Digitial Magic – Modern Day Magicians

There’s no doubt about it, Magicians like Dynamo and Derren Brown made the art of magic very cool again. It’s an art that constantly re-invents itself with the best magicians always adding more complex and up-to-the minute methods to keep audiences mesmerised.

Using the latest technology and what’s around them to wow people is something that a good Magician will always look to do and with smartphones and tablets being everywhere nowadays, it’s a great way for magicians to further impress their subjects.

Mat Black is one of Warble Entertainment’s leading magicians and incorporates digital magic into his act at the many events he performs at every year. “iPhones have now become an integral part of my act” Mat said “Using it to create magic involving coins and other items adds an extra layer to my performance. There’s a whole host of occasions where this type of magic can be used – Weddings and Parties and even Corporate Events or Product Launches where it can be absolutely relevant to a product that might be being promoted. Being able to take an item that people can see digitally on the device and transfer that into a physical item from nothing is a really popular form of magic for me.”

“Using an iPhone is probably preferable to an iPad because I can keep it in my pocket while I perform in a mix and mingle style with guests, however tablets are often used too depending on the event.”

Mat Black Magician for corporate events

Corporate and Trade Shows are proving particularly popular for this type of magic where there are hundreds of stalls all vying for attention and where there’s a real need to add something that will stand out. Digital Magic is clearly proving very popular.

Mat’s not the only Warble magician wowing his guests with the latest technology. Stephen the Magician was selected to appear in a nationwide Samsung campaign to promote their Galaxy range of smartphones and Tablets.

In the advert, Stephen performs street magic on a London street, which involves use of the phone to magic items – including making the phone appear from a magazine advert. The reaction from passers-by in the video shows the effectiveness of bringing the traditional styles of magic together with technical innovation is a concept that will remain popular amongst Magicians and the people that love to be in awe of it.

Like all forms of entertainment , each Magician is different. While not all Magicians have this in their performance routine, Warble Entertainment has some of the UK’s most exciting magicians and can help to find the perfect magician for your event.

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What is a ‘Ceilidh’ and How Does it Work?

Ceilidh music and dancing (pronounced “kay-lee” and meaning “visit”) is becoming more and more popular! We are getting a number of enquiries from brides and grooms to be as well as others planning a celebration, requesting a Ceilidh band for their special event. As so many people are asking all about it we thought it would be useful to tell you what it is, where it came from and why it makes an electric party atmosphere with plenty of fizzing excitement!

Where does Ceilidh come from?

Dating back to 1875, Ceilidh originates from Scotland and Ireland although its name comes from Gaelic; it’s a combination of Scottish, Irish and English folk music.

Ceilidh Experience contemporary ceilidh band

What Line-Up?

A Ceilidh band normally consists of two or three people, a fiddler, an accordionist and a ‘caller’ to help everyone get into the swing of things and learn the dances. But, line-ups may also include guitarists, drums, keyboards and whistles amongst other instruments. Nowadays, the music isn’t always traditional either, it can be very contemporary as there are a number of new-style Ceilidh bands bringing a fresh slant on the old folk songs and even putting a twist on current music. This makes it funky, modern and gives you a brand new sound. There’s plenty of rock and roll influence now as well, so if you really want your guests to get down and groove check out some of Warble Entertainment’s Ceilidh bands – they are absolutely guaranteed to get even the most reluctant dancer strutting their stuff!

St Patrick's Ceilidh Band for North West Ceilidh Events

Why Book a Ceilidh Band?

It’s fair to say that Ceilidh is all about having fun. Its traditional style of being all night dance entertainment is still used today and it’s the best way of getting everyone onto the dance floor and enjoying the music. Ceilidh helps even the shyest people to meet new faces and let their hair down. The main point of difference from any other band you might choose for a wedding party or event is the band themselves teach everyone how to do the different dances. This is done by the ‘caller’ who will call out instructions to the music so everyone knows exactly what to do next. The following video provides a brief example of a ‘caller’ directing the moves…

Who is a Ceilidh Suitable for?

It doesn’t matter what age, ability or personality type a person is – everyone loves to get involved and no experience is necessary! It is very easy to pick up – just imagine a hoe-down – the Ceilidh caller has similarities to a barn dance caller (although the music is entirely different!).

The dances are all varied and there are plenty of paces available, fast, slow and even mid-tempo – so if some of the dances are hard to keep up with that’s your cue to take a break and perhaps enjoy a glass of champagne or wine before you get involved again. Party-goers love the flexibility of a Ceilidh because you may get moving when you want and take a break when your feet can’t keep up any more.

