Ride The Fire's FAQs

How much space do you need?

Not only do we like to put on the best sounding show, we think the stage set up can be just as important. We want it to look impressive for you! For this with our eye catching stage set up, including drum riser and lighting rig we would require a minimum of 5x3 meters. The larger the stage area the bigger the performance we can put on.

That being said we have performed many types of venue, so we’re well versed in making the most of whatever space is available to us. For smaller spaces things like the riser, lighting set up, may have to be removed or reconfigured to fit in.

How is it best to time things?

Please consider the following points when arranging the timings for the band performances. We will always be happy to play lighter background music/DJ sets for when guests arrive. Please note that the below timings are only a suggestion, and we can cater for your event/venues needs fully, even within a tight schedule.

Below are the best timings (through experience) for Weddings performances, 7.30pm-12am with 2x 50 minutes sets.

2.30pm-7pm - Band Arrival, set-up and sound check.
7.30pm-8pm – Event start with Light background music
8pm-8.45pm – DJ set
8.45pm-9pm – Cut cake, photos, first dance
9pm – 9.50pm – First band set
10pm – 11pm – DJ set
11pm-12am – Second band set (including encores)

Please plan sets around the evening food. Do not have the band start at 8pm if the buffet is then ready to come out at this time also as your guests will want to eat in peace.

We suggest 2 x 50 minutes sets (plus encores) over 3x40 minutes where possible.

Can I pick the bands setlist?

We are more than happy for you to pick which songs from our repertoire are played, but we do prefer if we are left to decide the order in which they are played.

It is usually best if you let us know any songs you definitely DO or DON’T want rather than a ordered play list. We need to have the freedom to cater for all your guests and may need deviate to involve all of your guests.

If you you’d like us to play certain tracks then please let us know at least 3/4 weeks before the gig so we can have enough time to learn and arrange them in our set accordingly. Please keep in mind though if you’d like us to learn more than just a track or 2 it would require more rehearsal time so please get in touch as our quote may be affected due to the extra time we’d need to put in before hand.

Where will you travel to?

We’re based in South Devon but are happy to do travel UK wide and even internationally. We love to travel and we already regularly perform all around the country.

Can I see you play live?

Of course, if there are any gigs that you think you can make just let us know and we’ll do our best to get you in. We’d love to meet you and you can ask us any questions.

Will you learn our special song?

We are happy to consider learning your special song. It largely depends on whether the particular song fits our playing style and sound. It would be difficult for us to pull off certain songs with orchestral backing, for example, due to our instrumentation, but we will surely give it a go. At the time of booking us, please let your agent know if there’s a particular song you’d like us to consider learning so we have enough time to learn it well.

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

We are currently producing a live video which will give you a true insight into our live performance energy and sound. We like to bring a lot of charisma and passion to the stage which sometimes is difficult to capture on camera. We like to get involved with the audience and get them jumping, we’re energetic and want to make it an event to remember!

How do I book you?

You can book us through the enquiry form on this website Ride The Fire or through our agency www.alivenetwork.com. You can also email or call our booking agents on 0845 108 5500 or email us at RideTheFire@alivenetwork.com

We also accept informal enquiries via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RideTheFireBand), where we will be happy to talk through your event in person.

Are you able to DJ in between sets?

We carry a laptop with thousands of tracks to all our gigs that we use specifically for DJ'ing, making sure that we keep the dance floor swinging in between our live sets. We are happy to take requests for DJ songs.

Music playlists between sets comes as standard with every booking, and if you want a more bespoke DJ service, we offer a DJ package upgrade option where one of the band members will man the laptop all night to take requests and make basic announcements. The DJ package upgrade option is offered for free if you confirm your booking with us within 7 days of receiving your official quote.

Can we make DJ requests in advance to my event?

Any requests for the DJ service will only be possible if we already own the music you require. We do not purchase music for clients due to the costs this can incur. Clients will often provide us with an iPod/MP3 player, or laptop with a playlist on to incorporate the music into our usual DJ sets. If you give us an idea of artists and genres you prefer, we will cater for your tastes effectively. If you would like particular songs played at specific times during the evening, please provide the music via one of the above methods along with a schedule of your evening.

Can we use your sound system for speeches?

You are welcome to use our PA system for your speeches. Let us know before hand and we’ll get a microphone ready, we carry one wireless microphone should that be needed.

What equipment do you use?

Our sound system is a collection of some of the most desirable audio equipment available on the market, including a Presonus 24 channel digital mixing console, an 11k watt speaker system made up of QSC, Crown, EV and various other high-end equipment. We use in-ear monitoring systems and Shure microphones.

