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Sat 18 Aug 2012
Cudham's 4th annual Festival of Performing Arts
presented by KentBand
LINEUP

New Demo Just Recorded!
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.frequently asked questions

Any questions? Here are a few we often get asked. If your answer's not here, please let us know.
FireFly FAQ
How long does FireFly! play for?
Do you play music between your sets, or do we need a DJ as well?
How much space does FireFly! need?
Do you bring your own sound system?
Do you bring your own lighting?
How early do you need to setup before an event?
How far would you travel?
Where are you based?
How late can you finish?
Can you provide background music earlier in the day?
Can you setup while speeches are happening?
Do you need to sound-check?
Have you got a Demo CD you can send us?
Have you got any recommendations from past customers?
How long have you been together?
How did you meet?
Can we come and see you performing live?
Do we need to provide a stage?
What Power does FireFly! need?
Will you learn a song for us?
Can we choose the set-list?
How do we book the band?
How loud is FireFly?
Do you need to look at the venue prior to performance?
Do you carry Public Liability Insurance?
Our venue stipulates all acts must have their equipment "PAT tested." What does that mean?
what do you wear?
How much will it cost me?
My uncle/sister/brother/nan is a singer/guitarist/tambourine player - can they come up and do a song with you?

- How long does FireFly! play for? TOP
That's your choice. We have around 3 1/2 hours of live music, and that's songs pretty much back-to-back! We usually quote for 2 hours split into 2 sets, but we can play for a longer or shorter time if ou prefer. Each set has different music so we can customise the style of songs we play to suit your wishes. Let us know what you have in mind and we can accommodate!

- Do you play music between your sets, or do we need a DJ as well? TOP
We bring a iPod playlist to keep the party going for you before we start, between sets and afterwards if there's time.
You're welcome to plug your own iPod into our system if you prefer, no problem. We have the cables with us
The majority of people are happy with this; for very large, or corporate, or late events some people choose to have a DJ as well. We can arrange this for you for 270, which includes an additional lighting rig and a professional DJ responding to the popularity of the dancefloor.


- How much space does FireFly! need? TOP
We usually use around 4m x 5m. We can squash that down to about 3.5m x 4.5m if all you have is the corner of your room! - or we can expand to fill a large stage nicely!

- Do you bring your own sound system? TOP
Yes. This can cope with a venue of up to about 500 people capacity. Anything more than that we'll quote for the hire of a larger PA system.

- Do you bring your own lighting? TOP
We supply all our own stage lighting. This includes 2 x dmx paired mini-scans, 1 x multiburst mini-scan, 4-light sequencer, smoke machine, 2 x 200w coloured stage lamps. This usually creates a good, colourful atmosphere on both the stage and the dancefloor.

- How early do you need to setup before an event? TOP
We are experienced in working quietly and descretely! It takes about 2 hours to unload and setup if we can park near the entrance to the stage area and there aren't any complications (stairs for example!). However the disco can start after about an hour while the band continue setting up. This time is built into your quote. At weddings we usually setup while the coffee and cake is being served after the speeches. However please ask if you'd like us to quote for an early setup for any reason - we'd be happy do it it.

- How far would you travel? TOP
We usually work in Kent, Greater London, Sussex, Surrey, Essex, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire etc. We have also played further afield and are happy to quote for anywhere - just ask!

- Where are you based? TOP
We are based in Orpington, Kent. That's South East of Greater London, just overlapping into Kent. Our basic quotes include an hour's travel from here but we're happy to travel further.

- How late can you finish? TOP
Again that's your choice. Our "standard" quote would have us finishing at 11pm, but we often play later and we'll do exactly what you require so just ask.

- Can you provide background music earlier in the day? TOP
Yes. We can quote for either recorded music earlier during the day or can provide various live entertainers. EG: guitar/Oboe/Keys duo, string quartet, woodwind quintet, opera-singing waiters, Swing duos, other solo, or group singers and/or bands. Music can be classical, jazz, swing, opera, contemporary or whatever you choose. Just tell us what you have in mind or ask for some inspiration and we can chat about it!

- Can you setup while speeches are happening? TOP
Yes. We're experienced at setting up quietly and discretely so as not to distract from the occasion. It would be prudent to consider this when planning the layout of your room. We often setup while coffee and chocolates/cake is being served if after a meal.

