FAQ

Welome to our FAQ page! Here you will find a list of common questions that we get asked, along with some advice on certain requirements such as stage size, generator voltage, set up and performance times.  

Please make sure that you have a good read and discuss with your Event organiser, Venue or Wedding planner as appropriate.  We will be happy to discuss or answer any queries that you may have regarding any points not covered below.

 

Does the band have Public Liability Insurance / PAT Certificates?

Yes. These can be produced on the night or emailed to the venue before your event.

 

How long does the band play for?

The band typically perform two 45 minute sets with a short break between them with encores usually bringing the total performance time to approximately two hours. However, performances can be tailored to suit your individual requirements.

Please see the following for our different packages:

WEDDING BAND 

FUNCTION BAND

ACCOUSTIC BAND

 

I want to serve food when the band is on or just before they perform is this a good idea?

Our survey says: No!!! One of the most common mistakes to make is organising food just before, or during the Band's first set. This really inhibits your guests ability to fully enjoy the band and will dampen the party atmosphere. So please make sure that you allow at least half an hour for your guests to have their meal before the first set start time.

Though we understand each event will differ and you will require specific start times due to venue or time scheduling, we would recommend playing our first set at 9.30pm. This will ensure that your guests have had enough time to let their food go down, get slightly merry and are ready to hit the dance floor.

We will provide background music in the interim between sets. For more information on our recommend event plan, please see "What is the best time to have the band perform?" below.

 

How much room does the band need?

The second most common mistake is not allowing the band enough room to perform.  

We want to make your night as spectacular as possible (this is what you're paying for after all). So in order to do this we require a certain amount of room to allow for audience interaction and movement on stage.  The amount of floor space really does dictate how well we are able to perform and our Lighting Rig, Amps, PA and Drum kit have size footprints that cannot be altered or reduced, to enable us to squeeze into a tiny corner... and Nobody should ever put baby in a corner right? :-) 

Once the equipment has been set up and soundchecked we are not able to move it.  So please ensure that if you have multiple acts on the same stage that you allow adequate room and set up time (see How long does the band need to set up? for details) for us and your other entertainers to work to. It would be preferable for you to send to us a schedule of events at the time of booking, so that we can work together to help things run as smoothly as possible on the day.

As a guide the band needs enough room to cater for drums, bass and guitar set up, PA system and lighting rig. The minimum space required is Width -16 ft (4.87 metres) and Length (depth of stage) 10 ft (3.1 metres). We can adapt to spaces and venues but these measurements will give you a guide. If you have also booked a DJ for your event, please can you let them know that the Band will require the above space to set up. 

 

How much Voltage does the band's equipment require?

We get asked to perform at a lot of private parties and outdoor events and this may require some of our customers to hire a generator. The band needs enough power to cater for all of their PA, lighting and musical amplifiers, so if you are having to hire your own generator for an event, the bands power output will be just under 10KVA, which means that you will need to look at a power source of well over this to ensure that your generator will have enough headroom. 

 

How long does the band need to set up?

Ideally the band needs a minimum of 2 hours to set up before performing. Please allow extra time if your occasion is on any floor other than the ground floor or if there are steps, walkways or other access restrictions to the venue.

For an additional fee the band can arrange an early setup for convenience. 

The band will need to carry out a sound check before they begin their performance so please bear this in mind. This is to ensure volume levels are appropriate for the venue and to diagnose any acoustic or feedback issues.

 

Does the band have lighting?

Yes the band has its own professional lighting rig which helps to create a fantastic ambience at your event. The band will bring along their lighting to your event and this will be included in the overall quotation given to you upon receiving your enquiry.

 

Can I play my own music through the band’s speaker system?

Yes. If you require the use of the speakers through which to play an iPod or other device with 3.5mm headphone jack (first dance etc) then please be aware that there will be a small additional cost. This can be discussed when booking. Please check our Wedding packages.

 

What kind of music do you play in between your sets?

