Can we come along to a gig to hear you before making our booking.
Yes. If you contact us with a provisional booking then we are happy to talk to event organisers, be that private or public, to see if we can add you to the guest list. Please note though that if the event has an entry fee then you will need to pay for this.
What sort of music do you play?
Please take a look at our typical playlist which will give you an indication of the styles of music we play. Alternatively, if you would like to make a provisional booking then we would be happy to try and get you on the guest list of one of our upcoming gigs.
What facilities do you require?
We transport our equipment in a box trailer and generally we would each make our own way there. Therefore we would be looking for 4 parking spaces plus space to park the trailer. If this isn’t a possibility then please let us know at the time of booking so that we are able to make adequate alternative transport arrangements. It is always useful for us to be able to temporarily park the trailer as close to the entrance to the stage/performance area as possible to reduce the heavy lifting as much as possible. We would also require a minimum two double sockets to allow our equipment appropriate power without overloading any electrical points.
Is your equipment covered by PAT and do you have sufficient insurances?
Yes. Our equipment is put through PAT every year and we follow any recommendations from our electrical contractors. We are also covered by Public Liability Insurance and Employer Liability Insurance. A copy of our insurance certificate is available on request. You will be able to look at any of our equipment to verify the PAT stickers are in date.
Do you require any hospitality?
Not necessarily. Anything you are able to provide will be gratefully received but we are always conscious of your costs and understand that in some instances food and refreshment for the band is not possible. All we ask is that you let us know your position at the time of booking so that we are able to make alternative arrangements if necessary.
What area do you cover?
It is fair to say that generally our bookings see us working from Peteborough, through Wisbech, Upwell & Outwell and right through to Downham Market & Swaffham. Basically the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk border areas. However, we have been known to travel all the way to Somerset. We are prepared to travel anywhere in the country to play for your event, however please be aware that any unreasonable travel would be added to our fee along with accommodation costs if applicable.
What are you fees?
Cheap. None of the band are paid to play. We all have professional occupations and we play for the enjoyment and pleasure and to do our bit to spread live music wherever possible. We also don’t advertise. As a result we are able to keep our fees extremely low and liken our prices to competing with disco’s rather than other live bands. Simply, we charge £300 basic fee for a function and £450 for a wedding (this price is higher as a result of additional play time generally required, earlier set up times to accommodate venue usage, and additional material likely to be required such as first dance music). Please note that where excessive travel is required this will be added to our fees, however you will be notified of this at the time of booking.
How long do you need to set up?
We have a lot of equipment, so a reasonable amount of time is required. We are able to set up within 2 hours, although this would require a lot of rushing around and no interruption from other hall users. Generally we would prefer to arrive around 4 hours before your doors open to allow us to set up, sound check and leave whilst your guests arrive. The set up time is flexible though and can be agreed at the time of booking.
How long do you play for?
We have 3 sets that we generally play. These sets consist of music that is suited to all ages. As a function band we recognise that guests can age from 2 to 92 and we believe our playlist has something for everyone. Each set lasts for around 45 minutes and we will take a short break between sets. We normally plan our first break to coincide with your food arrangements where applicable.
Can you provide music when you’re not playing?
Yes. We always have a playlist set up on a iPod which will be played through our sound system at all times that the band are not performing. We intend to ensure that music is always going, whether it be live music from the band or background iPod music. We are also happy, if you prefer, to plug your own iPod into our system and play your own choice of music during the intervals.
Can we pick and choose the playlist we want the band to play?
To a degree yes. Obviously our playlist is designed to suit all ages and at the appropriate time of the evening for those ages and it does get changed slightly from gig to gig in order to suit different events. Whilst we are happy to exclude any items you don’t want we would also ask you to bear in mind that any exclusions reduce the running time of our sets. You will need to bear this in mind when deciding what time you would like us to finish. Equally, we are happy for you to tell if there are any songs that you definitely want us to make sure are in our playlist.
Do you do requests?
We do whatever we can to provide you with the band you want. Whilst we are unable to take requests on the night we would be happy for you to let us know if there is that special song that you would like, such as the first dance. Whilst we cannot guarantee it is possible we will do our very best to give you what you want. Please bear in mind though that the more notice we are given the more likely we are able to play it for you. If you are able to provide this at the time of booking then that would be great.
How much space do you require?
We can squeeze into some small spaces (typically in Golf Club Houses!). Ideally, we would like as much space as possible without impeding your social/dance area. All we ask is that you bear in mind when booking us that we are a five piece band, of which 1 is a drummer with a large drum kit! We would also generally like to have our soundman at least half way down the venue and he would require a 1 metre square area, although this is not essential. Please let us know at the time of booking if you think there might be an issue with space so that we can bring our most compact equipment. If you’re local we can always pop down and have a look.
Do you prefer to be paid cash, cheque or bank transfer?
All of our fees are above board and as such we don’t mind which method you choose to pay us, as long as you pay the right fee.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes. Bookings are not generally considered confirmed until a 50% deposit has been received.