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Any seasoned publican knows that booking live music is time consuming and therefore costly. But they also know that having bar entertainment is important. Can hiring a band for a residency offer a time and money saving solution?

The answer is possibly Yes. And maybe No! Confused? Like all solutions, there are pros and cons. Here we look at five of each, so you can decide for yourself whether or not a live band residency is worth trying for your pub.

Pros
1 - You Know What You’re Getting: When regularly changing acts, there is always a chance that you’ll get a dud musician or band. This doesn’t happen with your resident band.
2 - Lower Costs: Where you are guaranteeing a band regular work, you are more likely to secure a reduced fee with them.
3 - Easier to Promote: It’s easier to big up a band when you’re saying the same great things about them over and over again, and especially when you know that you can fully stand over what you’re saying.
4 - Builds a Following: Over time, a good house band will build a strong and loyal following, thus guaranteeing bums on seats and money in the tills.
5 - Still Offer Variety: Even with a residency, you can have multiple bands by rotating different ones every fortnight or three weeks.

Cons
1 - It Can Go Flat: The ability to play a varying set-list and keep the same audience engaged week in, week out, takes a very special type of performer. So, while many singers and bands will jump at the chance of playing a residency, few can properly pull it off.
2 - Time Consuming: A good resident band can save you time in the long run, but you must find the right one first. Finding the “right” one can take a lot of time and effort - see point above!
3 - Over Familiarity: Over time as a band becomes more familiar with your bar and everyone in it, their standards can start to slip. Arrival, starting, break and finishing times can all gravitate towards the band’s wants rather than your needs.
4 - Can Cause Conflict: Getting a strong understanding between both parties in advance is essential. Otherwise you could soon find yourselves fighting over rates for special occasions, pay rises, and a whole lot more besides. But we’ll deal with all of that in another article.
5 - The Band can be Poached: Not the lightly boiled “poached”, although that’s what you might want to do to them! If you build up a band residency, your competition will soon come sniffing around and looking for a piece of your hard won success. Without a suitable agreement in place between you and the Act, you could find your time and effort wasted as they jump ship to another pub, bringing their audience with them.

If you think that hiring a live band or musician for a residency is for you, then go for it. But do your homework first, and put in the time and effort required to make it a success. So, find the right Act, consistently do your Facebook and social media posts, put up your monthly “What’s On” posters, and most importantly, stick with it through the good and the bad nights!

And what if a residency isn’t for you? Go to www.gizagig.com/bars and see how easy we make it for you to book, manage and promote your bar’s live entertainment. You can find your residency band there too.

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Your wedding day has no shortage of momentous and emotional moments. But few are as poignant and tear jerking as the Father Daughter Dance. While his giving you away at the alter is beautiful and memorable, the moment can sometimes get lost in the enormity of the occasion and the resulting nerves. Your dance together however, is a much more relaxed and intimate moment. As the two of you glide across the dance floor your bond is as strong as ever. After all, this is the man who has loved and protected you since birth! However, the unspoken words between you now are that this marks a new beginning for you both.

So, it’s important you choose a song that properly captures that mood and makes your Father Daughter dance really special to you both. You need to find a piece of music with the right tone to encapsulate the relationship and love between you. Unless you already have something in mind, this can be a tough task! Lots of songs start off quite lovey-dovey, but then venture into lyrics that are much more appropriate for your new hubby than your dad, (which could become urm…. awkward to say the least).

Luckily, we’re here to make your life a little bit easier (as we do with everything at GizaGig). We've listed 20 potential songs that could hit the right note for your father daughter dance, with plenty of variety for all different types of dad and princess relationships. And of course, just in case your dad is like most others and thinks he’s the funniest person on the planet, we’ve even thrown in some humorous ones too 😊!

When you’ve selected your perfect Father Daughter Dance song, try using GizaGig to book all of your wedding entertainment. You’ll easily find and book professional and talented musicians and acts of all types, who are just waiting to make your ceremony, welcome reception, reception or day afters’ perfect. You can thank us later ;)

1. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
2. Wherever You Go Whatever You Do - Bryan Adams
3. The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
4. My Girl - The Temptations
5. I Loved Her First - Heartland
6. Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
7. In My Life - The Beatles
8. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw
9. You've Got a Friend in Me - Randy Newman
10. You're My Best Friend - Queen
11. Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
12. I Will Walk With You - John Fogerty
13. Sweet Child O’ Mine - Guns & Roses
14. Dropkick Murphys - Forever
15. Father and Daughter - Paul Simon
16. The Tennessee Waltz - Leonard Cohen
17. You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
18. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
19. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
20. Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

To make things even easier, we’ve compiled all of the suggestions into a handy Youtube Playlist.

