There’s lots of things to consider when choosing a band – here are our top-tips!

These are the most common questions we get asked, but please feel free to drop us an email if you have any other queries, we’re always happy to help.

Why should I use the Live Music Agent instead of finding my own music?

Booking live entertainment is not the kind of thing most people do every day, we’re here to take the stress out of the process.  We’ve vetted all our artists and we work with people over and over again so we know our acts are not only talented but reliable.

That said, from time to time things can go wrong.  But you can rest assured that we have put every possible measure in place to make sure you are protected, and, with years of experience in the music industry, we’re here to help.

From time to time we’ve been contacted by people who haven’t used The Live Music Agent to book their entertainment and their band have let them down on the day of the performance. We’ve always been able to help and offer an alternative and we’ll be available at any point in the process to keep things running smoothly for our customers and avoid this situation.

What type of acts do you supply?

As our name suggests, we specialise in Live Music, however if you’re after a vintage bus, a magician or a fire breather…  We probably know someone.  We’ve been doing this a long time so we can help source whatever entertainment you can imagine!

Will I have a dedicated point of contact?

Yes the same person will be dealing with your enquiry from start to finish, however all of our team are really experienced in different areas of event planning so from time to time we might enlist the advice of one of our team if we think they can provide specific advice from their specialist area.

Can I see the band I book perform live?

Most of the bands that work for The Live Music Agent are “function bands” meaning that all of their gigs are at private events, however from time to time bands have showcase events and it’s worth asking about a band and seeing what we can sort out for you.

What is a 'rider'?

A rider is a list of what a band needs on the day of the performance, in addition to their fee.  The idea of this can make acts sound like divas but in most cases an act’s requirements are pretty simple.  Common things that bands might ask for are soft drinks, some food and somewhere to get changed.

Will the band supply all their own equipment?

For the vast majority of performances in the UK the band will supply everything they need to perform. Occasionally in bigger venues or open air gigs the band may need to hire in a larger PA system or an AV team.

For international performances it is common for the artist to hire equipment but it is rarely the responsibility of the client to arrange this.

What is a noise limiter and does it affect the band I can book?

Unfortunately, noise limiters are becoming more and more popular as a method to try to appease neighbours of noisy music venues.  Each one is very different; some are not a problem and others are very difficult for bands to work with.  If you find your venue has a particularly sensitive volume limiter then it might be better to book a band that has a line-up designed to perform at a lower volume.  You should always find out from your venue at the start of the process if you will have to worry about this and contact us for advice.

You can also read our blog about Volume Limiters by clicking here.

How can I guarantee the standard of act that I’ve booked?

We make sure that the musicians on our books provide an accurate representation of their abilities in their promotional material.  We’ve all heard of auto tune and sometimes the charts seem to be dominated by people miming and pretending to sing; we can assure you that there is none of that funny business going on here!

What happens if the act cancels?

From time to time people get ill and have to miss a gig. All of our musicians have trained understudies and in 99.9% of cases, there is someone waiting in the wings to make sure that the show goes on.

In the exceptionally rare situation where a band needs to cancel a performance then they will be in breach of contract and you will be able to sue them for damages.

We will always be on hand to help find a suitable replacement and will do everything we can to make sure that this situation is dealt with quickly and professionally.

What happens if I change my mind?

If you pay a deposit to book an act then the artist will reserve your date and turn down other opportunities to perform, because of this, there are cancellation fees.  These are detailed in our terms and conditions.

Will I have any input on the band’s set list?

Most bands will be happy to learn a song for your event and in most cases they will be happy to send you a set list in advance of the performance.  If you’d like to change any of the songs on the set list then we’ll talk to the band for you; however, it’s not always a wise decision. Bands have places where two songs weave together, a bit where the guitarist gets the audience to strum his guitar or a member of the band plays an instrument you weren’t expecting.  If you change a band’s set list too much you might inadvertently remove all the great parts of their performance.

How long is the average set of an act?

Most bands perform for somewhere in the region of 2 hours.  The performance is most likely split into 2 x 1 hour sets; however, this is normally negotiable and it’s not unusual to see bands playing 3 x 40 minute sets. Each profile has a guide to the bands average performance times.

How far in advance should I book an act?

If you’ve found the band of your dreams then book them today!  We hate having to tell people that the band they wanted has already got a booking on that night.  A lot of our bands are very popular so get in there first!

Are there contracts involved?

Yes, we will never make a booking for a private event without both parties signing a contract.  We want to make sure that everyone in the transaction is protected. Every booking will be subject to our terms and conditions.