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A wedding couple
“Really can't thank this band enough,
they did a fantastic job at our wedding” 

Kerry Kirkham - Former Client

The DeeVines are an energetic premium function band whose members have collectively amassed many years of experience in the entertainment industry working with both corporate and private clients. 

 

Our repertoire covers a wide range of music from classic Motown hits to
modern-day R&B anthems, and our professional and friendly team will leave you with an unforgettable night of entertainment.

We understand the importance of making your event one to remember,

and we are dedicated to creating the perfect atmosphere for your special occasion.  Let us take the stress out of organising your entertainment and

book The DeeVines today.

Please have a browse around our site to see what we can offer you for
your event. If you have any queries not covered off in our FAQ section, you can get in touch by either using the web chat, or the contact details below. We look forward to hearing from you very soon.

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A wedding party dancing
  • We have never booked a band before so we're not sure how it works and could do with some help
    Don’t panic - thats what we're here for! Between all band members, we have many years of experience to help guide and advise you on your event to ensure it's exactly what you want.
  • How long do you need to set up?
    We like to allow approx 90 minutes for the load in, PA set up and sound check. It is really important that you factor this time into your schedule. We appreciate that sometimes events do not run to plan so the timings will change. If this is the case we will endeavour to set up as soon as we possibly can. Once set up, we will run through a few numbers to make any adjustments to the sound. The above time scales do not include the band getting changed into performance outfits. We will require an additional 20 minutes for this.
  • We also require an acoustic session for our event. Is this possible?
    Yes of course!! As well as a full band performance, we can also offer a acoustic session (1 x vocalist and either an acoustic guitar or piano). Typical examples where these sort of performances take place are welcoming guests at an event or during a wedding breakfast. You can hear either piano and acoustic guitar performances in the media section of the website and you can also download the setlist using the link below. This service does incur an additional cost but we are happy to discuss any of these options with you.
  • How long is your performance?
    Our performances are very flexible and bespoke to each of our clients. The fee quoted is based on the band playing up to 2 hours of music. The set times are at the complete discretion of each client, but we find that either a 2 x 1 hour set or a 3 x 40 minute set (with breaks in between) works very well. Please note that the fee quoted is based on the band arriving up to 2 hrs before the performance and a midnight finish. Our free DJ service is available until around 12.30am.
  • Is it possible for us to choose songs from your repertoire for our event?
    We encourage all our clients to be involved with song choice, but we may include or exclude (where appropriate) any song choice we feel may or may not be appropriate for an event. For certain events (in particular weddings) this is quite normal. We've added below a typical set list for your perusal, you will see that our choice of songs cover most era's of music. It can easily be mixed and matched to cater for all age groups thus keeping everyone happy. We can help you choose what will be appropriate based on our experiences of many varied events or better still, let us do this for you. This is our area of expertise and of course it's one less thing you have to worry about!
  • If we go ahead and book you, what will you need us to provide?
    The venue will need to provide a safe and constant supply of electricity terminating in a minimum of 2 x 13amp sockets on or near the stage area. We have a great deal of heavy equipment so sensible access to the venue will need to be provided. The venue will also need to provide an area where we can change and relax between sets, please see hospitality rider below for more details. We require somewhere where the full band can get changed for the performance, somewhere we can also relax before and in between sets and leave our belongings securely when we are performing so a private changing area will need to be organised for this. Please note that in the interests of health & safety and hygiene, toilets (inc portaloos), restrooms or store rooms/cupboard etc are not acceptable areas for the band to get ready in. If we arrive on site and we haven't been provided a suitable place to get change, then unfortunately we will have to perform in the clothing we arrive in.
  • Our event is outside. What are the requirements for this?
    Open air events (like for example marquees or a main stage) are fantastic and we have plenty of experience performing at these type of events. Our PA is suitable for events up to 300 people, any more than this we'd probably need to hire in a professional sound and light company which would incur more costs. Any outdoor event would require a covered stage area regardless of the time of year. This is because potential rainfall or sudden weather changes needs to be taken into account as we are using a lot of electrical equipment. We will require access to at least two standard power points. As its an outdoor event please don’t forget to take into account consideration of your neighbours - or make sure you invite them to the party!
  • Our event is a wedding. When is the best time for the band to perform in the evening?
