We've had the privilege of playing at literally hundreds of various special occasions so have learned a thing of two about how to ensure that you and your guests have an incredible time.
Here's a few questions that we regularly get asked and what we recommend from our experience:
What do you offer?
We are very flexible as a duo, band or when it comes to extras, so if you have any special requests let us know and we can very easily alter & increase the band line up accordingly at an additional fee. Generally speaking, our line ups are below:
Duo - 1 X female vocals, 1 x male backing vocals, guitar
Kiki and The Noughtie Boys (4 Piece Band) – 1 x female vocals, 1 x male backing vocal, guitar, bass, drums
Extras that can be added:
5 Piece Band – 1 x female vocals, 1 x male backing vocal, guitar, bass, drums, keys or sax
6 Piece Band – 1 x female vocals, 1 x male backing vocal, guitar, bass, drums, keys and sax
We can add extra instrumentalists along with strings if required.
Please enquire about bigger line ups if space and budget allow.
Can I come and watch the duo/band play live?
We have a ticketed event coming up for the 6 piece Band at The Grand in Clitheroe. Tickets are available here: https://www.thegrandvenue.co.uk/events/kiki-the-noughties-boyz/
However, if you are too far away then we have a number of videos on YouTube and we also regularly update our social media.
Unfortunately due to the calibre of private events we are hired to perform at, we are unable to invite any guests along.
What time will the band/duo arrive?
This really depends on the type and time of your event.
As a band we take 90 minutes to set up and sound check.
As a duo we have less equipment to carry and sound check so we always allow 45 minutes.
For weddings, this can vary depending on your timings but usually if they go to plan, we will be ready to set up as soon as the wedding breakfast and speeches are finished but we must allow 90 minutes to get set up and sound checked.
Please be aware that loading in gear and sound checking can be a bit intrusive so if your wedding is all in one room, it may be worth chatting to us about setting up earlier.
With corporate and charity events, we will always set up and sound check before guests arrive.
NB - If you require the band to set up earlier in the day, there is an additional fee for every hour before 6pm.
How long does it take the band/duo to set up?
As a band we take an hour and a half to set up and sound check. As a duo this is 45 minutes to set up and sound check. Lift's or stairs may increase load in time. If your event is running late, we will still need the allotted time to set up but will of course try our best to do this as quickly as we can.
How long will the band/duo play for?
Our standard package is 2 x 45 min live sets. However this can be extended to 2 x 1 hour or 3 x 45mins in the evening for an additional cost.
NB - The band's finish time is no later than midnight unless otherwise agreed.
We can not upgrade the set lengths on the night, this must be agreed at least 1 week before the date of event.
Overtime past 12 midnight is charged at an additional fee. Please Note – This additional time will not increase the live sets. This time is for additional playlist time only.
How long is your break?
Our break is normally around 30-45 minutes, depending on when food is served etc. This is totally flexible, many times we have had a smaller break and pushed our sets closer together because of an event running late.
What time should the band/duo start playing?
We will have agreed this with you ahead of the event.
At Weddings, we normally start playing straight after the first dance. This is a good way to kick things off as the crowd will already be on the dance floor and it works well. Totally flexible of course!
Does the band/duo provide music between and before sets?
Yes, we can offer this within most of our packages. This is played using a playlist service, which means we'll play your music playlist in between our sets up until 12 midnight (which you will have sent to us at least two weeks ahead of the event). There is an optional upgrade with an additional fee so a band member will be on hand to take any requests from your guests throughout the evening (wifi/signal dependant!)
Will the band/duo require refreshments?
Due to the length of time we are with you it would be great if we could be provided with a bite to eat and a drink to enjoy. If we’re with you in the evening we’d appreciate it if we could grab a plate from your buffet. If we’re with you for the full day it would be great if you could provide us with a meal.
However we appreciate that sometimes this is not possible, if this isn't possible then please let us know so we can bring our own.
Do you do requests and first dances?
The band and duo offer the potential option for the first dance and ceremony requests to be played live.
Some songs may work better as a band or may work better as a duo on acoustic guitar or keyboard. We can work this through with you and will contact you within 1 month of receiving your request. Requests must be received no later than 3 month prior to the event date.
With enough notice we may be able to learn up to 3 requests for your live ceremony performances as a duo, but we make no promises and will inform you prior to the booking of the possibility. Unfortunately, we are unable to learn any other requests for our performances due to the amount of events we play a year. However, we can assure you that we have a huge repertoire and pride ourselves on our great choice of songs to keep the dance floor full. It contains a huge range of music for every taste.
What do you play in your live set and can I pick the songs?
Ideally we like the freedom to choose our set completely, this allows us flexibility in our set to accommodate the evening, we know what songs work well for us and get the audience moving. We are able to allow the event organiser to select songs for our live setlist if needed, however we would work with you on this to ensure this is managed appropriately for your guests.
We do require flexibility in what we play live. We would encourage you to include your own requests into the playlist music sets which are played in between the duo or band playing.
Are your packages flexible?
Yes, we are happy to adjust our packages to meet your individual requests if necessary. If you have booked other musicians or artists for any part of your day, we will still be happy to be your afternoon and/or evening entertainment.
Do you just play weddings?
Not at all, we provide top class entertainment for any occasion and have play many Birthdays, Christenings and Corporate events as well as usual gigs in local hospitality venues.
Does the band provide their own PA system / Lighting equipment?
Yes, we are completely self-contained so you don't need to worry about a thing. We use a top class PA system with an option to a larger system for events with over 200 people at an additional charge. We also provide freedom light sticks and a small lighting rig to give your event ambience.
The Venue has a sound limiter, will this be a problem?
We won’t beat around the bush – sound limiters are difficult.
Generally speaking, they read bass frequencies above everything else which usually means the rest of the band can be relatively loud but as soon as the bass guitar and bass drum kicks in (which is what gets people dancing!), the power is likely to cut at incredibly low volumes. This is not an ideal world, and as more and more venues are installing these limiters due to council restrictions, we have played at a multitude of venues with sound limiters. They vary hugely system to system so not all are as bad as another. You’ll just have to be prepared for quite a bit of drop in volume.
How much space do you require?
We are very accommodating when it comes to space and can fit into just about any room or marquee. As a Band, for events in larger rooms, we request at least 5 meters in width and 2 meters in depth.
What are the minimum power requirements?
We require at least 2 independent 13 amp sockets near the stage area. If you have a marquee, make sure there will be enough generator capacity for the whole marquee, as we have experienced problems with this in the past. If your marquee company has requested details, please advise that our PA system and lighting use approximately 2.5kw and a single 16amp power supply is not sufficient.
Is the band/duo's equipment PAT tested and Insured?
Yes we are fully PAT tested and have Public Liability Insurance up to £10,000,000.
If your venue requires certificates please let us know and we will happily forward a copy.
How do I confirm a booking?
Let us know which package you wish to book and we will email over your booking contract with deposit details. As soon as we receive your signed paperwork and deposit we will email over a confirmation and see you on your big day!
What happens after I have paid my deposit and received a confirmation?
We will send you a final form to confirm all details a couple of weeks before your event. This is to consolidate everything in one place – final timings, first dance, contact numbers etc. Between now and then, feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Please contact us if we have missed anything you wish to know.