We always love arranging live musical entertainment for events in stunning venues. It is even better when we combine this, with supporting an excellent organisation like ILEA UK. The event was held at the Garden Room, Barbican.
The venue had strict rules around what live musical entertainment can be performed in the Garden Room, since there is a residential area very close, and since the space is essentially a very large greenhouse, the sound travels, and could disturb the residents.
We had worked in the space before, so were aware of the specific restrictions and what could work with the acoustics and sightlines. Importantly only acoustic live musical entertainment is permitted in the space, although it was interesting to note that a PA system with microphones for the speakers were allowed; yet the volume is potentially very disturbing for local residents. But that is possibly a different conversation…. However, our challenge was to provide live musical entertainment that would be both engaging for the guests (as background music), and fit with the theme of the seminar: sustainability. We decided to recommend our Acoustic Folk Vibe Duo.
The venue is a serious ‘WOW’ factor space, with secret pathways, high ceilings, tropical trees, lots of space and even some exotic birds occasionally singing! It was great to do some exploring as well as discover a small pond! The venue had a large space where guests could congregate (in fact at another event we were involved in, there were tables for dining there). This was lovely because the guests were surrounded by trees! There was a balcony, which was an ideal place to locate the duo; sound wise, their voices and instruments could be heard with the acoustics, but they were also visible for the guests. Also, the volume was “background” as specified by the organisers – so guests were able to network easily without shouting over noisy background music.
After the seminar, the duo moved on to the platform in front of the balcony; this meant they could be slightly more “Featured” entertainment; this worked really well and whilst guests were still networking, you could see lots of toes tapping and guest engagement! The great feature of this duo is that they are very flexible where they can perform. It is possible for them to perform outside, move locations within a venue, and play at venues where there are strict sound restrictions. The duo comprise of two stunning singers, who sing close harmony, acoustic guitar and drums. They perform a mixture of their own arrangements of current hits and well known pop. They would be perfect for receptions, weddings, gala dinners and product launches.