This info is relevant to Private Functions, Corporate Events & Weddings.
For details specific to Weddings, scroll down a little.
Deposit. Yep, we need a deposit to secure the date. Usually 50%, or $600 for bookings over $1000.
Final payment. Due 1 week before your day.
Banking details for EFT payments:
Name: The Escalators
Cancellation by us. This would only ever be a last resort if there was an illness or personal tragedy and we are unable to replace a musician(s). Every effort will be made to help you find suitable entertainment. Your deposit will be refunded immediately.
Cancellation by you. 3 months notice (or more): deposit is forfeited, sorry.
Less than 3 months notice: deposit forfeited. Plus $500 cancellation fee, or your final payment (whichever is the least amount). If we can re-book the date, we will only require to keep your deposit.
We are musicians and entertainers, not timekeepers or accountants.
We will always programme music for your event in a way that gives the best entertainment value, including making last minute adjustments to adapt on the fly.
Cocktail & Canapès sets are up to 1-hour each. For longer events we programme one 10-minute break per hour.
The ‘Swing & Soul Revue’ has 1 or 2 ‘sets’ of 45 minutes each.
A typical break in between sets is approx. 15-20 minutes.
Ceremonies & Canapès: 1 to 1.5 hours prior to guests.
‘Swing & Soul Revue’: 2.5 hours prior to guests.
We are happy to prepare one special request for you.
For your other songs please chose from our repertoire, or negotiate with the band.
It is customary to have music for 3 key moments.
Signing the Register
Choosing the song for your Wedding Dance is a very personal thing – we will leave that up to you.
Can the band play it live?
We would love to! As musicians it is a privilege to be able to be able to do that. The band has prepared songs by a wide array of artists.
The only time we would shy away from playing your song is if we are not satisfied that we can do the song justice. If it is a song of stadium shuddering riffs, orchestral strings, a 100 member choir & a wailing sitar solo, we might struggle to capture all of that.
If we have any doubts we will call you to discuss it.
Would it be better to have the original recording?
Are you are attached to the song, or to a favourite recording of the song? There is no right or wrong answer. It is worth considering.
The ‘song’= the words, the melody, the mood, the emotion.
The ‘recording’= exactly how it sounds on your favourite version.
If The Escalators are playing your song, it will sound like The Escalators playing your song!
We will capture the mood & the feeling, & the tempo for dancing. And we will invest our own musicianship & commitment.
If you are not sure, please call us!
Connecting my iPod/phone/laptop to your system.
Bringing the music on the day.
We do not provide a CD player! Or a record player. Or a gramophone.
Ask someone you trust to give your mp3 device to the M.C.