Hiring a live band - What is included?

Hiring live music from The Musicquarium couldn't be easier. Our musicians have extensive performance experience of both public and private events and each live band performance is specifically tailored to accommodate the requirements of each event and its audience. All of our wedding bands and live music acts have very large repertoires and can therefore be very flexible with their performance.

Please note that each of our live acts has different size and performance options, and some acts will provide 2 x 45 minutes as standard compared to others who provide 2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minutes. Please ask for more information on a specific act but if you contact us for a quotation the full package will be explained in detail.

Standard Party Band Package

The following components will be included unless otherwise requested.

  • Completely LIVE performance with no backing tracks
  • 120 minutes of live music split into 2 or 3 sets
  •  - (2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minutes)
  • Performance window of up to 5 hours
  •  - (For example, music played between 19:30 and 23:30)
  • PA system & band stage lighting
  •  - (If required by the band; suitable for approximately 200 people)
  • Background music played during intervals and before/after band if required
  •  - (Played via CD or MP3, within standard performance window)
  • Requests taken from current repertoire list
  •  - (Including first/last dance if required)
  • Full consultation service and entertainment contract giving complete piece of mind

Extended package

Tailor your event to your exact specifications by adding one or many of the following options.

  • Additional sets of live music - 3 x 50 mins, 3 x 60 mins etc
  •  - (Can be a mixture of jazz and party repertoire if required)
  • Early set up and/or late finish of musicians or PA system
  •  - (Background/disco music can be played before or after the band if required)
  • Dance floor disco lighting & smoke machine
  • Additional PA equipment
  •  - (For larger venues, multiple locations etc)
  • Separate self-contained DJ/disco
  •  - (Includes dance floor lighting if required. Song requests taken)

Background Jazz/Classical Music

Additional sets of background jazz music can be provided with any package option. Any size of instrumental jazz band can be provided by using 'Urban Jazz Collective' or you could choose to have a Ratpack swing band from 'Swing Connection' either with or without vocals. We also have a few 'alternative' acts that would be perfect to provide something a little different. Please view our bands page for more information.

Mix & Match Bands & Repertoire

You are not limited to having just one band at your event; you can choose any style and size of band that you like and we will put the perfect mix of musicians together to provide exactly what you need. For example, if your perfect wedding band is a mix of repertoire from our funk/soul/70s band and our swing/jazz/ratpack band then we can tailor the instrumentation to make it possible! Some clients even go all the way and request some repertoire from ALL of our party bands! The most common choice is to have one set of swing or jazz followed by one or two sets of party music. We will advise you on the optimum line-up of musicians required to create your ideal repertoire mix. See our 'build your own band' page for more information.

Jewish Weddings, Barmitzvahs & Batmitzvahs

Choosing the perfect Jewish Simcha wedding band can be a tricky decision. You obviously want great live music at your wedding, and many Jewish wedding bands will offer this, but it is also very important that your chosen wedding band has experience in performing at Jewish Weddings. Our musicians are able to provide the live music for the whole day including the music for the Chuppah ceremony, the traditional Hora dancing and the party music for the evening reception. This can be combined with one of our background music options (plus dancing music between courses if required) to create the perfect Jewish wedding package. Our musicians have extensive experience at performing at Jewish weddings, barmitzvahs and batmitzvahs and are fully aware of all traditional elements involved. Please don't hesitate to ask if you need any further advice. We always try to accommodate any requests you might have. Please see our Jewish Wedding Bands page for more information.

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