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Band hire on a budget

Sunday, August 1st, 2010
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How to hire an affordable band

We are all on a budget, it doesn’t matter who you are, if a corporate company wants to hire a band for a party or business awards they have a budget. It might not be the same budget that you might allocate if you are looking to book a band for a wedding or hire a band for a party, but, a budget none the less.

This is why we always have a wide selection of bands and live acts to suit every pocket.

You may think that you don’t have the budget even for a soloist, but you would be suprised at what we can supply and just how affordable band hire can be.

Everything in life is negotiable and hiring a band is no exception. Our agents are able to get you the best deals with the artists to fit in with your needs.

Okay, I hear you cry, how much does it cost to hire a band? Well, this depends on so many factors : day of the week, location of the artist, amount of people in the band etc etc

But one thing is for sure, you will always get a fair deal with The Morris Agency. Our prices are transparent and we are always happy to break down the costs so you can see exactly what you are paying and why.

To find out more, email me at or have a look at our site or give me a call 0871 8901015

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Band hire affiliate offer

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

The Morris Agency is starting to produce a neat little affiliate program where you can earn money from band hire and spread the word about the agency. Email us at for more information

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Hit the Right Note at Your Next Event

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Adding music to any event really takes it to the next level! Music unites people. Music gets people up and moving. Music is the perfect accessory to every party! Think about it. When you attend most occasions, music is playing, right? At some celebrations, music is at the centre stage and is considered to be the main form of entertainment. If planning a future event, where does one even start with choosing what forms of music you want to have at your party? Here are a few tips on how easy it is to decide what type of mood you want to evoke by choosing the right music for your next event.

Are you planning your next class reunion? No better way to bring back all those wonderful memories of your school days then by playing music from that time. Why not have a live band play all the top hits of the year you graduate! You can even have a band that specializes in playing music from a certain decade. Once you hear those songs from way back when, not only will those memories come flooding back, but new connections will made at your next reunion as well!

Music plays an extremely important role in a wedding. It sets the mood for every part of the wedding day. From the ceremony to the wedding reception, having the right music is key. For example, having a string quartet play at the ceremony while everyone is waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle sets a peaceful and serene scene. Come cocktail time, liven up the atmosphere with a live jazz band to get people in the mood for the wedding reception. Finally, there are so many music choices for the reception and you could have party bands or a DJ playing whatever you would like. A wonderful way to keep the party going well after the wedding is by giving your guests a personalised CD of all the music that was played throughout your entire wedding day out as wedding favours.

New Year’s Eve
Throwing a New Year’s Eve party for your entire company? Make it a memorable event and a highly entertaining one at that! Try booking a swing band to get everyone up and dancing well into the New Year! Maybe having more of a party band would be ideal to get everyone interacting with one another! You could even throw a themed New Year’s event and choose music to compliment your theme. For example, a luau themed New Year’s Eve party would be complete once you hear the sound of the ukulele playing from the band. Or have a seventies themed New Year’s Eve party and have the Bee Gees, the Beatles, and Queen rock your party all night long.

As you can see, music has such an impact on any event. So it is essential to choose appropriately and keep your event in mind when selecting your genre of music

By Amanda Cooper

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Band Hire Price Freeze

Friday, July 30th, 2010
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No VAT rise for Band Hire

The Morris Agency is pleased to announce that they will not be increasing their VAT or prices after Jan when the VAT increases. This means you will still get the same quotes and the most value for money for live band hire in the UK.

Will our competitors follow in our footsteps ??

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How to Hire a Band

Friday, July 30th, 2010

How do you hire a band in the UK?

There are various options but I would certainly read our FAQ section on How to Hire a Band.

How much does a band cost?

There are many factors that determine the price of a band. When you approach acts directly, their fees can vary enormously. The reason for this can be based on all or some of the following factors:

  1. The size of the band; the more people in the band, the higher the fee generally.
  2. The demand for the band. If an act is in high demand and has been performing for many years, this would be reflected in their fee and also in the performance quality.
  3. The location of the band. If the band is based either far away from the venue, or even has to travel from a performance the night before, this can also impact on the overall price as it may need to include the cost of mileage and accommodation.
  4. The undefineable variable. Sometimes bands charge on the basis of the kind of event, or what they feel they can get for that performance. This is not acceptable in our opinion and is never an issue for us, as we know what the bands would normally charge.

