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HOW LOUD IS A LIVE BAND? Sound limiters for live bands

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

HOW LOUD IS A LIVE BAND?

Sound limiters for live bands comparison

If you are having a party or having your wedding reception with a live band, you may find that the venue you visit mentions a sound limiter to you. They may not, and this is always a good question to ask them. The thing is that, most venues are reluctant to tell you as they either don’t know much about it or feel that you might not book with them as a result. as you can see below:

What is a Sound limiter?
Its a device that is set at circa 95 db and limits the sound that is used to restrict noise pollution. Normally positioned on a wall, it cuts out the power to the unit that the band would plug their equipment into.( looking a bit like this:  http://www.sound-light-company.co.uk/soundlimiters.php )

What are the issues?

Besides the potential cutting of power resulting in possible equipment damage, the main area for concern for you is this;  if you can picture the scene:

The band are in the middle of a song and the power cuts out, the band lights and equipment goes off and you then have to wait for it to reset and then they can restart. Pretty disruptive for you and annoying when it happens more than once.

The other side effect to sound limiters on a performance is that the band might be conscious of keeping the sound down that they are not giving it their all and also have to keep an eye on the limiter.

Can you get around it?
As it is the local council enforcing the installation it is not even possible to bypass by going through another power source. It would be helpful to find out where the band are likely to be positioned in relation to the limiter as this can make a difference.
Below is a guide to db ratings that might put it into perspective:

 

Near total silence – 0 dBA whisper – 15 dB

Normal conversation – 60 dB

A lawnmower – 90 dB

A car horn – 110 dB

A rock concert or a jet engine – 120 dB

A gunshot or firecracker – 140 dB

 

Other options for bands that have no issues with sound limiters can be found here

 

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BUSKING BANDS | BEST ROAMING BANDS FOR HIRE

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

BOOK BUSKING STYLE BANDS FOR ANY OCCASION…

But not at busking prices!

We have loads of busking style bands for weddings and events. A roaming band performing acoustic walkabout songs can be a perfect addition to your event.

It is important to note that the bands are not the average buskers that you might see in London or other major cities. These guys are professional full time musicians and although their prices are more competitive than some amplified acts, they are still getting bookings for weddings and events from a min £600

 

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Why are Busking roaming acts so good?

There are lots of benefits to booking a roaming acoustic busking style band. With the increasing sound restrictions on live music in wedding and corporate venues, bands need to adapt to the needs of the location and busking acts do just that. They can be amplified and stationary if needed but can also be totally unplugged and work from table to table.

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Can the bands take requests?

Because or acts are so versatile, they have a huge repertoire and can often take requests from the audience there and then. It’s a live jukebox .. try and catch them out!

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busking band

Where can we see the busking bands perform?

Head on over to our roaming / busking / walkabout band section and you can have a look at them performing and listen to their demos.

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TOP BAND HIRE STYLES FOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 2018

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

TOP BAND HIRE STYLES FOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 2018

POPULAR BAND STYLES AND GENRES FOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 2018

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With the Wedding season fast upon us we are noticing some very exciting band hire trends again and for those of you who are into what is top and what is not we have a breakdown of who and what is popular for 2017 and 2018 ( as we are already booking for then! )

 

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1: FESTIVAL FOLK STYLE BANDS 2018

These acts are really popular this year with that boho wedding or tipi style event looking for that festival feel. We have stacked out our site with some of the best and are pretty booked up for 2018 already. Hey Ho!  VISIT VINTAGE FESTIVAL FOLK BANDS

 TOP LONDON SWING BAND

2: 20s SWING BANDS 2018

Still going strong in 2017 are the ever popular sounds of the Gatsby style roaring 20s Jazz bands. Many themed corporate launches and weddings are right on trend with this style and we don’t see much changing into 2016. Wot wot!  VISIT MORE 20S SWING BANDS

 

TOP Mariachi UK TV

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3: MARIACHI BANDS 2018

With Doritos still being responsible for the surge in Mariachi bookings we still get numerous requests and bookings for Mariachi all year round. Great for corporate events and also weddings as its such a festival, celebratory feel and we are pleased to have all the top players in the UK. Areeba!!! 

 

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4: BEATBOXERS 2018

Something a little more of a curve ball this year is the rise of Beatbox bands. So much is the demand for beatboxers that we have teamed up with a dedicated beatboxing agency to provide the artists for corporates, weddings and also we have had some nice T.V work too.  ‘Boots and Cats’ or something! * HAVE A LISTEN

 

This concludes our current run down on the most popular music styles of 2017/18 so far, but if anything changes I will be sure to update you.

 

 

 

 

 

*Boots and Cats is what you say to learn your first beat boxing beat.. try it, I dare you!

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HIRE SCOTT BRADLEY STYLE BAND | POST MODERN JUKEBOX BAND

Monday, September 14th, 2015

SCOTT BRADLEY STYLE BAND UK

We have been seeking out acts that are most like the Scott Bradley Style music here in the UK and we think we have found some great Post Modern Jukebox alternatives.

The Post Modern Jukebox style musicians need to reflect that modern pop songs but using Jazz and Swing as a backdrop to their sound. Ideal for Weddings and Corporate events we have provided this kind of act to many events this year ( Including Google UK) The music is upbeat, cleverly arranged and excellently executed by these pros.

