If you have made the decision to book a professional live band for your wedding, party or corporate event then congratulations! Be assured that it will be an evening that is enjoyed by all and will be talked about long after the dancing shoes have been put away. However there are a few things that are worth thinking about to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day. Here are our top 5 tips:
Work with your venue to ensure they have everything required to accommodate your band. Do they have a sound limiter? If the band are aware of this in advance they can ensure that an electronic drum kit is used so that there are no interruptions to the music. Where will the band play? For a 4 piece band we would recommend a space no smaller than 5m x 3m with access to at least 2 twin switched socket outlets.
What time will the band play? Are you having food? Will the band play after that? We find that 2 x 1 hour sets work well, ideally after the buffet. Be advised that most bands will charge a supplement for playing after midnight therefore it’s great to have all of these details worked out in advance.
Your band will need some food and drink. Remember that they have often spent a lot of time travelling (for example we are a North West based function band but travel all over the country, and further!) unloading, setting up, playing, packing down, loading and then more travel.
Trust the band with the set lists. If there are particular songs that you want played then speak to them about it before the event, but remember that these are professional entertainers with a lot of experience. They will know what works well and a good band should also be able to play with the set list on the night to really work with the crowd.
It goes without saying that a professional band should be fully insured and should be able to produce PLI and PAT testing certificates on request. Many venues will require this.
The most important thing to remember is communication before your big day – musicians are a friendly lot and we will always accommodate your requests wherever possible. Check out our FAQs for more help and advice. Do you have experience of booking live entertainment for an event? What would your advice be?