Live music is a fantastic addition to all sorts of events. Whether you’re planning a birthday party, wedding, corporate event or anything else, booking a live band as your entertainment is always a fantastic choice.
That said, there are so many choices of bands these days that it can be difficult to chose the one best suited to your event. In this blog, we’ll make the case for why bands that focus on a particular decade for their material are a great choice, specifically, 1970s and 1980s bands.
The 1970s was an amazing year for music. Anthemic rock was in full swing on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks to the likes of Led Zepplin, David Bowie, The Eagles and Bruce Springsteen. At the same time, you had the phenomenon of Disco exploding in the clubs of New York and Philadelphia. This produced iconic tunes like Chic’s “Good Times” “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees and “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge.
1970s bands for hire will be able to utilise all of this material to put on an amazing show, often incorporating fantastic lighting. Sometimes, the band will specialise in a specific genre, like disco or funk. Alternatively, they might simply cover a selection of the greatest hits of the decade.
Their ability to tap into the various tunes of the 70s, will make them ideal for any event that’s looking for a packed out dance floor, especially corporate events. After a long series of conferences or meetings, most of your colleagues will be looking to let their hair down. 1970s bands will be the perfect way to relax and enjoy the evening party.
The 1980s were a really exciting time for popular music, and saw the rise of mega stars like Madonna. George Michael and Michael Jackson, as well as bands like Duran Duran and Eurythmics. The music they and their contemporaries put out became the soundtrack to many a persons youth, and had a huge impact on the music that was to follow. In fact, many of the big pop stars of the 1980s continue to be cited as influences by today’s chart toppers. The 1980s also saw the rise of huge stadium rock bands like Motley Crue, Poison and Whitesnake.
Whether it’s anthemic stadium rock, intense ballads or pop grooves, a 1980s band will be a brilliant addition to all sorts of events. Whether you’re old enough to remember the 80s, or just a fan of the music, booking a 1980s band for a private event is going to be a great idea. They’ll be perfect for birthday parties, weddings and many other potential bookings.
Top tips when booking a 1970s or 1980s band
– Pay close attention to any potential bands promotional material
When looking for the right band for your event, it’s important to thoroughly check out any potential act. This means reading their biographical material, looking at their repertoire and watching any promotional videos or listening to audio. If you do your research, you’ll ensure that you find a band that’s perfect for your event, by playing the right type of music.
– Consider your space limitations
It may sound obvious, but a live band will take up a lot more space than you might think. If your venue is small (or even the space within the venue) then booking a 9-piece band is obviously not going to work. Make sure you speak to any potential act about their space requirements, and consider your venue’s appropriateness.
– Ask your venue about live music
It’s important to speak to your venue in advance, to let them know you are planning to have live music. Ask about if they usually have bands on, and if so where. It’s also important to liaise between your band and the venue about what they will need from the band – many venues will require any live entertainment to provide proof that their equipment has been PAT tested for electrical safety, and can provide a certificate for Public Liability Insurance.
– Send requests over far in advance
It’s not unreasonable to ask your band if they take requests. There may well be a specific 70s or 80s song that you want to hear, especially for key moments, like a first dance at a wedding. A lot of groups will be happy to take a few requests, but it is important to send them over far enough in advance to enable rehearsal.
– Trust your band!
If you’ve hired a professional group, they will probably have encountered all manner of situations, learning to solve problems that you might not have even considered. If you’ve booked the right band, then you shouldn’t have to micro-manage.
Don’t forget, following the theme can always enhance any party where you’re booking a band! Decorate your venue, and encourage your guests to dress in the style of the decade.
From everybody at Last Minute Musicians, we wish you the best of luck with your search for a band. If you’re looking for options, then browse through over 3300 acts listed on www.lastminutemusicians.com