The FixTheMusic Blog

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Hiring a wedding band in Tuscany
18 JULY 2017 by Adam Southall

Tuscany is one of the most popular locations in Italy for destination weddings, and for good reason. The historic and vibrant cities of Siena and Florence...

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SIAE Licence Fee for Weddings in Italy
7 JULY 2017 by Adam Southall

Italian law establishes that those who organise a private event, show or any entertainment where copyrighted works are performed...

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Hiring a wedding band in Greece
18 JUNE 2017 by Adam Southall

Greece is one of the most popular locations in Europe for destination weddings, and for good reason. The historic and vibrant cities of Athens and Thessaloniki...

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Hiring a wedding band in Croatia
4 JUNE 2017 by Adam Southall

Croatia is one of the most popular locations in Europe for destination weddings, and for good reason. The historic and vibrant cities of Split and Dubrovnik...

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Hiring a Bollywood violinist for your wedding reception
11 MAY 2017 by Adam Southall

Entertainment provided by a Bollywood style violinist has become a must-have feature of Asian weddings in the UK in recent years.

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21st Century Troubadours – Why Roaming Bands Might Just Be The Ultimate Form of Live Music Entertainment
21 APRIL 2017 by Myles Eastwood

Musicians have always held a special status in society. In the Middle Ages, troubadours and minstrels wondered Europe singing songs, strumming lutes and whipping up satirical poetry.

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Hiring a wedding band in Switzerland
18 APRIL 2017 by Adam Southall

Switzerland is one of the most popular locations in Europe for destination weddings, and for good reason. The glitz and glamour of ski resorts like Verbier, the rural beauty of the Alpine landscape...

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Hiring a band for destination weddings in Dubai – a short guide
16 APRIL 2017 by Adam Southall

Dubai is one of the most popular locations in the Middle East for destination weddings, and for good reason. The long, sandy beaches, pleasant climate and numerous luxury hotels...

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A tribute to Chuck Berry
12 APRIL 2017 by Myles Eastwood

If Elvis was the people's king, Chuck Berry was the musician's rock 'n' roller.

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Hiring musicians and live bands for charity events – a short guide
31 MARCH 2017 by Adam Southall

Any event is enhanced by live music – be it background music to create a relaxed ambience or upbeat music to get your guests onto the dance floor.

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Hiring a band for destination weddings on the French Riviera – a short guide
28 MARCH 2017 by Adam Southall

The French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) is one of the most popular regions in France for destination weddings, and for good reason. The beautiful Mediterranean coastline, pleasant climate and excellent cuisine...

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Trust and security when hiring bands online – how FixTheMusic leads the way
7 MARCH 2017 by Myles Eastwood

Nobody likes being scammed – especially when it comes to music. In the 1990s, producer William Barrington-Coupe manipulated hundreds of pre-existing recordings in a bid to pass off his wife Joyce Hatto as a world-class pianist.

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Hiring an acoustic duo for your wedding or event
28 FEBRUARY 2017 by Adam Southall

What exactly is an acoustic duo? It’s a duo of musicians with one or both members singing, with one or both playing on acoustic guitar. This, of course, is not a strict definition though.

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The 9 most popular first dance songs for weddings in 2017
16 FEBRUARY 2017 by Adam Southall

To devise this list, we conducted extensive research on the weddings in 2017 booked via FixTheMusic, but we also created our own survey which was completed by several hundred brides in the UK.

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The cost of hiring a wedding band in 2017
12 FEBRUARY 2017 by Adam Southall

This is a question that is frequently asked on wedding forums – how much does it cost to hire a live wedding band for your reception?

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How to hire a musician for your private dinner party – a short guide
9 FEBRUARY 2017 by Myles Eastwood

In the beginning, music was live. Before the phonograph was invented in 1877 and recordings became widespread (from about 1900), you had to hear a musician in person to hear music at all.

