Organising a company party that entertains colleagues and reflects well on the place you work can be a daunting task, but a bit of creative thought can also make it an exciting challenge. Live music is one of the best ways to turn the potentially off-putting idea of a team building evening or dull company event into a memorable experience — one that people will be reminiscing about around the water cooler for weeks to come.

There’s a staggering array of musical talent available for hire on the internet. But rather than slowly trawling through page after page of search engine results trying to find an entertainment idea you like, here are a few ideas that will amp up the musical fun factor at your next company do.


Staff festival


If everyone in your office is counting down the days until the next weekend-long music event, you can win yourself some colleague kudos by making your next company event festival themed. It naturally opens up to a wide array of entertainment ideas: from hiring a local street food vendor to dish out festival favourites such as gourmet burgers and burritos, to booking a big tent and turning it into your main stage for the evening. Or, if you’re on more of a budget, try decking out a local venue with festival-esque decorations like bunting, flags, and fairy lights. Don’t forget to encourage welly-wearing in the dress code, too — that should cause a few laughs: perfect for building up team spirit and bonding.

Of course, the centrepiece of your festival should be the music. You don’t need a Glastonbury-style line-up to pull off memorable event; one or two bands, or a couple of DJs, will help to create the carefree atmosphere you’re aiming for. However, choosing the right bands and DJs will be crucial — something that Headliner’s search tool aims to do. For example, you can filter your search by genre to find performers who are suitable for the type of event you’re organising.

Searching ‘folk’, for instance, will present you with bands who specialise in the bohemian vibe of a sunny weekend in a field. For a more lively, end-of-evening set, try browsing genres like electro swing and future funk to find DJs who’ll nail that festival feel — gauge the mood of your company in this regard, what do people generally listen to in the office?

If you’re still not sure what genre to go for, try searching by event type. The ‘Festival’ filter will open up a wide range of different possibilities, from indie covers bands to pop tribute acts.


Throwback party


A live band that specialises in recreating classic songs has the potential to take people back to the happiest days of their lives. Whether it’s rewinding the clock to the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s or ‘90s, a talented covers band playing songs from a particular era could be the icing on the cake for your company’s retro throwback party.

If you’re thinking of organising an event like this, consider the average age of your staff before booking a band. While everyone’s music tastes are different, most millennials won’t be able to resist ironically busting out their favourite childhood dance moves to ’Spice Up Your Life’ for example. Likewise, a business full of baby boomers is unlikely to deny the instant nostalgia of a band playing songs by The Beatles, Bob Marley, and Stevie Wonder.

If in doubt, do a quick survey around the office to find out what music your colleagues listened to growing up. Then, once you’ve identified the golden era that’ll have everyone reminiscing about the good old days, use Headliner’s search tool to define the decade you want to recreate at your party or team building event.

The results will show you loads of great potential bookings, from tribute acts to bands covering a wide range of genres and styles from the era of your choice. Simply scroll through the sample set-lists on each artist’s profile page until you’ve found the perfect fit.


Awards ceremonies


From official black tie events to spoof office awards designed to amuse and gently tease your colleagues, a musical performance halfway through the evening can add some variety to the flow of nominations and acceptance speeches — ideal for corporate events. The type of band or artist you choose to entertain the guests will naturally depend on the tone of the event. An impressive musical showcase from a virtuoso musician or talented singer will help to set the bar high at formal corporate events, for example.


If you’re planning a more casual affair with the potential for dancing after the awards have wrapped up, choosing a covers band or DJ might be more appropriate. Again, use those smart filters to your advantage by ticking the ‘Company Party’ box on the Headliner search page, or be extra specific by searching for a genre or musical style that you think will go down with the crowd.


Got something else in mind?

If you’ve already decided how you want your event to play out, but need some musical entertainment to set the do off, Headliner has hundreds of unique acts available for hire. As well as searching for who’s available on a specific date in your area, the search tool lets you narrow the options down to suit your preferred budget, performance type, event type, genre, era, and even instruments played. So if you’re after a musical act for a company party or team building evening, head over to our search page and have a browse.


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