Dexter's Frequently Asked Questions

How much space do you need?

Ideally Dexter need a performance area of 5x3 metres. Although we are able to work with a minimum area of 4x2 metres if space is more limited. We perform in all types of venues ranging from Hotels manor houses, barns, marquees, ball rooms and intimate clubs so we do have the capability to make use of what space we are given.

How is it best to time things?

Please consider the following points when arranging the timings for the band performances. Dexter always make it their priority to work closely alongside the client to ensure the event is catered to their needs and we have going with the flow down to a fine art. It's important that things run smoothly and you get the best out of our service.

So below is an example of how we might think the night may run best for you with booking band in mind.

Although please note that these are just suggestions as essential this is your event/venues/big day and we absolutely cater for needs fully, even within a tight schedule.

- Wedding performance example Booking from 7.30pm-12am with 2x 60 minutes sets.

7.30pm – 8:15pm >  background music
8:15 – 8:45pm > Cut the cake & photo opportunity
9pm > first dance
9pm – 10pm > First band set
10pm – 11pm > DJ set
11pm-12am > 2nd band set

*Please be mindful when planning sets around the evening food. Ideally avoid having the band start at 8pm if the buffet is then ready to come out. Although again this is something in our experience the venue and band always work around.

Can I pick the bands playlist?

We are more than happy for you to highlight songs or a style from our repertoire that you would like to hear at your event and generally it's something we always accommodate, within reason. Ideally we do prefer if we are left to decide the set and order in which they are played when adding some of your choices as We always take into account how important it is to be versatile and cater to most if not all of your guests at some point during the night to ensure the dance floor is never empty.

It is usually best if you let us know any songs you definitely DO or DON’T want rather than a ordered play list. We need to have the freedom to cater for all your guests and may need deviate to involve all of your guests.

Where will you travel to?

We travel Nationwide and even internationally.

Can I see you play live?

Due to the nature of our work, we don't play many public gigs as all of the events we perform at tend to be private parties. However, we do perform at an intimate music venue Granville's throughout the year which is fairly local to us in Stone, Staffordshire.
It's a great venue and opportunity for you to see us live in action and get a feel for us and what we are all about. Details of these events can be found on our facebook page or direct on Granville's website http://www.granvilles.st/

If you want to follow our Facebook page, any last minute public gigs that do come in will be promoted on there https://m.facebook.com/dextertheband/

Will you learn our special song?

We are very happy to learn up new material for your event. Weather it's for your first dance or a sentimental song or maybe you have a themed event and you want the band to also carry that theme on during their live set. Although this said it is all within reason and we do ask that at the time of booking us, please let your agent know if there’s a particular song you’d like us to consider learning so we have enough time to learn it well.

Below is a sample list of first dances or themed songs we have learned and played live in the past 12 months:

All Of Me - John Legend
You're Still The One - Shania Twain
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
Wings - Birdy
Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
The One - Kodaline
Hysteric - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Baby I'm Yours - Arctic Monkeys
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Better Together - Jack Johnson
You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
For Lovers - Wolfman ft. Pete Doherty
L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
Thousand Years - Christina Perrie
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Everything - Michael Buble
Tenerife Sea - Ed Sheeran
Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy - The Tams
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating

Halloween Playlist

Thriller - Michael Jackson
Abracadabra - Steve Miller
The Time Warp - Rocky Horror Show
Monster - The Automatic
Highway To Hell - AC/DC
Superstition - Stevie Wonder

James Bond Playlist

James Bond Theme Tune - John Barry
You Know My Name - Chris Cornell (Casino Royale)
Diamonds Are Forever - Shirely Bassey

Christmas Playlist

Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
Merry Christmas Everyone - Slade
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizard
All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues

Is the video on your website a true reflection of the band?

Dexter are very much a live band! We are entertainers but we believe in giving you a true insight into our live performance energy and sound which we feel you can pick up on from our video. We want you to get a feel for the interaction and enjoyment your guests will have from having Dexter play at your event. We are born entertainers!

How do I book you?

You can book us through the enquiry form on this website www.dexterband.co.uk or through our agency www.alivenetwork.com. You can also email or call our booking agents on 0845 108 5500 or email us at dexter@alivenetwork.com
We also accept informal enquiries via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/dextertheband), where we will be happy to talk through your event in person.

Are you able to DJ in between sets and make requests?

We offer a FREE DJ service with your booking carry a laptop with over 5000 songs to all our gigs that we use specifically for DJ'ing, making sure that we keep the dance floor swinging in between our live sets.

We are happy to take requests for DJ songs.

Music playlists between sets comes as standard with every booking, bit if do you want a more bespoke DJ service, we do ask you to put together a playlist and email it to us prior to your event.

Any requests for the DJ service will only be possible if we already own the music you require. We do not purchase music for clients due to the costs this can incur.

Can we use your sound system for speeches?

Dependant on timings if the band are already set up you are welcome to use our PA system for your speeches. However, we do ask that you inform us before the event and get permission from the band members before hand.

What equipment do you use?

Dexter live sound system is a collection of some of the most desirable audio equipment available on the market, including the following:

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Do you have lights?

We are equipped with a state of the art LED lighting system that provides both the stage and dance floor with visual effects.

How long do you play for?

This is something that can be discussed when booking the band through the agency ultimately we cater to your needs and this will be allocated into your fee when booking our act.

We offer lots of different options 2 x 45 mins 2 x 50mins 3 x 50mins 2 x 1hr slots etc.

