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Help & Advice - Dos & Dont's

Although we think that you would be crazy not to book us for your event, our aim is to provide you with the information required so that you can make an informed decision that is right for you. Here are some very important questions that you should be asking your prospective entertainment company:


Do

Q1. Do they issue a legal contract with a set of Terms & Conditions or at the very least, confirm your booking in writing?

If your entertainment lets you down, you will have little no recourse to legal action without one, because you will have no proof of ever having made a booking. A professionally run company will always issue a contract.

Q2. Does your prospective entertainment have their electrical equipment regularly PAT tested and certificated or documented?

Although there's no such thing as a PAT test Certificate, many companies issue what looks like one, which is perfectly alright. It is however, it is a legal requirement for a business to have its electrical equipment regularly tested and documented by a competent person. A professional company will have this in place.

Q3. Does your prospective entertainment have sufficient Public Liability Insurance (PLI)? £3M to £5M should be adequate for the average event.

Every professionally run business dealing with the public should have PLI. Many venues will not allow an entertainer to perform if they do not have a PLI certificate or PAT test documentation.

Q4. Would your prospective entertainment be prepared to accept a play list?

The answer to this one should always be yes. If you are booking the services of a disco a play list should be part of the service. A professionally run disco will work with one. This is not quite so straight forward for a band, but a good band will often offer you some choice.

If the answer to ANY of the above is "No" then I would advise you to move on and keep looking.

Dont's

1. We realise that everyone has a budget and cost plays a large part in the equation, however, If you are wholly focused on cost, the likelihood of getting the wrong disco/band is extremely high. If you put more emphasis on what your prospective entertainer can do for you, then you stand a better chance of getting it right.

A. Many people who phone up looking for a disco, start the conversation with a question, "How much do you charge"? For what... DJ's are not telepathic. We do all sorts of jobs, to different size crowds and everything has an impact on the cost. It is important for you to know what you want, and whether the disco you phone can accommodate you. We are certainly not the most expensive disco around and we are not the cheapest either, however, we are probably one of the most experienced, realistic and reasonably priced shows in the UK. To give you an idea of what it costs to run a professional Disco, click on the link to find out. Cost analysis.

2. DO NOT rush your decision; Leave yourself plenty of time; do your research.

A. I know times are hard but NEVER book the first DJ/band you speak to just becaues they are free; or the cheapest, unless you are 100% convinced you have the right person for the job. If you do it WILL cost you one way or another, of that there is no doubt. Many a wedding has been ruined for these very reasons. Don't blame the DJ because you didn't do your homework.

3. Don't leave it to the last minute. Book as early as possible to secure your date and DJ. Return the contract with the deposit, then save up for the balance. Some companies may even have a payment plan, ask, but DON'T FORGET - CHEAP is ALWAYS far more expensive in the long term. It costs a lot of time and money to run a disco professionally and it is financially impossible to do one for £120. You can buy a car for £20 or you can buy one for £20k but don't expect much from the £20 one. Fact - it's not rocket science.

I have known many a DJ's who would let their client down if they got £20 more elsewhere. They are certainly not professional, no contracts, no written confirmation, no PLI and no PAT Tests and now that we all have the internet, it's even more challenging to find someone without getting ripped off.

Remember, good discos are not cheap and are often booked many months or even years in advance.

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