Archive for Corporate Entertainment

7 Awesome Entertainment Ideas To Make Your Corporate Event Sparkle

It’s getting to that time of year where we’re all starting to think about Summer and now is the ideal time to think about planning your summer corporate events and, if you’re really organized, your Christmas parties!! With that in mind, here are my top 7 awesome entertainment ideas to make sure your corporate event is one that everyone will remember!

Live Music

A good DJ can get a party started but if you really want the room rocking, you need a live band or singer. From Soul & Motown to rock and roll, swing to disco and pop to indie, there is a band out there that will suit every type of event! See which is your favourite here:

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Andy Otley & His Band

 

View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Live-Bands

Star Name

Looking to add a bit of glitz and glamour to your event? Why not add a household name to proceedings to make sure that everyone has an evening they won’t forget with a well-loved celebrity in attendance!

Shayne Ward

Shayne Ward

 

View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/X-Factor-Britains-Got-Talent-The-Voice-Contestants

Tribute Artiste

Want a star performer but can’t accommodate an entourage and haven’t got the time to pick out all the brown M&Ms? Then a tribute artiste is ideal for you! From ABBA to Oasis, Elvis to Michael Bublé, Freddie to Bowie and everything in between, if you want something as good as the real thing on a fraction of the budget

Beyoncé Tribute

Be Beyoncé by Kayleigh

View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Tribute-Acts-and-Tribute-Bands

 

Magic

Amaze your staff or guests with the sparkle of a bit of magic. Either close-up magicians for the personal touch or full illusion shows to add a wow-factor, magic can be used in many ways to make sure people are talking about your event for months!

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Magic Acts

View – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Magicians-and-Magic-Illusion-Acts

 

Caricaturist

What better way of making sure that your event sticks in the mind of your guests than giving them something to take home with them? A caricaturist can provide a permanent memento with a twist!

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Nick – Caricaturist

View – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Caricaturists

 

Speciality Artistes

If you want to make sure your event is unique, then a speciality artiste may be the way to go. From a Mariachi trio to football freestylers to UV light shows to a full circus performance in your venue, a speciality artiste can lift your event above the normal and cement your place in history as the best corporate event organizer ever!!!

Circus Ring Master

Circus Eccentrico

View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Speciality-Acts

Singing Waiters

Imagine you’re sitting and enjoying your meal but you’re bored. Then, imagine if one or more of the waiters start singing and turn the meal from simply eating into an experience. This is the whole premise of singing waiters, a concept that can turn a potential lull in the evening into a focal point!

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Simply Singing Waiters

View/Listen – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Singing-Waiters

So there you go, 7 awesome ideas to make your corporate event to greatest ever to be held (or the best one in your organisation’s history at the very least!!). If you need help or inspiration planning your next event, just give us a call on 0845 071 0988 or drop me an email to dave@garston-entertainment.co.uk. You can also look at our industry leading corporate entertainment at www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Corporate-Entertainment/. Look forward to hearing from you!

7 Solo Tribute Artistes That Are (Almost) Better Than The Real Thing

Growing up, I was always told it’s the best to be yourself. However, I don’t look or sound like a major superstar so I couldn’t be anyone else, even if I wanted to be! Luckily for us, there are people out there who can impersonate famous artistes and a tribute is (almost) as good as the real thing.

Here are our top 7 most popular solo tribute artistes of 2017 so far!

Ed Sheeran Tribute

There is no-one on the planet hotter than Ed Sheeran right now with ‘The Shape of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’ hitting the number 1 and 2 spots within 24 hours of release. With songs perfect for the first dance at your wedding and then dancing the night away, Ed Sheeran is a great choice for any event

Picture of Ed Sheeran Tribute

View/Listen Here:

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Ed-Sheeran-Tribute-Acts

Adele Tribute

Fresh from a 5 award haul at the 59th Grammy Awards in America, Adele is widely regarded as the most popular female singer in the world in 2017. With soaring, soulful vocals and down-to-earth personality, it’s rare to find anyone who doesn’t like Adele.

 

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View/Listen Here:

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Adele-Tribute-Act

Elvis Presley Tribute

To be dubbed ‘The King of Rock & Roll’, you have to be something special and Elvis was a one-off. Credited with bringing Rock & Roll to the masses, Elvis has influenced some of the biggest rock bands to have ever existed; The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to name three. Elvis is the most impersonated artiste in the world and we are lucky to work with some of the best!

Picture of Elvis Presley Tribute

View/Listen Here:

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Elvis-Tribute-Act

Freddie Mercury Tribute

If you’re looking for a voice that defines a band, look no further than Freddie Mercury. Freddie changed the whole nature of rock front men in the 70s & 80s with a flamboyance and image that was a complete contrast to any other singer of the era. Freddie was the ultimate showman and this can be replicated at your event!

Picture of Freddie Mercury Tribute

View/Listen Here:

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Freddie-Mercury-Tribute-Act

Michael Bublé Tribute

The man who, in 2005, gave swing music to a whole new generation. With a mix of old-school classics and modern pop hits all delivered with effortless cool, a Michael Bublé tribute is a perfect choice for any occasion.

Picture of Michael Bublé Tribute

View/Listen Here:

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Michael-Buble-Tribute-Act

George Michael Tribute

On Christmas Day 2016, the world lost one of the best singer-songwriters of his generation. Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, or George Michael, was responsible for some of the biggest hits of the 80s & 90s from pop classics like Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and I’m Your Man to haunting ballads such as Jesus To A Child and Careless Whisper.

Picture of George Michael Tribute

View/Listen Here:

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/George-Michael-Tribute-Act

Robbie Williams Tribute

Not many people can live up to the title ‘Icon’ but Robbie Williams is definitely one of them! Having recently picked up the BRITs Icon award to sit alongside the 17 other gongs he has received has cemented Robbie’s reputation as the biggest British male solo artiste of the last 20 years. Let the ego land at one of your events with one of these superb Robbie Williams tributes

Picture of Robbie Williams Tribute

View/Listen Here:

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Robbie-Williams-Tribute-Act

If you think there’s an artiste I’ve missed or you are interested in any of these awesome tribute artistes, please let me know on 0845 071 0988 or dave@garston-entertainment.co.uk

We also have many other excellent tributes available from ABBA to Whitney at this link – www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Tribute-Acts-and-Tribute-Bands

 

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7 Valentine’s Day Entertainment Ideas Guaranteed To Find You Love*

Are you ready for lurrrrrve?

If not, it’s time get yourself in gear as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether you are looking for an awesome all-singing, all-dancing show or something low-key to add to your event. Here are 7 Live Entertainment ideas to add a little sparkle to your Valentine’s Day

 

1. Swing Singer 

Nothing says Valentine’s Day more than a bit of Bublé or the smooth laid back sounds of the rat pack. If you want to add a bit of Vegas to your Valentine’s Day, look no further than a bit of Swing and Rat Pack!

Swing Singer

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Swing-Singers-and-Rat-Pack-Singers/

 

2. Soul & Motown Singer

If you want something a bit more upbeat but still want the mood for love then why not go for the silky vocals of a Soul & Motown singer. From Sexual Healing to You To Me Are Everything, a Soul & Motown singer can provide romance and an upbeat atmosphere to your Valentine’s Day

Soul Singer

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Soul-and-Motown-Singers

 

3. Live Lounge & Acoustic Artistes

Want something a bit more laid back? If you want a chilled out vibe for your event or venue, then an acoustic artiste could be perfect for you. If you want everything from Ed Sheeran to acoustic twists on modern classics, a live lounge act can do it all!