Do you have lights?

We have an impressive LED lighting rig that can illuminate not only the stage but the dance floor in front as well. We have a fog machine which looks great in the light.

How long do you play for?

As mentioned previously, we find that 2 x 50 minute sets plus an encore on the end flows very well. If you require longer playing times increasing the set’s to 1 hour each (including encores) seems to work better than splitting it into 3 sets.
However if 3 sets is definitely something required, we can do 3 x 40 min sets (up to 2 hours). For longer playing times please get in touch.

What time do you start and finish?

We can start any time you like. But we’ve found that a 9.30pm/10pm start works best with a short break in between followed by the second set, ending just before midnight.

How long do you take to set up?

We generally like to request that we have at least 3 hours to allow for set-up and sound check. We’d be happy to discuss as different venues can take shorter or longer to set up. For example if access to the venue isn’t straight forward.

Can I provisionally book you?

Unfortunately, we don’t take provisional bookings as our demand is such that we would be turning clients away on popular dates. However, when you make an official enquiry with us, your enquiry will be logged in our system and you will be given first refusal on your date, should anybody else enquire for the same date.

What if the band split up before my event?

Like many professional bands, our work is our livelihood and so we take our commitments very seriously.
In the very unlikely event that the band had split up before your party, every effort would be made to find a suitable replacement band.

Can my sisters/bosses/daughters dog sing with your band?

We love it when people get up to sing a song with us, but we do like to make sure that those singing or playing with us have some experience of being on stage. We’re happy to arrange this with you in advance. However, past experience has taught us that welcoming impromptu guests onto the stage on the night itself can often end in disaster so we’d rather steer clear of that situation!

What will the band wear?

We have a standard ‘rock’ look that we feel comfortable to perform in and we feel best portrays what we are about. Please check out our photo gallery for an idea of our typical attire. However if you have any special requests please don't hesitate to ask.

Does the band have PAT and PLI certificates?

Yes our equipment is PAT tested and we are public liability insured.

Why should I book Ride The Fire?

We love what we do, we love the stage and we love performing! We have performed some amazing gigs around the world and won one the biggest battle of the bands competitions in the world - GBOB! (Global Battle Of The Bands - www.gbob.com). Having travelled the world performing and recording our latest album in West Hollywood, Los Angeles we have a vast amount of experience.

Here is a brief list of some of the places, venues and people that present members of FIRE IT UP have either toured or played at / with:

- USA
- France
- Thailand
- Sweden
- Germany
- Belgium
- Holland
- Feeder
- Reef
- Top Loader
- Tinie Tempah
- Eliza Doolittle
- Calvin Harris
- Texas
- Sky Fest
- London O2 Islington
- Haven Holidays
- Butlins
- Pontins
- HM Forces
- Houses Of Parliament
- 100 Club, Oxford

How much does it cost to book the band?

Prices vary slightly based on the time of year, the location of your event, timings, and any upgrade options, but our standard price starts at £1250 including VAT. We don't charge for the time it takes for us to travel to the gig.

Can we see some previous client testimonials?

Yes; Here.

Do Ride The Fire have any specific requirements?

We request a room in which to change, something to eat and drinks for the duration of our time at the venue.

What type/size venues are you able to play at?

We’ve played at a huge range of venues and can adjust our set up to fit.

How loud will the band be?

We always make sure that our volume levels are such that people at your event can still converse, but really feel as though they are at a gig when they're on the dance floor. Being a guitar based energetic rock and pop band, the nature of the music we play means that we can only turn down so far! If your chosen venue has a DB limiter, please discuss this with your agent at the time of your enquiry - There’s every chance that we (or one of our fellow agency bands) have performed at the venue before, but if not, it’s worth discussing to make sure that the performance you will receive from us will not be compromised.

However, if your venues decibel limit is restrictively low, we are more than happy to provide an acoustic version of our performance which, while obviously being quieter, will still provide you with music that’s great to dance to.

What is the band power requirement?

We usually request 2 double 13 amp supplies near to the stage area. We use LED lighting which keeps our power consumption down but we prefer to run lights from one power source and audio equipment from another to reduce the risk of noise interference. As a rule, we draw approximately 16 amps with everything on and have only ever experienced any issues in events in marquees where the generator capacity has been too low.

Do Ride The Fire offer any additional services?

We offer a number of additional services at very competitive rates: From extended set times, acoustic sets during dinner, additional/extended DJ service and live song requests. If you would like more information regarding the above options please contact us via email to discuss.