FAQ's

THE RIFFTOADS : FAQs


DO YOU CATER FOR ALL AGE GROUPS?
The wide variety of our set lists comprising classic hits spanning five decades enables us to match the type of music we play to the demands of our audience.

We vary our musical style and tempo to suit the mood of the event and this ensures a great atmosphere and a full dance floor!

WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM THE REST?
We have a varied selection of music,specifically put together to create a party atmosphere,and at most of our functions, we try to include members of the audience in our performance. Venue and space allowing, we like to have audience members participate in certain songs thereby maximising the fun element and creating excellent photographic opportunities for you to remember your event.

HOW LONG IS ONE OF YOUR 'SETS'?
Our dance music sets are not fixed in length but are normally 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours in length. We always adjust our set lengths to suit the format of the function and the timing of buffet's, raffles, speeches etc.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE A BREAK?
To ensure that the music flows continuously throughout your event we have a selection of background music that we can play during our breaks - the choice of which depends on your requirements and the type of function.

We can also provide a DJ and Disco as part of a cost effective package and we strongly suggest this as an option if your budget will stretch. A DJ brings the additional benefit over a CD that he can accept requests and interact with the audience to keep the dance floor full whilst the band is off stage. The additional cost is modest when compared to hiring a separate disco, and represents excellent value for money.

WHAT DO YOU WEAR ON STAGE?
We always dress smartly and in accordance with your requirements. we usually dress in smart evening wear which is suited to the majority of functions. For less formal events, we wear more relaxed casual wear with band polo shirts.

At certain times of the year, Christmas, New Year or St Patrick's Day for example, we have a selection of novelty outfits which we use to enhance the party atmosphere!!

If you have any preferences or special requirements, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate them.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN LIGHTING AND PA SYSTEM?
Yes, we use professional standard equipment and have a comprehensive lighting system for both the stage and the dance floor area. The amount of lighting we use is specific to the size of the venue, but always enough to create a great party atmosphere.

Our standard PA equipment is 1.5kw, which is sufficient for approx 250-350 head venues. For larger or outdoor venues we have a partnership with a reliable PA hire company and additional equipment can be sourced if required. (Larger PA will incur an additional cost). We are not an excessively loud band!! But we do believe in matching our equipment to the venue size.

WE MAY HAVE A MARQUEE, IS THAT OK?
We are more than happy to perform in a marquee but due to the variable nature of this type of environment there are certain requirements that need to be met to ensure the stability and safety of our equipment and consequently the well being of the audience and band. These are:

  • The marquee should provide complete storm cover
  • The area where we are performing must have a hard surface area measuring at least 4.6m wide by 2.4m deep (15' x 8'). Ideally this surface should also be level and raised e.g. portable staging
  • The electricity supply voltage should be 230 to 250 Volts AC stabilised and supplied via a minimum of two 13 Amp sockets, ideally surge protected. Please consider that long cable runs (over 30m) from nearby buildings can suffer from voltage drops, especially if other electrical goods such as beer coolers and cooling fans are on the same supply!
  • There should be adequate lighting in the area where we are to perform to allow for the safe breakdown of our equipment at the end of the event - a small point I know, but marquees can be very dark once we turn off our lighting at the end of the night!

IS THE BAND INSURED?
Yes!!! The band has full public liability insurance and all electrical equipment is fully P.A.T. tested. In addition, for wedding/corporate events held in venues that require risk assessment/method statements, all necessary paperwork can be supplied, although this may incur a small additional fee.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO SET UP?
Ideally we like to have unrestricted access to the area where we are to perform from two hours before the time we are due to commence playing, or our equipment is to be set up and tested. The absolute minimum time in which we can set up is an hour, but if this is all we are allowed we cannot guarantee to be set up and ready to start by the agreed time with our extensive lights and smoke effects.

If it isn't practical to fit this time into your schedule, then we need to consider assembling our equipment earlier in the day e.g. before the guests arrive for a wedding breakfast. This shouldn't be a problem, so if you feel that time may be short, please contact us so that we can discuss the options and arrive at a satisfactory solution - there is always a workable solution!

CAN YOU PLAY A SPECIAL 'FIRST DANCE' SONG AT OUR WEDDING?
Your first dance is a very important part of your evening reception and something you'll remember forever. If you want to use a CD track that means a lot to you both we will be happy to play this for you through our sound system. We will invite you to the dance floor, introduce the track and you do the rest! The band will be in position to begin playing once your song has finished.

CAN I HEAR THE BAND LIVE?
Yes by all means come along to one of our Public gigs, meet the guys, have a drink and a chat about your events requirements. We are a sociable bunch and are always pleased to meet new friends. Check out our 'Calender' section of the web site.

DOES THE BAND REQUIRE ANY FOOD?
Please consider that we usually leave home mid afternoon and do not return until the early hours of the morning and that unlike a 'normal' working day, it is often difficult to leave the venue during the course of a function to purchase refreshments. Consequently, for functions where we are required to either be set up by, or begin playing before 7:30pm or finish after midnight we politely request that we are offered a light meal, sandwiches or inclusion in buffet numbers. We are more than happy to eat with catering staff or in a separate room from the main event.

DO YOU REQUIRE CHANGING FACILITIES?
Yes please! Ideally a room separate from public areas, secure if possible, in which to change and to leave our personal possessions. This room can vary from a hotel bedroom, a storeroom, to a vacant office, depending upon the venue.

Please note that it is NOT a pleasant ordeal for the band to change in the toilets!

HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
The band is based in Bristol, but is prepared to travel anywhere!! However, you should be aware that long distance travelling might involve the additional expense of overnight accommodation and additional fuel and meal costs. You can discuss this with us on your initial contact.

HOW MUCH WILL YOU CHARGE ME?
Our fee depends on a variety of factors such as the length of the function, travelling distance, whether or not an early set up is required, any additional PA hire requirements and for these reasons we are unable to provide prices on our site. Instead we offer a personal individual quotation based upon the information you provide to us in your enquiry.

WILL YOU SHARE THE ENTERTAINMENT WITH ANOTHER ACT?
Absolutely!! We have no problem playing alongside other acts.

We also have an excellent relationship with other function bands, comedians, a casino facility and even a crooner, so should you require a multi act event we will be delighted to liaise with any other acts on your behalf.

ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN CHARGES BEHIND THE QUOTED PRICE?
No! We're not in the habit of giving our clients nasty surprises! The price we quote is inclusive of all the services that we agree to provide and includes all travelling and additional expenses. To avoid disappointment, and to confirm your booking, we will ask for a deposit to secure your booking as we have many enquiries during the peak periods throughout the year. VAT is not payable.

HOW DO I MAKE A BOOKING?
Contact us to discuss your requirements, and after you have received your personal quotation, confirm in writing (email is acceptable) and we will send you a written confirmation detailing the package we have agreed.

It's that simple!!!

HOW DO I MAKE MY PAYMENT?
A deposit is required to secure your booking which is paid when you return our booking form. The balance can be paid in cash directly to the band at the function, or in advance by cheque, which should be posted so as to arrive no less than fourteen days before the function date. If you still have any questions, please call or e-mail us and we will do our best to help.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
In the unlikely event of this happening, your deposit is non refundable. We do appreciate that from time to time the unexpected does happen, and sometimes these things are unavoidable. However, we would appreciate as much notice as is possible. We will bend over backwards to accommodate you, but feel it is only fair to advise you that any additional expenses incurred in accepting or cancelling your booking may have to be borne by you. Communication is the key!!! Please contact us as soon as you feel you may have a problem!!