Booking a band is a big decision - it's normal to have a few questions! We want to make it as easy as possible so below you can find some of the most frequently asked questions.
If you have anything you need to know that isn't covered here, please contact us and we'll get back to you.
Q: How much does it cost to book Six Machine?
A: Fees are dependent upon the event date, location and timings.
Please provide us with as much information as possible so that we can provide you with a quick and accurate quote.
If you don’t have all the info listed above that’s no problem. Just let us have as much info as you can and we’ll do our best to let you have as accurate a quote as possible.
Q: What is the booking process?
A: Firstly, contact us with details of your event. We will then provide you with a quote straight away. If you're happy to proceed then send us your address info and we will send contracts out for you to sign. Sign and return the document and make the 20% deposit (BACS or cheque is fine) and the booking is confirmed!
Q: How do I confirm a booking?
A: If you are happy with the quote you have received and would like to proceed with the booking please let us know your address and a contract will be sent to you.
A booking is confirmed once the contract has been signed and returns and the 20% deposit has been paid.
Q: Can we come and see you live?
A: Yes, we regularly play public events and we would encourage you to come down and sample the full Six Machine live experience in person. You can also come and chat to the band members about your event requirements in person. Just get in touch with us to find out where our upcoming public appearances will be.
Should you not be able to make it to see us live, you can take a look at our videos page, where you can view us performing and get a flavour of what we do!
On The Night
Q: How Long does the band play for?
A: We usually play for a total of 2 hours in 2 x 60 minute sets. We are flexible and can do 3 x 40 minutes if required. Just let us know when booking if you have any special requirements.
A lot of bands will only play 2 x 45 minutes. What we say to them is: 'get some stamina!'
Q: How Long Does The Band Take to Set Up?
A: We are very thorough in ensuring that everything is as good as it can possibly be for your event. We ask for a minimum of one hour and 30 minutes to ensure that we can be set up and sound checked in time for the show. Please bear this in mind when planning your event.
Q: What time should the band start?
A: This is, of course, entirely up to you but we often find it's best to start at 9 - 9:30pm, so that's what we recommend.
Q: How Long are the intervals?
A: On a normal 2 hour gig we take a maximum 30 minute break in between sets. We are flexible and should you like a longer interval between sets just let us know
Q: Can you play music during the intervals?
A: Of course! We have playlists of great tunes to play in between the band performances. You are welcome to provide a music player with your own music on should you prefer.
As part of our DJ service we can take care of all the music before, between and after the band has played. Just let us know your preferred genres and artists and we'll take care of the rest!
Q: Can you play music after the band has finished? We want to keep the party going!
A: Yes! For an extra charge we offer a DJ service. Our keyboard player, aka DJ Rob will spin tunes for you for up to 40 minutes after the band has finished playing. If you have specific tastes or requests just let us know before the event and we can tailor the disco to play exactly what you want!
Q: Do you require food and drink?
A: Yes. The band require a good quality hot meal or access to the buffet as well as some soft drinks and water. Don't worry, we don't expect gourmet food and fine wine!
We work long days and nights and we're usually on the go from when we arrive to when we leave. A well fed and watered band is a happy band and this will ensure we can deliver the best performance possible.
We promise not to ask for a bowl full of only blue smarties!
Q: Will the band actually turn up?
A: Of course! According to top function band agent and musician Brad Lazarus the number one concern of people that book bands is whether the band will turn up on the day. As ridiculous as it seems to us that a band would not show up for a gig we of course guarantee to turn up for your event!
Please remember that our contract is there to protect the booker as much as it is the artist. Any fees already paid by the booker (such as a deposit) would be refundable in the event of a no-show. We could also be liable for breach of contract!
Q: What are your staging requirements?
A: For the best possible experience we require a raised staging area of no smaller than 6metres wide x 4 metres deep. If this is not possible then we ask for a flat staging area (again no smaller than 6x4m) that is clear of any obstructions.
Q: Do you have your own PA & lighting equipment?
A: Yes, we have our own high quality PA system suitable for events of up to 300 people. If you anticipate a larger number of guests then additional sound and lighting equipment may be required at an extra cost, which will be accounted for in any quotations.
Q: Are you PAT tested & do you have insurance?
A: Yes, all of our equipment is fully PAT tested for safe operation. The band has public liability insurance of up to £10 million. Should your venue require certificates please let us know with 2 months notice.
Q: What are your power requirements?
A: We require a minimum of 4 x 13A or 16A sockets (not a single socket with an extension cable), positioned on or within 10ft of staging. This circuit, phase or ring main must be for the sole use of the band.
For marquee gigs an entertainment spec generator is required.
Our full technical requirements are included with our booking contract. Should you have any other questions not answered in this FAQ then please let us know.
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What People Say
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"I've seen Six Machine a few times in different locations and they never fail to entertain... They are always happy to chat with you after the gig and they just make it a fun time. I look forward to watching them more!"
— Zoe Martin