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www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Acoustic-Acts-and-Live-Lounge-Acts

 

4. Singing Waiters

Everyone loves surprises, especially on Valentine’s Day! Imagine sitting in a restaurant and, suddenly, the waiters serenade you with ‘your song’ as everyone looks on….the definition of something different!

Singing Waiters

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Singing-Waiters

 

5. Close Up Magician

Fill your Valentine’s Day with amazement as a close-up magician makes the engagement ring (or other non-commitment based gift) appear from nowhere – cue gasps and amazed noises – and makes you look like the most awesome person ever!

Magician

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Magicians

 

6. Musician

Want to be entertained but also want to enjoy a nice chat over dinner? Then a musician is perfect for you. From classy string quartets to sultry saxophone, Guitarists to Pianists, a musician can really add beautiful ambience to your event

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www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Event-Musicians

 

7. Tribute Artistes

If you are after your favourite superstar but at a reasonable price, why not Hire a Tribute Artiste, the closest you can get without hiring the real thing! Popular Valentine’s choices include Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Neil Diamond, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Frank Sinatra, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, George Michael, Lionel Ritchie and many more!

Tribute Artiste

www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/Tribute-Artistes

So there you go, 7 ideas to make your Valentine’s Day go off with a bang (in a good way) and be one that everyone there will remember.

Remember, just because I’m telling you these are good ideas, it doesn’t mean they’re right for you so if you would like more inspiration, why not go to www.garston-entertainment.co.uk or drop us an email at info@garston-entertainment.co.uk

*love may or may not result from any of the suggestions, results can vary!

Wedding Diary of a Stressed Out Groom!!

Hi, my name’s Dave and I am a groom-to-be who is stressed about the planning of his wedding. There…I admitted it. And I’m quick to add (mainly because she’ll read this) that it’s not because I’m engaged to Bridezilla.

It’s said that as a groom, all you need to do is take your credit card to every wedding fair and show up on the day and I would agree to a point. What they don’t mention is that, even if you believe you are the most level-headed individual you could ever want to meet, there will be times when you are debating the shade of purple of the ribbon on the invite to the degree where you would happily jump through the nearest window to escape the reality of your existence.

I am one of the lucky ones. My fiancée picked her dress in the first shop she went to, picked the second venue we went to, chose the invites from the first shop we went in. So far, so good right?

Then she dropped the bomb on me – you’re sorting the entertainment. Sorry what now? ‘You know what I like so I’ll leave it with you’. Never has a wave of fear washed over me so quickly. As an Entertainment Coordinator for one of the leading agencies in the North-West, you’d think I’d be in the best place to find entertainment for my wedding and you’d be right but looking at the sheer range of what was available and *whispers quietly* not really knowing what my fiancée would want, I started to panic.

After a drawn out period of negotiation with my dad to get him to pay for it, I started to look at wedding entertainment from a new angle. As a buyer, not a seller and, my word, it’s a biiiiig job to take on. I found myself asking all the questions that I’d dismissed as basic to every bride who called or emailed about booking a band for their wedding; what should I book, how do I book, , how big a band do I need, will everyone like them, what if they cancel and most importantly, how do I pay for it?!?!

Suddenly, I turned into Groomzilla. I wasn’t that guy……was I?? Turns out I was. As a result, I thought it might be useful to put together a few answers to the 6 common questions that always arise when people book wedding entertainment because, as I found out, it can be quite stressful!!

  1. Don’t be worried if you aren’t certain what you want!

The whole point of using an agency is that you have access to hundreds of bands, trios, duos, solo singers and other entertainment you wouldn’t even know existed! If you’re not sure what you want, any agency worth their salt will act as an advisor rather than a salesperson to make sure you have as much information as you need to make the right choice for you. Entertainment can be absolutely anything; magic, caricaturists, stilt walkers and everything in-between. There’s no right or wrong, just what makes your day special and unique to you. Trust me, whatever you want, we’ve probably had stranger requests!!

  1. Don’t be afraid to tell us your budget

A lot of people thin that by giving a budget to an agent they are revealing a target to be hit. For any reputable agent, this is definitely not the case. A good agent will try and find you the type of artiste you and get the best they can within the budget you specify without trying to overcharge. A lot of artistes also offer DJ package so you can save money on a separate DJ. Most of us won’t go out of our way to squeeze every penny we can out of you…..Honest! It’s all about making sure you have the best day possible, not making the most profit.

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  1. Book Early! (Especially if you have a wedding in June, July or August!!)

As much as we’d love to be able to clone every band we represent, the technology doesn’t exist yet so if you’re getting married in ‘peak wedding season’ (June, July or August) and you want live entertainment, make sure you get in early so you have the best chance of getting what you want. As much as we like to think that every band/singer we represent is amazing, entertainment is subjective so enquire early to make sure you get your favourite.

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  1. How can I pay?

Every agent I’ve ever worked with will ask for a deposit at the time of booking, usually between 15% – 20% + VAT. Some agents can be flexible with the deposit payment (I know we are) if you just ask; waiting for payday is a popular one!! The final balance is usually requested 1 month in advance for both the band and the client’s benefit. It means you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash on your wedding day and you can concentrate on having a good time. It also means that the band won’t be pestering you for cash after they’ve finished! The balance can also generally be paid in installments if you need to – as you’re booking through an agent, they generally try to make the process as smooth as possible. Makes sense, right?

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  1. Will I be able to speak with the person I’ve booked?

Yeah, of course! The artiste will contact you in the month before your wedding to go through every detail and make sure you’re fully comfortable with what you’ve booked. That being said, if you do have a particular song you want, i.e. your first dance, or any specific requests, then let us know as soon as possible and we can pass on any messages to the artiste. It’s as easy as that!

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  1. What happens if the band can’t make it on the day?

This is unlikely, but as your live entertainment is a human being, this cannot be ruled out. As much as we’d love entertainers to be robots who don’t get ill, breakdown or have lives outside of singing, we found that people prefer humans. Before you confirm your booking and pay any deposit, check that your agency of choice operates a full emergency standby service where an entertainment advisor will do everything possible to provide the best solution to any situation. If they don’t, put your credit card away and back away slowly. To be honest, every agent I know does. Trust me, as someone who’s had to do it, no stone is left unturned and no avenue explored when it comes to sorting an issue with a booking, especially at a wedding!!

So there you go, an attempt at answering the 6 most common questions that we get from people, like me, who are booking entertainment for their wedding. I know there are hundreds of questions but if I tried to answer them all, I’d miss my own wedding next year and, as much as they’d have a great band entertaining them, I’d like to think I’d be missed. If you still have questions, just give us a call or go to www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/weddings and we can help you out, no strings attached. If we can help your wedding journey be less stressful then, from personal experience, it can only be a good thing, right?

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How to book Singing Waiters!

The ‘everything you need to know’ guide by The Sing-a-Long Waiters

Well its nearly the end of 2015 and Christmas is upon us, What a great year it has been here at Garston Entertainments.

