Frequently Asked Questions

Below are all of the questions we could remember having been asked in the past.  If you have a question that's not on here, please feel free to email thesparks@alivenetwork.com or call Clare on 0845 226 3166.

 

How much space do you need?

How is it best to time things?

Can I pick the bands playlist?

Where will you travel to?

Can I see you play live?

Is the video on your website a true reflection of the band?

How do I book you?

Are you able to DJ in between sets?

Can we use your sound system for speeches?

What equipment do you use?

Do you have lights?

How long do you play for?

What time do you start and finish?

How long do you take to set up?

Can I provisionally book you?

What if the band split up before my event?

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

What will the band wear?

Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates?

Why should I book The Sparks?

How much does it cost to book the band?

Can we see some previous client testimonials?

Do The Sparks have any specific requirements?

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

How loud will the band be?

What is the band power requirement?

 

How much space do you need?

As we are a three piece we can fit into almost all spaces, ideally 5 x 3 meters should be sufficient but if your venue is smaller please inform us and we will do everything we can to fit in.

 

How is it best to time things?

Our most popular set time is three forty minute sets as this ensures you have music all evening and spreads nicely throughout the night. We are entirely flexible to what time you would like each set performed, however we encourage the last set to run up to the end of the night as this creates a finale effect to your party.

 

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 hard and fast list that we feel obliged to not deviate from should the mood require it.

 

Where will you travel to?

We are able to travel UK wide and internationally.

 

Can I see you play live?

Unfortunately we don’t do many public performances; we will however ensure we keep you up to date with our latest performances over on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thesparksband

 

Is the video on your website a true reflection of the band?

The video has not been enhanced to ensure the most honest representation of the band at the time of filming.

 

How do I book you?

You can book us through our website enquiry form on this website or through our agency www.alivenetwork.com.  You can also email or call our booking agent, Clare, on 0845 226 3166 or thesparks@alivenetwork.com

 

Are you able to DJ in between sets?

Interval music is included for in between sets, however the DJ package upgrade is available for after the performance if required.

 

Can we use your sound system for speeches?

We are more than happy to do this

 

What equipment do you use?

Industry standard PA, lighting rig and backline.

 

Do you have lights?

Yes. We have a top quality lighting rig.

 

How long do you play for?

We play for either 2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minutes sets and can also offer an acoustic set for earlier in the day.

 

What time do you start and finish?

This is completely flexible and can be decided either at the time of bookings, during the three week pre-event check, or on the day itself if needs be.

 

How long do you take to set up?

60 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?

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?

This is entirely up to you. We have formal dress (i.e suit) Although if you request we wear informal clothes or even fancy dress we will be more than happy to do so.

 

Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates?

Yes

 

Why should I book The Sparks?

The Sparks are best for your event because they are professional, experienced, compact and sympathetic to client budgets. We provide the highest standard of entertainment and musicianship for an affordable price.

 

How much does it cost to book the band?

Prices vary slightly vary based on the time of year, the location of your event and any upgrade options. For an accurate quote please use the enquiry form on this website or call our agent Clare on 0845 226 3166.

 

Can we see some previous client testimonials?

Yes, we have many testimonials that can be seen on our testimonials page here.

 

Do The Sparks have any specific requirements?

We request a room in which to change, something to eat and drink while are at the venue.

 

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

We have played in every type of venue from festivals to clubs, from huge marquees to ballrooms and everything in between.

 

How loud will the band be?

We are always conscious of our volume and respect venue policies.

 

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.