Late cancellation by contracted wedding band.
As father of the bride, I had an extremely tearful and distressed daughter on the phone last night to tell me that her wedding band had cancelled.
The Wedding is on June 18th this year and the band was booked through a very reputable agency and contracted in February 2015 with deposit paid. The band was selected by my daughter after much time and research, well in advance to secure the one she wanted and all contracts exchanged. Now with 6 weeks to go the band have notified they are cancelling because the brother of the singer is having a last minute wedding and has asked the singer to be best man.
Rather than telling his brother he is already booked, the singer has decided to cancel inspite of being in breach of the contract cancellation clauses. The band are not prepared to use a stand in singer so my daughter is left with no band with little chance of booking a good replacement on a Saurday in June only 6 weeks away.
What is even more worrying is that after taking legal advice, it seems that as the cancellation has not actually caused her any financial loss as the agent will repay the deposit, she has no legal basis on which to claim compensation or damages. The band are only legally bound to pay any cost higher than the original booking fee up to a maximum of 20% above the original fee. That is assuming a band can now be found. On the other hand, if my daughter had cancelled she would have had to pay the band the full fee.
The whole reason for the cancellation sounds doubtful, but it does mean that if you have booked a band for your wedding and they decide to cancel because they have been made a better offer, or the dog is sick, then any contract is basically worth nothing. Some investigation has shown that the contract is a perfectly standard music industry contract, and that the booker is totally at the mercy of the band's integrity.
For those who are booking a wedding band and would like to know who they are, they are from the Nottingham area and work under 3 different names that I know of, THE ROOTS ACOUSTIC TRIO, THE ONE STEP BAND, and WHITE RABBIT. The singer and band leader also performs a solo act under his name of NICK KEEN. They are a popular act that several agents have on their books, but be warned that a contract guarantees you nothing.