To end the year in style we thought we would treat you to an entertaining and informative interview with our exclusively managed singing waiters act The Sing a Long Waiters

The Sing a Long Waiters have successfully performed hundreds of shows over the last 2 years and are very well placed to answer any questions we can throw at them regarding how their show works and what it`s like to be a surprise singing waiter at your Wedding, Corporate Event, Party or Function

We settle down in a coffee shop and the guys enter looking very relaxed and its immediately apparent that these guys have that `comedy` chemistry between them and a natural ability to make people smile and laugh

Hello Maurice and Darren, thanks for doing this interview for us and how has 2015 been for you guys?

Maurice: No problem and thanks for buying us coffee (he takes a huge gulp but chokes as its too hot)

Darren: (Laughs) 2015 has been the best year for us and long may it continue, well until 31st December anyway, but seriously we have had such a great time performing at our shows and we have met some fantastic characters along the way.

That’s great to hear, now how long have you been doing this act for?

Darren: The Sing a Long waiters act has been running now for around 2 years, before we created this show we were a full time vocal comedy double act that toured all over the world for companies like First Choice and Thomson Holidays.

Maurice: We thought we would bring a bit of light heartedness (if that’s a real word) to the popular genre of singing waiters because everyone needs to laugh at a celebratory event or dinner.

Of course, I bet many people ask whether you are `real` waiters when booking you and if you can wash the dishes.

Maurice: Yes we had a situation a few months ago when the client thought he wouldn`t need to employ any other waiters (laughs)

Darren: When we told him that we weren’t trained waiters and that he will have to draft in real waiting staff for his wedding, we had a good laugh with him about it, but no we are not real waiters, just pretend ones.

How long do you actually `wait on` for the guests?

Darren: We serve the guests through the starter and main course usually and then perform our `reveal` just as the desserts have been served.

Maurice: Although we have performed at events where there was no meal involved like a drinks reception or serving canapés throughout the evening and the hardest part was not eating one but maybe we will in the future (Laughs)

You must have an endless supply of waiters uniforms in your wardrobes? Or does the client supply them?

Maurice: We have all the basics like black trousers, white and black shirts and a black waist jacket but we always contact the hotel or catering company and ask if they ask if they have specific uniforms and in most cases they lend us any branded uniforms to make us blend in with the real staff at the venue

Darren: We have been that convincing that we have been offered jobs at loads of hotels

(All laugh)

Is it just waiters you impersonate or can the client request other type of staff members or even something out of the ordinary?

Maurice: Yeah we wholeheartedly encourage the client to get involved in making and helping deliver the surprise to make it really entertaining or they can just sit back and leave it to us. We can be drunken guests, food hygiene inspectors, grumpy room managers, you name it, we’ve heard it, but if the client wants a certain thing then we do our best to facilitate that.

Darren: We have our own very specific tried and trusted way of starting the show (which they tell us is top secret) but we are always excited when the client wants to get involved as they feel like they have played a big part in the surprise for their friends or colleagues.

So you could say that it`s as exciting for the people booking you as it is for the guests, Can the client request songs that you perform?

Maurice: Definitely, we pride ourselves on great communication prior to the big day it’s often all very secretive and we always ask if they have any songs in particular that they would like to be performed by us, as long as it’s in our vocal range and not something by Mariah Carey or Celine Dion! (All laugh)

Darren: As our name would suggest though the songs we perform are really well known hits that everyone at least knows the chorus to. We even have guest’s get on the microphone if they’re brave enough!

Well that was actually my next question; do you interact with the audience when you are performing as the waiters?

Darren: Yes that`s the most thrilling thing about performing this show, getting involved with the audience, I usually get cuddled by the older women

Maurice: That’s just a normal day for you though (all laugh) we improvise a lot during our performance and try to make sure that the audience feels comfortable with us and we can laugh and joke around with them.

What sort of music do you sing?

Maurice: In short, everything, well, almost everything, Not thrash metal. We sing a large repertoire of music including songs from musicals, swing, soul and all those ‘sing a long’ favourites.

Darren: We try to be as varied as possible, some singing waiter shows perform opera, which is always popular, but after the well known numbers have been performed it can be tough to join in! Though it is something we will be adding very soon, like chocolate cake, it will be in moderation! We guarantee the audience will know and can sing along to all of our songs, we just like to make sure we tailor everything perfectly to the client

How long do you perform for?

Darren: it depends on the event but generally 30-60 minutes of singing unless we are requested otherwise and there is the entire service leading up to the ‘reveal’ which is often around an hour or more

Maurice: Our speciality is to keep the audience engaged after the `reveal` has been made and that`s why we sing songs you know so you won`t even want to nip to the loo!

Can I hire more than 2 of you for my event?

Darren: yes we can add male or female singers, because we have been performers for over 20 years, we have made some fantastic contacts with very talented performers and they all are of a very high standard.

Maurice: We know them all personally, they are of an extremely high standard and know how we work and what we expect.

For people who are not familiar with Singing waiters and have never booked any live music before, do you supply the music system or do you perform acoustically?

Maurice: we don`t perform acoustically, we supply all of the PA (public address) equipment for the performance and we try and keep it in a very discreet area of the venue as to not arouse suspicion.

Darren: we have a fantastic sound system and we can create a really great atmosphere around the room – but not so loud people will be running out holding their ears!

How far do you travel for a show and does this affect the cost in any way?

 Maurice: We travel all over the UK and beyond to perform our shows, I wouldn`t call us jet-setters more car-setters! but obviously if we get booked for a gig on the moon it will cost more than a show ‘round the corner’ (Maurice then goes on to assure me that if a booking came in for the moon that they would definitely consider it)

 

Now lets get to the nitty gritty guys, how much do you cost and do you offer any other packages when people book your Sing a Long Waiters

 Darren: Our price varies depending on location and which package you decide to have, we can provide the basic waiter package which includes up to one hour of service in which we really get to know your guests by getting up close and personal with them, but not too intrusive! Then up to an hour of singing performance once we have revealed ourselves as singing waiters. We always say for the best quote you should contact Garston Entertainments and get a bespoke price and all package details for you event

 

Maurice: Yeah definitely not too intrusive, we don`t ask for any phone numbers, lets just get that straight! (All laugh) We also offer the choice of a 2nd lively set later on and the option of a DJ service throughout the night.

Darren: We offer a dedicated swing and soul show too, along with literally hundreds of other songs, you can mix and match as much as you like. We are pretty versatile but I can`t do the splits anymore (laugh)

Sounds great guys, Is it just weddings you perform at or can people hire you for their party?

 Maurice: we perform at any event from house parties, corporate events to weddings and we have even performed at a divorce party which was slightly weird but good nonetheless.

 

That sounds interesting, with regards to payment, can the client pay you on the day or can they pay Garston direct prior to the day?

 Darren: It`s totally up to them, a deposit of 15% + VAT of the agreed amount is required to secure the date, this is paid directly to Garston. You can then pay the final balance 1 month before the event or the remaining fee to us on the day.

 

Brilliant guys, well thanks for joining me here and speaking to me,

 Darren: No problem, thanks for the extremely hot coffee and biscuit on the side which I will have later.

Finally, do you have any funny stories from your time performing as The Sing a Long Waiters?

 Maurice: We were once asked by a bride and groom to ‘accidentally`drop the wedding cake as we brought it in to the venue, it was hilarious, we really messed up the floor and people were running around and panicking but the bride and groom were laughing so much, when we burst into song it all made sense and then the `real’ waiters brought out the `real’ cake.

