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  • Fee for Cambridge £503

    Greg Acoustic

    Singer Guitarist Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Greg Acoustic are Highly Recommended 6 Customer Reviews

    Playing the guitar since the age of 14, Greg has since established a huge fan base. With soulful vocals and soothing guitar parts; Greg creates an ambient, acoustic atmosphere through Rock & Pop classics. A great addition to any occasion!

  • Fee for Cambridge £503

    Mickey Fortune

    Rat Pack & Swing Singer Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Mickey Fortune are Highly Recommended 1 Customer Reviews

    Singing all the Rat Pack favourites and modern classics in his own inimitable style, Mickey Fortune is more than your average old fashioned crooner! Available with backing tracks or a small jazz band, with an optional DJ package, Mickey can add a real sparkle to your event!

  • Fee for Cambridge £604

    Sir Duke

    Acoustic Duo Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - Sir Duke are Highly Recommended 6 Customer Reviews

    Sir Duke are a professional acoustic duo committed to providing quality entertainment. With something for everyone, the duo cover artists like Cee Lo Green, Buble’, Bruno Mars & Lady GaGa all the way through to Sinatra, Stevie Wonder & Marvin Gaye!

  • Fee for Cambridge £327

    Back To The 50s and 60s

    Rock 'n' Roll Singer. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Back To The 50s and 60s are Highly Recommended 2 Customer Reviews

    A 50's & 60's tribute act that is perfect for retro, rock 'n' roll themed celebrations! Includes full costume, props & many other extras to make your event one to remember!

  • Fee for Cambridge £817

    Jazz and More

    Jazz Duo Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 2 5 stars - Jazz and More are Highly Recommended 4 Customer Reviews

    An award winning duo made up of tenor saxophone and female vocals. Able to tailor their performance to meet your individual requirements, from a smooth and unobtrusive set to an upbeat set; Jazz and More's repertoire spans from Classic Jazz and Swing, to Motown, Soul and Pop!

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  • Fee for Cambridge £377

    Joe James

    Singer Guitarist Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Joe James are Highly Recommended 1 Customer Reviews

    Specialising in providing lively acoustic interpretations of classic hits from the 1950's to present day, Joe James is an extremely talented singer, guitarist & pianist who has over 10 years of experience performing and working as a professional session musician, including working as one of the desi... Read more...

  • Fee for Cambridge £393

    Tom Bailey

    Solo Singer/Guitarist Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Tom Bailey are Highly Recommended 14 Customer Reviews

    From atmospheric acoustic lounge music to reworked dance anthems, Tom Bailey provides an entertaining and captivating performance with his dynamic guitar playing and versatile vocals!

  • Fee for Cambridge £698

    Sam Philips

    Singer Guitarist Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Sam Philips are Highly Recommended 3 Customer Reviews

    Sam Philips is a dynamic singer/guitarist who is equally at home performing at weddings and private parties, to supporting Blur, Noel Gallagher and Ed Sheeran at Shepherds Bush Empire and the 02! With a repertoire covering easy listening Rock & Pop tunes from the 1950s to present day; Sam Philips wi... Read more...

  • Fee for Cambridge £1,488

    S.O.S (Sirens of Swing)

    Vintage Vocal Trio Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 3 5 stars - S.O.S (Sirens of Swing) are Highly Recommended 5 Customer Reviews

    Today's answer to The Andrews Sisters, 3 piece Sirens of Swing perform toe-tapping classics from wartime songbirds to floor-fillers from modern day chart toppers. All mixed with a retro vibe, glamour and grace of the 1940's!

  • Fee for Cambridge £503

    Serena

    Solo Singer Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Number of members: 1 5 stars - Serena are Highly Recommended 5 Customer Reviews

    A professional vocalist who, over the last five years especially, has toured and travelled across the country, impressing audiences at numerous Weddings, Corporate Events, Private Parties. Serena is effortlessly able to cater for chilled out drinks reception to party mode for dancing the night away ... Read more...

The Ultimate Guide To...
Booking 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.