faq's

Last update: September 2015

Q: How much do you charge?
A: Probably the most important question we get asked and the hardest to answer. We are a nine piece band based in Berkshire so we need to cover our expenses and set-up costs at the gig. We usually do a selection of songs from the song list and plan to do two sets of about 45 to 50 mins each. If you have specific requirements get in touch and we will adjust it as much as possible to what you have in mind. Please let us know if you want more from the band, additional songs, extra sets or a full party and wedding package.

In all cases please contact us so we can agree a fair price based on your budget.
Q: How much space do you need?
A: Wembley would be great but any venue that can host a 100 covers event such as a wedding is going to have an area that we can fit into. We?ve been able to fill a large stage in a leisure centre for a 500 seat charity gig comfortably without looking like a duet at Wembley Arena. If there?s only enough room to swing a cat then it?s probably not going to work but we have fitted into farcically small areas. At small pubs and RAF bases we?ve even played outside (but have a quiet word with the neighbours first). Ideally, we need a space about 20ft by 10ft or 6m by 3m (for those of you born after 1970). Anything smaller and the band won?t be able to move about much especially as our drummer seems to collect gear every week.
Q: Do you need a stage?
A: A stage is always great as our singers are only small and it?s best if they can see over the crowded dance floor, but seriously it does help if possible as you get a better view of the band so it makes for a better evening. If you want us to play outside it?s worth thinking about having a stage area of some sort, maybe using stage blocks so we don?t have to hire a JCB to dig the drums out after the gig. Some overhead covering is necessary, given we will be using electrical equipment and that does not mix well with some of the weather we can get. Don?t forget, as it is likely to be the evening, we need light! If possible have an alternative indoor location just in case.
Q: Do you need a PA and lighting?
A: We supply our own PA and some lighting which is good for 95% of all venues. For a larger hall we may need to hire in a larger rig and sound engineer which will increase the costs. We?ve also played and worked with resident sound engineers at venues.
Q: What about power?
A: We have enough 4 way power sockets to run the lighting section at your local DIY but ideally would need as a minimum a double socket at either side of the stage. Our equipment has been UK PAC tested.
Q: What about gig access and parking?
A: We?re likely to turn up in 8 cars and although the brass section will begrudgingly walk 100m to the gig ideally we need to be able to park outside the venue at least while unloading the equipment. If you imagine a Ford Focus filled to the brim with drums you?ll know what I mean. As for the PA imagine taking your washing machine with you to a pub and you get the picture. Having said, that we have played in town centre locations with fiendish one way systems where the local council has a yellow paint fetish, so we can cope, but we do need to be able to drop off gear.
Q: What about food and drink?
A: Generally, we aren?t going to be drinking much alcohol as we will all be driving. For the larger functions where there is catering it?s handy if there is some food for the band especially if it?s a longer evening. We?re not talking a three course meal here just sandwiches or pizza and the largest chocolate cake you can find should do the trick.