Frequently Asked Questions
What is your starting price?
£400 for a drinks reception, £1200 for an evening party set-list
What services do you offer?
We offer exceptional live music to cover your entire event. From romantic ceremony music to the sophisticated drinks reception and on to the late night party. You have the choice of packages or the option to create a bespoke booking.
All our bookings include PAT tested PA system and lighting.
What is included in the wedding package?
Our wedding package includes Ceremony music (1hr), Drinks Reception music (1hr) and Evening Performance (2 x 1hr) plus DJ Service for between and after sets. The wedding package starts at £1400.
How far in advance should I contact you?
As far in advance as you wish! Please also contact us for last minute bookings as we always try our best to oblige, even without much notice.
What style of music do you offer?
We offer a wide range of styles covering indie, pop, folk, rock, jazz, funk and soul.
Type of musical group:
Bespoke Party Bands has three party bands, perfect for a wedding reception; The Upper Hand, Dance Away and Funcnation.
We also have The RC Jazz Collective who perform in a range of ensembles from a duo to a 5-piece covering all styles of jazz. Perfect for a drinks reception or dinner party.
Evening Dew are our soulful duo who perform a range of live-lounge style covers, plus some jazz classics. Ideal for a drinks reception or to accompany a ceremony.
Finally we have Groove Cortex, a lively collective of renowned musicians who celebrate jazz, funk and soul.
Size of musical group:
From a duo to a five-piece, with the option to add full horn section or another singer to the set-up.
Bruno Mars, Rhianna, Aretha Franklin, Katy Perry, Bassment Jaxx, Sister Sledge, Junior Senior, AlphaBeat, Jermaine Stewart, Girls Aloud, Charlie XCX, Scissor Sisters, Smash Mouth, Kool & the Gang, House of Pain, Outkast, J Lo, Robbie Williams, McFly, Beyonce, Gossip, MIA, The Ting Tings, Michael Jackson,
Bastille, Mumford & Sons, The Weeknd, MGMT, Drake, Pulp, Bruno Mars, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Swedish House Mafia, Doobie Brothers, Blackstreet, Cee Lo Green, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles.
Is it possible to request something that is not in the repertoire?
Yes, we will always learn a first dance free of charge.
For further song requests that are not on our set list, there will be a charge of £40 per song. This is to cover some of the time needed for our musicians to create a suitable arrangement, learn the song and rehearse it as a band.
Our musicians are accustomed to playing at a variety of events, large and small. Experience includes wedding ceremonies (afternoon drinks & reception parties), Cambridge University May Balls, birthdays, christenings, garden parties, college dinners, major festivals, and corporate functions.
Do you have your own equipment?
Yes, we always bring our own PAT tested PA and lighting equipment.
Are you able to travel?
Yes we can travel!
Is there a charge for travelling?
There is no charge for travel to a venue within 25 miles of our Cambridge studio. Beyond this we charge £2.50 per five miles.
Do you cover more than one wedding a day?
Bespoke Party Bands can cover more than one wedding a day as we have a range of bands available. However we would not book more than one wedding per day per band. It is important that our clients get the best possible service, we would not want over commit our musicians and compromise quality.
Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?
We operate from a professional music studio in Cambridge and have a small team who manage everything from initial inquiries all the way to performing at your wedding.
Every musician has been handpicked to ensure a trustworthy and entertaining live music experience for all of our clients.
What is the length of time of the act?
However long you need, standard times are: 1 hour for ceremony music, 1 hour for drinks reception music and 2 x 1 hour sets of evening music. These can be extended or reduced as your event requires.
How much time do you need to prepare for an act?
Normally we would arrive an hour and half before the performance to load in equipment and sound check. We are happy to discuss your personal requirements should you need us to arrive earlier. We have a tight and well-rehearsed set up so that our bands can sound check and be ready to play with minimal fuss.
Do you charge per hour or per event?
We charge per event and agree set times and lengths prior to the day. It the event is likely to run beyond midnight, or you wish to have music beyond midnight then are happy to discuss an hourly rate to cover this.
If needed, would you be able to work extra hours
Yes of course, if you need us to work additional hours this won't be a problem as long as it is agreed ahead of the event.
How do you charge for extra time?
If you plan for your event to run beyond midnight we will charge for our time, this additional cost per hour would be agreed prior to the event.
What are the forms of payment?
We ask for a 20% deposit to secure the booking and then payment by invoice to be paid no later than one week after the performance.
Can I come and watch the musicians play live before I book?
Yes, we have our own music studio in the centre of Cambridge. We regularly use the studio to present intimate showcases for prospective clients. If you are interested in attending one of our showcase events please get in touch.