Darren: I also carried a birthday cake (at a wedding?!) to the top table that had a giant sparkler in it, which then caught fire to the ribbon round the side, it was a bit awkward. We do love it when people want to get involved with the surprise as it validates the humour and makes it more believable but the guests were quite shocked with the cake drop..

 

The Sing a Long Waiters can be booked exclusively through Garston Entertainments at http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/artist/1488/The-Sing-a-Long-Waiters or by calling 0845 071 0988 

Please click here to view our full range of Singing Waiter Shows http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/category/124/Singing-Waiters/ 

For more Entertainment Ideas & Inspiration for your Wedding Entertainment, please click herhttp://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/weddings/

 

Hire Swing, Rat Pack & Jazz Singers & Live Bands

Swing & Rat Pack Singers, Swing Bands, Big Bands, Jazz Bands, Jive Bands available to Hire for Corporate Events, Venues, Private Functions, Venues and Weddings 

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The coolest, chilled music made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and many more and brought right back into popularity by current stars like Robbie Williams & Michael Buble. We have a superb range of Swing & Rat Pack Singers, Swing Bands, Big Bands, Jazz Bands, Jive Bands available to Hire Locally, Nationally and Internationally for Corporate Events, Venues, Private Functions and Weddings

If you are planning a Vintage Style Swing/Rat Pack/Jazz Theme Event  you can help enhance this by hiring professional Live Swing, Rat Pack, Jazz or Jive Singers or Bands to compliment your Event, Function or Wedding

Whether you are look to hire a solo performer for a small party or booking a 20 Piece band for a Corporate event, we have a superb range of viewed, approved and recommended Live Entertainment priced from as little as £150+

Below are some ideas and inspiration aimed at helping you source the right live entertainment!

Swing Bands

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Swing bands cover a wide variety of retro styles, mixing jazz, r n b, jive and modern crooner/rat pack style music. When looking for a swing band, consider the size of band you require and have space for at your venue, as a truly authentic Swing Band is likely to have a horn section, so these types of bands tend to be larger than your standard 4 piece band.

Swing music is appealing to all ages, as it covers such a wide span of decades and genres from 1920’s Jazz to modern day Michael Buble.

Swing & Rat Pack Singers.

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Hiring a solo Swing/ Rat Pack Singer is an ideal booking option for clients who are not able to hire a full band. With superb voices and high quality backing tracks, our solo singers provide the same vintage feel and sound entertaining your clients or guests and are available with fees starting from £150+

Our solo artistes perform at all types of venues and events…. from a cool background set at your wedding breakfast to a chilled background music set while you dine in a hotel/restaurant or casino to a lively party set with everyone on the dance floor!

Swing & Rat Pack Duos/Trios

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Options available include either hiring a smaller Swing Themed Duo or Trio or you can hire a full ‘Rat Pack Tribute`Show paying homage to Rat Pack legends like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr, performed together on stage

Jazz Bands

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If you are looking for something a little more relaxed, perhaps through dinner, or a drinks reception, then a Jazz band can be the perfect interlude for your event. Performing the best in Jazz standards, and also more modern songs performed in a Jazz style.

Meet The Young Swing Things….Vintage Swing Band available exclusively through Garston Entertainments…..

 

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What do you love most about your performing with the band?
The essence of live horns – they really add something to create the vibe. You can’t beat a live band and the ambience created by double bass, horns and piano. Its also an act that stretches a musician which is a satisfying challenge when performing. The horns and vintage look always impress guests.

Tell us a little about the swing show.
We take you through all the classics of male and female Jazz, Swing and Jump Jive singing. Featuring songs by the Great Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Bobby Darrin and Rat pack. It doesn’t just focus on that though – it caters for Weddings, Events and Parties with a lively second spot featuring tunes by Caro Emerald, Ray Charles, Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway.

Do you have a most memorable moment of an event you have performed at?
The band is mainly booked for the Corporate Event, Private Function and Wedding Markets and we are very lucky as we do get to perform at some lovely venues, often with stunning views and beautiful surroundings. One of my most memorable gigs was to a packed room full of 500 university students dancing all night in Liverpool at their annual ball. Proof that Swing, Jazz & Rat Pack music is timeless and can appeal to all ages.

What type of show can a client expect from a swing band?
It of course depends upon the nature of the band – However they can expect to hear a variety of Swing and Rat Pack Classics from us but don’t surprised if we throw a modern track in swing or jump jive style…it really works! Some Swing is Mid tempo – so make sure your act has a lively second spot to fill the dance floor – that’s the reason why Doo Wop and Swing Jive/ Jump Jive is a great addition – and the singalongs like Minnie the Moocher really get the party started. You can expect them as a Jazz Quartet with double bass key and drums, A Six piece with two horns additionally, or up to a big band if your budget permits with full trumpet, trombone and sax section for the truly authentic sound.

Do you have any favourite songs you like to perform?
Love ‘Unforgettable” as it was my Grandad’s favourite – love ‘My Baby Just Cares’ – as there is a great solo – and the audience love it – but the jump jive stuff is what really gets the party started.

What packages do you offer?
Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond packages available….. from a few favourite songs at the ceremony to a full day and evening entertainment package with acoustic/background sets, full on night time party sets and DJ/Disco service

The Young Swing Things are available from duo to 6, 8, 10 and 12 piece bands. Band can be offered in two segments – and we can bring an extra bass and guitar if you want a set of swing and then a covers set of pop and floor fillers for today – the perfect blend – vintage, followed by up to date.

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If you need any further help or advice on Live Entertainment for your Wedding, Event, Function or Venue, please contact one of our Entertainment Co-ordinators who will be happy to answer questions and help you source the best quality Live Entertainment at the most competitive prices

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Garston Entertainments has a wide range of top quality Wedding Entertainment based Nationwide throughout the UK and to suit all budgets and have been providing entertainment since 1978.

For any professional help or advice on booking your Corporate Entertainment, please contact one of our Entertainment Co-Ordinators on 0845 071 0988 or email info@garston-entertainment.co.uk or visit our website on www.garston-entertainment.co.uk

Hire Entertainment for your Corporate Event

Hire Corporate Entertainment from Live Bands, Musicians, 

Magicians, Singers and more…

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Corporate Entertainment can be very important to a company, as it can help promote your business internally, to current employees and colleagues and also to outside clients, colleagues and can reinforce your brand to your peers and to a wider audience.

When choosing the right entertainment for your event, it is important to consider a few things.

Consider your audience – what is the age range of the people you are providing entertainment for? What would they enjoy? Its important to consider your audience and what they would consider high quality entertainment. For example, A One Direction tribute may not be suitable for your annual black tie event, however may go down a storm if you are providing a family fun day where children will be present.

Venue size and location – Is your venue suitable for the type of entertainment you are looking for? This is important to consider, for example if you are looking at booking a 34 piece big band but the room you have booked can only accommodate a 5 piece band, you will have a problem when it comes to performance. Knowing the size of the room and what your venue can accommodate is vital.

Consider your budget. – Do you have a specific budget that you must work within? Knowing how much you have to spend will help when looking to secure the right entertainment for you event. Garston Entertainments have artistes to suit all budgets and knowing what you have to spend can help guide us to the right artiste for you.

There are many artistes across the UK that are geared towards the corporate entertainment market. In order to get the best from your entertainment, consider a unique idea, something that will impress and what people will talk about and remember. Be aware of the latest entertainment trends so you can be ahead of the game and know what will really grab the attention of your audience.

Some ideas you may consider….

