The Marlins Most Frequently Asked Questions

Below are all of the questions we could remember having been asked in the past. If you have a question that's not on here, please feel free to email or call our agent, Alive Network, on 01782 740839.


How much space do you need? 

We recommend allowing for a staging area of at least 5x3m, however we can fit into smaller spaces if necessary- we play venues of all shapes and sizes so know how to adjust things to suit wherever we’re performing. 


How is it best to time things? 

We appreciate that every event is unique so we don’t have a “one size fits all” approach to scheduling. We recommend avoiding live sets when guests are eating, as this can often lead to an empty dance floor, and we always suggest ending the final set 30-60mins before your event ends so your guests can say their goodbyes/exit the venue to playlist music rather than silence! We split the live music into 2 or 3 sets depending on the length of your event and conduct a thorough pre event check in advance of the event to work with you to create the best possible schedule. 


Can I pick the bands playlist? 

The Marlins encourage you to look through our repertoire list and let us know all the songs you would like us to play as we want to make sure that the set list is perfect for you! Please be aware that substitutions may need to be made to aid in the ebb and flow of the sets. 


Where will you travel to? 

We will travel anywhere within a 3-3.5 hour travel time from our base in York. 


Can I see you play live?

The Marlins only play at private events so unfortunately it will not be possible for you to see the band perform live in advance. We regularly post live videos from events on our social media channels so be sure to check them out if you’d like to hear what we’ll sound like at yours! 


Will you learn our special song? 

Every booking comes with a free First Dance request so if your special song is for this then absolutely! Otherwise we can learn your special song for a small additional fee to cover the extra rehearsal time incurred. 


Is the video on your website a true reflection of the band? 

All our videos were performed completely live in the studio with the band members dressed in outfits we wear at events so we believe them to be an excellent reflection of what the band will sound and look like at your event! 


How do I book you? 

You can book The Marlins through the contact page on this website, or through our agency Alive Network. 


Are you able to DJ in between sets? 

All packages include unmanned playlist music for in between sets as standard but we can also provide a DJ service (manned so guests can make requests and we can make announcements if needed) if you book us within 7 days of your enquiry. 


Can we make DJ requests in advance to my event? 

The best way of making DJ requests is to send us a Spotify playlist to use in conjunction with our DJ equipment, that way you can keep tinkering with it right up until the big day itself! If this isn’t possible then don’t worry, if you send a list of requests in advance we will make sure they all get played. 


Can we use your sound system for speeches? 

Of course! This service can be provided free of charge provided the band do not have to arrive earlier than their contracted load in time, if they do then additional fees charged at an hourly rate will be incurred. The band do not use wireless microphones but can be flexible with setup so your speeches can take place wherever you’d like.  


Do you have lights? 

The Marlins provide simple and effective LED stage lighting, it doesn’t take up too much space so we can fit into any staging area and it looks amazing! 


How long do you play for? 

Our standard package includes 120 minutes of live music- this can either be split into 2x60min sets or 3x40min sets. If you’d like more live music we offer various additional booking options; Acoustic sets, Jazz Trio and Solo Piano; these options are perfect for daytime drinks receptions or wedding breakfasts. 


What time do you start and finish? 

Our standard arrival time is anytime from 5pm with a finish time of Midnight. If you would like to extend these hours then this is no problem, just let us know when booking- please note that extra fees may be incurred. 


How long do you take to set up? 

The Marlins request 90mins to complete load in, set up and soundcheck. 


What will the band wear? 

The outfits we wear in our promotional materials are a true reflection of what we would typically wear at events- brightly coloured and smart casual. However if you would like us to dress more formally than this then that’s no problem at all, please just let us know!


Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates? 

Yes we do, these are renewed once a year and we are happy to send these directly to your venue in advance of your event. 


How much does it cost to book the band? 

Our prices start at £1013 + travel


Can we see some previous client testimonials? 

Please see the bands latest and past testimonials on their website - by clicking here


Do The Marlins have any specific requirements? 

We require a hot meal/buffet/hog roast and soft drinks for each band member and ideally a room for us to change and store equipment cases. Other than that we just need an audience to rock out to our music!


What is the bands power requirement? 

The band ask that you provide a minimum of two double 13 amp plug sockets close to the stage, ideally at either side of the stage / performance area.