Hold on to your hats! In this Siteturner round-up, we’re taking a look at the best WordPress musician and band themes. If you’re a solo artist, a singer, or a member of a rock ‘n’ roll band, and you’re looking to build yourself an impressive website, you might want to consider giving yourself a head-start by using one of these themes.
If you’re looking for themes for DJs, producers, record labels or other music industry businesses, you might want to check the companion article instead, 21+ Best WordPress Music & DJ Themes.
There’s not any must haves when it comes to band themes, but there are some handy features you might want to consider. An above average theme might include custom post types for creating discographies, albums and band member profiles, for example.
If you’re building a site for an active band or performer, some sort of gig or event management system will be nice to have, too. And what about an audio player? Couldn’t hurt, right?
The majority of the themes on this list are flexible enough that they can be adapted to many different genres. Whether you play death metal, gutter punk, 90s grunge, indie, classical, country music, R&B, rap, or polka, you should find something here you can work with.
We selected these themes by hand, based primarily on the quality of their design. A loose order is intended.
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First up on our list…
Currently, our favorite band theme is Lush by IronTemplates. This is a gorgeous, exceptionally flexible theme and the screenshot above hardly does it justice. Lush is currently bundled with seven different layouts and genre specific designs to choose from.
The variations are: Lust Histper, for indie artists, Lush Spintable for DJs and electronic musicians, Lush Outlaws, for country musicians and bands, Lush Solo for solo musicians, Lush Rock for rock bands, Lush Classical and Lush Grenade for punk and metal.
With Lush, bands and musicians will be able to sell their music and merchandise easily thanks to WooCommerce eCommerce support. A gigs and events manager is built-in, too, with an optional countdown timer ticking off the seconds to the next show. And of course, no band theme would be complete without an audio player. This one even integrates with YouTube, Soundcloud, BandCamp and more.
Lush is bundled with the Visual Composer plugin, for easy drag & drop, frontend page building without coding. The 3D Push menu is included, which needs to be seen and used to be fully appreciated. Slider Revolution is provided for building an impressive homepage slideshow.
The theme is easy to setup with one-click demo installation, and it’s responsive and retina-ready for high resolution mobile devices. Highly recommended.More Info/Download
Music by Themify
Music by Themify is a popular, powerful WordPress theme developed specifically for bands and solo musicians. The fullscreen, homepage background video and slick, modern design will impress your visitors, and the included features will impress your website developer.
The Music theme was built using Themify’s powerful Builder framework, allowing you to create an unlimited number of complex (or simple) layouts without touching a single line of code. The customization options are pretty much endless.
Band-centric features revolve primarily around a selection of custom post types. Create album content and embed audio and video easily. The event content type integrates perfectly with Google Maps, so your fans will always know where and when to find you. Galleries and press content types are also provided, and the music player in the footer will make sure your visitors won’t miss out on your creative output.
Music is an extremely well conceived theme, giving you everything you’ll need for a full fledged band website, and we highly recommend it.More Info/Download
Oscillator is a sleek, user-friendly music or band theme for WordPress in a one-page style. This modern, fantastic looking theme is one of our favorites, with lots of cool (but subtle and user-friendly) visual flare. Performance is snappy, navigation is clear and intuitive, and the drag & drop pagebuilder/theme options make it a breeze to customize and brand with your own band’s logo and style.
Six useful custom post types are included, among them: discographies, events and videos. A streaming audio player is provided, and the theme is optimized for SEO to help you score a top ranking in Google (and all those other search engines that no one really cares about).
Mobile/retina-ready, for crisp, consistent display on those expensive high-res devices, and translation-ready.
You can get Oscillator for $39, which is about $20 cheaper than most of the themes on our list, or you can get every theme cssigniter has to offer for $79. Not many better deals than that in premium WP market.More Info/Download
The cool, modern design of Sonorama is only a part of what this stand-out WordPress band theme has to offer. It’s a responsive, retina-ready theme that’s going to look great no matter what you view it on.
Site admins can easily embed audio and video content, and can choose to greet visitors with an impressive slider homepage, or a responsive video background. Parallax backgrounds add even more visual flare to an already great looking product.
In addition the dark and light preset styles, Sonorama also provides sixteen predefined color schemes that can be used as-is or as a starting point for building your own scheme.More Info/Download
Decibel is one of the best-selling WordPress themes for bands and musicians currently available on the ThemeForest marketplace, and highly rated at 4.5 stars. That’s partly due to the fantastic design, but can also be credited to the professionalism and experience of the team behind it: BrutalDesign have an impressive portfolio and over 15,000 sales, and many of their products are music oriented.
