Stunning James Bond Tribute act for hire

007 Themed Events

The music from the James Bond films is legendary and always a popular addition to any Bond themed events. We’re delighted to announce Sugah as one of the UK’s best James Bond Tributes. Her sensational show includes classic anthems such as The man with a golden gun, License to thrill, Skyfall, You only live twice, Goldfinger and perhaps the most iconic Bond theme Diamonds are forever. But that’s not all! Adorned in gowns that even Shirley Bassey would approve of, her image is perfect for the sophisticated theme and her performance is to die for.

James Bond Tribute

Sugah has been astounding audiences throughout the UK and Internationally with her powerful vocals and incredible repertoire. These are the most popular James Bond songs:

Nobody Does it Better
From Russia with Love
Goldfinger
You Only Live Twice
Diamonds Are Forever
Live and Let Die
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
For Your Eyes Only
A View to a Kill
Licence to Kill
Die Another Day
Skyfall

A typical performance is for 1 x set of Bond music followed by 1 x party set and is available as a solo performance with professionally recorded backing tracks or as a completely live band for the party sets. As well as her James Bond songlist, her music spans soul, motown, r ‘n’ b, modern chart music, swing and much more which means there is plenty to choose from for the second set which follows the Bond songs.

Your input is welcomed when choosing the music for the party set and you’re guaranteed a packed dance floor. Check our her astonishing repertoire here: www.booklive.co.uk/band/sugah

The feedback is second to none and we’re expecting a busy future for this sensational artist. Talk to us today if you are looking for incredible entertainment for your next James Bond themed event: 0845 675 1311

www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

Posted in Corporate Entertainment, Entertainment | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Hire Alexander O’Neal

Alexander O’Neal available to hire

 

Hire Alexander O Neal

 

 

Legendary International recording artist Alexander O’Neal shot to fame in the 80′s for his platinum selling recordings such as Fake, Criticise and his sensational duo Saturday Love with Cherelle. The much sought after American based performer has been performing all over the world and BookLive.co.uk is now proud to become an agent for Alexander O’Neal.

 

Featuring the classic hits from his global selling albums, you can now indulge your guests with incredible performances when you hire Alexander O’Neal with Book Live. Available as a solo performance with studio quality backing tracks or as the Alexander O’Neal Experience with the completely live 8 piece band, your guests will be amazed with the energetic show incorporating his best selling hits.

 

Book Alexander O'Neal Book Alexander O'Neal

If you wish to book Alexander O’Neal you will need to confirm date, location and venue so we can consider the performance further. Fees depend on his tour dates and International performances. Please contact us for further information on bringing this outstanding performer to your event.

BookLive.co.uk is the Booking Agent for Alexander O’Neal and many of the UK’s best live bands & singers.
www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

Posted in Corporate Entertainment, Entertainment | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Book Live Music: The Right Way

We’re seeing a worrying new trend in the entertainment industry. More and more ‘music factories’ are popping up where agents simply throw musicians into a band and send them out to gigs. Is this the future? We hope not and here’s why.

Centre Stage Band

Great function bands simply don’t pop up overnight. Quality bands like Centre Stage (above) take years to earn their reputation. The professional musicians spend 100′s of hours rehearsing and getting to know each other and that musical ‘chemistry’ is one of the factors that make bands so amazing in front of an audience. Professional musicians that get on can create an electric atmosphere which lends itself to an unforgettable performance. That rarely happens with a band of deputies who don’t know each other and have no investment in the night other than their fee.

Talking of fees…are agents being honest about the bands they represent? We’ve heard of some agents grabbing a picture from someone else’s website, sending a random mp3 to a client and dressing it up as a professional band. They are literally gambling on a clients event and when it is as important as a wedding ~ well, we’re just horrified!

The economic climate often invites this kind of practise. Clients are looking for good value and will often be seduced by low priced bands. You might see an offer of a band that looks and sounds brilliant at an unbelievably cheap price. As always, if it sounds too good to be true – it probably is. There are some great value bands around, Essex based 21 Again is a good example. Good value doesn’t mean cheap and there is definitely no reason why as a client you shouldn’t have a contract to secure your booking.

Why isn’t a bunch of deps suitable as a wedding band?

Quite simply – they don’t care much about the event as their investment is minimal. Sure, they may be amazing musicians and it might be one of the most incredible gigs ever. However, it’s unlikely. Professional bands rehearse together. They often spend weeks writing special arrangements for the songs they perform, they understand what is needed for the night including the look of the band, the timings, who does what, the conduct at the event, the responsibility to the reputation of the band and for future bookings. A good band is like a well-oiled machine. What’s more, they are likely to have public liability insurance as a band so if something awful happens…

We’ve seen some shocking agency practises on social media sites and recommend that even dep musicians themselves check out who is putting the band together. Any dep worth their salt will want to avoid having their name tarnished by some dodgy ‘agent’ wanting to make a fast buck at their expense. A professional agent will be able to provide a contract which covers the band as well as the artist. That said, a professional agent wouldn’t be providing a contract to a band of deps. At least we hope not.

Are all deps bad?

No – not at all. Dep musicians are often as accomplished as another band member but many prefer not to go through the hassle of rehearsals and what-not. Good bands will use deps on occasion as, just like the rest of us, band members do get sick, have holidays and life emergencies. However, every band needs a great band leader and members who want to provide the best possible performance for each and every client. That commitment comes from rehearsals, a passion to earn a great reputation and a real desire to make people happy. A great band leader will expect this from the team and ensure everyone benefits from that investment. A band of deps won’t.

How do I know if a band is established?

Talking to the band leader is a good starting point. Ask them who they have performed for, how long they have been together or even ask them about the band members. Scrupulous agents or temporary band leaders may sometimes be able to blag their way through this but 99% of the time you’ll be able to tell if they are the real deal. Look at the band pictures as these often show previous performances with the same line up. If you’ve booked an all-girl party band and 5 bearded blokes turn up in drag then things could go horribly wrong – or it might be the funniest night ever! Who knows?

