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Tips from an acoustic duo

Published: 6 Aug 14, 12:45pm  |  Author: DG Music

Hi there! We're 2 Acoustic and we're here to give you a little insight into the process of booking a duo for your event. 

We've been booked for a wide range of events, from festivals to celebrity weddings.

Acoustic duos tend to bring a level of sophistication and a focal point for those who want to be entertained, but nothing too overpowering that it prevents people from being able to talk comfortably or gives you indigestion during your meal! 

Read on to find out more...

Adam and Paula

Why should you book an acoustic duo?

With an acoustic duo you're getting live entertainment with real musicians who tailor their set to work with the atmosphere of the room, but at a fraction of the price of a larger band.

We are experts in choosing the right songs to suit the mood of your event, which most often is required to be a comfortable, sophisticated and sociable atmosphere with light background music. We also both sing/harmonise and alternate between playing the piano and acoustic guitar so that our set remains fresh to the ears.

In past events we have stepped up our acoustic element to a slightly fuller sound (similar to a small band with a kick drum pedal and tambourine) for those occasions where the atmosphere needs a little more impact but still on an acoustic duo budget.

We will happily learn two new songs for free with each booking so you can have the perfect songs that truly mean something to you for your wedding ceremony, first dance, birthday, corporate event or anniversary.

Logistics of booking an acoustic duo

•    We need a 3m x 2m space to comfortably fit our equipment in but we always aim to arrive with plenty of time to position our gear in the best possible way.

•    For all of your guests to hear us we have to use a PA system which requires a power supply.

•    On average it takes us 30 minutes to load our equipment into your event space and then 30 minutes for us to set-up and sound check     

•    Parking is very important to us. We have a lot of heavy gear for two people to carry so it always makes our day when people have thought ahead and provided suitable parking.

•    If you’re planning an outdoor event, keep the unpredictable British weather in mind. We require suitable waterproof cover, preferable a sturdy gazebo with sides, to protect our equipment from rain and direct sunlight.

A typical event from start to finish

Acoustic musicians for wedding and event hire will contact you a couple of weeks before your event to confirm the details and reassure you that they are still coming!

We offer two song requests free with every booking so you’ll need to let us know the details in advance but we don’t require a full set list - we have a wide repertoire to choose from to create the perfect atmosphere for your event.

On the day we will arrive in plenty of time. It takes around 30 minutes to unload and another half an hour to set up and carry out our sound checks, which we aim to do as discreetly as possible.

We’ll start to play at the times agreed with you – usually we do 3 x 40 minute sets but we can also do 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 50 minute sets if this suits you better. In between each set we will have a short break and leave suitable background music playing through our iPod or your own music player with pre-arranged playlist.

When it comes to wedding ceremonies and first dances, we'll generally take our cues from either the best man, bridesmaid, wedding planner or vicar/priest/registrar as required.

At the end of our sets we will leave the iPod playing while we pack away (unless you have booked a DJ to follow on from us) and then make a discreet exit, leaving you to enjoy the rest of your day.

Top Tips

* If you require us to play at two locations (eg. church and reception venue) make sure you allow us enough time to pack down and load out our gear, travel to the next location and then load in and set-up again.

* Provide suitable waterproof cover for our equipment at outdoor events.

* Make sure you have a good power source that won’t overload and cut out, stopping the music and ultimately breaking the flow of the atmosphere.

* In our experience events that have worked really well have considered a logical exit strategy for when we’ve finished playing, allowing us to load out without disturbing the event.

* Relax and have fun! We've done this many times and it's all under control so sit back and enjoy it.

Watch a performance by 2 Acoustic.

Meet the Musicians

How long have you been an acoustic duo?

We've been performing and writing together since 2010 which is divided into two elements. We perform acoustic arrangements of popular songs for a wide range of events under the name 2 Acoustic but also write, release and perform our own music under the name The Daydream Club. This has brought us lots of amazing opportunities and experiences like working with Burberry, supporting The Beautiful South in theatres across the country, featuring on the BBC and performing at a VIP event in Milan.

What attracted you to the life of an acoustic duo?

Music has always been our passion and we've been in many bands and huge scale projects but we've had the most success as an acoustic duo because we are equally as driven, professional and committed. We get things done and we do them well.

Who are your music icons?

There are always too many to mention... we pride ourselves on having a broad taste in music.

Tell us about your most memorable performance.

Playing under The Daydream Club name to a sold out theatre opening for The South. It was a beautiful grand theatre with a sea of 2,000 or so heads looking at us. Our banter was on form and everyone loved our songs... you can't ask for more than that. Under the 2 Acoustic alias there have been too many memorable performances to mention. We're fortunate enough to be a part of so many special occasions, it's hard to chose just one. It's an honour to provide the soundtrack and add ambience to help create a lasting and unique atmosphere.

What is your favourite song / piece of music to perform and why?

"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol. Everybody across the board seems to love that song and the way we play it... so obviously that is a fun one to do. It's great to see people singing along, looking to their loved ones etc.

Who would you most like to perform for?

The entire cast of "Friends"... always loved that show.

Where would you most like to perform?

The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury during sunset. 

What three words sum you up as a musician/band?

Hardworking, creative and professional.

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