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    Your Entertainment Agency:Entertainment Nation

    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.

    Why Hire A Band Through:Entertainment Nation

    • We are expert entertainment agents
    • Convenient opening hours: 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week
    • Find a band from a wide range of genres whose style suits your event
    • Hire a band to suit your budget
    • We have strong relationships with professional musicians, bands and performers
    • We get to know you so we can help you find a band to match your event
    • Our friendly staff are specialists in music and event planning
    • A trusted entertainment agency offers protection that gives you peace of mind
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    Featured Artist:Sonic Boom

    Jetting into this month's featured band spot is the exhilarating Sonic Boom! This versatile rock and pop party band have been blowing away audiences with their storming performances. Lead singer Nathalie's powerful 5 octave range is a wonder to behold! With a varied set list, Sonic Boom are a must for your wedding, party or corporate event!

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    Recent Reviews: The Collective

    "Entertainment nation were very helpful and super responsive, even replying on weekends. The band were easy to deal with via email as we live overseas. Their track list was extensive and they were able to accommodate our song requests. On the day they put on a great show and had the dance floor filled all night. Everyone from our youngest guests to our oldest were up on their feet. Thanks for making it a great day."
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    Recent Reviews: Ruby Rox

    "We were absolutely thrilled to have Ruby Rox play at our wedding. All contact with Guy- manager and member of the band was charming. They put on a fab show and coped well with a few unruly guests who wanted to join them on stage!"
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    Recent Reviews: Echo

    "The band Echo were a smashing hit and a huge talking point of our wedding. We had booked them from just seeing a video of them on the entertainment nation website and all our friends and family were saying how risky that was that we hadn't seen them live. My reassurance come when James and Natalie from the band got in touch with me the week before the wedding and we were having a laugh and joke with are over the phone. Our guests couldn't believe our first dance song was being sung as they thought it was a recorded playing. At no point was the dance floor empty and they really gave it all during their performance. We owe the band a lot of thanks for creating the atmosphere on the evening of our wedding and we would most defiantly be booking them again for future parties. Thanks again and everyone is still talking about the band and asking for your details!"
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    Recent Reviews: The Beat Union

    "They were absolutely amazing from first contact till last goodbye, we couldn't imagine using anyone other than The Beat Union - Melissa was very hands on sharing advice and opinions when asked for - everything about them were perfect - we were told of the gentleman on guitar about his interaction with the crowd and how he made the little lads night it was very touching. They looked great, they played great and most importantly they sounded fantastic from start to finish, the feedback we have had from our guests have been to tell us how much they enjoyed there performance. Overall experience with Entertainment Nation and The Beat Union has been second to none we would like to thank Jake also for his help and support. We are struggling to put into words, because we feel we aren't doing the band justice but we would recommend them in a heartbeat. You have a good group there."
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    Recent Reviews: The Back Beats

    "Rob and I wanted to say a massive thank you to you and the band!! You were fantastic on the night and so many of our guests said how great they thought you all were! I'll definitely recommend you to friends for future weddings/events!"
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    Recent Reviews: Boogie Brothers

    "Boogie brothers made our evening lots of great comments from guests"
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    Recent Reviews: The Kicks

    "The Kicks played at our wedding and were brilliant! Nikita has such a good voice & they had everyone up dancing for the whole evening. Our guests all remarked on how good the band were- we really did make the right choice in picking them."
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    Recent Reviews: The Jetters

    "The Jetters are super talented! The whole process of booking and communicating with the guys was exceptional. It really couldn't have been easier for us. The guys, looking very dapper, performed two sets during our wedding reception and also DJ'd using our Spotify playlists. The dancefloor wasn't empty all night which, considering our guest list was quite modest at around 65 people, was testament to their talent. All of our guests mentioned (and still mention!!) how amazing they were and we would not hesitate in booking them again. Thanks to both Anthony's - you were awesome!!"
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    Recent Reviews: The Jetters

    "The guys were really helpful in the run up to our wedding, providing loads of info and advice in really good time, as well as learning our first dance song for us (which they did a fabulous job at). They were so friendly and the music was amazing! Song choices were fantastic and kept the dancefloor full all night with a great mix of songs for everyone. Our guests haven't stopped raving about how good The Jetters were! We couldn't recommend them highly enough. I'd also add that the support from Entertainment Nation has been great in getting The Jetters booked - all the team have been really responsive to emails."
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    Recent Reviews: Stardust

    "The guys were absolutely brilliant from start to finish. They were really helpful in the build up, accommodating a special request for our first dance. This involved researching specific remixes of a track, and even putting together a cut up 'demo' version of it so we could see what it would sound like in advance! On the day they were calm and totally in control - which left us able to just concentrate on enjoying our day. They music was of the highest quality and everyone I have spoken to commented on how polished and energetic they were. They had the dance-floor packed from start to finish. Little things really made our day too, like the lead singer coming out into the crowd to sing with members of our party, and also letting us use their sound-system for the rest of the evening afterwards to DJ with. They couldn't have done more to feel like a really natural 'part' of our day. I wholeheartedly recommend. Book Stardust and you can relax knowing the music at your wedding will be first class!!"
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    Recent Reviews: Wildcard