All of our weddding and party packages contain the "DJ replacement service" where the band bring background party music to be played post set up, in between the bands live sets and up until midnight or the event finish time (depending on the package you purchase). This music playlist contains popular party music from the soul, motown, funk, pop, indie, and rock genres to get you and your guests in the mood for the band and to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

As we have over 8 hours of music on our playlist we are unable to list each song that will be played on the night but please feel be assured that the band have catered for lots of tastes. Sonic Boom are more than happy to use your own playlist if you want to bring it along on an iPod, iPhone or other device with 3.5mm headphone jack and they will simply plug it into their PA system. 

 

How loud is the band?

Sonic Boom is a high energy function band, we are lively and loud to ensure that your guests are dancing all night.  Some venues unfortunately have noise restriction devices called Noise Limiters.  These devices are designed to cut the power to the venue if a certain noise level is exceeded.

Very often this level is set to below 90 decibels (db) which is as loud as a Tractor engine and quieter than your average baby crying. As the band uses a live drum kit there is a minimum volume that cannot be changed this is around 115db or higher.  You will need to inform the band at the booking stage if there are any noise restrictions or limitations at your chosen venue.  Some venues may be agreeable to bypassing the limiter or raising the DB level, however if they are not then it will compromise the band's performance and the package that you are paying for.  

We can of course, work with a limiter if the venue are not prepared to allow us a concession, however you should note that the performance will be significantly quieter and will lose some of its energy.

As a further alternative, we can recommend that you choose one of our acoustic band packages which will still provide you with top quality entertainment for your event just at a lower volume.

The Sonic Boom band always tries to accommodate all types of venue and room size for each and every occasion. 

 

Can the band learn specific songs for my event?*

The band has a tried and tested set list which is regularly updated. Any specific song requests can be met subject to an extra fee to cover additional rehearsal time required for new material. *Platinum Wedding package only! 

 

What sort of music do you play?

Sonic Boom play a range of popular music, please see our SET LIST page for all the relevant information.

 

What will the band wear?

The band will dress appropriately for each and every occasion, smart or casual. To view pictures please check the bands various social media pages or view our 'Instagram' gallery from this website.

 

What is the best time to have the band perform?

  • This can be arranged when booking, we are flexible to the requirements of your event. 
  • Example Timings are as follows:
  • Band arrival at 6:00pm to set up and sound check by 7:30pm
  • Background or DJ music from 7:30pm until 9:30pm
  • Live Set 1 from 9:30pm to 10:15pm
  • Background / DJ music from 10:30pm until 11:00pm
  • Live Set 2 from 11:00pm to midnight 
  • DJ / Background music to play until the event finishes
  • Please allow at least 30 minutes after your guests have eaten before the Band's first set performance. No one likes to dance on a full stomach and this will help to maximise your guests enjoyment of your event.  

 

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

If one of your guests would like to sing a song, we are happy to accommodate this request providing that your guest is supervised by a band member. We usually have a spare microphone available. Please let us know in advance if this is the case. Unfortunately we cannot allow guests (even if they play an instrument) to use our equipment as it will invalidate our insurance policy. *Platinum Wedding package only! 

 

Can I see the band play before booking?

You can join the band’s various social media pages to see the latest gig information. Alternatively we will post regular updates here on our website. Private functions are not usually listed, but most public performances are regularly announced which you are welcome to attend.

 

Do I need to Feed the Band?

Sonic Boom will normally be attending your event for a minimum of 7 hours, during this time we can get a little peckish, so a provision for food is built in to our contract, so that we have enough energy to give you the best high energy performance that we can.  Please see our TERMS AND CONDITIONS page for details.

 

Will I have to pay the band a deposit?

A small deposit is required for all private functions in order to secure the date. This will be discussed during the booking process. Full payment is required when the Band arrive at your event or at the half time interval.

 

How much notice would I have to give if I wanted to cancel my booking?

Please see our TERMS AND CONDITIONS page for details.


I want to book the Sonic Boom Function band, what do I do next?

Please click HERE to go to our quote page and contact the Band directly.

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