Auckland's Best Wedding Bands for 2020 Weddings
By Sam Browne

22 July 2019

If you’re planning on having an epic live band for your wedding, it’s time to get serious and lock them in. In this post, we’ll give you the low down on the best Auckland bands to consider for your 2020 wedding.

2020 is nearly upon us. If you’re a 2020 bride, you need to get with the program and book your suppliers in. While 2019 is sort of a weird year numerically, many brides have opted for the satisfying symmetry of 2020 weddings, and more than usual, it’s going to be a year where the most in-demand suppliers are going to get booked solid well in advance.

With this in mind, if you’re planning on having an epic live band for your wedding, it’s time to get serious and lock them in. In this post, we’ll give you the low down on Auckland's best live bands to consider for your 2020 wedding.

 

PepperJacks

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PepperJacks are an Auckland-based 7-piece upbeat covers band. If you need a large, funky band with sax and trumpet for your wedding to be complete (and who doesn’t?), this is the band. 

Featuring n A-list killer horn section, the PepperJacks sound is floor to ceiling bangers, guaranteed to make Uncle Derek do pointy finger dancing late into the night. Their setlist includes deep cuts from Motown and Stax, as well as reimaginings of tunes by Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, and Luther Vandross, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift.

 

Mister Speaker


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Pepperjacks not quite enough? That’s ok, if you need even more funk in your trunk, Mister Speaker are an Auckland based funk and soul powerhouse that will take it to the bridge so you can get up like a sex machine. Vocalist Tane Tari and his 8 piece supergroup perform authentic funk and soul from artists like James Brown, Bill Withers, and Sly & the Family Stone, as well as their own Southern friend takes on modern artists such as Beyonce, Gorillaz, Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran. 

 

Ministry of Tone


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Featuring TJ Taotua's soulful vocals and a frankly dangerous rhythm section, Ministry of Tone are equal parts smooth and groovy. With a multi-year residency at Skycity, Ministry of Tone have spent more time on stage than most, and it shows. They are tight, funky and fun, with a laidback style that belies the level of musicality they offer.

 

Kid Radio


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Kid Radio are the #1 most popular cover band in New Zealand.

Formerly holding the residency at Sweatshop under the moniker “The Beat Council”, Kid Radio know how to move the crowd. Their songlist contains no ageing rock songs or cheesy NZ singalongs. Instead, they’ve assembled a repertoire loaded with nothing but pure dynamite - the jams that other bands can’t touch. If you would rather listen to a band absolutely slay with songs by Prince, Kanye and Michael Jackson all night, you need Kid Radio.



Blue Steel


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Some people want the latest pop hits. Some people want those all-time greats they’ve been listening to since childhood - Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles. If you want to boogie to some of the greatest songs ever written, and couldn’t care less about what’s on the radio (who even listens to the radio now?), then Blue Steel is your band.

 

Jumpsuit


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Good honest fun is what Jumpsuit are all about. A classic covers band with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, they’re one of our most popular bands and always get a great response. Their large, diverse songlist means they have dozens of different songs to suit every wedding.

 

Allenby Park


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Allenby Park are really, really popular. There’s something special about these two guys, and what happens when they sing together. That’s because they’ve been doing it since they were kids, where they used to hang out at a certain park and play guitar and sing their little hearts out. If you want acoustic music, but you want it fun and upbeat, and you don’t want to spend a fortune, but you want something really good..you probably want Allenby Park. So does everybody else, so be quick with these guys!

 

The Black Quartet


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String quartets as a rule are pretty, pretty boring. Thank goodness, then, for The Black Quartet, who bring a totally different attitude to string quartet music, offering a mix of modern tunes and those essential classics. Add a touch of class to your ceremony with The Black Quartet, and hopefully people won’t notice your cousin Darryl wore shorts to the wedding.

 

The Pickups


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There are singers, and there is Victor. Hearing Victor is like your first time eating Burger Burger after a lifetime of McDonalds. Be warned - if you hear him, nothing else is going to measure up.

Victor and his band offer classic dancefloor filling tunes by artists such as Prince, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. They play a wide range but the common denominator is you’ll only hear objectively good music - no cheese, no Gambler, no Mumford and sons, no dull rock. If you love timeless classics, and you appreciate great vocals, you should check out The Pickups.