Auckland Wedding Bands 2021 - The Top 8
By Raashka Mannie

27 January 2021

If you want to dance the night away on your big day, you’ve come to the right place.

Because these wedding bands know how to make you dance with somebody, as well as make you feel the heat with somebody. Auckland is awash with fresh talent, all of whom are in the business of delivering a packed dance floor on your big day. From tried and true favourites to brand new discoveries, we’ve put together our list of the greatest Auckland wedding bands of 202. What are you waiting for? It’s time to shake a leg.

 

The Pickups


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Live music at your wedding can be the dance fest you’ve been dreaming of. Auckland wedding band The Pickups has a penchant for classic tunes by artists such as Prince, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Every band member has over a decade of live performance experience, and it shows. They dedicate themselves to their clients from start to finish, bringing their unique vibe to every wedding they perform at. Always a ton of fun, The Pickups are consummate pros when it comes to getting everyone up and on the dance floor.

Song examples:

Could you Be Loved - Bob Marley

Faith - George Michael

I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston

Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson

If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys

 

Testimonials:

"Wow! We highly recommend this band!! They got everyone on the dance floor and made the night! It felt like we had our own personal concert was absolutely magical." - Kerry, 2020

"The Pickups are an incredible band. They played at our wedding and blew our socks off with how talented they are. Such awesome songs were played, and Victor's ability and range as a singer was amazing. Having The Pickups play at our wedding was one of the first plans we had made, and with a heap of our guests commenting on how great the band was, this has completely justified why we wanted them on our special day, incredible!" - Dave and Joy, 2019

 

Neo Trio


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Hello - is this the trio you’ve been looking for? Neo Trio is - you guessed it - a trio of some of Auckland’s greatest live musicians. They’re fresh, they’re talented, and they know exactly what chords to strike to make your wedding feel as sensational as it should. Neo Trio prides themselves on being a ‘small band with a big sound’ and adding a touch of something magical to every wedding.

They formed in early 2016 and have been rocking events and weddings ever since. The band members individually have worked with the likes of Sola Rosa, Sole Mio and Nathan Haines, so you can be assured you are in very safe hands. This Auckland wedding band can do it all on your big day, from chart-toppers such as Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5 to classic hits by The Beatles, James Brown and Stevie Wonder.

Song examples:

Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder

Let’s Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire

I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

Adore You - Harry Styles

 

Testimonials:

"Talented, professional and so great to work with. Their music appeals to a wide audience and has created an atmosphere and ambience at our events that people notice and appreciate. I recommend 100%" - Tarusha, 2020

"Lee played at our wedding in the trio - they were amazing! Absolutely nailed it, had everyone up dancing from start to finish, with all the usual crowd-pleasers. He was so so easy to deal with, punctual, and professional. Our guests enjoyed every minute and we had so many compliments - made our day and our d-floor awesome. Thank you!" - Olivia, 2020

 

Soul 9 Yards


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Singing it loud and proud since 2017, Soul 9 Yards is a delicious mix of Soul, Motown, 90s hip hop and R’n’B you won’t find anywhere else. An Auckland wedding band that is as flexible as it gets, S9Y offer everything from a soulful acoustic duo to a 5-piece, full size wedding band to get the party rocking.

Soul 9 Yards is all about music with heart, specialising in artists such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse. Led by veteran soul and jazz vocalist Allana Goldsmith, this band is a cut above, with a broad mix of genres, songs and styles you will love.

Song examples:

Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5

American Boy - Estelle

Chain Chain Chain - Aretha Franklin

How Come You Don't Call Me - Prince/Alicia Keys

 

Testimonials:

"What’s a party without awesome sounds? Soul 9 Yards had my friends and family up dancing from early on and I loved seeing my mum dancing with everyone all night long. Allana wow what a voice so beautiful and the setlist couldn’t have been more perfect for this 50-year girl! Busy night and I just wish I could go back and replay it all over, everyone commented what an awesome band! Please pass on my thanks for making my celebration so memorable. Thanks also to findaband what a great website when trying to choose from all the amazing talent, thank you for organising it all for me." - Joanne, 2019

 

Kid Radio


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Get extraordinary with Kid Radio - specialists when it comes to all the tunes that no one else can touch. This Auckland wedding band combines pop, hip hop and R’n’B classics to create an old school flavour you will love. Bringing their unique brand of awesome to weddings since 2014, Kid Radio are a fun, funky, unforgettable band.

