March 7th, 2014
reverend and makers play house concert
One of the fantastic underground ideas within the folk and acoustic music scene is the house concert. A house concert is simply a gig which is held in someone’s home or private space and is by invitation only. A house concert offers an intimate and unique atmosphere for a gig and is a trend that is moving rapidly into the mainstream with pop bands and party acts extending this experience way beyond it’s folk scene roots.
When Sheffield based chart act Reverend And The Makers launched their recent album they did so with a series of front room concerts chosen by lottery. The concerts afforded the band an intimate tour in front of staunch supporters and the attention of the press , particularly at grassroots level where local papers reported extensively on “Top Hit Band Plays Students Front Room” style stories.
It may not be possible to book an act with several hit records under their belt but anyone can organise a house concert.
Ideally you want a space large enough to accommodate twenty or thirty people . Artists gigging on the folk scene often suggest a cover charge of £10 to £15. They will set a guarantee on the night (ie the fee that you need to pay them against door take) and the ticket prices can be set against this. On the folk scene it is common practice that the acts play totally without amplification which harks back to the fabulous folk clubs held in small back rooms of public houses many of which have disappeared over the years. Indeed I grew up in such a pub where acts would travel far and wide to perform in a small back room and the inclusion of a PA system was met with despair by the hard liners amongst the folk fraternity.
For the party person organising a house concert makes total sense with the cost of the act often being met by a ticket charge levied to friends and family. Live Music Management have supplied everything from solo singers playing pop tunes on acoustic guitars through to Rockaoke Karaoke Bands playing fully live sets with PA systems in larger residences. Many of our acts have a great deal of experience of this type of event from their time spent playing in ski resorts where the well organised chalet party has become a valued side line for the bands playing in the Alps. Jazz and swing bands also make an appearance on this scene with dates in peoples front rooms becoming more common.
Organising a house concert provides a unique experience for band and audience alike and , obviously, cuts down on venue hire charges , drink prices at bars etc etc. We would however ask one thing. Please check with the neighbours first!
March 5th, 2014
Top Ten World Cup Songs
Live Music Management are currently working on a project designed to make this years World Cup experience the very best that it can be for people watching the big games in Walkabout venues.
Live Music Management have looked after the entertainment in the Walkabout Australian Bars for over seventeen years . Walkabout is the number one destination for sport in the high street and were the first bars to invest in big screens and the first to invest in 3d TV technology. They have also always had the foresight to make the big football games a full live experience providing half time entertainment , DJs , trumpet players and drummers and stilt walkers and fire performers all contributing to the great atmosphere that comes with watching the game in a large venue environment.
With more people owning large screen TV’s and subscriptions to Sky the Walkabout Bars have continued to dominate the live sport market in the high street with their service levels , technology investments and with the entertainment add ons that ensure everyone watching the game in Walkabout will enjoy a fantastic night (or day!) out.
Part of our research into what makes for a great experience watching sport in a pub environment was to look at the biggest footballing anthems and to compile a list of the top ten world cup songs ever. There was input into this list from DJ’s across the UK and from our team of music experts. The full list contains over a hundred songs but we have limited it to the top ten essentials for the purpose of this blog. It would make a great playlist for any world cup game.
Bellini – Samba De Janeiro
Dario G- Carnival De Paris
Chumawumba – Tubthumpin
Queen – We Will Rock You
Queen – We Are The Champions
The Lightening Seeds – Three Lions
Pavarotti – Nessun Dorma
Status Quo – Rockin Allover The World
The Farm – All Together Now
The England Squad – Back Home (1970’s anthem)
February 18th, 2014
solo singer for events
Alex Kennedy aka Alex Guitar and Voice is one of the UK’s most accomplished guitarist/singers with a wealth of experience playing in many different types of situations. On valentines day morning he found himself playing one of the strangest but most enjoyable shows of his career when he was booked by Outspoken Projects Ltd to perform at Gatwick Airport.
The location itself wasn’t that unusual. Alex has performed for Live Music Management in hotels , retail venues , shopping malls etc etc so a gig in an airport terminal isn’t too much of a stretch. What was markedly different about this show was the arrival and performance time. He was booked to perform at 6am!
6am is more likely to be the time that a musician gets home from a show rather than the performance time of a gig.
Alex had to be on site with his passport at 5am. He performed in the terminal and had to pass though customs although he would not be travelling outside the UK. Alex was booked to perform a selection of love songs for the airline passengers as they passed through the airport. It was a beautiful touch for valentines day morning and, by all accounts , put a smile on many early morning faces. A romantic gesture reminiscent for the early days of air travel when glamour and spectacle followed the passengers throughout the airport experience.
Alex is a very versatile artist.
He has performed on cruise ships , in night clubs and bars and student venues. He has performed recently at the Savoy for a lovely 70th birthday party. He is about to tour the UK’s holiday parks with his three piece band performing a unique live and interactive evening of Pop Music Trivia called Beat The Band. He often performs in the pit for the big West End shows and sometimes deps at theatres with touring bands and tributes. He plays solo , with his duo or with his fabulous band.
He does not regularly get booked to play at 6am!
