When booking a live band or specialist act there are a few things to take into consideration to make sure things run smoothly. We’re not talking demanding riders of ONLY yellow foods and specific square footage for a dressing room. But there are a few key practicalities you can take into account when planning an event with live performance involved:
A space to change. Don’t forget that musicians and acts will rarely come in full performance gear! Somewhere to store belongings and instrument cases is a priority, so agree with the venue a room for musicians to base themselves.
Sound! Some acts are acoustic, but more often than not a band will require amplification and a sound engineer. We happily provide this and can liaise with the venue on your behalf to check that our plans align with their regulations and systems in place.
Outdoor venues. Provided there is cover overhead and power where needed, musicians can certainly perform outside. Be sure to have a back up plan in case of treacherous conditions!
Timings. Musicians will always require time to set up and sound check where necessary, so be sure to have access to the venue well ahead of your event start time.
These are just a few pointers. Of course, it’s our job to check through all of these criteria, but here’s a head start if you’re already got designs for live music at your party!