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Chelsey

“I have been working with Jen from M8 for five years now. we have live entertainment 7 days a week, twice at the weekend. These are things we love about M8. M8 provides the best entertainers at affordable prices from solos to bands. I can phone Jen at any time, I am sure she works

Chelsey
Liverpool

Asda

“M8 Agency went the extra Mile to organize a brass band for our morning event, also a cover’s band for our afternoon event. Jen and her team were so helpful and understanding leading up to this very important event in Asda’s calendar. All my worry was taken off my shoulders. It was a perfect day,

Asda

Event Booker

“To say that M8 go the extra mile is an understatement. The team finds interesting and talented acts from original singer/songwriters, to cover acts and tribute bands. These guys literally are the fast hotline to a good time, the artists arrived on time, well briefed and professional. Outstanding!”

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“I’ve used this company for 3 years now, and they are by far the best agency I have used. And they are actually the only agency I would use now. The standard of acts is extremely high and also very diverse. They are also great to work with. I have also phoned they have booked

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SMILE

“I just wanted to thank you personally for going all out, and finding us Shaun at short notice and understanding my frustrations at such a busy time. I know, I had already told you how good we all thought Shaun was but I just thought I would also send you an email as well. I

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Preston

Gareth and Joan

“M8 is the best agency in the UK, I have used this company for 5 years now and Jen is always providing the best quality acts. Jen is the most helpful agent I have ever come across. Thank you for all your hard work.”

Gareth and Joan
North East

Entertainment For Your Wedding

Unless you are in the business of events planning, your wedding may well be the first time you’ve had to book live music. With the number of options available and people to keep happy, you might feel completely unprepared for the task. To take some of the head-scratching out of the process, here at M8 Entertainment we are giving out top tips on what to consider when booking professional live music for your wedding.

 

Work Out Your Tastes

A lot of couples make the mistake of thinking they need to work out exactly which songs they want to hear, but a good wedding band will do all this for you. The first thing you really want to establish is your taste in music and the sort of atmosphere you want to create. There are lots of songs that are guaranteed to get everyone dancing, but before you think about those – and we suggest you leave that to the band anyway – work out what sort of genre or style do you want. Do you want a loud, modern and energetic wedding band, or something a bit more traditional? If you have an artist or group you like, there are lots of tribute acts to go for, but beware of alienating your audience. It’s your day though, so if your favourite tribute will make you happier than a full dance floor, go for it! It might be that you have a specific era of music – maybe Motown, 60s, or the 70s, or Britpop 90s bands. Indie-rock might be your thing maybe think about your modern artists like Ed Sheeran. Or perhaps something very sophisticated and traditional, like a 7 piece swing band. There are lots of possibilities, but before you start looking and be clear on your tastes and the vibe you want. And don’t forget you may want something like a Harpist, Saxophonist or a Violinist for the Church whilst you are walking down the aisle or during your wedding breakfast.

 

Think About Your Audience

On your wedding day, you will be bringing three or four generations of two families together, and many of them will be meeting for the first time. You might be into heavy metal but unless your guests have similar musical tastes, an Iron Maiden tribute might not cut it for your grandparents. So, if you want to fill the dance floor, think about your audience and the sort of music that will appeal to most tastes to get people dancing. If you want a wedding band that can just read the room and goes with the right vibe, you need to choose experienced performers, who are comfortable with a broad repertoire of modern chart numbers as well as big hits from past decades.

 

Go for Performers, Not Just Great Musicians

You’ll need a band who are not just musically competent but with performers who can engage the crowd and get everyone dancing. A great wedding band will know that your special day is all about you, and they’ll be able to put on a show while keeping you at the heart of your wedding day. Look for promotional material that gives you a sense of their energy and how they interact with the crowd.

 

What Size Band Can You Accommodate?

Stage space is really important when deciding on a band. If you’ve only got a small stage, you might need to go for a three- or four-piece, or maybe even a soloist or acoustic duo for very intimate weddings. Find out from your venue how big the stage area will be and you can discuss options with the potential bands or your live music agent. Talk to your venue to find out what their performance space is like and whether or not your band can easily load to and unload from the stage. If the venue has a sound limiter, even if you have the stage space you might need to look at smaller band options to save the power cutting out mid-song. A lot of things to take into consideration isn’t there.

