Earcandy https://earcandylive.co.uk Live wedding bands Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:05:54 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 How Not to Do Corporate Entertainment https://earcandylive.co.uk/how-not-to-do-corporate-entertainment/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/how-not-to-do-corporate-entertainment/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:05:54 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14860 If you’re planning a corporate event, there are two ways to make it really memorable. The first is to make it completely awesome. The second is to make so outrageously awful or dreary that it goes into posterity as an example of what not to do. The good thing is that no matter how necessarily […]

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If you’re planning a corporate event, there are two ways to make it really memorable.

The first is to make it completely awesome. The second is to make so outrageously awful or dreary that it goes into posterity as an example of what not to do.

The good thing is that no matter how necessarily lengthy and tedious informative the speeches need to be. And no matter how seriously the catering company mess up (E. coli notwithstanding!). Stellar entertainment can turn around any event.

So, how can you avoid corporate do disaster and make sure that your entertainment is completely up to scratch?

5 Common Mistakes When Booking Corporate Entertainment

Booking an act without a plan B

To give credit, a lot of companies completely understand how important a part of an event entertainment can be. They invest time, money and effort into selecting an act that is just right for the tone of the event and the ethos of the brand. But they forget about the ‘what ifs’. What if the comedian gets laryngitis, the frontman breaks his leg, or the whole band has accidentally been double-booked? If you’re working with individual acts, you can find yourself with no support and no recourse.  By working with a small agency like Earcandy, all those what ifs are taken care of. With highly talented and professional support artists available for every element of every act, our clients are never left disappointed.

Not considering space

Space needs to be a primary concern when organising any event. Not just in terms of whether the venue is big enough to accommodate all the guests. But whether your entertainment is right for the performance space. Do you really want to lose a solo acoustic performer on a stage suited to the Albert Hall? Can you really imagine a nine-piece new soul ensemble squeezing onto a postage stamp? You don’t want to first face these issues on the day of the performance. Earcandy offer a range of bands of various genres, but among our most popular are our frontline acts. They deliver the sound of a full Motown or soul/funk collective, bur with specially pre-recorded backing tracks, the two live performers require very little space on the night.

Not confirming bookings

So, you’ve planned everything. You’ve spoken to all the vendors. You know what you’re doing. They know what they’re doing. And it’s all going to go swimmingly. Apart from the fact, that half these plans have been made six months in advance, one of your accounts has been taken over by a new member of staff and the details have been lost in the IT system somewhere. And the other vendor made a typo and has booked you in for the wrong day. If you don’t confirm, you’ll only discover these things when it’s too late. The Earcandy booking team is small, so we’re all fully appraised of every booking taken, making sure that the customer’s needs come first. We also stay in touch with clients, so you’re never left out of the loop. Not all agencies work that way.

Not checking sound restrictions

So, you’ve looked into the space. You’ve worked it all out and there is ample room for the seven-piece swing band of your choice. But on the night you’re running a little late. The band don’t start playing til 9.30pm. And at 10pm the venue pulls the plug. You’re in a semi-residential area and there are noise restrictions in place. And that is your entertainment done. There are plenty of really strong alternatives for venues where noise levels are an issue – acoustic acts, or maybe a silent disco. But knowing that is only of use to you if you know what you’re dealing with and can plan ahead.

Booking an act without knowing what you’re booking

There’s a lot to do when you’re planning a corporate event. Details can seem not to matter. And it’s quite common to book an act just so that you have an act. But making an indiscriminate booking can be disastrous. The band or performer may be utterly inappropriate – the language may be offensive or out of keeping with company ethos. You may even end up with a band intended for children. That’s assuming that the performers turn up at all. So, research. Check out customer reviews and testimonials. See what people are saying on social media. And make sure that you view any available artist performances online. That way you’ll know exactly what you can expect and be confident in your choices.

Quality entertainment can be a really important aspect of a corporate event. Yes, it helps to finish the event on a high. But its primary purpose is to reward. And to impress. It says ‘thank you’ to staff and/or suppliers for a year of hard work. It rewards customers for their loyalty. And it impresses upon all three the fact that the company really values them and is willing to invest in them.  So, if you have a corporate event on the horizon, start planning now. And don’t scrimp on the entertainment.

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How Not to Do Wedding Entertainment https://earcandylive.co.uk/how-not-to-do-wedding-entertainment/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/how-not-to-do-wedding-entertainment/#respond Wed, 03 Jul 2019 19:04:42 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14842 Your wedding is likely to be one of the most memorable events of your life. It will be months in the making, for a few short hours of – hopefully – perfection. The problem is that you have just so much to do. And when it comes to entertainment, it’s easy to think that once […]

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Your wedding is likely to be one of the most memorable events of your life. It will be months in the making, for a few short hours of – hopefully – perfection. The problem is that you have just so much to do. And when it comes to entertainment, it’s easy to think that once you’ve found your performers it’s job done. But there are so many other things to consider if you want to get things right for your big night.

