FAQs

How much space do you need?

We would ideally need 5x3 Meters however we can work with a bare minimum of 4x2. We are a 3 piece band and we’re used to playing in different types of venues so we can work with most spaces.

How is it best to time things?

Exact timings are up to you but we usually play 2 x 60 minute sets starting at 9pm and 10.30pm, with the optional extra of DJ sets or background music before, between and after live sets. We do like to be as flexible as possible so that your day can be how you want it, so please let us know if you require different timings.

Can I pick the bands playlist?

We pride ourselves on selecting the right music for an event, and between us have extensive experience of keeping a dance floor full. If there are songs you would really like us to play then we’ll do our best to include them, but rest assured your guests will be in good hands with our varied repertoire.

Where will you travel to?

We are currently available anywhere in the UK (but if you’d like to book us for the Caribbean, that’s fine by us!).

Can I see you play live?

We do play the occasional public event within the Birmingham area - please see our Facebook page for upcoming live dates. Otherwise you can check out our recordings and promotional videos here

Will you learn our special song?

We like to make your event as personal as possible. Providing you send the song to us well in advance of your special day then we can put the sufficient rehearsals in to perform it. We have a list of first dance suggestions you might like to pick from too!

Is the video on your website a true reflection of the band?

Yes, our promotional material is a true representation of what we do. The videos are all recorded live in the studio, so what you see and hear there is what will happen at your event!

How do I book you?

Please use the contact form on our website. Alternatively you can contact our booking agency (www.alivenetwork.com) by emailing upthetempo@alivenetwork.com or calling 0845 108 5500 if you would prefer to speak to someone.

Are you able to DJ in between sets?

Yes, we offer an upgrade to the standard package where one of the band will DJ before, between and after the live sets. We carry a large selection of records in digital form (on a laptop) including the latest hits and are happy to take requests. Our standard package also includes background music where we will use playlists to provide music between live sets.

Can we make DJ requests in advance to my event?

Yes, if you have chosen a package which includes DJ service, prior to your event we will send you a DJ request list. This will be 20-30 songs which will help us cater to your audience. We will ensure that these are played on the night, along with other appropriate songs from our large selection.

Can we use your sound system for speeches?

Yes, we are happy for you to do this providing it is within the time frame of us being at your event. We usually arrive at 6pm, and would expect the PA system to be ready for use by 7:30pm. If you require use of our PA prior to this there is an early arrival upgrade option that would facilitate this. The speeches should be arranged with us in advance also, so there’s no risk of an embarrassing anecdote from a drunken Uncle!

What equipment do you use?

Up the Tempo use industry standard equipment and as professional musicians we rely on using the best equipment available to us. Our PA system is suitable for most indoor venues with an audience of up to 150 people. Having a sound engineer in the band means that we have access to high quality microphones and other stage essentials such as in-ear monitoring. Some of the Brands we like to use are Electro Voice, Mackie, Sennheiser, Fender, Shure, Beyer Dynamic and Yamaha.

Do you have lights?

Yes, the look of our show is as important as the sound. We have a selection of modern lights to provide a visual experience that enhances the dancefloor experience for you and your guests.

How long do you play for?

As standard, we will provide you with 2 hours of live music. You can request an extension to this and choose the format of this 2 hours to suit your event. For example, you may want: 2 x 1 hour or 3 x 40 minutes or another combination depending on the nature of your event. Extra live music is available within our upgrade options, so please let us know what would work best for you.

What time do you start and finish?

We usually start at 9pm with the option of background music or a DJ set prior to this. Our standard finish time including DJ sets and background music is 12pm unless you choose to upgrade and extend this. Curfews are often dictated by the venue so it is worth checking the finish time with them before hand.

How long do you take to set up?

We ask that you allow us 90 minutes to set up. This allows us to set up all equipment including PA system and lights, dress the stage and do a soundcheck so that everything is perfect for your event.

Can I provisionally book you?

Due to the high demand of Up The Tempo, it is not possible to make a provisional booking. However, you can create an enquiry through our website that will generate a quote, and that way you will be given first refusal on the date if another enquiry comes in for the same day.

What if the band split up before my event?

As professional musicians we all rely on the reputation of our band and have worked hard to get to this point. If a particular member really cannot make a live date for any reason, we will replace them with another trusted musician of the same professional caliber for your event. We’re booked by the UK’s leading entertainment agency, so have no intentions of splitting up anytime soon. However, in the unlikely event of this happening, every effort will be made to source a replacement band of the same size and quality to perform at your event.

Can my sisters/bosses/daughters dog sing with you?

If there is a song that someone would really like to sing with the band then this can be catered for. It must be arranged in advance though, and the song should be chosen from our repertoire. If there is a song you would like us to learn from outside of this list, we can offer this as an optional upgrade. Unfortunately, we can’t offer this to your sisters/bosses/daughters dog on the night of the event, as experience has taught us that impromptu sing alongs can end in disaster!

What will the band wear?

We like to be suited and booted for your special day unless you have any special requests. Check out our photo gallery for examples of our typical gig attire.

Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates?

Yes, as professional performers all our equipment is tested to comply with current venue requirements. We also have £30M collective public liability insurance through the Musicians Union.

Why should I book Up The Tempo?

We pride ourselves on the high quality of our performance, which has had literally hundreds of people dancing in venues around the country. We love to entertain, and as professional performers we feel very lucky to get to do this every night! Our sets include music for everyone, so you can rest assured that all of your guests will relate to the songs we play. We offer something a little different with our piano led line-up, and like to throw in some musical twists to accommodate this. Our refreshed renditions of favourite hit songs have all of the good stuff in there but with a signature twist!

How much does it cost to book the band?

Our prices vary depending on the time of year, location, timings and any special requirements you have on top of the standard package. Our starting price is £707 for events local to B'ham.

Can we see some previous client testimonials?

To see some of our testimonials please follow this link.

Do Up The Tempo have any specific requirements?

Craig can be a bit of a diva from time to time, but don’t worry, he’s no Mariah Carey/Justin Bieber/insert diva of your choice here. We require a small dressing room to change in, with access to this throughout the event, and a hot meal and some drinks for the evening.

What type/size venues are you able to play at?

Between us we’ve played everywhere from living rooms to festivals and arenas! We are able to play pretty much anywhere, providing that there is access to electricity and shelter from the weather. Our standard PA system is suitable for crowds of up to around 150 people, but we are able to upgrade this for you if needs be. It’s worth checking with your venue that they are able to accommodate a live band and any restrictions they may have.

How loud will the band be?

Not too loud and not too quiet! We always make sure that our volume levels are such that people at your event can still talk without shouting, but can really feel the music when they hit the dancefloor. Being a Piano/Bass/Drums three-piece, we’re perfectly capable to perform at different volumes and will always make sure it’s appropriate for the room and audience.

What is the band power requirement?

We ask that you provide a minimum of two double 13 amp plug sockets close to the stage, ideally at either side of the stage/performance area. Our typical power consumption during a gig is relatively low as we use equipment that is modern and efficient. However, we like to run our stage lighting from a separate power source to our audio equipment to avoid any interference that it may cause. As a general rule, the more power sockets you can provide close to the performance area the better.

Do Up The Tempo offer any additional services?

Yes, we offer a whole series of great extras that you can select to take your special day to the next level! These range from acoustic performances to accompany a dinner or drinks reception, to a late night extension to our live electric sets if you are looking to take your party on into the late hours of the night. We provide background music as standard, but can also DJ for you and give you the chance of a lifetime to sing with the band on your big day. For more information on the many extras that we offer, please contact Alive Network via email to discuss this further.