Booking a Function Band
When booking a party, wedding reception or corporate event, you may decide a live band is what you really need to bring the evening to life. If it's a mixture of Pop, Rock, Soul, Motown and Rock 'n' Roll covers you're after, then you'll most certainly be looking for a function band.
Most people have never had any reason to book a live band before, so if you haven't a clue about what to do and how it works, you've come to the right place! Here we explain just how to go about booking a live band, some general guidelines about the evening's running order and a few things to think about before hiring a band.
Where do I start?
Before booking a band, you obviously want to hear the music that you like so if you're looking for a soul band, the easiest thing to do is search Google and see who comes up. Of course, it's difficult to know how good a band is live but their demo's, website and photos are a good indication of how serious a band is. If a band's been together for 10 years and are coming up at the top on Google, they must be doing something right. If you want to be 100% sure about a band you either need to watch them play live or book through a reputable live music agency. Watching a band play live first isn't as easy as it sounds because function bands very rarely play in public. Hiring a band through a music agency means they've been checked out and are up to the expected standard. Remember, you usually get what you pay for so if a 4-piece band is only a few hundred quid, ask yourself why!
Booking a Band
Once you've found your band, make an enquiry sending over the date, location of the party and rough timings. Most bands will quote for 2 x 45 minute sets or 3 x 40 minutes. If the band are free and you want to go ahead, the band or agency will send over a contract which would be signed by yourself and the band. A deposit of around 20% is usually required to secure the booking.
On the Night
Most bands will arrive from around 6pm, any earlier than this and you may be required to pay an early set up fee, it's best to find this out beforehand. The band takes around 60-90 minutes to set up and sound check. Timings are up to you but it's recommended to start the band at around 9-9:30pm. With a half hour break, perhaps to squeeze in the buffet, the band will then play their second set and so on. It's not rocket science but just requires a little bit of planning ahead so the guests aren't eating whilst the band is playing Bands are generally expected to stay until midnight with additional fees to stay any later than that.
With the deposit paid, you'll either be expected to pay the remaining fee to the agency a few weeks before the date or alternatively you may need to pay the band on the night, it all depends on what route you've gone down.
If you need any help with your enquries, we recommend a live music agency such as Bands For Hire who have years experience with this kind of thing. Bands for hire have a range of function bands to hire in every area of the UK including Jazz bands, swing bands, party bands and pop/rock function bands.
If you're booking a wedding band, you're more than likely going to need a helping hand. With so much to choose from on the internet, it's often difficult to know who the best function bands really are. If you're after a Birmingham wedding band, why not take a look and see who's available at a reputable agency such as Bands For Hire. With 10 years experience in the wedding entertainment business, they know what they're talking about. They offer a range of function bands from Rock 'n' Roll bands, to Indie Bands, Soul Bands and Pop / Rock party bands.
If it's sophistication you're after, perhaps you've considered a Jazz band for your corporate event, drinks reception or cocktail party. BHAM.FM showcase a range of jazz bands to suit any occasion. From solo jazz pianists and jazz duo's to larger set ups suitable for dancing. A Jazz band will most include a range of modern and jazz standards including popular songs from at King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, N, Jamie Cullum, Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jnr.
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