A Guide to Hiring Entertainment: The key to your function, event, or wedding being a raging success

Having been a full time professional entertainer for the past 20 years, I feel that I can speak with some authority on some of the important aspects of  hiring the right entertainer/band for your event or wedding. Just as the right wine can compliment a fantastic meal, so too, the right music can compliment everything else.  So whether you have been thrown into the role of an event planner for a company conference dinner, or are a bride and groom searching for what will make your reception a smashing success, here are just a few points that may help you in your search:

1) Experience Counts

I can’t emphasize this point enough. You wouldn’t hire a part-time dentist would you? An experienced performer not only gets the big things right, it’s also the little things that can be the difference. Starting a night with nice classy dinner music can allow your guests to be able to bond with others at their dinner table. Then, an experienced performer can slowly lift the tempo in keeping with the mood of the room.

Whether it’s background music whilst the band is on a break, or the right mood lighting, or even the sound quality of your speeches at your function, an experienced entertainer will be able to read a crowd and know what the audience is wanting at certain stages of a night. All of these points are extremely important to each and every night, because experience will always be beneficial to your event.

2) Only hire professionals you can fully trust

A professional will always act professionally!  They will be on time, well dressed, and will have prepared well for the event. Professionals also will only generally hire professional people, meaning that other band members will not only be fantastic musicians, that they will be courteous and respectful at all times. A true professional will also ensure that from the moment of your call or email right through to the end of your event, every facet of your event will be given the care and attention that you require.

3) Interaction with the audience

I have found over the course of my career as an entertainer in Cairns and Port Douglas, just how important it is for your entertainer to have a good rapport with their audience. Whether it be performing general M.C duties, helping with awards, announcements or speeches, allowing the audience song requests, or even getting them involved with the band during a song, having a great performer who can garner the respect and trust of an audience is essential to a wonderful atmosphere for your event.

4) Other things to look for when looking to hire an entertainer or band

Some of these points may come down to your own instinct, but may assist you in your decision making.

  • Are they easy to get a hold of?
  • Is their phone manner professional and courteous?
  • Does the band or performer have a professional website?
  • Are your emails being responded to in a prompt and informative manner?
  • Can you view videos of performances including crowd reactions?
  • Do they have current references or testimonials and are they favourable?
  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Are they willing to be flexible and adaptable to your needs?

Hopefully the above tips may help you to choose the best entertainment, whether it be a solo singer guitarist or other musician, live band or D.J. I can assure you that here at Tony George Entertainment, all of the above is exactly what we do for you.

We care about your function, party, event or wedding and want it to be a huge success for you.So, as you can see from this blog, hiring the right entertainer for your function, event or party is integral to the night being a smashing success. Here at Tony George Entertainment, we provide not only the passion and drive to make sure your event is a success….we also know how important it is to your business, delegates, colleagues or friends and families!!

If you need further advice, help or need a quote, please email me at tgent@ledanet.com.au or call me on 0412 952551. Please also visit my facebook page at Tony George Entertainment for our latest news, shows and where we will be performing. All the very best to you all!

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Testimonials

Tony George and his drummer were awesome at our wedding and we recommend them 100%. It was a fantastic night and everyone we spoke to afterwards told us how great the entertainment was. Professional, efficient and accommodating, nothing was too much trouble for Tony and we are so happy we picked him to play at our wedding.

Tony George and this 3 piece band ROCKED our wedding!! Tony was so engaging and entertaining and made everyone's night when he pulled my 85 year old grandad up on stage for a Johnny Cash number. Tony was so easy and professional to deal with and read the crowd perfectly. If you want your guests up dancing you need to book Tony!!!

Thanks to Tony my 50th was a fabulous success. A friendly and responsive performer who worked with the audience and performed a great variety and range of songs. Do yourself a favour hire Tony. He’ll get you up dancing!!!

As a professional Events Manager, I engage Tony George Entertainment for many different events and I can always rely him to never let me down. My go to entertainers as they can perform for an intimate dinner or get the dance floor jumping at a Gala for 500pax. I most recently engaged Tony for our Skal Christmas function and boy did we sing, dance and have a whale of a time!

I booked Tony & the band for our Christmas party held in Cairns, being from Brisbane I picked him based solely on reviews...and we were not disappointed! The four piece played great music - making it very hard for us not to get up and dance by the end of the night! (stupid Covid rule). We would definitely book them again - no matter where we held a party.

Tony and band did an awesome job at our Xmas party catering to the diverse crowd in attendance. They created a great atmosphere throughout the event and were a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommend them!

Tony George makes event organisers look good! We have hired Tony to perform at a number of corporate events across the last couple of years as he is easily one of the best entertainers in north Queensland. Each time he literally makes the event a better event. He is professional, thoughtful, innovative, helpful and an excellent musician. His set choices suit all audiences, his MC'ing skills are terrific and his performances always get the dancefloor pumping! Thank you Tony, you're a pleasure to work with!

Tony was super easy to work with, fast communication, and very accommodating to our ideas. We employed him both to MC and solo acoustic performance for our wedding reception. As an MC he made all the guests feel comfortable and his charisma and energy had us and the guests partying all night. His song catalogue was vast, catering for all guests requests from Elvis Presley to Tenacious D. Four days before our wedding COVID restrictions changed forcing a change of venue music set up. Tony took this in his stride and even helped set up lighting in our new venue, creating a perfect atmosphere.