Book Live Music ~ the right way

As an established entertainment agency, Book Live only features professional and reliable bands and singers who can deliver high standards in every department. We get to know our acts, go and see them perform and know their capabilities. Plus, all of our bookings are secured by contract so every client knows exactly what they are going to get on the night. We offer complete peace of mind when booking your entertainment and our team will do everything we can to help make it an event to remember – for all the right reasons.

Don’t gamble on your special event – we make good things happen.

www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

Posted in Entertainment, Wedding Music Advice | Leave a comment

Hot New Bands

To match the weather we’ve been adding some Super Hot New Bands for hire to the BookLive.co.uk website. These acts have been especially chosen for their superb talent and great music – we hope you enjoy them.

The Sons of Dooneen:

Sons of Dooneen

Irish Folk Band Playing classic Irish folk with an fantastic rock twist, The Sons of Dooneen are a 4 piece Irish Rock Band that are one of the hottest new additions to our amazing portfolio. If you like The Pogues, The Levellers or Mumford & Sons then you’ve gotta have the Sons of Dooneen for your next party.

21 Again: Essex Function Band

21 Again Band

Seriously powerful vocals from the sultry Sabrina in 21 Again Band. We listen to a lot of live bands but we have to say this one got everyone in the office dancing! Playing classic party hits from the 50′s right up to the modern day, 21 Again have put together a superb playlist and also offer a very unique option for clients. If you want 1 x 60 minute set of your favourite music that isn’t listed in the bands great repertoire, simply add on the Request Set and they will learn them. We say wow! In addition, if you fancy joining the band on stage for your very own Bandeoke they’ll be happy to do so with their superstar option. The band are super talented, superb value and we’re looking forwarded to getting loads of fab bookings for them! Have a look for yourself:

Joe Sax:

Saxophonist Joe Sax

Hugely talented musician now available to hire with live saxophone and backing tracks for weddings, parties and…well – anything that you’d like to hire a saxophonist for :) The music is cool jazz, party tunes, easy listening or a freestyle performance over chart hits for a Buddha Bar Saxophonist performance which is really popular.

We’ve got lots more terrific artists coming soon so please check back for updates.

You’ll find a full list of our Wedding Music artists can be found here: www.booklive.co.uk/hire/wedding-music

Happy Summer!

www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

Posted in Corporate Entertainment, Entertainment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brass Band Hire For Weddings

Brass Band Hire For Weddings

Not many couples planning their wedding entertainment immediately think to hire a brass band for their special day. Surprisingly, a brass ensemble is a superbly versatile way of having great live wedding music to cover several key parts of the day.

Brass Band Hire

Brass Band Hire: The Wedding Ceremony

Your guests will be excitedly waiting at the venue eagerly anticipating the arrival of the loving couple. This is a perfect opportunity to entertain your guests whilst they wait for you. A brass band can play such a wide variety of music so they can play different genres as required. Perhaps a light classical repertoire would set the tone for the formalities of the wedding ceremony. They could even perform a fanfare as the couple arrive along with some pomp and circumstance as they walk down the aisle. Pieces of music such as the Trumpet Voluntary are ideal for this. The band will also be able to play as the married couple and guests leave the venue and make their way to the drinks reception.

Brass Band Hire: The Drinks Reception

Although the British summer is quite unpredictable, the majority of couples do tie the knot and keep their fingers crossed for good weather on their special day. A brass band is just perfect for an outdoor drinks reception for weddings and other celebrations. Bands such as High Society Brass Band can perform anything from jazz to easy listening and even some fun pop covers to entertain your guests.

High Society Brass Band

What’s more – they look great and, as they are completely acoustic, the band can move indoors and continue at a moments notice if the weather does turn inclement.

How much does a brass band cost?

Prices to hire a brass band start from as little as £450 for a 4 or 5 piece band depending on location. A typical performance is for around 2-3 hours of live music which is enough to cover both the wedding ceremony and the drinks reception. We think this is terrific value compared to other artists.

Check out our previous article on ‘How much should a live band cost?’

Hire a brass band and it will be worth every penny. We’d love you to give us a call today and see how we can make a difference to your celebrations.

www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

Posted in Entertainment, Wedding Music Advice, Wedding Music Costs | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wedding Music Guide

Your Book Live guide to hiring Wedding Music.

A journey through the wedding day exploring how some of our previous clients have used live music to make it completely unforgettable. You’ll find useful advice & suggestions plus information on pricing and logistics in our complete guide on how to hire wedding music for your special day.

First things first…

Before arranging any musical treats for your wedding, we recommend talking with the venue to find out what their policy is on entertainment. Many listed buildings and venues within residential areas may have a sound limiter which might restrict the type of band you have on the day. They may also require performers to be set up earlier than the artist requires which could significantly add to the cost of your entertainment. It is also worth checking how much room is available for bands / singers to perform. Some venues may have to rearrange the tables after the wedding breakfast to accommodate the evening entertainment and most venues will want to see artists’ Public Liability Insurance and PAT certification for any electrical equipment prior to performance. The Book Live team can help with these arrangements and liaise with your venue and our artists to ensure a trouble-free performance.

Once your venue has confirmed everything is okay your live wedding music search begins and Book Live will be delighted to make suggestions from our portfolio of superb live bands and singers – we make good things happen.

The average wedding lasts nearly 10 hours so there is plenty of opportunity to add different musical flavours throughout the day so here are a few of the most popular moments to have live music:

Wedding music for the ceremony and service:

Wedding Ceremony

For the majority of couples, this is the most formal part of the day where you actually tie the knot amongst family and friends. What kind of tone would you like to set for your wedding service?

Elegant, classical, poignant, cultured: You might like to consider an opera singer to gently welcome guests in with 2 x arias, a beautiful song during the signing of the register and again [optional] at the end of the service.