The theme is bundled with two demo variations, one for building one-page style band site, and one for putting together a more traditional multi-page website. Features like a music player, event list, and and discography are provided, and secondary features like Visual Composer (for front-end drag & drop page building) and Slider Revolution add some additional value. WooCommerce is supported (perfect for merchandise & album sales) and the WPML plugin provides multilanguage support. Decibel is responsive & retina-ready.More Info/Download
Next we’ve got the responsive Berliner theme, brought to us by the WordPress experts at CSSIgniter. Everything you need is provided, including a sophisticated custom audio player and management for gigs and events.
Tour schedules are integrated with Google Maps. Additional custom post types are also included to extend functionality, among them: Discography, Albums, Videos, Galleries and Events.
All CSSIgniter themes bring a lot to the table on the backend, too. An extensive theme options panel gives you plenty of control over color, typography and theme elements, and a handy shortcode plugin is bundled in too.More Info/Download
Chords is a flexible, fantastic looking theme with three different versions to choose from out of the box: a version for solo artists, a version for rock bands, and even a version for independent radio stations.
The theme bundles in some great music-centric features. A custom audio player with streaming support, discography management, events management and media management are all provided. WooCommerce is supported for music and merchandise sales.
Chords comes with 16 pre-made color variations and a powerful theme options panel. The drag & drop, widgetized homepage makes it easy to build and adjust custom layouts. Chords is retina-ready, mobile-ready and SEO optimized.More Info/Download
Next we’ve got the Speaker theme. Another one-page style WordPress theme, Speaker gives you everything you’ll need to build a rich band site in addition to its modern, expertly designed good looks.
Speaker includes a discography content type, a tour dates page, a video gallery, and pretty sweet video backgrounds. The theme supports WooCommerce, so you won’t have any problem hawking your t-shirts and dead format media.
Speaker is retina-ready and responsive, super easy to customize, and even easier to setup and use thanks to the provided demo content and one-click install.More Info/Download
Applause is a vibrant, modern WordPress theme perfect for indie bands and performers. The theme relies heavily on simplicity, making excellent use of clean lines, great photography and lots of open space.
Like a few other themes on our list, Applause also incorporates a video header into it’s homepage design. Several custom post types are provided: Events, Audio, Teams, Videos, and Playlists. Events management is integrated with Google Maps.
Applause is built on Twitter’s Bootstrap 3 framework, and a 360UI music player is built-in. Easy to use theme options and drag & drop compatibility make the theme easy to tweak and customize.More Info/Download
Brooklyn Indie Band
Brooklyn Indie Band will make an strong first impression on your site visitors with its big, bold typography and clean, modern desigm. This one-page style theme is fully responsive, built on the popular ZURB Foundation framework.
Step by step installation videos will help you to get up and running quickly and with little fuss. The theme can be customized using the included PSD files, and it also comes with the Boostpress WP admin for optimizing the speed of the site.More Info/Download
Harmony is a versatile band theme developed by the famous theme shop ElegantThemes. We could praise the design and throw the usual superlatives at it, but we think it speaks for itself. The high quality of ElegantThemes designs have been a huge inspiration for web designers for years.
On the features side, event management is built-in, as well as an excellent music player for sharing your band’s music with the world. The theme is responsive, fast, flawlessly coded, and comes with some standard extras like an options panel, shortcodes, and page templates.
Note that although we’re affiliates for ElegantThemes, and we do receive a commission should you decide to buy through our link, we wouldn’t include it on the list if it didn’t belong. We only recommend stuff we actually like.More Info/Download
From the team at GoodLayers, a Siteturner favorite, comes the Music Club theme. This theme will lend itself well to a variety of different uses – club websites, party websites, radio websites – but it’s especially well matched to bands and musicians.
Music Club has a lot to offer, but some of the more notable features include a fixed, floating music player and an events management system that even supports ticket sales.
Site admins can choose between boxed and full-width layout styles, and there’s lots of useful options on the backend for controlling the things on the frontend. The code is optimized and SEO ready, and the theme is responsive and retina ready. The premium Revolution Slider plugin is bundled in too.More Info/Download
Musical Hall is a WordPress theme for musicians and bands built on a solid foundation of HTML5 and CSS3. The clean, minimalistic design eschews gaudy distractions and gimmicks, pulling visitor focus to your content and music where it should be.
This fast, responsive theme comes with a number of useful music-centric features. An MP3 player is baked in, and several custom post types provide webmasters with the ability to built discographies, band member profiles, events and more. Music Hall supports embedding YouTube and Vimeo content.
