Live band – How to book?

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Live band booking tips

Some people may think it is a bit daunting to book a live band for their special day. But if you choose Ashmore Music, we will guide you through the process to make sure that every box is ticked.

We want our customers to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing they are in safe hands, so we ensure it is a two-way communication, from initial enquiry right through to your wedding day. We are here to offer you the benefit of our experience and advice 24/7.

Our focus is on providing you with a crowd-pleasing performance with the special atmosphere that comes from having a band play live. We currently provide live music for more than 400 couples every year and work tirelessly with our musicians to ensure that we deliver a first-class service to make every wedding day extra special.

To find out more about how to book and the logistics of our performance requirements, sound checking etc., please visit our FAQ page. If you have more questions, please get in touch.

What makes Ashmore Music special?

Our director Liam handles all the arrangements for you personally. He is a gigging musician himself (guitarist and lead vocalist in ‘The Ashmore Brothers’, along with his two siblings, Matt and Rich), so understands every aspect of live music performances.

He has many years of experience in playing live at different types of events from corporate to celebrity weddings and everything in between, both here in the UK and overseas. In fact, we are sure that there isn’t a question that Liam cannot answer about providing live music at weddings, so there is no need to worry about anything or if your question sounds silly. We can assure you he has heard it before and will be able to put your mind at rest.

Our customers come first, so you are welcome, in fact encouraged, to discuss the set list and any songs in the set that you like or dislike as this gives the band a flavour of your music taste. However, please do bear in mind that our artists perform at events all year round and will judge the crowd to maintain a busy dancefloor. The band will endeavour to learn any new requests, (providing we have at least six weeks’ notice before the event). We will play your requested ‘first dance song’ live and have multiple line-up options if you would like us to provide daytime acoustic sets as well as a live performance during the reception.

DJ Service

At Ashmore Music, alongside our live bands, we also offer a free manned DJ service before and after the live performance as well as between sets. We place as much emphasis on the DJ sets as we do the live music because they are crucial to maintaining a great party atmosphere throughout the evening and help to maintain the high performance level established by our musicians. We take the greatest of care when building playlists for the DJ set to make sure:

  • The playlist includes up-to-date material
  • It has a mix of both classic and modern songs
  • The tracks flow well
  • The playlist builds on the party atmosphere created by our live musicians

Each of our bands has a ‘band leader’ to make sure that everything runs smoothly on your special day, removing any worry or stress and leaving you both free to enjoy your special occasion!

All our talented musicians are professionals from throughout the UK, with experience of playing live at special events, both private and corporate. You are welcome to choose from the list of bands on our homepage menu. Click on to each band for a brief biography.

How do you find out more about us?

Once your date has been secured (by signing the contract and paying the deposit), we send you a ‘band details sheet’ to complete. We ask you to provide some information about:

  • Yourselves, such as how and when you met, your hobbies, etc.
  • Date, place, time, address of the wedding, plus photographer information
  • The order of the day, for example, guest/bride arrival times, songs for the ceremony including during the signing of the register, plus the exit song
  • Time of drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception, along with any other activities included, such as the cutting of the cake.

We offer guidance for the times of the first and second set of your live band. This can vary on the night if people are still eating for example. The band manager will make a decision on the night.

Finish time – this may vary according to the venue, day of the week, etc.

On this document, we will ask you to specify the title and artist of your ‘first dance song’, and whether you would prefer this to be played live by the band, or have the original pre-recorded track played loudly over our PA system. The choice is yours. In addition, you can specify whether you would like guests to join in your first dance and how far through the track. Our clients find this especially useful if they have young children, who love to join their parents during the ‘first dance song’. There is also space for you to add any notes such as ‘must-play’ songs for the DJ and of course, that all-important last song of the evening.

This document becomes a music planning list, containing all the information and logistics about your wedding day, which can be agreed in advance and will be forwarded to the band of your choice about four weeks before the ceremony takes place.

We like to take the time to get to know you. Your likes, dislikes and preferences for the day, so that we are well-prepared, and your minds are at rest, knowing that you are in safe hands, and everything will be well organised and managed on the day by the band leader.

Yes, it’s true that you can probably find a band who will play at your wedding for less money. However, booking with Ashmore Music gives you peace of mind because:

  • All our musicians are professionals with a wealth of experience in playing live music
  • All our bookings are confirmed in writing
  • You sign a legally binding contract for our services, which offers you protection
  • Our website provides biographies for all Ashmore Music bands, whilst we provide their set lists so you can choose the most appropriate band for your special occasion
  • We are fully insured, PAT and PLI certified for wedding venues
  • We bring our own high-end equipment and lighting, and the band leader ensures everything runs smoothly and to plan on the day, making last-minute adjustments for unforeseen circumstances, where necessary

With a variety of packages available, will be happy to take care of your wedding day music throughout the day, or just for the evening reception. When you book your band through Ashmore Music, you can have the complete peace of mind that comes from booking a professional, exclusively managed band. But don’t just take our word for it, check out the reviews on TrustPilot!

Please contact us if this has inspired you to have one of our bands perform at your wedding. Get in touch.

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