Opera Singers: Fees from: £350
www.booklive.co.uk/band/london-soprano

Uplifting, spiritual, romantic: Gospel singers can create a truly uplifting sound that will bring everyone together whilst they focus on your wedding ceremony. Our gospel singers can cater for either a religious or a civil ceremony where the music has to be pre-checked so as not to contain any religious content.

Gospel Singers: Fees from: £325
www.booklive.co.uk/band/amazing-grace-gospel-singer

Light, fun, upbeat, jazzy: A dixie jazz band can provide a bright, up tempo feel to this part of the wedding day. You may like to have them perform outside the venue on a summer’s day to keep guests entertained. They’re also perfect for music during the photographs or outdoor receptions immediately after the wedding ceremony.

Dixie Band: Fees from: £525
www.booklive.co.uk/band/dixie-jazz-men

Wedding music for the drinks reception & wedding breakfast:

Wedding Drinks Reception

Sophisticated, classical, refined: Harpists are very popular entertainment for the drinks reception. The music includes jazz, easy listening and show tunes. A harpist may need some amplification if you are expecting more than 150 guests or the music may not be loud enough to carry within your venue.

Harpist: Fees from: £300
www.booklive.co.uk/band/harpist-camilla

Smooth, warm, timeless: A swing singer is an extremely popular addition to many wedding drinks receptions. The music includes hits from Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Matt Monroe and more.

Swing singer: Fees from: £500
www.booklive.co.uk/band/the-rat-pack-singer

Spicy, vibrant, different: Our talented guitarists perform great Spanish music with a Latin beat which is ideal for summer weddings.

Spanish / Classical guitarist: Fees from: £250
www.booklive.co.uk/band/prelude-classical-guitar

Wedding music for the evening party:

Wedding Party

Cool, classy, stylish, slick: A swing band is a great idea for couples wanting great music from the 1920′s to the 1950′s with music from Sinatra, Glenn Miller, The Ratpack and much more. The band may even be able to cover the music for the drinks reception and meal too with an instrumental option.

Swing Band: Fees from: £1100
www.booklive.co.uk/band/5-star-swing

Exciting, all-encompassing, most popular: Our wedding function bands know how to get everyone on the dance floor and play a wide range of music that will suit guests young and old. This is by far the most popular wedding entertainment.

Function bands: Fees from: £900
www.booklive.co.uk/hire/function-bands

Glamorous, sexy, spectacular: Our Latin / Brazilian bands bring a spicy, intoxicating flavour to their performances. Expect feathers, amazing dancers, an energetic performance and a unique musical experience for an unusual treat.

Latin / Brazilian Band: Fees from: £1400
www.booklive.co.uk/band/carnival

Wedding music on a budget

Sometimes our budget won’t stretch to having our dream wedding full of great live music. Here are a few ideas to keep costs down:

  • Avoid the peak days. The majority of couples tie the knot on a Saturday between May and September. You can save £££’s by getting married on any other day and if your celebrations are not in the peak-season you may find discounts on all your wedding suppliers.
  • Hiring local bands / singers to save money on travel expenses / overnight accommodation.
  • Avoiding early set up fees. Most bands / singers can set up in under an hour. They will usually charge extra if you need them to set up several hours before their performance.
  • Hiring 1x act that can provide the music for different parts of the day. Many artists can perform jazz, soul, party music and may also be able to provide a DJ service as well.
  • Let the venue help with recorded music. It isn’t essential to have live music for the whole day. Your venue may be able to play CD’s or background music during the drinks reception or meal. Decide what you want the highlight of your wedding day to be and allocate the budget specifically for that rather than splitting a small budget between 2 x or more acts.
  • Let your guests contribute towards the evening entertainment. Add the band to your wedding gift list – a novel way to have a memorable night plus all your guests benefit.
  • Book early. Hiring a live band 12-18 months in advance can save you around 10% on the total cost and it will also avoid any problems with availability.
  • Use a respected Wedding Music Agency as they will likely have secured discounted rates for their artists and their contracts mean your entertainment will be secure for your big day without any hassles.

We don’t recommend:

  • Using a friend’s band. This can often lead to disappointment because they will be missing out on a paid gig plus they won’t be able to enjoy your wedding as much because they are ‘working’. This is the second most common reason that brides contact us after being let down. (The first being that an uncontracted band has cancelled)
  • Leaving it until the last minute. It’s rare that bands will offer last minute discounts as they will be more in demand as availability dries up for other artists.
  • Hiring the cheapest act you can find. It is always better to have a DJ than hire an awful singer or band. No-one wants to listen to bad live music. [Read our article: Cheap entertainment or expensive mistake]

What does a live band need to perform?


Most live bands have a requirement list for performances – this is called a ryder. A typical ryder is:

  • Access to a power supply. They will usually need 2 or 3 x standard power sockets and they will bring suitable cables / connectors to power their equipment
  • A suitable performance area. A 4 piece band will need approx 4 x 3metres; a 6-8 piece live band will need approx 6 x 4metres
  • 30 minutes to set up for acoustic artists to set up; Up to 45 minutes for a solo singer to set up; 60-90 minutes to set up. Bands don’t want to disturb your event but they would also rather not sit around for hours ahead of a performance so they usually arrive at a suitable time to set up around 2 hours ahead of the party.
  • Hot food for each band member and soft drinks. You will get the best out of the band if you look after them whilst they are with you.
  • A changing / chill-out area where they can also leave their valuables.
  • Parking spaces to be provided or paid for.

Can I go and see the band before I book?

Some bands do have public performances but most don’t as these gigs are usually in pubs and clubs and most of the bands we represent prefer not to do these. We’ve included as many live videos of the bands on their pages so you can see them as well as listen to their audio samples. Remember, too, if a band does have a public performance, they may get booked for your date by the time you get to see them. We are unable to arrange for any prospective client to go and see a band at someone else’s wedding or private party.

How does payment work?

