International Party Bands - Our Guide to Booking Overseas Wedding & Party Bands
Happy April, folks!
The brief spell of decent weather has got us feeling all international here at Tailored Towers. So much so that we thought we’d give this week’s blog a distinctly jet setting flavour, too – turning our attention to international party bands!
Maybe you’re in the midst of planning a destination wedding – an awesome way to tie the knot that more and more people are indulging in! A recent report in The Independent suggests that destination weddings are increasing 14% year on year – that’s a big upturn in numbers over the past few years.
Many couples don’t want to take any chances on their perfect wedding entertainment, and as such they choose to book a UK based band and fly them out too!
As well as wedding bookings, international party bands are a big favourite with corporate entertainment bookers looking for a party band that is truly world class.
Well here at Tailored, we proudly represent some of Europe’s most in demand international party bands, with acts flying out for events in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain…and as far flung as Qatar, Singapore and event Kazakhstan. So, we thought we’d give you the low down on exactly what you need to consider (as well as suggesting a few our favourites for good measure!).
Let’s start with the basics.
How does booking an international party band work?
First off, you need to choose your band! (more on that later). We can help you find an act with plenty of experience in international events if you contact our team directly. Once you’ve found the perfect act for your big international event, there’s a few logistical points you need to keep in mind.
Travel, Accommodation & Food!
The band will typically fly out from their local airport on the morning of the event (or the night before if this makes your set up easier!). Accommodation, transfers, food and drink are typically supplied by the client – in return you get a world class party band at your big event!
What about the band’s gear?
Bands will usually fly out with guitars and ‘breakables’ (think cymbals etc). We can help you to source suppliers of all the other relevant equipment the band will need to provide a first-class evening of entertainment, including a full tech spec. Again, this is typically paid for by the client.
The band will usually stay for the night of your event, flying back the next morning.
Okay, now that we’ve spelled out the basics, what about we get into the fun part? Here’s four bands who have plenty of experience performing to international events, all of which are very different in their style and sound.
Soul & Motown party bands are a great way to bring a spritz of style to a big international event, and as such they tend to be one of the most popular forms of international party band. OJ’s Soul Band are the UK’s leading Soul & Motown band, and one of our most in-demand bands for overseas shows. They’ve been booked all over the world, most recently for wedding out in Portugal just last month. Check out this incredible testimonial from the groom just afterwards!
“5/5 I can't begin to say enough amazing things about the OJ's Soul Band! Our wedding was a little over a month ago, and I still receive comments from guests about how much the band made their night. From their repertoire, to their voices, to their look, this band far exceeded my expectations. We almost want to have another wedding just so we can have the band play again. Thank you so much for making our wedding one that we (and our guests) will never forget!” Marcello - Wedding, Lisbon, Portugal
London-based Festival Nights are one of the UK’s biggest function bands. However, they’re often taking their unique brand of festival style wedding band entertainment abroad, too! Including one memorable trip last summer to the south of France, and one of the most beautiful venues we’ve ever seen – booked through the marvellous ‘Marry Me In France’ international wedding agency.
And here’s another glowing testimonial from the bride and groom –
“Can we just say a massive thank you to the band for playing at our wedding last night. Everything was done so professionally and a lovely bunch of guys too. We really appreciated them making the journey and everyone was very complimentary.” Nic & Mike – Wedding, Marseille.
Moving on to corporate entertainment, the incredible London party band Folk Junkies recently flew out to Valencia for a pretty unforgettable couple of shows – including an acoustic set on the beach! Check out their video blog below to see a little bit more…
Finally, we have Wanderland Band, a roaming acoustic act that’s a great option for international party entertainment. Due to their unplugged set up, they’re a really competitively priced option for those looking to indulge in an international party band. Here they are in Singapore, for nothing less than the Singapore F1 Grand Prix!
“The band was beyond amazing :) it was an amazing night and that made it special.” Corporate Entertainment for F1 Singapore Grand Prix
So there you have it! Your international wedding and corporate entertainment – covered! Give us a call to chat about your international party band needs. We can’t wait to hear from you!