Hit The Road's FAQs

How much space do you need?

We’d normally need approximately 5 x 3 metres for the 4 piece band. But we’re used to making all sorts of spaces work. If space is limited get in touch and we’ll see if we can make it work.

How is it best to time things?

We typically play 2 x 60 min sets. Your free to time your events however you desire. But typically we would suggest:

7:30pm – Light Background music
8:30pm- Cake cutting /first dance
8:40pm – 9:40pm – 1st live set (straight after first dance)
9:40pm – Band to break (music played through the PA system)
10 – 11pm – Live band 2nd set
11pm – midnight – DJ set

Can I pick the bands playlist?

We have a lot of experience playing every kind of event imaginable. We tailor our setlists to your event, you’re welcome to tell us which songs you do and don’t want from our repertoire, and with enough notice we may take on your requests if they will fit in with our set. We can’t guarantee to play a specific list of songs as we’ll always play to the crowd but we’ll always do our best to ensure you hear the songs you want.

Where will you travel to?

We are a Party Band in Manchester but we’ll travel all over the UK and Europe if required.

Can I see you play live?

We’re mainly busy with private events. But we play the odd showcase gig around the Northwest, we also offer clients to come and ‘audition’ us at our rehearsal studio - you can meet the band, we’ll play a few songs for you and we can chat about your day.

Will you learn our special song?

We’ll do our best to cover any specific song requests. With enough notice we can arrange any song to suit our instrumentation. Let our agent know if you have a specific request at the time of booking.

First dance songs we’ve played previously:

Let’s stay Together - Al Green
Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
Amazed – Lonestar
Hold Back The River – James Bay
One Day Like This – Elbow
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
I was Made to Love Her – Stevie Wonder
Oh My Love – John Lennon

Is the video on your website a true reflection of the band?

Yes it’s a live studio recording of us playing live without overdubs.

How do I book you?

You can book us through the enquiry form on this website www.hittheroad.co.uk or through our agencywww.alivenetwork.com. You can also email or call our booking agents on 0845 108 5500 or email us at hittheroad@alivenetwork.com

We also accept informal enquiries via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hittheroad), where we will be happy to talk through your event in person.

Are you able to DJ in between sets?

We carry a laptop specifically for playing music in between our sets, it’s filled with popular party hits to ensure there’s a lively atmosphere throughout the evening. We can tailor the playlist to your tastes if required and will take requests on the night too.

DJ music is provided free of charge with all bookings. Or we have a DJ option that includes a manned DJ service and all key announcements throughout the evening. The DJ package upgrade option is offered for free if you confirm your booking with us within 7 days of receiving your official quote.

Can we make DJ requests in advance to my event?

Yes we’ll do our best to ensure all of the songs you require played on the night. Alternatively you can plug your own music playing device into our PA system.

Can we use your sound system for speeches?

Yes, providing we’re set up and ready for your speeches. We have an early set up option that includes the use of our PA system throughout the day, including use for speeches and background music throughout your meal. This option is perfect for marquee weddings where you may not have the facilities a traditional venue would offer.

What equipment do you use?

We have a 4000 watt active PA system, active monitor wedges and a state of the art wireless tablet controlled mixer.

We use professional grade instruments and amplification.

Do you have lights?

We have a sound to light activated LED lighting system. Our lighting rig will light the stage and cover your average function room dancefloor.

How long do you play for?

We usually play two one hour sets. This can split into three 40 minute sets if you prefer. We also offer an acoustic vintage soul option you can replace our first set with an acoustic set to add variety to the evening.

What time do you start and finish?

Typically, we arrive anytime after 5pm and finish at midnight. But we have early and late finish options. We’ll arrange our set times around any plans you might have for the evening e.g food/fireworks presentations etc…

How long do you take to set up?

Providing access to the room is straightforward e.g no steps and direct access to the venue we can be set up and soundchecked in around 90 minutes.

Can I provisionally book you?

Unfortunately, we don’t take provisional bookings as our demand is such that we would be turning clients away on popular dates. However, when you make an official enquiry with us, your enquiry will be logged in our system and you will be given first refusal on your date should anybody else enquire for the same date.

What if the band split up before my event?

Like many professional party bands, our work is our livelihood and so we take our commitments very seriously.

In the very unlikely event that the band had split up before your party, every effort would be made to find a suitable replacement band.

Can my sisters/bosses/daughters dog sing with your band?

We love it when people get up to sing a song with us, but we do like to make sure that those singing or playing with us have some experience of being on stage. We’re happy to arrange this with you in advance. However, past experience has taught us that welcoming impromptu guests onto the stage on the night itself, can often end in disaster so we’d rather steer clear of that situation!

What will the band wear?

We usually dress formally for most parties (trousers, shirt and tie) unless informal attire is requested. In the past, we’ve also been asked to join in with an events theme, which we’re more than happy to do if you wish. Please check out our photo gallery for an idea of our typical wedding attire.

Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates?

We always carry up to date PAT certification and have Public Liability Insurance cover up to £5M.

Why should I book Hit The Road?

Hit The Road will always do their best to ensure your event is as successful as it can be. We really care about what we do, and that isn’t just playing music. We want to entertain you and your guests we’re ‘musical hosts’ not hired musicians.

Our setlists are crafted to ensure that everybody in the crowd is entertained. We genuinely enjoy performing at events, people dancing and enjoying themselves is our number one priority.

How much does it cost to book the band?

Prices vary slightly based on the time of year, the location of your event, timings, and any upgrade options, but our standard price starts at £1,114 including VAT. We don't charge for the time it takes for us to travel to the gig.

Can we see some previous client testimonials?

Yes. We have hundreds of testimonials from previous satisfied clients on our website. Check out our previous client testimonials here!

Do Hit The Road have any specific requirements?

We request a room in which to change, something to eat and soft drinks for the duration of our time at the venue.

What type/size venues are you able to play at?

Hit The Road have played all kinds of venues. From Barns and Gazebos to Ball Rooms and Castles. Our PA system is big enough to play to approx. 300 people if your venue is particularly large or yo have over 300 guests please let our agents know when requesting a quote.

How loud will the band be?

All of our instruments are live, we try not to have our amplification any louder than an acoustic drum kit played at a reasonable level (not John Bonham style!). We then use our PA system to spread our sound around the room ensuring those on the dancefloor feel like their t a live gig. But those further back in the room can still converse.

If your chosen venue has a dB limiter, please discuss this with your agent at the time of your enquiry - There’s every chance that we (or one of our fellow agency bands) have performed at the venue before, but if not, it’s worth discussing to make sure that the performance you will receive from us will not be compromised.

However, if your venues decibel limit is restrictively low, we are more than happy to provide an acoustic version of our performance which, while obviously being quieter, will still provide you with music that’s great to dance to.

What is the band power requirement?

We require 2 double 13 amp supplies near to the stage area. We use LED lighting which keeps our power consumption down but we prefer to run lights from one power source and audio equipment from another to reduce the risk of noise interference.

If the power to your event is supplied by a generator we ask that we’re on a separate circuit to any catering equipment, and that the generator is of sufficient power to run our equipment safely without any power outages.

Do Hit The Road offer any additional services?

From Solo Jazz musicians to additional PA systems and microphones for speeches Hit The Road can provide all sorts of additional services for your event. Contact us to discuss your requirements.