A deposit is due at the point of booking. Book Live can accept payments by Visa, Switch, Mastercard, Cheque or Bank Transfer.
Balance payments should be settled directly with the band leader either 2 weeks in advance or in cash on the night so they can pay all the band members promptly.

Why should I hire wedding music with Book Live?

Book Live is one of the UK’s most respected entertainment agents supplying superb live bands and singers for weddings, parties and corporate events. We have worked with customers at the highest level (read more) and we offer a completely impartial service. Most agencies have a house band that they are trying to sell and the rest of their portfolio may not get a look-in. We have pre-vetted all of our artists and offer a Peace of mind guarantee:

  • All of our artists have been selected for their professionalism, musicianship and performance, so we know that every event will be special for all the right reasons. The Book Live team regularly go and see our acts perform so we know what clients can expect before they book.
  • Public Liability Insurance and PAT certification can be provided on request for any performances.
  • All bookings are secured by contract with both the client and the artist for complete peace of mind.
  • We provide a 24/7 emergency number should you need to talk with us.
  • Our artists all have regular deputy musicians so an event will never be compromised. In addition, Book Live can provide replacements for our singers in the unlikely event that something unexpected happens [subject to availability].

You’ll find a full list of our Wedding Music artists can be found here: www.booklive.co.uk/hire/wedding-music

We make good things happen.

www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

Posted in Entertainment, Wedding Music Advice, Wedding Music Costs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Classical music guide for brides

Your Book Live Music guide to hiring Classical Music.

Which string quartet should I book, where can I find a wedding harpist, how much does an opera singer cost and our complete guide on how to hire classical music for your event.

Classical Music Guide

Which classical music should I book?

Perfect for the wedding ceremony, during the drinks reception or over dinner, classical music is still one of the most popular music genres to have for any special event. It’s sophisticated elegance adds a note of formality to the occasion whilst maintaining a warm musical backdrop that exudes class. Here are a few pointers to what is best for each event from our portfolio:

Classical String Quartets:

Usually comprising of 2 x violins, a cello and a viola, a string quartet plays much more than classical music. Today ensembles perform a huge range of music from light classical to jazz, show tunes and even some modern chart hits. You may even have been at a reception and heard a version of Wonderwall by Oasis pierce through the chitter chatter. It’s elevating, fun and really sets the tone for your event. A string quartet is ideal entertainment for the wedding service, ceremony, drinks reception and during dinner.

When you hire a classical string quartet with Book Live, you’ll have plenty of input into the music performed on the day or you can simply leave it to them – string quartets usually know what is well received.

One of our most popular classical string quartets is:
Viva Strings: www.booklive.co.uk/band/viva-strings

Viva Strings Classical String Quartet

Harpists:

A harpist is such a stylish addition to an event. The long lines of the harp and light, music is such a subtle and sophisticated way to entertain your guests. The repertoire is similar to a string ensemble but the harp is quieter and may demand special focus for larger events. If you are expecting more than 100 guests in a large venue we would recommend adding a PA [sound equipment] to amplify the harp or it may not be heard so well. A harpist is ideal entertainment for the wedding service, ceremony and possibly the drinks reception and during dinner with amplification.One of our most popular harpists is:
Camilla: www.booklive.co.uk/band/harpist-camilla

Harpist London

Classical Duos:

A classical duo may be perfect for smaller venues and budgets. They perform beautiful music and are available in many different formats:

  • Violin and cello
  • Flute and cello
  • Flute and harp
  • Piano and flute
  • Piano and harp

A classical duo is ideal entertainemnt for the wedding service, ceremony, drinks reception and during dinner with amplification. One of our most popular classical duos is:
Gemini Flute & Cello Duo: www.booklive.co.uk/band/gemini-flute-and-cello-duo

Classical Duo

Opera Singers:

With the popularity of Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Bowes, Andrea Bocelli and others, an opera singer is a stunning option which most people use as a highlight to a very special occasion. Many people also like to have an opera singer for their wedding service as a powerful and romantic centrepiece to their special day. An opera singer can sing without any sound equipment although we recommend having one so they can play backing music for a truly memorable experience. An opera singer is ideal entertainment for the wedding service, ceremonyor as a feature during dinner. One of our most popular harpists is:
London Soprano: www.booklive.co.uk/band/london-soprano

London Soprano

How much does classical music cost to hire?

Fees vary considerably although classical music is still one of the best value musical options for weddings and celebrations. Book Live has negotiated the best fees for all of the artists we represent. Opera singers cost from £400 for up to 5 songs, harpists start from £250, string quartets pricing starts from £500 and these will both perform 2 hours of music with short breaks.

£250-£350: This price range includes harpists, classical solos and duos for a typical performance of up to 2 hours of music. Sound equipment or travel expenses is not included. Examples include:

Gemini Flute & Cello Duo
London based elegant flute and cello duo performing beautiful music for weddings, parties and corporate entertainment.

Harpist Magdalena
Magdalena is an experienced harpist and provides beautiful harp music available to hire in London, the South coast and throughout the UK.

£350-£600: This price range covers most classical ensembles in the UK. These fees have historically been the usual cost to hire a string trio or classical string quartet for up to hours. Examples include:

Cheshire Strings
Cheshire based. Bright and sophisticated ensemble available as a duo, trio or quartet for weddings, receptions and events.

Jubilee Strings
Highly experienced string ensemble available to hire as a duo, trio or classical string quartet. Perfect for the wedding service, the wedding breakfast as well as private and corporate events.

What is included in the price?

The fee covers a typical performance for 2 or 3 x sets depending on your requirements. It also covers all their insurances. String ensembles usually only need around 15 minutes to set up prior to performance. Expect to pay extra for an early set up / a late finish, significant travel expenses plus any additional sets or musicians. All enquiries made with Book Live will include the total cost for the performance as long as we know all the information about your event.

What does a classical music artist need to perform?