Traditional Ceilidh Dance
Picture kindly provided by Will Fuller photographer.

Type of Event…

A Ceilidh band is ideal for your wedding or party entertainment in its entirety or some prefer to book this type of band to get the party going for the first hour and move onto a DJ / disco or another style of musical entertainment if preferred. Whichever you choose, your guests will be enthralled.

Wedding Ceilidh Dancing
Picture kindly provided by Will Fuller photographer.

Warble’s Ceilidh Bands

There’s no doubt the demand for Ceilidh is growing and at Warble we have lots of Ceilidh bands available for weddings or other functions. No matter what size your party, we can provide the right type of Ceilidh entertainment. As a few examples, if you’re looking for modern style, then your guests will be thrilled with Ceilidh Experience who are energetic and mix up traditional with modern influence using rock and funk. They are well known in A-list circles. Traditionalists will adore the Apex Ceilidh Band which features a fiddler, electric & acoustic guitarist, accordion, whistles and caller… They can perform modern and classic Ceilidh tunes. For true Ceilidh folk choose the Nightingale Band who are renowned and respected for their talent and will get your guests mingling on the dance floor to their folk tunes. We also have a number of other Ceilidh bands to choose from, all of which are guaranteed to give you and your guests a night to remember.

For more information on Ceilidh bands for your wedding or special event please contact the friendly team at Warble Entertainment on 0845 643 9384.

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First Dance Song Ideas from Warble Bands and Musicians

We all know how important choosing a great band for a wedding is. The right band, mixed with the atmosphere of the occasion, will provide an unforgettable soundtrack to the day. There is one song on that soundtrack though, that’s a little bit more special than the rest and we are, of course, referring to the first dance.

With the 2015 wedding season starting to get into full swing, some couples ready to be hitched will already know which first dance song they’d like, some will still be trying to compromise and some might be finding it quite divisive… Yes, it really can be that important to some couples!

First Dance songs for weddings
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We’ve checked in with some of our most popular acts to gain some insight as to which first dance songs are proving to be most popular with them at the moment and hopefully help provide some inspiration if you are struggling to choose.

The MP3’s will be providing the band entertainment at weddings up and down the UK this summer and Dan, the band leader has already been receiving first dance requests from brides and grooms.

“I think last year, our most popular song was The Lumineers ‘Ho Hey’. We’ve had interesting choices and perhaps one of our favourites was a first dance we were asked to do, which was The Smashing Pumpkins ‘Tonight, Tonight’ – which all the band really enjoyed playing.”

Wedding Bands First DanceObviously, different styles of band will have different requests and amongst swing bands, such as Gary and the Swing Kings, timeless classics such as ‘Fly me to the Moon’ and ‘Can’t Take my Eyes Off You’ are still amongst the popular choices.

Maria, who fronts The Beggars Jazz Band also agrees that the classics are amongst the top requests for the jazz band.

“Etta James ‘At Last’ is always a really popular choice and not far behind is Ben E King’s ‘Stand By Me'”.

Maria also works as a solo vocalist and the choices seem to be a little more contemporary when she performs as Maria Sings.

“‘Your Song’ by Ellie Goulding is often requested, as is Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’, but the most popular first dance request by far at the moment is John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’.”

In agreement with this is Mark from Jukebox Nights.

“It was probably the most requested track of last summer and is still going strong. There are first dance requests that are timeless and “You Do Something To Me” by Paul Weller has always been a favourite – both in choice and for the band to play”.

Sam from Jam Side Down already has a long list of songs to learn for weddings in 2015 and has a strong contender for this year’s most requested.

“We’ve already been getting a lot of requests for first dances and 2015 definitely looks like being the year of the Sheeran.”

Most of Warble’s bands will be happy to learn a first dance request for you providing enough notice is given and it fits the style of the band. If you already have a certain song or style in mind, Warble can help to find the perfect band to bring your chosen song to life on the day to give you and your guests a moment to cherish forever.

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Top 5 Irish Bands to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Manchester

So you’ve got your over sized Guinness party hat, a foam finger in the shape of a four leaf clover and a pint or two to help you celebrate the day of the Irish. But we all know that no St. Patrick celebration would be complete without a right good sing along with a bunch of live musicians and funnily enough we happen to know a few. So, we’ve decided to put together a list of our top five who are either Irish Bands in Manchester or are happy to cover the North West of England and are guaranteed to provide a great craic!

