Some of the common questions we get asked

How much does it cost to book the band?

Our fee depends on a few variables such as location, length of the event, amount of equipment needed and amount of band members. Contact us for a free quote.


How does the booking process work?

When you confirm with us you would like to book the band, a deposit of 20% is payable and an invoice will be sent. The remainder of the balance is due 1 week prior to the performance date.


How much space do you need?

Our band generally needs an area of 4m x 3.5m to set up. 


How long do you need to set up?

If we are supplying the PA and lights then we need approx. 2 hours to set up and sound check the band. We aim to be completed 30 mins prior commencement. 


Do we need to provide a meal for the band?

Yes please, a main meal and drinks are industry standard. Quite often, we will be at a venue for up to 8 hours without a chance to leave.


Do you travel outside Melbourne?

Yes, we travel quite frequently outside of Melbourne and also interstate if need be. 


How long do you play for?

We usually play 3 x 45min sets (or the equivalent of). We can play longer if you require for an extra fee.


Can you provide ceremony or pre-dinner entertainment?

Yes, we can provide a duo, trio or soloist depending on your requirements. 


Can we choose the songs played by the band?

If you have a look at our song list, we have quite a wide range. We often ask you what artists you like and what you don't want to hear rather than specific song choices.


Do you do requests or can you play our favourite song?

Yes, we can learn up to 2 songs that you have requested. We need at least 1 months notice prior to the event. We don't do requests on the night, unless we are confident that we can perform the song to our expectations.

What our clients have had to say

Hi Dwayne,
I Wanted to thank you for the amazing job you guys did on Saturday night. Everybody couldn’t stop raving about how good you guys were. Getting everyone on the dance floor really made the night. I’ll be happily recommending you to anyone who asks.
Thank You again
— Sarah C
We really enjoyed having you as our band!! Lots of great comments from the locals about you!! Even my mother wants to book you for her birthday party!
— Richardson Dance School
Essential Groove promised and delivered. We can’t thank you enough for playing at our reception. It was great to see everyone up and dancing, enjoying the night, which is exactly what we wanted. We couldn’t have asked for a better night
— Tony & Jane P
Hey Dwayne, thank you to you and your band for an amazing performance Saturday. You set a great atmosphere for our wedding. We had people asking for your details, so you guys definitely made an impression.
— Jacqui & John T
Just wanted to thank Essential Groove for a brilliant performance on our wedding day. You created a fabulous atmosphere and all our guests had such a great time. Would highly recommend you to all our friends!!! Thanks!
— Allie & James D