The requirements are usually much simpler than a band that needs sound equipment:

  • A suitable performance area including equipment. An opera singer or harpist will need approximately 2 x 2metres and a string quartet will need approx 4 x 3metres
  • Around 15-20 minutes to set up.
  • Inclusion in any nibbles or food provided for your guests for each performer and soft drinks. You will get the best out of the artist if you look after them whilst they are with you.
  • A changing / chill-out area where they can also leave their valuables.
  • Parking spaces to be provided or paid for.

Can I go and see the artist before I book?

It is very rare for our classical music artists to have any public performances due to the nature of the music. Most bookings are made by private clients for weddings, celebrations or for corporate entertainment. We are unable to arrange for any prospective client to go and see a band at someone else’s wedding or private party.

How does payment work?

A deposit is due at the point of booking. Book Live can accept payments by Visa, Switch, Mastercard, Cheque or Bank Transfer.

Balance payments should be settled directly with the band leader either 2 weeks in advance or in cash on the night so they can pay all the band members promptly.

Why should I hire a classical artist with Book Live?

Book Live is one of the UK’s most respected entertainment agents supplying superb live bands and singers for weddings, parties and corporate events. We have worked with customers at the highest level (read more) and we offer a completely impartial service. Most agencies have a house band that they are trying to sell and the rest of their portfolio may not get a look-in. We have pre-vetted all of our artists and offer a Peace of mind guarantee:

  • All of our artist have been selected for their professionalism, musicianship and performance, so we know that every event will be special for all the right reasons. The Book Live team regularly go and see our acts perform so we know what clients can expect before they book.
  • Public Liability Insurance and PAT certification can be provided on request for any performances.
  • All bookings are secured by contract with both the client and the artist for complete peace of mind.
  • We provide a 24/7 emergency number should you need to talk with us.
  • Our artists all have regular deputy musicians so an event will never be compromised. In addition, Book Live can provide replacements for our singers in the unlikely event that something unexpected happens [subject to availability].

What else do I need to know?

We hope we have covered all bases. If you have a question then please get in touch and we will do our best to answer it.

Additional articles from the Book Live blog:
Cheap Entertainment or Expensive Mistake?
Wedding Entertainment Agency
10 things to know about hiring a live band
How much does it cost to hire a band?

You’ll find a full list of all of our Classical Music Acts here:
www.booklive.co.uk/hire/classical-music

We make good things happen.

www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

 

 

Posted in Entertainment, Wedding Music Advice, Wedding Music Costs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Which soul and Motown band to hire

Your Book Live Music guide to hiring Soul & Motown bands.

Which soul singer should I book, where can I find a live Motown tribute band, how much does a live band cost and our complete guide to booking soul & Motown bands for your event.

Motown Band Hire Guide

Which Soul or Motown act should I book?

Soul & Motown music is as popular today as it was when the likes of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The Commitments, Lionel Richie and other legendary artists first hit the charts.

Motown Bands:

Born in Detroit from the genius of Berry Gordy, Motown music, became synonymous with some of the all time great stars of music including Michael Jackson, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips to name but a few. The music is timeless and still fills the dance floors of parties and clubs every week. An example of one of our live Motown Bands:
Motown Nights: www.booklive.co.uk/band/motown-nights

Motown Nights Band

Soul Bands:

Usually comprising of at least 6 musicians and an incredible singer who can perform all the classics, soul bands will really get your party pumping. Performing exciting songs from iconic soul superstars like James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and even the cult heroes The Blues Brothers, soul music is a feel good extravaganza of hot, brass driven music which requires an energetic crowd to ensure a full dance floor.
One of our most popular soul bands is Empire State Band: www.booklive.co.uk/band/empire-state-band

Empire State Band

Soul & Motown Singers:

Ideal for smaller budgets and venues, soul singers and Motown singers are an incredible way to have a flavour of some of the greatest black artists of all time.

One of our most popular female Motown singers is:

Motown Singer: www.booklive.co.uk/band/motown-singer

Female Motown Singer

One of our most popular male Soul & Motown singers is:

Soul Magic: www.booklive.co.uk/band/soul-magic

Soul Magic

How much does a Soul band cost?

Fees vary from one band to another and may be a little more expensive than a typical function band due to the brass musicians that they need to recreate that authentic sound. Book Live has negotiated the best fees for all of the artists we represent. Soul Bands pricing starts from £1320.00 and this will cover a whole night of music with 2 incredible hours of music with a 7 piece band with brass section.

£1000-£1500: This price range includes live bands who want to fill their diaries – after all – they would rather be working than not. All equipment is included although it doesn’t include travel fees. Examples include:

Madison Soul
Hampshire based 9 piece soul band, who deliver an energetic and exciting performance of classic songs by the legends of soul, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and more…. more →

The Whole Soul Band
Bristol based. Introducing the fantastic sounds of Tamla soul and Motown delivered by one of the best value and most polished acts in the UK…. more →

£1500-£2000: This price range covers most soul & Motown bands in the UK. These fees have historically been the usual cost to hire a live soul or Motown band for the night including all equipment. Again these fees don’t include travel expenses. Examples include:

Stage Presence
Cambridgeshire based Stage Presence is a 7 piece soul and party band with a rich brass section performing great live music for weddings and private parties with an optional dinner jazz set…. more →

Centre Stage
Surrey based band. Centre Stage is a 6 to 11 piece Funk, Soul and Motown band that has built up a reputation as being the best party band around…. more →

£2000+: This is the price for a band with full brass section and for prestigious artists performing at the highest level. Examples include:

Empire State Band
A no-holds-barred soul and party extravaganza with this highly regarded band. An incredible night of music, showmanship and a packed dance floor for corporate entertainment and prestigious private events… more →

Mr Soul (with live band)
London based soul singer covering the best soul and Motown classics from Barry White to Luther Vandross. Available with a live band and DJ service for a night of superb entertainment…. more →

What is included in the price?