The Wild Murphy’s

Based in Darlington, these guys are one of the most sought after Irish bands in the North and are booked regularly for weddings, parties and events in Manchester and the surrounding areas.  We saw them live ourselves in Cheshire recently and not only did they get our bums jigging they were lots of fun to be around and we may have enjoyed more than a few cheeky pints of Guinness with them. With a mixture of traditional and not so traditional Irish songs and a front man who may as well be named ‘Paddy’ himself, these guys are your pot of gold at the end of a very green looking rainbow.

The Celtones

This talented trio of musicians may be based in the West Midlands, but they can often be found propping up the dance floors at venues across Manchester and Lancashire. They literally have St Paddy’s day written all over them (in invisible ink), and with tonnes of talent, energy and charisma they are guaranteed to whip partygoers into a dance floor frenzy. The Celtones have been on the Warble roster for some time now so with bags of experience and a load of right good tunes, they know exactly what will get those feet tapping. Don’t just take our word for it though, check our the references on their profile.

Sons of Kildonan

These guys will be sure to rock your green socks off and if your luck is in they might just be free to help you celebrate the day in style. Although they are based in Northamptonshire, this band are huge favorites with the Manchester Irish music lovers. With a cheeky little bonus cover of ‘Mumford and Sons’ or even a bit of ‘Arctic Monkeys’, prepare to have one very sore throat, singing along to some of your favourite Irish tunes and party classics with a rock twist.

Cormac

Warrington based, the musicians that make up Cormac certainly are no stranger to a good old Irish shindig in Manchester and the surrounding areas. Made up of some true professionals with bags of experience, the band are perfect for creating a vibrant and energetic atmosphere that you would expect to encounter at any St Patrick’s Day event.

St Patricks Ceilidh

Last but certainly not least, St Patricks Ceilidh are a traditional Irish band based in Manchester. With an array of line up and instrument options including the bodhran, fiddle, madola and uilleann Pipes, these guys know what they are doing. As well as playing some of the best Irish classics around, they can stir things up with the likes of ‘U2′, ‘The Pogues’ and ‘The Dubliners’ to choreograph your drinking games to.

St Patricks Ceilidh Band
It’s safe to say that St Patrick’s Day will most likely result in a top day enjoyed by many. But we reckon with a little help from us Warblers and some top Irish entertainment you will definitely have an advantage when it comes to winning ‘best St Paddy’s day day celebration!’.

For more Irish bands available in Manchester and the North West of England, check out the Warble Entertainment Agency website.

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6 Ways a Band Can Beat a Noise Limiter

One of our exclusive and most awesome bands, Anthem have  been in touch this week as they wanted to share some helpful tips and advice on how to work with a sound limiter…

Bands play all sorts of venues each week and you don’t know exactly what to expect until you arrive and see how big or small the room is. More and more venues are looking to compete in the wedding venue market, which means they need to allow for bands to play for the evening entertainment.

However, due to this coupled with the fact that many venues have neighbours, it means that more venues are having decibel limiters fitted. Limiter systems are not new, they have been around for decades. Many of them work on a traffic light system where bands and DJ’s can see when the lights change from green to amber (beware!) and when it hits the red there is usually a few seconds before the electricity is cut and the venue is plunged into musical darkness!

Bands and limiters go together like vegans and abattoirs however, they aren’t going away and musicians have to get used to them. You can always tell an experienced band as limiters don’t phase them and they have evolved to cope.

Here are a few ways that bands can breeze through a limiter gig.

1. Kill the Drums

Flix Rods

Of course killing the drummer is only allowed in a few states in America… however, as the other instruments work to the level of the drums there are ways you can take the volume of the kit down. Instead of drum sticks, try using ‘Flix Rods‘ which are bendy plastic rods. They are a little more robust than wooden hot rods and are good for lower levels. Failing that, a tea towel over the snare sounds acceptable, even if drummers hate it.

2. Gaffa is King

Every musician carries gaffa tape and a well-placed strip on the bottom of every cymbal (and hi-hat) takes all of the top end nastiness away from the room. Also, add some to the snare – use your ears to figure out how much is too much.

3. It’s all About the Bass

Jazz Bass

Think carefully about what bass guitar is being used. Big heavy Precision basses are very ‘boomy’ while thinner jazz style (or active basses) are easier to control certain frequencies. Ironically, many limiters are sensitive to frequencies and not just noise levels.