Singing Waiters


The ultimate surprise for your guests and clients. The Singing Waiters will wait on  and service your guests and clients incognitos before bursting into amazing song to surprise and thoroughly entertain the audience. The Singing Waiters will have a range of uniforms to suit and can theme their music from Opera to Musical Theatre, Swing to Soul, Current charts to Rock!

Mariachi Bands

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Perfect wandering entertainment for any Event.

Their aim is to get your guests joining in, singing and dancing.

They are completely adjustable to any event and can perform at intimate dinner parties with 20 people present, or larger corporate events. This type of act is perfect for going between the tables while your guests dine, or they can mingle in with the crowd at sophisticated drinks receptions.

Magicians

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A Superb range of professional Close up Magicians, Table Magicians,  Street Magicians and Magic and Illusion Shows to help add that something special and to inject a little bit of magic into your event.

 With their sleight of hand card trick and baffling magic and illusions, hiring a magician provides great entertainment for your guests and clients, adding atmosphere, a talking point and create a memorable occasion for all.

Electric String Groups

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A dramatic performance that can add the wow factor to your event. With Electric  performances, they utilise all the latest technology to create a dramatic, stunning and epic performance for all. Creating a choreographed and dynamic musical spectacular that will leave your guests in awe.

Live Bands

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A fantastic selection of professional, superb quality live bands party bands able to perform across all styles from Current charts, Soul & Motown, 70s, Disco, Funk, 80s Pop, 90s, Indie, tribute Bands and more. We have hundreds of viewed and approve live bands that perform at thousands of events every year. Based nationwide across the UK and guaranteed to get your party started.

Bandeoke

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Bandeoke & Rockaoke gives you the chance to perform a song live with professional musicians as your backing band. Feel like a Rock Star, Sing L like a Rock Star and perform like a Rock Star! Great Fun and entertainment! Perfect for getting your guests involved in the event and creating a fantastically fun atmosphere your guests will never forget.

If you need any further advice on entertainment for your corporate event, please contact Garston Entertainments, we would be happy to help and give any advice we can.

 

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Garston Entertainments has a wide range of top quality Wedding Entertainment based Nationwide throughout the UK and to suit all budgets and have been providing entertainment since 1978.

For any professional help or advice on booking your Corporate Entertainment, please contact one of our Entertainment Co-Ordinators on 0845 071 0988 or email info@garston-entertainment.co.uk or visit our website on www.garston-entertainment.co.uk

Book a Tribute Act or Tribute Band or Event

Hiring a tribute act or band for your event, venue, wedding, function

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As a live entertainment company, we regularly book famous names and celebrities for events across the UK and overseas, however it is not always possible or affordable to have ‘the real thing’ perform at your event. The next best thing would be to hire a tribute act.

A tribute act is an artiste who specifically performs the music of a well-known music act. Alternatively it could be a comedy tribute, in which an artiste pays tribute to a famous comedian.

The main way in which a tribute band or act differs from a cover singer or band that plays songs by other artistes is that Tribute Acts and Tribute Band strive to capture every nuance of the genuine artistes’ performance and appearance for a perfect copy of their show, vocally and visually.

The popularity of tribute artistes seems to be increasing as the prices of seeing the original artistes are getting higher and higher. With Tribute Artistes, you can watch and listen to your  favourite singers and bands with the tribute singer or tribute band performing as the original artists but at a price that is affordable.

Tributes generally perform the following type of sets.

1 x 60 minute performance as their tribute

Or

1 x 45 minutes as their tribute and 1 x 45 minutes as themselves performing mixed covers.

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With the more classic tributes, such as The Beatles, Queen, The Rolling Stones etc, they are usually able to perform 2 x 45 mins of their chosen tribute, due to the large back catalogue of the artiste they are imitating.

As with any music, there are various levels of quality and pricing within the tribute industry. At the top level you can hire amazingly accurate tribute artistes who are almost exactly like the original artiste with amazing costumes, vocals, and shows with full production. These tribute artistes are able to tour internationally and work at the absolute highest level. Some of these tribute artistes have their own following and gain such acclaim that they are able to sell out theatres and tour with famous artistes. The Bootleg Beatles even supported Oasis at Earls Court!.

However, there is also lots of demand for affordable tribute artistes with smaller scale shows. At Garston Entertainment, we have tribute artistes to suit every budget and regularly book our tribute shows for Hotels, Holiday parks, Restaurants, Live Music venues, Corporate events, Private parties and for clients locally, nationally and internationally.

Introducing….. JJJ Jessie J by Michelle Lawson

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How long have you been performing your Jessie J tribute?

I have been performing my Jessie J tribute for just over two years now. This is by far the best decision I have ever made regards my singing, as I do really enjoy it and also the financial benefits are a bonus.

How much work was involved in putting the show together?

For me as a tribute there is a lot of work involved, as you have to do your homework regards watching the act that you are performing like, also a lot of editing of tracks and finding the exact costumes really helps your show stand out from other tribute acts.

What made you decide to form a tribute to this particular artiste?

I have never really been a fan of tribute acts… it is never something I thought I would see myself doing, that is until Jessie J came along, and for me she is a very challenging vocalist, I am a big fan of her music which also helps. I really do think that with Jessie J it is absolutely crucial to try and capture her vocal similarity as that is what she is all about.

In all your shows as Jessie J to date, what has been your favourite?

 My favourite show as Jessie J so far would have to be when I performed with a four piece live band at Matthew Street Festival in my home town of Liverpool, in front of thousands (including my family). Being with a live band takes the tribute to a whole other level and allows me to do even more tricks just like Jessie J as there is more flexibility with how the show runs.

What is the most enjoyable thing about working as a tribute artiste today?

 The most enjoyable thing about working as a tribute is getting to sing Jessie J’s music on a regular basis as I am a fan myself, but also when I get a booking for someone else that is a fan and they are overwhelmed that makes it all the more enjoyable. When I do holiday Parks as Jessie J it is great to see the kids faces light up and sing along knowing all of the words. It really is a dream job!

What packages do you offer as Jessie J?

I can do my Jessie J show a few different ways, the first one being with just me using backing track, also with my LED backdrop and a full sound and light show run by a professional sound and Lighting engineer using top-quality equipment.

Secondly I can do my Jessie J show with just me and an acoustic guitar player to give it a more intimate feel, for me this is where it is crucial to sound like her a lot more as there is less music to hide behind.

And last but not least my absolute favourite is to perform as Jessie J with a live band but there are costs involved as I would only want to use top-quality musicians, but the results of the show are definitely worth it.

What is your favourite song to perform?

With being a fan of Jessie J I do enjoy singing all of her songs but I think stand out ones are ‘Domino – acoustic’  “sexy lady’, ‘price tag- acoustic’ and ‘excuse my rude’.

Are you a fan of the real Jessie J, have you seen her perform in person?

From the very first time I saw Jessie J perform (on YouTube) at the pre-Brit awards party I was blown away.  From that moment on I could not stop watching her. I went to watch her last concert at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, and as soon as the tickets for the forest gigs were announced I booked my tickets within the first hour, I’m also taking my children to watch her as they love her as well. I suppose they have no choice when all they ever here is her music constantly playing lol.

What do you do to prepare for a tribute performance?

To prepare for a tribute gig I watch a bit of Jessie J on YouTube and listen to her music before I’m about to perform. I also try and listen to her speaking as this I find is the hardest bit. I have all of the exact make up that she wears and it has to be put on in a sequence so there is a lot of preparation that goes in to the whole tribute. 