All of our soul & Motown bands and singers have their own sound equipment. The fee covers a typical performance for 2 or 3 x sets plus CDs/iPod played when they are not performing. It also covers all their insurances, PAT certification [safety checks] for their equipment, an arrival of approximately 6pm and a finish of around midnight. Expect to pay extra for an early set up / a late finish, significant travel expenses plus any additional sets or musicians. All enquiries made with Book Live will include the total cost for the performance as long as we know all the information about your event.

What does a live band need to perform?

Most live bands have a requirement list for performances – this is called a ryder. A typical ryder is:

  • Access to a power supply. They will usually need 2 or 3 x standard power sockets and they will bring suitable cables / connectors to power their equipment
  • A suitable performance area including equipment. A solo singer will need approximately 2 x 3metres, 4 piece band will need approx 4 x 3metres, a 6-8 piece live band will need approx 6 x 4metres
  • Around 40-90 minutes to set up. Bands don’t want to disturb your event but they would also rather not sit around for hours ahead of a performance so they usually arrive at a suitable time to set up ahead of the party.
  • Hot food for each band member and soft drinks. You will get the best out of the band if you look after them whilst they are with you.
  • A changing / chill-out area where they can also leave their valuables.
  • Parking spaces to be provided or paid for.

Can I go and see the band before I book?

Some bands do have public performances but most don’t as these gigs are usually in pubs and clubs and most of the bands we represent prefer not to do these. We’ve included as many live videos of the bands on their pages so you can see them as well as listen to their audio samples. Remember, too, if a band does have a public performance, they may get booked for your date by the time you get to see them. We are unable to arrange for any prospective client to go and see a band at someone else’s wedding or private party.

How does payment work?

A deposit is due at the point of booking. Book Live can accept payments by Visa, Switch, Mastercard, Cheque or Bank Transfer.

Balance payments should be settled directly with the band leader either 2 weeks in advace or in cash on the night so they can pay all the band members promptly.

Why should I hire a soul & Motown act with Book Live?

Book Live is one of the UK’s most respected entertainment agents supplying superb live bands and singers for weddings, parties and corporate events. We have worked with customers at the highest level (read more) and we offer a completely impartial service. Most agencies have a house band that they are trying to sell and the rest of their portfolio may not get a look-in. We have pre-vetted all of our artists and offer a Peace of mind guarantee:

  • All of our artist have been selected for their professionalism, musicianship and performance, so we know that every event will be special for all the right reasons. The Book Live team regularly go and see our acts perform so we know what clients can expect before they book.
  • Public Liability Insurance and PAT certification can be provided on request for any performances.
  • All bookings are secured by contract with both the client and the artist for complete peace of mind.
  • We provide a 24/7 emergency number should you need to talk with us.
  • Our artists all have regular deputy musicians so an event will never be compromised. In addition, Book Live can provide replacements for our singers in the unlikely event that something unexpected happens [subject to availability].

What else do I need to know?
We hope we have covered all bases. If you have a question then please get in touch and we will do our best to answer it.

Additional articles from the Book Live blog:
Cheap Entertainment or Expensive Mistake?
Wedding Entertainment Agency
10 things to know about hiring a live band
How much does it cost to hire a band?

 

We make good things happen.

www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

 

Posted in Corporate Entertainment, Wedding Music Advice, Wedding Music Costs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jazz Band Guide for Brides

Your Book Live Music guide to hiring Jazz & Swing bands.

What are the different types of jazz band, how much does a swing band cost and our complete guide to booking jazz & swing bands for your event.

Swing Band Guide

What are the different types of jazz band?

There are five main types of jazz bands which you might use for different parts of your event.

Dixie Jazz Bands:

These can be called dixie bands, ‘trad jazz’ bands or New Orleans style jazz bands. The musicians are highly talented performers playing acoustic [unpowered] instruments with a typical line up of clarinet, sousaphone and banjo with the option of additional instruments such as trumpet, saxophone, cornet and even side drums. This style of jazz came from America after the first world war and is real toe-tapping music which can be performed indoors or outdoors and, as the band doesn’t need a power supply, they can move around at a venue. Dixie bands are perfect for a summer’s day, Christmas events, promotions and events which can enjoy the bright visuals as well as the fun, upbeat music. Many people like to have a dixie band for during the photographs at a wedding or an outdoor drinks reception. A great example of a dixie jazz band is:
The Dixie Jazz Men: www.booklive.co.uk/band/the-dixie-jazz-men

Dixie Jazz Band

1920s Jazz Bands:

Many people love the great jazz from the 1920′s and it is a terrific theme for many events featuring period music including timeless classics like ‘Charleston’ and ‘Latin from Manhattan’ and other popular songs. A typical line up for a 1920s band is piano, bass, drums, saxophone and female vocals with the option of violin, brass:
78RPM: www.booklive.co.uk/band/78rpm

78RPM

Instrumental Jazz Bands:

These are perfect for the drinks reception or as a cool musical backdrop, a solo pianist, saxophonist or live jazz band comprising of piano, bass and drums. The music comes from the classic ‘Great American songbook’. These include all the jazz music of the 20th century from artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Jobim, Cole Porter and more. A great example of an instrumental jazz band is:
Junction Jazz: www.booklive.co.uk/band/the-junction-jazz-band

Junction Jazz Band

Swing Bands:

If you’re looking for a lively jazz band to get guests on the dance floor then you’ll definitely want a great swing band. Swing bands – or big bands – are jazz bands with added brass musicians and they play music from artists like Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, The Rat Pack and more. The music tends to be much more up tempo than an instrumental jazz band and is ideal for dancing to. Naturally, swing bands cost a bit more because there are more musicians. A great example of a swing band is:
5 Star Swing: www.booklive.co.uk/band/5-star-swing

Sinatra meets Michael Bublé:

The music from the legendary Frank Sinatra is extremely popular both as a musical backdrop to drinks receptions and also for the evening entertainment and, with Michael Buble bringing a new dimension to modern day swing, many artists are including his music into their repertoire, too. We have several great solo artists who perform with professionally recorded backing tracks and are perfect for smaller budgets and spaces where a live band isn’t essentialA great example of a solo performer who can sing both Sinatra and Buble is:
Maybe Buble: www.booklive.co.uk/band/michael-buble-tribute

Michael Buble Singer

How much does a jazz band cost?

