Welcome to Entertainment Nation. We are your entertainment agency, so whether you are looking to hire a band for your wedding, find a band for your party or book corporate event entertainment, our team are on hand to help you find exactly what you are looking for. Our friendly advisors are accomplished professional musicians as well as being dedicated entertainment agents, so they know exactly what works for your event and what doesn't. As an entertainment agency, we take the time to get to know you and help you find a band that is perfect for your event.
It's our mission to make it easy for you to find a band, whether you are looking for a wedding band, a party band or a function band for a corporate event. Let us know your criteria using the filters above and you'll be matched with a list of exceptional entertainers available to hire.
When you hire a band with reputable entertainment agents you get the peace of mind that your event is in safe hands. Our staff will guide you through every step of the booking process, answer any questions and offer you suggestions on the best bands to hire. We'd love to work with you to help make your event an occasion to remember.
Many congratulations to all the newly engaged couples out there on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue. This blog has been written to catch you before you put pen to paper and reserve your dream wedding venue, only for that dream to turn into a nightmare when you discover that you aren’t actually allowed to have a full-on evening party due to the venue’s entertainment restrictions. We don’t want to put a damper on things or sour the fun of scouring stately homes, converted barns and beautiful hotels to find your ideal wedding venue, we just want to make you aware of a number of vital questions to ask before you commit and sign a venue’s Terms and Conditions. Read on to discover why!
A growing number of wedding venues now impose very strict and stringent entertainment rules, with some keeping these secret until the final stages of planning and some only revealing their restrictions when the bands arrivesRead More >>
As decreed by Twitter, today is Wedding Wednesday. To celebrate we've gone and started a new series of regular blog posts. Each edition of In The Spotlight will feature an in-depth look at one of Entertainment Nation's exceptional artists. Today's man In The Spotlight is the one and only Speedy Steve!
Speedy Steve is Entertainment Nation's resident caricaturist, silhouette portraitist and all-round artistic genius. A graduate from St Martin's School of Art, Steve has been drawing for as long as he can remember; he sold his first portraits at the tender age of 14 years old. Since graduating, Steve has spent years honing his skills and has drawn caricatures and portraits for many illustrious clients, including Jongleurs Comedy Clubs.
Speedy Steve more than lives up to his name with his ability to produce lightning-fast, uncannily accurate portraits in under five minutes! A caricaturist is a great choice for an afternoon drinks reception, generating a buzz among guests, causing moments of outright hilarity and creatRead More >>
It's set to be the summer for a Swing Band Wedding
Entertainment Nation is proud to present a selection of our top swing bands for hire, not forgetting a sprinkling of our best jazz bands for hire. Swing bands for weddings are an excellent choice to entertain your guests throughout your big day. Serenade your afternoon drinks reception with smooth, sophisticated ratpack classics from the likes of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, before jiving until the early hours to all-time great swing hits, as well as jazzy twists on modern favourites.
But where to begin when picking your swing band? This blog is a good start! Entertainment Nation are the swing band hire specialists and have a roster packed with talented swing, jazz and ratpack bands. As an added bonus, our swing bands are composed of highly accomplished and versatile musicians, meaning that many of them can offer a funk, soul and Motown set to spice up your evening wedding reception!
Settle back with a drink of your choice on the rocks (I'm sipping an orange and raspberrRead More >>
I awoke bleary eyed after drinking one or two G&Ts from my father-in-law's extensive selection (48 and counting) the previous evening and then remembered I had 10k to run in around two hours' time. Fortunately, my ever-understanding wife appeared with a mug of coffee to wake me up. After a hasty shower and change, my wife and I made our way to the train station, where we were joined by a horde of lycra-clad, fluorescent-shoed fellow fools who think that jogging for miles around Birmingham's urban decay on a Sunday morning is an acceptable activity. Already there was a friendly atmosphere, strangers smiled and joked with one another -camaraderie that's missing on the usual morning commute.
