What to Consider When Hiring a Live Singer For Your Event

By Ross | 1 Entertainment on Jan 17 2022

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With our how-to guide, finding the correct singer is simple. We help you book with confidence, so you and your guests can relax and enjoy a truly memorable event! Without further ado, let's dive into what booking a singer entails and what you can do to make the process seamless and pleasant. Read on!


What Kind of Singer Should I Hire?

It all comes down to the sort of event you're arranging, the number of people who will attend, your guests' age range and musical interests, and the ambience you want to create. Here are some of the numerous types of singers available for hire in your area.


Guitar Singers

Musicians who sing while playing the guitar or other stringed instruments are a classic choice and an excellent option for intimate, relaxed events with fewer guests.

The solo singer will create a more intimate experience for your guests, as you'll have the main focus of attention on the singer and their vocals.


Piano Singers

Piano singers are very popular and the perfect choice to create a more classic and traditional atmosphere for your occasion.

A solo or duet singer plays the piano while singing and entertaining your guests and can provide a complete musical experience.


Vocal Groups

Ensemble vocal groups are a more modern option and come in many different styles.

From a classical vocal quartet to a more contemporary 'a cappella' quartet, a vocal group can add a modern twist to your special event or entertain your guests with classic and traditional choices.


Band Singers

Often with several singers, a band can offer a complete set of music with guitar, drums and other instruments, as well as including a DJ to add an extra something to your party.


What are the Costs of Booking a Singer?

The cost of hiring a live singer will vary depending on many factors, such as their fee, travel cost, equipment, and experience.

Fees for live singers can vary from £400 to £4000, so it's worth knowing what you're looking for from your singer to get an idea of how much you should budget.

Look for singers outside your local area, as you may find one who needs to travel for gigs and is willing to travel further to earn more money.

Of course, if you're having an unusual or out-of-the-ordinary event, you may need to pay more for a singer who specialises in that kind of performance. Certain singers, such as those with a specialism in opera or belly-dancing, may also have higher travel costs.


What are the Contracts Involved in Booking a Singer?

Contracts are essential if you're hiring a live singer, and the terms will vary depending on the individual and their experience.

It would help if you asked all singers for a signed contract to protect yourself and your guests before you book them in.

Look for an agreement that clearly states the following:

  • The fee that you're paying for your singer
  • A clear list of what is provided by the singer, the equipment they use and the cost of any extras
  • Any special requests, such as the playlist and unique songs that you'd like to hear
  • The method of payment, such as cash or bank transfer
  • When precisely the singer will start and finish the event, and their travel and accommodation details
  • A liability release, in case of any accidents, damage or legal issues
  • Any cancellation and refund policies
  • Exceptional circumstances, if the singer is unable to perform for any reason



Booking a live singer can add something special to an event and make it stand out as a unique occasion.

Just make sure to check their credentials and experience and to get any legal agreements in writing before you make your booking.

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