8 Wedding Bands for Venues with Sound Limiters

18 FEBRUARY 2019 (Updated 5 JUNE 2021)
Blog post by Edward Southall
Estimated read time: 4 minutes

At FixTheMusic, we receive hundreds of enquiries each year from couples getting married at wedding venues with strict sound limiters in place.

The couples have normally booked an incredible wedding venue (usually a historic building or at an amazing central city location), only to be informed by the venue staff that if they book a band, they need to ensure the band doesn’t make too much noise.

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So, why are sound limiters potentially problematic?

Most amplified function bands will reach around 110 decibels when performing live. Sound limiters are usually set to between 80 - 95 decibels. If the noise levels in the room go above the set limit, the supply of electricity to the sound equipment (amplifiers etc.) will be cut. This can be pretty disastrous: the last thing you want when all your guests are on the dance floor is for the music to suddenly go silent.

You can read more about noise limiters in our blog post.

What can I do if my venue has a sound limiter?

If live music is really important to you and your wedding, and you want to hire a function band with drum kit (such as a rock or pop covers band), then you might need to consider hiring a different venue. Whilst some bands are able to play more quietly when there is a limiter in place, it can certainly detract from the overall experience if they have to tone things down.

If you can’t change venue, speak with your band – all of the bands on FixTheMusic have experience of performing at venues with noise limiters and so depending on the particular level, most bands can find a solution, e.g. using hot rods or brushes instead of wooden drum sticks, or even an electric drum kit.

Which bands are recommended for venues with sound limiters?

The following wedding bands all have experience with sound limiters or are perfectly suited to such situations. For example, we find that acoustic roaming bands are a great way to get around onerous noise limiters: they don’t need a PA system or amplifiers and as such are generally much quieter than amplified rock and pop bands.

1. Wandering Three
Average booking price: £1,300 - £2,500 (as of June 2021)
Location: London, UK

Wandering Three are London’s fresh, high-energy acoustic roaming band.

With no need for a PA, Wandering Three take no time to set up and can perform anywhere you need. The UK's most popular 3 piece wedding band, they can roam around the guests at your event, entertaining them in small groups and playing their requests.

Or show them a stage and they'll fiddle the house down!

Their highly experienced globetrotting band members have performed in 6 continents. They've played everywhere from the French Alps to the Yasawa Islands in Fiji… and from Blackpool to Bournemouth, gracing the stages of the Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, Walt Disney Hall (LA) and Carnegie Hall (New York City).

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Athough ideal for afternoon drinks receptions, the band can also be hired to perform at the evening wedding reception and even wedding ceremonies. If your ceremony venue is only a short walk to your afternoon venue, they can even accompany you and your guests as you walk between venues! As the UK's best wedding band with violin, their unique combination of instruments and vocals makes them the perfect folk wedding band and without doubt one of the country's leading acoustic bands for weddings.

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2. The Manhattan Roamers
Average booking price: £1,505 (as of June 2021)
Location: London, UK

The Manhattan Roamers are a high-energy acoustic roaming band based in London.

We perform modern and classic pop and rock acoustically at weddings, parties and corporate events.

Now back in the UK and based in London, the band have been inundated with requests to perform at corporate events, weddings and private parties.

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Available as a high energy 3-piece band as standard, with the option of adding female vocals and Saxophone to the line-up, The Manhattan Roamers can tailor their band to suit each client’s individual requirements.

Sam, the band's lead vocalist, has recorded backing vocals for artists including Adele, Goldfrapp and Keith Urban, as well as singing on Movie Soundtracks such as "Pan", "The Great Gatsby" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge"

In booking The Manhattan Roamers band for your event you are guaranteed a high energy, professional performance of the highest standard.

The band can also be hired as a static amplified band for your evening party. For more information, check out The Manhattans.

So if you're looking to hire the finest acoustic roaming band London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with The Manhattan Roamers.

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3. The Tonics
Average booking price: £826 (as of June 2021)
Location: London, UK

The Tonics is a friendly London-based act that provides entertainment for weddings, corporate functions and private parties.