We arrived at Grand Central and streamed off the train with our fellow runners. After a pit stop for a sausage baguette to fuel my efforts, we made our way to the start at Millennium Point. We were greeted by a mass of noise and movement and colour. Runners of all ages and sizes and races mingled together, bobbing up and down to motivational music in an effort to keep warm underRead More >>
No matter how meticulous your preparations, there are some things you just can’t anticipate, and unfortunately, your wedding day is no exception. We hope you get through your day unscathed, unlike the poor folks in the following videos. If the worst does happen, try to take it in your stride and smile – it’s something you’ll look back on and laugh in years to come. Honest.
The sheer amount of things that can go wrong is enough to make even the bravest of brides quiver: wardrobe malfunctions and fainting guests, collapsing marquees and disrespectful dogs, cake catastrophes and woeful DJs, the list of wedding day disasters is endless.
We learned a lot while compiling this collection of epic wedding fails:
Cutting the cake – a symbolic moment that represents the bride and groom’s eternal commitment to provide for one another. It’s not a great pRead More >>
The first dance is an emotional highlight at any wedding, and at Entertainment Nation we're lucky to have been a part of countless couples' moment to shine on the dance floor. The traditional slow dance to a couple's special song is a tried and tested winner, but some newlyweds take things a step further and prepare a choreographed routine.
Wedding dance routine creativity isn't restricted to the first dance: Bridesmaids and best men surprise the bride and groom, fathers and daughters share a touching routine, or the wedding party arrive at the marriage ceremony in style.
There are thousands of examples of people busting marital moves out there. We've sifted through the best and the worst of them, so you don't have to. Do you have anything planned? Are you tempted? (If you are we'd love to know about it, drop us an email or give us a call - we may even suggest some moves and song choices too!) Read on to find out our all-time favourite wedding dance routines!
So, you're looking for a party band for a celebration (be it a wedding, party, christening, birthday, summer bash, corporate hospitality event or charity do etc) and you're not sure where to start? Right here... that's where!
We've had a long discussion in the office about current booking trends, interest, enquiries etc and compiled our tipped 'hottest pop and rock party bands' for this year. It's been by no means an easy list to compile with so many great bands available to us. Please also note, this is not a definitive list of bands you should book, just a selection that we believe will be the 'shelf flying' performers of the year. Read on to watch a video for each and read one of their latest reviews:
"They were as excellent as we hoped they would be. A live band can really make or break an evening reception and after the number of people crying during our speeches, we certainly needed something energetic to get the party started! My dad said the dancing was 'wild' so that's a good sign pRead More >>
Being an entertainment agency filled to the brim with exciting musicians and performers, we tend to get a lovely insight into many of the song requests made to the elusive creature that is a 'wedding band member'!
With pop and rock bands & performers topping the stats for the 'most booked wedding entertainment' it made sense to ask them their 'must play', 'is always performed at every wedding' and 'it's always requested to perform at every wedding' song choices! The songs came flying in thick and fast, with some of the members claiming that they have performed a song literally thousands of times at every single event they have had the pleasure of performing at.
This blog post is by no means meant to determine that your Wedding music selection has to incorporate the below, more of a generalisation as to songs that are very much tried and tested, with guaranteed floor filling and 'bounce along to' capabilities.
Many wedding bands will offer to work through their repertoire with clients, ensuring that every show is tailored perfectly to suit you and your guests. That being said - there are still certain songs that always seem to crop up as a much-Read More >>
A couple of points worth thinking about:
Are you a big fan of music from a specific decade/era or do you want the band to perform your favourite popular songs of the modern day? As an example you may really want an out and out 'rock n roll' band playing all of your favourite "Johnny B. Goode" or "Great Balls Of Fire" style hits or a 20's Swing band performing a 'Boardwalk Empire' inspired setlist.
With Valentines Day fast approaching we thought we’d jump on the love train, but with a topic that isn’t so cliché and overdone – the father/daughter wedding dance!
Our bands are often asked to perform special requests at weddings. These don’t only include the first dance, they also often include the second dance between the bride and her father.
