Function Band London - Swamp Cats - FAQs

How much space do you need?

We typically need a performance area of 5x3 metres, but we are able to work with a minimum area of 4x2 metres. If space is more limited. We’ve performed in all types of venue, from manor houses and hotels, to barns, marquees, ball rooms and intimate clubs so we’re well versed in making the most of whatever space is available to us.

How is it best to time things?

Please consider the following points when arranging the timings for the band performances. We will always be happy to play lighter background music playlists for when guests arrive. We are happy to cater any times to suit your needs.

Can I pick the bands playlist?

We are more than happy for you to pick which songs from our repertoire are played, but we do prefer if we are left to decide the order in which they are played. It is usually best if you let us know any songs you definitely DO or DON’T want rather than a ordered play list. We need to have the freedom to cater for all your guests and may need deviate to involve all of your guests.

Where will you travel to?

We are Based in London but are always up for a road trip!

Can I see you play live?

Due to the nature of our work, we don't play many public gigs as all of the events we perform at tend to be private parties.

Will you learn our special song?

We are happy to consider learning your special song. It largely depends on whether the particular song fits our playing style and sound. It would be difficult for us to pull off certain songs with orchestral backing, for example, due to our instrumentation, but we are always up for a challenge. Just let our agent know on booking if there are any special requests.

Is the video on your website a true reflection of the band?

We believe in giving you a true insight into our live performance energy and sound.

How do I book you?

You can book us through the enquiry form on this website or through our agency . You can also email or call our booking agents on 0845 108 5500. We also accept informal enquiries via our Facebook page (, where we will be happy to talk through your event in person.

Are you able to DJ in between sets?

We only offer a background music playlist option.

Can we make playlist requests in advance to my event?

Any requests for the playlist service will only be possible if we already own the music you require. We do not purchase music for clients due to the costs this can incur. Clients will often provide us with an iPod/MP3 player, or laptop with their own playlist on, but if you give us an idea of artists and genres you prefer, we will cater for your tastes effectively. If you would like particular songs played at specific times during the evening, please provide the music via one of the above methods along with a schedule of your evening.

Can we use your sound system for speeches?

You are welcome to use our PA system for your speeches. However, we don’t use radio mics in our live setup so, should you need them, and you will have to hire them in advance.

What equipment do you use?

We use a simple but strong set up of 2 guitars, bass and drums. The classic rock’n’roll set up to really get that vintage feel, backed by a 2000 Watt Pa system, a yamaha 16 channel mixer and a beautiful selection of amps.

Do you have lights?

We do offer some cool lights for your event, trippy strobes or just casual mood lighting. we’ve got whatever you need for your night.

How long do you play for?

We typically play 2x60 minute sets but we offer and extra hour set as another package. if you really cant get enough we can play for longer, just let our agent know how long you need us for and the deals a gooden.

What time do you start and finish?

We usually start our first set at around 8.30, and play our second set in the final hour of the evening, but again we are totally flexible with this. Arrival and finish times are 5pm and midnight as standard with early arrival and late finish fees applicable outside of these timings.

How long do you take to set up?

Assuming access to the venue is straight forward (i.e. ground floor room with no steps and vehicle access close to the venue), once all the equipment is loaded in we can normally be set up and sound checked in an hour.

Can I provisionally book you?

Unfortunately, we don’t take provisional bookings as our demand is such that we would be turning clients away on popular dates. However, when you make an official enquiry with us, your enquiry will be logged in our system and you will be given first refusal on your date should anybody else enquire for the same date.

What if the band split up before my event?

Like many professional party bands, our work is our livelihood and so we take our commitments very seriously.

In the very unlikely event that the band had split up before your party, every effort would be made to find a suitable replacement band.

Can my sisters/bosses/daughters dog sing with your band?

We love it when people get up to sing a song with us!

What will the band wear?

We usually wear our own swanky clothes to our events but if there is a dress code we can fit in with whatever is needed.

Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates?

We always carry up to date PAT certification and have Public Liability Insurance cover up to £5M.

Why should I book the Swamp Cats?

The Swamp Cats are the newest cats on the block, our vintage sound and retro feel is exactly what you need to bring your party to life. It even makes new, contemporary songs an edgy feel. They have been performing together for years and it shows on stage and their music speaks for itself.

How much does it cost to book the band?

Prices vary slightly based on the time of year, the location of your event, timings, and any upgrade options, but our standard price starts at £1325 including VAT. We don't charge for the time it takes for us to travel to the gig.

Can we see some previous client testimonials?

Of course, we have lots of happy clients with kind words to say on the Alive Network website.

Do Swamp Cats have any specific requirements?

We request a room in which to change, something to eat and drinks for the duration of our time at the venue.

What type/size venues are you able to play at?

Pretty much everywhere!

How loud will the band be?

We always make sure that our volume levels are such that people at your event can still converse, but really feel as though they are at a gig when they're on the dance floor. Being a guitar based rock and pop function band, the nature of the music we play means that we can only turn down so far! If your chosen venue has a dB limiter, please discuss this with your agent at the time of your enquiry - There’s every chance that we (or one of our fellow agency bands) have performed at the venue before, but if not, it’s worth discussing to make sure that the performance you will receive from us will not be compromised.

However, if your venues decibel limit is restrictively low, we are more than happy to provide an acoustic version of our performance which, while obviously being quiter, will still provide you with music that’s great to dance to.

What is the band power requirement?

We usually request 2 double 13 amp supplies near to the stage area. We use LED lighting which keeps our power consumption down but we prefer to run lights from one power source and audio equipment from another to reduce the risk of noise interfer-ence.

Do Swamp Cats offer any additional services?

We offer a number of additional services at very competitive rates: From ceremony music, acoustic sets during dinner, additional/extended DJ service. Please email us for more information.