18 October, 2023

Party Entertainment for Corporate Events: What should I consider?

Christmas is approaching, and when booking a large party band for a corporate event, there are essential factors to consider. Here's our advice!
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Par­ty Enter­tain­ment for Cor­po­rate Events: Choos­ing a Par­ty Band

Christ­mas is just around the cor­ner, and if you’ve been tasked with organ­is­ing the annu­al cor­po­rate Christ­mas par­ty then you may want to find an amaz­ing par­ty band to ensure a tru­ly mem­o­rable event. At Gecko Live we have hun­dreds of acts to choose from and we’re experts when it comes to show stop­ping live bands. Here are a few things that you need to con­sid­er if you’re plan­ning on book­ing a large par­ty band for a busy venue.

1. Con­sid­er the size and acoustics of your cho­sen venue. 

Large spaces can present chal­lenges in terms of sound dis­per­sion, so you’ll want to hire a band with the equip­ment and exper­tise to fill the room with music with­out it becom­ing over­whelm­ing. Bands such as Ori­gin and Poly­phon­ic have the capa­bil­i­ty to real­ly fill a stage and are just incred­i­ble. Keep in mind though, that sound­checks and venue walk­throughs are essen­tial parts of the process. They need to be done prop­er­ly, so make sure you take into account these impor­tant addi­tion­al hours when get­ting your bud­get signed off.

A busy venue typ­i­cal­ly calls for a larg­er band to match the ener­gy and enthu­si­asm of the crowd. Con­sid­er bands that can offer mul­ti­ple com­bi­na­tions of vocal­ists, instru­men­tal­ists, or even a horn sec­tion; bands like Spi­ral or Fuse. The addi­tion­al musi­cians not only enhance the music but also cre­ate a visu­al­ly engag­ing show for your guests. If you look at some of the par­ty bands avail­able on our Acts Page, you’ll notice that many offer mul­ti­ple line-up options. If this is some­thing that you’d like to dis­cuss fur­ther, we’d love for you to get in touch so that we can talk through your options and what could work for your venue.

2. Choose an expe­ri­enced live act who will engage with your crowd. 

When choos­ing a large par­ty band, ver­sa­til­i­ty is key. The band should be able to adapt to the diverse musi­cal tastes of your guests. They should also be able to play a wide range of gen­res, from clas­sic hits to con­tem­po­rary chart-top­pers. The abil­i­ty to seam­less­ly tran­si­tion from one style to anoth­er will keep the dance floor packed. Par­ty bands such as Bloom, Rev­o­lu­tion, Pumas and Cipher can take you on a jour­ney that spans decades with reper­toires that include some­thing for everyone.

The best large par­ty bands know how to con­nect with the audi­ence. Look for bands that can engage the crowd through audi­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, live­ly ban­ter, and the abil­i­ty to read the room to adjust the setlist accordingly. 

This per­son­al touch will make your par­ty feel more inter­ac­tive and mem­o­rable. These videos of Aper­i­tive or Bloom are great exam­ples of what you should be look­ing for. 

3. Research your live entertainment

As well as stage pres­ence, it’s impor­tant to try and gauge reli­a­bil­i­ty when choos­ing any par­ty enter­tain­ment. Ensure that the band is punc­tu­al, and pro­fes­sion­al, and has a proven track record of deliv­er­ing out­stand­ing per­for­mances. This will help alle­vi­ate any last-minute stress and ensure a smooth flow to your event.

Many of our bands offer mul­ti­ple ser­vices to help your evening run more smooth­ly. Fal­cons for exam­ple is a four-piece rock and pop band that offers mul­ti­ple pack­ages includ­ing back­ground music, acoustic pack­ages and a full DJ ser­vice so your enter­tain­ment needs are cov­ered through­out the day. Get in touch with us if you’d like help short­list­ing acts in your area that can pro­vide this type of service.

Our ulti­mate advice would be to find out as much as you can about your poten­tial bands, this includes look­ing at exist­ing tes­ti­mo­ni­als or reviews to see if they deliv­er on what they promise. Alter­na­tive­ly, rep­utable enter­tain­ment agen­cies like ours should be extreme­ly selec­tive with the bands they have on their books. For exam­ple, we only ever select bands that have skilled musi­cians, pro­duce high-qual­i­ty per­for­mances and have an excel­lent proven track record. 

Choos­ing a great large par­ty band for your busy work Christ­mas par­ty requires care­ful plan­ning and con­sid­er­a­tion. But tak­ing the time to find a band that match­es the venue size, pro­vides musi­cal ver­sa­til­i­ty, engages the audi­ence, and main­tains pro­fes­sion­al­ism can trans­form your event into a mem­o­rable and fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion. We’re here to help you with that. Use our com­pre­hen­sive Acts fil­ter to help you choose the ide­al enter­tain­ment, or, if you’d like the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cuss any of your require­ments — get in touch today!