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Wedding Band FAQ – The Likes

Do you supply background music

Yes we supply a professional DJ service before, during and after our sets. If you have any special requests for songs please let us know as soon as possible so that we can make sure we have these available in our library. Please keep this list to a maximum of 20 songs otherwise we spend days downloading songs and compiling lists. If you prefer to supply your own music we can connect an iPod/iPhone to play through our PA system.

How long do you play for?

2 x 45 minute sets as a guide usually works really well for a wedding band. Our 2nd set usually runs on longer and can be over an hour. If you are providing food at your event at the same time as you want the band to play we may vary the set lengths to work around this because no one wants to watch the band or dance while they are eating. We can start whenever you want but for an evening event we normally aim to start around 9:00pm to 9:30pm as this gives us plenty of time to set up all the equipment and lights, get the background music playing and people have usually finished eating and are ready for a dance.

Do you use backing tracks?

No we are completely live. Everything you hear is generated by the musicians on stage. You hire us to play – not play a CD.

How reliable are you?

We are extremely reliable and have never let a client down. Under no circumstances would we break our contract with you.

How long do you need to set up?

We normally need around 45-60 minutes to set up but this can take longer if access to the venue is a long way away. We normally aim to get the background music running within 15-20 minutes. We understand a sound check is not always feasible, especially at a wedding and we always try to keep disruption to a minimum.

Do you have your own lights?

Yes we have a range of LED lights, chasers, lasers, strobe and smoke effects. The venue restrictions and room size sometimes mean it is impractical to use all the lights/effects.

Can I hear you play live?

Yes of course, please see our Gigs page to see our next public gig. Most of our gigs are private events but we do try and organise some public gigs throughout the year. If you can’t make a public gig please contact us and we will tell you when the next one is.

Will you play outside?

Yes playing outside is no problem for us as long as we have suitable protection for our equipment from the weather. i.e. a marquee etc.

What are your requirements?

Ideally we need a minimum area of about 4m x 5m (12ft x 15ft) or bigger. To be comfortable we like an area of 4m x 6m (12ft x 18ft). If we are to play outside we need a covered area to protect our equipment from the rain for safety reasons. Also we need a hard level area to play from. A stage is the ultimate set up because it helps the sound travel better but obviously this is not always possible.

Unless previously arranged for larger events, The Likes will provide everything they need for their stage show (except for a stage), so you don’t need to worry about providing any sound or lighting equipment. It is however a pretty standard requirement when booking any wedding band, to provide them with food and refreshments. This is because the average working day of a gigging musician is generally very long from loading up to unloading at the end of the day the time spent can be 10-12 hours, so any food/refreshments you can provide will fuel an even greater performance! This could be as simple as a sandwich and drink or if you are having a buffet if we can grab a quick snack that is great. A dressing room is also really useful if possible so that the band can keep out of the way of your guests, and store any empty boxes and personal items away from the staging area. Parking for a couple of cars or van is also required. If any of the above is not possible we just need to know in advance so that we can make alternative arrangements.

Are you insured against accidents and damage at events?

Yes are fully PAT tested and we have full liability insurance up to £1,000,000, a copy of our cover note is available to send to venues if they require it. We also have a health and safety policy and risk assessment certificates if required.

Where are you based and are you willing to travel to my event?

We are based in South Leicestershire and have played at venues all across the country and Europe. Please be aware that there may be a small additional cost to cover the travel expenses if the event is some distance away. Please ask us for a quote.

How far in advance should I book you?

We operate on a first come first served basis so the sooner the better. We currently have bookings that go 2 years ahead so its best ask us to put the date on hold for you. Please contact us, the details are on our contact page.

How do I secure the booking?

We only ask for a small deposit to secure the booking and nothing else is due until the week of the event. For important events it is standard practice to send out a basic contract that both parties sign. This is to protect you and us. If you would like to book us just let us know and we will send you an online contract that you can sign digitally.

What is your pricing policy?

We operate a standard pricing structure, excess travel and other considerations may affect the cost, but for a no-obligation quote please use the contact us page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

How can I pay?

Payments can be made by BACS transfer, cheque or PayPal and all details are sent at the booking stage.

Are there any hidden costs?

There are no hidden costs and all quotes include the bands transport costs and supply of sound system and lighting.

How loud is the band?

We are very good at matching the sound to the venue and understand that you might still want to talk at your event. Having said that please feel free to to tell us to turn it down or even up!

Are you able to play with a sound limiter?

Yes, we have played with sound limiters in the past, however due to the nature of live performances there are peaks in the sound with live instruments which are not present in recorded music. If the venue is designed to shut power off to the band this can damage expensive equipment so please let us know if this is the case at the venue.

Our friends play guitar/drums etc. Are they able to play your instrument/s during a break?

Unfortunately not. Our insurance doesn’t cover this and while we are sure the instruments would be taken care of we can’t take the chance of them needing repairs especially if we have a gig the following day.

How many members are in the band?

There are 4 members in the band. Occasionally, at public gigs we have guest appearances and at larger events we use a sound and/lighting engineer. We have Whitey on guitar, James on drums, Tone on Bass and Jodie on lead vocals. Most of us have all known each other for a long time and we believe this comes across in our performances. We met Jodie at an open mic night and were blown away by her vocal ability. After our old singer, Stu, left we invited Jodie to take up the mantel.

What equipment do you use?

We use top of the range Gibson and Fender guitars, Marshall and Ampeg amplification. We have a range of mixing desks and PA speakers, some of which are carried as a backup in the rare event of equipment failure.

If you have any more questions please contact us.

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