Bandit's FAQs

How much space do you need?

Typically we need a performance area of 5 x 4 metres, but we are able to work with smaller areas if space is limited. We’ve performed in all types of venue, from manor houses and hotels, to barns, marquees, ball rooms and intimate clubs so we’re well versed in making the most of whatever space is available to us.

How is it best to time things?

Please consider the following points when arranging the timings for the band performances. We will always be happy to play lighter background music for when guests arrive. Please note that the below timings are only a suggestion, and we can cater for your event/venues needs fully, even within a tight schedule. Below are the best timings (through experience) for wedding performances:

7.30pm - 12am with 2 x 60 minutes sets.
7.30pm - 8.45pm background music,
8.45pm - 9pm cut cake/photos/first dance,
9pm – 10pm first band set,
10pm – 11pm background music,
11pm - 12am second band set.

Please plan sets around the evening food. Do not have the band start at 8pm if the buffet is then ready to come out at this time also as your guests will want to eat in peace!

We suggest 2 x 60 minutes sets over 3 x 40 minutes where possible.

Can I pick the bands playlist?

We are more than happy for you to pick which songs from our repertoire are played, but we do prefer if we are left to decide the order in which they are played. It is usually best if you let us know any songs you definitely DO or DON’T want rather than a ordered play list. We need to have the freedom to cater for all your guests and may need deviate to involve all of your guests.

Where will you travel to?

We are based in Hertfordshire, but we travel UK wide and even internationally. Can I see you play live?

Due to the nature of our work, we don't play many public gigs as all of the events we perform at tend to be private parties. However, we do perform at a few select local venues throughout the year that are free entry. These events are held in a public house (music bar) and really give you an idea of what we are about. Please get in touch for details of these events.

Will you learn our special song?

We are happy to consider learning your special song. It largely depends on whether the particular song fits our playing style and sound. It would be difficult for us to pull off certain songs with orchestral backing, for example, due to our instrumentation, but we will sure give it a go. At the time of booking us, please let your agent know if there’s a particular song you’d like us to consider learning so we have enough time to learn it well.

How do I book you?

You can book us through the enquiry form on this website or through our agency www.alivenetwork.com. You can also email or call our booking agents on 0845 108 5500 or email us at . We also accept informal enquiries via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/alivebandit), where we will be happy to talk through your event in person.

Are you able to DJ in between sets?

We carry a laptop with over 5000 songs to all our gigs that we use specifically for DJ'ing, making sure that we keep the dance floor swinging in between our live sets. We are happy to take requests for DJ songs. Music playlists between sets comes as standard with every booking, and if you want a more bespoke DJ service, we offer a DJ package upgrade option where one of the band members will man the laptop all night to take requests and make basic announcements. The DJ package upgrade option is offered for free if you confirm your booking with us within 7 days of receiving your official quote.

Can we make DJ requests in advance to my event?

Any requests for the DJ service will only be possible if we already own the music you require. We do not purchase music for clients due to the costs this can incur. Clients will often provide us with an iPod/MP3 player, or laptop with a playlist on to incorporate the music into our usual DJ sets. If you give us an idea of artists and genres you prefer, we will cater for your tastes effectively. If you would like particular songs played at specific times during the evening, please provide the music via one of the above methods along with a schedule of your evening.

Can we use your sound system for speeches?

You are welcome to use our PA system for your speeches. However, we don’t use radio mics in our live setup so, should you need them, and you will have to hire them in advance.

What equipment do you use?

The band use a high quality 2000 watt full range Yamaha PA System. We only use professional standard instruments and equipment including Fender and Gibson guitars, Mesa Boogie, Marshall and Fender amplifiers, Shure microphones, and DW drums.

Do you have lights?

The band use a complete lighting rig including 8 x Tripar Profile LED cans, 2 x LED floodlight backdrops, lasers and a haze machine. Creating the ultimate live band visual experience!

How long do you play for?