Traditionally this dance came first in proceedings as the father of the bride would dance with his daughter ‘one last time’ before she starts her new life, then moving on to dance with her new husband. Today this tradition has reversed and the bride and groom usually open with the ‘first dance’.
Although the groom might get the first spin around the dance floor, lots of couples love the idea of including the father and daughter dance - and it's guaranteed to create a very moving moment and leave few dry eyes in the house.
You might already have that special song that you know is the one you want to dance to with your father or father figure, but if you're still on the prowl, we thought we’d help you out and celebrate the relationship between the bride and the first man she ever loved by providiRead More >>
Our specialty may be in providing top quality live entertainment – but through the years we’ve picked up quite a few helpful hints and tips regarding all aspects of wedding planning. We get to hear all about the fun bits, but we also hear about the stressful bits, the "left to the last minute" bits, and also the "oh my goodness, we completely forgot to do this!" bits.
A few years of these conversations and providing entertainment for countless weddings, and we think we've gotten pretty savvy in terms of when things need to be organised and booked, as well as the little bits and pieces that creep up on you, and often get overlooked.
We don't think that planning a wedding has to be stressful, and there's lots of great inspiration and advice out there. So, we thought we’d impart what we’ve learned throughout our many years in the wedding industry, as well as point you in the direction of some of our favourite wedding resources, by providing a comprehensive wedding checklist!
We've also included some pretty stunning photography from a haRead More >>
If you're looking to book a party band then you must be having a party, which is a fantastic start!
A few quick questions that need answering before we get going: Who is the party for? What are you celebrating? What age range will your guests be? Is there a specific music style that you believe all will enjoy? Is there a set theme to the party that you want the music to fit to?
Party bands can come in all shapes and sizes (both in size of the group, but also in musical style). You need to ensure the party band you hire will not only suit the celebrant, they'll also please the majority of the guests attending and fit the theme you have decided you'd like the party to be centred around.
A couple of examples;
It takes only 1 song to bring back 1000 memories, so why not honour your special day by having your very own personal first dance song written and produced for you by the highly skilled and industry-renowned songwriter/producers Antony & Anthony (aka The Jetters)!
The Jetters have been fortunate enough to gather a wealth of experience, writing for some of the biggest pop bands in the business, as well as having much success in the TV advertising world. Whether it be a romantic first dance song for your wedding video, or a fun, thoughtful song for your loved one's birthday, reference your preferred style and genre, in addition to what you would like it to say, and leave it with them to return your personalised, top quality original song, complete with stunning vocals! This would be a unique memento to treasure forever, and to be used wherever or however you want. If you've also booked The Jetters to play at your event, they can even perform it live for no extra charge.
Singer Antony co-wrote McFly single 'Love is Easy' which was a hit in manyRead More >>
First of all a very happy New Year from the whole team at Entertainment Nation. We hope you all had a nice break and i'm guessing as you are reading this you probably have something to celebrate! Hopefully Wedding Entertainment is now high on the agenda! ;-)
Many congratulations to all the newly engaged couples. I was reading (it may well be nonsense) that over 30% of all UK wedding proposals take place on Christmas eve which seems like a staggering amount, but would make a lot of sense and explain the crazy start of the year Wedding Entertainment rush that is currently, and annually takes place!
On a side note - have you recently got engaged? Was the proposal everything you've expected? We'd love to hear more and feature you in a blog. Drop us a line using the contact form above anytime.
Back to the blog; as soon as the 1st of January strikes we hit full throttle with bookings of Wedding Bands, Wedding String Quartets, Wedding Singers, Wedding Harpists, you name it, Wedding Entertainment gets booked, and fast!
As a quick rule of thumb, if you are booking for the coming year and your Wedding is taking place on a Friday or Saturday, pleaseRead More >>
We at Entertainment Nation don't really like to close our doors to you lovely folk, however we have decided we'll be taking a few days for Christmas, with the plan to eat, then sleep, then eat, then sleep once more. This process may well be repeated over multiple times, no guarantees will be made at this point ;-)
Our plan is as follows:
We will of course be on hand available on our emergency numbers (on your contract) should you need us for bookings at points when we are closed.I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. Here's to a fabulous and entertaining (hopefully booked by ourselves) 2016 :-) x Read More >>
I thought I'd give you a little insight to an average day in the world of members of the Wedding Bands that regularly travel the world to perform at your big days!
