5 stars - The Futuristic Gramophones are Highly Recommended23 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Delivering a stylish performance of timeless jazz classics plus modern pop hits rearranged in the same vintage fashion, The Futuristic Gramophones are the perfect mix of old meets new! Effortlessly cool, this fun yet classy trio give the music of Taylor Swift, The White Stripes, Van Morrison & more, a big vintage makeover!...
5 stars - Kelly Barnes are Highly Recommended57 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Kelly Barnes is a talented singer/guitarist bringing infectious, upbeat sounds to any event! With a strong, crowd-pleasing repertoire suitable for all occasions, Kelly performs music from Clean Bandit, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac and many more!...
5 stars - The Retrobates are Highly Recommended29 Reviews Number of members: 2East Sussex
Making sure that every toe is tapping & every hip is swinging, The Retrobates perform vintage classics from the likes of Johnny Cash & Elvis to today's biggest names in Indie, from Oasis to The Strokes all in a cool, fun & authentic style!...
5 stars - Marcello Michael are Highly Recommended46 Reviews Number of members: 1Gloucestershire
Graduate of BIMM (the prestigious British & Irish Modern Music Institute), Marcello has spent years fine tuning his amazing talent which is guaranteed to make your event unforgettable! With a repertoire that caters for all spanning the Beatles to Ed Sheeran & more, Marcello's live sets are professional, impressive & offer the perfect entertainment!...
5 stars - Just2Duo are Highly Recommended13 Reviews Number of members: 2London
Making your event one to remember with a soundtrack of pop, jazz, soul & RnB, Just2Duo perform throwback classics & modern hits you need to hear! With experience that's second to none, these musicians have toured the world in in-demand corporate bands, worked with Craig David, Omar, Wretch 32 plus taught at a number of music academies!...
5 stars - James Hunt are Highly Recommended32 Reviews Number of members: 1East Sussex
An in-demand singer-guitarist perfect for drinks receptions & dinner entertainment. James' tailored repertoire includes music for everyone spanning The Beatles, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys & more. Highly experienced, he has previously supported The Animals, Amelia Lily & more across tons of UK venues & festivals including London's The Garage, Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight & The 02 Academy!...
5 stars - The Roots Acoustic Trio are Highly Recommended28 Reviews Number of members: 3Nottinghamshire
The Roots Acoustic Trio provide amazing live music that all your guests will be talking about! Their upbeat, feel-good repertoire includes music from Bruno Mars to Bob Marley and is designed to get guests of all ages onto the dance floor!...
5 stars - SOLA are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 2Essex
Incorporating live percussion, guitar, bass and looping stations with the freshest dance floor hits, this live DJ act is main-stage worthy! Looking for the coolest live entertainment at your event? SOLA are a DJ duo with a difference....
Bringing you hit songs spanning 90's dance, RnB, Soul, Motown & modern Pop, Mali & Me's sophisticated & energetic performances are guaranteed to set the perfect vibe for your special day! Suited to ceremonies, drinks receptions & beyond, this entertaining duo have previously wowed audiences for Adidas, York Racecourse & more!...
5 stars - The Hamiltones are Highly Recommended7 Reviews Number of members: 2Nottinghamshire
The Hamiltones are a piano led duo with a difference! Featuring piano, vocals and drums, they perform upbeat light jazz to full on party anthems! A complete alternative to your average party band, The Hamiltones are fun, quirky and most of all truly talented musicians guaranteed to entertain!...
Unique, fun and ready to rock your party, Loopy Tunes perform exciting mashups and medleys of songs from across the eras! Bringing you the latest pop, coolest rock, unforgettable classics and tons more, this multi-instrument duo deliver surprise after surprise that will wow your guests!...
5 stars - QTA are Highly Recommended32 Reviews Number of members: 2Hampshire
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!...
5 stars - Alex and Jacques are Highly Recommended13 Reviews Number of members: 2Oxfordshire
A fresh & upbeat guitar duo with an extensive set from the 50's to present day including music from The Rolling Stones, George Ezra, Oasis, Lorde & more. Alex & Jacques are true professionals who have entertained crowds across the UK! Previous clients & venues include Virgin, 02 Academies, tons of festivals plus numerous weddings & private parties!...
5 stars - The Medley Boys are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 2London
The Medley Boys are a unique & exciting duo that perform fun medleys & mashups of hits that will fill any dancefloor! With musical virtuosity, humour & style they take the best Pop, R&B, Dance & Rock songs from the last five decades & blend them together into exquisitely-crafted medleys with a full-band sound! Previous clients include Cambridge University, The One Show & Edinburgh Fringe Festival!...
5 stars - Sugar are Highly Recommended17 Reviews Number of members: 3Surrey
Sugar are a fresh, cool & talented acoustic trio. Performing both relaxed & upbeat material, old & new, the trio cover music from the Beatles to Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and more! Having wowed crowds for Google, BBC, P&O Cruises and more, this trio as a must have act for any special occasion!...
5 stars - Christie Prentice are Highly Recommended87 Reviews Number of members: 1Essex
One of the UK's most popular vocalists today! Whether you're looking for sophisticated background music or an upbeat party atmosphere, Christie's versatile repertoire covers everything from Musical Theatre, Motown, Soul plus 50's to present day classics!...
5 stars - Eddie Cullen- The Voice Of The Legends are Highly Recommended109 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Eddie Cullen, also known as 'The Voice of the Legends' is an amazing solo singer with an unbelievably versatile voice. Covering (and sounding just like!) artists from Sinatra to Elvis, Buble to Neil Diamond and many more, prepare to be amazed whilst Eddie roams amongst your guests! Previous clients include British Airways, Virgin & Channel 4! Discounts available for North London events!...
5 stars - Social Scene are Highly Recommended10 Reviews Number of members: 2London
A professional acoustic duo, playing heartfelt covers of pop anthems, folk tunes & jazz standards. Having both worked individually as session musicians & songwriters for names like Maverick Sabre, Crystal Fighters & Joseph J. Jones, together, the duo’s stunning vocals & gorgeous guitar work will add a touch of warmth & sophistication to any event....
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5 stars - Stefan are Highly Recommended
“Stefan performed a zoom gig for us at our Apres Ski themed 18th birthday party. He transported us to a lively piano bar on the slopes! He has an amazing voice and everyone really e...”
Kari P booked Stefan for their event in London on 13th February 2021
5 stars - Steve Young are Highly Recommended
“Caffe Nero run regular company webinars to keep our internal teams updated and informed. A great way to keep people engaged, especially during the difficult times the country finds...”
Ffion A booked Steve Young for their event on 11th January 2021
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Everything you need to know to hire Solo Singers, Music Duos & Trios for your event
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.
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:
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:
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.
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).
The most popular trios in the rock and pop genre consist of vocals/guitar, bass and drums.
Where in the UK do Alive solo artists, duos and trios perform?
We book acts for weddings, corporate events, parties, venues and festivals across the UK and internationally. Popular locations include:
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.
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:
Type of Artist
£400 - £550
£450 - £700
£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:
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 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
2 x 2 metres
3 x 2 metres
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.
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