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Tips for choosing a live band for your event

Choosing a great live band for your event can be a challenging task, but also a rewarding one. A live band can create a memorable atmosphere and get your guests dancing and singing along. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect band for your occasion:

  • Think about the type of event you are planning and the style of music you and your guests enjoy. Do you want a band that plays a variety of genres and covers popular songs, or a band that specialises in a specific theme or genre? For example, if you are planning a 70s night, you might want a band that plays Soul & Motown music or Glam Rock covers. If you are looking for a band that can play anything from The Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift, you might want a function & party band.

  • Consider your budget and how much you are willing to spend on a live band. The cost of a band can vary depending on the size, experience, and quality of the band, as well as the date and location of your event. A rough guide of what to budget for a professional function band on a peak date can range from £1,200 to £2,500 and a higher-end showband or big band, which features multiple musicians can range from £3,000 to £10,000 +. You might be able to find a cheaper band, but you should always consider the quality and reliability of the band, as well as the impact they will have on your event.

  • Do your research and look for trusted bands that have good reviews, videos, and testimonials from previous clients. You can use online platforms like Select Music Group to search for live bands and compare their profiles, prices, and contact us for more details and availability. You should always ask us if you have any questions about a band’s performance, setlist, equipment, and details such as if a DJ / playlist is included. We will also talk to you about arrival times, set up and soundchecks to fit the timings of your event.

  • Book your band as early as possible to secure your date and avoid disappointment. Live bands are in high demand and can get booked up quickly, especially during peak seasons. Booking a band early can also give you more time to discuss your preferences and expectations with us and to arrange any special requests or songs you want them to play. We always confirm the booking with a written contract and a deposit to protect both parties in case of cancellation or changes.

I hope these tips will help you choose a great live band for your event. If you need more help or advice, you can contact our team at