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    QTA

    Rock and Pop Duo Hampshire
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - QTA are Highly Recommended 29 Customer Reviews

    QTA are a young, cool & contemporary duo who've supported The Jam, The Feeling & Hard-Fi! Creating a fantastic party atmosphere with a full band sound or a laid back live lounge acoustic set, QTA perform popular Indie, Rock and Pop with music from The Killers, The Jam, Olly Murs, Oasis & more!

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    Saxy DJ Live

    Party Bands Kent
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - Saxy DJ Live are Highly Recommended 1 Customer Reviews

    If you want the perfect bridge between live music and DJ, you have found it! With exceptional Sax playing to a DJ that plays all the music you love, this will be the best event of your life! Also available with Vocals and Percussion.

  • Prices from £755

    Phoebe and The Live Lounge Boys

    Acoustic Jazz & Pop Trio Surrey
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - Phoebe and The Live Lounge Boys are Highly Recommended 25 Customer Reviews

    Mix together a pinch of jazz, a dose of pop and a dash of acoustic soul - and you’ll get Phoebe and The Live Lounge Boys, a superb live lounge style acoustic jazz trio with a quirky twist. Guaranteed to add a touch of style and finesse to any event, they will provide the per... Read more...

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    Bellas Vintage Duo

    Vintage Jazz Covers of Pop Songs London
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - Bellas Vintage Duo are Highly Recommended 21 Customer Reviews

    Modern rock and pop songs as you’ve never heard them before from Alive Network’s exclusive vintage swing duo! Bella's Vintage Duo give a retro spin to pop classics, including hits from Oasis, Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith, Gloria Gaynor, Radiohead and much more!

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    Alex Summers

    Singer Guitarist London
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Alex Summers are Highly Recommended 21 Customer Reviews

    Alex Summers is a professional musician available for weddings, parties, bars and restaurants playing folk, jazz and pop hits from across the decades. Her subtle yet soaring acoustic covers will create the perfect backdrop to any event whether accompanying brides down the aisle or providing relaxed ... Read more...

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    Bethany Amelia

    Singer-Guitarist Essex
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Bethany Amelia are Highly Recommended 2 Customer Reviews

    Performing crowd-pleasing hits, both old and new, Bethany Amelia is an experienced singer/guitarist who is no stranger to the stage. Having recently graduated from the prestigious British & Irish Modern Music Institute, Bethany has appeared at Camden's Underworld and Brighton's Boundary Festival.

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    Press Play

    Rock and Pop Trio East Sussex
    Number of members: 3 Highly Recommended

    An energetic trio full of charisma & boasting a repertoire jam-packed with dance floor fillers! From the very latest Coldplay, James Bay & Pharrell to unforgettable artists like David Bowie, Beatles & MJ, Press Play offer cool live sets to kick-start your party! Members have graced the stages of Gla... Read more...

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    Henry Hunter

    Solo Singer-Guitarist North Yorkshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Henry Hunter are Highly Recommended 17 Customer Reviews

    Henry is an experienced singer & acoustic guitarist who has been performing live professionally for many years both nationally & worldwide. Henry’s extensive, varied & regularly updated repertoire, which is ideal for any occasion, spans the 50's to the present day & guarantees to add atmosphere to y... Read more...

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    Social Scene

    Acoustic Duo London
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - Social Scene are Highly Recommended 6 Customer Reviews

    A professional acoustic duo, playing heartfelt covers of pop anthems, folk tunes and jazz standards. Having both worked individually as session musicians and songwriters for names like Maverick Sabre, Crystal Fighters and Joseph J. Jones, together, the duo’s stunning vocals and gorgeous guitar work ... Read more...

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    Alex Colman

    Solo Singer/Guitarist Oxfordshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Alex Colman are Highly Recommended 5 Customer Reviews

    A young, fresh, dynamic singer/guitarist who trained at the GSA Conservatoire in Performing Arts and has gone on to perform extensively at festivals, weddings, corporate functions and professional sporting events since 2010. Able to perform with loop pedals, Alex can play with both dynamic power and... Read more...

