Wedding Band Sussex - The Overdrives - FAQs

How much space do you need?

We typically need a performance area of 5x3 metres, but we are able to work with a minimum area of 4x2 metres if space is more limited. We’ve performed in all types of venue, from manor houses and hotels, to barns, marquees, ball rooms and intimate clubs so we’re well versed in making the most of whatever space is available to us.

How is it best to time things?

Please consider the following points when arranging the timings for the band performances. We will always be happy to play lighter background music/DJ sets for when guests arrive. Please note that the below timings are only a suggestion, and we can cater for your event/venues needs fully, even within a tight schedule.

• Below are the best timings (through experience) for Weddings performances, 7.30pm-12am with 2x 60 minutes sets.

  • 7.30pm-8pm – Light background music
  • 8pm-8.45pm – DJ set
  • 8.45pm-9pm – Cut cake, photos, first dance
  • 9pm – 10pm – First band set
  • 10pm – 11pm – DJ set
  • 11pm-12am – 2nd band set

• Please plan sets around the evening food. Do not have the band start at 8pm if the buffet is then ready to come out at this time also as your guests will want to eat in peace.

• We suggest 2x60 minutes sets over 3x40 minutes where possible.

Can I pick the bands playlist?

We are more than happy for you to pick which songs from our repertoire are played, but we do prefer if we are left to decide the order in which they are played.

It is usually best if you let us know any songs you definitely DO or DON’T want rather than a ordered play list. We need to have the freedom to cater for all your guests and may need deviate to involve all of your guests.

Where will you travel to?

We are a party band East Sussex, but we do travel UK wide and even internationally.

Can I see you play live?

Due to the nature of our work, we don't play many public gigs as all of the events we perform at tend to be private parties. However, we do perform a few showcases a year a venue local to us, which is free entry. These events are held in a public house (music bar) and really give you an idea of what we are about. Details of these events can be found on our facebook page.

If you want to follow our Facebook page, any last minute public gigs that do come in will be promoted on there.

Will you learn our special song?

We are happy to consider learning your special song. It largely depends on whether the particular song fits our playing style and sound. It would be difficult for us to pull off certain songs with orchestral backing, for example, due to our instrumentation, but we will sure give it a go. At the time of booking us, please let your agent know if there’s a particular song you’d like us to consider learning so we have enough time to learn it well.

Is the video on your website a true reflection of the band?

We believe in giving you a true insight into our live performance energy and sound. We had a live video crew capture our live studio performance, and all audio is one hundred percent live from that performance.

How do I book you?

Are you able to DJ in between sets?

We carry an iPad with a few thousand songs to all our gigs that we use specifically for DJ'ing, making sure that we keep the dance floor swinging in between our live sets. We are happy to take requests for DJ songs. Music playlists between sets comes as standard with every booking, and if you want a more bespoke DJ service, we offer a DJ package upgrade option where one of the band members will man the laptop all night to take requests and make basic announcements. The DJ package upgrade option is offered for free if you confirm your booking with us within 7 days of receiving your official quote.

Can we make DJ requests in advance to my event?

Any requests for the DJ service will only be possible if we already own the music you require. We do not purchase music for clients due to the costs this can incur. Clients will often provide us with an iPod/MP3 player, or laptop with a playlist on to incorporate the music into our usual DJ sets. We can also accommodate shared Spotify playlists provided these are finalized a week before the event. If you give us an idea of artists and genres you prefer, we will cater for your tastes effectively. If you would like particular songs played at specific times during the evening, please provide the music via one of the above methods along with a schedule of your evening.

Can we use your sound system for speeches?

You are welcome to use our PA system for your speeches. However, we don’t use radio mics in our live setup so, should you need them, and you will have to hire them in advance.

How long do you play for?

We usually play two one hour sets. This can also be divided into three 40 minute sets if you prefer. We have enough repertoire to cater for 3 hours of live music, with enough variety to keep your party going! We also offer an acoustic upgrade option which consists of either 30 minutes or 2 x 30 minutes of carefully selected acoustic music, perfect for during your meal or drinks reception.

What time do you start and finish?

We usually start our first set at around 8.30, and play our second set in the final hour of the evening, but again we are totally flexible with this. Arrival and finish times are 5.30pm and midnight as standard with early arrival and late finish fees applicable outside of these timings.

How long do you take to set up?

Assuming access to the venue is straight forward (i.e. ground floor room with no steps and vehicle access close to the venue), once all the equipment is loaded in we can normally be set up and sound checked in an hour.

Can I provisionally book you?

Unfortunately, we don’t take provisional bookings as our demand is such that we would be turning clients away on popular dates. However, when you make an official enquiry with us, your enquiry will be logged in our system and you will be given first refusal on your date should anybody else enquire for the same date.

What if the band split up before my event?

Like many professional party bands, our work is our livelihood and so we take our commitments very seriously.

In the very unlikely event that the band had split up before your party, every effort would be made to find a suitable replacement band.

Can my sisters/bosses/daughters dog sing with your band?

We love it when people get up to sing a song with us! In fact we offer an “bandeoke” as an optional extra! If you let us know in advance which 2 songs from out repertoire you would like to have an audience member up we can arrange to play those songs in the correct section of the set.

What will the band wear?

We have our own Overdrives style which can be seen from the photos on our website, we are always smart and well dressed but with a rock’n’roll twist. We can dress straight formal if your event requires it, just let us know!

Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates?

We always carry up to date PAT certification and have Public Liability Insurance cover up to £5M.

Why should I book The Overdrives?

We are a very experienced band - cool, contemporary & seasoned professionals! Members have played around the world with the likes of The Killers, Jake Bugg, The Kooks & The Courteeners & have graced stages at some of the biggest festivals. Bringing lively sets to your party, complete with crowd participation, conga lines & dance offs, this fun, professional band will ensure your night is one to be remembered!

How much does it cost to book the band?

Price from £1048 based on 4 members performing 2 x 60 minutes sets

Can we see some previous client testimonials?

Yes. We have testimonials from previous satisfied clients on our website.

Do The Overdrives have any specific requirements?

We request a room in which to change, something to eat and drinks for the duration of our time at the venue.

What type/size venues are you able to play at?

We have played in every type of venue, from festivals and football stadiums, from huge marquees and ballrooms to intimate clubs and private residencies.

How loud will the band be?

We always make sure that our volume levels are such that people at your event can still converse, but really feel as though they are at a gig when they're on the dance floor. Being a guitar based rock and pop function band, the nature of the music we play means that we can only turn down so far! If your chosen venue has a DB limiter, please discuss this with your agent at the time of your enquiry - There’s every chance that we (or one of our fellow agency bands) have performed at the venue before, but if not, it’s worth discussing to make sure that the performance you will receive from us will not be compromised.
However, if your venues decibel limit is restrictively low, we are more than happy to provide an acoustic version of our performance which, while obviously being quiter, will still provide you with music that’s great to dance to.

What is the band power requirement?

We usually request 2 double 13 amp supplies near to the stage area. We use LED lighting which keeps our power consumption down but we prefer to run lights from one power source and audio equipment from another to reduce the risk of noise interfer-ence. As a rule, we draw approximately 16 amps with everything on and have only ever experienced any issues in events in marquees where the generator capacity has been too low.

Do The Overdrives offer any additional services?

The Overdrives offer a number of additional services at very competitive rates: acoustic sets during dinner, additional/extended DJ service, Microphone hire and live song requests. If you would like more information regarding the above options please contact us via email to discuss.