Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help answer any queries you may have. However, if there is anything we haven’t thought of, please do not hesitate to contact us.
There is no such thing as a silly question.
Why should I book XL5?
We have played together as a band for the past nine years successfully providing entertainment for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and festivals nationwide. We are made up of five accomplished musicians who have a wealth of live and studio experience which ranges between 25 and 40 years each.
How far will you travel?
We are prepared to travel anywhere within reason. However, we generally operate within a 60 mile radius of Hereford. Anything outside this radius, we would negotiate a reasonable mileage cost in addition to the package price.
How much floor area does the band need?
The bigger the better but the minimum size is approximately 12ft x 15ft which is about the size of an average bedroom. We have condensed into smaller areas with some inventive thinking.
We are familiar with quite few popular venues and always tailor our equipment to suit.
We are more than happy to make direct contact with the venue to ask the right questions which takes the pressure off you.
Can I choose the songs from your repertoire?
We have an extensive repertoire with new songs added on a monthly basis. Through our experience, we feel we have tailored trusted set lists to suit any individual event. If you see songs that you like in our repertoire, we will do our best to include them in the set.
How do we plan our evening around the band performance times?
The band will arrive at least one hour before your guests arrive to set up and sound check. We will work with your agenda and endeavour to be as flexible as we possibly can. With our experience, we will be more than happy to advise you to ensure that the evening flows as smoothly as possible.
What time do you start and how long do you play for?
We usually provide 2 x 1 hour sets anywhere between the start and finish time of your event. This can be split into 3 x 40 minute sets if it helps with your agenda. The band would ideally like to finish by midnight and allow the Virtual DJ music to take over while the band is able to take down their playing equipment. All music will stop by 12.30am at the latest. In our experience we have found that 12.00 midnight is the usual finish time for music which is limited by the venue’s entertainment licence and the majority of guests have started to leave. Any requests for extensions into the early hours will always be considered and negotiated on price.
Do I need to hire a DJ or provide music in-between your performances?
We don’t intend to put DJ’s out of business. Modern DJ’s have individual skills and talents of their own to keep an evening charged with dance music and their own seamless mixes. However, we do provide incidental and party music from our Virtual DJ system which has access to literally thousands of tracks. The tracks cross fade into each other without any silent pauses and play lists can be created on demand with an approximate 98% hit rate of successful requests so far.
Can we use your sound system for any speeches?
Yes. We are can provide you with a radio microphone for speeches and announcements.
Please come and see us when we arrive or ideally let us know in advance.
Do you have stage lighting?
Yes. We provide full stage lighting and some disco lights which are directed to the dance area.
Does the band have Public Liability Insurance?
Yes. We have a valid Public Liability Certificate which we can present upon request.
Where and when can I come and see you perform?
Please keep an eye on our events page on this website and our Facebook Page which are continually updated. This will give you all the information you need for public performances.
How do I book XL5 for my event?
Please click onto our contact page and submit your information in the relevant fields.
Alternatively you can contact us via telephone on: 07977 163797 or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Choosing either method, we will aim to get back to you within 24 hours.
Can I provisionally book you and how do I pay?
Yes. Once you have decided that you would like to book us for your event, we will hold the date until a 20% deposit has been paid. (Refundable no less than 90 days before the event). We will then issue a proforma which will confirm the date. The remainder of the balance should be paid ideally before the start of the event. Cash is preferable on the night but if you prefer to pay by cheque or bank transfer, please let us know in advance.
What if I have more questions?
If you cannot see the answer to some of your queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
And just to reiterate................There is no such thing as a silly question.