The Most Common Mistakes When Planning Wedding Entertainment

Not checking sound restrictions

If you’ve booked a venue in an inner-city area, or a boutique venue with guestrooms close to the event room, you may well find that noise restrictions are in place. This means that your party may well come to an abrupt end as management tell your band to go home. Or that the band you’ve selected simply won’t be allowed to play at all. Having sound restrictions in place doesn’t mean that you have to forgo live music, it just means that you need to choose your acts carefully. For more of a mellow feeling, an acoustic duo could work wonderfully. If you’re wanting more opportunity to dance, a silent disco could make an awesome alternative.

Booking a band without backup

There are some incredible independent bands out there, many of which would be perfect for a wedding. But only if they turn up. If you are working with an unsupported band, if something goes wrong – sudden laryngitis, equipment malfunction – you’re on your own. And your evening of stellar entertainment ends up being a tinny broadcast of your iTunes playlist. For important events it’s always best to have a contingency. Earcandy have highly professional support artists available for every element of every act, so our clients are never left disappointed.

Not making a no-play list

We all have songs that make our toes curl and our jaws clench. You don’t want them performed at your wedding. In a way, your no-play list is more important than your play list. You don’t want a magical moment tarnished with a song you despise. Or even worse, by a track that brings an ex to mind.

Not checking performance space

OK, so you’re wanting a Motown wedding, complete with band and full brass section. Good choice! But you’ve booked a bijoux venue. The performance space is intimate, to put it politely. There’s no way it will accommodate upwards of nine performers. This is not something you want to discover on the day. The good news is that you can still have your Motown performance and your perfect, petite venue. You just need to book a vocal act, like Motown Gold Frontline, who deliver a full, live performance with a specially arranged backing track instead of a band.

Selecting a really long first dance

It’s your day. You get to make the choices. And your first dance is a beautiful, romantic moment that will stay with you forever. But only if your guests don’t start whispering conversations, checking their watches and making covert trips to the bar. Make it special, but don’t make it epic.

Forgetting about sound equipment

A lot of small bands rely on venues providing sound equipment. A lot of a venues don’t. If you don’t check that all is in order beforehand, you may find yourself facing problems when it counts. Earcandy acts don’t just come with all the kit, but a dedicated professional sound technician to make sure that you hear every note throughout the night.

Not checking act pedigree and reviews

One really common mistake when booking a live wedding band or DJ is not checking their experience. You might have seen them perform somewhere and thought they sounded great, but have they worked any weddings? Weddings have their own unique set of requirements that can be hard for inexperienced groups to handle. Equally, you need to check reviews to make sure that your act is reliable. A no-show might just mean a few lost pounds for them. But it will mean a whole lot more to you.

Wedding entertainment can seem quite a frivolous thing to worry about. But the thing is, whether you’re talking about a string quartet or a fire breather, your entertainment plays a really big part in making your day special. It sets the scene. It provides the atmosphere. And when it comes to music, it can trigger memories for the rest of your life.  So, although you have a lot on your plate right now, it’s worth taking a little time to get your entertainment just right… Or you could contact Earcandy and get us to do it for you.

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Amazing Soul Wedding Bands & The Vibe You Should Expect https://earcandylive.co.uk/amazing-soul-wedding-bands-the-vibe-you-should-expect/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/amazing-soul-wedding-bands-the-vibe-you-should-expect/#respond Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:22:47 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14830 Whether your bent runs towards the more traditional melodies of Motown, or the newer strains of R&B and funk, soul provides the basis of some of the most extraordinary music around. It’s romantic. It’s fun. It can be joyful and heart-breaking in equal turns. Not to mention brimming with attitude. And when it comes to […]

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Whether your bent runs towards the more traditional melodies of Motown, or the newer strains of R&B and funk, soul provides the basis of some of the most extraordinary music around. It’s romantic. It’s fun. It can be joyful and heart-breaking in equal turns. Not to mention brimming with attitude. And when it comes to a celebration, soul just can’t be beaten. No wonder soul bands are such a popular choice for weddings. So, what can you expect when booking a soul band for your big day?

The Bands

Earcandy have two extraordinary live soul bands performing sets from different eras. Both are comprised of highly experienced professional musicians and vocalists, who know what it takes to make a wedding thrum.

Motown Gold

Think of Motown and you think of glamour, style and absolute panache. You think of classic songs delivered with unparalleled cool. And you think you think of a sound that perfectly epitomises the feelings of heart and soul. And that’s precisely what you get when you book Motown Gold for your wedding. The song list blends unequivocal classics with bespoke medleys and disco anthems. Your guests will be dancing before they know what’s happened. The vibe is smooth, groovy and effortlessly upbeat. These guys are the ultimate atmosphere-makers for any occasion.

