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4 tips on hiring Christmas party music on a budget (Updated May 2020)

27 SEPTEMBER 2018
Blog post by Edward Southall
Estimated read time: 3 minutes

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for our bands and musicians. In this blog post, we’ll provide a few handy tips to ensure you get the best live entertainment for your festive bash...even if you’re on a budget.

1. Book your band early!

At FixTheMusic, we receive numerous requests in November and December from clients looking for live music for their corporate Christmas party. By this time, there will likely only be a handful of professional bands still free – reducing the options available to you and meaning you’ll be less likely to receive a range of prices.

Our best bands are booked for Christmas events a year or more in advance, often for repeat clients who rely on hiring the same band each year.

We recommend enquiring during summer at the latest to ensure you have a good range of live musicians to choose from.

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2. Consider a solo singer or duo

Many of our solo singer-guitarists and duos use clever technology (such as looping pedals) to create a sound as large as a 4- or 5-piece band. As there are fewer band members, this can reduce the overall fee drastically.

They still perform the usual pop, rock, indie and classic Christmas tunes, so you’re still going to have guests on the dance floor.

Check out The Tonics for one of our most popular pop duos. They can also add a cajon player or percussionist who doubles up as a DJ for the evening, creating a powerful small band.


3. Hire a local band for your Christmas party

Bands generally require their travel expenses covered by clients when they are booked for weddings or events. Big savings can be made when you hire a local musician rather than one from hundreds of miles away. It also means they are less likely to be caught in Christmas traffic or delayed by bad winter weather.

If your event is taking place at a venue in a small town or village, search for bands based in the nearest large town or city, as that is where most professional musicians tend to work.


4. Finish your party by midnight

Most bands perform 2 x 45 minute sets of live music with a pre-recorded DJ service in between and after their sets until midnight. If they are asked to provide their services until later into the night (e.g. to 1am), then there is usually an additional charge for this.

Ready to find a band or DJ for your own Christmas party? Give us a few details about the event and you’ll have musicians sending you their quotes in a few hours.

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And if you're organising a work or private festive fiesta, what are your plans for the live music part of the evening? Let us know in the comments section below!

— Ed is a recovering lawyer, having worked at international firm Hogan Lovells in London and Hong Kong before moving to a specialist practice in Mayfair. He left law to return to one of his earliest passions — music.