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To book the Headrush Christchurch covers band complete our online Booking Form below by providing as much information as possible and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Or give us a call: Andy Genge 021 552 751 or Antony Pickard 021 382 622


FAQ's

What do I get when I book Headrush for my function?

When you make a booking with Headrush, we usually quote for a time block of 4 hours, inclusive of breaks. The band generally takes a break of no more than 15 minutes every hour. The playing block starts from the time agreed upon when the booking is made. Ie: If the function runs late the band does not play later. Playing times may be extended for an additional cost, at the discretion of the band. Typically, we will work our sets around the particulars of your event, such as speeches, cutting of the cake, bridal waltz etc. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and are quite flexible within reasonable limits. Talk to us about your wishes and we are sure we can come up with suitable set-times. We do not charge any extra for: a set up prior to guests arriving, sound check or pack up after your function.

Do we need to provide each band member with a meal?

Yes: If the band is travelling outside of Christchurch for your function or remaining onsite between set up and performance. We will generally be spending upwards of six hours at your function, not including travel time. We therefore require and appreciate a meal in order to keep us going throughout your function. You may find most venues include meals for musicians/entertainers as part of their packages. If you use private catering, please make sure they are aware that we are to be part of their catering arrangements.

Are there any hidden costs?

No. Our quoted fees are all inclusive of performance, travel and accommodation (if required). There are no additional agent’s fees (as we are self-managed).

What happens during the band breaks between sets?

As well as amplifying the band, the PA is also used to keep the atmosphere buzzing during set breaks, when the band is not playing. We always carry a selection of appropriate background music and dance-floor music to be used at appropriate points throughout the night. This set-break music is provided on our iPod.

Can I use the band PA and organize my own backing music?

You are more than welcome to use the band PA for speeches and you can also provide your own background music if you prefer. This may be a collection of your favourite tracks that can be used to personalize key moments throughout your function, or you may simply want to use the one special pre-recorded track for your bridal waltz. We strongly suggest the use an iPod or similar music player, as CDs are notoriously troublesome, particularly those burnt on a computer, as they do not play on all CD players equally well.

Can the band play for my first dance?

Yes.... Within reason. While a modern song may sound great, on the original recording, our band instrumentation may limit how we can replicate the tune. Many people prefer to use the pre-recorded original version as this is the exact version they know and love, however we are open to most song requests. If you have choreographed a particular dance sequence then we highly recommend the use of the original recording, as it will be the same speed, length and form as that which you have rehearsed. Please feel free to talk to us about your song choice(s) if you would like us to play them.

How do I choose what music the band will play over the course of my function?

Headrush takes pride in knowing what songs to play, and when. We are vastly experienced musicians in any different genres of music and performance situations. We tailor our selections to the mood of the room, reading and guiding the energy of your guests via a careful selection of appropriate music. Please refer to our song-list for a sample of our repertoire. If there are particular tracks amongst these that you really love or are a pet-hate, please let us know and we will try our best to incorporate or avoid them.

Will you play past the set time frame if we need you to?

We will organize the playing time period at the time of booking. However, if you have reached the end of the scheduled time and feel that the night is still going strong the band may consider continuing playing for an additional cost. This time extension however, must be cleared with the venue. We need express permission from the venue function manager to keep on playing after the scheduled time. The band reserves the right to refuse a request to play longer.

What are the steps required to make a booking?

Fill out the booking form online. Please give as much detail about your event as you can so that we can give you an accurate quote. Our quotes are for a Gross figure, include all standard sound equipment and have no additional costs unless you specifically request any optional extras. If you agree to accept our quote, we will then ask that you confirm the booking by signing and returning a performance agreement. Once this is completed your booking is fully confirmed. We understand that things can and do change, but please keep us in the loop, giving us as much notice as possible and talking any major changes through with us. Significant changes to your booking may require a revised quote. These changes can generally be accommodated if we are given ample notice. Examples of major changes include: • Changing the venue to one drastically different or much further away. • Changing the date, starting time or significantly extending the running time of the function. • Changing the band set-up time to significantly earlier. • Deciding later that you would like the band or a duo to play for your ceremony before the reception. Specific song requests and selections for bridal waltz music should be forwarded to us as early as possible so we can learn the material.

How do we pay you?

Payment by cash or cheque on the night is fine, however if you prefer to have one less thing to organize on the night, you can make a payment by direct deposit.

What happens on the function date?

The band prefer to set up and sound check prior to your guests arriving. We will liaise with both the clients booking the function, and the venue, to arrange what time is most suitable for set up. During the function, the band will continuously liaise with the MC or function manager to ensure that the event runs smoothly. We understand that the best plans often go astray or change on the night, so we will work with them to keep things running on time. The band packs out immediately after the performance has finished.

How much space do you need and what are your power requirements?

Our band setup is quite compact, so unless the venue has a stage, we can just as easily fit into most spaces. Ideally a space of 3 metres deep x 5 metres wide is preferable. Usually we are set up next to the dance floor, but we are flexible! We will provide our own extension leads and power boards, but we will need access to one sufficient and clean source of power ie: no other lighting, refrigeration running off the same source.

Will the band play outdoors?

If required, the band can play outdoors. As our equipment is sensitive to the elements playing outside is conditional on: adequate shelter, sufficient/stable power, a solid and level playing area, and no water or gale- force winds directly affecting the performance area. If you plan on having the band play outside, please check with the band to ensure all our requirements have been met.