Frequently-asked questions

Booking Avenue Acoustic Duo as your wedding or party band, or to play acoustic background music for your restaurant, pub or club in the Norfolk area, is easy! We have a transparent rate card and a reputation for reliability, punctuality and courtesy.

Here are some of the most common questions we’re asked. If you’d like to know more, just pop your query onto the form on the contact us page.

How much do you charge?

Please contact us for a quotation. Our fee varies according to the nature of the booking, the time of performance, the number of guests, and whether there are any special requirements. We also play a limited number of charity fundraising events each year.

We have separate bar/restaurant/club rates and wedding/function rates. There are discounts for series bookings, and several add-on packages are available for special occasions. We normally ask for soft drinks to be provided free of charge (and a light meal if the booking involves an early setup for an evening function).

We’re happy to travel outside East Anglia, but please bear in mind that we need to cover incremental costs.

How do I secure a booking?

In order to provide a detailed quotation we need to know the date, venue, approximate playing times and when we can have access (although we don’t use huge equipment, we wouldn’t like to disturb your guests by setting up at the wrong time). We’re used to venues with noise limiters, but some actually have strict ‘no amplified music’ terms as part of their licence, so it’s best to check with them if you’re not sure.

If you’re happy with our quotation, we’ll send a booking agreement for you to sign. This will ringfence the date you require. For private bookings we normally request a 20% deposit.

All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions, which can be read here. Please let us know if you are making the booking personally or on behalf of a business, and let us have full contact details.

How long do you play for?

This depends on the event, but we would typically play two or three sets of between 45 and 60 minutes each.

For special occasions and celebrations we can provide incidental music, and we have experience of performing as in integral part of ceremonies. For example, we can play during the bride’s entrance, the signing of the register and at the end of a ceremony; during the reception drinks; during the wedding breakfast; and as early or main evening entertainment (and have often played the lot)!

As a guide, we usually require 45 minutes to set up our equipment and to sound check before a performance.

What will you play for me?

We select appropriate mellow or lively music to suit the venue, audience and occasion, and are happy to tailor our sets to accommodate special requests. We suggest you look at our play list and select a handful of songs you really want and those you don’t!

For weddings we are happy to learn up to two additional songs at no additional charge.

We never use backing tracks, but are able to provide incidental music over our PA between our performances.

Do you play dance music?

Please bear in mind that we are an acoustic duo. Although we do have people dancing to us, we are unlikely to be suitable for events where dance music is a prerequisite. We can, however, play a selection of suitable dance tracks over our PA between or after our sets. This is a very cost-effective way of providing your guests with both live music and a party night, without the additional cost of a DJ or full band.

What about other entertainment?

For larger occasions we can put together a package including a DJ or even a full function band at various price points. For example, Avenue can perform in the afternoon and/or early evening, and the full band or DJ take over after dinner.

Both Marcia and Laurie play in the party rock covers band FireWire, and discounts are available when both acts are booked together. We also have contacts with other entertainers should you prefer us to provide a single point of contact for all your entertainment.

What equipment do you have or require?

We are self-contained, and use a very compact high quality PA which is perfectly suitable for smaller venues. We have a simple lighting system and backdrop which can help provide ambience without being intrusive. We require a single 13 amp socket. Our equipment is PAT tested.

For medium-sized venues we bring a bigger PA and for large events we can use the house PA or a hired system (requiring two balanced XLR inputs for vocals and either ¼” or XLR input for the guitar). In exceptional circumstances additional lighting may be required, in which case this will be provided at cost of hire.

For very small, intimate performances we’re happy to play without amplification.

How far will you travel?

We are based in Norfolk and our core fees are based on performance in the East Anglia region. We have a sliding scale of distance surcharges, which will be itemised in any quotation.

What is your dress code?

We dress smartly, and can perform in black tie / evening wear when required.

Do you have a CD?

Yes, we have a promotional CD which we are happy to send you free of charge on request. Please request this using the contact us form.

What about insurance and safety?

We have £10 million public liability insurance and our equipment is PAT tested for safety. Copies of the relevant certificates are available on request. Please use the contact us form.

Links? Who lists you online?

Here are some of the directories and recommended suppliers with which we’re listed.