FAQs

If you can't find the answer to any of your questions below, then please don't hesitate to contact us direct at info@thesouljets.co.uk


   
How far in advance should I book the band?

How long can you play for? How long are your intervals between sets?

How much power do the band require, what are the minimum electrical requirements?

Our wedding venue is quite small. We are not sure whether there will be enough space for the band but we would like to book The Soul Jets. How can we resolve this?

How will you tailor The Soul Jet’s performance to my requirements?

I would like to book the band. What is the next step?

The events manager at the venue informed us that there is a limit on the volume the venue can allow. Can the band meet this requirement?

What differentiates The Soul Jets from other soul bands I could hire for my event?

What do you wear on stage? Can you fit the theme of our event?

What happens if I need to cancel my booking?


What happens if one of the band members cannot play due to illness or for other reasons?

What happens if you are already booked on the date I wanted you to play?

What information do you need from me in order to give me a quote for my event?

What is the instrumentation in the band?

What types of events can you play for?

Will I need to provide any equipment for the band?

Will you use my contact details for any other purposes?

 






















I would like recorded music played in the intervals between the band sets. Is this possible? What format will you accept?


We can play recorded music through our PA equipment during any intervals. We have our own compilations (pop/rock / soul / dinner jazz) or you can provide your own music on CD's, mp3 player or an i-pod. We recommend you provide compilations of tracks rather than music by individual artists as they are more varied and so will suit more peoples tastes.

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Do The Soul Jets perform at charity events? Can you offer a reduced fee? How do I go about booking the band for a charity event?

Yes, The Soul Jets aim to do selected charity events each year. We do offer a reduced fee which only includes travel and subsistence expenses. If you would like to book the band for a charity event, just contact us by phone on 07967 105 473 or by email at info@thesouljets.co.uk.

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Can I get a quote with a break down of costs and expenses?

Yes, The Soul Jets can provide an itemised quote. If you require this, please let us know. Each quote includes all travel expenses, payment to musicians and sound engineers, hire and transport of equipment (including lights, PA equipment and sound desk) and any other expenses (subsistence, overnight accommodation if the venue is a long distance away, administration, overheads etc.)

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I would like to see The Soul Jets play before my event. Can I do this?

Yes, absolutely. We can arrange for you to be on the guest list for one of our upcoming performances, or possibly be a guest at one of our rehearsals

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Can I see some reviews of the band?

Please see our reviews page on this site.

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I am having a summer wedding and would like the band to play outside. What are your requirements in this case?

We need to play in a covered area, even in the summer. We are often asked to play in a Marquee at summer weddings, in which case our only requirements are that there is enough space, the floor is covered (or, ideally, there is a stage area) and that we have 2 standard power points available.

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We would really like The Soul Jets to play our favourite song, can the band play requests?

Yes, we will be happy to play your request. Let us know a couple of months in advance of the event and we will aim to learn it for your function. We can play styles including soul / funk / pop / rock / jazz / reggae / blues.

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Can we take photos of the band or video the band?

Yes, we are happy for you to do this. It is always nice to see the photos afterwards so we'd love it if you could email us some pics!

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Can we use the band microphone for speeches at our event?

We are happy to provide a microphone for you or your guests to use, just let us know in advance.

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Can you quote by email or phone and why don't you do this immediately?

We can certainly quote by email or on the phone, but the band prefer to post you our DVD and publicity pack with the quote. This is all free of charge and there is no obligation to book us, we just want to give you the best possible introduction to the band.

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We would like to hire a disco for music after the band have finished, can you recommend anyone?

We can recommend a professional disco for dancing after the band have finished playing. Just let us know if you would like to hear more about this.

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We would like to hire a jazz band for music during our pre-dinner drinks and meal. Can you recommend anyone?

The Soul Jets work can provide a jazz trio quartet for music during a drinks reception or a meal. Just let us know if you are interested in hearing more about this.

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Do you require a deposit in advance?

The Soul Jets require a deposit of £100 to secure a booking. We will request this in a letter which we will send on confirmation of the booking, and which will include our booking contract. We ask that you return one signed copy of our booking contract to us, along with the deposit. The remainder of the fee is payable on or before the date of the performance

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Do you use recorded backing tracks?

No, we pride ourselves on being a completely live band which means our music and performance is spontaneous and we can play requests from the audience.

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Does your quote include everything (travel expenses etc.)?

For convenience, we quote a total price which includes everything.

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How experienced is the band?

The band is made up of experienced, professional musicians and we have played together as a gigging band for the past 10 years. During that time we have played at hundreds of different events at venues ranging from hotels and private residences to music clubs and outdoor festivals.

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How far do you travel?

We travel both nationally and internationally to play at events. Our quote will include all travel expenses.

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How far in advance should I book the band?

Please book the band as soon as you can, as we are already booking up well into next year especially for Saturday nights. If you enquire about the booking band for a certain date, provided we are free on that date, we will reserve the date for you until you have paid a deposit and signed the agreement

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How long can you play for? How long are your intervals between sets?

