How much does it cost to hire you?
Prices vary slightly based on the time of year, the location of your event, timings, and package options, but a standard ceremony starts from as little as £200. There is no charge for the time it takes to travel to the gig.
Does Phil provide the sound system and lighting?
Yes. Phil has a fantastic PA system which can be adapted to suit almost any size room. Stage lighting and state of the art backdrops are also provided.
How long will you take to setup?
The stage area should ideally be 3m wide by 2m deep, but don’t worry if it’s a bit smaller, or a funny shape. Phil can fit in the smallest of spaces. Please let us know if you think you have a potentially problematic performance area so we can plan ahead..
The venue we have chosen has a sound limiter will this be an issue?
The short answer is unfortunately yes. Please make Phil aware if there is a sound limiter before you confirm the booking so we can to look into the type of limiter and the decibel level. We can then advise further the best options for you entertainment.
Do we need to book a DJ as well for our wedding?
It’s completely up to you. The service includes disco music including ipod background music before the live show and a party playlist during the break plus a pumping party disco after the show finishes and therefore most clients find that a DJ is not neccessary.
If you still feel you require a DJ, Phil will liase with them on the night for you. We can suggest some great DJs in order to make your night run as smoothly as possible.
What time do you arrive?
Arrival and set-up from 5:30pm-6pm onwards for evening parties. For Weddings, this means being ready to set up as soon as the wedding breakfast and speeches are finished. If you require set up earlier in the day an additional fee may be required.
How is it best to time things?
Every event is different but a wedding with a 6pm arrival and midnight finish with 2 x 60 minute sets we recommend the following:
6pm – 7:30pm – Equipment load in, set up and sound check.
7:30pm – 8:30pm – Background party music.
8:30pm – 9pm – Photographs, cutting the cake, first dance.
8:45pm – 9pm – First set.
10pm – 10:45pm – DJ party music during break.
10:45pm – 11:45pm – Party Starters perform 2nd set.
11:45pm – midnight – DJ party music until end of the night.
This can vary depending on evening food etc so these timings can be tailored to you requirements.
Can we choose the set list?
You're welcome to send over a list of your favourite songs from the repertoire and Phil will will try to include as many of these in the set. Bear in mind that to keep everyone dancing it's always best to read and alter the set to suit the audience reaction.
What do we need to do to confirm our booking?
Booking is confirmed following the completion of a booking contract and the payment of a deposit. Deposit amounts vary based on the value of the booking, however it will be approximately 10-20% of the total fee. PLEASE NOTE: Your booking deposit is non-refundable. Please make sure you are happy with this before booking.
We require full payment to be cleared 7 days before the event as we would rather not be bothering you for money when you are trying to have a nice time. If you would like to pay cash on the day please settle this as early as possible as it tends to get more difficult to set as the night goes on.
Why should I book you?
Phil is without doubt one of the busiest and most experienced wedding and party entertainers in the UK. Having travelled all over the world, and played in every type of venue to all kinds of people, there is a wealth of experience paramount to your event, not to mention equipment and live sound of the highest quality.
It is important to that we play something for everybody at your party. We understand that your event is special, and that you only get one chance to get it right.
Are their any hidden fees such as VAT?
No, all fee's are included in the price.
Does the price quoted include travel costs and expenses?
Yes, all quotes include travel expenses.
Are there any other practical requirements we need to think about?
It is always a good idea to make sure there are electrical sockets available. One 13 amp socket is required, (independent i.e. NOT shared with catering, disco etc.) a space to park 1 van. Another factor to consider is access. If the room being used is upstairs or a long way from vehicle access we appreciate knowing this in advance. The same goes for open air functions. We will need to know in advance if it is a marquee and if there is good access for the vehicle (i.e. appropriate road tracking if the ground is wet).
The venue has asked the band we book to provide certificates of Public Liability Insurance and for equipment P.A.T testing, what are these and do you have them?
Yes we have certificates for Public Liability Insurance and Equipment P.A.T testing. These can be made available in advance to yourselves or the venue by email or we can bring them on the day. Public liability insurance covers claims made against us, if Phil is shown to be responsible for personal injuries to a third party or damage to property up to £10 million . All of our equipment is checked annually to make sure it is safe and in working order. All of our equipment is individual tagged with green safety stickers. As a member of the Musicians Union this comes as standard for Phil.
What is the band power requirement?
We usually request 1 double 13 amp supplies near to the stage area. We use LED lighting which keeps our power consumption down and we run specialised equipment to keep noise interference down.
As a rule, we draw approximately 16 amps with everything on and have only ever experienced any issues in events in marquees where the generator capacity has been too low.
How far will you travel to play at my wedding?
Phil is based in Exeter but has travelled around the country performing. Recent shows have been from the depths of Cornwall in Lands End up to Manchester.
Do you need feeding?
If a vegetarian meal is available that would be great. If not just let Phil know and he can bring something to eat.
With private bookings, yes please.This would usually entail something hot to eat and the provision of soft drinks and water through the course of the engagement. Most of our clients simply allow us to pop to the buffet or arrange something from the venue. We don’t expect 3 course meals or wish to be an inconvenience! The main reason for requesting this provision is that once we are onsite with you we will not be able to leave for anything up to 8 hours, having left our residences to be with you 1-2 hours beforehand. We also tend to find it’s unacceptable and generally inappropriate for us to arrive at your event with a picnic of assorted foods. We want to give you a strong and energetic performance so any subsistence you can provide is gratefully received.