Planning the musical and entertainment elements of the wedding day is a piece of cake when you use www.gizagig.com/weddings. With our handy website search, you can quickly and securely book all of your wedding acts in one place. It couldn’t be easier to find the perfect soundtrack to your perfect day, simply Search - Book - Party!

Take the first step on your journey to booking your perfect wedding band by using www.gizagig.com/weddings today!

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The moment you enter and walk through the church or venue will undoubtedly become one of your most precious memories. So, getting the perfect wedding ceremony entrance music can feel like a pretty big task. Luckily, we’re here to help with such important decisions!

The bride’s entrance music depends not only on your own personal preferences, but also on some external factors too. While as a couple you know what songs will make your wedding day perfect, the venue and type of ceremony you want may dictate and influence your choice of music. While on one hand, some churches and celebrants will only allow religious, traditional and/or classical music, on the other, civil ceremonies are strict on having no religious mentions at all.

Your choice of performer and Act will also have a major bearing on your song options. While a singer with a guitar is perfect for Train’s “Marry Me”, the classical “Cannon in D” maybe a bit of a stretch. All songs you request should lend themselves to the type of Act you book.

Below we’ve listed twenty two popular, as well as lesser known, wedding ceremony entrance songs. Some of these will only be suitable for particular ceremonies and Acts, so it’s vital that you check with your celebrant, venue and performer beforehand just to be sure. This goes for all of your ceremony music

If you’re still looking for a suitable artist for you wedding ceremony, our search tool could make your planning a whole load easier. Check out www.gizagig.com/weddings

1. Bridal Chorus - Wagner
2. Pachelbel's Cannon in D - Classical
3. Ode to Joy - Beethoven
4. Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary)
5. Songbird - Eva Cassidy
6. A Thousand Years - Christina Perry
7. Make You Feel My Love - Adele
8. Marry You - Bruno Mars
9. James Arthur - Say You Won’t Let Go
10. Marry Me - Train
11. Beautiful in White - Shane Filan
12. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
13. Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
14. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) - Stevie Wonder
15. Sí Bheag, Sí Mór - Traditional Irish
16. She Moved Through the Fair - Traditional Irish
17. The Star of the County Down - Van Morrison and the Chieftains
18. Ave Maria - Schubert (Beyonce has a great version of this too)
19. The Prayer - Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dione
20. La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
21. You Raise Me Up - Westlife
22. Amazing Grace - Traditional Hymn

To listen to these songs, we’ve created a handy Youtube Playlist, which runs in the same order as the songs are listed here. So, put your feet up, have a listen (maybe a cheeky glass of wine…), and hopefully find your dream wedding entrance song!

Once you’ve finished here, why not check out the fantastic selection of wedding singers and performers available for your big day? On www.gizagig.com/weddings, we have a huge selection of wedding acts to fit all types of ceremonies and settings.

You can book acts at the simple click of a button, and make a big part of your perfect wedding day that little bit easier.

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There are many reasons why publicans don’t bother with the whole advertising thing: it’s a hassle, it’s time consuming, and didn't they survived just fine up until now?! Even Facebook, that free and easy to use platform is a bridge too far because it’s just too much of a commitment. And as for posters, sure what’s wrong with an A4 page and a thick black marker?!

Luckily, for publicans who want to thrive rather than just survive, there is a solution that's free and requires minimal interaction from the publican! Following several months of testing with bars across Ireland, GizaGig are rolling out their free Facebook promotional tool to the entire on-trade. Facebook posts are written on behalf of the venue, and published directly to the business's page. All events taking place in the pub are promoted, be they live entertainment or sport on TV.

Huge Timer Savings

"It literally has saved me weeks of office time" says Dale Kiernan of Bearr an Raille in Roscommon. As a User of the prototype he states, "GizaGig will create posts with images and text for that day's entertainment. All of these posts are available to view beforehand, so if you don't like the way it's worded you can tailor it to suit the personality of your pub."

The system is designed to benefit bars who interact with Facebook at any level. It does all of the work by scheduling a series of posts that bars can either edit to suit their own needs, for example including special offers, or just leave it to run by itself. It offers significant time and cost savings to all bars, while at the same time helping to get more customers through their doors.

