Booking live music?

April 3, 2017

1. Does your venue have a noise limiter? More and more venues have noise limiters installed, this in effect means if the noise in the room is too loud it will cut the power to the stage area. To give you a rough idea of volumes and levels:


140 dbs - Military Jet / Rock Concert 

120 dbs - Shot Gun 

110 dbs - Baby crying / Power Saw

105 dbs - Bass Drum / Diesel Truck / Orchestra 

100 dbs - Motorcycle / Blender 

95  dbs  - French Horn / Oboe 

90  dbs - Tractor / Lorry in Traffic 

85 dbs  - Applause / Cello / Violin 

80 dbs  - vacuum Cleaner 

75 dbs  - Alarm Clock / Dishwasher / Barking Dog 

70 dbs  - Noisy restaurant 

65 dbs  - Paino Practice / Electric Shaver 

60 dbs  - Normal Conversation 


If your venue is fitted with a noise limiter it is worth asking what it is set to and passing this information on to your band. 


2. Does the venue have a live music curfew? Some venues in areas that have near by neighbours might have a live music curfew. Something worth asking if you want to party on past 23:30. 


3. Do you need a stage for your band? a flat, dry, safe surface is a must for any band or entertainment. Putting your band on wet grass is a no no, if inside most bands are happy to setup their equipment on the floor. For larger parties and festivals a stage is a necessity for safety and to give the band elevation for the audience to see them. 


4. If planning a marquee party do you have enough power to run the band, lights and kitchen all at the same time? Party bands supply their own equipment but not usually electricity. Always check with the generator company that your generator can handle supplying your marquee with enough power to be able supply the lights, kitchen and band!


5. Does your venue have access for the band to bring in their equipment? Don't forget your band might be carrying a lot of heavy equipment which is needed to get your party in full swing. By making sure there is good access to and from the stage area or even a 4x4 on call to pull a band van out of the mud means you will have everything covered for a successful party! 

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