FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
➤ HOW MANY MUSICIANS ARE IN SOUL IN THE BELFRY?
We have a variety of different options and line ups that you can choose from depending on what you are looking for. The line up of the band can be extended from a two piece all the way to an eight piece with a 3 part horn section for a fuller sound. Prices vary accordingly.
➤ HOW LONG IS YOUR SET?
Our standard set is 2 hours (2 x 1 hour or 3 x 40 minutes) with a 30 minutes break in between. If you'd like us to play longer, we can perform for up to 3 hours for an additional fee.
➤ HOW DO I PAY FOR THE BAND?
In order to book the band we ask for a 20% non-refundable deposit of the total amount to secure the booking, with the remaining balance of the payment due in full a minimum of 7 days before the performance date through a bank deposit. We also accept cash payments on the day of the event, to be paid before the performance.
➤ HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK THE BAND?
Quotes can change depending on different factors, such as the duration of our set, the location of the venue and so on. There are different needs for each client and event and for this reason we offer an array of various options that we can provide in addition to our usual 2 hour set. Please check out our Packages page to see all the services we can provide.
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➤ MY FAVOURITE TUNE IS NOT ON YOUR LIST, WILL YOU BE ABLE TO PLAY IT?
Of course! We accept up to 2 song requests, one of these usually includes the first dance for weddings. We can learn up to 4 song requests outside our repertoire, at an additional cost.
➤ CAN YOU BRING YOUR OWN PA SYSTEM?
We have a number of companies that we work with that can provide anything needed for the day including a stage, stage lighting, a sound system and a sound engineer. The engineers have years of experience and have mixed sound in most types of venues and rooms all around the world. Please note that we always include the cost of the sound engineer in our quotes, but in case our clients don't have enough budget, we are able to cut down this cost for bands up to a 4 piece.
➤ DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE THE BAND WITH FOOD AND DRINK?
We kindly ask all our clients to provide the members of the band and crew food and drinks during the night and a room for us at the venue in order to change, eat and spend time in before our performance. We don’t expect a three course meal, and we don’t drink alcohol on the job, but please consider the journey time we have taken to get to you, and the fact that once we arrive at the venue it’s all systems go with set up, soundcheck and performances without a minute to spare.
➤ WHAT KIND OF EVENTS DO YOU USUALLY SERVE?
We provide professional and high quality entertainment for weddings, birthday parties, corporate and festive events, product launches, awards, and so on. Every event is catered specifically for your individual requirements.
➤ HOW FAR DO YOU TRAVEL?
Although we are based in London, we can travel anywhere in the UK and Internationally. Travel costs obviously vary depending on where the booking is. The band members all have European passports, ready to fly out when the time comes!
➤ HOW MUCH SPACE DO YOU REQUIRE?
Ideally we require a level stage with dimensions of 4.5 m in length by 3.5 m in depth for the 4-piece setup. The size required will increase for the larger band setup. A stage is necessary for health and safety reasons so that the guests don’t trip over cables and to avoid our equipment getting damaged if it was at ground level.
➤ HOW EARLY CAN YOU ARRIVE AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SET UP?
Ideally the band will need 90 minutes to set up and thoroughly soundcheck to ensure the best possible performance. Please ensure that when planning your event, you allow enough time for this, as a good set up is vital to the band providing you with the best performance possible. Rushed sound checks can mean poor sound, feedback and overlooked issues later on which can ruin the performance all together. Our quote is for a 6 pm arrival time, and a set finish time of 11 pm with laptop music until 12 am, but we can also arrange an early arrival if needed, at an additional cost.
➤ ARE YOU ABLE TO PLAY BACKGROUND MUSIC?
We have a few different options for this. We can either offer a Pop Trio set up that would include guitar or keys, cajon and lead vocalist, playing a compilation of Pop and Soul tunes, or we can offer a Lounge Trio set up that would include guitar, bass and lead vocals, playing a compilation of smooth Jazz, Lounge and Soul music. Alternatively we can offer a 2-piece set up that includes guitar and lead vocals, playing a collection of soft Jazz, Blues, Soul and R&B.
➤ WHAT HAPPENS IF ONE OF YOU FALLS ILL ON THE DAY OR CAN’T MAKE IT?
We have an incredibly good selection of the highest quality musicians ready to step in for our members in case of illness or personal issues. We can guarantee that the standard of the band will not falter should this be the case. We always make sure to notify our clients of members changes, and we always send promo video of the substitute singers to make sure the client is satisfied with the change.
➤ DO YOU HAVE PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE? HAS YOUR EQUIPMENT BEEN PAT TESTED?
Yes, up to £ 10,000,000. All of our equipment has been PAT tested as well.
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