Soul Fresh

Sharp, sassy and stylish, Soul Fresh combine the best of new soul and R&B to deliver a performance like no other. Their high-energy set takes in chart hits and soul classics, from Ariana Grande to CC Peniston. And each one is delivered with the band’s own unique flare and style. But it’s not just the music that will get your guests on their feet, but the oozing charisma and audience interaction delivered by our leading lads and ladies.

The Logistics

Generally speaking, a full soul band will be larger than your average wedding band. As well as the singers, guitarists and percussion, at the very least a soul act will feature a sax, if not a full brass section. This is really important to remember when planning your reception. It’s not a deal-breaker if you are working with a more intimate venue as there are front-line alternatives available (more on that later). But if your heart is set on the full shebang – and what a shebang it can be! – then it’s important to know what to expect from the off.

The Alternatives

While the sound of soul tends to be BIG, there are a couple of fabulous alternatives if you are working with a smaller venue. Motown Gold Frontline and Soul Fresh Frontline give you the wow of a live performance without requiring the stage space of a full instrumental set up. The lead singers perform to a specially arranged pre-recorded backing track, giving you the vibe and the sound of a full band, while requiring minimal space.

Whichever option you go for, there’s one thing that you can be certain of: that your soul wedding band will shape the style of your wedding. With a sound that can fill any room and a style that your guests will never forget.

With our outstanding artists, cutting-edge equipment and professional sound technicians, Earcandy can make your wedding reception into the best soul event you’ve ever attended.

Get in touch and let us know how we can help you.

 

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Go Live or Go Home – 8 Reasons Live Wedding Bands Are Best https://earcandylive.co.uk/go-live-or-go-home-8-reasons-live-wedding-bands-are-best/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/go-live-or-go-home-8-reasons-live-wedding-bands-are-best/#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2019 11:54:09 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14821 You can feel a bit spoilt for choice when considering the entertainment options for your wedding. From an iPod shuffle shoestring budget approach, to cigar bars and fire eaters, with magicians for the kids. There’re myriad options for everyone. But the one option you really shouldn’t overlook is a live wedding band. Here’s why. 8 […]

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You can feel a bit spoilt for choice when considering the entertainment options for your wedding. From an iPod shuffle shoestring budget approach, to cigar bars and fire eaters, with magicians for the kids. There’re myriad options for everyone. But the one option you really shouldn’t overlook is a live wedding band. Here’s why.

8 Reasons Why You’ll Regret Not Hiring a Live Wedding Band

1. Atmosphere

In the words of the great Russ Abbot, ‘Oh what an atmosphere! I love a party with a happy atmosphere…’ and there’s no comparable atmosphere-maker to live music. A good live band will bring an unparalleled energy to any event.

2. Audience interaction

A CD can’t talk to your guests. An iPod shuffle can’t take requests. Neither can smile and encourage the dancers. Live performers get people onto the dance floor like nothing else because they’re already dancing. It removes the embarrassment of taking to the floor before anyone else.

3. Authenticity

This is some recent feedback from one of our clients: ‘Even one of my nephews, a professional DJ and music festival organizer, told me he thought it was the original artists as part of disco until he realized it was Motown Gold Frontline!’

Whether you’re working with a theme and require an act that can bring some vintage panache, like King of the Swingers, or simply want a band that can belt out crowd-pleasers, a live performance will always be more authentic than a CD broadcast over a tinny PA system.

4. Romance

Is there anything more romantic than stepping out for you first dance to ‘your’ song performed by a live band especially for you?

5. Choice

Thrash metal to country, whatever your preferred genre of music, you will find a live wedding band willing to accommodate. The great thing about working with a live band is that you can find a style that best suits you. As a general rule, it’s better to go for a group with something in their repertoire for everyone – The Somebodys  have a play list spanning six decades, giving you an enormous choice. But if you want to work with a niche group, there will be someone out there for you.

6. Flexibility

Depending on the artists you work with, a live band can bring music to different parts of your wedding. You could walk down the aisle to a live song. Your guests can be entertained during dinner by gentle acoustic tracks. And you can fill the dance floor with tubthumpers. How you use your band is down to you. But it’s really liberating knowing that the options are almost endless and yours for the choosing.

7. Personality

A good live wedding band won’t just bring atmosphere to your big day, but personality too. They can build your theme. Musicians can get involved with your speeches (if you ask them to in advance), striking chords in all the right places. They might PA for you. If you have special requirements, a professional band will help.

8. Professional sound quality

When you hire a well-supported band, like the artists who work with Earcandy, you will receive the benefit of a professional sound technician too. While most venues will provide a PA system, they’re rarely top of the range and will never be tailored specifically to the performers on the stage. A sound technician will ensure that every note played, and every word sung on you big day is crystal clear and gig-perfect.

Your wedding day will be wonderful, regardless of the entertainment you choose. But with a live wedding band, it can be spectacular. Why not get in touch to see what Earcandy can do for you?