We also have the facility to offer you an intimate acoustic set during the wedding breakfast and it has been know fornusbto play during the church service. Please speak to our agent if this is something that would interest you.

What time do you start and finish?

We usually start our first set at around 8.30/9am and play our second set in the final hour or so of the evening, but again we are totally flexible with this. Arrival and finish times are 6pm and midnight as standard with early arrival and late finish fees applicable outside of these timings.

How long do you take to set up?

Assuming access to the venue is straight forward (i.e. ground floor room with no steps and vehicle access close to the venue), once all the equipment is loaded in we can normally be set up and sound checked in 1hr 30mins

Can I provisionally book you?

Unfortunately, we don’t take provisional bookings as our demand is such that we would be turning clients away on popular dates. However, when you make an official enquiry with us, your enquiry will be logged in our system and you will be given first refusal on your date should anybody else enquire for the same date.

What if the band split up before my event?

Like many professional party bands, our work is our livelihood and so we take our commitments very seriously.

In the very unlikely event that the band had split up before your party, every effort would be made to find a suitable replacement band.

Can my sisters/bosses/daughters dog sing with your band?

We love it when people get up to sing a song with us, but we do like to make sure that those singing or playing with us have some experience of being on stage. We’re happy to arrange this with you in advance. However, past experience has taught us that welcoming impromptu guests onto the stage on the night itself, can often end in disaster so we’d rather steer clear of that situation!

What will the band wear?

We usually dress formally for most parties Male Member would wear trousers, shirt and tie) female LBD unless informal attire is requested. In the past, we’ve also been asked to join in with an events theme, DEXTER LOVE TO DRESS UP so please let us know.

Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates?

We always carry up to date PAT certification and have Public Liability Insurance cover up to £5M.

Why should I book Dexter?

Dexter are one of the only bands on the agency to offer you both Male and Female lead vocals! and aside from this the only band on the agency that you can book that offer 4 different acts/shows.

Like the 80's?

Dexter can also perform as the ultimate tribute to the 1980's. If you want to have your event transported back to the 80’s with smash hits from Soft Cell, Madonna, Duran Duran & authentic 80’s clothing and costumes, visit Alive & Kicking's profile now for more information! What about the swinging 60's?

Dexter can also bring to life, the sounds & memories from the wonderful 60's. If you want authentic 60's instruments & costumes, with classic tracks from The Supremes, The Beatles & more; visit So 60's profile now for more information!

Also we offer an intimate acoustic set with their Acoustic Duo with female vocals and acoustic guitar (including an early arrival of 3pm if required

This alone make us one of the most Versatile acts with an extensive/ powerful repertoire. Dexter has entertained audiences at venues from marquee weddings and stately homes to thousands of people at open-air concert venues. We are equally at home providing the live entertainment for a wedding or birthday party as they are playing for major corporations or university balls.

The five members of Dexter have many years of live performance under their belts. Members of the band have performed in venues such as the London Palladium and the Marquee Club in London and all members have numerous recording credits to their name. Dexter has also shared the bill with artists including Jools Holland and his Orchestra Catatonia the Honeyz and Coolio.

The set contains rock and pop classics from the 60s to the present day packed with guaranteed floor fillers and sing-along favourites. Material has been carefully selected to provide not just the best in more 'established' songs by acts such as Robbie Williams and ABBA but also more energetic tunes from the likes of Plan B Jess Glyne and the Killers.

Whatever the song, the attention to detail is outstanding. Multi-part guitar and vocal arrangements, as well as state-of-the-art equipment, bring the set to life in a way few other bands can match.

So who trusts Dexter with helping to make sure that their event is memorable?

How much does it cost to book the band?

Prices vary slightly based on the time of year, the location of your event, timings, and any upgrade options, but our standard price starts at £aaa including VAT.

Can we see some previous client testimonials?

Yes. We have hundreds of testimonials from previous satisfied clients on our website.

Check out our testimonials here www.alivenetwork.com/bandreviews?bandname=Dexter

Do Dexter have any specific requirements?

We request parking facilities, a room in which to change, something to eat and drinks for the duration of our time at the venue and

What type/size venues are you able to play at?

We have played in every type of venue, from festivals and football stadiums, from huge marquees and ballrooms to intimate clubs and private residencies.

How loud will the band be?

We always make sure that our volume levels are such that people at your event can still converse, but really feel as though they are at a gig when they're on the dance floor. Being a 5 piece rock and pop function band, the nature of the music we play means that we can only turn down so far! If your chosen venue has a DB limiter, please discuss this with your agent at the time of your enquiry - There’s every chance that we (or one of our fellow agency bands) have performed at the venue before, but if not, it’s worth discussing to make sure that the performance you will receive from us will not be compromised.

However, if your venues decibel limit is restrictively low, we consider bringing our electric drum kit version of our performance which will help with the noise level by compressing the amount of Volume on stage.

What is the band power requirement?

We usually request 2 double 13 amp supplies near to the stage area. We use LED lighting which keeps our power consumption down but we prefer to run lights from one power source and audio equipment from another to reduce the risk of noise interfer-ence. As a rule, we draw approximately 16 amps with everything on and have only ever experienced any issues in events in marquees where the generator capacity has been too low.

Do Dexter offer any additional services?

As previously mentioned Dexter offer a number of additional services at very competitive rates: From ceremony music, acoustic sets during dinner, additional/extended DJ service to live song requests. If you would like more information regarding the above options please contact the agent or email to discuss.