When you find an act on the website that you are interested in, we will happily give you a quote and then we can start the negotiations for you to get you the best price.

Are they all professional bands?

All the bands we represent are professional acts and have been performing at high profile events, corporate functions, weddings and parties for many years. In order to be represented by The Morris Agency they have to reach a certain standard.

We are very strict on our submission procedure, and are confident that all of our acts understand the on/offstage rules. This means that as well as conducting themselves well musically on stage, they are also approachable, polite and maintain a professional image when not performing.

How long does a band play for?

Usually a band can play either 2 x 1 hour sets or 3 x 45 mins sets. Most of the time this is sufficient. Some can play longer for an agreed fee. We would be happy to discuss this.

Can we have a band that plays background music during the dinner/reception?

Many of our musicians can provide a cut down version of the band for an afternoon background jazz or pop set, either as a solo pianist, solo guitarist or a duo for example. If your chosen act doesn’t do this then we can provide you with an alternative.

What kind of band do you recommend for a wedding?

Generally speaking, many people book a band for a wedding that has a good variety of music to appeal to all ages. We have these kinds of bands based all around the country, so, one of our Morris Agency party bands or Morris Agency jazz bands would be worth consideration. We can cater for a variety of themed weddings, as well as civil partnerships.

Some clients have a limited budget, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t provide you an amazing and memorable performer. This is where our trained agents come in to assist you.

What kind of band do you recommend for a corporate function?

A corporate function can be different to a wedding/ party function. At The Morris Agency we have provided numerous acts to the corporate sector such as entertainment for gala dinners, film premieres and product launches. We can fit around the theme of the evening and provide you with a variety of eclectic and dynamic acts that will create a lasting impression.

You tell us what you want and we will provide it. We have a wide range of artists from Mexican Mariachi bands, Klezma bands, Tango Bands and Gypsy Jazz musicians to party and jazz bands.

If you want to hire famous artists we also have great connections with many music industry managers and agents and can provide you quotes for celebrity performances.

Where are your bands based?

As we are a national agency, our acts are based all across the country. As the bands are constantly travelling around the UK, they are able to travel to your location and can sometimes work out more economical if they are playing near your event the night before. We are also able to provide you bands and acts that are based in your area which can help to keep the price down.

How can I see a band play before I book?

We all lead busy lives and understand that it is sometimes not possible for you to attend one of our bands’ public performances. The Morris Agency have launched a solution to viewing the acts without having to travel to see them. On our site we have video clips of the artists performing live.

If the act of your choice is out of the area or busy with private functions, this is a great way of seeing and hearing exactly what you will get when you book them.

How do I secure a booking?

Our policy is to contract every booking. Therefore, when you decide to book a band we will send you a booking form and use this to put a contract together. This contract agrees the terms that we have negotiated with you and the artist, which we sign as the booking agent and you sign as the client.

At this point we take a small deposit of 20% and your booking is then secure.

We send a separate contract to the artist to commit them to the agreed dates, fees and other details.

Why use The Morris Agency?

We have been operating in this industry for many years and we have built up a great working relationship with the bands that we book.

Our constant research of the industry means that you can rest assured that we have found the artists and put them in one place for you to find. We have very high standards for the bands to get onto our books and only accept a very small percentage of the acts who approach us.

As an agency, we want to make your using us is worth your while. In order to ensure this we provide you with:

  1. An easy to navigate website that has as many multimedia features as possible to enable you to choose and review acts of your choice
  2. Great product knowledge of the bands and services on offer
  3. The ability to negotiate fees for bands on your behalf to get you the best deal
  4. Industry standard contracts and invoices to give you peace of mind
  5. Outstanding aftersales service
  6. Liaising with you and the band about your needs and expectations
  7. After sales feedback so we can help to improve our service to others

What kind of acts do you provide?

We can provide any genre of music, even if it isn’t on our list we have a very large bank of artists that we can call on to provide you with exactly what you need, so please let us know and we will do all we can.

