FAQ

Planning an event can be tricky business, and after hundreds of gigs under our belt, we’ve grown accustomed to some regular questions. Before you contact us, have a read below… It’s highly likely we’ve come across your scenario before.

To book us, get in touch through our Book Now page, directly via email or phone to check our availability. We’ll provide all of our music package options and pricing as well as additional details like our FREE showcase night.

Let us know what you’re interested in booking and a final quote will be provided for you to accept. A booking confirmation email will be sent with access to a personal online portal where you will be asked to pay a 40% deposit to secure your booking with us. Two further instalments of 30%  will be due 2 months and 2 weeks out from your event.

OMG. This is the age old question, and one that may not be anwered in our llifetime. At Lark Music we’ve gone with the idea that both is better than neither. Having said that… the grand visual and energy of a live band is incredible, whereas the right DJ (one of ours) can select from thousands of tunes and set a party on fire… plus you request heaps of sings and stuff.

We offer a range of band sizes to suit all budgets and venue sizes.

When choosing your band size, keep in mind that having both female and male vocals will add to the repertoire and that a bigger band will have more visual impact, be more lush sounding but not necessarily louder.

Our band sizes start with a 4-piece and will feature a guitarist or keyboard player who will also double as male lead vocals, drums, bass and in most cases a female vocalist. From there you can add another singer/instrumentalist, sax, trombone, trumpet and/or latin percussion.

If you’re not sure of band size, but want ‘Bang for your Buck’, our 5-piece band is where it’s at!

We also offer solo, duo & trio acoustic music options for more intimate events. 

All of our bands feature at least one male singer, but the addition of a female vocalist can open up a whole range of fantastic tunes not performed by the guys. Think Beyonce or Whitney Houston. A minimum 4-piece, preferably 5 piece band or larger is required for a female vocalist, and can also perform in an acoustic duo pre-reception if requested. Ultimately, the choice is all yours and we can get the party started in any lineup.

Lark Music’s song list has a range of tunes from a variety of genres for people of all ages. We’re very attuned to what the crowd is feeling and pride ourselves on being able to choose the right songs at the right time for maximum impact and atmosphere. From our extensive experience we find that a laid back, volume sensitive vibe is great for early in the evening, then we build the pace and intensity of the music by reading the crowd and making sure that dance floor is filled. We are all about our performance reflecting your personality, so we are more than open to a few dance floor suggestions and of course we are happy to learn your bridal dance, entry and farewells songs. Check out our general song list for some inspiration!

We are more than happy to facilitate the playing of traditional cultural music via iPod– tarantella, zorba etc.

We have gotten our setup down to a fine art. We’ll arrive with plenty of time (usually around one hour before the booking start time) and be ready to go 15 mins prior to start time. We don’t do big loud sound checks, so fret not!

All Lark Music band bookings for wedding receptions/parties are based on a booking period up to 5 hours, with a maximum playing time of 180 minutes. We suggest 2 sets of classy background music over meals and mingling, before we play 2  epic sets of dance music. We can tailor a booking to whatever you need, just ask.

 

Yes, high quality sound equipment is provided by the band and you will have no issues with bad sound, feedback (squealing mic) or silence at any point. As a rule, we do not bring lights. If you would like lighting for the band and dance floor we can assist you with a quote. For weddings, please keep in mind that LED lighting can interfere with photography.. especially for bridal dances.

For all events, excl. Corporate, the online portal is where all of your important info can be provided. All of your formal song requests, musical preferences and event schedule details are the main items we’ll need added & finalised 14 days out from your booking date. There is also a drag & drop section for additional notes, run-sheets, additional song requests or important song files that need to be provided to musicians/DJ.

Of course your LARK contact/booker will be there to help finalise the important info with you in lead-up to the big day.

We do ask that you feed us. Gigs can go for a long time! A decent main meal and drinks would be appreciated. Any specific dietaries will be provided.

As a guide, a 4 piece require an area of ~3x4m, 5 piece ~4x5m, 6 piece ~5x5m. We require at least one easy to access power outlet to be close by. For band 5 piece or larger, at least two power sources should be supplied. We need power to be no more than 10 metres from the performance area.

Upon request, we can perform at ceremonies in secluded spots, a small hire fee for a battery powered speaker may be applicable.

We are more than happy to travel anywhere… In fact, we love a road trip. Additional travel fees are applied for events taking place outside our metro Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide travel free zones. We want to be the mixtape for your journey, whether it’s in steamy far Byron Bay, North Queensland, Bali, Thailand or the tropical South Pacific. Lark have specific package prices for OS weddings, but for all events close to home, we love an adventure, so feel free to give us a call to discuss.

Yes and yes! We love Jewish weddings for the unique energy and celebration they have.

Due to Covid-Safe and OH&S reasons we can no longer allow guest use of our band microphones. However, upon request, we can organise a wireless microphone at an additional fee.

For an additional fee we do offer an MC service that covers formal introductions of bridal party entrances, speeches and other formalities. We will also act as a liaison with venue management to keep things on time. Enquire for further info and pricing.

We book real DJs. A DJ has real skill; they mix, they read the faces of every crowd member, and create a vibe designed to engage and enrapture any audience. For a discounted package, we can most definitely let you play your own playlists (or even one of ours) through our sound system if that’s your vibe.

Don’t stress! We know planning any event is hard work and often stressful, we do this all the time. So let us take care of all things music and you take care of enjoying yourself!