The information below aims to give as much insight as possible into the ins and outs of a typical Junos evening. With any luck this should answer most of your questions, but please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything not addressed below.
Staging Area – What do we Require?
We require at least 150 square feet (say; 10ft depth, 15ft width) for us to set-up. For the best visual/audio results it is best we play down the
‘length’ of the room (so we would be at one end of the room, facing the other) with the dancefloor immediately in front of us.
There should be a minimum of two 13 amp plugs near the staging area. If power is located elsewhere, the venue may need to provide extension leads to run power nearer our location. If the venue uses a generator this must be well grounded (to avoid electrocution!), voltage regulated (so no power spikes can damage our equipment) and a minimum 5kw (to safely run our equipment).
Timings – What Works Best?
Our typical ‘on-site’ times are between 5.30pm and 12.30am (including set-up and pack down time, accommodating a midnight finish). If you require us any earlier or later, no problem, but this will may incur a small charge. In order to maximise the dancing we suggest placing the band as late as possible and around other events you may have (buffet, fireworks etc). Typical successful timings (for say, a wedding) would look something like this:
5.30pm – arrive, set-up, soundcheck.
7.00pm – background dinner or disco music (whilst band get changed)
9.00pm – band’s first set (followed by interval with disco)
10.30pm – band’s second set (followed by disco music)
Midnight – Finish
12.30am – band leave site.
Soundcheck – How Long Do we need? Do we Need to Make Noise?
Get-in, set-up and soundcheck usually takes around 90 minutes (depending on the complexity of the load-in – with an easy load-in this can be as little as 1 hour). We will need to make noise during soundcheck (otherwise we can’t check the sound…!). This usually occurs in the last 15 minutes where we will run a few songs to ensure that everything is primed and ready for the evening.
Use of Our Equipment
Once we are on site we are at your disposal. If you wish to use our PA equipment for any other purpose, no problem. However, use of our instruments / guitar amplifiers would not be allowed (as these are considered ‘breakables’). We also no longer allow DJs or bands to use our equipment as they can potentially drive the PA too loud and damage it. Please bear in mind we no longer use radio mics (as they have too often picked up the local taxi company during a gig!).
Band and DJ Repertoire – Do we Take Requests?
Whilst we have a large library of music for our DJ sets, it is by no means exhaustive. If there are any tracks that you definitely want played on the night we recommend that you provide these on either a memory stick or CD. Some clients in the past have provided their own playlist on a laptop or iPod, this is no problem at all – we can plug this directly into our PA.
Band Song Requests
If you would like the band to play a song for you (say, for you first dance), no problem. We can often provide this service for free (providing the song suits the band and is easy to learn), or for a small charge. All we require is a little notice (two weeks min.) to learn it.
Changing Area – Do we Require One?
When we arrive we will typically be in our ‘civvies’ (as lugging equipment can be a messy business!), we therefore require an area where we can get changed into our stage clothes. Ideally this should be big enough for five people and secure (so we can leave our belongings there whilst we play).
Food and Drink
In most cases we would have left in the afternoon to travel to your event and will be on site for the entire evening, therefore will require some sort of ‘hot’ evening meal. The band do not have any allergies and there are no vegetarians, so we’re not that fussy…! It is usually easier with weddings to cater for us within the buffet numbers.
Booking the Band – Is there a Contract?
We operate an online booking system featuring two forms: ‘Form 1: Booking Confirmation’ and ‘Form 2: Booking Information’. The Booking Confirmation form serves to engage the band in a contract, securing your date. The Booking Information form provides us with finer details/logistics for your event (which we will refer exclusively to on the day/night). No deposit is required although cancellation fees may be applicable in accordance with our ‘terms and conditions‘.
Insurance and PAT Certificates
The Junos hold £5,000,000 public liability insurance and all equipment is checked annually via the PAT process. Certificates are available upon request.