Thinking of booking your wedding reception? Please read this.




loaded photo 4It’s that time of year again. Now that the Festive season is a distant memory, thoughts turn to the Spring and Summer months and for many, it’s time to seriously think about booking your wedding. There’s a lot to think about. Venue, wedding car, Photographer, Videographer, Flowers, Master of Ceremonies and…..Oh yeah…the band for the reception. Not a DJ, a band…

If you really want to have a night to remember, then just think about booking LOADED. This band has played at over 800 weddings during the last 10 years plus and we have some sensational testimonial. Check out the reviews on our website. Even Brian May of Queen is a fan! Have a look at and then please give us a call, text, tweet, email or carrier pigeon. The choice is yours.

The curse of the Sound Limiter or ‘Traffic Light System: Beware!

So the Sun has finally decided to put in an appearance for longer than a few hours. Let’s hope he sticks around for longer than a politician’s promise!

It’s June and the wedding season is well and truly underway. LOADED are busy taking enquiries for the rest of the year and also for 2014. Some people are just so well organised. There’s a lot to think about when planning a wedding so it’s a good idea to be on the case well ahead of the day itself.

We were at a great venue last weekend called Lain’s Barn in Wantage, Oxfordshire. Lovely place tucked away in the countryside just off the A34. Great location and friendly staff and a totally lovely Bride and Groom. Highly recommended. I mentioned to the other guys that it was the first gig of the year where it was warm enough for the guests just to relax outside in the evening. “Bring me sunshine…”

The actual gig itself was fantastic and the crowd were well up for it. We cranked up the volume no further than eleven which is always a joy. Loud enough but not too loud. I can’t stress enough that if you are looking for a venue for your reception, then choose one where there is NO SOUND LIMITER. These are the bane of any working band’s life believe me. Just to explain further, these sound limiters are frequently set way too low so that the power trips if the band are allegedly ‘playing too loud.’ Obviously that doesn’t look good from the band’s perspective and it can also kill the vibe in the audience temporarily. These so-called  ‘Traffic Light Systems’ operate in such a way that can also damage the band’s equipment. They respond to volume. Red, amber and green: if it stays in the red for longer than ten seconds then the power supply is cut off and then sometimes restored automatically by the system a few seconds later. If we haven’t managed to turn off all our switches, then the power surge causes a surge or ‘spike’ which can damage delicate electronic equipment. The PA amp blew at one venue because of one of these traffic light sound limiters. There was one venue near Croydon, which shall remain nameless, where literally just the general hubbub of the crowd chatting tripped the system. Totally unplayable.

Seriously folks, I’m not moaning but just pointing out a very often overlooked aspect of planning the reception.

Good luck with planning your weddings and hope to hear from you soon.

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I had a phone call the other day


I had a phone call the other day from a TV Production Company who are about to do a series following Wedding Bands so naturally I was interested. The idea is only in its infancy but they are currently pitching it to a number of TV channels. It might be a while until we get something concrete. If it’s done properly, then it would be a tremendous platform for LOADED. 

LOADED are OFFICIALLY the UK’s top live, covers, wedding and party band! As seen on BBC TV’s “EastEnders.” Classic Rock, Pop and Indie anthems from the 60’s right up to the present day.

With a Little Green Bag of songs that range from Elvis, Beatles, Stones and Queen, to new young guns like the Kings of Leon and The Killers, LOADED will rock your wedding, party or function with non-stop, first class live music!

Loaded are the top, most experienced four-piece live cover band and wedding band for hire in the UK, having played at over 700 weddings, parties, corporate functions and international shows. Endorsed by Brian May of Queen (see the testimonial page), accolades don’t come much higher than this. Loaded play a wide range of sixties to noughties party hits from Bill Haley to the Kings of Leon and everything in between. Live music at its best!

Please take a moment to sample the music and videos on this website and browse through the testimonials. If you like what you hear, please just get in touch to discuss your requirements. We make sure that your wedding, party or function goes off with a bang!

LOADED are OFFICIALLY the UK’s top live, covers, wedding and party band! As seen on BBC TV’s “EastEnders.” Classic Rock, Pop and Indie anthems from the 60’s right up to the present day.

It’s quite interesting that not only have we performed on so many diverse stages: The Reebok Stadium, home to Bolton Wanderers,The Royal Courts of Justice in London and Warwick race course to name but three. But also, what is very interesting is the number of vastly different and colourful folk we have met along the way. There was a wedding reception in Essex a couple of years ago that we did. At the end, this guy came over smiling and shook the hand of each and every one of us saying how much he and his Niece had enjoyed it. Turns out it was Frank Warren, the famous boxing promoter. We were knocked out!

Another time, also in Essex, we were talking to the owner of the rather swanky venue who told us he went to University with Syd Barrett and that ‘The Floyd’ were his friends back in his…

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