We quote for the following playing times:

Option 1 - Total playing time of 1 ½ hours – no break
Option 2 - Total playing time of 1 ½ hours – two 45 minute sets.
Option 3 - Total playing time of 2 hours - two 1 hour sets.

If you require a different length set to those listed above, just let us know on enquiring about the booking. Intervals between sets are usually 30 minutes but we are happy to be flexible with this to suit the timings of your event.

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How much power do the band require, what are the minimum electrical requirements?

The Soul Jets can be powered from 2 separate 13 amp plug sockets. The total draw by the PA system is 1000 Watts (max) and the total draw by the lights is also 1000 Watts (max).

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Our wedding venue is quite small. We are not sure whether there will be enough space for the band but we would like to book The Soul Jets. How can we resolve this?

We have played at fairly small venues in the past, and we can often fit in smaller spaces than you would think. We typically require an area about 6m wide by 3m deep. We will be happy to contact the venue and talk to the events manager to check that the stage area is suitable. In some circumstances where there is very little space available, we may be able to provide a cut-down band to suit the venue. We also have large and small sound systems to suit different venues.

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How will you tailor The Soul Jet’s performance to my requirements?

After we have received the signed contract, the date is reserved for you in the band diary. About a month prior to the event, I will visit the venue with you on a convenient date (perhaps when you are meeting the caterers or the events manager at the venue). We can then talk through the arrangements for your event, including where you want the band to play, timings, announcements, individual requirements and the setlist (although new song requests need to be agreed prior to this). I usually take this opportunity to meet the events manager at the venue just to check that they are also happy with the arrangements. This personal approach differentiates The Soul Jets from bands who just turn up and play.

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I would like to book the band. What is the next step?

Please contact me by phone on 07967 105 473 or by email at info@thesouljets.co.uk and let me know you would like to confirm the booking. We will then send you two copies of our booking contract. Please sign both copies, return one copy to us in the stamped addressed envelope provided, and keep one copy for your records. This contract confirms the date and venue for the booking, and the price between the client and the band.

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The events manager at the venue informed us that there is a limit on the volume the venue can allow. Can the band meet this requirement?

Yes, we can adjust volume levels to suit both the client and the venue. It is best to let us know in advance if the venue has a very strict requirement on volume and we will either tailor our line-up and performance accordingly, or if the venue is for acoustic (unplugged) music only, recommend an alternative band.

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What differentiates The Soul Jets from other soul bands I could hire for my event?

The Soul Jets offers a professional and personalised service from your initial enquiry to the big day itself. We will answer all enquiries promptly. We visit the venue with you to make all the arrangements for your event with you in person, and we also try to meet or talk to the events manager at the venue so you can be confident everything will go smoothly on the big day. We can even learn your favourite song given a few months notice. It goes without saying that we set up in a timely and professional manner and that the appearance of the band will compliment your event. We have a dedicated sound engineers who will tailor the sound and levels to your requirements, play recorded music in the intervals, and can also help you with any microphones needed for speeches.

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What do you wear on stage? Can you fit the theme of our event?

We always dress smartly and the usual dress code is smart black for everyone. Please let us know if you are holding a themed event as we will dress to suit the occasion.

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What happens if I need to cancel my booking?

Our booking contract outlines the conditions for cancellation, but you can cancel without charge until a month before the event. We are aware that not everything in life runs perfectly and in the event of a genuine and unavoidable reason for late cancellation, we will make every attempt to play for you on an alternative date or, in certain circumstances, waive our cancellation charges.

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What happens if one of the band members cannot play due to illness or for other reasons?

We are in contact with a number of professional musicians who have played with us at events in the past. In the unlikely event that one member of the band cannot play on the evening, we will be able to arrange a replacement and this will not affect the quality of our performance.

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What happens if you are already booked on the date I wanted you to play?

The Soul Jets work in partnership with another fantastic band who play a similar style of music and we would be happy to  put you in touch with them if we are unavailable.

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What information do you need from me in order to give me a quote for my event?

Please could you send:
* your name and postal address
* the date of the event (including the year)
* the type of event
* the name and address of the venue (if known, or else the location or city)
* any extra requirements (for example, if you require The Soul Jets Jazz Trio to play during the event)

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What is the instrumentation in the band?

Our line-up includes male lead singer, two trumpets, Alto Sax, Trombone, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drums. We also have a dedicated sound and lighting engineer.

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What types of events can you play for?

Anything really... In the past we have played at weddings, birthday parties from 18th's to 70th's, corporate events, Christmas parties, festivals, summer parties, charity events... just give us a call!

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Will I need to provide any equipment for the band?

No, the band is fully self-contained with our own PA system, sound desk and stage lighting. All we require is that the venue has 2 standard power points available near to the stage area.

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Will you use my contact details for any other purposes?

We will not use your postal address or email for any other purposes except to send you the booking contract.

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