Thanks to Gatwick and to Outspoken Events for this unique experience.
February 13th, 2014
paul mcgan at the sci fi ball
Live Music Management DJ , Dan Mason , attended and helped out at the Sci Fi Ball in Bournemouth last weekend. As well as being a major event in the calendar for lovers of all things Sci Fi it is also a major fund raiser for Teenage Cancer Trust. Dan gives his services for free and helps out at this event every year. This year he worked the weekend as a steward and his hard work , along with the efforts of hundreds of staff , booking agents , AV people and , of course , star guests made the event another huge success which raised £4,690.52 for the charity.
The Sci Fi Ball guests included Paul McGann from Doctor Who , Chris Barrie from Red Dwarf , Marina Sirtis from Star Trek The Next Generation , Paul Blake from Star Wars and many more.
In the Exhibition Hall the guests included Reload Comics and authors Robert Rankins , Kit Cox and Mike Garley along with illustrators Lee Sullivan and Nathan Evans and many more legends from the world of Science Fiction.
There were some great themes to the weekend with Friday night being a Zombie Apocalypse theme where you could attend as a steam punk or a zombie. Saturday took on a cowboys and aliens theme.
The whole weekend was a science fiction fans dream with the chance to dress up and meet like minded people whilst getting the chance to meet the stars of the genre and buy exclusive merchandise and attend signings .
There was also some great music and karaoke, one or two party games and more than a few quizzes.
Just a little example of what one of the LMM DJs gets up to on his weekend off. Having fun , dressing up and raising money for a very good cause at the same time. What could be better?
February 12th, 2014
valentines day events
Live Music Management are involved with supplying the entertainment to a number of Valentines Day events in 2014. With February 14 falling on a Friday the date is fabulously placed to be a good night for restaurant’s and bars and has even been a major night for weddings in the UK.
The kind of Valentines Day events Live Music Management are involved in range from supplying singers and piano players to restaurants for intimate candle lit and romantic meals through to anti valentine day DJ events where confirmed singletons get together to drown their sorrows or celebrate their fantastic luck in being single! There are a number of wedding couples who have chosen live bands with a large repertoire of romantic tunes for their valentine themed wedding party. There is also a day time promotional event to be held at Gatwick Airport with a valentines theme and an event held in the Trafford Centre with an instrumental guitarist playing swing and pop ballads for the customers passing through on Saturday afternoon.
Over the years Live Music Management have supplied acts to many Valentines Day events and we are quick to identify the right act for the right event. If you are looking for something special for your valentines themed evening then please give the office a call on 08454 900515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Probably my favourite valentines day events have been the ones which have been booked as surprises for the intended recipient. The most memorable of these was a company boss who decided to treat his work force with a singer/guitarist who wandered around the office handing out chocolate and flowers to the workers during a lunch break. As he did this he sang romantic tunes to all the work staff. Apparently this particular Company Director had a track record of marking each special day in the calendar with something to remember. I am pretty sure he would have had a very happy work force that day!
Of course if you are still looking for your Valentine then you will find that there are some great events planned for the Walkabout and Bar Risa venues this coming Friday and Live Music Management Deejays will be on hand to keep you entertained. I am sure there will be one or two people hooking up whilst dancing in one of these venues this weekend. Who knows maybe one day you will be calling LMM to book a band or DJ for your wedding? It has happened before!
February 10th, 2014
Five free event ideas
Live Music Management are a UK based talent agency. We book live bands and DJ’s into events both here in the UK and overseas and over the years we have come across hundreds of great ideas for events. Todays blog is going to feature five free event idea’s.
1. Get Your Live Band To DJ For You
If you book a live function band from Live Music Management you will receive a free DJ service and the majority of clients that book a band for their wedding or party will use the bands DJ services instead of booking a separate DJ.
2. Organise a balloon drop.
Whilst this idea isn’t totally free it’s as near as dammit. The last time we checked you could buy a bag of balloons in poundland for , you guessed it , a pound. Hang netting or a sheet over the dance floor and you’ve got yourself a fun midnight balloon drop that will be a free centrepiece to your celebrations.
3. Fireworks at midnight on New Years Eve.
Every private residence and venue for miles around will be shooting off some fireworks at midnight. Why not just take your guests outside with some hot toddy at midnight and watch the night sky. It’s going to save you a fortune on fireworks. I’ll let you into a secret. It’s what we have been doing on NYE at midnight for the last few years. It’s brilliant.
If you are having a party near a public space then make it a flashmob party. Take the party to the park or the precinct and give your guests a memorable finish to the night. All you need is a prepared dance (it can be as simple as YMCA or as complex as you think your guests can manage.) Rehearse a couple of times in the party and then take the ghetto blaster out into the street. Its brilliant , fun and a little bit naughty!
5. Theme your party around pop superstars and get everyone to do a turn either with a Karaoke DJ or a live karaoke band. That way you have free entertainment to keep everyone entertained for the duration of the party. You would be surprised by how many talented people are amongst your party guests and amongst the non talented there are sure to be some laugh out loud moments.
