Let’s take a look at the acoustic band option. AKA has an all acoustic 4 piece version of the electric band where we substitute electric bass and drums for Double Bass and Cajon. We love this line up for functions where you want great music but at reduced volume levels.
The set up time is much the same for this as the electric band but can be kept to a smaller floor area so if space is an issue an acoustic act could be the perfect option to choose.
One thing that we have found is that when people book an acoustic act, they expect the same energy and impact as the electric band. While there are some acts that excel with this, this is not the case with every band. Our acoustic options are specifically designed to be more of a chilled out and relaxed band, ideally suited to drinks receptions and background music. This is worth checking with your chosen band to avoid disappointment on the day when you book and expect one thing and find that this isn’t the case.
Talk to your venue! There are more and more venues that require bands to keep within strict decibel limitations. An acoustic band is much more able to keep within these levels whereas an electric band with a full drum kit will struggle. Talk to your venue and event coordinator to discuss what they have had at the venue before and what they recommend.
So what about the electric band option? Nothing quite sets the party mood and atmosphere like a great live band, and the electric band is the go to option in order to create this. Most electric bands will start out as 4 pieces with the options to add more instruments and vocalists as you wish.
An electric band will also be able to recreate your favourite songs much more faithfully to the originals, and keep you up on the dance floor all night. Electric bands will also be able to be more adaptive to the room and bring the pace up and down as wanted by the crowd. They can go much bigger than acoustic options but also come down in tempo and volume to suit that slow dance at the end of the night.
The set up time will be longer than for an acoustic band and will require more floor space. If you are planning to have a stage for the band this is worth taking into account and talk to the band about how much space they will need.
Overall both options are great and can provide you with everything you will want for your special day. The key thing is to work out what you want from your band and what your venue will allow you to have. The worst thing we deal with is when our clients book one thing, say the electric band, and the venue has a noise limiter that means we can’t give the performance that the client deserves. For both the band and the client there is nothing more frustrating! Talk to the venue and the bands as they will have great ideas of how to get the best out of either line up and be able to help you make the right decision.
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