Scotland's Premier Wedding & Party Band
Questions to ask your wedding band
Over the years we've played at hundreds of Wedding Dances and Corporate Functions in Fife, Edinburgh, Glasgow and in fact, all over Scotland. We've played at 5-star Hotels including Gleneagles, Old Course Hotel, Balmoral and hundreds of other venues to numerous to mention. There's always a few questions that are commonly asked about the band, and some advice that we feel is worth passing on. It's free, so why not?
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
All About The Bass - Meghan Trainor
Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
Dakota - Stereophonics
I Don't Feel like Dancing - Scissor Sisters
I Got A Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
How can I check your availability?
Please click on the Contact Us page and fill out the enquiry form, send us a message on Facebook or if you prefer call us on 07939 913 100.
How do I confirm a booking?
Bookings are secured via a confirmation contract sent from us. We require the contract to filled in with the wedding or function details and signed to confirm the booking. We also request a small non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the fee is due at the beginning of the evening, or if you'd prefer we can organise a BACS transfer although we do ask for this payment a couple of days in advance.
Will I get the same band I saw at my friend's wedding?
Definitely YES! We play as the same 5-piece band for 99.9% of the time. Unfortunately people do get ill and if this happens then we’ll always replace that person with a top quality musician, who has rehearsed or played with the band before. Other than this the 5 people you see on our website are the 5 people you will get for your band. Be careful, we know there's a lot of bands out there where this isn't the case! Even if you're not booking us we feel it's a piece of advice that we should pass on & is probably something you should ask any prospective band.
Will you learn a specific first dance or special song?
Not a problem. If the song you would like isn't one we know already, we'll always try our best to learn a first dance, or special request for you. We will never charge you to learn a song or two and all we ask is that we're given adequate time to learn the song properly, normally a month is fine.
Can you provide background music or play CD's during the break?
Yes, background music is played after the band has setup & have gone to get changed. We'll do the same at the break. We have a wide selection of pre-recorded background music on iPod. We are also happy to play "mixes" of music supplied by yourself too, so long as it is provided on an MP3 player. Sorry, we do not have a CD Player in our equipment so cannot play CD's provided on the night.
What sort of equipment do the band have?
Big Night Out are 5-piece live band, consisting of guitar, bass, keyboards and drums with both female and male vocals. As well as the musical instruments, we have a 2KW PA Audio System, suitable for events of up to 600 guests. We use state of the art lighting and are completely self contained. There is usually no need for a DJ, or specialist audio visual company.
How long does it take to set up?
Typically it will take us around an hour. This involves unload the band equipment from the trailer, getting it setup in the function space and getting changed into our formal clothing. This does depend on how easy the access is and also how large the venue is, as it effects the amount of equipment and lighting required. We will always arrive an hour before we are scheduled to start playing, but we cannot be held responsible for starting later due to circumstances beyond our control.
What do the band wear?
The male members of the band dress in matching evening suits with ties. Our female singer, Cathryn dresses in a cocktail-style dress.
Do I need to arrange somewhere for the band to change?
Yes please. The band do require a private room to get changed in and NOT the toilets used by the guests at your function.
How long will the band play for?
Big Night Out will play LIVE for your entire evening. Typically for a wedding, we'd arrive at 7pm, start at 8pm, take a break around 9.45pm for approx 30 mins whilst your buffet is served (back ground music will be provided) then continuing on until Midnight. This means approx 3 1/2 hours of performance time. Compare this to some of the bands that only play 2 x 45 minute sets! For corporate events the band would tend to start at 9.30pm and finish at 1am, including an approx 30 minute break ideal for doing a raffle or auction. Importantly, this means you don’t have to also book a DJ, as Big Night Out play all styles of music and can play throughout your evening.
Does the band have insurance?
The band have full Public Liability Insurance with a limit of indemnity of £5 million. We are also covered for Musical Equipment risks insurance for the £30,000 worth of equipment used. In addition, all our equipment is PAT tested every year.
Do the band play pubs?
Big Night Out have never been a pub band. We specifically set out to play weddings & corporate events only. We strongly believe that this gives us the edge over many other bands. However, keep an eye out on our Facebook & website because we do play the odd pub gig so you can come along and hear us play.