We usually play two one hour sets. This can also be divided into three 40 minute sets if you prefer. We have enough repertoire to cater for three hours of live music, with enough variety to keep your party going!

What time do you start and finish?

We usually start our first set at around 8.30, and play our second set in the final hour of the evening, but again we are totally flexible with this. Arrival and finish times are 5pm and midnight as standard with early arrival and late finish fees applicable outside of these timings.

How long do you take to set up?

Assuming access to the venue is straight forward (i.e. ground floor room with no steps and vehicle access close to the venue), once all the equipment is loaded in we can normally be set up and sound checked within 90 minutes.

Can I provisionally book you?

Unfortunately, we don’t take provisional bookings as our demand is such that we would be turning clients away on popular dates. However, when you make an official enquiry with us, your enquiry will be logged in our system and you will be given first refusal on your date should anybody else enquire for the same date.

What if the band split up before my event?

Like many professional party bands, our work is our livelihood and so we take our commitments very seriously. In the very unlikely event that the band had split up before your party, every effort would be made to find a suitable replacement band.

Can my sisters/bosses/daughters dog sing with your band?

We love it when people get up to sing a song with us, but we do like to make sure that those singing or playing with us have some experience of being on stage. We’re happy to arrange this with you in advance. However, past experience has taught us that welcoming impromptu guests onto the stage on the night itself, can often end in disaster so we’d rather steer clear of that situation!

What will the band wear?

The band are able to tailor their look to suit your event. Bandit can arrive in casual attire, a smart rock ‘n’ roll look, or full suits. We’re flexible and are happy to accomodate any requests so please get in touch to ‘tailor’ the look for your event.

Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates?

We always carry up to date PAT certification and have Public Liability Insurance cover up to £10M.

Why should I book Bandit?

Bandit are a Rock/Indie party band specialising in good old-fashioned entertainment. With each member possessing a wealth of experience as well as strong musicianship, a live performance from Bandit is exciting, energetic and will leave you wanting more! Having refined their show for weddings and corporate events Bandit deliver a punchy, polished, and impassioned performance to keep your guests entertained. The band’s crowd pleasing repertoire includes something for everyone with fresh new music from Arctic Monkeys and Kings Of Leon to unforgettable classics from The Beatles and The Stones and everything in-between! Now booking exclusively with the Alive Network team for events across the UK.

How much does it cost to book the band?

Prices vary slightly based on the time of year, the location of your event, timings, and any upgrade options, but our standard price starts at £1040 including VAT. We don't charge for the time it takes for us to travel to the gig.

Can we see some previous client testimonials?

Yes. We have testimonials from previous satisfied clients on our website here. 

Does Bandit have any specific requirements?

We request a room in which to change, something to eat and drinks for the duration of our time at the venue.

What type/size venues are you able to play at?

We have played in every type of venue, from festivals and football stadiums, from huge marquees and ballrooms to intimate clubs and private residencies.

How loud will the band be?

We always make sure that our volume levels are such that people at your event can still converse, but really feel as though they are at a gig when they're on the dance floor. Being a guitar based rock and pop function band, the nature of the music we play means that we can only turn down so far! If your chosen venue has a dB limiter, please discuss this with your agent at the time of your enquiry - There’s every chance that we (or one of our fellow agency bands) have performed at the venue before, but if not, it’s worth discussing to make sure that the performance you will receive from us will not be compromised.

What is the band power requirement?

We usually request 2 double 13 amp supplies near to the stage area. We use LED lighting which keeps our power consumption down but we prefer to run lights from one power source and audio equipment from another to reduce the risk of noise interference. As a rule, we draw approximately 16 amps with everything on and have only ever experienced any issues in events in marquees where the generator capacity has been too low.

Does Bandit offer any additional services?

Bandit offer a number of additional services at very competitive rates: From ceremony music, additional/extended DJ service, Microphone hire and live song requests. If you would like more information regarding the above options please contact us via to discuss.