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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/

 

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/