4. Amp it Up

Solid state amps can sound thinner at lower levels (due to pushing less air) and they can handle being turned off and on without damage. Also putting the guitar through the PA, spreads the sound and stops it being pushed hard from one small area.

5. Switched On?

On Off Switch

Make 100% sure that the venue have turned the limiter on when sound checking to avoid a very embarrassing first few songs in the set.

6. No to Nirvana!

Lastly, be careful with your song choices during the gig. Standard procedure at a party is for the music to get more rowdy and enthusiastic as the night goes on however, Nirvana might not be the feasible on these occasions.

We want every gig to be as awesome as it can be and we want each couple or customer to have the best time ever, so we do everything we can to make this happen including adhering to limiters to ensure all venues keep their live music license. Some limiters can be harder than others but with these tips the night can still be an awesome success!!

Hope this helps,

Anthem

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How to Book a Wedding Band with Warble Entertainment Agency

A wedding band, also known as a function band or covers band, is a group of musicians who perform live music together at weddings and civil partnerships. Couples with a passion for entertainment tend to steer towards hiring a band as opposed to opting for a DJ as they prefer to see the songs played live on instruments and have the energy of a performance.

When searching for wedding bands, couples should try to narrow down how many musicians would suit their venue and what style of wedding band would work best as there are many genres of band to choose from.

History of the Wedding Band

Live music at weddings is nothing new but the arrival of the wedding reception band, as we know it today is still a relatively recent concept. Music at weddings dates back to the Middle Ages, where for the wealthy, entertainment would take place during the wedding breakfast and consisted of lute, bladder pipes and hurdy gurdy music. By 1840 the wedding ceremony also included musicians such as harpists, pianists, string quartets and choirs, which is still commonplace today. The major difference now is that previously it was the wedding breakfast where the celebrations took place and not the evening reception. The reason for this shift was to allow all-day guests a little breathing space between the main meal and the reception party, and, also to accommodate the arrival of new guests in the evening and allow them to also join the celebrations.

The advent of the wedding band itself can be traced back through jazz, big band and swing eras. But, the modern version of the rock and pop band came about as an extension of mobile DJs and Discos, which served (and still serve) as a cost effective way to provide music for dancing. As musical instruments and PA equipment became more accessible and less costly hiring a band for a wedding became a realistic option for many couples and meant they could have their own mini-concert. These days the options are endless with bands ranging from 3 piece cover bands to 10 or even 12 piece soul and Motown groups.

Discover Wedding Bands

Couples who enjoy going to concerts should without a doubt be leaning towards booking a wedding band for their nuptials. They provide a great focal point for any wedding and also encourage guests to take to the dance floor because of their direct interaction. The following sections provide some insights into the things to be aware of when booking a wedding band and also the different styles of bands available to hire.

Types of Wedding Bands

Bands for weddings these days are available in just about every shape and size imaginable and also stylistically cover every genre possible. The sections below outline the most popular band line-ups and also discuss the different styles currently being booked for weddings and civil partnerships in the UK today.

Wedding Band Line-Ups

The following table describes the most common band line-ups for traditional Rock and Pop wedding bands in the UK.

Line Up Description
3 Piece Bands This line-up normally involves an instrument-playing member of the group also being a Singer. For example, popular line-ups are Drums, Bass and Guitar/Singer. However, there is nothing to stop the Bassist or Drummer being the main Vocalist.
4 Piece Bands A 4 piece will normally be an extension of the 3-piece line-up but allow more freedom to the Singer by making them a standalone option. For example, Drums, Bass, Guitar and Vocals.
5 Piece Bands The 5-piece band will normally include the addition of a new instrument. More often than not this is the Keyboard, which makes the 5-piece line-up Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboard and Vocals.
6 Piece Bands Again, the augmentation to a 6-piece band will often mean the addition of a new instrument, which may be a Saxophone as an example. It is also known for 6 piece line-ups to include an additional Singer, more often than not a member of the opposite sex to the usual Vocalist. For example, a line-up could be Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Male Vocals and Female Vocals.
7 Piece + Anything above a 6-piece line-up will normally involve either the doubling or tripling of instrumentation already included in the smaller line-up. For example, the addition of 3 Singers is quite normal or adding an additional Guitarist. Plus, the larger the line-up becomes the more common it becomes to add full brass sections (Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone) or even percussion players.

Depending on the genre of the wedding band instrumentation may be quite varied so the table above is just a guide to one style.

