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!