    "Using Entertainment Nation has been one of the easiest bookings throughout our wedding and Wildcard were amazing! We contacted them after making our booking and went to see them play at the Jam House in Birmingham and they did not disappoint. At the wedding they really got the guests up and dancing, I don't think I saw the dance floor empty once! So many people have complimented them since the wedding and we are so glad everyone enjoyed them as much as we did. They made it really easy to ensure we had certain songs played for us and our guests and let us chose songs to be played in between their sets. Overall they were brilliant, they looked great, sounded great and made our wedding reception so enjoyable - definitely a 5 out of 5 from us! Thanks guys"
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    WEDDING WEDNESDAY: DON’T BOOK YOUR WEDDING VENUE…

    25 May 2016

    Don’t book your wedding venue until you have read this blog in its entirety!

    Venues can have restrictions that limit your live band capabilities - if you want an evening party you must read on!

    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!

    ’What are you talking about?’

    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 arrives

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    WEDDING WEDNESDAY - SPEEDY STEVE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    18 May 2016

    Speedy Steve aka The Ultimate Wedding Caricaturist - In The Spotlight

    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 creat

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    TOP WEDDING SWING BANDS FOR HIRE 2016

    11 May 2016

    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 raspberr

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    ENTERTAINMENT NATION AT THE GREAT BIRMINGHAM 10K 2016

    03 May 2016

    Our man at the Great Birmingham 10k survived the experience and gives his thoughts on the day:

    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 under

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    15 OF OUR FAVOURITE EPIC WEDDING FAILS

    25 April 2016

    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:

    • The ancient law of acting is equally applicable to weddings – never work with animals or children.
    • Avoid water sources – lakes, ponds and pools are all a watery accident waiting to happen.
    • Never, ever do a backflip. Just don’t do it.

    1 - Just Desserts

    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 p

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    OUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE WEDDING DANCE ROUTINES

    14 April 2016

    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!

    Brides and Bridesmaids Smash Beyonce Medley

    This lucky guy had no idea what to expect when he got dragged out into the middle of the dance floor, but it surely wasn't a personal

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    TOP TEN HOTTEST POP & ROCK PARTY BANDS FOR 2016

    28 March 2016

    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:

    Top 10 Hottest Pop & Rock Party Bands For 2016

    1. Wildcard


    "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 p

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    TOP 10 MOST POPULAR POP & ROCK SONGS PERFORMED AT A WEDDING

    10 March 2016

    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-

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    VINTAGE THEMED WEDDING BANDS

    26 February 2016
    So, you're getting married and have set the theme of 'vintage', perhaps in decoration, clothing, menu etc and therefore also require options of vintage themed wedding bands to perform for you. So where do you start? We'll try and help out by offering a few ideas alongside links to fantastic vintage themed wedding bands.

    A couple of points worth thinking about:

    What range of music do I want them to perform?

    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.

    Will the chosen style of music be suitable to entertain your guests?

    So you've picked a style but will the chosen genre create the correct ambience for your evening and more importantly, will all of your guests enjoy the music the band are performing. (Whilst it's

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    19 OF THE BEST FATHER & DAUGHTER DANCE SONGS

    10 February 2016

    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 providi

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    THE ULTIMATE WEDDING CHECKLIST

    10 February 2016

    Here at Entertainment Nation, we speak to countless couples who are in the midst of planning their big day.

    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 ha

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    TOP 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BOOKING A PARTY BAND

    29 January 2016

    1. WHAT IS THE CELEBRATION AND WHO WILL BE ATTENDING?

    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;

    • If booking a 'sweet 16' Birthday party for your daughter, you're probably best off not booking a 'Brylcreem' (other hair product brands are also available) heavy 50's Rock N Roll, but going with perhaps a 'One Direction' tribute act or youthful party band playing all of the current chart hits.
    • If your celebration is your grandparent's 90th Birthday, a noisy Indi

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    BESPOKE WEDDING FIRST DANCE SONG WRITING SERVICE

    14 January 2016

    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.