Cathal Dolan, founder and CEO: "Live entertainment and TV sport represent a significant investment for bars, so it's vital that they maximise the return on that investment. This requires putting time and energy into promotion, an area some bars struggle with. GizaGig removes this struggle by making sure every event is promoted on the bar's behalf."

Free Monthly "What's On" Posters

A monthly "What's On" bar poster service is also provided. These posters compliment and reinforce Facebook promotion by also including all upcoming events. In addition they contain specific bar information and special offers, and can be printed free of charge.

Of course as a free service, some may wonder what the "catch" is. There is none! The GizaGig business model is based on a booking system that retains a portion of the Act fee. This booking functionality will save you even even more time and money, but we'll talk about that elsewhere :-)

To start saving yourself time, hassle and money, click the "Sign Up" button at the top of the page.

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Choosing the song to play for your wedding first dance can be one of the trickiest choices of all. First of all, there are a lot of songs about love to choose from - it’s one of the biggest forms of inspiration.

Then there’s the question of opting for a song you think everyone will know and recognise, or something that’s deeply personal to you and your partner. In some cases, you and your love could have completely different music tastes in the first place!

If you’re coming up short of ideas for your first dance, here are 8 alternative songs you may not have considered, but could be a perfect match for your wedding day.

You’re Gorgeous - Babybird



A simple catchy one, with not too many lyrics to remember, but it says enough in those few words:

“Because you're gorgeous, I'd do anything for you. Because you're gorgeous, I know you'll get me through.”

The tune is bubbly and bouncy, easy for your guests to bop along to, and with just slightly enough of an indie feel for those who are hoping to avoid a ballad.

Highway to Hell - AC/DC



If your friends and family know you as a couple who like to joke around, and you're partial to a bit of rock music now and then, this might be one for the shortlist! Yes, the lyrics are about somebody headed to eternal damnation, but he sounds pretty pleased about it throughout!

It's a fun song for the guests too, Grandad will have his air guitar out in no time.

Ten Storey Love Song - The Stone Roses



Combining some truly beautiful lyrics with an airy and happy guitar riff, another uncommon but potentially perfect song choice for a first dance. Although the lyrics aren't quite as sentimental as others on the list, it expresses that special feeling of wanting to give your loved one the world, or as much of it as you can.

“Ten story love song I built this thing for you Who can take you higher Than twin deep mountain blue Oh well I've built this thing for you And I love you true”

If you've never heard this song before, it really does grow on you after a few listens. Give it a go.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole



This version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow can often be overshadowed by the multitude of other artists’ takes. But, after one listen, it’s easy to see why it’s classed as one of the most beautiful covers of the famous tune. The simple Ukulele accompaniment along with that simple and soulful voice makes this a top choice at any wedding.

Baby I Love You - The Ramones



This one has soppy all over it, the lyrics are fairly simple but each and every word is a proclamation of love. If you check out the video above, you'll see exactly what I mean. Although the lyrics are so fitting, it isn't such a common song for a first dance - so if you're looking for something sincere and unique, you might have just found it!

Lovers in a Dangerous Time - Barenaked Ladies



This folky tune has a great chorus and, although the lyrics in places can be a tad abstract - overall it's a song about lovers who have overcome some troubles to be where they are today. They've come through their dangerous times and out the other end stronger. If that story sounds all too familiar, this could be the perfect first dance.

Heroes - David Bowie



You can't go wrong with a bit of Bowie - and this funky track has all the right ingredients for an interesting first dance song. The lyrics also are a great match for a wedding tune - “Cause we're lovers and that is a fact. yes we're lovers that is that.”... “We can be heroes, just for one day”... “I will be king, and you will be queen”

During that moment of your first dance with your partner, you’ll feel like heroes on your one special day. And, it’s a perfect floor-filler if you want to invite the rest of the wedding party to join you for a dance.

Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls



This one can get a few different reactions when suggested, as the lyrics are a mixture of melancholy and romance, but for some couples it might hit all of the right notes. The simple refrain, “I just want you to know who I am.” says it all - your loved one sees you in ways that nobody else does, and that's what makes your marriage, and this day, so important.



Here are just some suggestions, but there's so much more music out there! YouTube and Spotify both have the Recommend feature, which selects similar songs to your current playlist. Get the computer speakers out start to play a few of the above songs - who knows what you might find!

