Interview With: Paul
Company Name: Entertainment Nation
Location / Coverage: Nationwide
Who are Entertainment Nation?
Entertainment Nation is the UK’s most exciting entertainment agency! We represent the finest wedding bands, performers and entertainers in the land. We love to match up happy couples with their perfect wedding entertainment.
How did Entertainment Nation get started and how long have you been going?
Entertainment Nation was born after many years playing in bands and booking weddings through other agencies. My business partner and I realised we could provide a better service than what was out there at the time. We’ve been going for many years now and continue to grow year after year.
Why are you called Entertainment Nation?
Because we bring entertainment to the nation!
Where do you cover?
As our name suggests, we cover the whole of the UK, as well as weddings in Europe and farther afield. We have bands situated across the country, so no matter where our clients are located they can book a brilliant local wedding band.
What service can Entertainment Nation provide for a wedding?
We provide the complete wedding entertainment package. From acoustic duos and string quartets for the pure romance of the wedding ceremony, through to exciting rock and pop or soul, funk and motown bands for the ultimate wedding reception party.
What sets Entertainment Nation apart from other wedding entertainment and live music agencies?
Our intimate knowledge gained from not only arranging wedding entertainment but also decades of experience of actually performing in wedding bands. We know exactly what works at a wedding and share this expertise with our clients to give them a personalised service that surpasses all their expectations.
What type of music acts can you provide?
If you think of it, we can provide it! Well, we are a little light on thrash metal bands, but fortunately there isn’t a great deal of demand for them at weddings!
On our books we have pop, rock, indie, funk, soul, Motown, swing, jazz, blues, disco, dance and R’n’B – and that’s just the bands! We also have a range of vocalists, classical musicians, pianists and other varieties of entertainment to choose from.
If couples are looking for something a little different, what type of themed acts do you offer?
Huge trends right now are vintage and festival themed weddings. We have a number of excellent vintage themed acts and festival style acoustic folk bands (think Mumford and Sons) to put the finishing touch to a themed wedding. Alternatively, couples can choose from non-musical entertainers like caricaturists and magicians.
If a couple is looking for a niche act not found on our roster they should get in touch anyway because we’ll use our extensive contacts to find the act they’re looking for.
What have been the top music acts of 2016 so far?
Pop and rock bands are still the number one hit for evening wedding receptions. Delivering genre-spanning hits from across the decades ensures that the dance floor is pumping all night long!
What do you think will be hot trends for wedding entertainment next year?
We don’t expect the demand for vintage acts and festival style bands to slow down, so couples should make sure they book early. Many dates for 2017 are already fully booked.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing is being part of making a couple’s day perfect. When our clients let us know what a special day they had and how their band were a massive part of making it so it makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Random question… If you could provide entertainment for anyone’s wedding, who would it be and what would you provide?
We’re all huge Stevie Wonder fans at Entertainment Nation. We’d have loved to have been in the band at his wedding, maybe even sharing the stage with the main man for a couple of his classic numbers!
What’s your typical day like (we know two days are never the same in the wedding world!)?
You pre-empted my answer! When you run an entertainment agency and play in a wedding band, every day is different! So one day I might be an accountant and the next a director for a promotional video shoot.
Just as no two working days are the same, no two weddings are the same. It’s a privilege to attend so many couples’ special days and see the love and creativity that goes into making each one unique.