Anything else you wish to add?

People always ask me ‘Why don’t you do another tribute?’ The reason I would never do another tribute is because my heart has to be in what I am doing and I really am a fan of Jessie J and her music.  I do sing in quite a similar style to her anyway which helps it just be so much more of an enjoyable experience all round.

I hope to be doing the tribute for a long time to come and that Jessie J sticks around and carries on being successful but I can’t see this being a problem as she is very talented and has longevity!

View Michelle Lawson perform her stunning tribute to JJJ Jessie J with a live band below

Domino

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Who You Are

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Mama Knows Best

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Michelle Lawson as JJJ Jessie J is exclusively represented by Garston Entertainments

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Garston Entertainments has a superb range of top quality Tribute Acts and Tribute band based Nationwide throughout the UK and to suit all budgets and we have been providing live entertainment  to venues, events, client and functions since 1978

View our Tribute Acts

http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/category/2/Tribute-Acts-and-Tribute-Bands/

For professional help or advice on booking your Live Entertainment, please contact one of our entertainment co-ordinators on 0845 071 0988 or email info@garston-entertainment.co.uk or visit www.garston-entertainment.co.uk

 

 

 

Hiring Live Entertainment for your Wedding

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Hiring Live Entertainment for your Wedding!

When booking your wedding, there are lots of things to plan for and so much to think about, the dress, the venue, the cake, the cars, the guest list and so much more. All this can be a daunting task for even the most organized of Brides, so when planning your live wedding entertainment, the team here at Garston like to make choosing your Wedding Entertainment as easy as possible for you.

Live Entertainment is such a big part of the day, whether it is during the reception drinks, the wedding breakfast, or later on into the evening reception. Choosing the right live entertainment that fits with your taste, budget and you as a couple whilst keeping your guests entertained will be the cherry on top of a perfect day.

Live Bands

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A live band can add real energy to your evening reception, fill the dance floor, and create lasting memories for you and your guests. The band can learn your first dance song if required, and tailor their set lists to suit your wedding. We have bands to suit every budget from trios all the way up to 32 piece, and can perform a variety of styles from Modern Charts to 60s, Soul & Motown Bands, Swing Bands, Tribute Band, Decade themed bands – 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Jazz bands and more

Duos

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A duo is a great option if you are short on space and looking for something on a lower budget, as you still get the feel of a live band, just with less people. With many fantastic duos to choose from and performing in a variety of style – from modern to soul, motown to swing, acoustic to rock and much more we are sure to find the perfect duo for your wedding

Solo Singers

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A popular option for the wedding breakfast and/or for the evening reception is to hire a solo singer who will perform to high quality backing tracks providing the sound of a full band. Our solo wedding singers perform at small and large weddings and have professional sound equipment to cater for small and larger venues.

Hiring a solo wedding singer can also help with budget and space eg if you have a small area for performance but still want the live entertainment buzz at your wedding, then this is a live entertainment option for you.

With a wide choice of singers, male and female, modern to pop, soul to swing, rock to opera, there is a singer for every occasion and audience.

Wedding Musicians

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Hiring a musician to perform at your Wedding can add a touch of elegance, is not too imposing and creates a perfect atmosphere at your ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast. There are many to choose from: Harpists, Guitarists, Violinists, Pianists, String Quartets, Electric String Artistes, Jazz Bands, Acoustic Artistes and many more. This is a popular choice for drinks receptions, ceremonies and wedding breakfasts

Magicians

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Hiring a magician can add a different entertainment aspect to your wedding and can really help break the ice at the drinks reception or wedding breakfast keeping your guests entertained with their amazing skills and good humour.

Each magician is unique and (we even have a Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike/close up magician) and we have a range of Close up/Table magicians based nationwide throughout the UK who will perform amazing card and sleight of hand tricks adding a new dimension to your wedding and leaving your guests wondering “How did they do that?”

Wedding Entertainment Packages

Garston Entertainments offer a selection of wedding packages to suit all budgets and requirements. Below is a list of Wedding Entertainment package examples but we can also tailor the packages to suit your individual requirements

Bronze Package – Daytime or Evening

1 x 60 minutes singing set Daytime or Evening
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Silver Package – Daytime or Evening

2 x 45 minutes singing sets
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Gold Package – Evening

2 x 45mins singing sets (or 1 x 60mins)
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice
Full DJ/Disco package 7pm-1am (times can be amended to suit your wedding)

Platinum Package – Full Day package

Afternoon – 1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minutes set chilled `swing` or music of your choice, live vocals during the wedding breakfast
Use of microphones for speeches and announcements
Background Music
Evening – Full DJ/Disco package 7pm-1am
1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minute lively evening singing sets
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Diamond Package – Full Daytime & Ceremony

1 x 15 minute set at the church singing songs of your choice
Afternoon – 1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minutes set chilled `swing` or music of your choice, live vocals during the wedding breakfast Background Music
Use of microphones for speeches and announcements
Evening – Full DJ/Disco package 7pm-1am
1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minute lively evening singing sets
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Again, the above are just examples of our Wedding Entertainment Packages, our artistes will be happy to individualize the live entertainment to your requirements

 Wedding FAQs

There are many important questions to ask and answers required when choosing your wedding entertainment supplier. Below is our responses to some of the most frequently asked questions

Q. How do I choose the artiste which is right for my wedding?

A. Our website contains hundreds of artiste profiles of different music genres from all over the UK. The majority of artiste profiles contain audio clips, photos, video clips, song lists, testimonials etc to help you in your search for the perfect live entertainment for your wedding

Q. Can I speak to an experienced entertainment advisor who can help me further in choosing my wedding entertainment?

A. Yes, we positively encourage this! Our office is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.00pm. All of the artistes on the website have been seen performing live (often many times) by a member of the booking team who will listen to your requirements, provide advice and recommend the most suitable live entertainment

Q. I would like to see the artiste perform live before I proceed and book

A. Understandable, but not always practical and possible. We can only provisionally hold a date on one of our artistes realistically for a few days. Our artistes perform at many weddings and functions throughout the UK and these may not be open to the public for obvious reasons. It may be a few weeks or even months before they have a booking which is open to the public, in this time your artiste may not be available on your chosen date leading to disappointment. Garston Entertainments advertised wedding singers, bands and entertainment is carefully selected, quality and reliable live entertainment. Your entertainment advisor will honestly and professionally advise and recommend the artiste most suitable for your wedding

Q. How do I know that the wedding singer or band that I choose is the one I will see at my wedding?

A. Simple, everything you see and hear on our website is what will perform at your wedding if you choose to book. Personnel in bands particularly do change from time to time and we are vigilant in maintaining our knowledge of each individual band and its` members. If a member change does not alter the quality of the band in a negative sense then we will continue to allow the band to honour existing bookings. If the band has a major change of line up or the singer is replaced we will review the band and advise any client with an existing booking, that there has been a significant change and consequently either reassure them to continue with the booking or recommend replacing with a quality alternative band

Q. If I book an artiste with Garston, how secure is my booking?

A. When you book an artiste with Garston Entertainments you have the security and peace of mind of dealing with a professional company that was established in 1978. Every year we supply live entertainment to thousands of events, functions, venues and weddings. Garston Entertainments use industry approved contracts. The contracts are legally binding and cannot be cancelled except in the case of a fatality, illness, force majeure, war, act of god etc. Full terms will appear on the contract

Q. Why book with an agency and not direct with the artiste?

A. There are many beneficial reasons to secure your wedding entertainment with Garston Entertainments, please see 10 top reasons to book your wedding entertainment with us. Other essential points to consider and common misconceptions are that artistes are not necessarily cheaper by booking direct! They may be performing many bookings with us per year and therefore we have buying power to secure the most competitive price.

