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Three Card Trick FAQ's


1. How much do you charge?

This is dependant on so many factors such as location, date, set length, equipment required, venue size and type of event. For example if you run a pub or venue in the Glasgow area and you want us to play through the house PA with a supplied backline for 2x45 min sets of blues and classic rock plus some original material, this will carry a reduced price tag compared to a 4 hour wedding reception in Inverness where we would take our entire rig and play whatever keeps your dancefloor jumping all night, no matter how cheesy the requests :-)

2. When do we need to let you know our first dance?

Up to two weeks before your date is enough time for us to learn your first dance.

3. How many songs can we ask you to learn that aren't already on your online repertoire? -

Your first dance is a given, and if you have a particular father/daughter song we can always accommodate that too. Any other requests are welcome, but unfortunately not guaranteed to be played on the night. Of course we will do our best to get through them, but if we had to learn 10 new songs for every booking, we might as well move in to the rehearsal studio!

4. What time will you arrive?

We normally arrive 45-60mins before our start time (which is usually 8pm).

5. How long do you take to set up?

Depending on the load in and whether the stage area is ready for us it only takes us about 45 mins to set up. If the night is running late due to speeches etc we will be ready to start 45 mins after we are granted access to the stage area.

6. Can we extend your playing hours?

"It's better to burn out than fade away" - Neil Young.

Every Scottish wedding needs a big climax at midnight. Having us play til 1am means that a lot of your guests in the "mature age group" would have hit the hay by the time we get round to the big circle round the dancefloor for Loch Lomond etc. If you really need the extra hour I would recommend a DJ set which I provide for a lower cost than the full band playing. Email us for DJ set prices.

7. Do you take requests?

Hell yeah! If there was an MTV Award for being able to play almost anything that's requested by an audience, you can bet your last Rolo we'd be going home with a silver planet on a wobbly spring. In my opinion there's two types of covers bands - bands who have a repertoire of 100 songs which they play EXACTLY like the record (which is an incredible talent in itself), and then there's bands like us who can instantly put together a very recognisable arrangement of almost any song ever! If I've ever heard of it, we can play it. Last week we busked Dancing Queen, Call Me Maybe and All the Single Ladies... That was a fun night!

8. Can our friend sing with you?

If you let us know in advance then of course! We try to avoid having people get up spontaneously on the night as in our experience if you let one drunk uncle get up to ruin Mack The Knife, the best man then decides to try and top it with an even worse rendition of Wonderwall and the whole night descends into some Jaeger Bomb poisoned X Factor rejects mess. But like I said if it's arranged in advance even just before we start playing, and the singer is sober (enough to hold a mic at least) then yes by all means!

9. My pal plays drums/guitar. Can he play with you?

Again, if it's arranged in advance and they bring their own guitar then yes that would be fine. Unfortunately Keith Moon wannabes cannot be accommodated. Cymbals are expensive. If they wanted to bring their own kit that would be fine though haha :-)

10. Can we pick the setlist you will play on the night?

Of course - feel free to email me a list of songs from our repertoire you'd like to hear on the night! However I often get emails from couples who say "We saw you rocking out at Box on a Thursday night - play that set at our wedding!"  We love that music, you love that music, but your aunties and grans might not appreciate a 20 min version of Voodoo Child by Hendrix haha! Most of the time, you're better off taking advantage of our experience of what packs a dancefloor all night. Brown Eyed Girl, Shang A Lang etc are dead certs. If you really want a particularly hard rocking set (Foo Fighters, ACDC etc) then we would be overjoyed to turn your wedding reception into a scene from T in the Park, but in reality due to the mixed age groups at weddings, very few people dance to this type of music.

Ultimately though, you are the boss! I was chatting to a bride on our break last week and I said "I don't think some of the older guests are digging the Rage Against the Machine and Led Zeppelin songs you picked for us to play..." She just said "So? It's my night and I'll mosh like a crazy person if I want to! You got any Limp Bizkit?" Haha I moistened my briefs. Turned out to be a great night - we even had a 90 year old jumping around to "Killing in the Name"!

11. Dance floor hits aside, what's your favourite song to play?

Good Love is on the Way - John Mayer Trio

12. What's your favourite song to play that we might have heard of?

Purple Haze - Hendrix

13. No seriously...I only listen to Capital FM

Ah that's a shame. Wake Me Up by Avicii then...