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6 Game Changing Ideas for Awesome Corporate Entertainment https://earcandylive.co.uk/6-game-changing-ideas-for-awesome-corporate-entertainment/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/6-game-changing-ideas-for-awesome-corporate-entertainment/#respond Tue, 28 May 2019 22:56:04 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14802 Talk of corporate events and for most people there are two things that come to mind. Hours of absolute mind-numbing, bone-aching tedium. Followed by a free bar. And the chances are, that’s not the vibe that you’re aiming for. The thing is, corporate events can be really important for your business. They help to instil […]

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Talk of corporate events and for most people there are two things that come to mind. Hours of absolute mind-numbing, bone-aching tedium. Followed by a free bar. And the chances are, that’s not the vibe that you’re aiming for. The thing is, corporate events can be really important for your business. They help to instil company culture. They’re somewhere to share messages, build relationships, celebrate success and motivate towards a shared goal. But in order to do all of that, you first need to make your team believe that a corporate event is something worth attending. And for more than just a prospective hangover.

So, how do you turn your corporate event from a mandatory slog into a calendar highlight? It all starts with the entertainment.

6 Ways to Bring the WOW Factor to Your Next Corporate Event

1.  Start early

There is absolutely nothing comparable to live music when it comes to bringing atmosphere to a corporate event. To any event, really. And you can use it at various times and in various ways. Make something special of the meet and greet, with a string quartet or harpist to set a tone of sophistication. Better still, break with tradition bring out a swing jazz band right at the very start of proceedings. It will grab the attention, get people talking and switch up the mood to give you a far more receptive audience.

2. Think of the whole day 

It’s too easy when planning event entertainment to focus on the end of the day when everyone is winding down. They key to a successful corporate do, however, is to keep people engaged all day. This doesn’t have to mean enormous gestures, but little things to spark the curiosity. Candy buffets and photo booths are painfully on trend. Having celebrity impersonators mingling with your guests works well. You could have some gentle live music – maybe an acoustic duo – performing during lunch or any free schedule time. Or maybe a street artist creating throughout the day. Just little snippets of lightness to help attendees feel that this event is for them as much as it is for the business.

3. Do something different

Sticking to a standard event formula is easy. That’s why most people do it. And that’s why it’s so damn boring. You can use your entertainment to mix things up a bit. If you must incorporate lengthy presentations into your day, create an official ‘buzzword bingo’ to keep attendees listening. Or work in a wake-up break, where a band like the Indie Heads can bring some bounce back to your wilting audience. A comedian could do the same. Or even fire eaters storming the stage between speakers – venue allowing. Anything to make attendees sit up and listen.

4. Create some away time and space

Try as we might, we only have a limited attention span. Scheduling regular breaks or having areas where attendees can switch off for a few minutes amidst the exhibitor stands can help revive flagging minds. A small side room could be converted into anything from a temporary art gallery (potentially with a relevant subject), to a silent disco.

5. Make the main meal memorable

Good food is a must at a corporate event, but entertainment can help make the meal really memorable. Relatively low-key things, like caricaturists and table-side magicians can be great. Live music of any kind beats typical dinnertime muzak. And circus performers working around the tables can also be an amazing talking point.

6. Build to a grand finale

The only real way to finish a corporate event on a high is with a full live band. An all-round crowd-pleaser like The Sombodys could deliver something for everyone. Or for more niche entertainment, you have ensembles like Motown Gold and Soul Fresh. Whatever style you go for, music makes an event feel like a party. Live music makes a party feel like a gig. It leaves guests feeling uplifted and positive. It means that people can still have an amazing time, even without an exorbitant bar tab… Although you may well still have one of those!

Entertainment is – should be – more than just a filler for a corporate event. It can be a tool. It can lift moods and expectations. Entertainment can turn a hostile, or basically bored audience into a receptive one. It’s there for you to use… So why not use it?

 

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11 Unique Wedding Entertainment Ideas & Insider Tips https://earcandylive.co.uk/11-unique-wedding-entertainment-ideas-insider-tips/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/11-unique-wedding-entertainment-ideas-insider-tips/#respond Tue, 14 May 2019 13:19:29 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14773 If you’re looking for ways to make your wedding truly memorable, it’s important not to overlook your entertainment. While many people think of music as being restricted to the reception, the truth is: it’s your wedding; you can do it your way. Music – and other forms of entertainment – can bring a whole new […]

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If you’re looking for ways to make your wedding truly memorable, it’s important not to overlook your entertainment. While many people think of music as being restricted to the reception, the truth is: it’s your wedding; you can do it your way. Music – and other forms of entertainment – can bring a whole new level of wonderful to any big day. Here are some ideas you might want to try for yours.

Where and How to Use Entertainment to Make Your Wedding Magical: 11 Tips

The Prelude

You know that bit at the start of a wedding, before the main players get there? The bit where guests meet and greet, then stand around awkwardly, fidgeting in their posh clothes and looking at their watches? Well, that’s a good time to roll out your first set of entertainment. The options here are both limitless, and dependent on your style.