Here is a selection of our best and most popular so far!

 

First up is the Vintage Swing Lads:

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Having an amazing year, performing at concerts , weddings and events all over the UK.

See their video and demos here:

 

Next is Vintage Pop Swing Jukebox

As the name suggests they are a fabulous vintage swign band that perform a great selection of pop within the swing sound.

One to watch

 

Take a trip to Oxford Street 

 

These guys are just an amazing act with such a lot of experience in the industry, and their experience is almost as long as their set list.

Their demo just says it all!

Watch them here 

 

20s style band with pop leanings!  SPIFFING 20s SWINGERS

SPIFFING 20s SWINGERS take the 20s sound and perform songs from artist such as MotorHead !

Have a listen 

We are adding more acts like this all the time and if you need more information or want us to compile all the acts for you to see who is available and how much they would cost to hire then please send us an email

 

List of links to Post Modern Jukebox acts in this post :

Vintage Swing Lads

VINTAGE POP JUKEBOX | POST MODERN JUKEBOX BAND

OXFORD STREET | VINTAGE BAND

SPIFFING 20s SWINGERS | POST MODERN JUKEBOX STYLE

 

For more bands visit our vintage band hire area

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LONDON BAND | GOOGLE CORPORATE EVENT

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

LONDON CORPORATE EVENT FOR GOOGLE

We where very pleased to be able to offer one of our fabulous acts for Google’s party a few weeks ago at The Royal Opera House.

The Vintage Swing Lads did a great job ( as usual ) and performing to 100s of people with a lively set.

 

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HOW TO HIRE A MUMFORD AND SON STYLE BAND

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

YOUNG MUMFORD AND SON STYLE BANDS

Looking for bands that can play that Folk Rock , Mumford and Son festival style music for your wedding?

We have just been lucky enough to discover a great act that are now on our agency site who perform just that!

 

ENTER THE SONFORDS VINTAGE WEDDING BAND 

This band have been taking the scene by storm with their mix of Vintage Folk and Pop music from all the greatest periods of musical history.

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Mumford and Son and others

Ideal for Vintage Weddings 

WATCH THEIR FESTIVAL DEMO OF MUMFORD AND SON TRACKS

This act has been rocking the festival seen for many years with their blend of folk rock and mix of popular party tracks.

Electric Guitar / Lead Vocals
Acoustic Guitar / Mandolin / Lead Vocals
Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals
Drums
Keyboard / Saxophone / Backing Vocals

1 x 60 min vintage folk set, 1 x 60 min band set with taped music in between and after till midnight.

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Listen to their new tracks here:

Folk Rock ,Modern Pop, Rock and Indie Set examples

 

Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

Mumford & Sons – The Cave

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

OneRepublic – Counting Stars

John Newman – Love Me Again

Greenday – Time Of Your Life

Bastille – Pompeii

Rhianna – We Found Love

Daft Punk – Get Lucky

The Killers – Mr Brightside

The Killers – All These Things

The Killers – Somebody Told Me

Avicii – Wake Me Up

FOR THEIR FULL PROFILE CLICK HERE 

 

 

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HIRE WEDDING GOSPEL CHOIRS | BOOK WEDDING CHOIR

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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WE HAVE GOSPEL CHOIRS FOR HIRE

We are pleased to announce that The Morris Agency are now partners with one of the UK’s Leading gospel Choir agencies in the country.

Bringing you access to the UK’s brightest Gospel singers, we have numerous acts available and ready to book.

Having a Gospel  Choir sing at your event will certainly give your guests something they will remember! Imagine your grand entrance, all of your guests’ faces beaming, your exquisite attire, the perfect venue and your very own gospel choir singing “Oh Happy Day!”….

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FESTIVAL PLANNERS | Music Festival Consultants

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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Looking for a festival consultant

and need some help with booking bands and planning a festival?

Congratulations!

You have just found one of the most experienced festival planning teams for live music events in the UK. We have injected our enthusiasm and expertise into a host of music festivals across the country, both large and small, with outstanding results and excellent feedback.

Tap into our teams’ ten year’s experience in live music event organisation. Our festival consultancy services offer everything you will need to create your brand, book and promote your event.

A one-stop-shop!

 

Offering a range of festival booking facilities all under one roof, we promise to get your event from planning stages to finalisation, as well as promotion, both on and offline marketing, and ticket sales.

 

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kent jazz festival

Our service includes:

 

  • Festival band sourcing and booking
  • Website design
  • Social media marketing-Facebook, Twitter and all the networks that get your message out there.
  • Event PR and promotion onto TV, radio and event listing websites.
  • Brand creation, leading to festival poster and flyer design,  including POS.
  • Advice on all aspects of festival staging and lighting,  as well as audio/PA hire information.
  • Access to established music industry contacts via our networks.

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Band Hire : 60s Soul Music Kent

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Hire 60s Soul Band for an authentic Motown band

We are pleased to be able to provide you a fabulous Kent based Soul and Motown Hammond lead band

Ideal for that Mod party or 60s tribute event you are planning

The band are well accustomed to performing for major outside events such as VW and retro events, bike shows and exhibitions as well as many Kent parties and weddings in the area.

If you are looking for that atlantic soul feel at your event, contact us today for more information and demos

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Hire Rock and Roll Mariachi | Book Mariachi Band Alternatives

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