Frequently asked questions

How much do you charge?


Our prices vary according to the size of the band, the event location and for how long we’ll be playing, but to give you an idea, our prices typically start from just £600. For a no obligation tailored quote, please get in touch. We never add on any hidden costs later – the quote you receive will be the amount you pay.




How do I make a booking?


Get in touch via email, phone, text or Facebook and let us know the date and details of your event. If we are available and you would like to go ahead, we require a £50 deposit upfront, and the remaining balance a week prior to the event.




Can we watch you perform live before booking?


Although most of our performances are private bookings, we do sometimes perform for the public, and details of these events will be posted on our Events page on the website and on our Facebook page. You are certainly more than welcome to come along and enjoy the show – do let us know if you’re in the audience and we’ll give you a special shout-out!




How long do you play for?


We usually perform for up to two hours, in one-hour sets, but sometimes a bit less and sometimes for longer. It all depends on the event and how the timings fit in with your schedule. We will liaise closely with you to make sure everything fits in perfectly!




How far do you travel?


We’re happy to travel pretty much anywhere, but obviously if your event is a long way away, the price of travel and possibly overnight accommodation will be included in your quote.




Is there anything you need at the venue?


We need two 13amp plug sockets near the performance area, and ideally a private room where the band can store personal belongings and get changed.

There will also need to be adequate unloading and parking space at the venue for 3-4 vehicles.




Do you provide PA equipment and lighting?


Yes, we provide full PA system and lights where necessary, and this will be included in the price quoted. Where possible, we like to arrange a pre-event visit to the venue so that we can ensure we have the correct systems for the size of room, type of venue and so on, but this is something we can chat about on booking.




How much time do you need to set up and pack away?


We need a minimum of one and a half hours before your event starts, and ideally two. This is so that we can load our equipment and instruments into the venue, get everything set up and do a sound check to make sure that the sound quality and balance is just right. Remember that this needs to be before your guests arrive.

At the end of the event it usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour for us to pack away, which we try to do with a minimum amount of noise or fuss.




Can you perform outdoors?


Yes, we perform both indoors and outdoors, but for outdoor events we do require either cover (a gazebo, marquee, covered stage, bandstand etc.) or a Plan B in case of a downpour. If you require us to bring our own cover, we can do so, but this will need to be factored into the price.

The ground also needs to be flat enough for our drum kit, speakers and so on, and we will still require a power supply.




Do you do requests?


Although we don’t perform live requests on the night, if you let us know in advance, we can usually learn one or two special numbers of your choice. Just remember to give us enough time to rehearse them! This includes first dances at weddings.




Can you provide recorded music for when you are not playing?


Yes. We can play a range of popular disco charts from the ‘50s to today through our sound system when we’re not playing. Alternatively if you have your own playlist on an iPod, smartphone, tablet or laptop, we can just plug this into our system, giving you complete control.




Does the band require food or drinks?


Travelling to the venue, setting up, playing, packing away and returning home, often late at night all takes time and this means that at some point during the evening the band will need to eat and drink.

Although it would be lovely and gratefully accepted, we don’t require a hot meal or a tab at the bar, but a plate of sandwiches or permission to join in with your evening guests at the buffet, and soft drinks/tea and coffee, would be much appreciated.




What happens if we need to cancel?


Whilst we of course hope this won’t happen, we do understand that events are sometimes cancelled, and we provide refunds as follows:

  • For cancellations more than a month in advance of the event: Full refund (minus £50 booking deposit).
  • For cancellations within a month of the event: 50% refund (minus £50 booking deposit).
  • For cancellations within two weeks of the event: No refund.




How can we recommend you to others?


All recommendations from our clients or audience members are greatly appreciated, and you can do this via social media (please don’t hesitate to link to our Facebook page), by sending us a lovely testimonial via email or text, or by good old-fashioned word-of-mouth.





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Frequently asked questions

How much do you charge?


