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Hire or Book Kaiser Chiefs UK

Sunday, February 19th, 2012
Hire Kaiser Chiefs

Hire Kaiser Chiefs

If you are thinking of hiring the original  Kaiser Chiefs band for a UK or Europe based Event then feel free to contact us and we can arrange a quote for you

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London Band Hire- Georgie

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
london band hire

london band hire

If you are looking for a soulful vocalist able to belt out songs for dancing but also offer a mellow, background set for any occasion then Georgie Soul Duo is for you. With a huge list of songs and years of experience performing in intimate weddings and large corporate events their demos are well worth a listen.

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London Band Hire- Party Trust

Monday, January 30th, 2012
London Band Hire

London Band Hire



One London Band you can Trust to get the party started right and finish it on a high too is one of our most popular London and Surrey Wedding bands Party Trust

Like our other London acts they have enjoyed many weddings in and around London, Kent,Surrey and Essex to name a few places.

They have such a wide reportoire that it seems ftting they should be ranked in the top 5 of the Morris Agency most requested acts so far this year and last.

For more info and to hear them please click to their full here




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London Band Hire- Jazzadelics

Friday, January 27th, 2012
London Jazz Band

London Swing Band


Dear Daniel

I just wanted to say that I thought the band
we had on Friday were brilliant.
They understood the brief perfectly, the music was great
andthey were very polite and kept in touch with me re
their breaks etc.
Please pass this on to the band for me.

Danielle Dixon Maidstone Chambers

Jazzadelics are one of Londons premier Jazz and Swing acts. Working with 1000’s of clients from BBC and Jewish Weddings to cafe and even bar openings, these guys are some of the capitals hardest working jazz players to see their full profile click here to go to their page


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London Band Hire- Swing Jamborees

Friday, January 27th, 2012
London Band Hire

London Band Hire



Swing Jamborees are one of Londons finest Jazz and Swing bands. Ideal for London Wedding and London Jazz or Swing Themed parties.

With over 20 years of experience these guys are sure to get the party started

For more information and to see their full profile. Click here





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London Gets New Wedding Bands

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
London Band hire

London Band hire


We have been able to bring some amazing acts to London just recently, and we have now just secured a great number of London artists to work with us for all our London Wedding bookings and London Corporate enquiries. This year has seen a great many number of London Weddings already being planned for 2012 and 2013 ( even some 2014 weddings being booked too!)

This year its all about the Olympics and people have been contacting us for their Olympic games bands. Lets not forget that we also have some other interesting dates too in the calender. We are currently quoting for 100 year celebration for Titanic fundraiser gigs and the Queens Jubilee is also getting some interest for acts at parties in a vintage london style.

If you are looking for top quality and unusual London acts then we have something for everyone. You can click on our live chat or email us here for more help

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French band hire

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The parisian cafe culture influence on UK means that we receive many enquiries requesting French style bands.

Hire french band

french band hire

We have many of these acts to hire, and they come in all shapes and sizes. French bands are great for informal receptions and our gypsy jazz and parisian swing bands are ideal for that 1930’s and 1940’s swing ambience. From weddings to corporate performances, the bands perform with a selection of musical instruments ranging from gypsy guitars to french violin. That Chanson sound with which we are familiar from artists such as Edith Piaf is available here.

To find out how to hire a French band and to listen to some examples of music please click here

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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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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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