Get Googling

An obvious way to find a wedding band is to research online. Make sure you check out promotional material, repertoire and testimonials to get a good sense of potential acts. Lots of bands also promote themselves on Facebook and Instagram so look beyond their main promotional video and see if you can get a real sense of their personalities and performances from their posts. One thing to consider when searching online is that a standard search will return bands that have the most web expertise or can afford paid ads, not necessarily the ones that deliver a great show. You could potentially be missing out on lots of acts. This is where an agency can help you reach the best bands and best acts that aren’t necessarily all over the web. Speaking to M8 Entertainments who have the experience will help you with all aspects of entertainment.

 

Speaking to M8 Entertainments who are also registered with Hitched.Co.UK will put your mind at ease. You have enough to do!

If you don’t want to spend hours researching, enlist us as your agent. This is probably the easiest option, as a good agent we only have professional bands on our books, and we will be able to narrow options to suit your budget, tastes, and requirements, without you having to trawl through pages of promo material. Be as upfront as you can about what you’re after and give as much detail as possible and we will take a lot of the leg-work out for you. Booking with us as your agent  M8 Entertainments also gives you guarantees – not just that you’ll have a professional band with the quality gear and the right insurance, but you’ll have assistance on the day in case there are any surprises.

Once booked, you can look forward to a night of music, laughter and terrible dance moves with your loved ones. AND ENJOY

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Tom Fitzpatrick Solo Performer And Band

Tom Fitzpatrick is highly recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting Swing/ Jazz and Big Band singers out there. With a huge range both in scale and material Tom Fitzpatricks fresh, charismatic vocal talents and energy have held him in high regard.
Tom Fitzpatrick has performed at many high profile events including, outdoor arenas, various theatres, weddings, corporate events, performing on main stages at numerous festivals and two spots on Broadway in New York City. On occasions, Tom has performed at private functions in front of Celebrity V.I.P guests. In 2013, He won the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” Business Award for his rising success in the music business at such a young age!
Now as a sought after guest vocalist in the UK, the USA, and Europe. Tom Fitzpatrick has worked with The Vince Dunn Orchestra, The Algarve Jazz Orchestra in Portugal, The 75 piece Sussex youth Orchestra and The Chris Thomas Big Band in Florida USA.
In various touring theatre productions, Tom Fitzpatrick has performed alongside top West End and Broadway Stars including Ruthie Henshall, Kerry Ellis (Lead roles in We Will Rock You, Les Miserables, Wicked in the West End and Broadway) and Keith Jack (BBC’s Any Dream Will Do)
Tom Fitzpatrick has an extensive repertoire and sings a variety of material from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, and Michael Bublé, Nat King Cole, Jamie Cullum, Steve Wonder and many many more. Tom has a huge range both in scale and material which is sure to bring a lot of style, fun, and energy to any occasion.
Their collective credits include working with artists such as the legendary Jack Jones, Dave Stewart, Gwen Stefani, Pixie Lott, The Proclaimers, Buddy Greco, The Drifters, Freak Power and Trevor Horn to name but a few. Some members have toured with renowned artists Bruce Forsyth, Joan Rivers and Jools Holland to name but a few – involving considerable TV work such as Strictly Come Dancing and the National Television Awards.
Tom can supply 15-20 piece orchestra and other additional services please get in touch for more information

Jack Sparrow Lookalike

Simon is the only person to be credited as Johnny Depp’s photo double for the UK filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.  Not only is Simon lucky enough to pass for Johnny Depp in looks, but he is also the same size as the Hollywood star from his height down to his hand size.  So when you are watching the film you never know when you might be catching a glimpse of Simon himself.

Simon has spent many thousands of pounds and countless months of painstaking research to make sure that every aspect of his costumes are as close to the originals as possible – not only the right fabrics, designs, and details, but making those look suitably aged and broken down.  Ask yourself would you really want to hire someone who is wearing something you can just buy from a fancy dress shop?

