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Band hire in Canberra?

By NoAddedMSG - 3 January 2013 22

So I am looking to book a band of the semi-professional cover band type for a substantial (400+ people) event in March [not a wedding though]. As much as I would prefer to go with something a little more exciting, knowing the audience I have to play it conservative and go for a band which plays mainstream, more recent music which even the most unskilled dancer can manage to move along to.

Not knowing where to start, I headed to the internet which lead me to an agent who gave me a quote for a Canberra band. All well and good, but I am not able to talk directly to the band, only the agent, who isn’t based in Canberra. I also don’t get to know the name of the band beforehand (which rules out any sort of reference checks.) The band is such a significant part of the event with the potential to make or break the night, I am simply not prepared to book them without a chance to talk to them directly about the event and the audience. That is just a little too much blind faith for my liking….

So RiotACTers, any suggestions for names of local bands or how to find a suitable band?

What’s Your opinion?


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Band hire in Canberra?
DTB 11:16 am 04 Jan 13

agree with ceemee, have seen the cover notes play on a couple of occasions and they are awesome. really liked the diverse selection of music they played!!!

ceemee 10:35 am 04 Jan 13

I would recommend the Cover Notes. They played at a friend’s 40th birthday just before Christmas and they were awesome.

AcidRose 10:30 am 04 Jan 13
Tecko12 10:13 am 04 Jan 13

I run my own lighting and sound group, and if interested can provide lighting and or sound equipment and operation for VERY reasonable costs. If it is a charity event, can usually do it free of charge. Let me know. brenster_673@hotmail.com for any questions. Have ALOT of experience.

Alderney 9:14 am 04 Jan 13

Disorganised Crime are good if you’re after Aussie pub rock. They are on facebook.

quostatus 9:10 am 04 Jan 13

Saw the “Cover Notes” play at the Hellenic Club before Christmas. They were great. Wide variety of songs and styles covered. Dance floor was packed all night.

Deref 8:54 am 04 Jan 13

Old Bones are an excellent rock and roll/pub rock band – eminently danceable. No idea what they charge, but you could email them:

oldbones@oldbonesandblisters.com

ebnt 7:11 am 04 Jan 13

Check out plump on facebook. (Search for plump band should get it)

Grrrr 12:34 am 04 Jan 13

I found that if you call a good band, even if they’re not available they’ll know another good one who might be.

One suggestion:
https://www.facebook.com/DellamartaMusic

and there’s this discussion about bands:
http://the-riotact.com/super-fine-wedding-bands-in-canberra-as-in-music/48884

LSWCHP 10:08 pm 03 Jan 13

I booked Annie and the Armadillos for a 400 seat gig a few years ago. They were great, and had the joint jumping. I highly recommend them.

“Annie” is Annette Sloan IIRC. I’m sure Google will help you to contact her.

curlylocks 9:36 pm 03 Jan 13

Have just sent this to someone I know that has a band.

Dork 9:04 pm 03 Jan 13

Hitparade are fantastic, they played at a party i went to a couple of weeks ago.
Website-http://www.hitparade.com.au

Manageable Ann 8:49 pm 03 Jan 13

It’s not recent music (most of it) but I can offer a 8 piece funk band guaranteed to get people up and dancing with the most energetic frontman in Canberra. If you’re interested email Zoopagoo@gmail.com and we’ll work something out.

Pork Hunt 6:56 pm 03 Jan 13

The Cool are excellent if still around.

woodman 5:07 pm 03 Jan 13

We just has top shelf play at our Christmas party, they were great. Just google ‘top shelf canberra’

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