14. Where can we see you play live?

Always check with us or the venue before you head out.

Howlin Wolf, Glasgow most Tuesdays 10pm-midnight. It's a very bluesy set mind featuring awesome guest performers joining us onstage for a jam.

Whistle Binkies, Edinburgh every other weds from midnight. Quite a mixed set.

Box, Glasgow most Thursdays from 11.30pm. Be warned, this one gets a bit crazy sometimes. Classic rock, pop punk, long guitar solos and quite a bit of banter. If you do make it to one of these shows I apologise in advance if I accidentally kick your drink over while I'm walking along the bar with my guitar :-)

Scotia Bar, Glasgow most Sundays 5-7pm. Mixed classic rock/blues with a few wedding type songs.

Big Box Jam most Sundays 10pm. We host the jam here and it's a jam in the most literal sense of the word. This is in no way a showcase for the band, so we wouldn't advise it if it's the first time you're checking us out for a wedding. It's a 6 piece jam band with a varying quality of guest performers who can sign up to join us on stage. Mostly blues and classic rock.

We also play every Coast Entertainments wedding band showcase which is every 8-10 weeks and usually at the Gailes Hotel Irvine. Check their website for details of the next one.

15. How far will you travel?

We have recently been signed by Coast North West which is an expansion to the territory they cover, so we are now available for bookings not only anywhere in Scotland but also North West England which covers everywhere from Carlisle and Newcastle to York and Manchester. Travel fees apply for bookings outwith the central belt of Scotland.

I hope that's answered some of your questions. Message me if there's anything I haven't covered. Thanks for your continued support and for keeping us one of the busiest bands in Scotland, if not the UK! We hope to see you at a show soon.

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Wedding Band Showcase's and how to get the most out them


As many of you already know we host the busiest, most frequent, and best Wedding Band Showcases in Scotland. With over 50 successful events behind us we’ve gained powerful insights into what makes a great wedding band showcase. We’ve listed some tips below to make sure you maximise the event and hopefully come away with the dream live band for your wedding

  1. Is the venue suitable and does it have parking?

We’ve seen our competitors make every mistake in the book, from booking community centres and pubs with terrible acoustics and no parking, to venues that don’t have disabled access and that you can’t bring kids along to. All of our showcase events are in 4 or 5 star hotels, close to all the major transport routes, and with good / free parking available. We always use high end function suites with good acoustics and lighting and all our venues have access for disabled people...You can even bring the kids along if babysitters are in short supply!

  1. Who’s playing and who’s free?

Have a look on the website at which bands are playing at the showcase and carefully go through their profiles and make sure you’re interested in them before going along. Importantly you want to check from the bands that are playing who’s still free for your date. If not you could end up spending a lot of time travelling to one of these events only to find out that all the bands playing are unavailable for your date

  1. Who’s equipment are they using?

This is an important one! Our competitors regularly hire in one high end PA and Lighting system on the night ensuring everyone looks and sounds a million bucks, but thats not the equipment they’re going to turn up with at your wedding. In some cases it’s going to be a couple of little speakers and 1 or 2 twinkly lights. Always get the agent to level with you on what PA and Lighting the band will actually use at your event. At our showcases we insist that the bands bring all their own equipment so you can hear and view them as you would at your wedding

  1. Is that the actual lineup that will play at my wedding?

At other showcases you may see a band you like, but what you don’t realise is that 2 out of the 4 members are just standing in that night to help the band out, in our game these are called (dep players) Always get the band / agent to confirm if that is the exact lineup of players that will perform at your event. At our own wedding band showcases we insist that the bands have a settled lineup and perform as that so you know exactly what you’re booking

  1. Should i book the band at the event or not?

If you see a band playing live at a showcase that you like and you’ve got the right answers to the questions above, we would strongly suggest you follow through and make the booking on the night. We’ve lost count of the number of times a client has came back the next day to book a band only to find out that someone booked them at the event the previous night. Wedding Bands, like venues get booked really far in advance (typically 18 months to 2 years) At our showcases you can secure any band on the night with a £100 reservation fee. This gives you peace of mind that the date is locked down and you dont need to worry about them getting booked elsewhere

So watch out for our next Wedding Band Showcase in Scotland. We represent some of the best bands in the country and love showing them off on a regular basis to potential new clients. Click on the link above to find out when our next event is

