If you run a pub, social club or even a restaurant, the idea of hosting a live band at your venue is never a bad idea. With years of experience in the entertainment industry, we've used our expertise here at Henderson Management to answer that all important question we are commonly asked, 'is my pub suitable for live entertainment?'
One of the most important factors to consider when booking a band is space. Live bands will always need a reasonable amount of space to setup and perform. We'd usually recommend approximately 1.5 meters square per person (and allow 2 square meters for a drummer). Remember, space is needed in front and to the sides of the band to accommodate their PA, speakers and lighting stands. If you don't have the space for a full band show, you could always consider booking a solo act!
Minimum band stage size requirements
3 piece band: 3 x 3 meters
4 piece band: 4 meters wide by 3 meters deep
5 and 6 piece band: 5 meters wide by 3 meters deep
7 piece and bigger: 5/6 meters wide by 4 meters deep
Assuming you already have a PPL/PRS license to play recorded music in your business, whether a license is needed for LIVE music entertainment will depend on the circumstances. A licence is not required to stage a performance of live music, or the playing of recorded music if:-
In other circumstances (if you're putting on a bigger event/festival for example) a licence may be required. One licence application can cover all types of regulated entertainment, this really differs depending on your event so it's always a good idea to do your research on laws and licensing for your specific situation!
Yes! Hosting outdoor entertainment in the summer is a fantastic way to mix up your entertainment and attract new audiences of all ages.
In most cases when accommodating a live band outdoors, you will need to provide some sort of shelter for the band to perform under (for example a gazebo or marquee) as there's a chance their equipment could be damaged in the rain without it. There are some exceptions to this, however we wouldn't recommend hosting a live band in your garden without some form of shelter.
If your function is being held in a marquee always ensure you have a flat/hard/level surface for your live band to set-up and perform on. Trying to set up a drum kit, for example, on an uneven grass surface or matting overlaid on grass is not Ideal as they are susceptible to falling over.