The Bombastics

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OVERVIEW

With more than 1000 weddings under their belt, the collective of musicians who make up The Bombastics are some of Melbourne’s most popular performers. Their extensive catalogue of ceremony and reception tunes include the biggest hits of all-time, from Top 40 party tracks to disco, soul, blues, and Aussie pub classics. Your favourite song isn’t there? They’re more than happy to take requests!

There is something so special about having a live band at your Melbourne wedding, and when you choose the award-winning Bombastics, you’re getting an unforgettable experience. Made up of a collective of incredibly talented musicians who have performed and recorded with international superstars like Pink, Gotye, Martha Wainwright, The Cat Empire, and more, the soundtrack of your wedding will be as professional as a live concert!

 “The Bombastics were absolutely sensational! They certainly came up with the goods and made sure our guests all had the best time! I don’t think the dancefloor was empty all night while these guys played! Definitely worth splashing the cash for these guys, we were not disappointed.” Monika C

 To The Bombastics, your wedding is just as important as any gig they’ve had at the Opera House, the MCG, or the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. They pride themselves on their professionalism, ensuring that from your first email any questions you have are answered thoroughly and in a timely manner.

 Their catalogue of songs covers all tastes, and they’re also open to requests if you’ve got a particular piece you’d love for your ceremony or reception. There are hundreds of songs in their repertoire spanning decades and genres like jazz and blues, party anthems, and classic pub tracks. From slow jams to evoke a romantic atmosphere, to club hits that will get the dancefloor jumping, The Bombastics are experts at setting the musical mood.

 What you’ll love about having The Bombastics at your Melbourne wedding:

  • Their skilled musicians. With a band made of individually talented musicians, it’s an incredible experience when they come together as a collective.
  • The extensive song catalogue. With hundreds of songs literally at their fingertips, The Bombastic can cater to any genre preferences. If somehow your favourite tune isn’t on their list, they’re open to requests.
  • They can read the room. Having played more than 300 weddings, The Bombastics know how to read the room and choose the right songs to either settle the guests or bring them to their feet for a boogie.

 What else do The Bombastics offer for Melbourne weddings?

  • Professional MC services. Need someone to keep the schedule on track? The Bombastic also offer MC services starting from $330.
  • Instrumental-only options. Want to set the ceremony mood with some ambient music? The Bombastics can provide instrumental-only acoustic and classical music to add a sense of elegance and formality to your wedding.


“This band is amazing- we had them playing at our reception and they also provided MC services. They are professional, organised and definitely know how to create an atmosphere. They are able to perform a large variety of styles, and knew what 'vibe' we wanted our reception to have. Definitely go to a gig of theirs and see for yourself.” Adrienne F

About

Hi! I'm Jarrod, Director and Senior Consultant for The Bombastics. I have the pleasure of being your face-to-face contact leading up to the big day. Anything music-related, we can help. If you're looking for live music with friendly and reliable service, you've just found it :).

Mr Jarrod McCluskey

Director


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FAQ

Yes, having the band play your bridal dance is a beautiful touch to this moment of the night. If you’ve choreographed a dance to a particular recording please let us know so that we can learn the right version. If you don’t want the band to play it, simply provide your iPod and we’ll play it through our PA for you.

The other point to consider is whether the band line-up you've chosen works with the song you're wanting. We're always happy to guide you through this if you need. For instance, any song with an orchestra backing will be hard with a band, but a song from either a rock, soul. pop, blues or jazz genre can be arranged for our band line-up quite easily.

The song selection is a shared process. We send you our regularly updated master song list and ask you to highlight what you love, cross out what you hate and add anything else you really want to hear. We’re not a human iTunes so we won’t be able to learn every extra tune you request, but we’ll certainly give it a go!

Yes! We’re one of the few bands that allow you to choose your singer. We have a few male and female singers who perform similar repertoire but each has a distinct style and charisma. Based on their availability and your preferences, we can build the band around them.

Most receptions go for 5 hours. In this time we typically play four 45-50 minute sets of music. By the time you include speeches and other formalities this works about to be as much live music as possible. Depending on the details of each wedding we may end up needing to play more or less than this, and the cost usually reflects this.