The Ultimate Guide To...
Booking Acoustic Singers, Solo Singers, Music Duos, Trios

What are solo artists, duos and trios?

Solo singers, music duos and trios provide superb popular music entertainment in a compact and affordable format. They are a great alternative to a function band if budget or space are limited, or if you would prefer a more laid back, live lounge acoustic-style performance.

A solo artist is an individual performer, a duo is made up of two performers, and a trio consists of three performers.

For classical music artists, such as harpists, classical guitarists, classical pianists or classical singers, please see the classical musicians booking guide here.

1. Solo artists always perform on their own but might sing and play one or more instruments, and/or perform over pre-recorded backing tracks. A solo performer might also be called a soloist, vocalist or instrumentalist. The most popular kinds of solo artists in the rock and pop genre are singer/guitarists, singer/pianists and solo singers who perform to pre-recorded backing tracks.

2. Music Duos consist of two performers who may sing and/or play instruments. A duo may also perform over pre-recorded backing tracks in order to create a more 'full' sound.

3. Trios consist of three performers who may sing and/or play instruments. Many 'power' trios are able to create a sound as big as a 4-5-piece band, only with less people! They're a great choice when you really want a rock and pop band but don't have enough space or have a tight budget.

What music will solo artists, duos and trios play?

They generally cover a diverse range of popular music spanning the 1950s through to contemporary chart acts, focusing on hits that nearly everyone in your audience will know. Many can also offer a range of styles of entertainment in acoustic or amplified format, depending on the atmosphere you want to create. You can expect a repertoire that includes artists such as:

  • Ed Sheeran
  • The Beatles
  • Coldplay
  • Bruno Mars
  • Jack Johnson
  • Adele
  • Rihanna
  • Buddy Holly
  • Nina Simone
  • John Legend
  • Maroon 5
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Taylor Swift
  • Michael Jackson
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Otis Reading
  • Elvis
  • Norah Jones
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lady Gaga
  • Jess Glynne

Popular types of solo artists, duos and trios

Our solo artists, duos and trios offer a variety of styles of music, giving you a range of choices for your event:

Soloists

The most popular type of solo artists in the rock and pop genre are singer/guitarists, singer/pianists and singers who perform to pre-recorded backing tracks. As well as rock and pop, our popular soloists also provide music ranging from Rat Pack, boogie-woogie, and classical, to soul, Motown, disco and jazz.

Music Duos

The most popular line up for duos in the rock and pop genre are vocals with either guitar or piano, and with backing tracks (to create a more ‘full’ sound).

Trios

The most popular trios in the rock and pop genre consist of vocals/guitar, bass and drums.

Are solo artists, duos and trios suitable for my event?

Solo artists, duos and trios specialise in live music for any occasion that calls for either chilled-out popular background music or a lively, uplifting performance to move your feet to – and everything in-between! This might include:

Most solo, duo and trio acts are happy to provide two totally different styles of entertainment at the same event. In fact, many offer both amplified and acoustic options, making them ideal for venues with strict sound volume requirements, or for a more gentle and relaxed ambience.

For weddings, artists can provide a romantic refrain as the bride walks up the aisle, they can perform the first dance, as well as background music between sets in order to provide an all-in-one wedding entertainment solution. Many artists also offer acoustic sets for your drinks reception, and solo guitar / piano for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. These options can save a considerable amount of money compared with hiring separate performers to cover your wedding day.

For corporate events, duos and trios can also offer walk-on music for awards ceremonies.

Volume considerations at your event

Solo artists, duos and trios can play at a range of volumes, anything from 65dB (slightly louder than a normal conversation) to 110dB (a similar volume to a power mower), depending on their setup and the style of music they're playing. A solo piano can start at 65dB to provide subtle background music, and an energetic 3-piece power trio can kick out over 110dB for a lively party, dependant on your needs!

If you want background music so your guests can still easily hold a conversation in the same room, then you might like to consider a solo singer / guitarist or Rat Pack singer - all of whom are able to perform popular music but in a laid back style.

