Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have references?

Our Home Page lists rolling testimonials. If you would like more detailed references, however, we can supply you with the details of past clients for you to contact (with their agreement, of course).

Do I need to provide a stage?

We often play at venues that do not have a stage, though it is recommended for events with more than 50 guests. We can work around this if the venue cannot house a stage, but that is the preference.

Many venues have their own stages anyway, but if not, we can arrange staging for you at an extra cost.

Do you provide lighting?

Yes, we provide basic lighting. Our basic lighting consists of up to six coloured floor-mounted lights.

If however, you are planning to use lights as part of your function’s theme, we suggest contacting a staging hire company, or we can arrange to hire more for you at an additional cost.

What happens if I have a theme for my event?

No issue at all. We will work in with you. In our experience, themed events give your function that extra edge, and we like to have a lot of fun with it as well.
We can even source and arrange costuming for you if you wish.

Is the set-up time included in your quote, and how much time do you need?

Absolutely. Set-up times can vary based on such things as position of venue, size of crowd, size of PA equipment, and also any pre-dinner arrangements you may have. All set-up and pack down time is included in our quote.

Do I have to feed the band – and what happens with drinks?

The industry standard is for the entertainment to be provided with what is known as a rider. These riders vary from group to group, but basic riders include a meal and unlimited water/soft-drinks.

At Tony George Entertainment we use the basic rider as a standard. We also request a greenroom or a designated area for the band to go during breaks.

Can you help with entertainment for our pre-dinner drinks as well?

Our key strength is being able to offer a range of entertainment options.
Whether it’s an extra speaker for an iPod, or having some roving musicians or solo acoustic singer, we can assist you in your needs.

Do you allow guests to perform with the band?

In most cases, we allow guests to try their hand because audience participation is usually a sign everybody is enjoying themselves, including us! There are times, however, where it is not possible or recommended, so unless it is pre-organised, guest participation is on our terms and we reserve the right to refuse.

Can you MC my function?

I would love to MC your function. Apart from providing musical entertainment for your wedding, function or party, the role of MC is something I truly enjoy, and have done so throughout my career.

My history in this area enables me to deliver a time-tested ability to keep your event moving with humour, professionalism and seamless transitions.
However, if we are also employed as the band, I do charge slightly extra given it is a separate function to the music.

Can we use your microphone for speeches?

Yes, you can use our microphone and PA for your speeches. We can even help you with extra microphones at additional cost.

Can I request songs?

Absolutely! We love it when our audiences request songs, and have been known to put two requests into the one song just for fun!

Do you supply background music during breaks?

Yes we do. You have the choice of leaving the music selection to us, or we can play your music through our sound system.
Please remember that we do have different playlists that cover all age groups, from dinner music to party music.

Is the song list on your website all you play?

Our playlist tab is representative of what we play, but by no means is it our entire repertoire which has been built up over more than 18 years. And you would be surprised at how many that is!
Our versatility and musical range mean is that we can deliver a professional, entertaining and interactive musical experience for you and your guests, whether it’s a small wedding or large corporate Christmas Party.

What are your favourite venues to play, and do you recommend any in particular?

Each event is so specific that it’s hard to say. I’ve provided musical entertainment at conferences, weddings and event functions at Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, Pullman Sea Temple Port Douglas, Reef Hotel Casino Cairns and also Pullman Cairns International. Each one was memorable for different reasons.

A majestic sunset at a wedding on the beach at Angsana Resort and Spa at Palm Cove is hard to beat! Then again, a room full of people having fun and filling the dance floor is also exhilarating for us.

If you need any assistance, I’m happy to suggest venues that I feel would suit your needs.

What band size would be best for my event?

This is best discussed with Tony in a meeting or phone conversation. We will work with you to create the ambience and feel that you desire, and make helpful suggestions along the way. Some factors that will influence the decision we both arrive at include whether the event is indoor or outdoor, the size of crowd and space available, or whether you are looking for an intimate setting or to party all night long!

Can I extend the playing time on the night?

Yes, we understand that celebratory occasions such as weddings and corporate parties and functions can take on a life of their own. We like to think the music and energy we provide contribute to that! We are therefore happy to extend the function (at extra cost). Please be aware, though, some venues have curfews or licensing issues that can affect our ability to do this.

How long do you play for?

The industry standard is four hours with a 20-minute break each hour
However, weddings and corporate events are distinctive occasions, so we always try to be flexible enough to fit in with our client’s musical requirements, where possible.
Our expertise extends to understanding your timetable and itinerary, as well as reading the crowd. This means we’ll keep playing if the dance floor is rockin’, or wind up if the main course is about to arrive.

How are payments made?

Our invoices provide details of direct credit transfer to a designated bank account number. Cheque or cash payments are also accepted.
We are unable to accept credit card payments.

How is the booking secured?

Once you have accepted our quote (an email will suffice) and paid a 10% non-refundable deposit, the day (or night) is all yours. Once the date is locked in, we turn down all other competing enquiries.

What do I need to do to organise a booking?

Simply provide details of your function through our Contact Us page, including:
– date
– time
– number of guests
– theme of the function (if applicable)

We will then supply you with a quote for our services.

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Testimonials

Tony and his band did such a fantastic job on the day playing live solo acoustic at our ceremony and live band entertainment at our reception. Tony also provided seamless MC services throughout the reception (we received many compliments from wedding guests as well). He has an excellent ability for reading the room and made sure the night went off without a hitch. Tony was by far was one of our favourite wedding vendors to communicate with. From the first phone conversation we knew we were in good hands. Highly recommend to anyone looking for music services for an upcoming wedding, event or special occasion.

We are so glad we booked Tony and the band for a special birthday celebration. I am grateful for his clear communication in the process and again on the night as his cool, calm and collected manner eased me enough to enjoy the party with our guests. The music quiz was a lot of fun and finishing the night with the best set of songs, like the band had been in our car listening to our playlist. Talented musicians, great sound, very professional, I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone and would book them again in a heartbeat.

Tony and his band performed at our Conference dinner in Cairns last week. Right from the beginning Tony was a pleasure to deal with - a true professional, with nothing we requested being too much trouble. On the night, Tony and the band were amazing! Their choice of songs was spot on, and they had everyone on the dance floor within a few songs. They created such a great atmosphere for our event - I would highly recommend!

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!"

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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