WOW WOW WOW!!! What can I say - the BEST BAND WE HAVE EVER HIRED!!! We hold our annual company gala dinner at a different location within Australia each year for the past 10+ years and Tony George and his amazing team are by far the best band we have ever had! So much so, our staff are still taking about the music and the absolutely epic stage presence of the whole team. Tony's communication right up until the day and even after was on point, always very friendly, very prompt with his replies and worked with our venue to ensure everything was perfect. Thank you so so sooooooo much for such a fab night, it really wouldn't have been as successful as it was without you! THANK YOU!!
Sarah Bennett - Fresenius Kabi Australia & New Zealand

"Cannot thank Tony enough. He went above and beyond. He helped me learn a song to sing for my wife as a personalised surprise. He gave up his time to practice with me prior to the wedding. He also helped my wife with a surprise dance."

Tony George came highly recommended to us by the restaurant we had our wedding at, Nunu in Palm Cove, Cairns. (After that, the recommendations kept coming via word of mouth!) So we booked Tony and his band and couldn't have been happier. Tony was open to all of our crazy ideas for our wedding and showed heaps of enthusiasm and encouragement - he was up for ANYTHING! We had a sing-a-long during dinner, a special song dedication to my sister and her husband, and lots of cool music throughout the night. Our wedding guests raved about Tony and the band for days following our wedding. Couldn't recommend him more highly!! Thanks Tony for an awesome night and for accommodating our every request!

What an amazing performer! Tony and his band were absolutely amazing, everything from the choice and variety of songs, set-up, sound quality and professionalism. These guys rocked the crowd and made the night unforgettable! If you are looking for live music that is second to none, you've found your band!

Tony was perfect! He provided exactly what we needed in the way of music and MCing, and created an incredible atmosphere with plenty of crowd participation. Tony was even able to cater to our special requests. We would recommend him for other weddings in a heart beat!!

"Tony, you are honestly the most entertaining performer we have ever come across. You were lovely as soon as we met and so helpful with every single aspect of our wedding. Not only does he have the most amazing set of pipes on him, this man can seriously keep a crowd up and moving all night! I think everyone's highlight was to see you throw down Eminem and the tin whistle was a surprisingly nice addition, haha. You honestly made our night a memorable one and we cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us!

"We had Tony George Entertainment's 4 piece band for our wedding at the Sugar Wharf, Port Douglas. I think we booked Tony before we even booked our venue! He came highly recommended by our wedding planner and other local Queenslander wedding vendors. Tony and his band were super flexible with our unconventional wedding even learning some Hebrew songs for our Jewish Hora! He had everyone up and dancing during the night. He can read the room and give you an exceptional experience on your special day."

"Tony and his band were absolutely amazing! They had our guests up dancing all night long and all our guests raved on about how great the band was. Tony was incredibly easy and professional to deal with. I would highly recommend, he made our night so amazing and was so attentive to the sound, lighting and flow of the formalities throughout the night."

"THANK YOU so very much Tony, everyone had a great night and all of our delegates said what a great group you are..... THANK YOU!!!!!"

"Hi Tony, Thank you so very much for a sensational job last Thursday. the guests loved every minute of it and the feedback from the delegates has been fantastic. Thanks also for the group photo at the end...what a party!!"

"Everyone LOVED the band. They're amazing!! One of our guests is asking about using Tony for his interstate conference. Thanks so much for being so easy to work with!"

"Absolutely amazing! Tony and his 3 piece band played for our reception. Excellent choice of music, the favorite of the night was his own version (hilarious) of Eminem! We had so many compliments from guests at how amazing they were. Best value for money!"

"Tony was an absolute legend - fun, friendly, professional. He and the band had our group up dancing and singing by the end of the evening! Super flexible with timings, set lists, requests, nothing seemed to be a problem. Would highly recommend. Thanks Tony"

"I am not sure where to start.....Tony, thank you. You were amazing. Completely read the crowd and had the dance floor full all night for our conference Gala Dinner. I cannot recommend Tony and his band enough."

"Absolute professional. Created the right flow and harmony for both MC at our reception and also for our ceremony music and wedding band. Tony also made the effort to really get to know us as a couple before our wedding which really reassured us that he was the best person for the job!"

I could not thank Tony George nor recommend him enough! He made the afternoon and night run so smoothly, everyone loved him. He even learnt a song for me to walk down the aisle to. Wonderful music, everyone was up and dancing before dinner was even served!

We both really wanted to say a HUGE thankyou to you for contributing to the perfect wedding. I can honestly tell you that everyone, yes everyone, has said it was the best wedding that they have ever been to and what a great time they had. Your band and the music was brilliant. We can never thank you enough for helping to make it such a memorable night.

"We booked a 4 piece band with Tony George Entertainment for our wedding in Palm Cove, QLD in May 2018. Best decision we made (and an easy one at that!). They had our whole wedding up on the dance floor all night. My husband and I also had a song request for our cake cutting and they absolutely nailed it. If you are in the middle of deciding with who to go with for your wedding please choose Tony George Entertainment, you won't regret it!"

We engaged the amazing Tony George and his band once again for a corporate event on Hamilton Island. It was an absolute pleasure working with Tony as he was the consummate professional from start to end. The stress of wondering or guessing how the evening or crowd will respond is completely removed. No matter the demographic, everyone instantly gravitates to the dance floor before the 2nd song kicks in. Crowd participation and a seemingly endless music repertoire equates to an evening that is guaranteed to be a success!
The only complaint on the night…… it ended all too soon!
100% RECOMMEND
Sincere thanks again Tony!


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