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    Don't get hung up on sound. You'll have enough whatever you use. You'll be amazed how far away you can be heard outside the marquee.
    You won't be getting nightclub levels of sound at the far end of the marquee, unless you've hired in The Grateful Dead's PA stack.
    You won't need them, either. Just the dancefloor is fine.
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    1.Depends on the wedding I guess. i would 9/10 times play to the dance floor, just like any other wedding. The last thing other guests want is for conversation to be drowned out, and be forced outside (may be cold). I find setting up right next to the dancfloor or speakers close by helps.

    2. Yes background is good, but they can come in very handy, especially with a tired number of guests. My wedding last night needed a good 10-15 slow songs as it dies a death at 11.30.

    3. I have one to go to right now (rushed post!). Ask them, not a question we can answer.
    My one today is Mr Coby & Mr Brey, they may want "the happy couple" but more popular would just be their first names.

    4. I would ask them how gay they want it to be, or you will get the idea if you meet them. 9/10 of my ones are not stereotypically gay as most gay people I have worked for hate the queeny type thing, although there are always a few gay hits in there. The first dance today is Barbara Streisand for example. They have banned Queen & Abba though, which says it all. There are tons of tracks if they do want gay music, my question would be "who are your guests". Most typically 80-90% will be family and straight friends.

    See below for some of the tracks i have found.

    5. just look online for "classic funk" you will find millions of compilation albums. This took me about 5 seconds to find. Again ask the client as they may want a specific type of funk, or more commonly not funk at all, but soul etc. as they don't understand the genres.

    Good luck.

    Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up 3:34
    Bee Gees - Staying Alive 4:46
    We Are The Champions 3:01 Queen
    Bulletproof 3:26 La Roux Bulletproof - EP
    Muma mia 3:32 Abba Abba Gold Greatest Hits
    Never Forget 6:26 Take That Take That: Greatest Hits
    Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - beyonce 3:13 Beyoncé Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
    In For The Kill 4:08 La Roux Kitsuné: Maison Compilation 6
    Elton John& Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart 4:33 Elton John
    don't let the sun go down on me 5:38 Elton John
    Killer Queen 3:02 Queen
    Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls 4:17 Queen
    I Want to Break Free 3:21 Queen The Works
    Cant Get You Out Of My Head 3:52 Kylie Minogue
    Love At First Sight 4:01 Kylie Minogue Fever
    Ain't No Other Man 3:49 Aguilera, Christina
    Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancing DONT 4:36
    Take Your Mama 4:32 Scissors sisters
    George Micheal Wham! - I'm Your Man 4:06
    Dirrty 4:59 Christina Aguilera Stripped
    Holiday - MADONNA 6:08 Madonna Madonna
    madonna - like a virgin (extended dance remix) 6:06
    Material Girl 3:53 Madonna
    Diana Ross & The Supremes - I'm Coming Out 5:23
    Karma Chameleon 4:02 Culture Club At Worst...The Best of Boy George and Culture Club
    Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton - 4:03
    ABBA - Dancing Queen 3:48
    Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing 4:18
    Dirty Dancing - I've Had The Time Of My Life 4:50
    Donna Summers - I Feel Love 8:14 Donna Summers
    Pointer Sisters - I'm so Excited 3:49
    The Village People -YMCA 4:48
    dont stop me now 3:31 queen
    ABBA - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! 4:47
    Relax - frankie goes to hollywood 3:57 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome
    Vougue - Madonna 5:17
    Go West 5:04 Pet Shop Boys
    West End Girls 4:00 Pet Shop Boys Discography, The Complete Singles Collection (Compilation)
    Blue Monday 7:24 New Order Smash Hits 30th Anniversary - The Eighties
    I'm Too Sexy 2:50 Right Said Fred Up
    soft cell- tainted love (single version) 2:40
    Atomic 4:37 Blondie
    Heart of Glass 4:32 Blondie
    Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way (1) 6:28
    Cindy Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun 3:49
    That's the Way I Like It 3:05 Kc & The Sunshine Band The Best Of KC & the Sunshine Band
    80s - Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go 3:50
    Careless Whisper 5:00 George Michael Ladies and Gentlemen, The Best of George Michael
    Outside 4:43 George Michael Ladies and Gentlemen, The Best of George Michael
    Free (Radio Edit) 3:51 Ultra Naté Ibiza - The Ultimate Clubbing Experience
    Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 4:25 Culture Club The Best of Culture Club
    You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) 6:35 Sylvester Young Soul Rebels
    Freed from Desire 3:30 Gala Big Tunes Old Skool
    Danger! High Voltage 3:50 Electric Six Fire
    Gay Bar 1:52 Electric 6
    The Source ft Candi Staton - You got the love 3:34
    South Pacific Soundtrack - There Is Nothing Like A Dame 3:38 South Pacific
    80s - Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart 6:58
    Shirley Bassey - Hey Big Spender 1 1:58
    Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin 5:01
    In the Navy 5:40 Village People Go West In the Navy
    I should be so lucky - kylie 3:27 Kyle Minogue Simply The Best of the 80's
    Hot Stuff (Single Version) 3:50 Donna Summer The Journey - The Very Best of Donna Summer
    Hooray for Hollywood 2:24 Nancy Sinatra California Girl
    Hey Big Spender 2:07 Peggy Lee Capitol 5557
    Heavy D & The Boys - Now That We've Found Love 4:16
    Grease - Summer Nights 3:37
    Grace Kelly 3:07 Mika
    GERRY HALIWELL - Its Raining Men 3:23 <Unknown> <Unknown>
    Finally 3:43 Ce Ce Peniston Girls (Box Set)
    Erasure - A Little Respect 3:32
    Elton John - I'm Still Standing 1 3:01 Elton John
    Elton John - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues(1) 4:43 Elton John
    Born This Way - lady gaga 4:21 Lady Gaga Born This Way
    Bonnie Tyler - Holding out for a hero 5:50
    Bette Midler - Forbidden Broadway - Who's Gay In Hollywood 2:58 Bette Midler
    The Way It Used To Be 4:44 Pet Shop Boys Yes Special Edition
    Better The Devil You Know 3:53 Kylie Minogue The Best Of Kylie Minogue
    Borderline 4:00 Madonna Celebration
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakermaker Promotions View Post
    1. A few of the weddings are large marquee affairs with 200+ people (well that's large by my usual standards). I've just invested in a couple of 12" subs to help out my Yamaha 12" tops so hopefully they will sound ok but from a volume perspective, should I be aiming to play to the dancefloor or the whole marquee?

    If they are 200+ gigs like you've said then you'll need a beefier sound and the subs will help but don't worry about playing to the whole marquee (in my opinion), just make sure the dance floor is rocking. If people want the whole surround sound experience then you'll need to link speakers around the marquee and charge for it!

    2. I've been given an extensive list of suggested songs (which I have no problems with per se). The only issue is that there seems to be a significant proportion of slow songs many of which I wouldn't normally play (Holding Back the Years by Simply Red, anyone?). I can obviously get away with playing a selection of slower songs at some point during the night but maybe only about half a dozen or so. So the question is.... should I try to slip a few of them into the background music early on or would I be better to just drop them from the set completely?
    I always try to do this in the background music time of the night. I look for those more down tempo tracks and play them at the beginning. I think it creates a nice atmosphere. For example: If I see something like Goo Goo Dolls - Iris on the list and I know it's not going to be a floor filler or something for later on, I will play it early on. It works for me.

    3. My next wedding is my first gay wedding (two grooms). I will have to announce the first dance and I was wondering what the accepted alternative to 'bride and groom' is? Or should I avoid generic terms?
    TALK to them! Arrange a meeting if it's not something you normally do and NEVER take anything for granted. I did a same sex wedding a couple of weeks ago for 2 women. I asked them how they'd like to be announced and they said "The Brides"...whereas last year I did the same thing and they wanted to be announced as "Mrs & Mrs". Best thing to do is arrange a meeting and find out what they want because it will matter a big deal to them and you need to get it right!

