Entertainment for office parties London

Have you ever wondered what type of entertainment other companies hire for office parties? Well, it really depends on the objectives of the party and the chosen theme for the event.

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The first 2 photos below were at an office party where we created entertainment for over 120 people as they enjoyed drinks and snacks.

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Staff party with steel band music
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Office parties

We provide entertainment for office parties in London’s central business districts and specialise in providing live background music for drinks parties.

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Drinks station

Our clients are mainly from the City of London financial services sector including, private banking, hedge funds, insurance, financial consulting and retail.

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Outside the city perimeter, we have many other clients in creative industries, art, fashion, architecture and media, all of which use the service throughout the year to create an inspiring ambiance for their clients and colleagues.

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Office party at Blackfriars

The music is never too loud, as “background music” literally means music in the background. However, on some occasions, the intention is to provide lively entertainment for stressed out workers to unwind and enjoy. We also have a network of catering partners who provide some of the best food for office parties and they use our service as entertainment for parties in Canary Wharf, City of London, Camden, Westminster and Southwark.

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Party catering

What we like about providing entertainment in central London is getting to see all of the city from so many different perspectives (photos below). But, most of all, we like when we start playing and everyone nowadays pulls out their smartphones to take pictures.

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Tower Bridge
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A sky garden in the City of London

London is going through a complete makeover at the moment and will soon lock down it’s position as the leading financial centre for global markets. However, to maintain this, companies need to look after their primary asset which is the people that provide the services. Office entertainment is used effectively by many of our clients to motivate their teams and celebrate incremental success rather than just the year end results.  If you would like to use our service please send your inquiry to: info@bigsand-steelband.co.uk You can also surprise your team by having the band perform as they arrive for work or at a breakfast conference or networking event. This really gets things off to a great start and who knows, there could be a correlation between live music in the morning and increased alertness at meetings. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.


The Benefit of Background Music For Parties

When did you last go to a party which had no music?

You may have heard a situation where classical background music was played in a wine store and this led to customers purchasing the more expensive wines, well, this is just one powerful example of how we relate to background music at a subconscious level. Many shops use music to create an ambiance and this could be anything from loud chart songs pounding your ears as you enter, or more relaxing Bossa Nova melodies, but quite often they just play the music without giving it too much thought. Sometimes you stroll through a shopping centre or even your high street and there is someone busking with backing tracking and in many examples it is more enjoyable than what you hear walking into individual shops. Now imagine if there is no music in the background, the contrast is very different. It’s like, the ones that use background music care about the way you feel and would like to welcome you into the store; the shops with no music, couldn’t care less. Well, it’s the same at networking events, meetings, conferences, weddings and parties. Background music plays an effect role in creating a welcoming ambiance.

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Background music at a garden party

Imagine a summer garden party with no background music, or the champagne reception at a wedding with no background music. Imagine your summer barbecue with no background music.

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Summer barbecue

Now imagine walking into this wedding reception and hearing your favourite background music performed by a live band or small ensemble.

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Wedding receptions

Our regular clients know what to expect and use our steel drum band for background music at corporate drinks parties, meetings, special year-end celebrations and lots of other branded events.

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Steel band ensemble as background music

We also cover lots of summer garden parties, just to create an inspiring ambiance with exotic music as guests enjoy summer drinks.

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Summer drinks
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Some live bands don’t quite get the concept of playing background music and quite often they are just too loud for the required purpose. We also went through a learning curve to fully understand the art of performing a selection of quality music to create an inspiring ambiance. Now, background music is a significant part of our core business and we cover corporate events for some of the biggest names in the City of London.

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Terrace party in the City
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Bespoke ensemble for background music

If you would like to use our service, please send an email to info@bigsand-steelband.co.uk and receive a quick response. Key dates are booked early and many of our clients are already thinking of music for their Christmas staff parties. Our service is used to good effect during a lunchtime buffet and more recently, as a breakfast surprise. Just imagine walking into a meeting room for an early morning networking event and hearing a live steel drum band ensemble performing in the background. Only a creative mind would come up with that idea and take the risk; well, that’s exactly what our clients have started to do. It just starts the day with a nice feeling and takes things to another level.

Please enjoy the rest of the SoundCloud library, especially the demo for concert as this demonstrates some of the special talent which characterizes our sound. Please let me know your thoughts by leaving some comments below.


Have you heard the phrase #summerparty mentioned in your office?

How often do you hear the phrase summer party mentioned in your office?

If you are working for a company that never has a summer party or an office party, then perhaps you need to jump ship and join a team that likes to have fun. Team building is priceless!

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Summer parties in London

There are many articles written about the benefits of an office party and the correlation with improved morale, team building, bonding, etc, and it is great to be part of a team that works hard and plays hard, but total job satisfaction is often more important than salary. Many companies are creating relaxing outdoor spaces and even roof terraces and sky gardens for employees to unwind. Our clients take things to the next level by having lunchtime buffet parties or evening drinks parties and including a live band. They also have a dedicated team which arranges an annual summer party for all staff members.

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Summer parties

London is now one of the most visited capital cities in the world and it has many attractive sites and venues to hire for a summer party. From a certain perspective, you do not need to hire a venue, as long as you plan a day to get out of the office and spend some time bonding with your colleagues. However, there is something really special about having exclusive access to a venue with all the catering, entertainment and activities paid for by your company. It’s a feeling of being appreciated and although a pay increase would be even better, an office party sends the right message from the top.

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Summer parties in London

At one of the events which we covered, the management rolled up their sleeves, went behind the bar and also helped with the food preparation and service. The staff said during the event that it was fantastic to be served by the managers. At another summer party, the company hired the Mound Stand at Lord’s (below) and just enjoyed the spectacular views with summer drinks and live entertainment from our steel drum band ensemble.

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The Mound Stand at Lords

Right now in London, there are more roof terraces for hire than ever before and there are many new buildings coming soon like the Walkie Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street which has a Sky Garden with dedicated event spaces. The capital is growing and after staying inside throughout the Autumn, Winter and most of Spring, it is nice to enjoy the panoramic views from a roof garden or terrace space high above the City.

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The central London skyline looks amazing from a tall building.

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Images of London

You can also enjoy a good summer party from a boat anchored along the Embankment. We have covered corporate parties on HMS President, Tattershall Castle and at Westminster Boating Base.

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Boats to hire for an outdoor party

Summer parties run right up until the end of September as the temperature in London is still quite warm. Our clients try to add something extra to a summer staff party by hiring a steel drum band as entertainment. There are many different ensembles available for hire in London and it is great to utilise this talent and surprise your colleagues with a live band. If you have already had your summer party, please leave some comments and share what you did.