5 Key Mistakes To Avoid When Booking Entertainment For Your Wedding


Finding the right entertainment for your wedding can be daunting, with a million websites out there all claiming to be the best it can be tough knowing who to trust. This is a crucial purchase for your wedding as it’s the number one thing your guests will remember /  talk about long after its all over. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 mistakes people make to help you avoid these pitfalls when organising the entertainment for your own wedding

My friends a musician / plays in a band, he’s going to do it

There are one or two exceptions to the rule, but by in large this is a bad idea and the quickest way to spoil a great personal friendship. If for example the act had to cancel or if there was an issue on the night, all these scenarios can cause tension and frustrations to spill over into your personal life. In general its better to leave your entertainment to trained professionals who do this for a living. That way if any issues arise you can have a frank discussion without worrying about the collateral damage on your personal life.

Dont choose a really niche band for your wedding

Although you may love Pink Floyd B sides, your wee granny and aunties probably won’t. Its best to choose a band that can cover a wide range of musical tastes to ensure all your guests can enjoy and participate fully in your night. Make sure you look at the bands set list and that they can play a good range of classic and contemporary covers with the emphasis on fun and danceability.

Don’t book a band because they’re really cheap

It’s not always the case that the more expensive a band is the better they’ll be. If however a band is disproportionately inexpensive, in most cases there’s normally a reason for that...Nuff Said!

Don’t book a band that’s too big / small for your venue

Its important to think about your venue and choose a band that can fit into the set up space available. Also from an aesthetics point of view there’s just something that doesn’t look right when the band is clearly too big or small for a venue

Don’t wait after finding your perfect band

I’ve literally lost count of the amount of times we had a client who liked a band and knew they wanted to book, then by the time they get round to doing so the band had been booked elsewhere. As i write this in October 2014 we’re literally taking bookings everyday for 2016 and even a few for 2017, so if you see a band you like, secure them asap with a small deposit to avoid disappointment

We’ve matched 1000’s of clients with the perfect live entertainment for their wedding, we only work with the most talented / professional acts in the industry and we know all the pitfalls to avoid. Don’t leave one of the most important nights of your life in the hands of amateurs, when it absolutely has to be right, book with Coast...The Wedding Entertainment Experts!

6 Most Common Wedding Entertainment Questions


Is it more expensive to book my band with you?

Absolutely not, we guarantee that it doesn’t cost a penny more to book your band with us. Our service is completely free to you. We make our money by charging the bands a small commission for doing all their marketing and dealing with the booking from start to finish. In the highly unlikely event that you find a cheaper price on another site, just let us know and we guarantee to match it

Are there any fees to pay for booking with you?

Most of our competitors charge admin fees of around £35. These are invented charges for a doing a job that the band are already paying for. We guarantee you will never pay any additional charges when booking with us

What happens if my band gets sick or injured?

In the unlikely event of the band being struck down with illness or injury we guarantee to never leave you without entertainment. Because we have a base of over 100 bands we always have people on standby at the weekend just incase. Although most agencies will say they can offer this, in reality they can’t as they generally work with a smaller roster of bands. In fact we regularly take calls from colleagues in the industry to provide cover if one of their bands can’t make a gig for these reasons

Can the band do Ceilidh and or provide a disco set?

All of our bands will be able to play a short ceilidh set within their overall covers material, this can vary from 20 mins to over 1hr depending on the band. All of our bands will be able to provide a disco set for you. This would normally be if you needed your night extended beyond 12pm. They would play this from a laptop using their own PA and Lighting system

I want to see the band play live?

Although we have live video footage for most of our bands, we also host the busiest and best wedding band showcase events in the country, where you can view 6 of the best bands in the industry on the one night. We hold these approx every 8 weeks throughout central Scotland

Why should i book with your company?

Nobody in Scotland organises entertainment for more weddings than us, and nobody cares more about the success of your big day. We are an award winning company with an obsession about customer service. Our team of highly trained entertainment professionals use industry leading CRM and Agency software to expertly manage your booking from the second you secure the band, till the moment they show up at your venue. We guarantee a replacement service in the event of band illness or injury giving you complete peace of mind, and we also guarantee that you’ll never pay more by booking with us...And here’s the best bit, you get this world class service for free, thats right, Nil, Zero, Nada, A Ducks Egg, absolutely FREE!!!