    For an evening performance, we highly recommend the band performance should start around 21.00. A wedding can be a very long day for your guests. After the wedding reception there's the meal, then the speeches (which usually go on a lot longer than planned), and then room is turned around for the evening reception. At this point we have found that guests usually want to take a bit time out to have a few drinks and talk amongst themselves for a little while before they want to dance. By starting the performance a little later it enables them to do this. It also gives your evening guests plenty of time to arrive and do the same. We have found that if we play too early (8pm), the guests are still chatting amongst themselves or they are not up for dancing yet, so to us it seems like a waste of a set - and your money. Pre 9pm is the time to utilise the music provided by your DJ, or by ourselves if required. Eventually your guests will be starting to get in the mood and they now will be waiting in anticipation for the band to perform so they can dance the night away. That is exactly what we want - we want to ensure that you get full value for money, and naturally we want as many of your friends and familuy to be on the dance floor when we play - that's part of our job! This is just our recommendation of course. We appreciate that a 9pm start might not be an option for some of our clients. If you require us to start quite early then we're more than happy to accommodate.
  • How far will the band travel?
    We will travel throughout the UK and further afield if required. For extensive distances or overseas performances, travelling expenses and accommodation fee would be in addition to a performance fee. Please contact us for more information if this is applicable.
  • How far in advance should we book?
    A soon as possible! Events can take a long time to plan, on average a couple will take 12 - 18 months to plan their wedding. Most venues work on a first come first served basis and so do we. We regularly have bookings 18 months before an event takes place so to avoid disappointment we recommend you book your band at the same time you book your venue.
  • We have a first dance request. Will the band be able to play it live?
    If your choice of first dance is suitable for us to perform, then of course we will perform it. What we mean by 'suitable' is that any song choice you have in mind needs to be in line with the genre of music we play i.e Soul, Motown, R&B, Pop, etc. However in order for us to achieve this we must have a minimum of 4 weeks to learn the song. If your request cannot be performed by the band live, then we are happy to play it through our PA system. The band will always have the final decision of whether the song requested is feasible for us to do.
  • Do you have all the applicable insurances?
    Yes! We have full £10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance, and all equipment is regularly P.A.T tested. If you require a copy of our certificates to send on to the vendor, no problem. Just get in contact with us and we can either provide you with PDF’s of the documentation or we can send them on to your vendors on your behalf.
  • Can you arrive in the morning to set up for an evening event?
    If we are available, yes of course. Early set-up is becoming a more popular option but can only be facilitated if there is enough space at the venue. If your event is a wedding and your wedding breakfast is going to be in the same room as the evening reception, please bear in mind we will still require a minimum of 90 mins to get in the room, set-up and sound-check. We have performed at lot of weddings and in many instances they do tend to run behind scheduled times because of speeches running on etc. Not having enough time to get ready/sound check would impact the overall sound of the band. To try to avoid this situation, we now provide the option of setting up earlier in the day so that we are more or less ready to go if your wedding does run behind time. We return later on in the day when the room is turned around for the evening reception, make final preparations and sound check. You will also need to confirm with the venue first that an early set is possible. An early set-up fee would be applicable, please contact us for a quote.
  • We have a DJ booked. How will this work?
    We want to ensure that you have seamless transition of music all night. On the day we will normally liaise with the DJ so that he plays in between our sets at times to suit you. We will also provide him with our playlist to ensure that none of the songs we are performing will be played by them.
  • We don't have a DJ booked. What happens in between your performances?
    Simple - At no extra cost to you we provide a unmanned DJ service in between and after our sets (up until 12.30am). This fully inclusive option becoming more and more popular with clients who want to save on the added expense of hiring a DJ. Our playlist before and in between performances incorporates the very latest popular chart music. After our performance we will up the tempo with very latest in dance music. If you prefer to have your own playlists then this is absolutely fine. Ideally we would need a fully charged mp3 player from you with at least 2.5 hrs of music on to ensure you have enough music for the whole evening.
  • We want additional musicians, what options do we have?
    The core band (5 piece) consists of 1 x female vocalist, keys, bass, guitar and drums In addition to the 5 piece set we can add an 1 x additional female vocalist. If required we can also add a saxophonist or a full brass section. Both additional options are subject to availability and will occur an additional charge. Please use the contact form below for any specifics you require.
  • What equipment do you need to bring with you?