Types of Wedding Band

There are more styles of wedding band available to hire than ever before and pretty much everything is catered for by a band of musicians somewhere… guaranteed! So, the following table provides a list of the most popular and commonly booked style of bands for weddings today with a brief description of what they do and what kind of wedding they would be suitable for.

Style of Band Description
Rock and Pop Bands Rock and pop bands are by far the most booked style of wedding band in the UK and have been for many years. These bands play popular chart music from the 1950s to the present day. So, their set-list may include anything from The Beatles to Kings of Leon and Bruno Mars to Buddy Holly! They are popular for weddings where there are guests of a varied age range who are all looking for some dance floor action at some point in the evening. Normal Line-up: 3 to 5 piece line-ups
Jazz Bands Jazz bands are a great choice for brides and grooms who are looking to add more elegance and panache to their evening than create an all out party atmosphere. If dancing guests is still a requisite, albeit perhaps not at the same level as a Rock and Pop band may encourage, then a line-up with Drums is a must-have. Whilst many Jazz bands will perform the ‘standards’ taken from ‘The Great American Songbook’ (by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, etc.) there is a new breed of contemporary Jazz group that fuses modern day songs by artists such as Beyoncé and transforms them into the Jazz medium. Normal Line-up: Trio to Quintet line-ups
Soul & Motown Bands Soul Bands perform classic songs from the Motown era by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye. There will also tend to be inclusions from contemporary artists doffing their cap to the Soul genre, such as Duffy, Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars. Because Soul and Motown bands tend to have full sounds with extra vocals and brass sections they are perfect for weddings where the happy couple are looking to wow guests and keep everyone on their feet all night. Normal Line-up: 5 – 8 Piece line-ups with Brass instruments included
Tribute Bands Tribute bands are groups that perform the music of one particular artist or band and in most cases mimic their look and characteristics. Tribute acts are ideal for couples who are big fans of a particular artist or group and popular examples include; The Beatles, ABBA, Elvis, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Queen or Oasis. Normal Line-up: Matches the original band line-up
Big Bands & Orchestras Big Bands and Orchestras create a fantastic focal point at any wedding and are great for couples that want to cut some rug in a days-gone-by style. But, not only for dancing, these bands are truly mesmerizing to just sit, listen and watch. Performing classic music by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington amongst others, the Big Band era encapsulates the very best of arranged Jazz and Swing. Normal Line-up: Ranges from 12 to 25 band members
Irish & Ceilidh Bands Irish bands (or indeed Scottish bands) are a fantastic way to celebrate a wedding or civil partnership where there is family lineage relating to the country. Popular tunes to dance and sing-along to include, Irish Rover, Whiskey in the Jar, Galway Girl and I’ll Tell Me Ma. In addition, Irish and Scottish bands are adept at providing Ceilidhs (or, Ceili) where a Caller can provide instructions over the PA to help dancers become acquainted with the steps… and each other. Normal Line-up: 3 – 5 piece line-up with instruments such as the Fiddle, Banjo, Whistles and Uilleann Pipes amongst others

Considerations for Booking a Wedding Band

Before booking a wedding band there are a few things that need to be taken into account regarding the venue to ensure that everything will go to plan logistically.

