Posted on | December 5, 2011 | Comments Off
There are loads of great bands out there, and I really do mean loads! They cover all kinds of genres from rock to pop and punk to classical, so how do you find a truly great band to play at a corporate event, private party or wedding reception?
Step 1 – It’s NOT who you know
Whilst your son probably has friends who are in a band and are possibly very popular when they play gigs for local teenagers, remember they are not used to playing for your audience, so be very cautious about booking them, they probably play the type of music which appeals to shoe gazing teenagers, and if this isn’t the audience who are going to be attending your fancy ball or wedding, don’t book them. They will almost definitely not play the kind of music which keeps a dancefloor going all night.
Step 2 – Dig Deep
The kind of party band who you want for your event are probably professional musicians who make their living from music and have done for a long time, the reason they have done this is because they are good enough to be invited back time and time again. They will also have their own professional equipment, and I don’t just mean the guitars and drums, they will have a full PA system and lighting, and these don’t come cheap, well, certainly not for good quality gear. So be prepared to spend some money on booking a good party band.
Step 3 -Book well in advance
The type of band you are looking for will probably be booked solid for the next few months and certainly have other dates booked well into the future, so if you leave it until the last minute you may find you are disappointed in who you can get. Remember that a lot of corporate events and weddings are in the planning a year of so before the date, so unless your event is on a Tuesday night in January or you are happy to settle for the bands who have plenty of availability (and you have to wonder why) get in there as soon as you can, they will probably take a provisional booking while you make sure that all the other key elements, like the venue and caterers are also free that day.
Step 4 – Check their Reviews
With the internet and technology available to us these days, it’s so easy for people to write reviews about good and bad experiences with almost anything, party bands are no exception. Google and a wide range of other sites allow people to log in and write a review, any band who has loads of good reviews is probably worth talking to.
You will probably also find that many party bands have published music on their own website and or videos on youtube, have a look and make sure they are professional, well turned out and are playing the right kind of music for your audience.
Putting on a private party or organising a wedding reception is no small task, but getting the right band booked up, playing the right music can make it go well, even if the catering is not up to scratch!