for booking forms
numbers for venue and person booking band
you want band to perform, and which package you require (2
x 45 minutes/3 x 45 minutes with DJ etc)
name and number for the day
will be completed by the agent and posted to you and you will
sign and return them along with a deposit cheque. The booking
is then signed and sealed and all you have to do is look forward
to a great band playing for you and your guests!
Will I be able to see Healer play ‘live’ before
I book them?
Once the wedding season kicks in you would need to go to someone
else's wedding if you are to view the band. Not unreasonably,
most bridal couples aren't too keen on strangers dropping in
on their celebrations, so this isn't always easy to arrange.
Also, most bands have relatively few engagements between January
and the end of April (the time of year that most bookings are
made), and since Healer do not take provisional bookings, by
the time a client gets to see the band they may well no longer
be available, although we always keep you informed if there
are other enquiries coming in for your date.
How much stage space does Healer require?
Healer will require a stage area approximately 5 meters wide
x 4 meters deep. They will have PA speakers positioned either
side and in front of them and possibly lighting equipment stands
either side or over the top of the performance area.
What power supply do the band need?
Check that the venue has at least 3-4 standard plug sockets
in very close proximity to the bands performance area. Healer
will bring extension leads and multi-plug adapters as required.
Sockets preferably need to be on separate fuses at the consumer
unit. In some circumstances overloading may occur if the supply
is shared with anyone else, which is outside of the band’s
What if the reception is in a marquee?
If you’re holding an event in a Marquee, arrange with
the Marquee hire company that a sufficiently powerful generator
be provided, or that a dedicated outdoor electricity supply
with at least 2 plug sockets is made available exclusively to
the band, or two separate indoor ones. This supply should not
be shared with any one else or overloading may occur.
How disruptive is set-up and when does it occur?
The band usually set up an hour before performance, and set-up
is not disruptive at all - the band are very discreet and surprisingly
quiet when setting up the equipment. It’s possible that
Healer may be required to arrive and set up before guests arrive,
or after a sit down meal during the period in which the venue
re-set tables and re-arrange the room. In any instance, the
preferred arrival time for most evening functions is between
6.30pm and 7.30pm. Check with your venue which times will be
most convenient for them. Every venue has its own preferred
method. It may not be possible for a band to sound check earlier
in the day if other rooms close by are in use by other venue
guests, even if this is your preferred schedule. Healer charge
an additional fee to arrive and set up prior to a meal. ‘Waiting’
fees are charged at £40.00 hour for every hour before
the standard set-up times. Sound check time is required by Healer
to mix instrument volume levels, fine tune equipment settings
and get the show prepared.
Do I need to be mindful of issues regarding access?
Yes! Check in advance that the band has easy access to the function
room. Huge flights of stairs and very long corridors make loading
time increase to the point that your event schedule could be
seriously affected. If the band cannot park and unload their
equipment within 50 yards of the room, or if they must carry
equipment up more than one flight of stairs, please ask the
venue to provide trolleys and specialist lifting equipment as
required. Alternatively, please arrange with the venue that
several strong male members of the venue staff are made available
to help the band load in. If lifts are required to move equipment
please arrange with the venue that they are exclusively for
the use of the band during the periods required to finish loading
in and out. Some busy venues can have lift systems, which take
20 minutes or more to return, pushing the band way off schedule
for setting up.
Does the band require a dressing room?
If possible, yes please. You can usually arrange with the venue
that the band has a room to change in. This should be well lit,
private and secure, with enough tables and seating for the entire
band. If possible, close access private toilets and washing
areas are preferred. If the band is required to arrive early
and wait more than 60 minutes before their performance, it is
essential that their waiting room is comfortable. Comfortable
seating should be available with access to food and refreshments.
Healer will be bringing a twin CD deck if they are DJing so
electricity supplies will be required in their room. The band
should be shown their room upon arrival and should have sole
access to the room from arrival until the time when they depart.
Should I provide a ‘Rider’ (Drinks and refreshments)?
If possible. If you can provide a basic food and drinks rider,
which you should arrange with the venue to be left in their
room, that’s great, otherwise the band will tag on the
end of your buffet queue. If the band’s rider includes
hot food, you should arrange with the venue that this be served
to the band either in the venue restaurant or else in their
changing room. It is important that soft drinks and water are
provided in advance to the bands changing room and not left
for the band to fetch from the bar. It is important that arrangements
be made with bar staff so that should additional soft drinks
or bottled water be required, the band don’t have to queue
up for them, or explain to the bar staff that their drinks are
on a rider. An average band rider will include: soft drinks
as required, mineral water as required, tea and coffee as required,
one hot meal per band member and crew if the band is required
to set up early and miss a mealtime.