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Hiring Live Entertainment: The Ultimate Guide

It doesn’t really matter what the event is: wedding, corporate event, birthday party, product launch, or award ceremony (to name just a few); hiring live entertainment can be much more than the ‘icing on the cake’.

It can be a make or break decision! This is why we present to you the Ultimate Guide to Hiring Live Entertainment.

Hiring live entertainment: Why is it a winner?

It’s a no-brainer really. Think of all those awkward office, dinner or house parties you’ve been to. Everybody turns up and exchanges pleasantries. There are uncomfortable conversations in the hallway or the kitchen. All the guests are waiting for the earliest opportunity – the polite moment – to make their excuses and leave. We’ve all been there.

But your event is going to be a much more positive experience!

Music is often the answer; but, of course, you could also try a magician or a caricaturist. A live act breaks the ice, creates atmosphere, or gets everybody up on the dancefloor. Hiring live entertainment can breathe new life into any event.

Hiring live entertainment: The proof is in the pudding

When it comes to a live act, the proof is indeed in the pudding. However, how much you find the ‘pudding’ to be to everyone’s taste will largely be down to planning.

With any event you plan you can’t really leave anything to chance. This is especially true of hiring live entertainment. You need to ask key questions: Do you want a quiet dinner with background music? Will there be dancing? What genre of music fits the bill?

It’s obvious stuff, but an acoustic string duo aren’t going to be the best choice for a disco. A 15-piece big band will be too overpowering for a relaxed dinner. We give you valuable advice to make sure the act you choose is a fantastic fit for your event.

Hiring live entertainment: Atmosphere and ambience

It’s your call – it’s your event – but there are some typical ‘good matches’ when it comes to hiring live entertainment,

A live party band is often the best bet if you want your guests to be on the dancefloor all night.  A sophisticated dinner/cocktail hour calls out for a small acoustic jazz act – maybe a duo or a trio. Check out New Orleans Night Cats. Wedding ceremonies are the obvious bedfellows for a classical act, harpist (Romantic Harpist ) or a string quartet. Meanwhile, swing dancing screams out for a big band with sassy horn section, such as Silk Street Groove.

It’s all about carefully considering what atmosphere and ambience you want to create. We help you match the right act to your event.

Let Silk Street give you personalised recommendations

Finding the perfect act can be a little like looking for a needle in a haystack sometimes. This is where Silk Street really show our worth. We are not just a website. We offer friendly advice and a personalised service.

The search to  find your perfect act has never been easier. You can also get personalised recommendations. Furthermore, why not just call us on 0800 756 5512? We are ready to share our expertise and experience with you. We’ll soon have you honed in on acts that will be perfectly suited to your event.

What’s more, if you’re a bit short on inspiration, check out our blog pages. They are always full of tips and advice. You’ll find all sorts of great stuff, from act recommendations to how to throw a Peaky Blinders themed party.


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