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Everything is organised and the hard work is done. Now all you have to do now is sit back with a glass of prosecco, admire your work, and wait for the big day to arrive. While you’re sitting there however, you may as well send a few emails to your suppliers, just to reconfirm everything that you hav...

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The last thing you want before your big day is a broken heart. But if you choose the wrong acts or bands for your ceremony, welcome reception, or reception, that’s what you might be in for! This means you have to look beyond the music to other key factors such as professionalism, attitude, and relia...

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Choosing the song to play for your wedding first dance can be one of the trickiest choices of all. First of all, there are a lot of songs about love to choose from - it’s one of the biggest forms of inspiration.

Then there’s the question of opting for a song you think everyone will know an...

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The moment you enter and walk through the church or venue will undoubtedly become one of your most precious memories. So, getting the perfect wedding ceremony entrance music can feel like a pretty big task. Luckily, we’re here to help with such important decisions!

The bride’s entrance musi...

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Your wedding day has no shortage of momentous and emotional moments. But few are as poignant and tear jerking as the Father Daughter Dance. While his giving you away at the alter is beautiful and memorable, the moment can sometimes get lost in the enormity of the occasion and the resulting nerves. Y...

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Who should pay for our water has undoubtedly been one of the most hotly debated topics of our time. But for many musicians, it pales into insignificance in terms of the longevity, divisiveness, and fallings-out that have accompanied that exclusively music subject; Backing Tracks!

But are th...

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This week marks the 9th annual “National Fish & Chips” day by the Irish Traditional Italian Chipper Association. As cover bands, we’ve a lot in common with our local chipper; we’ve both been an important part of society for a long time, we both work late hours, and we both need good personal interac...

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The set-up and sound check. Long the bane of brides and publicans alike, it has been known to drive even the staunchest non-smoker into the puffing area for a bit of peace. Between the noise, the mess, and the coming and goings of the band, setting up for a live gig can flatten the most upbeat of pa...

As entertainers we’ll be bringing plenty of festive cheer to pubs and parties across the country. That means throwing a few holiday songs into the set to get audiences in the mood. The much loved standards and classics, like “Fairytale of New York” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” will get many a rend...

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- Some guy: Will you play XYZ?
- You: No sorry, we don’t know that one.
- Some guy: Yeah you do. Go on, play it.
- You: Honestly, we don’t know it.
- Some guy: Of course you do, everyone knows it. What do you call them sings it, you know the band. ...

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As we know from W.B. Yeats, there’s nothing worse than unrequited love or a broken heart. With some cover bands likely to be playing to such an audience on the night, we’ve decided this year to suggest some anti-Valentine songs to include in your set. Here are 5 tear jerker (or blood boiling!) sugge...

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From Shanghai to Sydney, and LA to London, every year March 17th sees world-famous landmarks across the globe turned green in a nod to our little isle. It gives anyone with even a strand of Paddy DNA, a huge sense of pride because for just one day in the year it’s all about us!

Unless you’r...

5 Plec Alternatives

15/05/2018
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It shouldn’t happen but it does: arriving to the gig and discovering you’ve no plecs. Luckily there’s no need to panic because there are no shortage of readily available of alternatives. Here we look at the pros and cons of 5 readily available options:

1 - Credit Card: Probably the “...

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The Christmas season not only sees a spike in the number of gigs bands play, it also sees an increase in the quality of those gigs. Because audiences feel more relaxed and just want to have fun, they get to their feet or start singing earlier than at any other time of year, and they do so with a gus...

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Gaffer or Gaffa tape (not to be confused with Duct or Duck tape!) is that ultra strong, super adhesive tape that comes on a convenient roll. As every seasoned Live Band Musician and Roadie knows, this guardian angel of the live circuit should not only be the first thing into the gig bag, it should n...

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Sometimes pubs and other venues that play live music will ask you for a discount. It can be a great way to get your foot in the door, or help you fill your online calendar. However, you need to be careful that you’re not giving away money for nothing.

As musicians and entertainers, what we ...

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Should your cover band offer a discount to get pub and venue gigs? Absolutely!

Done properly, offering a discount is a great way of securing gigs long-term. If you’re unsure as to whether you should, here are five things to consider when thinking about it:

1 - You’re an Unknown:...