- Do you need to sound-check? TOP
No. If the timings allow it on the day we will, but we play together all the time and have played in so many venues that we have learnt to do it without needing a soundcheck.

- Have you got a Demo CD you can send us? TOP
Yes. The CDs are the same songs as those available on this website. Simply email us your address and the date of your event, and we'll send a CD out straight away.

- Have you got any recommendations from past customers? TOP
Absolutely hundreds! You can read some of them right now by visiting the .comments page.

- How long have you been together? TOP
Keir and Nicola (guitarist & lead vocals) have been performing together for many years, and Neil and Chris (bassist & drummer) have played together in other bands before. However Philip and Keir started FireFly! four years ago now - and we're busier every season!

- How did you meet? TOP
Keir & Nic went to school together. Philip met them several years ago while working as a sound consultant at the same school. Neil's played in a few well-known bands in the area, one of which lead him to meet Chris. We're all friends and socialise outside of the band as well as enjoy performing together.

- Can we come and see you performing live? TOP
We don't do many PUBLIC gigs - hardly any really since we're so busy with private functions. Having said that, any we do organise are published on our .gig page. If you like, you can request a song or two and we'll play them at the gig for you! Our repertoire is on our .style page.

- Do we need to provide a stage? TOP
Nope - we're happy to setup on the floor at the end of the room. If you have a stage all the better - we'd ask for at least 5m x 4m if possible

- What Power does FireFly! need? TOP
All we require is one standard 13Amp 230v AC power socket, within a few metres of the stage area. We use almost all of that so it's best if that's a dedicated supply and isolated so that nothing else runs off it - especially the venue's lighting or the kitchens! We carry our own extensions and power distribution. We also carry C-form cabling as necessary to run off 16Amp supplies.

- Will you learn a song for us? TOP
Yes of course! If you'd like us to perform a special song live that isn't already in our repertoire, we'd be happy to learn it especially. We know that the first dance at a wedding is important to you, so we're happy to learn it for you - you can even come and hear us play it before the wedding if you like! We will need a few months warning due to our busy schedule.

- Can we choose the set-list? TOP
Yup. We're keen to work with you before your event to ensure you get the music you are after. We have a large repertoire specifically designed to allow us to play the kind of music you'd prefer at your event. If you have specific requests or styles you'd like us to concentrate on these can always be accommodated be it soul, classic rock, pop, modern rock, swing, or outrageous cheese!- the setlist can be agreed prior to the event, or you can leave it in our capable hands - it's up to you!

- How do we book the band? TOP
Simply email us your requirements, including date, location and times and we'll reply with a quote. We aim to reply to all emails within a day. Once you're happy with your quote, we ask for a deposit of 20%. Once this is received the date is booked in our diary and we'll send you back an email receipt confirming the details. The deposit becomes non-returneable 3 months before your date.

- How loud is FireFly? TOP
It varies depending on the size and acoustics of the room, but we can change our dynamics to suit your party. Sometimes people are worried about a band being louder than a DJ - but we take pride in our ability to provide a quiet set so the "older" guys at the back can still chat, or a full volume singalong crowd pleasing roar!! Thumping or ambient, the choice really is yours.

- Do you need to look at the venue prior to performance? TOP
No. Though we usually ask for the contact details of your representative from the venue incase we need to discuss anything before your event.

- Do you carry Public Liability Insurance? TOP
FireFly! has Public Liability Insurance cover of 5'000'000 provided by Musical Insurance Services Ltd. We can email or fax a proof of this to you and/or your venue upon request.

- Our venue stipulates all acts must have their equipment "PAT tested." What does that mean? TOP
(P)ortable (A)ppliance (T)esting. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places an obligation on employers, employees and self-employed persons to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of portable electrical equipment. The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) publishes a code of practice with regard the inspection and testing of such equipment, which FireFly! always adheres to. We also come with a BS7671 (16th edition) qualified electrician to ensure everything runs smoothly.

- What do you wear?? TOP
FireFly! wears black and red. We normally perform in smart evening wear (shirts and ties/evening dress) but we're flexible and will of course dress to suit the style of your occasion.

- How much will it cost me?? TOP
Our prices start at around 990 for an evening of entertainment, although additional options are available and quotes are usually tailor-made depending on the event requirements.

- My uncle/sister/brother/nan is a singer/guitarist/tambourine player - can they come up and do a song with you? TOP
Why not?! We are happy to discuss this kind of arrangement and can normally accommodate, just let us know!








 
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