OK so let's say it's a prime Saturday in August and we're following the band manager of a top quality busy Wedding Band available to hire nationwide (or even worldwide!). For this article we'll also say he's the drummer of the band too :-)
So my alarm just went off at 10am, I've had about 6 hours sleep last night after a run of three shows this week already, with tonight being the fourth. SHATTERED isn't the word!!
All the usuals to do - us musicians still need to eat breakfast (well normally brunch) and clean our teeth, do our washing up, mow our lawns and so on… We're performing at a lovely Wedding in Central London this evening. First thing I do once awake is check Google Maps (and can I say - what an invention that is). How long??? Maps says from our home town (Birmingham) that current traffic and fastest route is approx 3 hours. Arrival time contracted is 5pm, so that means I have approx 3 hours toRead More >>
Christmas can be a wonderful time to throw a party, especially if you want to treat your team/work colleagues to a good time after a good year of working with or for you. You've never done this before. Where do you start? How do you do it?
There are many options for the type of Christmas party you can organise. It could be anything from a simple restaurant meal for you and your colleagues, a couple of tables in your local club's shared Christmas parties, a social club or venue hired that you kit out with a buffet, right up to a full on multi thousand seater venue with an entire circus to entertain you after a silver service 4 course dinner!
Budget and the lifestyle of you and your guests could well be the deciding factor to the above choice, with the first suggestion being the cheapest, to the latter being a highly expensive experience.
So you've set your budget but you're not entirely sure what you should do next.
Now is the time you need to have a think of the type of people you and your guests are. If you're all potenRead More >>
There are many traditions and components that are included in a wedding celebration - exchanging of the rings, the perfect photographer, cutting of the cake - and choosing the perfect first dance song for that important moment when you take to the dance floor for the first time with your brand new spouse!
That special song is never chosen on a whim. It means something to you. Perhaps it's 'your song', the track that you first danced to, the song you both jumped around to at that gig when you were first dating; or even a recent choice that happens to have the perfect lyrics. However you came to love it, it's an integral part of your day and needs to be perfect.
It's no surprise that some songs perfectly lend themselves to becoming popular first dance choices - their melodies are addictive, their lyrics are ideal, and the artists performing them sound immense.
Let's take a look at the top ten most popular songs that our busiest bands have been asked to perform this year - some of them will be no surprise but there are some gems that might inspire you!
The fantastic Jetter's Wedding Duo singer, Anthony, has recently hit the nation's television screens performing as a member of BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' (BBC One - every Saturday at 6.50pm) house band. He joined as a lead singer, performing with some of the World's most highly regarded musicians.
His voice really does speak for itself and explains why the Jetters Duo are such a popular act to book, with them flying off the shelf, out performing at Weddings, and all types of celebration. all over the World!
His first show saw him perform for the dances of Jamelia, Helen George and Jay McGuiness, with plenty more to come.
Receiving national press he really did turn some heads with 'Heatworld' magazine printing an article headlined "Who The Devil Is Strictly's Hot New Singer?"
Anthony performed a selection of fantastic tracks, including popular songs as recorded by Sam Smith and James Bay. His voice really is second to none, with fantastic comments such as 'thatRead More >>
"Baaahh Humbug" I hear you shout! No, no, no - it's exactly a month from Christmas so the discussion of Christmas is now officially allowed!
It's a really exciting time of year when the corporate work Christmas parties all get organised (usually very last minute - sometimes even the day before) and we get the phone call to request a band or act's services. If you're reading this blog and thinking of organising the entertainment for your soiree this year, please don't leave it any longer - give us a shout now! Time is very much of the essence if you've found the perfect band and want to secure them for your event.