1. The harpist

A harpist is probably one of the most traditional (and sophisticated) ways to start, well, anything really! You can go for classical tunes, contemporary tracks, or if you find the right musician, blend the two together. Either way, your ambience is assured.

2. Acoustic performers

An acoustic duo can kind of be your contemporary harpist. They can provide a backing track for mingling, or switch it up to hold a room in thrall. They can start before the ceremony, and see you through to the wee small hours. Requiring little room for set-up space, they can be almost uniquely flexible, while giving you a performance that will live in your memory.

3. A magician

Magicians are increasingly popular for wedding entertainment. They don’t need much space and can easily mingle, performing to the room or to individuals and groups. Having a magician walk the floor while guests are waiting can help keep spirits high.

4. Swing-jazz

Whether you’re working to a theme, or simply want your wedding to swing into action, the cool, charm and charisma of a swing band is almost impossible to resist. King of the Swingers will have your guest’s toes tapping and feet itching to jitterbug down the aisle.

The Processional

It’s here; your big entrance. You know what’s expected of you… But who wants to do the expected?

5. Motown moments

Does Mendelssohn’s Wedding March seem a little stale to you? Why not storm down the aisle to Aretha Franklin’s Respect? Or maybe Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, performed live by your very own Motown band? In bringing fun to the formalities, you instantly make them memorable. In a very, very good way.

6. Do it your way

Tradition-smishion. You don’t need to do something just because that’s the way it’s done. A lot of people are now forgoing traditional processionals in favour of couple walks, or simple platform standing. A great way to personalise your ceremony while adding a flavour of entertainment is to get your dog to walk you down the aisle or may be deliver the ring. Professional animal ring bearers – dogs, horses, even owls – are also growing in popularity.

Register Signing

The deed is done, now you just need to formalise it. The signing of the register is generally a pretty quick process, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it memorable.

7. Make it fun

If fun features high on your wedding priorities, there’s really only one option for that register signing moment: Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours. If you have a day band, you could ask them (in advance) to play it. Otherwise, a carefully cued recording can work well. Not into Motown? How about The Wannadies’ You & Me Song? More laid back? Jack Johnson’s Better Together.

The Wedding Breakfast

Aaaaand, relax. For everyone not directly involved in the proceedings, the wedding breakfast is the moment that the fun begins. People want a time to be able to chat about the ceremony, so a full band is out. But silence will kill all ambience stone dead.

8. A string quartet

A string quartet can deliver a beautifully uplifting sound without drowning out conversation. String quartets are also a great option for a prelude performance.

9. Caricaturists

Everyone likes a special memento to take away from a wedding, and a personalised picture certainly beats a slither of cake. Caricaturists are a simple way to add a bit of fun to the quieter moments of the day.

The Dancing

Ceremony – check. Formalities – check. Food – check. Speeches – check. From the first dance to the last, this is your time to let your hair down.

10. Crowd pleasers

A live wedding band can turn a good wedding reception into a rocking wedding reception. The trick is in finding the right band for your event. A band like The Somebodys can deliver a set list spanning more than 50 years, from Chuck Berry to The Killers. Meaning that there’s something for every single person who attends. Black & Gold do something similar, with a feisty, female-led performance. Both deliver quality, style and unadulterated entertainment. A DJ – accompanied by sax or beats or both, for something really special – can do the same thing.

11. Niche performers

Finally, you have the artists who deliver your favoured style. Soul Fresh bring together new soul and R’n’B, which might not appeal to granny, but will go down a bomb with your BFFs. Indie Heads bring peerless energy in a set coming straight from the ’90s and ’00s. While a silent disco allows you to bring the dancefloor to guests who want it, while leaving everyone else to chat.

Your wedding entertainment can be anything you want it to be. You just need to remember that it’s yours for the making. Don’t be afraid to be different, to ask questions, or to break the rules. At Earcandy, we’re fans of all three. And we want to make your wedding entertainment utterly, uniquely, unforgettable.

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Behind the Scenes with a Live Wedding Band https://earcandylive.co.uk/behind-the-scenes-with-a-live-wedding-band/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/behind-the-scenes-with-a-live-wedding-band/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:12:05 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14759 So, it’s your ‘Big Day’. The ceremony was idyllic. The food incredible. And now your guests are shaking their stuff to an amazing live wedding band. It’s everything you’d hoped for and more. The band’s performance is seamless – you made a really good choice. But have you ever thought about what goes in to […]

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So, it’s your ‘Big Day’. The ceremony was idyllic. The food incredible. And now your guests are shaking their stuff to an amazing live wedding band. It’s everything you’d hoped for and more. The band’s performance is seamless – you made a really good choice. But have you ever thought about what goes in to delivering that performance?