  • Check with the venue to find out if they have a Noise Limiter.
    Noise limiters may sometimes be installed at venues to help control the volume level and avoid creating noise pollution. Whilst this isn’t necessarily the end of any live band plans it can have connotations with regards the type of band and instruments possible. So, always check and if there is a limiter find out what level it is set at to see what kinds of band can realistically perform.
  • Make sure there is enough space to have a band perform.
    A 12-piece Soul band aren’t going to be able to squeeze into a space of 2 x 2 metres. As a guide, a 3 -5 piece band will normally require about 5 x 4 metres and as the line-ups increase so does the space required. The band will be able to assist with exact dimensions required and advise the kind of spaces they have previously worked with.
  • If the band needs electricity check the performance space has it.
    Most bands will require electricity for their amplification and PA gear and it’s always much better to have this as close to the performance area as possible. Trailing extensions never looks good and also creates a health and safety hazard. So, the nearer the better. And, ideally, it’s always best to have the sound on a separate circuit to the lighting as it can sometimes interfere.
  • Ensure that there is adequate car parking available for the band.
    Some bands travel together in one van/vehicle whereas others will move the equipment in a van and then travel in separate cars. It’s worth checking the exact requirements of the band with regards parking and the closer this is to the performance area the better.
  • Check how easily accessible the performance area is for setting up.
    If the performance space is up 4 flights of winding stairs or at the end of a long muddy field then think about arranging help for the band. The band are only human and if they have traveled some distance for the wedding and then need to traipse through difficult conditions to set-up, sound check and then still be expected to give the performance of a lifetime it would be nice to provide some assistance. This could take the form of speaking to the venue to ensure there are some extra hands available to help lug the heavy gear, or perhaps a few of the stronger guests could lend a hand. Alternatively, check if the venue has a trolley or lift that could perhaps make things a little easier for the band.
  • Find out if the band needs to be fed and watered.
    As mentioned previously, quite often bands will have traveled some distance and had to do quite a bit of physical graft in order to perform for the wedding reception so it would be nice to see if they require any kind of food or drink refreshments. Not all bands will require a food option but at the very least they should be set-up with some kind of bar tab so that they are able to get some soft drinks throughout the course of their stay at the venue. Remember, keeping the band well fed and watered maintains their energy levels in order for them to perform at their very best abilities.
  • Make sure the band have an emergency contact number.
    Heaven forbid something should go wrong on the wedding day itself! But, accidents may occur and even with the best will in the world it could mean that the band may be running late or simply cannot make the wedding. The best scenario here is for the band to inform someone at the earliest possible moment so that ‘plan B’ may be implemented. So, remember to pass on an emergency contact number to the band for use on the day itself. This may be a number for the best man, the wedding coordinator, somebody at the venue etc. just somebody that they can contact who won’t necessarily be involved in the proceedings and will be able to take a message and help resolve any issue.

Popular Wedding Bands

Below are some popular wedding bands included on the roster:

There are many more wedding bands, but this list provides couples with a starting point when looking for the right style to hire.

Find Wedding Bands on Warble Entertainment

Once a couple has determined that they want to hire a wedding band for their special occasion, they can begin their search on the Warble Entertainment website by using the top navigation bar and selecting ‘Live Music’. From here they will be able to narrow down the genre of band and also refine their search by region on the left hand-side of the page. Furthermore, if the couple already has a band in mind that they have been recommended or previously seen they may enter the name in the ‘Search Acts’ box at the top of each page. They may then spend some time looking at the band’s individual profiles. Each profile contains a write-up that provides essential details about the band, audio samples, promotional photographs, a guide to prices and in most cases video footage. Once a couple has selected bands they like and want to check availability and receive an accurate quote they can either call 0845 643 9384 or 01270 501 164, fill in the online form, or, email an enquiry to enquiries@warble-entertainment.com The Warble team will be more than happy to answer any questions.

Book a Wedding Band with Confidence

After a couple receives a quote and would like to confirm a band for their wedding or civil partnership they should read through the terms and conditions of booking and make sure that they are happy to proceed. If they are, booking paperwork will be emailed across explaining the next steps in order for them to secure the chosen band. A small deposit will be required and confirmation that the paperwork has been received and the details checked. Once this has been completed the band will be secured for the couple’s wedding or civil partnership.

Warble Entertainment hire bands for literally thousands of weddings each year and are happy to offer free, impartial help and  advice.

Conclusion

Wedding bands are a must-have option for genuine lovers of live music and concerts. They will provide guests with a focal point at the reception and help start their celebrations in style. However, before booking a band, couples should research groups, listen to them and talk to their venue to make sure that any band hired will be able to perform successfully.

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Indie Killers ask ‘Should musicians get paid to learn songs?’

Our good friend Damo from Indie Killers has rocked up on the Warble blog today to talk about band stuff and give his take on musicians charging to learn new songs.

‘We play over 100 events a year thanks to our good friends at Warble Entertainment, who have been with us since the start of the band in 2008. As a band we have so much respect for the guys at Warble as they understand us and what we stand for. They go above and beyond for clients which we would like to think we do also.

Damo from Indie Killers exclusively represented by Warble Entertainment
With the amount of events we play it is important that we are constantly updating our song repertoire and changing the set list, taking out songs which are out of date or don’t work as well and replacing them with new exciting songs. This keeps the band fresh and exciting, which ensures a more fun energetic show.

Learning songs as a musician is part of the game and also for experienced muso’s should be a relatively easy process. Most songs (not all) follow a similar structure: Intro/Verse/Chorus/Verse/Chorus/Middle 8/Double Chorus. Many modern pop songs have 3-4 chords in the entire song.