Live Music Management are happy to chat to anyone looking for free event ideas to fit in with their party entertainment booking. You can call the office on 08454 900515 or by emailing email@example.com
February 6th, 2014
ski resort bands
It is fair to say that the party based entertainment industry is seasonal . Summer brings bookings in holiday parks and weddings , Summer balls and, increasingly, festivals whilst during the winter season many live bands turn into ski resort bands in order to take shows overseas whilst the UK is in the off season.
January and February are the key months for ski resort bands. December and the Christmas season tend to take care of themselves with corporate parties , club dates and the Christmas hotel bookings filling up the diary for most function bands but often acts find January and February are hard months to fill. It’s at this point that the idea of a couple of months in the Alps becomes attractive.
It is worth noting however that recent increases in the cost of accommodation and general cost of living in the major European ski centres combined with the declining strength of the Euro and travel costs have made the winter ski resort season less lucrative than it used to be. Many acts will comment that a ski trip (even with the benefit of slope passes , accommodation etc etc) will end up costing them money and a number of acts are attracted more to the lifestyle than the opportunity of earning a crust.
That said Live Music Management have a number of bands playing out in the Alps in the winter 2014 season and if you have seen a quality act whilst ski ing and want to book a similar band for your wedding , party or event then you have come to the right place. Just call 08454 900515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we should be able to place the right kind of band with you.
Bands like The Dominos and Satisfunction , Platform Six , Go Commando , Wax and Lucas are all regulars in the resorts of France and Italy and are great additions to any UK party or function. Many of them have smaller line ups or acoustic versions of their band . They have gained tremendous experience playing in the ski lodges for small scale private parties and this is something they are always happy to offer as an option back here in the UK. Live Music Management also offer Rockaoke aka Bandeoke bands that have played at ski resorts over the Winter season and these are in demand for every kind of event and party in the UK.
Please get in touch with Live Music Management if you are looking for the very best in ski resort bands. We would also be interested in hearing from any bars or resorts looking to book entertainment for the 2015 season. We would love to be able to help.
February 5th, 2014
black dresses for parties
The entertainment is booked (from Live Music Management , of course.) The caterers have prepared the very best menu, the party invites are out and the venue is dressed up to the nines. Everything is ready for the big night but something is missing?
The theatre doesn’t stop at dressing up the venue and ensuring that the tables look the business. The host and the hostess have to look their best too. That’s why todays blog is aimed at the party girl who wants to buy a new dress for the next event.
Live Music Management are happy to introduce a great website that offers a fabulous range of little black dresses at a reasonable cost for the discerning party girl. If you visit www.blackdresses.co.uk you will find a massive range of black dresses in every conceivable style. Its a fashionable and chic site with designer dresses galore many of which are offered at discount rates. LMM were lucky enough to have bumped into the owners of this company a few weeks ago at an industry bash and they impressed us with their enthusiasm for the lines that they sell and we thought many of our own customers who are organising parties and functions might be interested in browsing the vast range of dresses available on the website.
The ladies in the LMM team had no trouble finding dresses that they liked from the brands and styles available and with a price match promise the site offers great value for money.
As regular readers know Live Music Management supply live bands and DJs to all kinds of functions from high school proms to night clubs , military events to holiday parks , charity balls to grand civic affairs , weddings and parties. Black dresses play a significant role in many of these as the clothing item of choice for women of style.
Are you ready to party?
February 3rd, 2014
how much is live music worth?
The continuing debate over how much is live music worth is being added to this month with an open forum and discussion in Liverpool. On February 6 Liverpool Music Community Mag Bido Lito and the Musicians Union will be meeting to hold an open version of their online conversation about the rates that should be paid for musicians.
Musician pay rates are increasingly being blurred by the “pay to play” model which we have discussed at length in a previous blog post. Live Music Management support musicians in their careers and believe that musicians should be paid for their services .This is a view which is also held by the Musicians Union representative who will be debating on Thursday in Liverpool. The Musicians Union firmly believes that musicians who agree to play for free should be aware that they are driving down the fees for all musicians right across the spectrum. Of course assessing and weighing up opportunity for a “break” against a live performance for which you should be paid is a fluid concept and something which needs to be assessed against the specifics of the live offer. In short, it’s complicated!
A great deal of the conversation about free performance is built around the original music scene where a support slot with the right act or a festival warm up slot , a record company showcase or even a chance to sing in front of the X Factor judges in the o2 arena might well be “paying your dues” but Live Music Management also see a number of approaches to try and get function bands to offer their services for free. The most notable of these in recent years was an approach by an events company who wanted musicians for a post Olympics event to be held in a very public prestigious arena. The events person approached Live Music Management with details of this exciting event which would have involved the musicians being on site all day without telling us that they expected the acts to appear for free. When asked if the events person, security , staging , PA , lighting , police and other organisers were also giving their services for free there was a silence on the line. Of course they weren’t!
Live music is a key atmosphere changer at events , parties , weddings , festivals etc etc. How much is live music worth? Ask yourself what all of these events would be like without any music , live or recorded. Musicians deserve to be paid. Being a musician is a legitimate , skilled profession and needs to recognised as such.