Our office is a full time structured organization that books and deals with artistes in a professional capacity every day of the year. Artistes have a responsibility to us when performing on our bookings to uphold our reputation and to adhere to our codes of conduct. A direct booking with an artiste may not be contracted which could lead to them not turning up, or cancelling to accept a better/higher priced booking.

We are full members of the largest trade association of its kind (The Agents Association of Great Britain) and as such adhere to a strict code of conduct. For security, peace of mind, quality and professionalism, book your wedding entertainment through Garston Entertainments

Q. What happens if the artiste cancels due to illness/accident?

A. This is unlikely, but as your live entertainment is a human being, this cannot be ruled out. Firstly, full evidence from the artiste – example – medical note, breakdown report etc would be required from the artiste within 7 days. Secondly, Garston Entertainments has a superb network of artistes and will utilize our experience and contacts to seek to offer a similar standard artiste as a replacement. We operate a full emergency standby service till 9pm, 365 days of the year, where an entertainment advisor will do everything possible to provide the best solution to any situation that may occur

Q. Can I speak with the artiste directly before my Wedding?

A. Once you have booked your live entertainment with us you can update your entertainment advisor at any time with any additional information example, first dance, wedding itinerary etc. These will all be forwarded and confirmed with your chosen wedding entertainer. If you would then like to speak directly with your artiste then this can be arranged a few weeks before the wedding.

Q. Do I have to pay a deposit?

A. In order to secure your booking, Garston Entertainments will require a small deposit (usually approximately 20% + vat of the total fee). This deposit is none refundable. However, If the artiste cancels due to illness/accident/fatality we will seek to offer a suitable, replacement artiste (s). If you decide not to accept the replacement(s) offered then we will refund 50% of your deposit paid. The remaining 50% deposit balance will be retained by Garston Entertainments towards ours administration costs in maintaining the booking

Q. What Payment methods do you accept?

A. We accept cheques, postal orders, BACS payments and direct payments into our business account.

A few words from popular wedding singer…… Paul Hand.

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Paul is an exceptional singer, musician and performer in demand across the UK.

A massive fan of all musical styles Paul performs a wide range of material from a large repertoire making him suitable for all occasions and events. He prides himself on performing an up to date set together with a range of classics guaranteed to get the party rocking, whether it be Wayne Rooney’s house party as he has previously performed or a Corporate event he has the versatility, charisma and professionalism to ensure your event is a success.

What do you love most about your job?

I love going to different places, venues and meeting lots of different people and characters at my performances.  I really enjoy performing and entertaining people and especially enjoy being part of peoples special occasions at weddings and parties.

I love that every show can be a little bit different and its great to be doing what I am doing.

Tell us a little about the shows you offer….

I perform 3 shows as well as my standard show performing a mix of classics right through the decades with classic pop hits from the 50’s right through to the latest chart hits.

I also perform an acoustic ‘Live Lounge’ show where i perform with my acoustic guitar and loop pedal a range of acoustic pop covers stripped right back to the core of the song.

Perfect for corporate events, wine bars/restaurants and weddings. I perform classic songs where i also create multiple guitar parts and vocal harmonies looping elements of the song for creative rich songs.

I offer a tribute to Britpop show, ‘Britpop Anthems’ featuring classic tracks from the 90’s Britpop genre perfect for the indie lovers out there.

I also perform an 80’s tribute show ‘Smash Hits of the 80’s’ performing great range of songs from one of my fav genres of music, featuring synth pop, guitar rock ballads and some of the alternative hits from the 80s years.

Do you have a most memorable moment of an event you have performed at?

I perform at Manchester City writing and performing original comedy songs about match days and players and i also arranged and recorded an new version of the clubs song Blue Moon. I sang this on the pitch just before City played Manchester United in front of forty seven thousand fans in an electric atmosphere. As a big City fan it was an amazing experience and a memory i’ll hold forever.

What kind of requests do you get for weddings?

Amongst performing numerous first dance songs for couples weddings i have often been asked to write and perform an original comedy song about the bride & groom and how they met. With information provided separately by the bride and groom I have made song about them giving a totally unique twist to the day and a personal touch for the wedding couple.

Do you have any favourite songs you like to perform?

I make and produce my own little mash up songs of classic hits and party tunes that I blend together to keep the dance floor rocking. I also love to sing ballads that are often hits from female singers. Some of the classic songs from over the years are also great to perform, they have stood the test of time and its great to perform them knowing they are sure to get people on the dance floor.

As a guitar player and Manchester musician I am a fan of some of the all the Manchester bands and artists like Oasis, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays as well as the great indie /guitar tunes from the great guitar bands past and present.

What packages do you offer?

I offer 4 packages, my standard show covering all hits from the decades right up to chart hits of today, an acoustic ‘Live Lounge’ show.

A britpop tribute and an 80’s tribute show.

I can also DJ classic wedding/party sets and can beat mix if you are more into clubbing tunes and funky house sets

I can perform at any point of your day,, there are various packages that cover this, I can even take care of your full days entertainment from your ceremony, right to the very end with a lively DJ set.

Anything you wish to add?

I also have a great sound system and lighting set up to make sure that my show looks and sounds professional and pleasing.

Its great to do what I do and i show that in my performances and its a pleasure to be exclusively represented by Garston Entertainments and all their great team.

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Garston Entertainments has a wide range of top quality Wedding Entertainment based Nationwide throughout the UK and to suit all budgets and have been providing live entertainment since 1978

For any professional help or advice on booking your Wedding Entertainment, please contact one of our entertainment co-ordinators on 0845 071 0988 or email info@garston-entertainment.co.uk or visit www.garston-entertainment.co.uk

Hiring a Live Band for event or wedding

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If you are thinking about hiring a band for your wedding, party, corporate event or function and not sure where to start, then this blog can help you choose the right band!

Booking a band may seem a bit daunting with so many to choose from but with our professional advice, knowledge and guidance, we can help make the whole process an enjoyable experience

How much do bands cost? What do the bands bring with them? Will they learn my first dance song? Do they provide a DJ service? How long do they play for?  Lots of valid questions that you need answers for when hiring your band

At Garston Entertainments, we have over 35 years experience booking live bands for clients and venues throughout the UK and Internationally – from small private parties to major corporate events.

Our blog and guide can help you to get the best from your booking and hopefully help you choose the right band for you. If you have a question that you would like answering that is not listed, please give one of our team a call on 0845 071 0988 or email us at info@garston-entertainment.co.uk

1. What style of music should I have at my event, function, wedding?

For a wedding or private party, this is mainly down to personal taste although you may need to also consider what type of music the audience you are inviting will enjoy. Many corporate, wedding and events bands have a large and varied set list so they can adapt their live set list on the night to suit the audience and ensure they get the party going!

For corporate events you need to consider live bands that suit the theme of your event and that will impress your clientele/audience. Some events require more of a `background music`feel and therefore more of a laid back function, jazz or acoustic band may be the best option, other events require a high energy party band that engage the audience and fill the dance floor.