The Making of a Live Wedding Band

Live wedding bands come in all different shapes and sizes. From acoustic duos to Motown extravaganzas with full brass accompaniment. Some are independent. Others come with the support of an agency, like Earcandy, so in the event of ill health or emergency there’s backup to make sure that your special occasion isn’t ruined by someone else’s dramas. Either way, a lot of work goes into making a wedding performance everything that it should be.

This is what goes into Earcandy.

The Making of an Earcandy Live Wedding Band

Because we are a small company, at Earcandy we’re able to oversee every detail of every band and every performance. We want every single wedding we perform at to be memorable for all the right reasons. To make sure that happens, a huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes.

Hand-picked Performers

No one works with Earcandy just to make up the numbers. Every one of our artists has been selected based on merit. Many have performed with major international artists, from Annie Lennox to Stevie Wonder. And they do what they do because they love it.

First Rate Equipment

When you’re working with professional musicians, there’s no point cutting corners with second rate gear. We have invested in top-of-the range PA, light and sound systems, so you never get anything but the best. Our PA, lighting and DJ equipment is also available for independent hire.

Professional Sound Engineers

Motown Frontline - The Easy Motown Tribute Band

We don’t just send our acts out to perform alone and hope for the best. Every single Earcandy act is accompanied by a professional sound engineer. This means that all equipment can be prepared especially for each job. So, if you’ve selected a venue with tricky acoustics, have an outdoor stage, or an extremely large – or small – venue, you can still be sure that our performers will hit all the right notes.

Substitutes at the Ready

Although Earcandy acts perform in designated bands, our groups are made up of a selection of hand-picked performers. This means that for every singer and musician, we have a substitute ready to step into the breach, should the unexpected happen. So, if Elaine comes down with tonsillitis the day before a performance, Paula can step in. And because all of our performers work on rotation, you’re never getting second-best.

Dedicated Support

We know the difference that live music can make to a wedding. Because we’re a small team, Earcandy is able to offer a personalised service for every booking. All staff members are informed of every client’s requirements. This means that our performers have all the help and support they need to be able to deliver their best every time.

Every event is special. Whether a wedding, anniversary, birthday, christening or reunion, no one arranges an event expecting it to be only average. That’s why Earcandy doesn’t do ‘OK’. Instead, we do ‘outstanding’, ‘incredible’ and ‘awesome’. If you’d like some of that at your big day, then please just give us a call: 0800 230 0889.

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What Not to Do When Looking for a Live Wedding Band https://earcandylive.co.uk/what-not-to-do-when-looking-for-a-live-wedding-band/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/what-not-to-do-when-looking-for-a-live-wedding-band/#respond Wed, 03 Apr 2019 12:42:42 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14746 Booking a wedding band. How hard can it be? You just need find someone who will rock up, play then go away, right? You’ve done a bit of research. Worked out the questions you need to ask. Now all you need to do is make the booking, pay your money and sit back and let […]

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Booking a wedding band. How hard can it be? You just need find someone who will rock up, play then go away, right? You’ve done a bit of research. Worked out the questions you need to ask. Now all you need to do is make the booking, pay your money and sit back and let them do their thing. Phew! At least that’s one part of wedding planning that’s relatively stress-free.

Well, yes. But also no…

Organising a live band for your wedding can be a breeze. You can find the perfect performers who deliver the ultimate entertainment for your big day, leaving you and your guests on a high. But there are also many mistakes and pitfalls just waiting to be discovered. These are some of the biggest. And knowing what they are can help you to avoid them.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking a Live Wedding Band

1. Booking the first band you find

You have soooo much to do right now. A seemingly endless list of things to organise. So, you’d be forgiven for not looking a gift horse in the mouth if the first band you look at seems to fit the bill. But while there’s nothing to say that you won’t go back to that first band, it’s never a good idea to do so without checking out the competition. You might find another group with an improved setlist. Or maybe someone who does the same thing, but charges less, has better equipment, more experience, or can be more flexible. The easy option isn’t always the best, and shopping around can pay off.

2. Booking a live wedding band before viewing a performance

Have you ever been to a pub where live bands are playing and there’s one act that makes you want to try to force your head inside your pint just to drown out the noise? Well, that’s exactly what you don’t want for your wedding. Even if a band has multiple five-star ratings online, if you’ve not seen them perform – either live or in a recording – then you don’t know what you’re getting. Their mates may have been helping them out online. They may have a playlist that incorporates all your favourite songs. But Ed Sheeran, Corinne Bailey Rae and Maroon Five may not live up to expectations when reinterpreted as thrash metal.

3. Not reading the contract

Most wedding bands will require you to sign a contract when you make your booking and pay your deposit. This is a good thing for both parties. It gives the band security and lets you know exactly what to expect. And that’s important because it means that you’re protected from any nasty surprises. If you don’t read the contract and the band walks off before you’re ready because the speeches run over, you have very little recourse if you’ve signed a contract saying that this is OK. The same goes if they cancel without refunding your deposit, or they turn up but without any PA equipment. If it’s in the contract and you’ve just not read it, there’s nothing you can do about it.

