Alive Network’s Guide To Creating The Perfect Repertoire.
If you're starting a new function band and you want to know which songs customers want to hear, or if you're in already working as a cover band and you want to make sure you're covering all the essentials, then our handy guide lists the most popular tracks requested by our clients right now. With thousands of songs gracing the airwaves, we know it’s not easy to figure out what your band should play, but never fear... Alive Network is on hand to help you create your very own crowd-pleasing set list that will win you gigs time and time again!
Contemporary (2010 onwards)
Noughties 2000 - 2010
Britpop / Indie Classics
1970s & 1980s Hits
Classic 60s Pop / Soul
Alive Network has 18 years of expert knowledge to get you well on your way to creating your very own crowd-pleasing set list that will win you gigs time and time again.
Rule Number 1: Forget What You Like - Think About Your Audience
In an ideal world, we’d all be playing our favourite music every minute of the day. But when it comes to function work (and more importantly, making money), sometimes you just have to channel your inner Bieber and give the crowd what they want! Think crowd pleasing classic & contemporary hits that guests of all ages will want to dance and sing-along to.
Rule Number 2: Play To Your Strengths
OK, so although Rule Number 1 says give the crowd what they want, remember to only give the crowd what they want if it sounds good. If you can’t reach Justin Timberlake’s dreamy falsetto tones, don’t do it! A half-cut attempt will not do you any favours. With a ton of floor-filling songs to choose from, go with what works for you - but learn the material properly, sing within your range and avoid busking tracks.
Rule Number 3: Contemporary Hits Win Gigs
Yes, every repertoire needs its classics, and on the night of the gig you might get multple requests for Mustang Sally, but after the all-important foundations are built, it’s crucial to stay contemporary and cool. In a client’s eyes, a dated repertoire equals a dated band, which in our experience, equals a lonely looking gig diary. Learn plenty of current hits and your band will look relevant and on-point.
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