Being such a unique character, you often see impersonators come up with a very over the top caricature-like Captain Jack.  Simon makes his characterisation as real to life as possible, as if Johnny Depp has walked off the film set.

 

How To Keep Kids Entertained At Your Wedding

The reality of a wedding is that they can be long and boring for kids. Deciding whether to invite children to your wedding or have an adults-only wedding can be an incredibly controversial decision.  You need to think seriously about whether kids at your wedding is right for you and the impact it will have your guests.  Things to take into consideration is your budget and venue capacity to your family’s expectations.  So after long and hard discussions, you are inviting kids to the wedding.

Whether it’s keeping children quiet during the ceremony or giving their parents a chance to let their hair down at the reception happy children, happy parents!

This is to help you with some ideas to keep your young guests entertained on your special day.

Games.

Always a good idea.  From Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Twister or a ring toss will keep everyone entertained even for the older guests to get involved whilst you are having your photos taken.  If your budget won’t stretch to buying games new, try charity shops, Ebay, Gum Tree, and local groups on Facebook, or even ask the parents of the children for unwanted games.

Some parents may have old console games that can be plugged in a side room in the hotel where the reception is.  Young guests will be enthralled and quiet whilst those all-important photos are taking place.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the men also disappear to try and compete!.

Simple things like a colouring book will keep the little ones entertained. What about a little goody bag with a small pad and crayons, Play-Doh and even bubbles to use outside, cheap and ideal to keep them amused.

If you do have a budget put aside for entertainment for children, what about a close-up magician to entertain not only children but the grown-ups as well, this is a great idea for when your photos are being taken.

A photo treasure hunt with disposable cameras,  you give a list of photos they need to collect, like a photo of the bride’s parents, grooms parents, the cake being cut, Best man dancing with the bride maid, the bride’s flowers, the Dj, the band.  It is also a nice reminder of the day and they feel that they have contributed to your special day.  Maybe add it to the invite about the Photo Treasure Hunt to the parents of the children to get the parents to mentioned it to the children before the ‘wedding, which will get them excited and have something to look forward to.

Child Photographer at Wedding

Children can get bored at the table at the Reception breakfast, they are usually ignored by the adults at this time because it’s the adults time to chat and eat.  So how about making favours for the children, and just putting in small toys (ensure you know the children’s ages) soft toys, lego or even a joke book.

What about having a craft table, put a white paper tablecloth over a table and let them scribble with crayons for as long as their heart desires,  No paints though we don’t want a handprint on your beautiful wedding dress do we?.

Check with your venue and see if they have a spare room to leave a DVD Player ask parents if they have old DVDs that children will enjoy.

Colouring Pencils for Kids EntertainmentIt’s important to keep these little guests happy.  If you do have a good budget there are Nanny services and  Bouncy castles is a great addition to an outdoor wedding.  Please check the venue is ok and covered with insurance and be warned drunken adults can cause injuries to themselves!  You can hire toy boxes or even ask parents to give you games beforehand that their children don’t play with anymore and make your own box,  wrapping an old cardboard box with bright and colourful  paper providing children with books, toys to activity sheets  is exciting for your young guests, you could also make the box themed.

So it’s early evening, time for the guests arriving for the evening reception and the children are now bored.  Organise with the DJ to have kids disco playing all those popular children’s songs, such as Baby Shark, Frozen etc

Even songs like:

  • “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. We have to agree with you, Pharrell—happiness is certainly the truth. …
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. …
  • “MMMBop” by Hanson. …
  • “Macarena” by Los Del Rio. …
  • “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. …
  • “ABC” by the Jackson Five. …
  • “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles. …
  • Dancing Queen” by Abba.

Save yourself stress on your wedding day be prepared and ask for help, don’t forget the children’s parents will be there, ask them for ideas to amuse their young ones.  This day is your day!.

