How Far is Too Far?

We play at lots of weddings! When you’re booking a band for a wedding it’s really important that you find musicians who have lots of experience in this area… weddings are wonderful and unique and fabulous and a specialist arena!

We often pick up bookings whilst performing at other weddings (from friends, venues and wedding professionals) and one of the questions we’re asked over and over is how far will you travel? The short answer is… everywhere! The only real consideration is that all associated travel costs will be included in our fee.

As a general guide we’ll drive up to 8 hours from our base… this gets us to the Brittany coast, The Cote d’Azure and into the Spanish Costas. After this we look at flight options; flying from Bergerac or Bordeaux. If we’re flying then we need to consider the cost of PA and equipment hire if there is none at the venue… and we also need to include simple overnight accommodation for three.

Now this might all sound very expensive but actually it’s not. If you’re getting The Candies to travel a long distance then you may as well use us for your entire day, which gives you music from the Champagne to Disco Dancing into the wee small hours… in short all of your musical needs sorted!

Below are a couple of examples of travel costs :

Dordogne to Barcelona
1400km driving costs incl. tolls – 127€ each way
Simple accommodation for 3 people for two nights
Approx Cost 550€

Dordogne to Essex
Flights to Stanstead + onward travel – 200€
PA & Equipment Hire – £199
Simple accommodation for 3 people for two nights
Approx Cost 750€

If you calculate the cost of a disco hire, which lots of folks book for after the band… our travel costs will probably save you money!

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Let’s Talk Money

vintage moneyIf you’re planning a wedding or a party and you have your heart set on live music, one of the most important considerations will be about costs and your budget.

So how much does it cost to hire a band?

There are several factors that have to be considered :

What kind of event?  Weddings tend to be more expensive because musicans are usually on site for much longer, there can often be delays, couples like to have much more involvement in the song list choices and the event planning is more complex.

How far do we need to travel? We travel all over France (and beyond) and this means some very long journeys.  These travel costs are met by the client and are included in our quotes.

Will we need accommodation? If you are more than a two hour drive or if you are expecting a very late finish we may need overnight accommodation.  If we are travelling a long distance to perform at an afternoon reception it’s possible that we may need two nights accommodation.  These costs are included in our quotes.

Actual Fees

Musicians' Union brand_0In a recent article on www.lastminutemusicians.com it was suggested that the industry average for a singer is £175 / 200€ per performance (if all equipement was in situ).  The Musicians Union have guidance with their National Gig rate; they suggest £156 for a 4 hour function (we usually quote for six hours on site) and their hourly rate beyond 4 hours is £39 per hour.

In reality every event we quote for is different and there is no simple answer.

Do you need an early get-in?  Will we need to play in more than one location?  Will you need a PA Leave?  Do we need to bring specialist equipment?

Many folks think that we only perform for two hours and therefore expect us to charge for just two hours.  The reality is that for long distance gigs we are ‘booked’ for three days… which actually makes us fabulous value for money!

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