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
on how to hire
soul & Motown bands for your event.
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 music charts.
You'll already know the music. Here are a few pointers from our
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, Glads Knight & The Pips to name
but a few. The music is timeless and still fills the dancefloors
of parties and clubs every week. One of our most popular live Motown
Motown Nights: www.booklive.co.uk/band/motown-nights
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 feelgood 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
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
Hire , soul singers and motown bands. Book live Soul and Motown bands for , parties and . Secure bookings for complete peace of mind with Book Live Entertainment Agency
How much does a Soul band cost to hire?
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. Solo soul singers
prices start from £500, live bands pricing varies from £1100 - £5000
and this will cover a whole night of music with 2 incredible hours
of music with a live band including 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
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
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:
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....
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:
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
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
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 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 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].
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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