Featured Acts Performing in Archway, London
Booking Help and Advice
Help and Advice When You Hire Bands, Musicians and Singers in ArchwaySee below for some answers to frequently asked questions when booking live music. If your question is not displayed below, please feel free to get in touch with us via live chat or contact form. Happy to help!
"How can I book a band or musician?"It's easy to hire a band, musician or singer. Let us know the type of music you have in mind. Add some information on the event you are planning and we'll do all the work! We can find you great bands and musicians for your booking. If you want more control you can add more information. This can help us find exactly what you are looking for. For example, the size of the band you prefer or the venue permits. Or the genre of music you'd like (for example Rock, Pop, the '60s). The type of event (if you're planning a wedding reception we can find you expert wedding bands). Your budget (this will ensure only music acts within your price range will apply). Any other info which you feel may help. For example, tell us it's for a 75th birthday party we can find you some great classic bands for hire to get the night swinging! Once completed, press the 'Set us to work!' button and we'll search our network for the right music acts for hire which matches your request. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 or you can take control and get exactly the music you need for your event.
"How long do musicians for hire take to set-up?"Setting up time varies depending on the number of musicians involved. A solo violinist can be ready in a few minutes. A solo singer or duo may need 30 minutes to an hour. Whereas a 10-piece function band for hire may take an hour to 90 minutes. This is to position the musicians on stage, prepare the equipment and sound-check. If this is a wedding or a private event, they may need to arrive earlier. In either case, it is best to agree with the bands about the time of arrival. This will allow them to prepare for your event. This should ideally be before your guests or patrons arrive.
"I need to cancel or re-arrange a musician or band booked, what do I do?"This is best done direct with the chosen live music artist as soon as possible. You can contact the band, musician or singer for hire you selected for the event. Simply changing your mind is not usually a good enough reason to cancel! Please ensure you provide the music acts with as much notice as possible. They may not be able to schedule another performance on the cancellation date. This could lead to a loss of earnings for them.
When you discuss the terms with your music act please cover the cancellation details. Musicians and bands are human-beings too. Likely they will understand if you have a genuine reason for the cancellation. If you have to re-arrange an engagement you should contact the band or musician. Let them know and when you would like them to perform. They may need time to check their calendar (or many calendars if there are many musicians in the band!) before they can confirm the re-arrangement.
"What if the musician/band cancels?"If a music act cancels you will need to find a replacement band, singer or musician as soon as possible. We recommend entering another live music hire form. As we may have many bands, singers and musicians available at the last minute. You should then decide the impact of the cancellation. If the cancellation has not allowed enough time to find a replacement you may incur a loss. This should be cross-referenced with the agreement with the band, singer or musician. You can download a live music hire Engagement Agreement document to use when you book a band or musician.
"Can I see the musicians perform live before booking?"Of course! All our musicians, singers and bands for hire are active acts. The band selected for your engagement is very likely to be working in your local area. It may not be the case if they a high production tribute band. But, many bands and musicians have websites which they can direct you to. They will usually include a list of the dates they are playing and where. Provided it's a public event, pop along and have a listen. If you like what you hear don't forget to introduce yourselves. Let them know you discovered them via the ACE Music Booking Agency website. You can also discuss a pre-booking viewing when you discuss your booking with the bands. They will be very happy to let you know when you can see them play and to discuss your booking in detail.
"Is it possible to pick the songs the musicians will perform?"Choosing which songs to perform depends a great deal on the type of band, singer or musician you are booking. Some bands for hire will work very hard on a particular series of songs. Sometimes linking many songs together into a medley. They will be likely to have a routine to last the entire evening which they have perfected. In this case, it is very difficult for them to change the order of songs to include your choice. But, they may still be able to perform a special song for you. Your first dance song for example. Other bands or singers for hire will be happy to play any song you request. Providing you give them enough notice to learn them.
Many international musicians, singers and bands to hire travel the world with over 300 songs in their repertoire. They will likely know the songs you like already! In both cases, don't be afraid to ask! It is important you get exactly the music you want at your event.