Choosing the right band to play at your important event is a big decision. So, we’ve included these Q&As to answer your queries.

If you want more detail – or you’ve got a question that’s not on this list – give Martin a call on 07753 244 638 or drop us a line at martin@sandyandthesecrets.co.uk.

We’re more than happy to help.


Booking

Q: Can I hear the band play before I decide whether to book you?

A: Absolutely! You can see us by clicking here.

Q: How professional are the band?

A: We’re professional musicians who take our work seriously and obsess about getting the details right so we can present the 1960s at its best. That’s why we practise with a musical director, only have the very best equipment and ensure we turn up with plenty of time to prepare. We pride ourselves on delivering a high-quality act that will leave the audience with nothing but great memories for years to come.

Q: How much does it cost to hire the band?

A: We base our fees on a number of considerations. The time of year, location, length of set and various other aspects of the event will all be factored into our quote. Give us a call to discuss your needs and we’ll be able to provide you with a personalised price.

Q: How do we hire Sandy and The Secrets?

A: The best thing to do is get in touch. We’ll discuss your requirements and answer any questions before providing your bespoke quote. Once you’ve signed up to our terms and paid a 40% deposit, your booking is confirmed. From here onwards, we liaise with you, your event organiser or production manager so everything runs smoothly, both in the lead-up to your event and on the day itself. We ask you to settle the remainder of your bill 6 weeks before we’re due to play removing any worries about paying on the day.

Q: Can you hold a date provisionally?

A: Unfortunately, we can’t hold a date unless we have a signed contract and have received a 40% deposit. Once we receive this, your date is formally booked and no-one else can have it.

Q: Can I change the date once I’ve booked?

A: We’re a busy working band and we are booked up many months in advance. If you do need to change the date we will do everything we can to accommodate you but if we are unable to do this we will retain your deposit.

Q: What happens if one of the band is ill?

A: Should the worst happen, we have a number of back-up musicians ready to fill in. Rest assured, we will do everything we can to ensure our performance is at our usual high standards.

Q: Which musicians are in the band?

A: We're a classic five-piece made up of a lead singer with lead, rhythm and base guitars and drums. To find out more, take a look at our profiles.

Preparing for the Performance

Q: Can we choose the setlist?

A: We have a comprehensive sounds of the sixties setlist with a wide variety of time-honoured hits that everyone knows and loves. However, if there’s a number you particularly want to add, get in touch and we can tell you if it’s suitable for our five-piece band. As a live band we don’t use backing tracks, so if your song requires different instruments to the ones we play we will need to work around this. Once we’ve settled on a track, simply give us 4-6 weeks’ notice to learn and polish the song.

Q: How long do you play for?

A: When you hire Sandy and The Secrets, we deliver what you want. We often play two sets of one hour each or three sets of 40-minutes each. But if you need something different just let us know. We like to take breaks between sets to keep our energy levels high and ensure we continue to perform every song at its best. We’ll work with you to schedule these pauses to suit your performance or event.

Q: Do you bring all your own equipment?

A: Yes – we bring everything we need from our instruments and sound desk to our speakers and swinging sixties fashion. All we require on location is an adequate power supply.

Q: Does the band need anything else?

A: Organising an event means you’ve got a lot on your plate. That’s why we arrange everything we need with your event planner or production manager giving you one less thing to worry about. Our fee is all you’ll pay to have the band at your event - we ensure we have all the essentials, including food and drink, so you can be confident there are no hidden costs.

Q: What happens when you arrive?

A: We’ll set up our equipment before completing a sound-check with our sound engineer. We’re more than happy to collaborate with any other in-house production or event teams to ensure we’re delivering the sound quality you expect. Next, we’ll change into our classic sixties outfits, warm up and tune our instruments out of earshot. The first the audience will see of us is our entrance onto the stage where we’ll be ready to entertain, right from the get-go.

The Performance

Q: What will you be wearing?

A: What you see in our photos is what you get. We’ll be suited and booted in the best of British ‘60’s tailoring. We love getting the details just right for an authentic experience – from our Cuban heels and knee-high boots to Sandy’s mini-dresses and the band’s velvet-collared, deep blue suits.

Q: How loud is the band?

A: Louder isn’t always better when it comes to a quality sound. We bring our sound engineer along to all our gigs to ensure you get the professional performance you’ve paid for. The venue may impose noise restrictions but you can be confident we’ll get the volume just right for your space.

Q: How will the band get people up and dancing?

A: Our set list is made up of popular tracks that will take our audience back to the sixties. We’ve included something for everyone from edgier rock tunes to songs to make you sway. And our on-stage chemistry means our audience won’t be able to resist getting to their feet.

Q: How much will you interact with the audience?

A: As much or as little as you like. We enjoy interacting with the crowd during and between songs with a little chat and some gentle humour. We’re a nice bunch who are easy to work with and we’re pleasant and courteous at all times.

Q: What happens at the end of the gig?

A: For private events, we finish our set on a high-energy number then provide slower 60’s tunes via iPod as we pack up unobtrusively and slip away into the night.