Our most popular requests are:

Jazz Jive and Swing bands, Rock & Pop Wedding Bands,Wedding Tribute Bands,Wedding Jazz Bands,Wedding Soul Bands,Wedding Swing Bands,Wedding 70s Funk Bands,Wedding Salsa Bands,Tango bands, Latin bands, Spanish and Flamenco bands,Classical Wedding Musicians,Unusual Wedding Music ,Wedding Singers, Klezmer and world music bands,Famous bands and celebrity bands, bag pipers, harpists,Duos & Trios,Wedding String Quartets, Gypsy Jazz Music ,Wedding Harpists ,Wedding Pianists ,Wedding Singers & Choirs, Wedding Ceilidh Bands

How can I find a cheap live band?

Everyone is on a budget and there are loads of ways to keep the cost of live entertainment down. Visit our article

Can we see a list of songs that they will play?

On each band profile we have a file that can be downloaded or provided to you on request for all the songs a band plays.

Will they learn songs that are not on their playlist?

Many bands will learn a song for you if they have the time to rehearse it and do it justice. Some artists already know these songs but haven’t played them on their set for a while, so please ask.

How do I book a band with a difference?

The Morris Agency prides itself on providing a great mix of musical talent, and actively seeks out artists with an edge either in their repertoire or through their performance.

If this is what you are looking for then let us know as we have some wonderful bands that are a closely guarded secret!

What are the payment terms, and what are the booking terms of a band?

After the initial 20% deposit, the balance isn’t due until the performance and goes directly to the artist. This is all laid out within the booking terms on a contract

If we have a specific request for a type of act that isn’t on the website, could you provide them for us?

As we are always updating and adding artists to our website, we have a lot of bands that would fit what you need. We approve all the acts, so as long as they meet our standards then we are happy to offer them to you and get you all the relevent information.

How long does it take a band to set up?

Depending on the size of the act and how easy it is for the artist to load in the equipment, an average set up time would be between one and one and a half hours.

How do we pay the balance of a band?

Unless otherwise agreed, the band will require their payment after the performance either by cash or cheque. We specify this at the contract stage for you.

Can you provide us a DJ or music in between the sets?

As part of our negotiation process we include the band quote with CD/iPod music in between and up to 45 mins as standard and this therefore cuts out the need for a DJ, although many bands also provide a DJ option if you require it.

Alternatively, most bands are happy for you to play your own choice of music from CD/iPod through their system.

Which areas do you cover?

We cover all genres, and subject to availability and price, our acts can cover all locations UK and Europe.

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1960’s Band Hire

Monday, July 26th, 2010

If you are looking for a band to hire that play all the popular 1960’s music then look no further than our 1960s party bands.

We offer a wide selection of bands to hire for this popular period in music. Many of our party and pop bands play all the 1960’s music from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Animals, and The Beatles who were some of the prominent bands that defined this movement.Just contact us at or visit our main site for more examples.

Call us at: 0871 8901015

Other popular bands from this period were:

The Beach Boys
The Beatles
Roy Orbison
Buddy Holly
The Drifters
Jim Reeves
The Mamas & the Papas
The Monkees
The Rolling Stones
Simon and Garfunkel
The Supremes
Fleetwood Mac
Aretha Franklin
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
The Grateful Dead
The Bee Gees
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Pink Floyd
Moody Blues
David Bowie

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New years Eve party band

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

We are receiving loads of NYE (that is New Years Eve) party band hire enquiries and we are the specialists when it comes to affordable New years eve event planning and band hire for these special dates.

To discuss the New Years eve band hire options please email or contact us at, 0871 8901015

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1940’s band hire

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
1940's and 1950' Band Hire

Hire 1940's and 1950's bands from The Morris Agency

1940’s and 1950’s live music bands are really very popular, and at The Morris Agency we have found some of the best in the UK. These acts are available on our site right now. Just visit the main band section or call us on 0871 8901015 or email me

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1940’s Vocal Harmony Female Band Hire Live

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Here is a clip of one of our 1940’s vocal harmony groups supported by their band.

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wedding swing band hire

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

We provide wedding swing and jazz bands for Kent and London weddings. If you want to hire or book a band for your wedding or party we have the swing bands you need.

Visit our band hire main page and look at the jazz, jive and swing bands to hire.

Swing Band hire is our business

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