At Garston, we have hundreds of viewed and approved live bands based nationwide across the UK. We have live bands that cover most popular genres of music including 60s to modern hits, swing & jive bands, soul & motown bands, ultra modern party bands, decade themed bands (such as 70s, 80s & 90s bands), tribute bands, jazz bands, rock & roll bands and much more.

2. What size bands are available?

Live bands are generally around 4 to 5 piece, however we have bands available from 2 piece up to 32 piece bands, so the list of possibilities is endless. We have bands to suit all venues/spaces and to suit all tastes of music.

3. DJ Service or Background Music?

Some bands offer a DJ package or Background Music as part of their services. A DJ Service is different to a Background music or Ipod service.  If the band provide a DJ Service, this means you get the additional DJ service with a member of the band operating the Disco equipment, accepting on the night requests and making announcements as required

If the band only provide an iPod Service or a ‘Background Music’ service, it is important to know that this is a pre-recorded music service that is not manned by a live DJ. There are no live requests available. Knowing the difference between these is important when considering which band to hire.

4. PLI & PAT?

Six letters that cause the most confusion when hiring live entertainment. If you have booked a venue, more than likely they will request the PAT & PLI of any artiste you have booked.

PAT – Portable Appliance Testing – this is a certificate that shows all the equipment has been tested by an electrician and is safe to use. Every professional performer by law must have their equipment PAT tested.

PLI – Public Liability Insurance – every professional entertainer must be covered by Public Liability insurance by law and will have a copy of this certificate that you can show to your venue.

When booking your band, be sure to check with your booking agency/band that they have all the necessary safety and legal documentation.

5. When is the best time for the band to set up?

This varies from event to wedding to party. However, ideally, a band would need approx 1 hour – 1 hour 30 mins to set up and sound check in a venue. For weddings the best time to do this is when the venue are ‘turning the room round’ in between your wedding breakfast and evening reception. For other events, approximately an hour to two hours before your guests are due to arrive is enough time for them to set up and be ready to perform.

6. Why should I use an entertainment agency to book my band?

The first advantage of using an Agency is that they can quickly assist with finding the right band for you. They have vast knowledge in this area, availability on hundreds of bands and once they have established the type of band you are looking for will recommend bands suitable for you to listen and view online. They do all the legwork for you finding out availability and negotiating the best price for you.

The second advantage of using an Agency is that the Agency draws up the legally approved contracts and they deal with the Invoicing and financial side of the event. This is all done professionally and the contracts are signed by both parties. Garston Entertainments is a full member of The Agents Association of Great Britain and adheres with all codes of conduct

The third advantage of using an Agency is in the event that something goes wrong.  If for some reason the band you’ve chosen has to cancel their performance through an illness for example, then the Agency will endeavour to source and offer you a suitable replacement of similar style, quality and price. Garston Entertainments operate a full emergency standby service, available out of hours from 5pm to 9pm weekdays, and 9am to 9pm on weekends,. If for example, the band is delayed in traffic and have not arrived at the agreed time, you can contact the emergency number and liaise with one of our trained entertainment co-ordinators

7. How much do live band`s cost? 

Prices vary from band to band and can be from a few hundred to several thousand pounds depending on several factors including quality, popularity, size of band, travel distance etc.

Duo prices can start from as little as £250, 4 piece live bands starting fees are from £400 upwards. We have a range of live bands to suit all budgets

8. How Long will the band perform for?

Performance times vary between artistes. It also depends on what your function, party of event requirements are. Performance options when booking your band through Garston are generally as below although we are always happy to speak with the band and adapt to any particular requirements you may have

1 x 60 minute Live Set

1 x 90 minute Live Set

2 x 45 minute Live sets

2 x 60 minute Live sets

3 x 40 minute live sets

We catch up and ask a few questions with one of our most popular live bands The Manytones…..

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1. Set list – what songs would you recommend as being the most popular choices, or that go down well at events you perform?

Its important to pick songs that attract people`s attention and get them moving. Whilst we can always bank on the classic soul & motown, it surprising how many age groups actually enjoy the current hits. We try to provide a cross section of 60s/rock and roll/70s/Funk/Soul/Grooves/80s to the latest modern hits.

Guaranteed Floor Fillers:

Blurred Lines/Get Lucky/Shout by Lulu/ Do You Love Me – the Contours/ Rihanna/ The Killers/ Somebody Elses Guy

2. What timings for the band seem to work well at weddings and events?

2 x 45 Minutes is a standard Performance time. However, a 1 Hour or 1 Hour 30 – high intensity upbeat performance also works well. We are happy to adapt our performance time to suit the requirements of the event

3. If a client was to provide you with anything to make your night easier, what would it be?

Wedding gigs and corporate events sometimes include long journeys, lots of waiting around in remote areas. Looking after the band with some light hospitality – a couple of drinks and food make a massive difference and ensure you don’t have any tired/jaded musicians. Just a couple of drinks and a small meal or an invitation to the buffet go a long long way

Its also helpful if there is an area to change (though we appreciate that this is not always feasible). Minimal disturbance during set up and sound check, before the rush of people and high intensity of a wedding or corporate event is also beneficial – the band are often happy to arrive earlier – as a good sound is paramount to doing them justice. Be sure to liaise in detail in advance of the event so there are no hiccups on the day.

4. Are you happy to tailor your set list to suit the client – can they choose your repertoire?

Yes, the band has an extensive set you can choose from. Or you can request particular songs – dependent on the size of the requests we can cater. All of our musicians are top session players.

5. How much equipment can be expected for you to take when booking the full band?

A 6 piece band generally needs a fair amount of space. Don’t forget, the Drum Kit Alone takes a lot of space. Be sure to discuss space requirements with the band or agency and your venue so the musicians have enough space to be comfortable and can perform effectively.

6. How does the ‘DJ Service’ work?

Wedding DJ’s are not the sort of DJs that mix beats and dance music all night. They have to please everybody, therefore mixing between tracks will not involve beat matching – it will be cross fade between songs. We do however have a bank of over 15000 songs which covers all genres including right up to date and is ever increasing.

We are happy to collaborate and provide a set list of DJ music (songs which mean a lot to you and your friends) and tailor make the music, but just be sure to give notice before the event so as to ensure it is all ready and available.

A  DJ service will typically include:

Music played before the band go on (from when the reception starts)

Full use of the PA for announcements (if requested)

Tailor made playlist (or if preferred you can leave it to us)

Music after the band, and during the interval up to the contracted end time.

Lighting for Dance Floor

You will get the equivalent of a standard wedding DJ, for a fraction of the cost because you have already booked the band!

7. Are you happy to learn first dances or special requests and what choices have been the most popular for you so far?

Yes, we are happy to learn any first dance songs or special requests. We have had some real obscure choices from the unknown to the very popular. Recent requests include:

Lets Stay Together – Al Green

Adele – Someone Like You

Theme Tune from Labyrinth

Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

People choose songs that are unique to them – so you tend to have a lot more variety here

8. Any other advice to add?

The best thing to do for the smooth running of the live entertainment is to ensure proper communication with your band before the event to establish exactly what is required at your party, event or wedding. Your booking agency can put you directly in touch with us. Once this is sorted in advance you can then leave the band to do what they do best and focus on enjoying your night. The less you have to worry about on the day, the better all round.

To view our live band section on the website for more information – http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/category/4/Live-Bands/