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The 45s guarantee to fill your dance floor and our aim is to make the process of organising your event music as stress-free as possible. The result is a flawless experience from booking to the last chord. Contact us to find out more or to begin your booking!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you travel?

Of course! We love to travel! We do charge extra for the time depending on the location and you’ll need to cover transportation and accommodation for all band members if required. PS–if it’s within Leinster, that’s included within our basic package at no added charge.

What does the band wear?

You can request different styles in our online planning system depending on the formality of your event.

Do you play same-sex weddings?

Absolutely! We play ALL weddings and happily celebrate love. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Do you play corporate events?

We do! contact us for more details.

Can the band play the ceremony and drinks reception?

Absolutely! We’re an all-inclusive band with a broad musical repertoire. Speak to us about packages covering every stage of your special day.

What style of music do you play?

We play a wide variety of music. From Top 40, to classics, to classical and jazz. You can get an idea of the musical styles you can choose from on our Music page.

Can I choose the music?

We have a solid repertoire of songs that will please all of your guests from your 6-year old niece to your granny. It’s always important to have some freedom to read the room on the night; but our number one priority is pleasing YOU. Just let us know what you want to hear, and, if it’s not already on our setlist, we’ll work with you to make your night perfect. You can also give us a list of songs that you love and songs that you dislike on your planning page–we’ll base our choices on your music preferences.

Will you learn a new song for us?

Of course! Just make sure you give us enough notice of your special request so the the band has time to learn your song.

How long does the band play for?

Our typical quote, and the industry standard, is for a 5-hour event. This includes 4 x 45-minute sets, with intermittent breaks, to be spread throughout the night as you feel best. With speeches and other formalities, you’ll find this is usually the perfect amount of time to have the band playing. If you require a longer event and more sets, we are happy to discuss adding extra hours at little cost. Also, please know that we are always flexible to your needs. This 5-hour timeline breakdown is our standard recommendation, but anything can be customized to your plan. Talk to us about your ideas and dreams and we’ll do our best to accommodate!

Does the band play during dinner?

The band can absolutely play during dinner, but we’d recommend using your sets when your guests are ready to stand up and get dancing. Our typical event reception includes 4 x 45-minute sets with short DJ sets between the band sets. If you would like a dinner set, please let us know ahead of time as we defer to playing after-dinner sets unless otherwise instructed. You can always pay for extra time if you want a dinner set in addition to all four dance sets.

Can the band DJ during their breaks?

Absolutely! Send us a list of all the songs you want to hear. We’ll sort through the list and decide which will sound best live and which will be better to DJ during a break. DJ service is always free – we want to make sure the room is still buzzing when the band isn’t playing. If you like, you can bring your own iPod or Spotify playlist for these breaks, or, if you prefer, just leave it up to us! Either way, we’ll manage the playlist on the night so you don’t have to worry about the logistics. We always bring an iPod with a selection of appropriate background music and, during dinner, the room is typically too noisy for the band to be playing, anyway–we want your guests to be able to enjoy their conversation and it’s much easier to control the noise level on an iPod!

Can the band play continuous music?

Yes, but we do charge for the extra time. Contact us for more info

Can the band stay late on the night of?

Yes, we can! We want you to have the time of your life but we appreciate the heads up if you think you’re event will run long. Just like your other on-site vendors, we do charge for the extra time.

Does the band provide a sound system?

Yes! We look after everything music-related.

Can we use your sound equipment for speeches?

Yes! The mic and sound system is already hooked up, so we’re happy to provide a mic for your speeches and any other announcements provided those are in the same spot as the reception band. Please, no “drop the mic” moments! This equipment is expensive and, contrary to popular belief, it does break when dropped–which you definitely don’t want to risk right before your reception!

Can you MC my event?

Of course! We’ll go through all the details with you ahead of time, including how to properly pronounce that one groomsman’s name with the silent “G”.

How far ahead of the wedding will you be in contact to go over the day-of details?

We’ll get in touch 2 weeks before your event to finalize the details. This gives you plenty of time to decide on your special dances and work out your event timeline.

How much do I pay and when?

When you book the band, you’ll make a 20% initial payment to secure your date. The remaining amount is due two weeks before your event.

What does the band require on the night?

A meal (to fuel ourselves!), electrical power (to fuel our instruments!), and a covered space on a flat, hard, dry surface to play. We do not require a stage!

Can the band play outside?

Yes, but we require cover (gazebo, awning, umbrella, etc.) and a flat, hard, dry surface to play on. Instruments don’t sound as nice when wet (trust us!) and electrical cords mixed with water are a definite no-no. Also, heat can damage instruments, so please keep this in mind when placing your band and have a backup plan just in case! Consult your venue or wedding planner as they will have experience dealing with this.

We have a stage! What size stage do I need for the band to fit?

We certainly don’t require a stage to perform; but, if you choose to have one, it does make us feel like rockstars! The stage should be roughly 12×16 feet for a 5 piece band like The 45s..