Prices for a jazz band depends on the number of performers and Book Live has negotiated the best fees for all of the artists we represent. However, there are different categories of pricing for Jazz & Swing bands:

£300-500: This price range includes instrumental jazz bands, musicians and singers. All equipment is included although it doesn’t include travel fees. Examples include:

The Sax
London based saxophonist. Superb saxophonist available to hire for weddings, private parties and corporate events. Solo sax plus backing tracks as a fantastic musical backdrop to your event.

The Sinatra Singer
Hampshire based. The Sinatra Singer recreates the voice and style of “Sinatra” with his unique performance and has received many plaudits for his vocal resemblance to the man himself.

£500-£1000: This price range covers live jazz and swing bands with vocals and possibly brass. Examples include:

Jazz Moves
Midlands & Yorkshire based band. Whether it’s atmospheric music during dining, or a drinks reception, music for dancing, or an all out concert, Jazz Moves is the perfect choice to add style and sophistication to any event.

Limelight Jazz Band
London based band. The perfect musical accompaniment to your evening. Choose from Limelight’s range of top singers and musicians for a cool, fresh and sophisticated twist on classic jazz and swing hits.

£1000+: This is the price for a full jazz or swing band with brass for a full sound and for prestigious artists performing at the highest level. Examples include:

Jools Swing Band
London based band. Led by bandleader Neil on piano and vocals, Jools is a superb 4-7 piece band performing an electric cocktail of sensational swing, jazz, jive and rock n’ roll.

One More For The Road (with live band)
Surrey based band. Sensational Frank Sinatra tribute act. Available as a solo tribute singer or with a live band, this is one of the UK’s best Sinatra performers. Highly recommended.

What is included in the price?

All of our Jazz & Swing bands and singers have their own sound equipment. The fee covers a typical performance for 2 or 3 x sets plus CDs/iPod played when they are not performing. It also covers all their insurances, PAT certification [safety checks] for their equipment, an arrival of approximately 6pm and a finish of around midnight. Expect to pay extra for an early set up / a late finish, significant travel expenses plus any additional sets or musicians. All enquiries made with Book Live will include the total cost for the performance as long as we know all the information about your event.

What does a live band need to perform?

Most live bands have a requirement list for performances – this is called a ryder. A typical ryder is:

  • Access to a power supply. They will usually need 2 or 3 x standard power sockets and they will bring suitable cables / connectors to power their equipment
  • A suitable performance area including equipment. A solo singer will need approximately 2 x 3metres, 4 piece band will need approx 4 x 3metres, a 6-8 piece live band will need approx 6 x 4metres
  • Around 40-90 minutes to set up. Bands don’t want to disturb your event but they would also rather not sit around for hours ahead of a performance so they usually arrive at a suitable time to set up ahead of the party.
  • Hot food for each band member and soft drinks. You will get the best out of the band if you look after them whilst they are with you.
  • A changing / chill-out area where they can also leave their valuables.
  • Parking spaces to be provided or paid for.

Can I go and see the band before I book?
Some bands do have public performances but most don’t as these gigs are usually in pubs and clubs and most of the bands we represent prefer not to do these. We’ve included as many live videos of the bands on their pages so you can see them as well as listen to their audio samples. Remember, too, if a band does have a public performance, they may get booked for your date by the time you get to see them. We are unable to arrange for any prospective client to go and see a band at someone else’s wedding or private party.

How does payment work?
A deposit is due at the point of booking. Book Live can accept payments by Visa, Switch, Mastercard, Cheque or Bank Transfer.

Balance payments should be settled directly with the band leader either 2 weeks in advance or in cash on the night so they can pay all the band members promptly.

Why should I hire a jazz & swing band with Book Live?
Book Live is one of the UK’s most respected entertainment agents supplying superb live bands and singers for weddings, parties and corporate events. We have worked with customers at the highest level (read more) and we offer a completely impartial service. Most agencies have a house band that they are trying to sell and the rest of their portfolio may not get a look-in. We have pre-vetted all of our artists and offer a Peace of mind guarantee:

  • All of our artist have been selected for their professionalism, musicianship and performance, so we know that every event will be special for all the right reasons. The Book Live team regularly go and see our acts perform so we know what clients can expect before they book.
  • Public Liability Insurance and PAT certification can be provided on request for any performances.
  • All bookings are secured by contract with both the client and the artist for complete peace of mind.
  • We provide a 24/7 emergency number should you need to talk with us.
  • Our artists all have regular deputy musicians so an event will never be compromised. In addition, Book Live can provide replacements for our singers in the unlikely event that something unexpected happens [subject to availability].

What else do I need to know?
We hope we have covered all bases. If you have a question then please get in touch and we will do our best to answer it.

Additional articles from the Book Live blog:
Cheap Entertainment or Expensive Mistake?
Wedding Entertainment Agency
10 things to know about hiring a live band
How much does it cost to hire a band?

 

We make good things happen.

www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

 

Posted in Corporate Entertainment, Wedding Music Advice, Wedding Music Costs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to hire a function band

How do I choose the right Rock & Pop band, how much does a live band cost and our complete guide to booking function bands for your event.

Party Band Guide

We all know what a difference great live music makes to an event and the atmosphere it creates can transform a party from a good night to a fantastic night that will be remembered for a long time to come. So, where to start…

What kind of music will suit your event?
The song list between bands varies enormously. Many will play a good selection of tried and trusted covers that the band knows will get people on the dance floor. They have built up their repertoire based on their experience of events and most will add new songs that they believe will be classic hits for years to come. We recommend choosing a band that plays the music that everyone will really enjoy on the night. Here are a few differences between the different types of Rock & Pop bands music.