4. Not asking questions

It’s slightly surprising, but people are often afraid to ask questions when looking for entertainment for their wedding. But if you don’t ask questions – if you have a special song, do they play it? How long is their set? Do they have back-up plans in case of emergencies? Can they be flexible? – how will you know if you’re making the right choice?

5. Not considering your venue

You might have your heart set on a 10-piece live Motown band, or a seven-piece swing jazz combo, but if you’ve chosen an intimate venue, or somewhere with noise restrictions in place, you may have to think again. Equally, a single harpist probably won’t cut it if you’ve booked the Albert Hall. And it’s important that you are on top of this before you exchange money and sign contracts. While any band will appreciate that mistakes can be made, few will be willing to provide a refund if the mistake is not theirs. Especially if they’ve had to turn down other potential bookings because you got in first.

A live wedding band can be the icing on the cake of your wedding celebrations. Finding a way to build ambience – whether or not that means getting everyone dancing – can make your reception come to life. You want everyone to be happy. You want everyone to have fun. A live wedding band can help to make that happen. You just need to take care to choose the right one!

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Wedding DJ Masterclass – How to Get the Best Experience https://earcandylive.co.uk/wedding-dj-masterclass-how-to-get-the-best-experience/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/wedding-dj-masterclass-how-to-get-the-best-experience/#respond Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:57:10 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14725 So, you’re planning your dream wedding. And you’ve decided upon a DJ for your reception entertainment. Exciting times! But also a little bit daunting, yes? You’ve got one shot at making it memorable for all the right reasons, but if you’ve never done it before, how do you know how get it right first time? […]

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So, you’re planning your dream wedding. And you’ve decided upon a DJ for your reception entertainment. Exciting times! But also a little bit daunting, yes? You’ve got one shot at making it memorable for all the right reasons, but if you’ve never done it before, how do you know how get it right first time? Well, worry not. One of our goals at Earcandy is to try to take some of the stress out of your wedding. As part of that, we’ve put together a short guide to help you pick the right DJ for your big day.

How to Get the Best Experience from Your Wedding DJ

1. Do the groundwork

Before you book a wedding DJ, you need to know what you’re booking them for. That may sound slightly daft, but there are lots of factors that will influence whether a DJ is right for you. Or, indeed, whether you’re right for them. So. You’ll need to know:

  • Your date
  • Your venue – size, type, location and whether there are any noise or time restrictions in place.
  • Your preferred music genre – are you more Ed Sheeran or Agadoo, Jess Glynne or The Prodigy? Most DJs have a pretty big repertoire – the Earcandy DJ has library of over 6,000 tracks – but they’ll also have their own style, so you need to make sure that their style suits yours.
  • Your budget – while it’s good to have a little flexibility if you find ‘the one’, your wedding is going to be expensive enough without you spending more than you can afford on music. Keeping a loose budget in mind will keep you grounded.

2. Do your research

Research! Yay! Just exactly how you want to spend your evenings! OK, maybe not, but it’s not as dull as it sounds. Start out by asking friends and family for recommendations. If none are forthcoming, check out social media. Instagram is a great place to see wedding DJs in action. YouTube too. Nothing will help you see if you’re making the right decision like watching a performance. Social media is also a great way to check out genuine customer reviews.

3. Consider all options

OK, so you’ve decided that you want a DJ. But do you want just DJ, or do you want a DJ plus. Many couples decide to have a DJ at their wedding because they take up very little space but can still deliver an incredible vibe. However, more and more people are looking for something a little bit extra. And a DJ combo can deliver just that. DJ & Sax (above) is one of our most popular wedding packages. DJ & Beats (below) also creates quite the show. Or, if you want to go all out, the Earcandy DJ, Sax & Beats combo is a way to completely wow your guests, delivering a show that few people are likely to have seen before.

4. Ask questions

Once you’ve made your short list, get in touch with each act and have a chat. This is someone that you’re employing to make your wedding special, so you need to know that you’ll get on with them. You also need to ask questions to make sure that they can deliver what you’re looking for. So, ask about their equipment; is it professional grade; do they have contingencies if something goes wrong? Do they provide professional lighting? Can they be flexible if the speeches run over? Do they have any special requirements? Will they emcee if you want them to? What happens if they’re ill on the day of your wedding – do they work with an agency that can provide cover?

5. Read the contract

Once you’ve made your choice, it’s important to check out the fine print before you sign the contract. Hidden clauses are a distressingly common way for performers to make an extra buck, so make sure that travel fees, equipment hire, insurance, and all the nitty gritty are covered. That way, you’ll avoid any nasty surprises when the bill comes rolling in.

At Earcandy, we work with a number of professional club-experienced DJs. We have the latest sound and lighting equipment (which we also hire out, if you know someone with the talent but not the kit). And we can cater to a diverse range of tastes and styles. For us, your wedding is the most important gig that we’ll ever cover. So, we will do everything we can to get things not just right, but better than you ever expected.

