Booking a band for your special event can be quite a daunting task, as for many of you it will be your first time. So we’ve pulled together some frequently asked questions to help you on your way…
How much space does the band need as a performance area?
For the 5-piece band, a flat surface area of 5m x 3m should be sufficient. With additional brass section 5m x 4m would be advised.
Do you have PLI and PAT tested equipment?
Yes, we have full Public Liability Insurance to the value of £5,000,000 and all our equipment is regularly PAT tested.
How long does it take the band to set-up?
Unloading of equipment, setting-up and sound checking takes around 45 mins – 1 hour.
Packing down at the end of the night and re-loading takes around 30 mins.
Where are you based and how far will you travel?
We are based in Leeds, but are willing to travel anywhere. Just ask!
Will you play our first dance live?
With regard to a special song for your first dance, it can be absolutely anything. We have performed all sorts of different requests as first dances so don’t be afraid to suggest something completely out-there. We know how important the first dance is to every newly married couple and take great pride and pleasure in performing it live, but it is entirely up to you. For some couples, their connection with a song is with a particular version which they prefer to have played as a track instead.
Can we choose our own songs?
The band will usually tailor each individual set list on the day based on the particular venue, age range of your guests and any of your personal preferences. However, if you would prefer to select some of your own, you can find our full repertoire on our Music Page which is regularly updated with our latest favourites.
What is the complimentary DJ station?
As part of our standard evening package, each booking includes our complimentary DJ station. This includes a laptop with the latest virtual DJ software, manned throughout your evening to accept any requests from your guests and providing a continuous soundtrack to your special event – before, in-between and after our live music sets.
Who will I be dealing with when booking?
Band Manager, Annie will deal with all your questions and queries via email or telephone. As we are a fully managed band you are guaranteed a much higher quality of service than with other bands, giving you a readily available point of contact for any questions and queries whilst allowing the band the time to do what musicians do best, play great music. You then have the confidence in knowing that someone is paying close and careful attention to every detail of your personal entertainment package and all insurances, legal documents and relevant equipment testing certificates are up to date.
So, how do we go about confirming a booking with you?
Once you are happy with the package we have tailored for you, we will draw up a contract and send this out in the post. At this point we will ask for a small deposit of just £150 to secure your date.
Please note that peak periods can be extremely popular, so to avoid any disappointment we advise confirming as early as possible to secure your date of choice.
The contract is there to protect both parties and ensure that we get everything exactly right. Have a thorough read through and make sure that everything is as it should be. Be sure to call or email with any further questions you may have. Then simply sign both copies of the contract, keeping one for your records and return the other to us along with your non-refundable deposit. This can be paid either by cheque to FUNC ON THE ROCKS or via online/telephone banking. All the details will be outlined in the contract.
The remainder of your agreed balance is then not due until 14 days prior to your event date.
Are there any hidden extras?
All our quotes are fully inclusive of all travel expenses etc. so there are no surprise hidden charges. The only one thing we do ask as a polite request is to please provide refreshments for the band, due to the long hours and hard work put into providing the best service we can.
The most important thing to remember is that this is your special event, so feel free to ask as many questions as you like to get the perfect package for you! Contact us now for your no obligation quote.