If your venue has a sound limiter or volume restrictions, solo artists, duos and trios are a good option, and most can tailor their volume. However, be aware if you plan on dancing along to your entertainment! Once an artists' volume is reduced below around 85dB, then the sound of your guests singing along - and their feet on the dancefloor! - will start to be audible over the musicians.

Space considerations at your event

Another consideration is how much space you have at your event. A 3-piece band will require a space around 3 metres wide by 3 metres deep. For approximate space requirements, see ‘How much space will solo artists, duos and trios need?’, below.

How much do solo artists, duos and trios cost?

The prices of solo, duo and trio acts vary based on experience, demand and the equipment provided, plus travel to your event. The following averages serve as a reasonable guide for prices in 2017:

Type of Artist Cost Range
Professional Singers £400 - £550
Music Duos £450 - £700
Trios £900 - £1,100

Who are the top 10 best solo artists, music duos and trios in the UK right now?

Below are the artists that we feel are currently leading the way as the foremost popular music soloists, duos and trios in the UK right now, based on a combination of popularity, performance quality and innovation:

How long will solo artists, duos and trios play for?

Most solo artists, duos and trios offer two 60-minute performances as standard, though many can play three shorter 40-minute sets, or for longer if required. Performance times can also vary depending on how you'd like entertainment to fit into your event schedule - for ceremony music or background music during a drinks' reception or as early afternoon wedding breakfast entertainment, for example.

How loud are solo artists, duos and trios?

Volumes can range from 65dB (decibels) to 110dB plus, depending on the artist, the instruments, and the acoustics of the venue. A quiet solo singer can sing at a background level of 70dB, a pianist starts at an ambient 65dB, and a cellist is a bit more full sounding at 85dB. The average volume level of most fully-amplified guitar-based trios is between 95dB - 110dB, which is pretty roof raising, with occasional volume peaks around 120dB. This is roughly equivalent to the volume of a power mower or farm tractor.

Sound Limiters

Sound limiters are not usually a problem for acoustic artists but may be a consideration if you have booked an amplified artist, such as a trio with electric guitars and drum kit. To avoid any disruption to your event, it’s worth checking with your venue whether they have a limiter and how they have it set. For more information about sound limiters click here

How much space will solo artists, duos and trios need?

Get the most out of your entertainment by ensuring your artist has a comfortable amount of room in which to perform. Ideally, allow 1.5 metres square per person. Allow 2 square metres for a drummer. Space is also needed in front and to the sides of the artist to accommodate their instruments and equipment. The guide below shows how much space different types of artists require:

Type of Artist Performance Space Required
 Soloist singers 2 x 2 metres
  Duos 3 x 2 metres
   Trios 3 x 3 metres

Most artists of this type are pretty compact. Many soloists might bring only their instrument and a small PA unit, making them a great option for a small space. A trio party band will often require less space than their four-person counterparts.

How long will it take for solo artists, duos and trios to set up?

Unloading, setting up and sound check takes around 60 minutes, depending on how close the artists can park relative to the space they're performing in. Some hotel venues may ask artists to load in via a suppliers' entrance, or use an elevator shared with caterers and staff - this can greatly extend set-up times.

After the all-important sound check, most artists will play background music from a laptop or iPod while they get changed and ready for their performance.

Once their set is complete, it takes around 45 minutes to an hour to pack down and load out.

What equipment will solo artists, duos and trios need?

To put on a great performance at your event, most soloists, duos and trios require:

  • a suitably-sized, safe, dry performance area. If performing outside, they may need cover - either from the rain or from the scorching sun!
  • 1-4 power sockets, depending on the line-up
  • parking provision, preferably with easy access to the venue
  • a secure, lockable changing room
  • refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.

Solo artists, duos and trios will usually provide their own PA system, microphones, backline, lighting and instruments.

For information on the following, see our Frequently Asked Questions:

For a more comprehensive solo artist, duo or trio booking guide please read ‘Booking Solo Artists, Duos and Trios – Everything you’ll ever need to know’.

If you have any other queries, simply visit our FAQ page.

Alternatively, our dedicated expert entertainment coordinators are on-hand to help. Simply call 0845 108 5500 or email enquiries@alivenetwork.com.

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