your questions answered.
What do your acts cost?
When you enquire about one of our acts, we will provide you with a custom quote for your event. Prices are determined by a number of factors, including the number of musicians in the act, where your event is taking place and your timings on the day. With our range of line ups and options we can usually find something great to suit all budgets. We can also offer discounted rates if you are booking more than one act through The bb Collective.
Are there any additional costs?
When you enquire about hiring one of our acts, we will send you a quote based on the information you have given us and including an expenses cost specific to getting the band to your venue. As with other bands, expenses include travel and accommodation (if necessary) and a small waiting charge if there is a very long wait between set up and performance. All acts' prices include equipment and PA, and for our large acts our quote will also include a sound engineer onsite as standard, to ensure the band sounds great all night. Lights are also available at an extra cost so please ask for us to include this in our quote if you are interested in lighting up the dancefloor.
What do you wear?
Our musicians and singers always dress appropriately for your event, and we will discuss what would be most suitable with you beforehand. Sharp suits and evening dress for black tie events, or smart and funky outfits for more relaxed occasions – we will work with you to get the right look.
Where do you go?
Anywhere! Our musicians are mainly based in London and Brighton but we are always happy to travel for an event.
Can you provide music between sets?
Of course. All acts will have a good selection of tunes for background music during dinner or to keep people on the dancefloor between live sets. Alternatively, you can provide us with a cd or Ipod containing songs of your choice which we can play through our system.
Do you learn special requests?
Our acts are always happy to learn a new song for your event. We are often asked to learn numbers for a bride and groom’s first dance, but are also happy to learn special songs for other events.
What stage size do you require?
This is of course dependant on how many musicians are in your chosen act. As a guide, an acoustic duo can manage in about 2 square meters and we would prefer no smaller than 5m x 4m for an 8 piece Soul Sauce line up. We are always happy to speak to venues directly about the stage size available.
Do you have Public Liability insurance?
Yes we do and this covers all our acts up to £2 million. Our equipment is also fully PAT Tested. If your venue needs to see copies of these certificates, just let us know.
I'm after something specific that I can't see here - can you help?
We will definitely try to! We have a great relationship with a huge number of musicians and can usually put together the right line up to deliver exactly what you are after. In the past, this has included bespoke "stings" for Awards Ceremonies, a band playing a set of TV Theme Tunes and an experiential event where musicians played different parts of the same song in separate rooms! Just get in touch to discuss your requirements and we'll get our brainstorm hats on.
Are there any questions I should ask my venue before booking with you?
Some venues have sound limiters in place - and many of these fail to tell you about these until you have confirmed your booking. Sound limiters are volume control devices which are usually linked to the electricity supply, so if the music goes over a certain volume the electricity is cut off. They do not necessarily mean you can't have a band but we might recommend going for one of our smaller acts depending on the type of sound limiter the venue has in place and at what level it is set. We would be happy to speak to your venue and work out the best acts to suggest based on the limits in place.