How To Choose The Right Live Band For You

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Many people struggle choosing a live band for their special occasion, especially if you haven’t seen them live yourself. These handy tips should clear up any confusion that may be had.



Some bands choose to focus on one style of music whereas others, like us, cover a whole range of genres so they can work closely with their clients to make a setlist specific to their requirements to make it a more personal experience. Shop around for bands depending on the energy you want the performance to have while also considering the style of music your guests will enjoy to encourage them to get out of their seats.



When choosing a live band, you need to take into consideration the visual aspect to ensure they match the vibe of your event. For example, you wouldn’t have a metal band at a vintage wedding so to make sure there is a quality flow to your evening, keep a similar theme.



When looking for bands, make sure to check their location to prepare for any additional travel costs if they deem necessary. Live bands are usually more expensive than the average DJ as there are more people performing which is why it is essential you’ve researched into their performances to ensure you can justify the cost; remember, quality music isn’t cheap, but it can make a great day even more memorable.



Once you have narrowed down your options, check who’s available on your chosen date (good bands are usually busy most weekends, especially in the summer). Then you can move onto more specific details like their performance times and what’s included in the price; From this you can decide what’s the best value for money for your requirements.

Have an event that requires some world renowned live music? Mansfield avenue are the perfect band for weddings, corporate events and parties; just fill in this form to get a quick quote.

Should I Choose a Live Band or DJ?

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A common dilemma people have when organising events is the music. Live band or DJ? Here are a few things to consider to help you choose the right entertainment for your special occasion.


Understanding the vibe of your event is essential for choosing the right entertainment. For example, live bands offer a more personal, interactive experience in which they can cater to your specific requirements whereas DJs, although they may have a larger repertoire of songs, are a lot less inclined to interact too much with the audience. For your wedding, try to think of what music represents the both of you and inspires the ambiance you want to create.  


Some people are often put off as the cost of live bands can be considerably higher than that of a DJ, however if it’s the atmosphere you’re looking for, it most certainly pays to spend a little bit extra. DJs are usually more affordable and do have the facilities to have a larger repertoire and because of this are able to take requests on the night. Some bands have the option of a DJ playlist in between sets to give you the option of both; check out our packages.




If you have your heart set on a live band, keep in mind the amount of space they’ll need when booking your venue. Most bands require a minimum of 1x2m per member of the band however this varies depending on the equipment and instruments used. DJs usually require a slightly larger amount of space, but again, it varies for each and their setup. It can also be a good idea to check if there are any power supply or noise limitations.


Experts will know what works for the event you’re hosting. A professional band or DJ will get a feel for what your guests enjoy so too much pre-planning isn’t necessary.

Live Band Reasons | Sets The Mood

5 Reasons To Have a Live Band at Your Next Event

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Having a live band takes your event to the next level. It helps create an evening that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Here are five reasons why we think you should have a live band at your next event:

Live Band Reasons | Sets The MoodIt Sets the Mood

You control the mood of an event with a live band. Whatever genre of music you want to be played or atmosphere you are trying to create; a good band will be able to work with you to get it right.

Live Band Reasons | Creates Memories

It Creates Memories

You know and love (at least some) of the guests at your event and want to create memories you can cherish. A live band brings you and your guests together for a fantastic and interactive experience.

Live Band Reasons | Audience InteractionAudience Interaction

A live band doesn’t just play music, they put on a show which the audience are part of. Encouraging guests to get up and dance – building a connection with them. A great band can make changes on the fly to ensure that everyone has a great time.

Live Band Reasons | Personalised Experience

It’s a Personalised Experience

No one wants their event to be like another and no performance is ever the same. A band can perform your favourite rock song as a ballad, put together a medley of great songs live or sing a song directly to that special someone.

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‘Real’ Sound and Visuals

The sound and atmosphere created by live music cannot be rivalled! You and your guests won’t be able to help getting wrapped up in the energy of their performance.

Mansfield Avenue are world renowned for their live music. Are you planning a party? Corporate Event? Wedding?…

If you’d like to book a live band for your next big event, get in touch!

Top Tips When Choosing Your Wedding Set List

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You have probably spent months (if not years) organising your wedding day, and now you’re into the real detail! There are a few important things to consider when choosing your wedding set list for your big day… here’s our top tips:

Wedding Set List | Consider Age

Consider The Age Of Your Guests

If most of your guests are under the age of 30, it’s unlikely that you want to take them back to the 80’s (not for the whole night anyway!) Everyone loves music from their teenage years, so consider what that might be, and mix it up with some classics to create the perfect wedding set list. Don’t forget the chart hits – the littlest guests will thank you for it!

Wedding Set List | Choose Your Favourites

Choose Your Favourites

It’s your day after all – choose the songs that you love as a couple. If you are both lovers of Indie music, pop music, or even country music – make it the main focus.

Wedding Set List | Create Ambiance

Think Ambiance

Music is crucial to setting the scene and atmosphere on the day. If you want your drinks reception to be relaxed, choose music to reflect this. Equally, if you want to start your party off with a bang – don’t let noise limiters be a problem, there are always ways around this! (We use in ear monitors to keep the stage volume controlled and can use electric drum kits too).

Wedding Set List | Encourage Dancing

Choose Songs To Encourage Dancing

Everyone wants to fill the dance floor at a party. Choose iconic songs that are guaranteed to get people of all ages on their feet. As the night goes on, introduce some livelier floor fillers to your wedding set list for the last ones standing!


If you choose a professional band and DJ, they will know exactly what to do. No need for too much pre-planning – they know what works and what doesn’t and will get a feel on the day for what you and your guests will love!

Get in touch  and we’ll help to create your ideal wedding set list.