Song examples:

Night Fever - Bee Gees

Green Light - John Legend

Hey Ya - Outkast

Lucky - Daft Punk

My Love - Justin Timberlake

 

Testimonials:

"Amazing performance again from Kid Radio at our Staff Event at the end of July. Cannot thank these guys enough for the atmosphere and tunes they played for our staff. Thanks again guys!" - Sophie, 2017

"We had Kid Radio from Findaband perform at our wedding. The band were brilliant! Very friendly, professional, great performers and looked like they were enjoying what they were doing. We would highly recommend these guys, they are fun and play a mixture of new and old tunes without the typical jukebox/karaoke songs. If you want to get people on the dance floor, THIS IS YOUR BAND." - Kimberley, 2018

 

PepperJacks


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7-piece Auckland wedding band PepperJacks are as cool as they are come, featuring Clo Chaperon on the mic, a killer backing band and an A-list horn section. PepperJacks love blending the old and new, so you can expect Michael Jackson and Earth Wind and Fire sitting comfortably alongside The Weeknd and Bruno Mars. If your wedding calls for something truly show-stopping, put them on your shortlist.

Song examples:

Can’t Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake

Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Kahn

Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind and Fire

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

Never too Much - Luther Vandross

 

Testimonials:

"Thanks for checking in and yes everything went really well and the band was awesome and very nice to deal with. So please pass on our thanks to them for contributing towards what was a fantastic night! Thanks again!" - Courtney, 2017

"Just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your outstanding work on Saturday. We truly had the most magical day, and your superb music set the scene perfectly. I have had endless comments about how great the band was. You rocked the dance floor. Many thanks!" Anna, 2019

 

Ministry of Tone


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Ministry of Tone's long residency as the house band at Skycity meant they were able to perfect their brand of Soul, Funk and R’n’B. It’s all about beautiful music and bangers from the 70s, 80s and 90s when it comes to Ministry of Tone.

Featuring TJ Taotua on vocals and guitar, and Isaac Etimani and Willie Fa’apito on bass and drums, Ministry of Tone is considered the best of the best when it comes to their genres of choice.

Song examples:

My Girl - The Temptations

No Diggity - Dr Dre, Blackstreet

Listen To The Music - Doobie Brothers

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder

P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care) - John Legend

 

Arcade Avenue


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A kaleidoscope of musical prowess and passion, Arcade Avenue will have you and your guests up and on your feet in no time flat. With experience, talent and X factor to burn, Arcade Avenue are perfect for clients seeking a band who are honed to perfection. The band’s setlist includes Prince, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Benee, The Weeknd and more.

Whether it’s classic hits or the latest pop trends from the Top 40, you can rest assured that Arcade Avenue has your wedding dance floor covered. Their lineup includes vocalist Taylor Roche, who has spent the last two years touring Miami, New Orleans, Mexico and the Bahamas on luxurious cruise ships, and their drummer Simon, with a decade of experience in Japan, working with artists such as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Carly Rae Jepson.

Song examples:

Treasure - Bruno Mars

Shape of You - Ed Sheeran

Valerie - Amy Winehouse

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Rock with You - Michael Jackson

 

Honeytrap

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Check out the sweet sounds of Honeytrap. Uplifting, upbeat and always unexpected, Honeytrap's extensive song list favours contemporary artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Childish Gambino, Rihanna and more, with the band putting their own spin on the latest and greatest. Vocalist Jesse has performed alongside artists including Neil Finn, Dave Dobbyn, and Grammy-winner Lady Rizo.

Song examples:

Chandelier - Sia

Day 'n' nite - Kid Cudi, The Crookers

Love On Top - Beyoncé

Diamonds - Rihanna

Make Me Feel - Janelle Monáe