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AFFORDABLE ENTERTAINMENT | SAVE MONEY ON LIVE BAND HIRE

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

SAVE MONEY ON YOUR LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Latin band Mariachi Mextecca

Latin band Mariachi Mextecca

 

Money Saving tips for your music event by The Morris Agency

If you are feeling the pinch and the credit crunch has bitten into your Entertainment or Music budget, don’t panic! here are some cost saving options from The Morris Agency that look and sound great and doesnt take you over that budget.

Less can be more

Many of our clients find that a combination of solo or duo musicians and a DJ and if budget will allow can go a lot further than just a main band in the evening.

Look at themed musicans such as a Mexican or other Latin  bands:

http://www.themorrisagency.co.uk/band-hire/profile/mariachi-mexteca/

These artists give a big sound for less than you think (and you can go from solo, duo, trio and up)

They can play from 45 mins and more which can also help with costings

Live Music Early:

If you book the bands earlier in the day then you can usually get a better deal as they can go and perform at another location in the evening still and this can really help to slash the fee.

Barter:

We don’t always ask for money off and these things are not always set in stone, if you don’t ask, you don’t get! failing that, speak to us and we will do it for you!

 

 

ROAMING ACOUSTIC BANDS

Example of our roaming acoustic bands such as:http://www.themorrisagency.co.uk/bands-to-hire/festival-folk/

Are a perfect new option for anyone who is restricted on budget, space and sound volume.  Performing large repertoires, dynamic and roaming, they are brilliant when you want an unusual band to entertain your guests.

 

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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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Cost of Wedding bands

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

HOW MUCH IS A WEDDING BAND?

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Cost of wedding bands UK

When you are looking at hiring a band for your wedding you might be thinking that maybe don’t need to stretch the budget that much really. I mean, is it that important?
Well the answer to that is yes it is pretty important.
If you have ever been to a wedding before then do you honestly remember the wedding cake or the favours or the flowers? I imagine, not really.
The amount of times I do hear from people that they remember the music if it was good or bad!
I make a lot of bookings for the same bands due to seeing them at a wedding.
I would put it to you all that it is something that fills up such a large percentage of the day and evening, it is something that your evening guests experience as well as the day ones. On average this is from 3 to 4 hours and is what the day ends on.

So with the average cost of a wedding cake being £500 or more maybe there should be more consideration to a lasting memory and the cost of that?

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TOP 10 WEDDING FIRST DANCES

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Top 10 Wedding Songs

Here is an introduction into how to choose your live wedding band first dance…..

Is your favourite here? The final Top 10 went like this:

Aerosmith – Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing

Bryan Adams – Everything I Do (I Do It For You)

Lonestar – Amazed

Shania Twain – You’re Still The One

Shania Twain – From This Moment

Van Morrison – Have I Told You Lately

James Blunt – You’re Beautiful

Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply

Robbie Williams – Angels

Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

Is old-fashioned best when it comes to your first dance song? Only three of the top 10 wedding songs date from the past few years: James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’, Robbie’s ‘Angels’ and Savage Garden’s ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’.

Unusual Choices

Looking for something a little less predictable? Our complete Popular Wedding Songs list contains a wide range of songs with something to suit every taste. Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Elton John bring classic romance to the list, with tunes that were simply made to be popular wedding songs .

But there are also plenty of unusual choices for your first dance song. Cool couples are choosing Snow Patrol (Chasing Cars), Jack Johnson (Better Together), or David Gray (Sail Away). And there’s the mother’s choice – Ronan Keating, Westlife or Robbie have plenty of tracks simply made to be first dance songs.

Father / Daughter Wedding Songs

Traditionally, the bride and groom will be alone on the dancefloor for the first dance song. Sometimes the bride’s father will cut in and dance with the bride halfway through, but sometimes the second dance is reserved for the bride and her father. Brides who have more than one father figure may wish to dance with both during the song. If the father of the bride wants to choose a song, you might want to direct him to this page!

Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings

Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses

Charlie Rich – The Most Beautiful Girl

Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father

Nat ‘King’ Cole – Unforgettable

Paul Simon – Father and Daughter

Temptations – My Girl

Mother / Son Wedding Songs

Shortly after the bride and her father take to the floor, they are traditionally followed by the groom and his mother. Finally, the newlyweds dance with their in-laws, and bridesmaids and ushers join the dancing.

Boyz II Men – A Song For Mama

Boyzone – No Matter What

Commodores – Three Times a Lady

Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Robbie Williams – She’s The One

First Dance Tips

The very thought of their fiancé throwing his best moves on the dancefloor is enough to give most brides palpitations. If you or your beloved spouse are lacking in the disco department, it may be a good idea to take a couple of dance lessons. Many dance tutors and schools offer short wedding dance courses to couples who want to pick up some moves – fast…

Visit UK-Jive to find your nearest modern jive / LeRoc / Ceroc class.

Alternatively, how about live dance lessons – at the wedding? “We hired a big band and a swing-style singer for our wedding reception,” explains Anna Hollisey, who married last year in South Wales. “We wanted to get everyone dancing but we didn’t want to embarrass ourselves! So we hired two dance tutors to come and provide an hour’s dance lesson at the start of the evening. I think we were the slowest to learn, but it had everyone crying with laughter!”

 

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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

 

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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:

post modern jukebox band alternatives

 

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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BEAT BOX BANDS | HIRE BEAT BOXING GROUPS

Friday, March 7th, 2014

BEAT BOXER BANDS FOR HIRE

Looking for the ultimate urban band to hire?

Hire an urban beatboxing collective to perform for your wedding or event.

The band say:

“We cover songs from blurred lines, Happy (pharrell), 2-1-2 (Azealia Banks), Bonkers, Too Close (alex Claire), Need A Dollar (aloe Black), Feeling Good (marvin Gaye), Master blaster (Stevie Wonder)  to name some of them’

What is Beat Boxing? Beat boxing means that they create all of their music using nothing but their mouths, no instruments, no effects, no backing Cd’s.

The band are currently making a name for themselves around the UK and in Europe, and are truly a different and exciting act which is ideal for University Events, wedding, functions and also the corporate world.

The band go on to say: ‘We also do all sorts of drum and bass and dance tracks in the form of beat-boxing which get the audience dancing like there is no tomorrow’

 

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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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Tribute band hire : MICHAEL BUBLE TRIBUTE ACT

Friday, January 24th, 2014

HIRE MICHAEL BUBLE TRIBUTE ACT

HIRE BUBLE TRIBUTE

HIRE BUBLE TRIBUTE ACT

If you are looking for a Michael Buble Swing band act to hire for a tribute night or even a Wedding then we have loads of different line ups for you to choose from.

Michael Buble and the Swing era is one of the 2014 biggest trends in live entertainment and shows no sign of slowing.

We have some of the UK’s best Buble tributes that range from soloists all the way to 12 piece bands that perform all the favorite tracks from this modern sinatra.

 

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VINTAGE BAND HIRE | RETRO BAND HIRE

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

UK RETRO AND VINTAGE BAND HIRE

Looking for a 1930 or 1940 band for hire in South East or UK then we have some Vintage acts for you.

London retro band Hire

London retro band Hire

We have been busy in and and around London and the south finding some amazing retro musicians for you.

One of the biggest things to come out of this year has to be the Gatsby influenced 20s style swing bands.

As well as the Mariachi bookings a lot of you are going for a Gatsby swing tribute act.

WHY HIRE SWING BANDS FOR WEDDINGS ?

Swing and retro is still in, because it is covered by so many modern acts and has a wide appeal to a broad age group we can see why wedding couples love it.

 

OTHER RETRO STYLES TO HIRE?

We have got some amazing Retro Rockabilly acts for you too.

Visit here for a great act!

 

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