Using an assortment of loop stations, harmony pedals and other clever tricks, Barry and Larissa create the atmosphere, sound and groove of a full five-piece band.

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4. Acoustic Nights
Average booking price: £960 (as of June 2021)
Location: London, UK

Acoustic Nights are a new acoustic band, already in demand to perform at weddings, corporate events and private parties throughout the UK.

We operate as a 2 piece or 3 piece. We can perform unplugged and roaming amongst your guests, or plugged in – if required, we have our own state-of-the-art PA system and lighting.

We offer a casual DJ service between sets as standard. However we can also offer a professional DJ service with booth, mic and lighting for an extra cost.

Acoustic Nights are a professional 2 and 3 piece acoustic band who specialise in acoustic covers.

Led by the incredible female vocalist Sasha, they have had features across BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing as well as years of experience working the most trendy bars, clubs and events.

Sit back and relax whilst Acoustic Nights showcase some incredible live talent to wow your guests and get everyone singing along to classic tracks they'll know and love.

With a playlist that extends across a huge range of genres, there really is something for everyone! Our musicians are working professionals who have graduated from RNCM and performed worldwide from Sri Lanka to Seattle.

This group of friends has a long relationship and a love of music that will extend to your audience and get everyone in a warm and musical mood, perfect for weddings, birthdays, socials and corporate events.

Acoustic Nights can come fully self-contained with their own sound system and instruments and can also offer a casual DJ service between sets taking requests and keeping the music going all day and night long!

Whatever you have in mind for your entertainment, Acoustic Nights will do their best to make your day and night perfect in every way with all the music you love and that oh-so-important feature of live music that is worth every penny!

So if you're looking to hire the finest acoustic band Manchester has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Acoustic Nights.

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5. The Sidekicks
Average booking price: £956 (as of June 2021)
Location: Taunton, Somerset

The Sidekicks are a little different, a little quirky and something which is proving to be very popular at weddings and parties.

Performing a large repertoire from pop and rock covers to indie classics, we know exactly how to judge the mood of your event...from a laid-back cocktail set to high-energy music for the dance floor!

We love playing the usual party tunes and changing them up in our own style. We also love playing live lounge style tunes.

Based in Weston-super-Mare, the Trio have been inspired by bands such as Mumford and Sons and artists including Hozier and we believe that these influences strongly show in our performance.

Since 2012 we have been playing at weddings and events all over the South West, including Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Gloucester!

We have thought long and hard about the songs we play and we believe they are perfect for all sorts of events including tracks from George Ezra and Jess Glynne to Queen and Tom Petty.

Neil, Brad and Mike have worked as full-time musicians for over 5 years and have a dedication to make every event as perfect as can be!

We provide a full PA, and stage set comprising of Starcloth, smoke machines and lighting. We want your event to not only sound spectacular but look it!

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Bordeaux, France
  • River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster
  • Bridwell Park, Uffculme
  • Bristol, UK
  • Upton Farm, Cullompton
  • Sidmouth Harbour Hotel, Devon
  • Huntsham Court Stables, Tiverton

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6. Starboard
Average booking price: £1,116 (as of June 2021)
Location: London, UK

Starboard are a young, modern and dynamic acoustic cover band.

We bring enthusiasm, energy and excitement to your special occasion with their own arrangements, offering a unique and innovative take on popular songs.

Formed in 2015, their fast-growing reputation for exceeding the expectations of an acoustic party band has meant they have been selected to perform across the world, at prestigious hotel launches, corporate hospitality events, parties, weddings, festivals and sporting occasions.

Stylish and fashionable, whether as background music, afternoon entertainment or the highlight of your evening, Starboard are the only choice to create the perfect atmosphere for your event.

Offering multiple acoustic lineups including the duet, trio and quartet. These can include saxophone where requested.

Corporate clients include Red Bull, Harman, JBL, AKG, DELL, Taste of London, Almaza Bay (Egypt), Claridge's London, Three6Zero, ENJO, Freshwater UK, Forge Bar London, Maxims Casino, Rentokil, Celebrity Cruises, Baroosh and many more.

