Finding the perfect band
We are on the hunt for a great band - music is a priority for us and we are both quite fussy; my fiancé is a musician himself. We are looking for a 6/7-piece soul/funk/motown band preferably with some sort of brass section and a strong male singer, and our issue isn't finding bands like this, but deciding between what seem like endless options when it usually not possible to see them live first.
They are so many more agencies out there than I realised, each claiming to have the best bands around, and the prices vary wildly for seemingly similar offerings. So, does have anyone have any advice on agencies that are really good, or ones to avoid, or specific bands that might fit the bill (our wedding is in West Sussex)? We would be happy to book directly with a band rather than through an agency, but they are so hard to find! In terms of agencies, so far we have enquired with Alive Network, Lemon Entertainment, Toast Functions, Function Central, Entertainment Nation, Tailored Entertainment and Hire A Band.
Our top budget for the band is £2,000 and we'd really like them to be able to play our own playlists around the sets, and have the option for a duo/trio earlier in the day at the drinks reception. We have found quite a few bands well within the budget, and plenty well above but with no hugely discernable difference!
Any advice/thoughts welcomed!