Yes and we recommend it. Seeing the band live really helps to get an idea of how The Bombastics can be part of your wedding day. We perform in a range of band sizes so you can hear the difference between the bands and make an informed choice. Contact us to find out about our next show.

If we’re on a break and background music is required (e.g. no speeches) we supply playlists of songs we know work well at certain points across the night. These are regularly updated too. Couples are also welcome to supply an iPod for us to play their own playlists through our PA.

Yes! We regularly perform around regional Victoria and sometimes into NSW. There are additional fees for any travel beyond an hour of the Melbourne CBD, and if your wedding is two hours or more from Melbourne we also add accommodation costs.

Most wedding receptions require about 1.5 hours to set up. For receptions in large hotels or conference centres we usually require an additional hour to move through security and loading bays.

Yes, it’s included in our reception packages. You can use our microphone for all MC formalities and speeches at no extra cost. If you need to use a wireless mic we can arrange the hire of this on your behalf and run it through our PA. This is usually a pretty minimal cost and is sometimes necessary for medium to large rooms.

Any booking beyond 4 hours requires a main meal or equivalent for each member of the band. Venues offer reduced prices to clients for ‘crew meals’ and the band usually eats this meal during the speeches, limiting the impact on live music time. Remember that for most receptions the band usually arrives around 4:30pm and doesn’t leave until after midnight so sustenance is vital!

No, but we can give you our FlexiBand option: Book in our 5 piece band (female lead vocals, male vocals/guitar, keyboards, bass and drums) then add the 2 piece horn section for the last two hours (i.e. the dance sets). It’ll save you some dollars while still giving you the brilliant 7 piece band when you need it most.

There is a range of factors which influence the size of the band. These include musical preferences (the genres of music you like), your budget, the size of the room, the size of the band area, the instruments you like, and the number of guests. We’ve written a blog post on our website devoted entirely to answering this question; please check it out!

Yes, and can’t emphasise enough the importance of having live music at your ceremony. Check out our Ceremony Music page on our website for all the options we can provide.


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May 2021

We had The Bombastics for our wedding in April and highly recommend! Firstly, Jarrod was so easy to deal with in the lead up to the wedding (including a postponement, a venue change, and a few changes of plans thanks to COVID!). This made the music part of wedding planning so easy. We had an acoustic duo for our ceremony, canapes and through dinner, then a 5 piece band for our dancefloor - the music evolved as the day went on, and each part was perfect for each stage of the day! We loved their song book, and had so much fun choosing our favourites for the band to make a set list. T he song choices for the dancefloor had everyone up and dancing - from my 11 year old sister to my 87 year old grandfather!

Phillipa B.

The Bombastics

Thanks so much Pip, it was such an honour for us to be involved in such a great night!! Thanks for taking the time and writing us such an awesome review! All the best!!

May 2021

So glad we hired a live band for our wedding as we couldn’t have asked for a better group than the Bombastics. They play such a great range of songs and take you from acoustic ceremony music right through to everyone on the dance floor at the end of the night. Jarrod is so great in the lead up to the event, to learn about what style of music you like and run sheets etc… to make sure that everything goes smoothly. The Bombastics also are happy to learn you walk down the aisle song and first dance song which is a really amazing touch! We had so many compliments from our guests on the band and highly recommend!

Amy W.

The Bombastics

Thanks so much for taking the time Amy, it was such an honour for us to be involved in such a great night we had a blast too!

March 2021

The Bombastics did such a wonderful job at our wedding - both at the ceremony and reception. Everybody was up dancing the whole time with music to be enjoyed by everyone. They were also fabulous to deal with in the lead up to wedding, having had to postpone our first wedding they were so accommodating and chill throughout the whole thing.

Ellie D.


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Music ideas for straight after the ceremony

Music suggestions please! Trying to figure out an upbeat song to play after our vows when we walk back down the aisle together. Thank you.

The Bombastics

Chilled acoustic vibe is a great option for for afetr your ceremony or over some pre-diiner nibbles and drinks. Pehaps a solo artist of duo even. The following some of the options our clients have loved:

  • Solo acoustic guitar or keyboards w/vocals 
  • Acoustic duo feat. guitar or keyboards w/ vocals and/or percussionist or saxophone or trumpet Player

  • A string a Duo feat: Violin and cello 

 

I hope that helps

Thanks!

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