    THE JETTERS SONGWRITING AND PRODUCING CREDITS

    Singer Antony co-wrote McFly single 'Love is Easy' which was a hit in many

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    NEW YEAR WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT RUSH

    05 January 2016

    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, please

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    FESTIVE OPENING TIMES

    22 December 2015

    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:

    • Wednesday 23rd December - 10am-10pm
    • Thursday 24th December - Closed
    • Friday 25th December - Closed
    • Saturday 26th December - Closed
    • Sunday 27th December - 10am-10pm
    • Monday 28th December - 10am-10pm
    • Tuesday 29th December - 10am-10pm
    • Wednesday 30th December - 10am-10pm
    • Thursday 31st December - 10am-2pm
    • Friday 1st January - 2pm-10am
    • Saturday 2nd January - 10am-10pm

    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

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    WEDDING BANDS: A DAY IN THE LIFE

    05 December 2015

    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!

    PAINTING THE WEDDING BANDS PICTURE

    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 :-)

    GET UP

    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!!

    THE PLAN FOR THE DAY

    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 to

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    PLANNING YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY

    02 December 2015

    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?

    1. MAKE A BRIEF PLAN AND SET THE BUDGET FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY!

    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.

    2. WHAT TYPE OF PARTY SHOULD I CHOOSE?

    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 poten

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    THE TOP 10 FIRST DANCES OF 2015

    30 November 2015

    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!

    TOP TEN 1ST DANCES OF 2015

    1. All Of Me - John Legend



    Thi

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    THE JETTERS DUO SINGER JOINS THE 'STRICTLY' BAND

    27 November 2015

    The Jetters' Duo Singer Antony joins the band on Strictly Come Dancing!

    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 'that

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    IT'S CHRISTMAS PARTY BAND TIME

    25 November 2015
    Taking the words right out of Noddy Holder's mouth "IT'S CHHHRRRRIIIISSSSSSTTMASSSSSS" and that means it is Christmas party band time in the Entertainment Nation world of act booking!

    "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 rang

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    WHEN DO I NEED TO BOOK MY WEDDING BAND?

    25 August 2015

    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 dis

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    WEDDING VENUES AND SOUND LIMITERS

    28 July 2015

    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 of

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    THE KICKS WEDDING BAND REVIEW

    18 July 2015

    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 al

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    CORPORATE STRING QUARTETS

    14 July 2015

    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 your

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    THE GROOVE PERFORM AT A WEDDING

    09 July 2015

    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

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    READY, STEADY, GO!!

    06 June 2015

    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 performan

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    WEDDING VENUE & LIVE BAND IMPLICATIONS

    06 June 2015

    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 no

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    WHAT DOES DJ SERVICES MEAN?

    06 June 2015

    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 m

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    CAN I WATCH MY WEDDING BAND LIVE BEFORE BOOKING?

    05 June 2015

    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!

    Why can't I attend a live show they are doing?


    Firstly, our acts are ultimate professionals, most of which at the top of their game (live music performance). Most of the bands are booked week in week out, sometimes as much as 5 times a week performing up and down the country for private weddings / corporate events / party celebrations. These events are 99% of the time a totally private do - for example a couple's wedding. As viable as it may feel at the time of request, I suppose it has to be thought how you may feel with a random couple 'gate crashing' your wedding to catch a sneak peak of the band you are looking to hire for your own do.

    I'd feel a lot more comfortable seeing the wedding band live first still. I've never had the chance to book a live band before


    This is where the promo of the band comes in. Many bands will invest time and (sometimes) serious money into ensuring you know what you are booking. I can assure you

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    PARTY BAND OR DJ?

    05 June 2015

    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.

    PARTY BAND PRO'S

    Amazing Live Band Atmosphere:

    Doesn't really need selling by us. If you've ever been to a live concert, be it a big arena tour of your favourite artist right through to seeing your local pub band, you will know the above atmosphere I mentioned. The hit of the acoustic drums and belting vocals are just something that a DJ cannot replicate.

    Image and Wow Factor:

    Nothing can beat walking into a beautifully laid party venue to see the image of a spectacular band set up with glistening lighting in the corner. This coupled with the absolute wow factor achieved by their top performance will leave your guests stunned.

    DJ Service:

    Many bands also offer to play music / DJ

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    THE BOOKING PROCESS: 1,2,3,4!

    05 June 2015
    So, you're looking to book some form of Entertainment for your upcoming event, be it a Wedding, Private Party, Company Corporate Event or any other possible type (we can help with any). You may be wondering where you start and how you would go about getting an act or two booked. That's where we at Entertainment Nation come in. :-) We have a roster of Wedding Rock and Pop Bands, Corporate Jazz and Swing Bands, Ceremony String Quartets, Party Magicians and many many more, just waiting for your 'click' to come and perform for you! We understand that the booking process can appear daunting and we have done all we can to keep everything really simple.

    Step 1:

    Please browse our site, getting an idea of what you think you would like / would work well at your event. Use the search function to narrow suitable acts down, then have a good look through some options. Each profile will contain relevant information, audio samples, pictures, with many also showing a video of the act too. Entering your event location where possible will also show you an accurate price on each act's profile page. If at this stage you are struggling and need inspiration, we are here to help. Give us a s

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