Music Hall is easy to use and install, and includes lots of options on the backend. The theme is SEO optimized and translation ready.More Info/Download
Beat Heaven is a band, musician and event theme designed by the talented team at ThemeFuse. Beat Heaven is responsive and retina-ready, to guarantee a consistent, pleasant user experience across a wide range of devices.
An HTML5 audio player is built-in, and admins can choose between multiple sliders, layouts and backgrounds. Several music specific page layouts are included: one for artists, one for events, one for locations and one for an ‘about us’ page.More Info/Download
Tune Balloon is a responsive band theme that’s easy to install and use. The straight-forward, no-nonsense design takes advantage of many native WordPress features, like post formats and the Theme Customizer.
A unique audio player is front-and-center on the homepage, so site visitors won’t have any difficulty checking out your music. The theme is bundled with the impressive Soliloquy slider plugin, and supports several popular third party plugins like WooCommerce and Contact Form 7.More Info/Download
Metric is a retina-ready, responsive music theme with a bold, modern design. Clean, thick lines and strong typography give this theme an edge over its competitors.
On the features end, Metric provides you with all of the necessities. Creating albums, events, galleries and videos is a breeze. A selection of music-centric custom widgets and shortcodes are also included to help you build your site. Metric is also well integrated with a variety of social networks.
Revolution Slider is built-in and bundled as a bonus plugin. Helpful documentation is provided.More Info/Download
Trio Band WordPress Theme
The Trio band theme boasts a clean, modern and tasteful design. It’s simple and minimalistic without being under-designed and bland, and wisely avoids the flashbang, visual overkill common to many of its contemporaries. A faster, better user experience is provided as a result.
An audio video player is included, and Trio is e-commerce ready (thanks to WooCommerce support). The theme is retina-ready, responsive, and translation ready. A useful theme options panel is included, and a frontend color picker for building your own color scheme.More Info/Download
We expect the familiar, traditional design and layout of the Iron Band theme will work better for some readers than it will for others. Those who are looking to build sites for hard rock and metal bands will probably want to give this one a closer look.
The theme has an MP3 players built-in, and provides management for gigs, events and bookings. Iron Band features strong integration with social media networks like Soundcloud, YouTube and Vimeo as well.
Lots of customization is possible thanks to the backend options panel, but lazy musician types, like bass players, can just choose from the seven color schemes already available.More Info/Download
Bandzone is similar to the Iron Band theme, above, in that it’s going to work better for certain types of bands. The developer (ait on ThemeForest) notes that the theme was developed with the help of real, live rock musicians. We personally favor this classic, proven design and layout ourselves. Visitors to your site will know exactly how to use and navigate it the moment they land on it.
Bandzone includes an excellent event manager, integration with MP3s, Soundcloud, and Mixcloud, and provides a nice set of options for tweaking the the look of the site. Because this is an older theme, the responsiveness is a bit limited, but it does resize well for mobile devices.More Info/Download
We quite like the Flycase theme, though we’re not particularly fond of the douchey looking band featured in the demo. You’ll want to replace that background image right away.
Flycase is a feature rich theme: it includes eCommerce support, and support for audio, video, discography pages, tour dates and more. The theme is also very flexible – take a look at the showcase of real users if you’ve got a minute. A few tweaks in the theme options and a different background can make quite a difference.
Flycase also takes advantage of WordPress’s Theme Customizer, so you can see the changes you make in real time.More Info/Download
Banda is another WordPress band theme with a tried, tested and true design. It includes events management and a countdown timer, an HTML5 audio player, HTML5 video backgrounds and WooCommerce support. Which is pretty much everything you’d need for the majority of musician and band websites.
Banda is responsive, built on Bootstrap 3, and the homepage slider (available in four styles) is touch enabled. Unlimited color schemes are available in the theme options, and Banda comes with a light color scheme and a dark color scheme.More Info/Download
Calendo is a straight-forward, easy to use theme designed for use by bands, labels, and even music magazines. It’s responsive, retina-ready and SEO optimized.
We actually think the developer might be underselling this one a bit. A quick look at the demo reveals a lot of great features that aren’t given much attention on the product details page, including a homepage audio player, a page for tour listings, events listings, discographies, and more.
Calendo is also integrated with WooCommerce.More Info/Download
Next we have Independent Band, aimed at, you guessed it, independent bands. It’s retina-ready and responsive, and built on a solid foundation of HTML5 and CSS3 thanks to Twitter Bootstrap. The theme supports embedding from Bootcamp, streaming videos, an image carousel, and a photo gallery.More Info/Download
And that’s it for our round-up of the best WordPress musician and band themes. If you’ve got any suggestions, complaints, philosophical musings, declarations of love, suicide notes, or general inane remarks, leave ’em in the comments section below.