The Indie Killers will NEVER charge a client to learn a song. Our rule is if we CAN play it we can learn it. As a 3 piece band some songs aren’t realistic due to production (lots more instruments than we can play between the 3 of us) or maybe due to being too complicated/technical for us to pull off for a one off event.

Indie Killers the UKs number one rock pop and party band

Personally I find it offensive when musicians/bands demand payment for learning songs, some even justify it by pretending it’s used to invest in hiring a rehearsal room to practice the song for you. I have been doing this for 20 years and I have never been in or heard of a band doing this. I can only imagine a band saying this are either telling porky-pies or too inexperienced to be doing this kind of job.

Songs are learned individually (thoroughly) and rehearsed before leaving for the booking, then usually a few more times en route and then a bit more before the set up or after the sound check backstage. If I wasn’t confident with performing a song for whatever reason I wouldn’t agree to the song.

On tour we learn songs all the time, trying out new songs from the charts, learning requests in the break or discussing ideas in the van in order to constantly evolve and improve the set and make every night a little bit special for our clients and their guests. And so we should… This is our job!

Indie Killers dance floorFirst dances can be nervy as it’s such an important moment, however if I had my way we would play every 1st dance so we could make the night as special as possible.

first dance 4We love what we do and we are very privileged to do this for a living and be represented by Warble Entertainment (trust me I’ve worked with many agents and there isn’t a better one) and we have never or will never ask for money for learning a song.

Rock on!

Damian Keyes (Indie Killers)’

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Funky Bands for the Bruno Mars Lovers

So Bruno and Mark went and bagged themselves the ‘Best British Single’ award at The Brits and in honour of their awesome win we’ve put together what we think are the best bands you can get your hips stuck in to. So pull up your braces, find yourself an over-sized blazer and put on your darkest, coolest shades for Warble’s funkiest bunch.

Union Street

Jaelee and the guys have not only been booked for Warble’s own events, but they also performed recently at the British Wedding Awards for the industry’s best suppliers. With a combination of incredible vocals, wicked musicians and some of the best tunes around. Union Street are definitely ones to watch!

One Eye On The Wedding Cake

Warble has had the pleasure of working with this bunch of awesomeness for some time now and we just can’t think why they do so well? Maybe it’s the massive amount of energy they perform with, or it could be the absolute monster of a repertoire they have, or it might just be the incredible sound they make. Who knows but we sure love ‘em!

Soulidify

Big band, big vocals and big moves. If Frankenstein made a band, this is what he would come up with. Soulidify are a magical ensemble of musicians with a choice of some of the best vocalists we have heard. We can definitely say anyone in the same room as these guys would be full of funky vibes once they’re done.

Soulfire

Not only do these guys look the part but they sure do match it with their musical talent. The 5 guys have style, smooth moves and some serious vocal skills which have made them a huge hit with us Warblers and party go-ers all over!

Soul Grooves

Now here’s a band who have got the Bruno moves potentially nailed even better than the man himself. With the band’s attention to detail and effortless musicianship they have gone down a storm… The biggest challenge would be to watch their video and tell us you didn’t pull out your best chair dance.

Brandon Mars and the MB’s

Come on? We couldn’t blog about Bruno without showing off our very own tribute to the Hawaiian star. Performing all of his best hits and a taste of old school classics, Brandon and the MB’s kill it with some impressive dance moves, big band and a show you will never forget for all the right reasons!

So there you go, just a handful of Warble’s best movers and groovers but it doesn’t stop there… Warble has tonnes of amazing bands that will blow your minds! Check them out and your hips won’t lie!

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Warble’s Top Ten Northern Wedding and Party Bands

Other than a proper good brew and your local chippy, us Northerners love a top band or ten. And we sure know how to produce some great music with the likes of The Beatles, Stone Roses and The Arctic Monkeys coming from our neck of the woods. So as the title ever so kindly suggests, we have put together Warble’s top ten Northern bands for you to enjoy with your favourite biccie and a perfect cup of Yorkshire tea.

1. Friends of the Bride

Chris and the guys really know how to rock a good old Oasis classic or make you sway to a Beatles tune or two. Not only do the lads know exactly how to make you throw your best shapes on the dance floor, but they are also a lovely bunch who you can trust to make your night a success.

2. Luminate

This funky bunch are spreading musical vibes across and around the Leeds area and what a cracking job they are doing too. With vocals that will blow your mind and a set list that will no doubt have your hips shaking… This lot are definitely ones to watch.

