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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!