Why do people book HUGE?
We ask ourselves the exact same question...
HUGE are the ultimate party band because they put their audience first at all times. They have spent years improving their set of songs to appeal to all age groups from children to funky grannies.
Few bands play the range of material that HUGE play from James Brown to The Proclaimers, Michael Jackson to Michael Buble and from Dolly Parton to the Who.
HUGE live up to their name in many different areas. There are few nine-piece party bands out there and that impressive line-up featuring a 4 piece brass section and three part harmonies mean that virtually all songs are playable.
HUGE have proven themselves as superb entertainment over the years playing large corporate balls for clients such as Addidas, AIG, KPMG, HSBC & NEXT.
HUGE have also been the party band of choice on the university circuit playing to packed auditoriums at Keele, Durham, Teesside, Leeds, Hull & Sunderland each year.
"HUGE guarantee a fantastic night. That is why we book them for our Freshers & Summer Balls each year!" - Tom Salmon (Leeds Uni)
HUGE's leader of lunacy - maniacal frontman Big Ian grabs the audience from the first song and makes them a part of the show. His zany sense of humour and ability to think on his feet have had audiences up and down the country laughing.
HUGE have also played with an array of acts such as Justin Timberlake, Sugababes, Alesha Dickson (Strictly Come Dancing winner), Atomic Kitten, The Cheeky Girls & Girls Aloud.
HUGE have also entertained many celebrity clients such as Alan Shearer, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Mark Durden-Smith, Tim Rice and stars of Coronation Street.
Having sold out York Barbican Centre & sold out the Grand Opera House House a record 12 times and playing all the best tunes from Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, ABBA, Tom Jones, the Commitments, Barry White, Queen, Stevie Wonder and the Who, as well as 70s disco and Motown classics, HUGE are the party band that can please all of the people all of the time.
HUGE can provide the perfect evening's entertainment for any corporate event, private party, university ball, wedding or any celebration you require. With over 20 years' experience we can guarantee you the perfect night with a full dancefloor and a room filled with smiling faces. Other bands play tunes...
...HUGE make memories!
That is why people never forget a HUGE party and why all of our bookings come from personal recommendations.
How far will the band travel?
Most of HUGE work is in the York, Leeds and Harrogate areas of Yorkshire but we will travel all over the UK, and Worldwide.
Will I need to book a disco?
We can supply a DJ and master of ceremonies with full sound and lighting equipment. Please call or e-mail for availability and quote.
How long do you play for?
Depending on the function, the HUGE party band play anything from 1 x 45 min set up to a full 2 & a half hours.
Is it possible to come and see you play?
Due to the nature of HUGE party band's work, many of the bookings are private. However, occasionally we play public events, such as the York Grand Opera House, so it is always worth asking us. We also have a DVD to show HUGE in action so please email us.
Do you have public liability insurance?
Yes! HUGE hold public liability insurance up to 5 million pounds and all electrical equipment is fully PAT tested.
How loud do you play?
The band can play as loudly or quietly as you like! We have played at many functions of differing size, and can tailor the volume to the size of the room and number of people. A highly experienced sound engineer controls all PA equipment. It is always better to be asked to turn up than turn down.
How do you dress?
The band wear all black and Big Ian - the front man - can wear either a crazy get up of loud shirt, shorts etc or an immaculate suit depending on the event and needs of the client.
Will I need to pay a deposit?
HUGE usually will ask for a small deposit upon signing of the booking contract.
Do you supply all your own equipment?
Yes! HUGE have a stunning 2500W PA, and an intelligent LED lighting system designed for audiences of up to 500 people. For larger events we can recommend and link up with our lighting designers to create a bespoke light show for your event.
Do you have any specific requirements?
We request a changing room suitable for 12 persons and a stage/setting up area of at least 24 x 12 feet. Adequate power supplies are also needed (32 amps exclusively for ourselves - not sharing with a kitchen please!)
Any food and drinks requirements?
We ask for 12 hot meals be provided for the band members and sound engineer along with light refreshments and soft drinks for the whole time we are on site, as well as 1x24 cans of weak lager and bitter as well as a supply of Red Bull, water and diet coke in order for the band to perform at their best!
We realise that there are many demands on your budget, but the choice of live music is arguably the single most important factor in creating the right atmosphere for your function.
If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful band that will be 'OK' feel free to look elsewhere. There are many bands that play for a hobby, use pre-recorded backing tracks that will offer very cheap rates to play.
If you are looking for a highly polished professional function band for your party or corporate event that will get your guests on to the dance floor, then it may be wise to pay more to guarantee that your function is memorable for all the right reasons.
Unfortunately, it is really difficult to give an exact rate without knowing a little bit more about your event. So many things can affect the cost of hiring a band including the size and location of the venue, the length of time you need us to play and the equipment we will need to bring.
By booking directly with HUGE Party Band you will save 15-20% commission normally charged by an entertainment agency.
We are based in Yorkshire but are happy to consider functions anywhere in the UK. Long distances will incur an extra allowance to our fee to cover expenses and time.
Our priority is to give you and your guests the best possible evening and to work within your budget wherever possible. So please, contact us via our booking form and we will be happy to give you a quotation with no obligation and no hard sell. Our rates are very reasonable and highly competitive with other function bands. Remember HUGE are a nine piece band and play entirely LIVE! No sequencers or mini-discs are used in our show. Many smaller bands use recorded backing tracks to compensate for the lack of live musicians and backing singers. We feel that if you really wanted pre-recorded music you would probably book a DJ.
How much do you charge?
Unfortunately, it is really difficult to give an indication of our charges without knowing a bit more about your event. Various things can affect the cost of hiring a band including the size and location of the venue, the length of time you want us to play and the equipment we will need to bring.
Do you take song requests?
Clients are welcome to request specific songs from our current set list and the band will try to accommodate as many of these as possible. If you would like us to play a song live that is not on our set list please ask and we will try to accommodate you.
What venues will you play?
The band will perform at a wide variety of venues from pubs and village halls to large country estates, theatres, halls, hotel function rooms and even sports stadia. The band will also perform in marquees or outdoors, under cover, if the weather allows it.
How long do you need to set up?
Usually we need at least 1.5-2 hours to set up the PA and sound check in advance of the performance. We prefer this to carrying out the sound-check before the arrival of guests where possible.
When a booking has been fully confirmed by the client and is then cancelled we work to the following criteria:
6 months - 30% of fee to be paid**
3 months - 75% of fee to be paid**
Under 3 months - 100% of fee to be paid**
**After an offer & unconditional acceptance of the date with HUGE.