Mobile Disco – How to Avoid Wasting Money

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 02.08.2014

Hiring a Mobile Disco - How to Avoid Wasting Money

It’s simple enough to hire a mobile disco. It should be straight-forward, however there is a huge range of DJ’s in different areas of the country, charging different fees and with different abilities, service standards and equipment all working in a largely unregulated area of entertainment. With this article we hope to give you some practical advice about what to look out for, what questions you should ask when hiring a mobile disco how to avoid wasting money by hiring the right Mobile Disco for your party or event.

Mobile Disco How to Avoid Wasting Money

A good place to start looking for a mobile disco is a recommendation from family, friends or work colleagues who have booked a particular DJ previously. If they don’t provide a recommendation and you’re starting from scratch a search on Google will provide thousands of options, which in itself can be daunting.

If you search locally for example Mobile Disco and compile a short list of DJ’s that appear to be reasonably professional the next step is to do some research on them. Do they have a website, are customer reviews included, do they provide details of the service they will provide and so on. Follow this up with a phone call to talk about your party or event and what they can provide.

DJ’s Experience

There is no substitute for experience and over time a rooky DJ will work at a variety of functions, venues and audiences from which they will gain valuable experience of a diverse range of events and music, audience types and age groups. In addition they will meet other DJ’s, exchange ideas and develop their individual presentation style. DJ’s who continue on the party scene will provide a wide variety of music covering the last five decades and beyond. Developing an energetic, life and soul of the party personality is key for a party DJ.

Customer Service

Do they answer the phone on your first attempt or does it just go to voice-mail? Do they answer your e mail enquiry? Are they pleasant and helpful?
First impressions count and you can tell a lot about a business by the way they answer enquiries. Do they listen to your requirements, are they pleasant and flexible or are they eager to talk a lot and push their standard service? If they listen, make constructive suggestions and answer your questions you might be on to a winner. Ask if they’re available and their quote and put a tick by their name for a possible booking.

Sound & Lighting Equipment

Ask for either a photo of the DJ equipment or a description of what they will provide. An experienced DJ will ask what type of party or event you’re holding, how many people are attending, together with the capacity of the venue. The larger the number of people and venue the more equipment will be needed and vice versa, in order that the sound equipment is adequate for the room without producing music that sounds distorted or poor quality. Similarly, the lighting needs to provide a visual display that is adequate for the size of room.

Your DJ should have sufficient experience to match his equipment to the room you have hired and provide the details if you want them. Expect to pay extra for additional equipment in cases where the room is larger than average.

Music Choice and Catalogue

One way of identifying an experienced DJ is to discuss what music genres and decades are available. You should ask how they will accommodate your taste and choice of music and that of your guests and whether they will accept a list of preferred music before the event in addition to requests on the night.

An experienced DJ will have an extensive music collection, typically held on a laptop music programme that covers most genres and decades. Any special requests can normally be accommodated.

Public Liability Insurance and PAT Electrical Safety Documents

Venues require these documents and your DJ should hold them for inspection on request. The level of insurance required by venues is routinely £5m and the PAT electrical safety check is carried out on all the DJ’s electrical equipment by a suitably qualified electrician using test equipment. When the test is completed the tester will provide a PAT test document showing the results of tests and if any equipment fails will carry out repairs to ensure all equipment is safe. These documents are renewable annually.

Choosing Your DJ

Established DJ’s often have deputy DJ’s to cover for when bookings are plentiful. You should ask the main DJ if he will accept a personal booking from you as the quality of deputy DJ’s may be difficult to assess and the main DJ better known in your community having attended previous parties and events.

Confirmation of booking

You are entitled to a written confirmation of your booking within seven days detailing the venue address, timings and fee agreed. You should expect to agree terms and pay a deposit to secure a booking. The confirmation should also include the DJ’s address and contact details together with their cancellation policy.

After-Sales Service

Following confirmation you may want further service for communicating your music requirements and to answer any questions you may have. This is an important part of the service and can lead to frustration if your needs aren’t dealt with efficiently prior to your event. This is something you should consider when deciding which mobile disco to book.

Booking a DJ with a reputable Entertainment Agency

An Entertainment Agency may offer a better solution to booking a mobile disco and will take the hassle out of the job of finding the right mobile disco for your party or event. If you’re working to a budget don’t be afraid to tell the agent who will have a variety of DJ’s that charge different fees and will be able to arrange one that fits your budget. Part of the service will be efficient and timely handling of calls, e mails, confirmation and requests for information together with after sales service. A contract to protect your interests comes as standard. Provision of public liability insurance and a PAT certificate is also dealt with together with a replacement DJ service in case of any problems with the DJ you have chosen.

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The Advantages of Hiring a Professional DJ

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 23.05.2014

The Advantages of Hiring a Professional DJ

If you have a party coming up in the near future and you are debating whether or not to hire a professional DJ or to try and provide music yourself, this post will explain the advantages of hiring a professional DJ will enhance your party and put you at ease on your night.

