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How far in advance should I book

As soon as you’ve booked your venue.
We can have lineups booked 18 months in advance and in some cases even further.
Good bands get booked quickly, just as quickly as caterers, videographers and photographers so bear that in mind if you want the best for your event!

Can I pick the bands setlist?

This crops up from time to time, and once a client has seen our repertoire, of course they’ll see songs that they want playing on the day (and ones they don’t) which is absolutely fine.
Why would you not want to hear particular songs, especially if it’s a wedding, where perhaps there’s a song or two that has a special meaning?
BUT! What *doesn’t* work is where a full set list is picked and it is to be rigidly stuck to.
Picture it:
“Ohhh, Mustang Sally, Aunty Sheila loves that song” so, as you predicted Aunty Sheila gets up to dance. On her own. Or with two or three reluctant family members.
“Ohhh, Wonderwall my brother loves that one!” And surely, brother gets up, belts it out with drunken bravado with two mates and then sits back down.
“Ohhh Crazy Frog ft. Axel F, 13 year old me loves that one!”
And so it goes on for the rest of the set; pockets of three or four people up and dancing at any one time, and the rest of the room sat chatting over it.
Whether it’s a wedding or a big, cooperate event, an important thing to remember is that as a client, you are paying good money for the band to play for everyone there, not just yourselves.
What we know as a collective of musicians is which songs work well TOGETHER.
As mentioned, we have a HUGE repertoire of songs which we’ll pick from for the sets depending on the crowd, songs which flow, which are designed to have everyone on their feet, making the set as dynamic as possible and making sure there’s something for everyone.
Just relax, you’ve paid good money to your suppliers to do their job, whether it’s the caterers, band or the photo booth guys. They do this for a living and have done it many times, leaving you to just worry about your hangover the next day!
PS, if you have asked for Proud Mary, it’s coming. You don’t need to check after every song by shouting in our ear whilst we’re playing. Be patient and enjoy yourself, Aunty Sheila!

Do you offer a DJ service?

Yes! Included in the price, we offer a premixed DJ service which runs through the band’s industry-grade PA system to keep your guests on their feet when the band has finished.
You can either use your own device or we’ll take care of it ourselves but we have some banger-filled playlists on hand to ensure your guests are dancing til the venue kicks us out!

Are there any hidden charges?

Absolutely not. When we send you a quote, it includes the fee, fuel and travel (if applicable) and accommodation (if applicable)

Do you do destination weddings?

Yes! We have and will play all over the world-just bear in mind the travel and logistical costs when booking a UK band.

What happens if someone in the band falls ill?

Just like any other line of work, Illness happens and just like any other line of work, we have systems in place to get around it.
Amongst the Monotones ranks we have some of the best function musicians in the UK, who have performed all over the world and have years of experience playing live, so if one of us are stricken with an ill child or a rare vocal chord disease, we can pull someone else in, equally as fantastic without compromising the sound or look of the band.
We have NEVER had to cancel on a client and don’t intend to in the future!

My venue has a “sound limiter” is this a problem?

Many venues across the country have them, and not all will mention that they do until a long time after booking, so what are they and why should you ask before making a booking?
If you’re thinking of hiring a live band for your event, bear in mind that the average decibel reading for a band like Monotones is around 120db.
Most sound limiters are set at around 96db, which is around the same volume as audience applause.
Some sound limiters completely cut the power once the meter has been in “the red” for a certain length of time (green, amber, red-you get the picture) once the power is cut, the bands gear shuts off. This can destroY thousands of £s worth of amplification used for the instruments as well as the sound desk which is obviously a big problem, for us and the audience.
The other type of sound limiter is a decibel “reader” which is often handheld and is used by the venue, often during a band’s soundcheck to ensure the volume doesn’t exceed a certain level.
How do we get around them?
We did once have the band spend an entire show watching the lights on the limiter. Imagine that? Four of staring at a box on the ceiling for 2 hours.
We ALWAYS take a reading on our own meter when soundchecking to meet the venue’s expectations (often inviting the coordinator over to show that we are operating within the agreed level) and will ALWAYS cooperate.
Sound limiters are there for a reason, and it is not worth a venue’s trading licence just because a band want to play a bit louder.
Drummers can use “hot rod” sticks which dampen the impact when they hit a drum and guitarists can still get a great sound from their equipment at lower volumes-it just means we don’t get to ROCK OUT as much, like we do in our bedrooms.
Make sure you ask your wedding coordinator when booking and let your act know so they are aware of any sound limitations. If the limiter is too severe (we once had to turn a booking down with a limiter set to 90!) we will always advise you.
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