    As a working band, we are completely self-contained so we bring everything we need with us. This includes all the PA, instruments, stage lighting and dance floor lights. If the event is for 300+ guests then additional lighting effects and a sound engineer would likely be required and would incur additional costs. We would however notify you if this was the case.
  • How much floor space do you need to set up?
    Ideally, the band needs approx. 4.0m wide x 2.5 m deep, although we can sometimes manage with a smaller space. We are happy to liaise with the venue when there are space limitations, but please be aware that the dimensions quoted above reflect the minimum comfortable working space. Please note:- If the venue is supplying you with a portable dance floor, you or the venue must ensure this is not encroaching in our playing area. This has happened to us before and causes problems and increased setup times. We are not responsible for moving portable dance floors.
  • There is no stage at the venue. Will you still be able to perform?
    Of course yes! We are happy to perform at floor level. FYI - If a stage is available it would need to be a minimum of 4.0m wide x 2.5 m deep to safely accommodate the whole band.
  • Will the band members at my event be the exact musicians/vocalists who I've seen and heard on your website?
    The DeeVines core members are who you hear and see on this website. However at times we may use musicians who are different to what's shown. What we are trying to say here is it's impossible for all of us to be available for every single booking we have. Obviously band members have their own personal lives outside the band and of course band members can get ill. This is when we use deputised (deps) musicians who will step in for our core members when needed. All of our deps are seasoned reliable professionals, who have been vetted by us and have played with the band many times before - call them our extended family! Don't worry you probably won't notice any difference to the quality of our sound and performance.
  • The venue has told us it has a sound limiter, is this a problem?
    We are used to working with sound limiters and can adjust our PA to allow for this. Some sound limiters at venues are set at an extremely low level. These can cause performance problems as they are designed to cut the power supply if the set limit is exceeded for more than a few seconds which will have consequent disruption to the performance. It is our experience that in some cases venues can be less than honest with their clients regarding noise issues they have, especially in built up areas, and also the suitability of the venue for live music. We have always overcome this issue and we will liaise with the venue to minimise any problems wherever possible.
  • What will you and the band be wearing?
    This all depends on the type of event. For an informal event (birthday, corporate etc) the whole team will normally wear smart casual. However for a more formal engagement (wedding, corporate function etc), the guys wear black jeans, a black shirt or polo shirt whilst the girls will wear evening dresses or similar to compliment what the guys are wearing. If your event is not a formal one, yet you still require us to wear evening wear, this is not a problem. Please let us know either way and we can accommodate.
  • Do we need to provide you with food?
    If we are performing during the day as well as the evening, or we have travelled a considerable distance to your event then hot food is an essential requirement - please see the hospitality requirements below. If we are playing locally, we do make a polite request for refreshments to be made available to the band at your discretion. We are happy to discuss and agree this with you.
  • What do I do if I wish to discuss my event?
    Please fill in the fields on the contact page - once we've received your email we can either reply back or give you a call if you prefer at the earliest convenience.
  • Will you perform for free at my charity event?
    We do perform a small number of events every year for our own chosen charities. Unfortunately we cannot undertake any other free events.
  • OK - I'm happy with everything and I wish to book the band. What's the next step?
    We will send out an invoice via email for the full amount. A £100 deposit will need to be paid as soon as possible to secure the date in our diary. We will hold the date for 7 days. If we do not receive the deposit in that time we will remove the date from our diary. Once we have received the deposit we will confirm we have it by email or by phone. Once the deposit is paid there is very little else to do until nearer the event. About 6 weeks weeks out from your event one of the band members will have been assigned to you. They will be your point of contact and will get in touch to liaise with you and the venue to discuss all your requirements. If for any reason the booking is cancelled by you, then unfortunately the deposit is not refundable as we may have turned down other work to cater for your event. If for any reason a member of the band cannot make the event then we have deputised musicians and singers which can replace them at short notice. If for any reason we have a situation where the whole band cannot make the event (this is hardly unlikely and has never happened) then we will notify you ASAP and fully refund you. We work with some of the best entertainment agencies in the country who would have no problem finding a replacement band. From experience we have found that it is much better for all parties involved to settle any fees well before the event is taking place. We will require the rest of the fee to be paid in full at least 1 week before the performance. Payment can be made by bank transfer.
  • Can I call or email to discuss any changes, thoughts or concerns for my event after making the booking?
    Absolutely - you can contact us as many times as you need!
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