A great function band will know that repertoire is everything and keeping up with the times is generally the key to keeping everybody on their feet. However, they've got to be versatile and expansive enough in their musical knowledge to feel at home in performing classic pop numbers as far back as 1950's.
The band function is really to keep everyone pleased at your wedding reception, birthday party, christening or whatever the social occasion. An experienced but chart-savvy band should be able to perform a lengthy repertoire of modern chart songs made famous by today’s artistes such as Jessie J, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, David Guetta, Adele and Bruno Mars as well as old favourites from the 80’s, 90’s and Noughties by Kylie Minogue, Take That and a host of others.
Party classics of yesteryear
As well as contemporary pop songs, the band function entertainment should include some of those party classics of yesteryear - covers of songs by bands like Journey, right back to The Beatles.
Here are some tips for making that live band function you have planned a huge success without breaking the bank:
- Hire a function band direct, not through an agency
- Only go for bands whose members are experienced professionals
- Look for 'Early Bird' incentives bands may offer
- Book your event for off-peak season if possible - that’s Jan to Mar and Oct, Nov
- Simple one this: smaller band size = smaller fees
Most function or party bands will have between five and ten performers. ,f a band seems cheap then there’s probably a good reason for that. Namely, that they’re not as good as they crank themselves up to be.
Check extras for a live band function
Some bands are much bigger of course with a dozen or more in each. For a live band function you will normally be charged a fee per person, so the bigger the outfit the higher it's likely to cost. Likely there’ll be extras too, typically travel costs and providing food and drink for the band. Make sure when you contact the band manager to ask them to include the total cost of everything in the quote and if you are concerned, ask for a breakdown of their overall costs, which they’re obliged to do for you.
One of UK's top entertainment bands - Sensation Band
A top function band in London which certainly meets all the right criteria is the Sensation Band. As one of not only London’s but the UK’s top entertainment bands for weddings and private functions they make each and every occasion very special. If you want to know how to hire the best for your live band function or private party, then look no further than the Sensation Band website. You can find their contact details by using the Internet and popping the band’s name into Google search or by typing ‘band function in London.’