Its extremely heart warming to receive a thank you card in the post, second one this week! It really does mean a lot to know my clients have had a great day. The late nights and hard physical work of moving equipment are cast to the back of my mind when I get a nice surprise like this, and it's another reminder of the amazing people I get to meet whilst working as a DJ.... happy days
Sometimes my clients take the time to write a short review on Google or Facebook, but to get a hand written thank you card in the post has made my day. It always means so much to me to know my clients had a great time
Albert's Worsley is located on the East Lancs, Manchester. not only is it a bar and restaurant, but it also boast a fantastic function room on the first floor that is kept to a very high standard. Theres the added bonus of great staff too who I observed being very attentive to the clients needs, shame about the damn rain on this particular evening! Welcome to rainy Manchester
I have played at the Last Drop Village on many occasions; it’s such a popular venue boasting a number of various sized suits to suite all sizes of events. This particular picture was taken in the penny-farthing suit, which is a medium sized room with three connecting rooms, one room for the main seating area, one room for the bar area and another room that is used for the Buffy serving area. As you can see from this post, Mr and Mrs Airey took advantage of the custom sign written DJ booth service costing just £30
The great thing about Dukes 92 is it’s location, when the last song has been played, guests who still have the energy left to carry on partying have instant access Manchester’s vast selection of night clubs or places to eat. Dukes 92 is also a well kept and great looking venue with free parking for those who choose to drive, although securing one of those free parking spaces can be a bit of a challenge. In this particular picture, I used the FBT vertus speakers, which always sound fantastic. The LOVE letters was added as a last minute feature by the client and created a great backdrop for taking those all important pictures for the memory box, or facebook
The Manchester airport visitor’s Centre offers a fantastic opportunity to have your function or wedding party inside the Concorde hanger. However, be aware, it’s not something that your average DJ setup would be able to cater for, I used a total of 8 HD powerful speakers connected via a wireless system to achieve a great sound. It’s a lot of space to fill, especially if you have lots of people attending. On this particular wedding; the happy couple got married under the front wheel of this fabulous aircraft. During the event there was an opportunity to go on a tour of the aircraft and the happy couple even signed the register on the plane before emerging to their chosen song and a heart felt emotional applause. It was a real honor for me to be part of their special day as I was involved in the planning stage, through to the actual ceremony and the evening celebrations, it was a great day and this venue certainly gets the thumbs up from me on every single aspect.
Mottram Hall is a typical spa type hotel and wedding venue with a golf course. It has a selection of conference and function rooms and the staff are very attentive to their clients. On a slightly separate note, and without singling out any particular venue, beware of booking any venue for your wedding or party if guest’s rooms are fairly near the function room. Whilst I always aim to keep the volume at a nice level, and use a high definition sound system, maintaining a reasonable volume can be essential to creating a great atmosphere on the dance floor. Management of some hotels can often keep on top of the DJ regarding the volume to a point where it can ruin the atmosphere be insisting on very low volumes. I don’t really like to make negative comments, but I feel that the volume issue can often be conveniently not mentioned to clients when they are taking a booking for what is one is one of the most important days of their lives. My advise to anyone looking at wedding venues is to ask if there would be any issues with volume, also ask if there is a sound limiter as there is no point in the DJ or band bringing in bass bins. Sound limiters are extra sensitive to bass bins, so it’s best to use simple mid range speaker system under these circumstances to maintain a reasonable volume without the sound limiter cutting the power to the band or DJ. If you are getting married, why not have a look at my wedding advise page for tips and info
Another visit to the fisherman’s retreat in Ramsbottom, I really love this venue for all kinds of reasons, firstly, easy access for loading, flexible setup times and most importantly, a very well presented unique venue, professional staff and fantastic food. The function room is fairly wide and the dance floor area covers the whole width of the venue too. The width of the venue presents a slight challenge in audio distribution and the only way to over come this is to install extra speakers. Excellent audio distribution is vital, firstly, it covers the whole dance area and when people can feel the music all around them, they tend to enjoy dancing, secondly, excellent audio distribution enables guests to still have a conversation without harsh volumes. (I also supplied the mood lighting on this particular wedding)
Being versatile with equipment can make a real difference to an event. For example, the picture shown here was for a presentation event at the Heyside Cricket club in Royton, not only was space an issue, but the close proximity of a microphone for the awards naturally created a challenge with feedback issues due to the microphone being used very close to the speakers. The ideal solution was a set of FBT array speakers. (The FBT array speakers are the ‘tall black sticks’ for those who are not sure what is shown in the picture above, they don’t visually resemble traditional speakers) Not only are FBT array speakers deliver amazing high definition sound, but the design also means they are feedback resistant and fit into smaller spaces. Despite these speakers being slim and discrete, they have an amazing punch!
Newlyweds, party organisers and corperate businesses often opt for making their names, brands, or brand new Mr/Mrs and Mr/Mrs surnames a proud and prominent visual part of the celebrations. Our DJ booth has even been used on Channels 4's famous TV programme '8 out of 10 cats does countdown' (Yes, Jimmy Carr became a DJ for 30 seconds)
Dave Jones (DJ)
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