So you've been trawling the internet watching endless videos of bands for your wedding or party and you may have questions. Here, we try to answer some of the ones we get asked a lot.
How far are you willing to travel?
Anywhere in the world – we will quote a fee including time & travel expenses.
How long will Mustard perform for?
We’ll play up to 2 hours live usually split into two sets but we’re very flexible and will play what is required for your event and also adjust accordingly if your event ends up running late (which is often the case).
How long does it take the band to set up and sound check?
About 90 minutes or so but venues that have difficult access to the stage, such as not being on the ground floor, will of course mean it takes us longer to set up. We may liaise with the venue to clarify the best time for us to arrive.
Live band at a wedding or party – advice. What’s the best time for the band to play?
Live music can lift your party to a whole new level so we believe it is a great investment in your special event. How do you get the most for your money? Mustard are flexible and are happy to play when you require, but from our experience the following works well. Presuming you have a buffet the band would perform a short first set starting with your first dance if it is a wedding, for about 30-45 minutes up to the buffet, and then a second longer set of about 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes after everyone has eaten. We have also found that it is best not to start performing too early – we recommend no earlier than 8.00pm (apart from background acoustic music such as during cocktails) and ideally not until 9.30pm works best, as many evening guests do not arrive until around 8pm. Mustard's main aim is to make sure your guests are up and dancing for as much of the evening as possible!
What happens to the music when you are not performing?
We can provide suitable pre-selected recorded playlists of usual party favourites or background dinner music – all included in the fee we quote so let us know if you require this service. If you have particular songs that you wish to be added to the playlist then do let us know, or alternatively we are more than happy to plug your own device with your own playlist into our sound system.
Will Mustard learn our first dance/special song?
Yes and this is included in the fee we quote so please tell us when you enquire if this is required. Please give us at least 6 weeks notice so we can fit it into our band rehearsal schedule if we don’t already know it.
Can we choose which songs Mustard perform?
Do check through our set list and let us know which your favourite songs are and we will make sure we play them, and conversely if there are one or two you really don’t like then we’ll take note! Having said this, we have had years of experience judging the mood and make up of a crowd to have a good idea of what will go down well. We want to make sure your guests have a great time – we haven’t failed yet and don’t intend to start any time soon!
If there is a song that isn’t listed on our website that you would like us to perform do let us know – we’re always open to suggestions on adding good dance floor fillers to our set!
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT (electrical safety) certificates for your equipment?
Yes. Mustard have comprehensive Public Liability Insurance. We also keep our electrical equipment with fully up-to-date PAT certificates. You can view and download the relevant certificates.
Are there any hidden costs?
No. We will always quote a fee which is fully inclusive of all costs.
How much do you charge?
As you can see from the answers above, the only answer we can give is "it depends". Every wedding and party is different and we base our prices on exactly what you need. Do please get in touch for a chat. We won't be upset if you decide not to book us after that chat and we're confident we'll be able to give you a very competitive quote.
Will Mustard need feeding and watering?
It's not essential. We know a wedding/party is an expensive business and every little helps. However, a trip to the buffet can fuel the Men of Mustard to funk a little harder. Just let us know whether you plan to feed us or not.
What if there is something else I need to ask?
Then get in touch! We always respond to emails quickly and you can always get hold of someone over the phone.