Booking Live Music For Your Christmas Party

Summer is now a distant memory and we are hurtling towards the festive season. With the countdown clock ticking, the ‘Book Staff Christmas Party’ note on your to-do list is fast becoming an urgent task! 

Whether you opt for the classic office party, or something a little more formal, adding live music is a great way to entertain everyone attending. Live music is not only a great talking point at a party, but it also gives your employees / colleagues a chance to let their hair down after a busy year.

What Type Of Atmosphere?

It is important when booking your entertainment that you consider the vibe you are aiming for. If you are planing an all out party then make sure you book a band that can accommodate that! A large line-up soul band or energetic indie act will suit your event perfectly, getting everyone on the dance floor and interacting with guests as they dance the night away. These acts usually have the most wide ranging repertoires too, ensuring that everyone’s musical tastes will be catered for. For this we’d recommend Heatwave!

If “classy” sums up the event that you are planning, then you might want to think about booking a Jazz band or sophisticated acoustic duo. These options will still be able to play all of your favourite festive numbers as well as the classic party tracks and sing-alongs, but will ooze style and class as they do it! These kind of acts better suit drinks receptions and black tie events, but are also a great option if noise / space is limited. For this we’d recommend The Statesmen!

What Kind Of Space?

The type of band that you are able to book might be limited by the space that you have available. A lot of Christmas parties happen in the workplace itself, which is not usually built for a performing band (unless you work in a music venue of course!) 

This is worth considering especially if you are looking to book a larger line up of 6 or more band members. You are going to want to have enough space for guests to enjoy themselves, but you also need the band to have the space that they require to put on a great and memorable show. Things like lighting are also worth mentioning here, as office lighting doesn’t exactly lend itself to a party environment. Switch those strip lights off and make sure that your band can bring a lighting rig (plus lasers, up-lights and smoke machines if you’re feeling fancy) with them to complete the office transformation. 

When Do You Need To Book?

As with anything involving a lot of planning, it’s always a good idea to get your bookings in as early as possible. Top party bands will be in high demand and will book up for the festive season very quickly. That being said however, a lot of Christmas parties take place on weekdays rather than weekends. Having your staff get-together on a weekday will increase the chances of your favourite band being available – but might also increase the number of staff calling in sick the next day too!

If you’re still looking for entertainment for your Christmas party please get in touch and we’ll help find the perfect entertainment for you! 

Our Favourite Christmas Songs

If it’s still too early for you to dig out the Christmas playlist and remind yourself of all those festive favourites, then check out our top 10 below:

Last Christmas – Wham!
Baby It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin 
Let It Snow – Frank Sinatra 
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
Winter Wonderland – Bing Crosby
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Bruce Springsteen 
Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues 
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey 
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas 

About the Author Adam Edgeworth

Director of Anthem Music Agency