Our stunning range of bands and performers are busy playing at beautiful corporate parties, to guests ranging from 25 right up to multi thousands. Although the majority are performing in the UK, we also have acts flying as far as Dubai to entertain for you lovely jet setters!
With budgets drastically ranging from celebration to celebration, the sheer rangRead More >>
The eternal 'how long in advance do I need to book a band for my wedding' question crops up many times every week. There is no right and wrong answer to this question, however we would always advise 'as soon as physically possible' - ie Book Your Wedding Band NOW! :-).
Enquiries for 2018 aren't unheard of at the moment, with some bands now booked for every Saturday (the prime day of the week) between March and October for next year already.
To put things into context. I'm sitting here writing this blog after receiving four separate enquiries today for wedding bands to book for the 30th July 2016 (today being the 25th August 2015).
When you have found your dream band, have nailed down a quote, and have decided they are your perfect wedding entertainment, GET THEM BOOKED!!! Unfortunately each band can only perform at one wedding a day!
It would be safe to say if you want to pick and choose your band, you need to ideally booking 12-18 months in advance. That said, if your wedding was tomorrow we would most definitely do our best to sort you a great band, however there wouldn't be a list of available options.
Get in touch now to disRead More >>
We're often found having a lengthy discussion with many a bride and groom to be in regards to the in's and out's of a sound limiter present at their Wedding venues. "Can I hire a Wedding band?" With this in mind we thought we'd write a little blog to try and help shed a little further light on these flashing boxes of limiting fun :-)
Here at Entertainment Nation all staff have a performing background and have collectively performed in a Wedding band for thousands and thousands of Weddings. In our time we have encountered all types of Sound Limiter, ranging from the "cough and you'll set me off box" right through to the "are you sure there is a sound limiter installed? machine".
So, two important questions to ask your venue are: "What DB (decibel) level is the limiter set to, and do party bands usually have any problems?"
In short, if the band hit this level, and (normally) continue at this level without it dropping (usually after a certain period of time - normally seconds) the power is cut to their equipment, consequently leaving unhappy dancers in the lurch with no entertainment.
To give you an idea of DB levels here's a few examples ofRead More >>
I know we have a full review section on each profile - but we have just received such a fantastic review I feel it needs to be blogged!
Becca hired the The Kicks Wedding Band to perform at her wedding reception on the 11th July 2015. This is what she had to say of her experience from booking to partying:
"We would like to say a massive thank you to Entertainment Nation and the band 'The Kicks' who played at our wedding reception and made it such a great evening.
Firstly, Entertainment Nation made booking the band a breeze, and provided us with peace of mind through their professional approach. All of our questions and queries were dealt with in a timely and informative manner, while the website provided us with great information on all of the bands that were available. Once we had made our choice, both parties signed a contract which was fully explained and provided us with confidence in our booking.
Throughout the build up to our wedding we were put in contact with the band we had chosen via email. Our venue requested P.A.T testing certificates which were sent through by the band in a prompt manner. Further conversations were had which alRead More >>
So you've been delegated the task of sourcing an amazing String Quartet to perform at your award ceremony / celebration. Where do you start and who do you choose?
We have an absolutely breath-taking selection of string quartets to hire just waiting for your enquiry. There is a certain elegance that is created when a string ensemble is present at an event. The beautiful, haunting sound lends an air of opulence and sophistication without being overpowering; conversations still flow and laughter is still clearly heard. Furthermore, as there is no amplification required, your beautiful string quartet will be able to perform in a variety of settings - perhaps on the terrace during your drinks reception, on the lawn for your wedding ceremony or even on a boat sailing down the Thames!
First question: Where is your event taking place?
As with all acts our classical string quartet pricing varies quite dramatically depending on where the celebration is taking place in comparison to the performers home location. Booking a quartet from London to perform in Liverpool would be quite costly, as an example. We highly advise sourcing fairly local performers to yourRead More >>
On 20th June this year Entertainment Nation's Surrey based popular party band 'The Groove', travelled to perform at the idyllic Stanton Manor Hotel in Wiltshire for the Wedding of Mr & now Mrs Vincent.