Our prices vary according to the size of the band, the event location and for how long we’ll be playing, but to give you an idea, our prices typically start from just £600. For a no obligation tailored quote, please get in touch. We never add on any hidden costs later – the quote you receive will be the amount you pay.




How do I make a booking?


Get in touch via email, phone, text or Facebook and let us know the date and details of your event. If we are available and you would like to go ahead, we require a £50 deposit upfront, and the remaining balance a week prior to the event.




Can we watch you perform live before booking?


Although most of our performances are private bookings, we do sometimes perform for the public, and details of these events will be posted on our Events page on the website and on our Facebook page. You are certainly more than welcome to come along and enjoy the show – do let us know if you’re in the audience and we’ll give you a special shout-out!




How long do you play for?


We usually perform for up to two hours, in one-hour sets, but sometimes a bit less and sometimes for longer. It all depends on the event and how the timings fit in with your schedule. We will liaise closely with you to make sure everything fits in perfectly!




How far do you travel?


We’re happy to travel pretty much anywhere, but obviously if your event is a long way away, the price of travel and possibly overnight accommodation will be included in your quote.




Is there anything you need at the venue?


We need two 13amp plug sockets near the performance area, and ideally a private room where the band can store personal belongings and get changed.

There will also need to be adequate unloading and parking space at the venue for 3-4 vehicles.




Do you provide PA equipment and lighting?


Yes, we provide full PA system and lights where necessary, and this will be included in the price quoted. Where possible, we like to arrange a pre-event visit to the venue so that we can ensure we have the correct systems for the size of room, type of venue and so on, but this is something we can chat about on booking.




How much time do you need to set up and pack away?


We need a minimum of one and a half hours before your event starts, and ideally two. This is so that we can load our equipment and instruments into the venue, get everything set up and do a sound check to make sure that the sound quality and balance is just right. Remember that this needs to be before your guests arrive.

At the end of the event it usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour for us to pack away, which we try to do with a minimum amount of noise or fuss.




Can you perform outdoors?


Yes, we perform both indoors and outdoors, but for outdoor events we do require either cover (a gazebo, marquee, covered stage, bandstand etc.) or a Plan B in case of a downpour. If you require us to bring our own cover, we can do so, but this will need to be factored into the price.

The ground also needs to be flat enough for our drum kit, speakers and so on, and we will still require a power supply.




Do you do requests?


Although we don’t perform live requests on the night, if you let us know in advance, we can usually learn one or two special numbers of your choice. Just remember to give us enough time to rehearse them! This includes first dances at weddings.




Can you provide recorded music for when you are not playing?


Yes. We can play a range of popular disco charts from the ‘50s to today through our sound system when we’re not playing. Alternatively if you have your own playlist on an iPod, smartphone, tablet or laptop, we can just plug this into our system, giving you complete control.




Does the band require food or drinks?


Travelling to the venue, setting up, playing, packing away and returning home, often late at night all takes time and this means that at some point during the evening the band will need to eat and drink.

Although it would be lovely and gratefully accepted, we don’t require a hot meal or a tab at the bar, but a plate of sandwiches or permission to join in with your evening guests at the buffet, and soft drinks/tea and coffee, would be much appreciated.




What happens if we need to cancel?


Whilst we of course hope this won’t happen, we do understand that events are sometimes cancelled, and we provide refunds as follows:

  • For cancellations more than a month in advance of the event: Full refund (minus £50 booking deposit).
  • For cancellations within a month of the event: 50% refund (minus £50 booking deposit).
  • For cancellations within two weeks of the event: No refund.




How can we recommend you to others?


All recommendations from our clients or audience members are greatly appreciated, and you can do this via social media (please don’t hesitate to link to our Facebook page), by sending us a lovely testimonial via email or text, or by good old-fashioned word-of-mouth.





Swindon, Wiltshire, UK  |  thestableyardjazzband@gmail.com  |  07765 846577

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