A cover band is a great way to break up a party and get away from the dullness of a stereo or a dj. They are great for birthday parties, 21st's or end of year Christmas functions. This doesn't come without risk though, failing to prepare for a cover band or hiring one that is unprofessional can destroy a party and waste money.
Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your cover band is professional and your night runs smoothly.
Before you approach a band, make sure you have the following information handy.
The kind of music you require for your event: Is it top 40? Are there requests from certain guests. It is best to know this early to avoid being disappointed on the night.
The size of the room / Number of guests: This is important, as it will help the band to determine the sound system they will require for the gig.
If the band you are speaking to does not ask either of these questions, they probably aren't worth hiring.
You'll also want to do some research to make sure the band are reliable and good.
Get referrals: Ask around friends and family for bands that they have used for functions. This is the fastest way to find out how reliable a band is which is great if your a business employee who has been thrown the job of organizing the Christmas party.
If you can't find any good referrals, get online and look for a cover band directory in your area. If you're lucky, there will be a directory which is full of reviews from other people who have used them. This will help you to make a decision.
Once you've found a band that you think are ok, do some research. Visit their website, and have a look for videos of them playing. Also, look at who they previously previously done gigs for. A band that has played for big corporate clients, or held down a residency at a bigger name venue is definitely worth hiring.
I hope I've helped you to book your cover band!