The band is available for weddings, corporate events, proposals, product launches, flash mob events and Christmas parties.

Starboard also perform throughout the UK and internationally. They are particularly popular at destination weddings in France and in the rest of Europe.

So if you're looking to hire the finest acoustic party band London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Starboard!

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7. The Swing of Things
Average booking price: £982 (as of June 2021)
Location: London, UK

The Swing Of Things are a London-based modern jazz band made up of four experienced professional musicians.

Playing modern hits in a vintage, jazzy style, The Swing Of Things are in demand to perform at weddings, corporate functions, festivals and private parties throughout the UK and Europe.

The Swing Of Things offer a line-up of double bass, drums, electric guitar and female vocals and can tailor sets to suit your needs.

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They are versatile enough to be able to play chilled out background music or upbeat music to keep your guests dancing from the beginning to the end of their sets.

The Swing Of Things can also do a bespoke arrangement of your favourite song, whether it's the first dance at a wedding or a special song for your birthday party.

The band is made up of professional musicians who have played at the top venues around the UK such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Forum, The Jazz Café and with some of the world’s leading musicians.

Our standard set up is a 4 piece consisting of female vocals, guitar, double bass and drums. Our 5 piece is as above, but with the addition of either sax or trumpet.

Our standard performance time is either 2 x 60-minute sets or 3 x 40-minute sets, with 15-minute breaks in between sets.

So if you're looking for the arguably the finest vintage wedding band London has to offer, get in touch with The Swing Of Things.

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8. The Birmingham Acoustic Band
Average booking price: £975 (as of June 2021)
Location: Birmingham, UK

The Birmingham Acoustic Band are 5 piece band specialising in Funk, Soul, Pop and Folk music. With their diverse backgrounds in theatre, classical music, jazz, rock, blues and pop, they can cover all areas of music.

Their members met in 2012 at Birmingham University, all studying music composition. Since forming properly in 2015 they have become the University's "go to" band, and become well known for busking in Birmingham, gathering large crowds and making Birmingham a brighter place.

The Birmingham Acoustic Band regularly perform at weddings, parties and festivals, previously performing at Godiva Festival and being featured on BBC radio.

You will love their energetic set that gets people up dancing from the start, and material lasting 4+ hours!

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We've put together some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about sound limiters and how they affect hiring a wedding band at venues.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a sound limiter?

A sound limiter is a device fitted with a microphone to measure the sound pressure level of environmental noise, expressed by the decibel logarithmic unit (dB).

If the environmental noise level exceeds a certain pre-set dB level for a period of time (usually 5 to 10 seconds), the limiter cuts the electricity supply to the musical equipment for about 1 minute.

What dB level are sound limiters usually set to?

Sound limiters are often set at a level between 90 - 100dB. To put this in context, 90dB is roughly the loudness of a motorcycle 8m away, and 100dD is equivalent to a power lawn mower, motorcycle, farm tractor or bin lorry at close range.

How do professional wedding bands accommodate sound limiters?

Professional bands will have experience playing at venues fitted with sound limiters and will know how to accommodate them. The main solution will be to simply turn the PA system down to an acceptable level. The main problem arises from acoustic instruments like brass and drums, whose intrinsic "loudness" means that the sound level cannot be regulated electronically. With regard to drum kits, the solution can be to use soft drum sticks or even an electronic drum kit.

How to beat a sound limiter?

Some bands employ various tricks such as covering the sensor with a pillow or cushion. This is risky and we don't recommend it – the venue is likely not to look kindly on bands that try to bypass the sound limiter. It is far better to try to work with the venue and the noise limits in place, using the tips and hints above, i.e. performing with softer drum sticks and generally trying to lower the overall volume of the band.

So if you’re now ready to receive offers from wedding bands suitable for your wedding with a sound limiter, just tell us about your event and you’ll have appropriate and experienced musicians sending you their offers in a few hours.

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— 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.

You can read more about FixTheMusic and their team of Ed, Adam, Zazie and Freeman here.