The Advantages of Hiring a Professional DJ

When hiring a DJ you get full attention from them for the evening and they are dedicated to providing your party with the right music all night. Although there are party mix CD’s available that you might consider using to run your own Disco they will not provide the range of music or the knowledge and skilled music selection that comes with a professional DJ. Also would you really want to be working rather than enjoying the party yourself?

One of the advantages of hiring a professional DJ is that they know how to read an audience and have good judgement on what to play and when. This is really important for keeping momentum on the dance floor. There is nothing worse than a lull when the wrong song is played and everyone sits down! Plus a DJ will have the correct equipment to allow a mix between songs leaving no awkward pauses in between tracks.

When booking a DJ you can arrange a consultation before your event to discuss which songs you definitely want included as well as those that you may want to be excluded. This time can also be used to discuss whether or not you want your DJ to verbally interact with your guests.

Make the most of your upcoming party or event and hire a mobile disco from Costello Entertainments. Alongside disco hire we also can provide a wide range of tribute bands, celebrities and look-a-likes, comedians and dancers plus much, much more.

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Music For The First Dance At Your Wedding

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 16.04.2014

Music For The First Dance At Your Wedding

One of the highlights of your wedding is the first dance. Music for the first dance at your wedding will be remembered by you for many years and is an important choice to make. It is the first dance to open the dance floor to guests, but it has much more significance than that. The choice of song will make a statement about you and your partner as a couple, your personalities, and whenever you hear it on the radio it will remind you of that special day. Such an important song should not be taken lightly, as it will be with you for the rest of your life. In this post, we will look at a few songs that will add something extra to your wedding day.

Music For The First Dance At Your Wedding

Kiss From a Rose by Seal

With its curious waltz time, copious harmonies and sound proportions, this had a very different sound and stood out when it was released in the mid nineties. It is a favorite on the dance floor at weddings because of its classy melody and the rich imagery of the lyrics, which finishes beautifully with:

‘Now that your rose is in bloom A light hits the gloom on the grey’

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Although Aerosmith are renowned as a hard rock band, the song I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing opened up a new generation to appreciate Aerosmith, and remains a slow dance classic. This ballad has an old and wise feel to it and the lush orchestra arrangement almost overwhelms with romance. Many couples had their first kiss to this song, so it isn’t a surprise to see it become a first dance favorite.

Grow Old With Me by Tom Oddell

Tom Oddell has a way with words, it could have something to do with him growing up listening to the heartbreaking but hopeful music of Tom Waits. The song Grow Old With Me is both passionate and delicate, so much so that you’ll have all your guests in tears if you choose it. Be sure to stock up on hankies.

In addition to choosing the right first song, to get the most out of your music on your wedding day you will need to hire a quality sound system. Here at Costello Entertainments we can provide you with a mobile disco together with a quality DJ, which will be the perfect complement to your wedding day.

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Songs That Your Party Cannot Be Without

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 03.04.2014

Songs That Your Party Cannot Be Without

Music is the key to any party, and can turn it from a simple get-together that quickly runs out of steam, into a truly enjoyable event that no one is keen on leaving. Here at Costello Entertainments, we provide our services to those wanting a Mobile Disco, and are well aware of some of the songs that your party cannot be without.

In this post we want to help make sure that your party is not only enjoyable for you but also for people of all ages, so we have created a list of the top five party tracks from the last five decades for your aural pleasure.

Songs That Your Party Cannot Be Without


The decade of peace, love and these beauties:

1. The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
2. The Monkees – Daydream Believer
3. Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
4. Helen Shapiro – Walkin’ Back To Happiness
5. The Beatles – Hey Jude

Any one of those is guaranteed to get the room dancing and singing.


The decade that brought us Star Wars and a whole new world of sequined clothing also bestowed this list of classics on us:

1. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
2. ABBA – Dancing Queen
3. The Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
4. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
5. Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Less of a sing along decade, but all of these will get everyone onto the dance floor.


The decade that saw names such as Michael Jackson and Madonna become household names also brought us these party classics:

1. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
2. Jump – Van Halen
3. Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns and Roses
4. Thriller – Michael Jackson
5. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

If you want to see every seat empty, then the 80’s is a decade of music that you need to explore.


The real beginning of the digital age brought us a decade replete with party classics:

1. Love Shack – The B-52s
2. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
3. Believe (Life After Love) – Cher
4. Around the World – Daft Punk
5. Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai

Cheesy? Yes. Classics? Absolutely!


The decade of re-unions and solo projects from huge names such as the ‘man known simply as Robbie’, the 00’s really was a bumper decade for party music:

1. Hey Ya – Outkast
2. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
3. Hot In Here – Nelly
4. Mr Brightside – The Killers
5. I Got A feeling – Black Eyed Peas

The years between 2010 and now have undoubtedly seen many other future classics released, but what you have here are 25 songs that represent the distilled essence of party throughout the last half century, truly songs that your party cannot be without.

If you want to make sure that your party is exciting and fun, then feel free to play any one of these decades; or better yet, play them all!

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