Blog by Jen

Ray Louise Coyle Female Violinist

Ray Louise Coyle has performed at hundreds of weddings providing music for Ceremonies, Reception Drinks, and Wedding Breakfasts. Performing on a transparent LED electric violin and providing small amplification for electric violin and backing track Ray uses equipment suitable for outdoor use as necessary so that your event can be as fluid as possible and inclusive of outdoor reception drinks and ceremonies. Ray uses wireless equipment so whether you want a static performance or one that involves guests at their tables she can be flexible and move as required, or even plug into your DJs equipment should you have one.
Ray is more than happy to take particular requests as well as having a vast amount of songs available within Classical, Pop, HipHop, House and Bollywood genres, whatever ideas you have we can advise on suitable music to suit every occasion.

Ray Louise Coyle has performed at hundreds of Asian events and weddings within both a corporate and personal setting. Whether you are looking for a spectacular entrance or classic background music, solo performance or a multitude of entertainment, performing with her LED electric violin and dazzling Asian attire Ray is an exquisite addition to any function.

Ray Louise Coyle is also available as part of a package incorporating Dhol Drummers, Pianists, Saxophonists and Dancers into your event.

Martin Jackson Male Acoustic Performer

Martin Jackson is a solo acoustic singer and guitarist based in Nottingham. Although a proficient songwriter, Martin takes delight in entertaining people with cover songs as part of making an event even more special through the performance of live music.

Stemming from his diverse music taste, Martin prides himself on being highly adaptable. His soaring vocals and creative guitar arrangements cover a wide range of styles – he regularly performs sets of well-known rock, pop, indie, blues, jazz, soul and folk songs, all depending on the type of event. Capable of laidback crooning, cheeky jazz flourishes, upbeat party vibes or full throttle rock n roll – Martin delivers the goods, and all performed with sincerity and passion.

Martin is at all times a professional, and this comes from years of tireless experience gigging in both entertainment contexts and in performing original music.

He has played in countless pubs, bars, restaurants and at weddings and corporate events, meaning Martin is always at ease with a crowd. This means if needed he can either become a vibrant personality on stage or alternatively tone things down as to become part of the background. During 2016, he undertook a 60-date tour of the UK’s Parkdean Resorts as part of the lauded cabaret duo Twist and Shout, embracing the demand for utmost professionalism and high-quality musical entertainment.

Previous endeavors have taken him onto the Pepsi Max stage at the prestigious Download Festival, as well as YNot Festival and MacmillanFest. Notable artists he has performed alongside include Reef, Chuck Mosley, TesseracT, Jim Bob, Breed 77, Spear of Destiny and OPM. He has also made appearances in Classic Rock, Rocksound, Kerrang and Metalhammer magazines with regards to his role as lead singer for Nottingham rock band Emperor Chung.

As well as his musical performance skill, Martin is also an adept sound technician. Possessing excellent audio equipment and a BA Hons degree in Popular Music and Music Technology, he is dedicated to ensuring all his shows meet a high standard of sound quality.

Someplace Outsida Memphis Party Band

SOMEPLACE OUTSIDA MEMPHIS

Elvis Presley Show Band

Experienced Professional standard Elvis showband available for hire in the North West of England.

Someplace Outsida Memphis are a 5 piece group of professional musicians with an image, sound and energy that encapsulates the Elvis Style over the 50s, 60s and 70s eras.

The band has an extensive repertoire of hit songs ranging from 50’s Rock ‘n’ roll, Rockabilly, Rhythm and Blues, Country Blues, 60s Pop, and ballads.

This is NOT your average Elvis Act (performing with backing tracks etc) but rather an experienced group of musicians who are sure to get feet tapping and folks dancing!.

Someplace Outsida Memphis are available for a range of functions and events including weddings, parties, family celebrations, corporate events, clubs, pubs, and festivals.

The band is more than happy to take requests in advance and will tailor performances to suit your event

FullyFunktional Party Function Band

FullyFunktional Band is proud to say they have been making events unforgettable internationally for over fifteen years and are the first choice for many prestigious clients, venues and production companies.

Intimate gatherings or raucous parties, they pride ourselves on an infectiously entertaining show! Whether you are a business bunch, or a blushing bride/groom, 50 people or 5,000 people, they have got something perfect for your entertainment and celebrations in sassy style!

