Your Book Live Music guide to hiring Function bands.
How do I choose the right Function band, how much does a live band
cost and our complete guide on how to hire
function bands for your event.
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...
Recommended function bands for weddings
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 Function bands music.
Wedding Function 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. One of our most
popular wedding function bands with a songlist suitable for all
Indie Function 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. One of our most popular Indie Function bands
suitable for guests wanting a rockier sound from more contemporary
The Indie Allstars: www.booklive.co.uk/band/indie-allstars
Modern Function 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. One of our most
popular modern function bands is:
Will the band take requests?
Most function 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 function 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 Function 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
Northamptonshire based function band. Quite possibly the best
value soul / party band in the country. Experienced musicians
fronted by male and female vocals... more
Midlands based function band performing classic dance floor
hits for weddings, parties and functions. Male and female vocals
included in the 5 piece band... more
- £1000-£2000: This
price range covers most Function 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:
Surrey based function band. Excellent 4 piece 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
function bands consider themselves to be Premier bands suitable
for every occasion. Their equipment will usually be of the highest
quality and the price reflects their experience, client list and
performance. Examples include:
London based function 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... more
London based function 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... more
What is included in the price?
All Function 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 function 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
- Around 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 function 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
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 function 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 function bands 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.
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