Ok, if you're reading this then the chances are you've never hired a band for an event, or even worse, you have hired one and it turned out to be a complete disaster. Whichever of these applies to you, there's no doubt you want to avoid music hiring failure at all costs. So, to help you out a little, here are a few top tips... Choose versatility It doesn't matter if you're a one trick pony and only listen to rock and roll, because different people have different music tastes. Therefore, you should always pick a band that isn't afraid to wander across genres. You're unlikely to find a band that does it all, but if you can find one who will happily mix a bit of rock and roll with some country and jazz for good measure, or at least mix a few genres, then you'll have a much better chance of pleasing everybody. Choose established Before you even pick up that phone to book your band you need to consider how much you really know about them. Just because they say they sound like The Beatles doesn't mean that they don't sound like a dog being dragged through a cattery. Any good band will have a website where you can listen to their tracks and watch videos of their previous performances. If they don't have a website or anywhere where you can access their music, then it's probably best to avoid them and save your ears. Choose professionals If you've ever been to see a few bands play in your time then it's more than likely you've seen some of the 'professional' behaviour of these musicians. It's no myth than certain bands and groups can be anything but professional, and the last thing you want is four drunks and a drug addict crashing your wedding or event. That's why you should always look for testimonials or past experiences. If the band has a website and they're a good band, then they'll have plenty of reviews. If they don't have any reviews at all then it's worth asking yourself why that is the case. Choose experience Finally, you should always try and choose a band that is comfortable playing at the type of event you have organised. A band may look great in the pub through blurred eyes on a Friday night, but that's not to say they will be just as good at your wedding ceremony. Many bands state what events they specialise in, giving you the peace of mind that you're making the right choice.