Live music gives a great atmosphere to any evening, and often feels more personal than a DJ. There are a wide range of bands for hire in all areas of the country from soloists to big bands, performing everything from classical to Motown, rock and even tribute acts!
Finding local bands for hire can be tricky, and a good way to find performers near you is to look through an entertainment agency. Searching online is a great way to find either a small local entertainment agency, or a larger nationwide one which has performers all over the country. When searching for bands for hire or considering what kind of band you would like, there are some important points to take into consideration.
Firstly, you must think about your venue, and the size of the space which will be available for performers to use. A big band may be great in a large hired hall, but would not work well for a smaller garden party! Bear in mind that they may also need room for instruments, stands and cases, so it is always worth doing a little research and checking exactly how much room is available, compared to how much room certain sized bands will need. A good entertainment agency should be able to talk you through this and advise you if the bands you like will be suitable for the space that you have available.
The type of music that you require will also depend greatly on the style of the event you are planning. Swing music may be perfect for your parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary, whereas a large summer garden party may benefit from a steel band to create a party atmosphere! Again, discussing bands for hire with a large entertainment agency will give you an idea of what is available and what would work best for your event. The amount of time that each band will perform for can vary greatly, so it is also a good idea to check this before you book. Most bands will play for two sets of forty five minutes, with a break in the middle. This is important to research, as you may have to provide music or additional entertainment to fill this gap, or to use after they have finished playing. Some bands for hire may play recorded music whilst they take a break, so it is always important to check this detail before your event, otherwise you may end up with a silent gap during performances!
Bands for hire can be a great way to add a fun and memorable touch to any event that you organise, and it is important to discuss the details with their booking agency before you commit to your choice of band. This will also help to settle on a price that you are happy with, which will cover all aspects of the band's performance, and ensure that you can relax during your event and enjoy the performance with your guests!