Choosing a band for your event can be confusing. Most people will only go through the process of booking a band one or two times in their lifetime (unless they are an event planner of course!) but for those clients where it is the first time organising a Wedding, Birthday Party or perhaps your Office Party…it can be a bit overwhelming!
Here at MIB Music Ltd, we have a range of acts that could be suitable for your event:
MIB – MIB are a party band coming in a range of sizes from a 5 piece to a 12 piece. Their main repertoire is very vast but mainly revolves around Party music so whether that be 50′s/60′s/70′s/80′s/90′s/00′s or current music (Have we got a name for the 2010′s?)…or if it’s pop/rock/soul/funk/jazz/swing/israeli they can cover it all. Their standard quote offers 2 x 70 minute sets and usually clients use this for the party/dancing part of their evening however the band are very flexible in style and can also perform a Jazz/Swing set earlier on in the evening.
The LOL Band – The LOL Band come in a 3 piece (great for space/noise restrictions) or a 4 piece. They use a mixture of live instruments and backing tracks which means the sound is able to be controlled easily (hence great for noise restrictions). It also means that they can replicate the sounds of modern music as now-a-days most songs are very much production based and need a great deal of musicians to replicate the sounds. The also play a wide range of musical styles/eras however are very popular for their modern sound.
Motown Supreme - Motown Supreme are a Motown tribute band. Perhaps you want to add a theme to your evening? Or maybe you are a big fan of Motown? The band comes in a 7 piece line up which includes 3 female vocalists who put on a great show with harmonies, costumes and dance routines. For the smaller parties the band is available as a trio which is the 3 girls singing with backing tracks. They play all the Motown hits as well as some more modern songs that are clearly influenced from the Motown sound.
MIB Rocks – MIB Rocks is the all male 4 piece version of MIB. They perform Rock and Pop hits from bands such as The Killers, Kasabian, The Beatles, Rolling Stones etc. Their offer a ‘No Cheese Alert’ repertoire so this would be a good choice if you wanted to go for a more indie/rock music style approach.
Live Loungers – The Live Loungers are a trio consisting of female vocals, piano and percussion. They are a great background act suitable for drinks receptions or over dinner however they are often booked for the dancing part of an evening where the client wants something a bit different to a full on band. They play their own unique arrangement of modern pop songs, as well as some classic Jazz tunes too.
Undercover Superstars – The Undercover Superstars are a more specialist act. This is where we take our singers and hide them in your event as waiters/event planners/guests etc. After causing a scene they break out into song performing a 20 minute show. The scenario can be tailored made to suit your event and any scene or song is possible (as long as there is a backing track to it). Many people ask to extend the show to longer than 20 minutes but from out experience it is better that it is short and sweet, leaving that ‘wow factor’ behind. This act works really well over dinner and usually after mains or over desert.
Solo Singer – perhaps you just want to go for something simple for your event? Our solo singers do a great job at entertaining your guests. Each singer has a wide repertoire and can perform background sets over drinks/dinner as well as a full on party set later on for dancing.
There are a couple of important factors to bear in mind when choosing your band. The first one is ‘Is this going to work with my guests?’. Sometimes when people are choosing a band, what they personally want might not be suitable for the rest of the party guests. As much as this is your event, it is a good idea to choose something you know your guests will love as often the person who booked the band (bride/birthday girl or boy/event planner) is so busy being the host, they are the least likely person on the dance floor!
The second thing to bear in mind is repertoire. Is there a particular song you want? And can this band deliver it? It is surprising how many clients will book a band and then want them to play something that is out of their comfort zone. Sometimes the line up of the band and/or the style they usually do just doesn’t work for the songs picked. For example, looking above…you wouldn’t book Motown Supreme if you wanted a song by The Foo Fighters? So have a think about the repertoire, what is important to you. Are you happy with the DJ playing it? Or if you are not having a DJ, will the band provide music for in-between the sets where they could add it in? (our bands do).
The great thing about booking a band is that there are always people to talk to. Here at MIB you can call or email us to chat through your ideas for your event. We can help you decide which of our acts are suitable, and if none of our home grown acts are then we can definitely help put you in touch with someone who is.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Think outside the box. And have fun planning!