If that sounds like the sort of service that you’ve been looking for, fill out our enquiry form, or call the Earcandy customer service team today: 0800 230 0889

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Bands for Hire – Everything You Should Ask Your Wedding Band https://earcandylive.co.uk/bands-for-hire-everything-you-should-ask-your-wedding-band/ https://earcandylive.co.uk/bands-for-hire-everything-you-should-ask-your-wedding-band/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 23:53:54 +0000 https://earcandylive.co.uk/?p=14652 Your choice of entertainment can really influence the flavour of your wedding reception. Whether you go for classical, vintage, or more of a modern feel, the genre is almost irrelevant if you book the wrong band. So, how do you know if you’re booking the right one? It all comes down to asking the right […]

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Your choice of entertainment can really influence the flavour of your wedding reception. Whether you go for classical, vintage, or more of a modern feel, the genre is almost irrelevant if you book the wrong band.

So, how do you know if you’re booking the right one? It all comes down to asking the right set of questions.

15 Questions to Ask Before Booking a Live Wedding Band

Motown Bands Like No Other

1. Is my date available?

This should always be the first question out of the bag. Because if the band can’t play the date, everything else is irrelevant.

2. Have you played at a wedding before?

If so, how many times? Weddings are unlike other gigs. Set up time, space, venue restrictions are all part of the fun. For newbies it can be disconcerting though, and you don’t want to have to hold your band’s hands when you should be listening to the speeches.

3. How long have you been performing together?

Band line ups can change on a regular basis, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, cohesion brings a certain magic to a performance. If band members have an understanding of the group dynamic and can pre-empt each other’s actions, they’re more likely to not just deliver a memorable performance, but to be able to deal with any hiccoughs along the way.

4. Do you perform at more than one event in a day?

If so, how is this likely to affect your schedule? What happens if your event – or the other booking – runs over?

5. Can we see you perform before we book?

 

OK, so if a band only plays weddings, it may not be possible for you to attend a live performance. BUT if a wedding band doesn’t have live video footage to showcase their work, then you have to wonder why.

6. Do you have contingency plans?

What happens if their van breaks down? Or if the bassist gets flu? Is there someone else to cover if there is some kind of family emergency? It’s not selfish to want to know your night isn’t going to be ruined by anyone else’s dramas.

7. Can we choose our setlist?/Can we make a do not play list?

 

Of course, you need to be reasonable here. You will not find a band that can play every track that has ever been written. But you can find a band with a repertoire large enough for you to pick and choose. And avoid the tracks you despise. A band like The Sombodys has a song list spanning six decades and more than 80 tracks. It’s a good variety. Alternatively, the Earcandy DJ can offer you more than 6,000 tracks, so there’s always an option for everyone.

8. Do you know ‘our song’?

This follows on from the last point. No band knows all songs. So, if there is just one special song that you NEED to have at your wedding, make sure that you check that it’s part of your band’s repertoire before you exchange contracts.

9. Can you be flexible?

The best laid plans, and all that. No matter how well you plan your wedding, the reality is that it probably won’t all go to plan. And that’s fine – it’s nothing to worry about. You’ll have a great day regardless… Unless your entertainment decide that their schedule is more important than yours and the room falls quiet at the end of the speeches because the band has packed up and gone home.

10. Do you emcee?

 

Of course, a band that just plays music is perfectly fine. No one would expect a string quartet or harpist to toast the happy couple. However, if you’re looking for someone to do the emcee honours, or even to just talk to your guests between tracks, it’s always better to ask upfront.

11. How much do you charge? Are there any other fees?

It’s your big day, but it’s also your budget. You need to know what you’re signing up for, and be certain that there won’t be any unwelcome surprises at the end of it. Earcandy always provide tailored quotes so you will never find any hidden extras.

12. What do you need from the venue?

Do you supply your own mics and amps? Do you need any special electrical outlets? What sort of stage do you require? What set-up space and time do you need?

13. Do you have insurance?

This is important because many venues will not host live music if the acts do not carry liability insurance. The chances are, if you’re working with an agency-organised group, like the Earcandy musicians, the band will be covered.

14. What will happen on the day?

 

If you’re looking for as little stress as possible, you need to know what to expect. So, find out when the band will arrive, when they’ll set up and sound check, how they’ll begin their set, how they’ll interact with their audience, how and when they’ll take their breaks, and when they’ll leave.

15. Is there anything you need to know from us?

You may think you’ve thought of everything to ask, but every band is different. If a live wedding band has a special requirement, or some kind of limitation, they’ll only be able to mention it if you give them the chance to do so.

At Earcandy, it’s our aim to make sure that every wedding we perform at feels utterly unique and incredibly special. Because your event should feel like the event. To you, it’s the only event that matters. And it’s our job to make sure that it lives up to your expectations.

 

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