    4. I've been given a few genres to guide me but are there any specific songs which might be considered 'must plays' at a gay wedding? Is it politically appropriate for me to even ask that?
    I haven't looked at any of the previous replies to your thread but I would say definitely DO NOT STEREOTYPE them. I used to do LGBT nights regularly and one of the first things I learnt was not to stereotype. YES, there ARE some that like the typical Kylie / Madonna / Lady Gaga stuff but again, ASK them what they want. Don't go in there thinking "I know, I'll play something like Erasure - A Little Respect", let them come to you and again, get ideas from the couple beforehand. I was stumped early on when I was doing the regular nights as a lot of them liked the full on Ibiza dance stuff which isn't / wasn't my scene at all.

    5. One of the genres suggested is 'Classic Funk'. Can anyone point me in the direction of a few classic songs which would fall into this genre as a starting point. I'm sure I will know a lot of the bigger songs but can't put my finger on what they would be at the moment.
    I'd point you in the direction of the Top 10 lists on this very forum. I'd also advise looking online at the compilations. The cheap ones usually have obscure stuff on them.

    I'm sure there will be some more when I think about it but they will do for starters. As always any help will be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks. Some good advice in there. This is another 'agency' gig so I won't get any chance to speak to the happy couple until the night itself but if I set up early I should hopefully get the opportunity to run a few questions by them before I get started

    I've not really visited the top 10 section but I can see that will be a good reference for me for some more specialist gigs.

    I gave my new Alto subs their first run out last night and I was really impressed with the sound. It was certainly loud enough and the subs created a good but not over-powering bottom end. It probably helped that the marquee had a solid floor though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yourdj View Post
    1.Depends on the wedding I guess. i would 9/10 times play to the dance floor, just like any other wedding. The last thing other guests want is for conversation to be drowned out, and be forced outside (may be cold). I find setting up right next to the dancfloor or speakers close by helps.

    2. Yes background is good, but they can come in very handy, especially with a tired number of guests. My wedding last night needed a good 10-15 slow songs as it dies a death at 11.30.

    3. I have one to go to right now (rushed post!). Ask them, not a question we can answer.
    My one today is Mr Coby & Mr Brey, they may want "the happy couple" but more popular would just be their first names.

    4. I would ask them how gay they want it to be, or you will get the idea if you meet them. 9/10 of my ones are not stereotypically gay as most gay people I have worked for hate the queeny type thing, although there are always a few gay hits in there. The first dance today is Barbara Streisand for example. They have banned Queen & Abba though, which says it all. There are tons of tracks if they do want gay music, my question would be "who are your guests". Most typically 80-90% will be family and straight friends.

    See below for some of the tracks i have found.

    5. just look online for "classic funk" you will find millions of compilation albums. This took me about 5 seconds to find. Again ask the client as they may want a specific type of funk, or more commonly not funk at all, but soul etc. as they don't understand the genres.

    Good luck.

    Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up 3:34
    Bee Gees - Staying Alive 4:46
    We Are The Champions 3:01 Queen
    Bulletproof 3:26 La Roux Bulletproof - EP
    Muma mia 3:32 Abba Abba Gold Greatest Hits
    Never Forget 6:26 Take That Take That: Greatest Hits
    Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - beyonce 3:13 Beyoncé Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
    In For The Kill 4:08 La Roux Kitsuné: Maison Compilation 6
    Elton John& Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart 4:33 Elton John
    don't let the sun go down on me 5:38 Elton John
    Killer Queen 3:02 Queen
    Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls 4:17 Queen
    I Want to Break Free 3:21 Queen The Works
    Cant Get You Out Of My Head 3:52 Kylie Minogue
    Love At First Sight 4:01 Kylie Minogue Fever
    Ain't No Other Man 3:49 Aguilera, Christina
    Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancing DONT 4:36
    Take Your Mama 4:32 Scissors sisters
    George Micheal Wham! - I'm Your Man 4:06
    Dirrty 4:59 Christina Aguilera Stripped
    Holiday - MADONNA 6:08 Madonna Madonna
    madonna - like a virgin (extended dance remix) 6:06
    Material Girl 3:53 Madonna
    Diana Ross & The Supremes - I'm Coming Out 5:23
    Karma Chameleon 4:02 Culture Club At Worst...The Best of Boy George and Culture Club
    Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton - 4:03
    ABBA - Dancing Queen 3:48
    Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing 4:18
    Dirty Dancing - I've Had The Time Of My Life 4:50
    Donna Summers - I Feel Love 8:14 Donna Summers
    Pointer Sisters - I'm so Excited 3:49
    The Village People -YMCA 4:48
    dont stop me now 3:31 queen
    ABBA - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! 4:47
    Relax - frankie goes to hollywood 3:57 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome
    Vougue - Madonna 5:17
    Go West 5:04 Pet Shop Boys
    West End Girls 4:00 Pet Shop Boys Discography, The Complete Singles Collection (Compilation)
    Blue Monday 7:24 New Order Smash Hits 30th Anniversary - The Eighties
    I'm Too Sexy 2:50 Right Said Fred Up
    soft cell- tainted love (single version) 2:40
    Atomic 4:37 Blondie
    Heart of Glass 4:32 Blondie
    Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way (1) 6:28
    Cindy Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun 3:49
    That's the Way I Like It 3:05 Kc & The Sunshine Band The Best Of KC & the Sunshine Band
    80s - Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go 3:50
    Careless Whisper 5:00 George Michael Ladies and Gentlemen, The Best of George Michael
    Outside 4:43 George Michael Ladies and Gentlemen, The Best of George Michael
    Free (Radio Edit) 3:51 Ultra Naté Ibiza - The Ultimate Clubbing Experience
    Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 4:25 Culture Club The Best of Culture Club
    You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) 6:35 Sylvester Young Soul Rebels
    Freed from Desire 3:30 Gala Big Tunes Old Skool
    Danger! High Voltage 3:50 Electric Six Fire
    Gay Bar 1:52 Electric 6
    The Source ft Candi Staton - You got the love 3:34
    South Pacific Soundtrack - There Is Nothing Like A Dame 3:38 South Pacific
    80s - Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart 6:58
    Shirley Bassey - Hey Big Spender 1 1:58
    Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin 5:01
    In the Navy 5:40 Village People Go West In the Navy
    I should be so lucky - kylie 3:27 Kyle Minogue Simply The Best of the 80's
    Hot Stuff (Single Version) 3:50 Donna Summer The Journey - The Very Best of Donna Summer
    Hooray for Hollywood 2:24 Nancy Sinatra California Girl
    Hey Big Spender 2:07 Peggy Lee Capitol 5557
    Heavy D & The Boys - Now That We've Found Love 4:16
    Grease - Summer Nights 3:37
    Grace Kelly 3:07 Mika
    GERRY HALIWELL - Its Raining Men 3:23 <Unknown> <Unknown>
    Finally 3:43 Ce Ce Peniston Girls (Box Set)
    Erasure - A Little Respect 3:32
    Elton John - I'm Still Standing 1 3:01 Elton John
    Elton John - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues(1) 4:43 Elton John
    Born This Way - lady gaga 4:21 Lady Gaga Born This Way
    Bonnie Tyler - Holding out for a hero 5:50
    Bette Midler - Forbidden Broadway - Who's Gay In Hollywood 2:58 Bette Midler
    The Way It Used To Be 4:44 Pet Shop Boys Yes Special Edition
    Better The Devil You Know 3:53 Kylie Minogue The Best Of Kylie Minogue
    Borderline 4:00 Madonna Celebration
    Thanks Toby.... I think that is probably the basis of my playlist for the night right there!

    I've had a bit more info and they want a shortened version of Ghosttown by Madonna for their first dance followed by Madonna's 'Into the Groove'. They also want a New York themed song section at some point (because that is where they got married) and a 90s Classic Dance section which is quite up my street. I'm actually quite looking forward to this one. I think it should be an interesting night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual77 View Post
    Madonna's 'Into the Groove'.
    That is a winner especially at a gay wedding. Worked last night.
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