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Band hire in Canberra?

NoAddedMSG 3 January 2013 23

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?


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Clutch 9:57 pm 27 Jan 13

New band in town. They played at the Helenic club last week. The Silky Six. thesilkysix.com
Well worth a look. I know they are playing at an awards night this week to about 300 people so they would fit your bill. Good luck!

BHughes 2:56 pm 06 Jun 14

+1 to The Silky Six. Saw them at a corporate function a while ago. They are a six piece with male and female vocalists. Great set list. They also played some acoustic stuff over dinner and I think I heard them mentioned as the band playing at the Mix 106 bridesmaidzilla wedding.

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