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Eleven Fabulous Award Ceremony Entertainment Ideas!

Last Updated: 25th April 2024

If you’re planning an awards ceremony, you’ll need some killer musical entertainment to bring it to life. No matter the theme of your event, live music is an absolute must so we’ve rounded up eleven of the best award ceremony entertainment ideas to help give you some inspiration for how to add a touch of magic to your proceedings, and give your company the night they deserve!

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A String Quartet

Heavenly Strings

If you want your event to ooze class but also have a contemporary edge, you’d be hard pushed to beat a string quartet for your awards ceremony entertainment. They can play classical arrangements as well as current renditions of pop, rock, dance and pretty much any other type of song. Many string quartets also come as electric outfits if you need extra amplification. Hiring a string quartet gives you all the versatility you need and the perfect balance between elegance and modern charm.

A Brass Band

Brass Act

For a dramatic wow-factor with an upbeat and quirky edge, a brass band is a fun and exhilarating way to go when booking your award ceremony music. There’s nothing like a bunch of brass players to put a smile on your guests’ faces and get them in the mood to celebrate. With repertoires filled with everything from Frank Sinatra to Rudimental, you can go as classic or contemporary as you like when you hire one of these class acts.

A Mariachi Band

Pacho Nacho

A favourite at corporate events, a Mariachi band will entertain your crowd with their joyful performance and unique charm and charisma. Whether you want them to play between awards or roam amongst your crowd as they arrive or get seated, there’s loads of laughter and fun to be had!

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A Big Band

Swing Collective

You’ll be treated to glamour and razzmatazz when you hire a big band as your award ceremony entertainment! Packed to the nines with glitzy brass instruments, these swing music aficionados will help you make a bold statement at your event. Performing Rat Pack classics as well as impressive swing-style versions of modern favourites, they’d sound great between each award!

A DJ and Live Musician


Amp up the excitement with a DJ and live musician combo! The most popular type of acts are saxophones and drummers, who perform alongside professional DJs to create whatever type of vibe you’re after. Saxophonists can roam among your guests, often adorned with LEDs for that extra wow-factor. Get on trend and hit your audience with a performance they’ll never want to end by hiring a DJ and live musician today!

A Soul And Motown Band

Groove Station

For the perfect after party, we’d strongly recommend hiring a soul and Motown band. These glamorous acts know how to bring the party and will treat your guests to an electrifying mix of Motown, soul and pop favourites – the ultimate crowd-pleasers!

A Jazz and Swing Band

The Cool Cats

For a truly classy affair you can’t beat hiring a jazz band for your awards ceremony entertainment. These debonair groups will create a sophisticated yet lively feel at your function and work brilliantly as background music or as the main event.

A Gospel Choir

This Is Gospel

Totally enchanting and spine-tinglingly beautiful, there’s nothing quite like the joyous sound of a gospel choir to light up your awards ceremony. With spectacular arrangements of popular, pop, rock, soul and R&B classics, it’s impossible not to fall in love with their infectious charm!

A Pianist

Michael Mezzo

Playing stunning arrangements of classical, jazz or contemporary tunes, pianists are a really versatile option for your awards ceremony. They could play as people arrive, during the interval or if you’re serving dinner, they’ll provide the perfect background music.

An Orchestra

Divine Orchestra

If you want to go all out, hiring a full orchestra will certainly give your company a night to remember! Available as chamber groups all the way up to 37-piece ensembles, an orchestra will provide a level of unrivalled luxury, ideal for both your award ceremony and the after party too!

A Roaming Band

Shelby Street

Looking for an engaging and interactive act to entertain your guests? Look no further than a roaming band! These acoustic bands don’t need wires or amps to play, so are free to roam around, giving intimate performances for individual tables or small groups of people at a time. Participation is often encouraged and spontaneous dancing is a common occurrence!

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