Prices

The Dance Effect

The basic band (six-piece) cost for a Friday or Saturday evening in the London/M25 area, including PA & sound engineering; band set up by 7pm; generally two 1-1 1/4 hr sets & encores, to approx 12 midnight finish is £1,500.00.

A deposit of £250.00 is required to secure a booking.

Optional extras

  1. DJ option (this includes CD playback at (3) below): £200.00
  2. Dinner Jazz (female vox and piano accompanyist): £200.00
  3. CD playback (CDs played during dinner, band break or wind-down): £50.00
  4. Stage lights (basic): £50.00
  5. Trumpet: £150.00
  6. Travel: Any significant distance (100 miles plus) beyond London/Home Counties: £125.00
  7. Long distance travel – available, subject to bespoke quotation, including client provision of reasonable overnight accommodation close to the venue (B&B, Travelodge or similar).
FAQ: How much?! What is the PA & sound engineering then?

Helpful to know when booking: A significant proportion of the price is the PA system, sound engineering and lighting (not the band members’ wallets). Functions of 100 people plus will typically be hosted in large rooms or marquees, often with hard floors (eg dance floors) and difficult acoustics. With a big band with brass and wind instruments and several backing vocalists it is important to have a decent PA system  and a sound engineer (usually two, with the lights as well) to operate it from the guests’ listening perspective (ie not from the stage area) when we are performing. This is intrinsic to the overall quality of the sound, the balance between the instruments (some of which are acoustically much louder than others (eg trumpet, or drums over voice!), and to manage the volume to an appropriate level (usually down) for the room and the party guests.

We therefore always hire in one of two  specialist PA companies we have worked with regularly, who know the band’s sound, and are experienced and professional at setting up mid-afternoon in what are usually quite time pressured situations around caterers, flower arrangers, marquee and table planners/decorators… and of course the client! They will also run the disco through it (if ordered), which sounds superb through the band’s pro PA, and also avoids doubling up on equipment in the room. Size matters – in this instance, keeping the PA and associated cabling and mixing desk neat and tidy, compact and smart, aligned with the event and the venue. No one really wants to see Motorhead’s stadium rock rig filling the smart, beautifully decorated room! This all comes in at a cost of approximately £650, which is included in the overall price. For smaller pub gigs, a professional PA set up like this is not necessary, and we will bring our own vocal PA for those, which is ample.

The Bar Blues Band (10-piece)

Basic band cost for this 10-piece band for a Friday or Saturday evening in the London/Home Counties area, including PA & sound engineering; band set up by 7pm; generally two 1-1 1/4 hr sets & encores, to approx 12 midnight finish is £2,250.00.

Deposit of £250.00 required to secure booking.

Optional extras

  1. DJ option (this includes CD playback at (3) below): £200.00
  2. Dinner Jazz (female vox and piano accompanyist): £200.00
  3. CD playback (CDs played during dinner, band break or wind-down): £50.00
  4. Stage lights (basic): £50.00
  5. Travel: Any significant distance (100 miles plus) beyond London/Home Counties: £175.00
  6. Long distance travel – available, subject to bespoke quotation, including client provision of reasonable overnight accommodation close to the venue (B&B, Travelodge or similar).

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