They also provide MANY other musical acts & services, from the fun & frivolous to the mellow & sophisticated or the downright wacky & wonderful. They are definitely your one-stop entertainment gurus! An evening you will never forget!

Barry Krisp And The Bangers Function, Party Band

“Barry Krisp & The Bangers are a function/covers band from Sheffield playing an eclectic mix of rock/pop/funk hits. The band are made up of musicians from two of the most prominent original bands in the Sheffield music scene. hey play a range of songs from bands including Kings of Leon, Queen, Arctic Monkeys, Paolo Nutini, Franz Ferdinand, Radiohead, Gnarls Barkley, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Toploader, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Stereophonics, The Zutons, The Strokes

Revox Party Function Band

So you want to know more?

ReVox will deliver to you covers of popular floor fillers from across the decades. Ranging between the 60s to the present day consisting of all styles and genres to fit any occasion. We are sure to keep you and your guests on their feet! We are here to please and we want to build a set that suits your night. So with that being said, they can pre-negotiate any requests that you may have from the first dance to the ultimate party tune!

They come equipped with our own full PA system and music gear.

They offer a range of different packages to suit your needs:

Dinner music/drinks reception:

If your ceremony wants some background acoustic style music they have you covered. Their vocalist and instrumentalists have an extra set prepared for the more mellow occasions. They can do piano or acoustic guitar duos or trios ranging from vocals, keys and Cajon or vocals, keys and guitar/bass, etc. It is part of their job to give you what you want for your day, so you let us know what formation you would like for your night and they will adapt.

Four Piece:

If your budget is slightly tighter they do offer a four-piece band set up. This will include vocals, guitar, bass and drums. The repertoire will remain the same as their usual five-piece set. Although the band is stripped back they still maintain a big presence.

Five Piece:

It’s bigger, better and more importantly louder! This is their usual set up and it consists of; vocals, guitar, keys, bass, and drums. This will be the ultimate package for a full sounding set. It also allows them to create a more authentic sound when covering so many different styles of music. Their aim as a five-piece is to deliver an amazing sound which will make it impossible to keep still.

DJ Set:

In between their sets they can offer to play music throughout the night. They take requests from all guests to make sure no song is missed out. This will come as an extra cost but will help the night run seamlessly.

Sean Curtis Close Up Magician

Sean is a Close Up Magician and will guarantee you will all enjoy his magic entertainment, and best prices guaranteed too. Sean Curtis is class wedding entertainer and close up table magician too. You can hire table and wedding entertainment, and close up magician Sean Curtis who has been performing close up magic on cruise ships abroad and all over the united kingdom for over 30 years. Sean Curtis has been performing wedding entertainment and close up magic around tables and mix and mingle at parties and all events, with amazing Close up magic and sleight of hand. Sean Curtis will make sure you all have a great time with the close-up magic and mind-reading and entertainment he perform for you.I will make your birthday, wedding, or event one to remember, so look no further and make your party a great one for your guests family and friends. It’s always best to give me a call so we can discuss your wedding entertainment house Party or event, to make sure you get me, Sean Curtis, to start at the right time, to entertain all your friends and family and guests. Based in Leicester

Carl The Pianist

Carl is a highly respected professional, hardworking and enthusiastic pianist from Leamington Spa in the United Kingdom. His vast experience has found him in constant demand and he regularly plays for a wide variety of events throughout the UK and Europe.  Carl has performed for The BBC, ITV, The Savoy, The House of Lords, The Ministry of Defense, Hilton Group, York University, Lulworth Castle as well as hundreds of mainstream hotels and bars. Carl enjoys an eclectic and versatile musical repertoire of over 1300 pieces; he is equally comfortable playing classical music as he is the latest hits, not to mention jazz, blues, rock, and pop!

His specialties include:

Easy Listening (1900-2016)
Upbeat Pop & Rock
Jazz and Cocktail
Classical (background and concert)

Carl is able to play with or without sheet music and is confident taking requests, improvising on demand as well as learning pieces from lead sheets or even an MP3 or CD.  Available for Weddings, Parties, Events, Cruises, International work, etc. No event too small (or large).