Why Hire A Live Band?
With so many options available for entertainment these days, we thought we’d look into the top 5 reasons for why you would want to hire a live band for your big event, whether it be a wedding, party, or corporate event. Although a band can sometimes be the more expensive option, most of the time the right band can be a worthwhile investment. For a lot of people, there’s nothing like the spectacle of live music to transform a decent event into a truly memorable one; people will be talking about that great party band you booked at your wedding for years to come! Let’s jump in and and allow our guitarist Paul to present the top 5 reasons for why you would hire a live band for your event.
1. It’s A Great Experience For Your Guests
Any kind of music at your event is going to be appreciated, whether it be simple background music to set the mood, or a DJ pumping out party friendly hits to fill the dance-floor. That being said, nothing comes close to actually watching a group of musicians delivering a passionate performance on their instruments in sync with one another. There’s something about witnessing a talented band with a live drummer that makes people want to get up and dance, and a truly great band can captivate an entire room full of people, sending everyone home with smiles on their faces and heads full of great memories. Perhaps it could have something to do with the rich, full sound that a live band provides, as well as the personal element of witnessing real people making music for the enjoyment of others.
2. Live Bands Can Provide A Specialist Service
It may be the case that your event requires something a bit different in order to take it to the next level. Perhaps you’re looking for a tribute act, in order to give your guests a taste of what it would be like to witness the real thing performing for them. Maybe you could be looking for a decade themed band, such as an eighties band, if your guests are all fans of a certain era. It could even be that you’re looking for a band to perform music from a specific culture, country or background in order to make your event feel special. However, it’s not just musically where a themed band can provide a specialist service, but visually too. Using the eighties tribute act as an example, just a quick Google search of said term will throw up all kinds of acts dressed in spandex, sporting some truly amazing wigs for good measure. You can bet that a band that is as impressive visually as it is musically is sure to be the talking point of the evening for you and your guests.
3. Live Bands Can Interact And Engage With The Audience
I recently played at a wedding with a different band where, during his guitar solo, the other guitarist stepped out into the crowd and started partying with the other guests, getting them to perform all the air guitar actions while he ripped it up during “Don’t Look Back In Anger.” It was such a cool moment and it really got the guests engaged, thus encouraging more people to get on the floor when they saw how much fun everyone else was having. The morale of the story is that a good live band can interact and engage with the audience to such an extent where they feel part of the show, which in turn is going to ensure they have a much better night as a result. It can be something as simple as getting the audience to sing along to one of the more anthemic numbers in the set, or taking pictures with the crowd, or accommodating requests that aren’t typically in a band’s repertoire. The point is, there are many ways that a good live band has an advantage in this field that makes them worth the effort to hire.
4. Live Music Is Good For Your Health!
“Music is the medicine of the mind” – John A. Logan.
It’s always good to bring a bit of science into the equation, and while it may not be the first reason you’d look into hiring a live band, recent studies have shown that live music is actually good for people’s health and well-being. According to researchers, watching live music could help reduce people’s levels of stress hormones, including cortisol. Although the therapeutic effects of listening and singing along to music have been known for a while, it’s only in the last year or two that scientists have seriously looked into the positive mood altering effects of live music, as evidenced by a study from Imperial College Of London, which found that the cortisol levels of 117 people decreased after witnessing a performance from composer Eric Whitacre. Also, don’t forget that all the dancing you and your guests will be doing to the live band of your choice will potentially have the same effect on your body as doing 30 minutes on a treadmill, so you’ll be getting plenty of exercise in and burning calories without even realising it! Two great reasons to give your guests when they ask you why you chose live music as your entertainment of choice for your event!
5. (Most) Live Bands Enjoy What They Do
From my experience, the vast majority of bands that I have come across in my time are in it to make people happy by playing music that their audience want to hear. For most musicians, there is no better feeling than watching a crowd enjoying themselves and having fun to the music that they are playing, whether it is their own material or a cover of another artist’s song, which is a large part of the reason that a lot of us learned to play an instrument and joined a band in the first place. A live band’s love of their craft not only comes through in their performance, which will not go unnoticed by your guests, but you’ll also find that your chosen act will be more than happy to accommodate any special requests you have for your event, whether you want them to learn a song, start or finish a bit later, or, most importantly, play on a bit longer and keep the party going! For most musicians, it will be a pleasure for them to perform at your chosen event, meaning they’re more likely to go the extra mile to make sure you have a great time.
So, in conclusion, though it may sometimes be a little bit more money to book a live band, it’s definitely worth it in the long run. With the right band, you and your guests are guaranteed a great night!