‘How to’ Series – Booking a venue with your party band in mind

Often when booking a venue for your event the last thing you think about is how to accommodate for your musical entertainment.  However, having quality live music at your event is never cheap, so here’s a few tips on how to avoid common problems.

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Sound Limiters! A bands nemesis…

Many venues that aren’t built with the intention of regular live music have sound limiters, which can really affect the music for your event.  Sound limiters have a set decibel level, once a band exceeds this they either cut the power, which will turn off the PA system or they’ll dip the sound out temporarily.   Any quality band will have experience with this and will be able to advise you, however make sure you get all the details from the venue regarding their sound limits and expectations.

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Performance Space

The performance space is a really important thing to anticipate.  It may sound obvious, but if there’s no room for a dance floor, no one will dance. When visiting a venue make sure they have a sufficient performance and dance area with access to power.

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Al Fresco Events

Playing outside is fun and feeling the wind in your hair is refreshing….but be prepared for outdoor shows to come with a lot of red tape.  As musicians we spend thousands of pounds on our gear, therefore it’s important to protect it from the elements. We also have to protect ourselves, as things like sunstroke can cause gig cancelations.   Therefore make sure you always have a plan B and be prepared to pay for generators, flooring and marquees…Outdoor events don’t always mean you can save on performance expenses.

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Looking after your band

It’s easy to forget when you see people do something they love for a living, that it is still work.  A band often drives for hundreds of miles before getting to a show, the working day averages around 18-20 hours and there’s a lot of paperwork, costly equipment and years of training that goes into every single show.  You’ll notice in most contracts there’s a section that states the band will need food, water, parking and a changing area, make sure these are made available before the performance.