FAQs about hiring this awesome band.
- Do you charge more for weddings?
Nah, that's not our style. We don’t do wedding taxes. We don’t charge more for any event types. We charge by the hour, and our rates are the same for everyone. Fair and simple works best for us.
- Do you have your own public liability?
Sure do. Venues like to cover their butts when it comes to big events, tipsy patrons, and heavy equipment. They require entertainers to have their own public liability. Ours is all-inclusive annual cover, not a per-event cover.
- Apparently I need to ask if my wedding band has ‘tagged & tested’ equipment?
Yep, we’ve got that too. We take care of all the logistics for you. Partly because it’s our responsibility, and partly because it’s utterly boring and we don’t want you to have to worry
- Can you really play without any amplification at all?
Sure can. We’re both experienced street performers. It makes for very skilled acoustic musicianship. Actually, about half our bookings are completely acoustic. It all depends on what you want the music to do for your event. Chat with us and we’ll help you work out the best entertainment setup.
- We need an amplified performance. Do you supply the PA?
For small-to-medium events, we provide everything. We travel with our own sound equipment tested and ready to rock you like a wagon wheel. For larger bookings, additional PA hire may be worthwhile. We can advise and sort this out with you, or take care of it entirely.
- The venue I’ve booked has noise restrictions. Can I hire a band like yours?
Almost always. Noise restrictions are different per venue. Some are measured from the venue itself, some from the nearest neighbour. We never have any trouble with this. We have db monitoring equipment, and we always include this as part of our sound check. Having said that, we’re not a blasting drums and distorted guitar kinda band. Venues tend to love us (and grandma can leave her earplugs at home). If your venue requires it, we can even play totally acoustic. We’re happy to work with them to make your event brilliant.
- How often do you rehearse?
This isn’t a weekend job for us. We’re very serious about the art of entertainment. We work together every day, and we rehearse all the time. It’s actually part of our lifestyle. There’s always instruments lying around, begging for attention. We also run extra rehearsals specifically for your event booking. Maybe it's a little obsessive, but we like to know our stuff.
- Can you learn a specific song for my wedding?
We sure can. And we’ll give it that unique ‘Fidel & Sarah’ styling too. We have one rule though. If it isn’t ‘us’, if we can’t do it justice, we let you know upfront. We play a very special style of music, and we want to keep it awesome for you.
- I’ve heard that live bands can only play 2 or 3 sets a night, is that true?
Not for us. We take all day bookings. A few sets wouldn’t get us very far. We don’t mean to brag, but we have an enormous repertoire of stylish music. We can go all night.
- Do you do showcase gigs? Can I see you play before I book you?
Actually, we’ll do you one better. The problem with showcase gigs is that they’re impersonal. We don’t love them. We’d rather chat with you, get to know what’s going to make your event awesome. And, if you’ll permit us, we’ll give you a private, live showcase in person. That way you can see exactly what you’ll get if you choose to work with us.
- I’ve heard about mix-and-match bands. Will I get the exact band members I book?
Of course you will. We’re not a brand name running lots of different duos. You may have noticed our totally uncreative band name simply represents two individuals. He’s Fidel. She’s Sarah. Simple as that. If you book us, you’ll most definitely get us.
- What if I want a full band for my event?
We can upsize to a trio, quartet or full band if your event calls for it. For this, we have professional muso mates who’ve been working with us for years. They’ve rehearsed and performed with us. They know our songs and love our style. They’re not random fill-ins. We only play with the very best, and we're thrilled to perform with them in our full band setup.
- What happens if you get a better offer for the same date as my event?
Your awesome event happens. Nothing else. We’re very picky with the events we take on. We don’t double book, or keep your booking open to a better offer. We do hear about it happening though. But honestly, it’s not that hard to manage a calendar.
- What happens if someone in the band is unavailable? Or the whole band gets sick and needs to cancel?
We’ve got 25 years performance experience between us. And we've never missed a gig. Pretty impressive, right? We’ve got a solid reputation, and we’ve no intention of bailing on you.
Have we got the right stuff, baby?