There are a number of hoops a band has to jump through before playing at venues these days, in addition to being fully insured there are also certain health and safety considerations and paperwork to be completed
The document below is an example of what needs to be considered when playing at an army base. It shows that bands can’t just turn up and play – for the particular gig the document relates to and many other HM Forces bases and government venues, they have to fill in security forms for every band member, get their insurers to stamp and sign a copy of their public liability certificate, as the certificate itself isn’t enough (!) provide vehicle registration details, passport numbers and driving license references all in advance of the contract being issued.
|Hazard (1)||Effect of Hazard being realized (2)||Details of Control Measures (3)|
|Arrival, unloading and Pre-performance set-up||
c) equipment does not block emergency exits and d) no item becomes a potential trip hazard for band, guests or staff
|On Stage performance||
|Post-performance break down, loading and Exit||
Defined as “something with the potential to cause harm to a group or individual” Who might be harmed and how
3 The steps that will be taken in order to remove the hazard or reduce it so far as is reasonably practicable
Most party and wedding bands will find that they have to adhere to H&S to different degrees, depending on the venue. Catch 22 are local to me and you can see from their website that they are well prepared and have all the required certification and documentation in place. A wedding band or indeed any type of band who play live at venues around the UK band will need to be prepared for anything the promoter or venue throws at you and action it well before arriving there, so best get everything on order in advance.