3. Blue-Heart Mitch and the Blazin Jacks

Warble has worked with this crazy lot for some time now and for some real good reasons. Performing a mixture of ska, rock n roll, swing and jive, these guys will put their own spin on your favourite tunes from up North… And we love it!

Blue Heart Mitch and the Blazin Jacks
4. The Kickstarts

Manchester based, lots of beard and full of energy… Couple this with a belter from The Arctic Monkeys and you and your guests will have a party that your dancing feet won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

5. Black Cadillac

Very cool, very chic and very much perfect for any vintage themed event. The Lancashire based band make new songs sound old and old songs sound retro so they definitely get the thumbs up from us Warblers.

6. Meet the Beatles 

Need we say anymore? If you are dedicated to being a true Northerner, a tribute to Liverpool’s biggest band would be spot on and we couldn’t suggest a better band to do it.

7. The Story

After being booked all over the Northern region, these guys are becoming one of Warble’s most booked and why on earth not?! They look cool, sound awesome and have a degree in keeping dance floors full (Possibly not true on the degree part but they sure are good at it).

8. Gary & The Swing Kings

Although Yorkshire based, our Gary and his band travel all over the country swooning and crooning wherever possible. Not only do they perform some of the smoothest tunes around but they can also turn it up a notch with some dance floor classics to make sure everyone of your guests are busting the moves.

9. The Wild Molly’s

Known by many as ‘The best Irish group never to come out of Ireland’, this rowdy bunch mix the traditional and not-so-traditional Irish songs which we warn, may result in guests dancing on tables.

10. The Icons 

With the very talented Maria fronting the band with a voice to be reckoned with and stage presence that puts front men to shame, this band will have you singing and dancing to every tune going. They definitely get the thumbs up from over here!

So there you have it, our top ten Northern bands available to book for your party, wedding or event. That’s not to say we don’t have lots more awesome options to chose from, we just thought our top fifty or top one hundred may end up being a little wordy!

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The British Wedding Awards 2015

Friday the 23rd January saw the 2015 British Wedding Awards take place at the Tower Bridge Hotel in London and Warble made the trip down to attend as we were selected to provide the headline entertainment at the event.

The awards are run in conjunction with Wedding Ideas Magazine and are designed to recognise some of the UK’s finest wedding brands with awards for “Best Bridal Designer”, “Best Bridal Collection” and “Best Wedding Venue” to name just a few.

After a champagne reception and dinner, the ceremony began with hosts, Jade and Dan Peperall, of Giraffe Media, presenting the first award. With a reputation for being one of the South West’s most in demand venues, Berkeley Castle walked away winners of the first award for “Best Wedding Venue” against some superb nominees – of which any one of them could have picked up the prize.

Throughout the evening there were 12 awards to present and a fantastic representation of the vibrant landscape that the UK wedding scene offers. Amongst those also picking up awards were Benjiman Roberts (Best British Bridal Collection), Dessy (Best Bridesmaids Collection) and Giggle Booth (Best Special Touches) and the final award for Best Bridal Designer went to Kate Halfpenny, who received the most rapturous winners applause of the evening and as one of the fashion industry’s leading designers (having designed for Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Twiggy and Cheryl Cole), walked away a deserved winner.

Once the presentations had drawn to a close, it was over to one of Warble Entertainment’s most popular bands, Union Street, to close the evening in style. Delivering a lively and energetic performance of Soul and Motown including “Superstition” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”, right through to up-to-minute renditions of Pharrel Williams “Happy” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”. The five piece London based band have become one of the most in demand acts at weddings and corporate events and it’s easy to see why.

The hour long set put the icing on the cake of a fantastic night that was both well attended and well organised and already plans are afoot to go bigger in 2016!

Full List of Winners:

The Best UK Wedding Venue – Berkeley Castle

Best Wedding Stationery – Bohemian Dreams

Best Gift List Service – Cancer Research UK

Best Special Touches – Giggle Booth

Best Bridal Accessories – Ivory & Co

Best Bridal Shoe Collection – Rainbow Club

Best Honeymoon and Weddings Abroad – Thomson Weddings

Best Hen and Stag Party Provider –
UK Girl Thing and Gents Events

Best Bridal Retailer – Isabella Grace

Best Bridesmaids Collection – Dessy

Best International Bridal Collection – Maggie Sottero

Best British Bridal Collection – Benjamin Roberts

Best British Bridal Designer – Kate Halfpenny

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