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Most cover bands and musicians will at one stage or another be asked to perform a charity gig. Although they range in size from large corporate events, to a fundraiser gig in the local bar, one thing is constant; Acts are often asked to play for free. This puts many bands and performers in an awkwar...

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Hey, wud der b any probs writin like dis if u wer applyin 4 a job? Would you address the person as “pal” or “dude” or “man”? Would you ignore common grammar, WRITE ALL IN CAPITALS, or avoid capitals all together? You might, but you’d be a long time waiting for a response, let alone an interview. So...

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“We used to get Y but now only get X. Pubs have gone to hell!”.

Social media watchers will be all too familiar with this sentiment, and some cover bands that rely on pub gigs for their income know that it’s all too true. Unfortunately however, this is a fact of life. Economics dicta...

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The days of pubs and brides booking a live band purely on their sales spiel is fast disappearing. Bookers have become much more discerning and want to know what they’re getting in advance. Video is a vital element of this, so if you’re serious about getting gigs, you need to be serious about having ...

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Do you remember your first few cover band gigs? You planned everything down to the most minute detail; the setlist was rehearsed and rewritten again and again, and you endlessly discussed how you’d get to the venue, what you’d wear, and who’d stand where. You did all of this planning because you wan...

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If you’re a cover band or live musician, promotional videos are essential. They give an allround feel for who you are and what you do, helping to build trust between you and potential bookers. The more interesting and engaging videos you publish, the more likely you are to get the right kind of gigs...

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If you’re a cover band or live musician, promotional videos are essential. They give an allround feel for who you are and what you do, helping to build trust between you and potential bookers. The more interesting and engaging videos you publish, the more likely you are to get the right kind of gigs...

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Over the Christmas season a lot more people than usual go out. And hosting Live Entertainment helps ensure that it's your door they come in. But with extra customers comes extra risks, especially when the Entertainment gets the party started!

That “Christmassy feeling”, a bigger crowd, a cr...

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Choosing the right Live Band used to be potluck. Unless you happened to see them play somewhere, all you had to go on was the Band’s word; the “We’ve been playing for years….We do every type of music….Ask such and such about us…” etc. It can be all very convincing, but without proof they are just em...

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Your customers are in for some real entertainment treats in your bar this month. You’ve booked several live bands, have a weekly quiz, and you’re showing tonnes of top class sport on the TV. You’ve put it all onto a Monthly What’s On Poster to spread the word, had a batch printed. Now you just need ...

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Even if you’re only doing a weekly quiz and showing the odd free to air sporting event on TV, a monthly “What’s On” poster is a must for your pub. However, a “What’s On” poster doesn’t have to be just about what’s on, it can help drum up business in other ways. As discussed in a previous blog, “5 Pl...

Any serious publican knows that Facebook is a must. But finding the time and having the creativity to keep it up to date isn’t always that straight forward. A good starting point is to have a format and a process. This is essentially a set of building blocks and plans that you follow. It makes creat...

TV Sports subscription channels don’t come cheap. In order to maximise your return it’s vital to get every last potential sale you can, by promoting what you have coming up. One of the most effective ways to advertise your TV Sport is via Facebook. However, coming up with what to write can be diffic...

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There are many reasons why publicans don’t bother with the whole advertising thing: it’s a hassle, it’s time consuming, and didn't they survived just fine up until now?! Even Facebook, that free and easy to use platform is a bridge too far because it’s just too much of a commitment. And as for poste...

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With just a handful of customers sipping their drinks and bar staff twiddling their thumbs, those recurring dead nights are a killer for pubs. So we’ve put 5 Bar Entertainment suggestions together to help you inject a bit of life into them. They’re all a bit of fun for your customers, can be run by ...

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When it comes to live music and bar entertainment, Bars and pubs generally expect Acts to bring their own P.A. system as they don’t have one in-house. However, they could be missing a trick.

There are many ways an in-house PA system can benefit your business, many of which you may not have ...

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Although we had a colder than usual start to the year, things have improved greatly over the last few weeks, with many more sunny days than rainy. It bodes well for a good summer! This means one thing for publicans and punters: lazy Sunday afternoons in a beer garden :-).

Actually, hopefull...

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Any seasoned publican knows that booking live music is time consuming and therefore costly. But they also know that having bar entertainment is important. Can hiring a band for a residency offer a time and money saving solution?

The answer is possibly Yes. And maybe No! Confused? Like all s...