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We think you‘ll find these FAQ’s useful however if you have a query not covered here please do not hesitate to contact us.
How do I book !daft!?
Booking !daft! is easy we. When you book us we will escort you through every stage of the process, right up until the event:
- ENQUIRIES and QUOTES – Simply fill in our contact form, or call or email us, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours to make an introduction and discuss your ideas and requirements. You can call us now if you like on 0333 456 4556 or 07768 355556, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- BOOKING !daft! – Booking is confirmed following the completion of a booking contract and the payment of a deposit. Deposit amounts vary based on the value of the booking, however it will be approximately 10-20% of the total fee. PLEASE NOTE: Your booking deposit is non-refundable. Please make sure you are happy with this before booking us.
- THE PLANNING PROCESS – We will talk with you in detail about your event and log all details you are able to confirm at the time. We will then contact you no later than 3 weeks prior to your event to confirm final details. Between these two points our band leader is available 24/7 for you to contact should you have anything you wish to discuss.
- THE EVENT – On the day our sound and stage team will typically arrive at approximately 6pm to begin set up. The rest of the band will then arrive in a staggered nature to allow for the most efficient and unobtrusive set up. We will require a sound check, of about 10 mins, when we are set up, or at a convenient moment prior to the performance.
- FOLLOW UP – Following your event we will email you a feedback request where we invite you to share your most honest thoughts and opinions on your experience with us.
How much do you charge?
This is the most frequently asked question! We can only ask you to contact us so that we can assess the accurate nature of your requirement. To help we have devised three packages that we find suit most of our clients, please take a look here.
Can I see you performing live before I book?
Of course you can! Please see our Gig Dates page for details of our public performances. When you come along please feel free to have a chat on the night, it will be great to meet you!
Do you have a demo CD?
For your convenience we have made all of our media downloadable via this website, however if you need a physical CD please contact us and we’ll gladly have one made for you.
How long does it take you to set up?
It takes us 1 hour to set up, but we can do it in about 35 mins if need to! Set up times are usually dictated by whether your event is running to schedule, ease of access both to the venue and the performance area and performance area readiness. If we have to clear tables, chairs and other hindering objects then this could well cause delay. We can set the PA up first though so that we can start playing background music around 15 mins after we begin setting up.
How much space do you require?
The stage area should ideally be 4m wide by 3m deep, but don’t worry if it’s a bit smaller, or a funny shape. We can fit in the smallest of spaces. Please let us know if you think you have a potentially problematic performance area so we can plan ahead.
Can we ask you to learn songs for us?
We are always happy to learn tracks for our clients, however there are a couple of small pre-requisites. They need to be suitable for a band of our nature, i.e. a guitar based band. Certain types of music, like Ceilidh, can be hard for us to reproduce due to lack of certain traditional instruments essential to an authentic sound. We also need a minimum of 6 weeks notice. Our rehearsal schedule, whilst regular, is very busy with other song requests and seasonal preparations, so decisions may be have to made based on the current workload.
Can we choose your set list?
We fully encourage our clients to inform of us of their “must have” tracks, however please allow the band the flexibility to construct a dynamic set based on our extensive knowledge of events and our performances. We recommend that you make around 6-10 song requests and allow us to compliment it with the rest of our material. You will be invited to share your preferred tracks with us during the planning process.
Do you provide lighting?
Absolutely! !daft! have one of the most fully featured lighting rigs on the cover band market and we aim to bring an additional “WOW” factor to your event with our array of moving lights, lasers and strobes. Our lights are DMX controlled which means they work in sync with each other and the sound (or beat) of the music at the time, and they look fantastic! We offer different lighting arrangements for different event types and budgets. See our Packages page for more info.
How do you dress?
Our dress code is considered smart/casual, usually consisting of smart jeans, dark shirts and often waistcoats and ties, although we always ensure our appearance is in keeping with the nature of the event. Please feel free to discuss any specific dress code requirements you might have.
I have a sound limiter at my venue, is that a problem?
Hopefully not! Please let us know if you have a sound limiter at your venue so that we can correctly advise you. We are able to perform at low levels however in our experience sound limiters can sometimes be set a little too low to allow us to play.
Do I need to provide the band with food and drink?
With private bookings, yes please. This would usually entail something hot to eat and the provision of soft drinks and water through the course of the engagement. Most of our clients simply allow us to pop to the buffet or arrange something from the venue. We don’t expect 3 course meals or wish to be an inconvenience! The main reason for requesting this provision is that once we are onsite with you we will not be able to leave for anything up to 8 hours, having left our residences to be with you 1-2 hours beforehand. We also tend to find it’s unacceptable and generally inappropriate for us to arrive at your event with a picnic of assorted foods. We want to give you a strong and energetic performance so any subsistence you can provide is gratefully received. By the way, we never abuse a drinks allowance, it normally equates to a few cokes and not much more.
What is PAT and PLI Certification and do you have it?
PLI stands for Public Liability Insurance and PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing. Your venue may have asked you for our certificates which are of course no problem to supply. We are insured up to £5 million and all of our equipment is passed annually for electrical and performance compliance. Just let us know and we’ll send the info across.
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It was great audience participation and loved every minute you were on. I can see why you have such a massive following from your regulars.
Yet another successful Christmas Party for Hightown thanks to Graeme and his team. They did not fail to deliver and judging by my inbox the next morning I will have no choice but to book them for 2013. Well done Guys and thank you for making my job a little easier.
Right from the start Graeme was helpful and his pre-wedding dialogue leading up to our big day was tip top, he was always on the end of the phone to allay any of our concerns.
You guy’s were absolutely great! You must come and play for us!
Graeme, I can’t thank you enough for saving the day at the Music Festival with Bill Wyman. Daft, as always were absolutely brilliant and I look forward to booking you again soon!
From the minute I spoke to Graeme I knew we were in safe hands. Graeme was easy to work with and worked with all the requests that we asked for our evening. Then came the actual event….. The band were absolutely superb! Our guests could not stop raving about how fantastic the band played, and how they made the evening go with a real bang.
We had the absolute pleasure of Daft! perform at my wife’s 40th party last weekend. From the beginning of our dealings with Graeme which started 3 months ago, he has been a wealth of great advice, professional throughout, flexible and amenable to our every need (and we had many).
What an amazing night! Once again these guys rocked the crowd and had them begging for more! They just ooze energy and charisma!!
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We have hired Daft for two very different events and they went down an absolute storm at both!!
A HUGE thank you for last night! Daft were totally AWESOME and stole the show!
!daft! were outstanding and such great fun. They made the night a huge amount of fun.
daft performed at our wedding reception in St Albans and were simply awesome. The set was superb and Greame’s interaction with the guests was excellent.
You were wonderful! You remind me of Robbie Williams!