The sun is finally here and the parties are fast approaching! Summer entertainment can be an essential for your summer party, as well as adding the perfect additional ‘wow’ factor for your guests. We have spoken to our Curated Suppliers, the experts in party entertainment, for their top tips and advice when booking your entertainment this year.
“Just Talent and our team are always attending events to research cool new acts!” – Tori Just, Just Talent
“The summer months give us more options to get our acts outside. As an entertainment agency we need to be on the ball with creativity and recommend the perfect acts for our client’s events. For day events, stilt walkers and Brazilian themed dancers work really well. We can add festival themed costumes, Indian headdresses, flowers and leaves as great costume options. Marching bands and roaming musicians are always a great choice. When the sun sets evening guests can be greeted at the entrance by our show stopping fire artists.
Recently we showcased our entertainment at a festival themed event at Amber Lakes – a venue with stunning outdoor spaces! We had glitter artists to create the festival look on the guests, butterfly wings and flowery costumes. Our freestanding aerial hoop and fire artists wow’d whilst our accoustic guitarist and singer as well as our live function band provided the music. To conclude the evening our roaming DJ live band, Maestri played the club classics! Outdoor space gives us much more room to play, keep this in mind if you want huge entertainment for your summer party. We’re super proud as well that Just Talent will be performing at well known music festivals this year!”
Key points to consider when booking your entertainment
“Of course a majority of venues do not allow fire or have rigging points for aerial acts – if you want these, you must have the right requirements! Plus if they have low ceilings they would not be suitable for stilt walkers. If you were looking for circus themed acts and these restrictions apply at your chosen venue then Just Talent can always think of alternative solutions. We also process risk assessments and have insurance to cover all aspects of the performances. Live music is fantastic, Just Talent have an array of incredible bands as well as musicians to suit all tastes and different themed events.”
“Summer is a great time for fashion and we aim to resonate the vibrance on stage” – Chromatic, DJ Style Party Band
“As a high-energy band we love to inject elements of fun and style into everything we do… and our stage-wear is no exception! Expect some seriously stylish, vibrant and colourful outfits that really set the tone for the night. We find that stage-wear definitely helps break the ice and instantly introduces good time summer vibes!”
“With regards to our performance, whatever the weather, it’s our job to bring a huge festival atmosphere to the party, however big or small. We definitely want to make the show a crowd experience – we want you to have as much fun as we do! We have such a good time on stage and we see this energy spread across the room like wildfire!
For a summer setlist we take inspiration from so many festivals, our show feels like a whole weekend of music in one night! By design, the medleys and mashups mean the show can cover a lot more songs, styles and eras. This takes you on a rollercoaster through the charts and decades. You’ll hear everything from disco to drum and bass, rap to rock, funk to samba and so much more, all with our own modern twist. As well as all the moving and shaking, everyone loves a good sing-along – we’ve made sure all the biggest, air grabbing, soaring choruses are in there!”
“Nowadays guests love entertainment they can get involved with” – Tonia Hart, The Edit Events
“At The Edit we like to ensure we are continuously introducing new ideas when it comes to entertainment – everyone is always looking for something bigger and better. When talking involvement something that is really fun is where you pedal on a bike to make your own smoothie or cocktail. It’s light-hearted, fun and involves all your guests!
Our clients love to have those ‘instagrammable moments’ – something that works well for summer parties are the living photo walls. Whether its floral, foliage (and real grass by WowGrass!)or moving frames, people love a good backdrop where they can take LOTS of photos.
Finally, a wandering band are always fantastic choices. Summer parties are seen to be chilled and relaxed so a band that walks around singing songs and involving guests is the perfect ‘summer feel’. There are now such a variety of wandering bands from duos that sing acapella to full blown bands that walk around with guitars, trumpets and even drums!”
“A fun band that will keep your guests smiling and help take your summer entertainment to the next level!” – Travelling Hands, London’s Acoustic Roaming Band
“The Travelling Hands’ popularity at summer events is no surprise when we take a closer look at the band, the wide array events that they attend and the huge dose of fun feel-good British entertainment that they bring wherever they go. This quintessentially British roaming acoustic band perform 100% unplugged and due to this unique performance style, they fit into all manner of venues and Summer events across the UK and overseas.
They can often be found entertaining their clients in the summer sunshine, whether it’s at a private soiree, a corporate event or even a drinks reception during a wedding. These roaming gents can be found entertaining guests within garden parties, on rooftops and balconies, in palaces and castles and outside ceremonies of all shapes and sizes. They have even performed on luxury yachts on Lake Geneva, Lake Garda and of course the River Thames too.
From looking at The Travelling Hands’ vast array of previous corporate clients this is very much one acoustic band in demand. Aside from their musicianship and fun packed performances, the band also provide an instant visual ‘wow-factor’ for your guests through their sponsorship with Marc Darcy who provide their simply fantastic British suits.
This year alone these chaps performed at Kensington Palace at a very special birthday party and at this moment they are currently enjoying a 3 week performance in Portugal for the global team of Jaguar Land Rover. The British Directors wanted to bring some of the UK away with them and so The Travelling Hands became the obvious choice. Whether in the UK or overseas and no matter what the event type or location, this flexible, professional and fun band will keep your guests smiling and help take your summer event to the next level.”
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