The Top 7 Auckland Bands For Hire

By Find A Band and Luke Ellery

How can you give your wedding that little something extra? Live entertainment! Auckland's bands for hire are made up of talented musicians offering songlists comprised of your favourite songs, from 60s and 70s classics to 80s and 90s bangers and even the latest pop hits. We've selected Auckland's best 7 covers bands below to make finding the right band easy. Below, you will see a brief description of each band, a sample of the songs they offer, and videos showcasing their exceptional talent. We hope it makes it simple to find your dream band.


PepperJacks are a 7-piece Auckland band for hire made up of some of the hottest talent our city has to offer. The PepperJacks sound is big, upbeat, and indisputably funky.

PepperJacks never fail to bring their A-game no matter how big or small their audience. They always leave their crowd wanting more.

This band has mastered the blend of old and new to bring the party to any audience. Seven musicians combine their incredible skill to deliver dancefloor filling dance hits. Artists covered include Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Meghan Trainor and The Weeknd to name a few.

Sample Songlist:

Can’t Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake | Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars | Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Kahn | Never too Much - Luther Vandross | Rock with You - Michael Jackson


High Society's vocalist Ra Toia is blessed with the voice of a sassy angel. She has performed at world-renowned hotels in 10 different countries, so you can be more than confident that she knows how to put on a good show. High Society offer a first class experience for any event. Their repertoire includes top 40 hits and classics from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Sample Songlist:

Cheap Thrills - Sia | I feel it comin - The Weeknd | Love on top – Beyonce | Roar – Katy Perry | Bang Bang – Ariana Grande, Jesse J

Ministry of Tone

 Ministry of Tone is a versatile soul/funk / R'n'B Auckland band for hire. The band bring together your favourite 60s and 70s funk and soul, 90s R'n'B, and top 40 hits to boot. Starring frontman vocalist and guitarist TJ Taotua, one of New Zealand's finest rhythm sections - Isaac Etimani and Willie Fa’apito, and the remarkable talents and arrangements of Jireh Falaniko on the keys, the band is swiftly rising in the industry being recognised as one of New Zealand’s top funk and soul bands.

sample songlist:

Sexual healing - Marvin Gaye | Love ballad - George Benson | All night long - Lionel Richie | Never 2 music - Luther Vandross | Let’s stay together - Al Green

The Pickups

The Pickups bring an innovative approach to the Auckland band scene. Victor Hawkins-Sulfa fronts the band as their lead vocalist. The Pickups perform classic sounds from artists like Prince, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. This band has worked with some of New Zealand's greatest, including Dave Dobbyn, Stan Walker, Che Fu and Hollie Smith.

The Pickups mantra is quality over quantity when it comes to music; you'll enjoy every single song. If you're weighing up some of Auckland's best bands to perform at an event, these guys should be on your shortlist!

From the moment they receive an inquiry to their final dancefloor number of the night, The Pickups are dedicated to ensuring you have a top-quality experience, during the whole process. With every individual member of The Pickups having devoted themselves to music for more than 15 years, you should expect nothing less than the very best.

Sample Songlist:

24K Magic - Bruno Mars | Africa - Toto | Billie Jean - Michael Jackson | Forget You - Cee Lo Green | I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown

Kid Radio

Kid Radio are unique among Auckland bands for hire. Their songlist has absolutely no trace of tired pub hits of yesteryear. Instead, they’ have built a repertoire of what can only be described as pure dynamite - those songs that other bands are too afraid to touch. If names like Prince, Kanye, Stevie, Justin, Luther and Michael mean something to you, then this is the band for you.

The band effortlessly mash up pop, hip-hop and R’n’B. Featuring two frontmen, Sam Allen and Mal Lakatani, on guitars and an epic rhythm section comprised of Stephen Thomas and Isaac Etimani on drums and bass. Michal Martyniuk is the mastermind behind their arrangements and the band's talented keyboard player. This band has changed the game and set a new standard for live entertainment in Auckland. 

Sample Songlist:

Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai | Frontin - Pharrell | Going Home - Drake | I Like The Way You Move - Outkast | She Wants To Move - NERD | Treasure - Bruno Mars- 

Blue Steel

The ideal event outcome when booking a live band is to have all of your guests up and dancing. If you want a night that no one will forget, then you need to book the right band. One of Auckland's favourite bands for hire, Blue Steel, are a passionate, professional group of musicians. Together, they have performed on stages both in New Zealand and around the world. They have over 300 corporate events and weddings under their belt, and they have never stopped loving it. The band members have performed on television, at dozens of vineyards and regularly appear at Auckland’s top venues (Mudbrick, Cable Bay, Castaways, The Langham, The Museum, Viaduct Event Centre and many more).

Sample Songlist:

Satisfaction - Rolling Stones | Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac | Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen | Superstition – Stevie Wonder | Take It Easy - Eagles
Rain - Dragon | Valerie - Amy Winehouse | Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen


Jumpsuit is the band that gets everyone up to the dancefloor - no exceptions. Jumpsuit has, in their repertoire, tonnes of fun songs you know and plenty of beats that won’t stop.

The band are very flexible when it comes to how you want your event to run. They and can shift gears in a heartbeat, from relaxed background music right up to massive rock/ pop anthems.

Their long and varied songlist gives them dozens of options that are suitable for any event - every night with Jumpsuit is different from the last - booking Jumpsuit means they will tailor their performance to you. 

Sample Songlist:

Always On My Mind -Tiki Taane | Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison | 
Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson Five | Down On The Corner - CCR | Hey Ya - Outkast
I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley | I Got A Woman - Ray Charles | Kiss - Prince

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