Live Music for your Next Event: Good or Bad Idea?

Last Updated on October 7, 2021

When planning a corporate event, you must consider every aspect of the experience. From the check-in process to the tradeshow floor to the food, there is sure to be a lot on your mind.

At some point, especially if you are planning a multi-day event, you need to consider the steps you can take to keep attendees occupied and having a good time. In many cases, this means choosing the right type of music.

Generally speaking, you have two options:

  • Hire a band to play live.
  • Hire a DJ.

There are pros and cons of both, meaning that the decision is not nearly as simple as it sounds.

Live Music: Is it Right For Your Event?

If live music piques your interest, it is best to answer this question: will this go over well with your audience? If you can’t answer yes with 100 percent confidence, it may be better to consider a DJ (or no music at all).

To help with the decision making process, here are the pros and cons of live music:


  • Gets the crowd more involved and energized. If you hope to give attendees a way to wind down at the end of a long day, a live band could be the way to go.
  • More interactive. The last thing you want is a lot of music, but no true interaction. Before hiring a live band, make sure they are willing to take requests and interact with the audience. This can be the difference between a good time and plenty of bored faces.
  • Better sound quality. Is this going to “make or break” your decision? Probably not. However, you want to put your best foot forward, and as far as music is concerned, this means high quality sound.


  • More expensive than a DJ. If you are planning an event on a shoestring budget, this may be one area in which you can save. A live band may be your preference, but the numbers could point you in another direction.
  • Less variety. A DJ has the ability to play almost any song imaginable. Can the same be said for a band? Definitely not. In fact, some only play songs from a certain genre, which could alienate a portion of your audience.
  • Room to setup. Let’s face it: a band needs more room to operate than a DJ. Furthermore, there is a lot more equipment associated with a live act. Do you have the space to accommodate a band?

Final Word

If live music is something you are considering, let the pros and cons above weigh on your mind. Soon enough, you will have a clear idea of whether or not this is the right idea.

There are definite benefits of live music. As long as you are confident that this is the right decision, don’t hesitate in hearing a few bands play and booking the services of your favorite act.