Wedding Rock & Pop bands:
These bands will usually have a songlist of great covers from the last 50 years including hits from artists like The Beatles, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Kylie and Amy Winehouse. An example of a wedding rock & pop band with a songlist suitable for all age groups:
CIA: www.booklive.co.uk/band/cia

CIA Rock & Pop Band

Indie Rock & Pop bands:
These bands will usually have a songlist of cool Indie / Rock songs from artists like Oasis, Wheatus, Sterephonics, Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs and The Killers. An example of an Indie Rock & Pop band suitable for guests wanting a rockier sound from more contemporary music:
The Indie Allstars: www.booklive.co.uk/band/indie-allstars

Indie Allstars Band

Modern Rock & Pop bands:
Some bands perform from a really up to date playlist of current chart hits that are excellent for 21st birthday celebrations, corporate promotions and other events for a young audience.
ePoP: www.booklive.co.uk/band/epop

epop band

Will the band take requests?
Most bands will be happy to learn 1 or 2 songs for a special event like a wedding if they have plenty of time to rehearse it. We recommend giving a band 2 to 3 months notice so they can make sure it sounds right in good time.

How much does a live band cost?
Prices for a live band vary enormously and Book Live has negotiated the best fees for all of the bands we represent. However, there are different categories of pricing for Rock & Pop bands:

£750-£1000: This price range includes live bands who want to fill their diaries – after all – they would rather be working than not. All equipment is included although it doesn’t include travel fees. Examples include:

The Cake Band
Northamptonshire based band. Quite possibly the best value soul / party band in the country. Experienced musicians fronted by male and female vocals.

For The Record
Midlands based band performing classic dance floor hits for weddings, parties and functions. Male and female vocals included in the 5 piece band.

£1000-£2000: This price range covers most Rock & Pop bands in the UK. These fees have historically been the usual cost to hire a live band for the night including all equipment. Again these fees don’t include travel expenses. Examples include:

The New Beat Connection
Norfolk based band. Hire The New Beat Connection. Superb live 4-7 piece band playing party and modern music with a great repertoire.

The Space Boys
Surrey based band. Excellent 4 piece party band playing from a great repertoire of classic and cool music. Very popular band that deliver every time and add a personal touch to every event.

£2000+: These bands consider themselves to be Premier bands suitable for every occasion. There equipment will usually be of the highest quality and the price reflects their experience, client list and performance. Examples include:

Music Mash
London based band. Music Mash is a fresh, contemporary and distinctive event band that delivers an incredible performance with a playlist of both classic and modern music.

The Highlights
London based band. The Highlights are a unique blend of the UK’s finest session musicians. With years of unparalleled experience The Highlights are guaranteed to take any corporate event or private party to the next level.

What is included in the price?
All Rock & Pop bands have their own sound equipment and most have lighting which will add a little sparkle to the performance area and dance floor. The fee covers a typical performance for 2 or 3 x sets plus CDs/iPod played when they are not performing. It also covers all their insurances, PAT certification [safety checks] for their equipment, an arrival of approximately 6pm and a finish of around midnight. Expect to pay extra for an early set up / a late finish, significant travel expenses plus any additional sets or musicians. All enquiries made with Book Live will include the total cost for the performance as long as we know all the information about your event.

What does a live band need to perform?
Most live bands have a requirement list for performances – this is called a ryder. A typical ryder is:

  • Access to a power supply. They will usually need 2 or 3 x tandard sockets and they will bring suitable cables / connectors to power their equipment
  • A suitable performance area. A 4 piece band will need approx 4 x 3metres, a 6-8 piece live band will need approx 6 x 4metres
  • Around 60-90 minutes to set up. Bands don’t want to disturb your event but they would also rather nopt sit around for hours ahead of a performance so they usually arrive at a suitable time to set up around 2 hours ahead of the party.
  • Hot food for each band member and soft drinks. We know you will get the best out of the band if you look after them whilst they are with you.

Can I go and see the band before I book?
Some bands do have public performances but most don’t as these gigs are usually in pubs and clubs and most of the bands we represent prefer not to do these. We’ve included as many live videos of the bands on their pages so you can see them as well as listen to their audio samples. Remember, too, if a band does have a public performance, they may get booked for your date by the time you get to see them. We are unable to arrange for any prospective client to go and see a band at someone else’s wedding or private party.

How does payment work?
A deposit is due at the point of booking. Book Live can accept payments by Visa, Switch, Mastercard, Cheque or Bank Transfer.

Balance payments should be settled directly with the band leader either 2 weeks in advace or in cash on the night so they can pay all the band members promptly.

Why should I hire a band with Book Live?
Book Live is one of the UK’s most respected entertainment agents supplying superb live bands and singers for weddings, parties and corporate events. We have worked with customers at the highest level (read more) and we offer a completely impartial service. Most agencies have a house band that they are trying to sell and the rest of their portfolio may not get a look-in. We have pre-vetted all of our artists and offer a Peace of mind guarantee:

  • All of our artist have been selected for their professionalism, musicianship and performance, so we know that every event will be special for all the right reasons. The Book Live team regularly go and see our acts perform so we know what clients can expect before they book.
  • Public Liability Insurance and PAT certification can be provided on request for any performances.
  • All bookings are secured by contract with both the client and the artist for complete peace of mind.
  • We provide a 24/7 emergency number should you need to talk with us.
  • Our artists all have regular deputy musicians so an event will never be compromised. In addition, Book Live can provide replacements for our singers in the unlikely event that something unexpected happens [subject to availability].

What else do I need to know?
We hope we have covered all bases. If you have a question then please get in touch and we will do our best to answer it.

Additional articles from the Book Live blog:
Cheap Entertainment or Expensive Mistake?
Wedding Entertainment Agency
10 things to know about hiring a live band
How much does it cost to hire a band?

 

We make good things happen.

www.booklive.co.uk

Find us on:

Facebook

Twitter

 

Posted in Corporate Entertainment, Wedding Music Advice, Wedding Music Costs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment