Slinky – Live Wedding Band – Coping in a Competitive Market Place

In our early days together as a live party band, marketing was a much simpler task than it is today, but then, our bookings were in the main, more local. Booked by those who had heard of us through word of mouth, or from local gigs we had played. We still get many bookings through word of mouth, it is after all the best form of advertising, but these days there is so much more to marketing, and with it, more opportunities. We no longer think of ourselves as a Northwest Wedding Band but a UK Wedding Band. These days we have enquires coming from all over the UK, and beyond.

We pride ourselves on our professionalism, our repertoire and our performance – but how do we get this across to potential customers? Brides and grooms looking for their wedding entertainment, corporate event planners looking for a great live party band? These potential customers now have access to hundreds of great bands at the click of a button? All they need to do is go to Google and type in ‘Live Band’ and they will be spoilt for choice! We have to make sure we are the best we can be, but we also have to make sure that our marketing is up there with the best aswell.

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North West Party Band Slinky to Play Special ‘Dad Rock’ Gig!!

Well, not really, but as it’s Fathers Day this Sunday, in this blog we have compiled our ultimate Fathers Day set list, featuring some of the finest ‘Dad Rock’ tracks we could think of. You know the ones. The music we were all subjected to on long car journeys as kids. The songs that made our Dads say ‘they don’t write them like this anymore’. The songs that dads seem think YouTube was made for.

Dad rockers refuse to move with the times. These are the songs of their youth and they won’t be moved! We asked our Facebook followers to make some suggestions which we have added into the list. So here we go, Dads perfect gig…

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Top North West Party Band Slinky Have Got It Covered

As a top North West Party Band, cover versions are what Slinky does. Sometimes we stay true to the original, and sometimes we like to ‘Slinkify’ things a bit, take our versions of Seven Nation Army, or I Wanna Be Like You from The Jungle Book for example. The fact is that at a party, a wedding or any other event, people want songs that are familiar to them. Songs that they know and love – so they can get up, sing along, and have a damn good boogie! This combined with the thrill of a live band – it’s a winning combination, and the reason why so many people are choosing to book a live band for their wedding or other function.

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North West Wedding Band Slinky Come Home (at least for a few weeks)…

We have been all over the country this year from London right up to Aberdeen. Last weekend we played a nice local gig for us back in the North West, at the Thistle Atlantic Tower which is opposite the Pier Head in Liverpool. We arrived early just in case we had to take all our gear up to the top floor! Fortunately the function room was on the first floor. The sound was really good in this room due to the low ceilings and the fact that we were facing away from the glazed wall.

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The Best First Dance Choices for a Wedding

Every couple would want their wedding to be the most memorable affair of their life. You will see couples being deeply engrossed in minute details concerning their big day. From hall decoration to catering, couples, along with their friends and families, are involved in each and every aspect to make their special day even more special. However, a factor that deserves special attention is the music arrangement in the venue on the big day. To put it simply, a wedding ceremony without music can be termed as “boring”. The right music has the power to boost the mood of your guests. It will make them groove to the music, forgetting all their worries and troubles, and enjoy your wedding to the maximum.

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Behind the Scenes – What it Takes to be a Top UK Professional Function Band

We are enjoying our busiest year ever with many bookings now being taken into 2016 as well. Having a live wedding band is becoming more and more popular, not to mention all of our corporate and private party bookings. For this blog we wanted to share with you some of the work that goes into our job. Our live performance at your function is the bit we love, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some things you may not know about what goes on behind the scenes of a professional function band.

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Keeping The Repertoire Fresh!

We have been spending a lot of time at Slinky HQ over the past few weeks, adding some great new tracks to our repertoire. As a function band we always need to make sure that we are up to speed on all the latest songs which we know our clients will love. Sometimes we wait to see which tracks do well in the charts, and sometimes we just know and can get onto rehearsing it right away. A good example of this is Uptown Funk. We knew this was a Slinky track as soon as we heard it and we couldn’t wait to get playing it! While keeping up to date with the latest music is vital, we are also constantly adding more vintage tracks to our armoury too. Recently we have gone a bit 80s with Gold, Rio, and Don’t You Forget About Me. One we are really enjoying in rehearsals is Royal Bloods Little Monster.

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WHAT TO CONSIDER ONCE YOU HAVE BOOKED YOUR PROFESSIONAL FUNCTION BAND

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:

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January 2015 Blog Entry

Firstly Slinky would like to wish everyone a happy new year. After such a successful 2014 for the Slinky band, there’s no time for rest and reflection. Slinky had the opportunity last year to play some prestigious venues and Lots of amazing shows to so many wonderful people.

Stuart, Slinky’s lead singer Said “Last year the highlight for me has to be when we performed at Chelsea’s football ground in their exclusive club – Under The Bridge, and also not forgetting Headingley cricket ground, where we had the pleasure of performing three times during the year. Not forgetting our New Year show at the stunning Portmeirion village which for me topped the year off nicely”.

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The Best DIY Ideas for Your Big Day

The Best DIY Ideas for Your Big Day

Not everybody has a million pound budget for their wedding but they do want it to be as special as any big budget function. Everybody wants to hire the best wedding band and have a décor which is refreshing for the eyes but a lot of money is needed for this. The only way out to make your big day a memorable one without being too cruel to your bank account is to find out a way to do things on your own. This will not only help save a considerable amount of money but will also bring your own personalized touch to the whole event.

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