Blog#9 Our First Booking Of 2019

Last week saw 'Energy' perform our first booking of 2019.  I (Phil) had really missed it and was delighted to 'get the show back on the road' again.  We performed at a black tie event for a fantastic group of people from Harleston, the venue was The Park Hotel near Diss in Suffolk.

A pleasant Hotel with staff offering a warm and informative welcome on our arrival.  Also, a fantastic load in, the stage being about 10/15m from the car boot.  A major bonus for bands like us when you have a lot of equipment, especially when the weather isn't great.
We had lots of downtime on this particularly booking; three and a half hours from set up to performing, so the comfortable changing area and great food provided was more than appreciated.

We had the opportunity to try out some new tracks.  
Firstly 'Angels' by Robbie Williams (I'm a guilty closet fan), which went down brilliantly.  We've always veered away from performing smoochy love ballads in the past in f…

Blog#8 First Booking of 2019

Hello everyone, happy 2019, may it be a successful one for you.

We're very excited to be performing our first booking of 2019 tomorrow, a black tie event in Diss, Norfolk.

We'll be performing new songs.  The recent funky and upbeat 'Treasure' - Bruno Mars, and 'Cake by the ocean' - DNCE, and the smoochy classic 'Angels' - Robbie Williams.

We're also hoping to take footage for a gig video diary of a typical 'Energy' booking, and try to keep it under 1, maybe 2 mins - watch this space,  but who knows how long it will take me to edit it?

Thanks for reading, we'll be blogging again before long,

Band Leader and Drummer

Norwich Norfolk Wedding Party Band

Blog#7 The Christmas Party Booking/The (Difficult) Load In

The Christmas Party Booking Our most prolific type of booking is without a doubt the wedding reception.  We absolutely love to help make the bride and groom's day by making sure that all of the finite details of their special day are tended to.  The wedding reception booking is also the most involved.

A More Straight Forward Booking Other types of celebrations; birthday parties, corporate celebrations, and christmas bookings for example are more straight forward.  For example, we can't play the wrong song during the first dance, we don't have to work to such specific timings including cutting the cake and evening guests arriving, and we might not be requested to arrive so early.

The Load In Our load in can vary hugely from venue to venue.  At some we're able to back up our vehicles to a door right next to the stage, hey presto . . all our equipment loaded in within 10 minutes.  Others may require a tricky walk through a number of doors and up flights of stairs which a…

Blog#6 The Booking/Performance Of A Norwich Norfolk Wedding/Party Band

A Norfolk Wedding Booking In previous weeks we've looked at how we choose songs for Energy to consider performing and how to ensure a good rehearsal to get the songs sounding great.

Well . . . all of that hard work is in vein if you don't eventually get the opportunity to showcase your songs by way of a showcase or a booking.

We recently had the honour of performing at a fantastic Norfolk venue in Swanton Morley called Hunters Hall.
Early Arrival Energy have great quality musical instruments and a crystal clear high fidelity digital PA system.  For the larger venues and when appropriate we mic up all of our instruments.  Along with the lighting systems, banners, and everything else we set up we need a couple of hours, so when time is tight in the evenings proceedings we sometimes set up earlier in the afternoon (for a small amount extra).  
Hunters Hall has a brilliant load in, the only challenge is the long narrow stage and the power points being all at one end.  We set up i…

Blog#5 The Band Rehearsal/How To Make A Rehearsal Successful/New Songs

Welcome to our 5th blog, thanks for reading.
The last three blogs centred on choosing appropriate songs for 'Energy' and constructing a set to make every booking go with a bang.
This blog is an insight to our rehearsals . . 
How Often Do We Rehearse? This varies but probably every month or so.  We know the 'set' inside out so don't need to go over songs we perform regularly.Rehearsals are for new songs, we tend to learn new material quickly and get it in the set as soon as we can to test drive it and set if it will remain. When we first formed we tried to rehearse every single week to get together a body of material.
OK, it's not rocket science but when we get the below things right we have a productive rehearsal. I'm lucky to have a little studio space at my house in Norwich, Norfolk big enough for us to rehearse, this saves me time travelling to rehearsal and setting up my drum kit.
What Makes A Successful Rehearsal? (1) For me to get organised setting up the sou…

Blog#4 Choosing Songs For 'ENERGY' Part 3/3 'Constructing a Set List'

Welcome to 'Energy's' 4th Blog.

This weeks blog is the last of a series of three blogs considering how we choose the songs that we perform.

The 1st blog of the series considered the 'Golden Rules' we use to choose songs to rehearse and perform, the 2nd was when you might make an exception to those rules.

This weeks' is how constructing a setlist might affect your choice of songs.

Mixing It Up
Whenever we perform we typically play to a very eclectic audience that varies hugely in age.  For example, many generations of a family are typically present at a wedding reception and all of them want to hear songs that they like and are familiar with.  This means performing songs from a wide range of not just Era's but Genre's as well, ensuring everyone hears something that will encourage them to get up and dance.  The following songs represent every decade from the 60s onwards and typically appear in our set list for most of our bookings.

Twist & Shout - The…

Blog#3 Choosing Songs For 'ENERGY' Part 2/3 'Exceptions To The Rule'

Hello again folks, thank you for joining us again.

Last weeks' blog contemplated how 'Energy' choose the best songs to perform at our bookings and concluded that they should be (a) Well Known, (b) Upbeat, and (c) Easy To Dance To.

This weeks' Blog considers when 'Energy', or any Party/Wedding band, might make an exception to these rules.

The First Dance
The traditional 'First Dance' is chosen by the bride and groom typically because the song has sentimental meaning for them. This could be for numerous romantic reasons that no other song would suffice.  'Energy Function Band' is happy to learn a first dance for our clients if we believe we can do it justice (usually we can!).  First Dances are often slow tracks that are difficult to dance to and not always upbeat in their feel.  The clients' need to have their chosen first dance is more important however, so the rules can be justifiably broken in these cases.

The Set Opener
Whether guests have …