To set the scene - the Bride and Groom have tied the knot early afternoon, then sat for dinner and speeches before the Groove wedding band arrive. They're in as soon as possible once the room has been vacated and they're all set up and sound checked in about an hour. Raring to go, they get music playing through their system and prepare for performance.
It's First Dance Time! Mr & Mrs Vincent took to the dance floor to the band performing the beautiful 'Lucky,' a duet by Jason Mraz & Colbie Colliatt, a perfectly-suited song for the occasion. Following a few twirls and smoochy moments on the dance floor the starry eyed on lookers gave a roaring round of applause as the song came to an end.To start the second set The Bride and Groom had also requested a Father and the Bride dance. The father of the bride took her hand as the Groove performed a beautiful version of the Temptation's Motown classic 'My Girl'. It went wonderfully well as the bride and her f Read More >>
Entertainment Nation were proud to provide acts, event management and support to The Great Run Company for the Morrisons Great Birmingham 10K in May as part of the bands on the run course entertainment program.
The route took in some of the city's most iconic sights including the Bullring, the Cadbury World in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground. Live music from bands on the run kept the runners motivated every step of the way and thousands of supporters turned out along the route providing a real carnival atmosphere.
The acoustic live bands provided by Entertainment Nation were situated towards the latter part of the course at 1KM intervals and were chosen specifically for their ability to not only entertain the crowds but also motivate the athletes and inspire them on to the finish line!
The Coolcats played some amazing live acoustic jazz which wowed both the crowds and the runners and included some renditions of classics such as Eye of the Tiger and Nowhere to Run. From the first to the last runner the band kept things moving and were one of the highlights of the day.
Downtown Acoustic got so involved in their performanRead More >>
Choosing your wedding venue is one of the most exciting aspects of your big day and will more than likely impact upon the decisions you make regarding the planning of your wedding as a whole. There are stunning venues and locations nationwide to suit your vision, all with their own unique styles and selling points - perhaps you would like a summer wedding and want a venue with immaculate gardens for those beautiful photographs; or maybe you envision roaring open fires and a cosy atmosphere to suit your festive extravaganza? One thing that you may want from your venue regardless of it's design however, is the ability to have the live band you've been hoping to book for the evening.
It may seem like a safe assumption that most wedding venues are able to accommodate live music and will be 'band friendly' - this however is not always the case and the venue will not necessarily be open with you, making it important to ask the right questions.
One of the biggest problems that bands encounter are sound limiters. These are special units, usually attached to the wall that are set at a certain volume and cut the power if the band exceeds the volume limit. They are noRead More >>
When booking a band for Wedding, Party or Corporate events, you will see the terminology 'DJ Services' branded about. What does it actually mean and what will you be getting from this service?
In short, the term 'DJ Services' is used to describe how music is played in-between an act's sets, where a DJ would normally take control. Many bands are now offering the complete package, covering these breaks too. The level of cover offered does however vary quite drastically between bands. On every act profile there is a breakdown of the level of cover offered as standard, with further options also noted. Below is a rough guide to what the is offered.
To start, it would be good to assume nearly all of our bands offer some form of DJ service included within their price. As a bare minimum it will be recorded, play listed music in-between the live music and right through until your curfew. They will normally be more than happy to leave their lighting running throughout the DJ sets all night long.
Some bands offer a further service, going above and beyond to make your night extra special and include a fully manned DJ service, allowing you to request songs and mRead More >>
We get many a request to see our wedding bands perform live, before the plunge is taken to book or hire a live band. So, we thought we'd write a little blog that explained why this can sometimes be tricky!
So you're having a party and you just can't decide whether to hire a party band or to book a DJ! The quandary begins!!
In our eyes it's not even a close competition - we have many a spectacular band bursting at the seams to come and perform for you - you just cannot beat live music! However, we shall try and be (slightly) objective for a minute to help you decide on what will work best for your celebration.