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Hiring a band for destination weddings in Portugal – a short guide
7 FEBRUARY 2017 by Adam Southall

Portugal is, without doubt, one of the most popular countries in Europe for destination weddings – The Algarve, Sagres, Carvoeiro, Portimao, Lisbon, Porto and Evora are particularly attractive locations.

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Hiring a band for destination weddings in Spain – a short guide
6 FEBRUARY 2017 by Adam Southall

Spain has always been a popular country for destination weddings – Mallorca, Zaragoza, Alicante, Cadiz, Barcelona, Basque Country and Málaga are particularly popular locations.

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Hiring a band for destination weddings in Italy – a short guide
31 JANUARY 2017 by Adam Southall

Italy is increasingly becoming a destination wedding hotspot for couples – Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Rome, Venice, Sicily and Lake Como are particularly popular locations.

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Hiring a band for destination weddings in France – a short guide
22 NOVEMBER 2016 by Adam Southall

France is one of the most popular countries for destination weddings, and for good reason. The beautiful countryside, pleasant climate, excellent cuisine...

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7 Unusual Office Christmas Party Entertainment Ideas
26 SEPTEMBER 2016 by Adam Southall

The annual company staff Christmas party doesn’t have to resemble something from The Office, the mockumentary sitcom featuring anti-hero management guru David Brent.

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How to Hire Bands and Musicians for a Birthday Party
28 JULY 2016 by Myles Eastwood

If you're hosting a birthday party or drinks reception in a bar or restaurant then you've probably given some thought to the evening's entertainment. FixTheMusic offers some guidance in this area.

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A simple, fair and secure payment system for event planners and musicians
7 JULY 2016 by Myles Eastwood

Chasing payment for freelance work shouldn't be, but often is, a thorny issue. Monica and Phoebe found this out in Friends when they set up their own catering business...

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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) – A Guide For Musicians
5 JULY 2016 by Adam Southall

At FixTheMusic we take the safety of our musicians very seriously. There is some confusion about what Portable Appliance Testing actually involves, so this short blog post seeks to explain exactly what PAT is and why it is so important.

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Garden Party Music Ideas
28 JUNE 2016 by Myles Eastwood

Garden party music can be anything from a soothing string quartet or string trio, to an enlivening steel band or an exotic Mariachi band.

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Public Liability Insurance for UK Musicians and Bands
16 JUNE 2016 by Adam Southall

Public liability insurance provides protection from the financial consequences of legal action and compensation claims...

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Wedding Planning Timeline Checklist for UK Weddings
8 JUNE 2016

We've put together a handy timeline checklist, tailored for UK weddings, so you can stay organised as you prepare for your special day.

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Finding Musicians At The Last Minute
2 JUNE 2016 by Adam Southall

Picture the scenario — a couple of days before your wedding day, you get a call from the harpist you’d hired to say that they won’t be able to perform on your special day.

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The 9 most popular wedding first dance songs of 2016
27 MAY 2016 by Adam Southall

To devise this list, we conducted extensive research on the weddings in 2016 booked via FixTheMusic, but we also created our own survey which was completed by several hundred brides in the UK.

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7 Luxury Barn Wedding Venues in Essex
25 MAY 2016 by Adam Southall

We’ve certainly noticed, with regard to wedding music, that couples are increasingly looking for something unique to surprise and entertain their guests.

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Newsletter June 2016
23 MAY 2016 by Adam Southall

We thought it would be a good idea to start a monthly newsletter to let you know how things are progressing at FixTheMusic since we launched last year…

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Bounder & Cad’s new show at the Pheasantry in London
19 MAY 2016 by Ed Southall

Bounder & Cad’s new show, Pizza and Pizzazz, at the Pheasantry in London isn’t one to be missed. The pair’s delightful charm and witty renditions of classics make for a great evening.

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The cost of live wedding music (including wedding bands) in 2016
17 MAY 2016 by Adam Southall

Perhaps one of the first questions a couple planning their wedding will ask is—how much does a wedding band cost, or how much does live music cost at the ceremony or reception?

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