Rock, Classic Hits

Prepare to be blown away as BSA performs songs from iconic rock legends such as Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Queen, and Toto. Their collective instrumental skill and dynamite setlist are guaranteed to keep your guests on their feet, dancing the night away. Their passion for music shines through in every note, ensuring a memorable experience for everyone in attendance. So get ready to unleash your inner rockstar and create unforgettable moments with BSA as they take your event to the next level.

The wedding went really well thank you so much to the band - Wouldn’t change a thing!


Selected Songs

Bohemian Rhapsody

Don't Stop Believing

Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way

Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi Medley

Billy Joel
Uptown Girl

Elton John
Crocodile Rock

The Knack
My Sharona

Darius Rucker
Wagon Wheel

Bob Marley
3 Little Birds

Are You Old Enough?



The Monroes 

Genres: Classic Hits, Pop, Top 40

Get ready to be dazzled by The Monroes, an internationally experienced band that knows how to deliver an unforgettable entertainment experience. From Johnny B. Goode to Katy Perry, AC/DC to ABBA, they cover 50 years of music, adapting their repertoire to suit the crowd's tastes throughout the night. With both female and male vocals, they offer true versatility, but it's their energy-packed stage show that sets them apart. The dance floor is always packed, and smiles are guaranteed. Get ready for a night of pure excitement and entertainment with The Monroes.

Well, we had the best Saturday night at our Vascular Conference, The Monroes were sensational. I didn’t think my group would be up dancing all night but they did to every song, I did thank the band again on Sunday morning. Thanks for your help and hope we can have them again in the future at another function.


Selected Songs

Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk

Ed Sheeran


April sun in Cuba

Shania Twain
Man I feel like a woman

Crazy little thing called love

The Look

Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines

The Police

Chuck Berry
Johnny B. Goode



Jazz and Classical Bands

If you're seeking to infuse your Hawke’s Bay event with a touch of elegance, classical and jazz music will never disappoint. The melodic enchantment of live performances by talented musicians has the power to elevate any occasion, be it a product launch or a sophisticated cocktail hour. Allow us to present our curated selection of top-notch classical and jazz bands for hire in Hawke’s Bay, ensuring that your event exudes a sense of timeless sophistication and musical brilliance.

The Antibodies 

Genres: Funk & Soul, Jazz & Latin, Pop

Prepare to be amazed by The Antibodies, a one-of-a-kind band that will surpass your expectations. If you're seeking an event experience that goes beyond the ordinary party trio, this group offers a unique blend of class, sophistication, and dance floor hits. Their repertoire covers a wide range of genres, including modern pop tunes, jazz, swing, Latin, and contemporary renditions of beloved classics. From Ed Sheeran to Gloria Gaynor, Dusty Springfield to Michael Jackson, The Antibodies deliver it all with style. Get ready to be wowed as they infuse every performance with their distinctive charm and musical prowess.

This was the best entertainment we have ever had after a long three day conference. The whole department really let loose and had an amazing time on the dance floor. People who I never would have thought would get up were the last ones standing


Selected Songs

Gloria Gaynor
I Will Survive

Post-Modern Jukebox
All About That Bass

The Weeknd
I Can't Feel My Face

Jessie J
Price Tag

You Gotta Be

Bill Withers
Just The Two Of Us

Corinne Bailey Rae
Put Your Records On

Dusty Springfield
Son Of A Preacher Man

Norah Jones
Don’t Know Why

Ray Charles
Hit The Road Jack

The Antibodies Profile

Roxy Strings

Genres: Classical, Pop, Acoustic

Experience the enchanting sounds of Roxy Strings, Waikato's premier string quartet. These celebrated classical musicians bring a unique twist to their performances, offering captivating string quartet renditions of popular hits from the 2000s as well as traditional pieces by renowned composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, and Dvořák. Since 2018, Roxy Strings has captivated audiences at prestigious venues across the North Island with their exceptional talent and versatility. Elevate your event with the elegance and charm of Roxy Strings' artistry.

Selected Songs

Canon in D

Shane Filan
Beautiful in White

Christina Perri
A thousand years

Ave Maria


What a wonderful world

Bruno Mars
Marry you


Viva la vida

Wedding March

Roxy Strings Profile


Genres: Country, Jazz & Latin, Top 40

Let Jeripoca take you on a musical journey to the sunny beaches of Brazil with their enchanting performances. Specialising in the vibrant sounds of Samba, Forró, Afoxé, and Bossa Nova, this talented group offers a truly immersive and unique musical experience. With a diverse setlist featuring renowned Brazilian artists like Nara Leão, Elizeth Cardoso, Djavan, and João Gilberto, Jeripoca effortlessly transports you to the balmy shores of Ipanema. Drawing inspiration from the rich influences of world music and jazz, Jeripoca infuses their performances with elements that create a distinct and captivating sound. Expect rhythmic improvisation and harmonically sophisticated arrangements, as they deliver an authentic Brazilian musical experience that will leave you captivated.

Great vibe! Fantastic music to dance to or to just relax and enjoy. A most enjoyable evening


Selected Songs


Nara Leão
O barquinho

Elizeth Cardoso
Chega de saudade

Dorival Caymmi
Saudades Da Bahia

Dorival Caymmi
Morena do mar

João Gilberto
Aquarela do Brasil

Dean Lewis

Antônio Carlos Jobim

E que Deus ajude


Jeripoca Profile

Ben Wilcock 

Genres: Jazz & Latin

Experience the extraordinary talents of internationally acclaimed pianist and composer, Ben Wilcock, as he elevates your event with his smooth and soulful jazz performances. With a repertoire that encompasses timeless classics from legendary artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole, as well as his own mesmerising compositions, Ben Wilcock guarantees an evening of unparalleled elegance and musical sophistication. Prepare to be captivated by his virtuosity and the enchanting ambiance he creates, making your event truly unforgettable.

Wilcock is an engaging pianist and composer. At times his playing brings to mind Thelonious Monk, particularly in the faster bop tracks


Selected Songs

Ray Charles & Betty Carter
People Will Say We're in Love

Erroll Garner

Fats Waller
I'm going to it right down and write myself a letter

Ray Charles
Georgia on my mind

Edith Piaf
La Vie en Rose

Dave Brubeck
In your own sweet way

Fly me to the moon

Sarah Vaughan
Body and Soul

Eroll Garner
There will never be another you

Sarah Vaughan

Ben Wilcock Profile

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