Last nights wedding was at the Duham Forrest Golf and Country club. The combination of my Cerwin Vega sub bass speakers and the newly installed down lighting in the venue’s roof gave me a consistent snow shower in the form of plaster dust!. Not ideal for the mixer sliders or indeed my person aesthetics, a white dusty bald head is not a good look!. The client had chosen a selection of reggae and RnB tracks, naturally these genres of music rock when it comes to low-end bass. On the upside, nothing heavy fell from the ceiling and the acoustics in this particular venue are excellent.
Easter Sundays wedding was in the Owen House Wedding Barn, not too far from Manchester airport. It’s out in the sticks, but an amazing wedding venue, it’s set on what seems to a working farm, The staff are very professional, friendly and helpful, and the actual barn is well presented in a modern and rustic design. From an entertainer’s point of view, it’s very easy access. From a wedding party’s point of view, It might be worth noting that taxi’s can take around 20 minutes to get to the venue, so it’s always a good idea to book your taxis in advance. A highly recommended family run wedding venue offering a very professional service, you can find out more about this venue from their website Owen House Wedding Barn
Fridays venue was Samlesbury Hall, very old, and slightly creepy in the areas that are off limits to the general public. I had a little wonder around whilst the guest was enjoying their evening food, and being alone in the secluded areas of the house in the dark amongst the old furniture made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Putting a sign up saying ‘no public beyond this point’ was a natural invite for me to explore smile emoticon As a wedding venue, the main rooms are very beautiful, boasting open wood fire places, solid wooden floors in a very vintage setting. From a DJ’s point of view, easy access and very good acoustics, it seems the old solid thick walls and wooden floors acted a sound buffer, so fellow DJ;s and entertainers, I would recommend using a powerful sound system with sub bass bins in order to reach a sustainable and clear volume levels, especially if there are lots of people attending the event. The staff was very friendly and helpful too, and this venue gets the thumbs up from me!
A great night had by all at the annual fund raiser for The Foundation for Peace. It was a real honour to be involved, Paul Crones, TV presenter, hosted the evening like the true pro he is, a silent auction was conducted through iPad’s on each of the guest’s tables and there was some serious dancing later on. A new film was shown on the night which demonstrated the amazing work undertaken by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. to find out more please visit http://www.foundation4peace.org/
Being a corporate event DJ often takes me to some amazing venues and I get to meet some great people too. I recently had the pleasure of playing for BAPO (The British Association of prosthetics and orthotics) They know how to party, work hard, play hard. For details of how I can contribute to your events success, please contact to discuss your requirements.
Although slightly secluded, it’s always a pleasure to work at the Fisherman’s retreat in Ramsbottom. The venue is extremely well presented, professionally run, amazing food, great acoustics and most importantly for DJ’s and bands, very easy access Highly recommended viewing for Bride and Grooms looking for great wedding venue
cheap DJ? I get asked for cheap DJ’s very often, So why is the expensive DJ so expensive? The saying “you get what you pay for” is’ not always true, but a simple answer to the question would be to explain the trap of the catch 22 situation that the cheaper DJ finds themselves in, and more importantly, the situation that the client is placed into for unwittingly getting a cheap deal. He’s cheap!, happy days for the client, but what about replacing equipment as it naturally wears out?, it becomes a simple case of economics and the best examples of how this may affect your event are as follows. Scenario one: correct and valid vehicle insurance is expensive, Low priced DJ’s often don’t have valid vehicle insurance, This may not seem like an issue for the client, but if the DJ gets pulled over by the police on their way to the venue, the police will seize vehicle for not having valid insurance resulting in a now show for your event. Scenario two: cheap speakers are NOT capable of efficiently dealing with larger crowd capacities and do not produce high definition sound resulting in ear piercing sound or speaker failure. The bottom line is no money to buy backup equipment or indeed any high quality professional sound and light equipment. The above may seem extreme and scare mongering, but things do go wrong.
having spent many years of being a wedding DJ in Manchester and covering most of Manchester’s different venues, I have developed a fantastic sense of what can only be described as ‘venue feng shui’ Naturally, some venues have a striking visual aesthetics which certainly contribute towards the over all feel and the decision to actually booking the venue. However, there are other aspects of a venue that can only be gained by the wisdom and insight of a very experienced DJ who has played many of the wedding venues within their area. Acoustics, room layout and sound limiters are three important considerations that probably wouldn’t even cross the Brides and grooms mind when viewing venues, but these important considerations can help make or even quash the evening celebrations and party atmosphere. The ideal room layout would contain all the guest in one space as opposed to a few separate rooms. It’s very difficult for DJ’s to create a party atmosphere when guest are distributed between two or more rooms. For example, Packforton Castle is an amazing looking venue, but with so many different rooms, its difficult for the DJ to ‘people watch’ so he knows what to play or indeed get people on the dance floor to groove the night away. ideal examples of room layout would be either Style Lodge near Manchester airport or the Fisherman’s retreat in Ramsbottom. All the guest are situated in one main room, so the DJ can see who’s tapping their feet, (People watching) and people follow people, in other words, when people start to get their groove on, other people follow suit. The acoustics are also very important, sound bouncing and echoing around a room most certainly is not pleasant experience for your guest. As the Tesco catch phrase states, every little helps, and good acoustics means an enjoyable musical experience. Bad acoustics can also make it difficult to talk to the person next to you without piercing noise bombarding your ears! Venues with not so good acoustics include most town halls, or church buildings (Manchester town hall and Manchester Monstrosity are not my favorite venues when it comes to acoustics) Finally, sound limiters!….these pesky nuisances are often installed where venues have residential neighbors. Some venues have them set extremely low and as people absorb sound, the more guest you have, the quieter the music will sound. Most venues will not be forth coming in volunteering the details of their installed limiter, always ask For those who are not sure what a sound limiter does……if the volume goes beyond the set limit, power is cut to the DJ or band!
Dave Jones (DJ)
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