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£220 - £398

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£220 - £398  National average range
£220 - £398

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How much does it cost to hire a DJ?

Jul 10, 2019

Are you throwing a special event? To make sure everything goes off without a hitch, you need the right ambience and the right music. That’s where hiring a professional disc jockey or DJ, comes in. Whether you need music for a wedding, work function, birthday party, or a charity event, the right DJ will create the perfect atmosphere for your attendees and make sure everyone has a fantastic time.

There are a few considerations to take into account when hiring a professional disc jockey, as they may have an impact on the price. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for, so don’t be tempted to hire an amateur, as you might end up sorely disappointed.

Considerations

Musical Genres

If you have a specific type of music that you want for your event, then this is something to talk with your DJ about before your event. Most professional event DJs will have a large library of genres, but you may need to look a bit further if you need something really niche. It’s also worth finding out if your DJ takes requests and what kind of music your guests will want to listen to.

Are there any specific songs you would like your DJ to play? If it’s for a wedding, you may have ten or so songs that you would like played throughout the evening. Beware of sending too many requests in advance to your DJ, as they need the flexibility to play to the crowd.

Type of Event

Weddings often require DJs to put in a lot of hours outside of the event, and of course, this may influence the price. For example, they will have to get into the venue and set up their equipment.

If you want them to provide background music during the dinner or speeches, this all adds up, as does requesting microphones to be used for the speeches. You are also going to be communicating with your DJ in the months leading up to the event, and this will inevitably mean that wedding DJs cost more than for other events.

Birthday parties may require a little less set-up and therefore might cost a bit less. Children’s birthday parties might mean more work for the DJ if they are interacting with the children, and thus may cost a little extra.

Additional Equipment

A great party not only has a great sound system but also lighting and back-up equipment too. Ask your DJ about what kind of lighting equipment they have, as this will be an important factor in the ambience of your event. Amateur DJs usually have a cheaper system and problems can arise when things go wrong as they may not have back-up equipment.

The amount of extra equipment that your DJ uses will also have an impact on the cost, as it will take more set-up time and the DJ will need to cover the cost of more and higher quality equipment.

Number of Guests

Part of a DJ’s job is to read the room and play the right kind of music to keep the energy going and the crowd dancing. The bigger the crowd, the more equipment will be needed, for example, a bigger sound system and more lighting equipment. Also, the larger the party, the more diverse the age range is likely to be and the harder the DJ will have to work to please everyone at the party.

Time

Of course, the length of time the DJ plays for will partially determine the overall cost. If you hire a wedding DJ to play background music during a meal and speeches, as well as at the party later, this will increase the overall cost.

You also need to think about the overall time that your DJ will be working. They need to prepare for the event, load their van, travel, set up at the event, pack down, and travel home after the event. This may mean that they are working several hours more than their actual playing time, so this needs to be taken into account.

It is also worth noting that some DJs will charge more if they continue working after midnight.

In addition, you might find that DJs cost more around busier times such as bank holidays and Christmas. Weekends can also often cost more than weekdays.

Experience of DJ

More experienced DJs cost more for a reason. As we’ve mentioned, a skilled DJ can read the room and keep the energy of your party high. The last thing you want is an empty dance floor and guests that just aren’t feeling the vibe of the night! So, make sure you find out what experience your DJ has. Have they played at similar types of events before? Do they have some good references? You can easily check their Bidvine profile to see reviews from past events!

Location

The location of your party will affect the price. London and the southeast are likely to command higher costs than other areas of the country.

Also, you need to consider how far the DJ has to travel to your venue. Hiring a local DJ will mean that you might avoid some travel costs.

Don’t forget to take access into consideration – can your DJ park easily outside the venue and get their equipment into the function room easily enough? Also consider the size of your venue, as this will determine how much equipment the DJ can bring.

Popular Event Services

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Summary

Make sure you hire a professional DJ for your event. Take into consideration the time they will need to work on your event, their equipment, and the nature and size of your event. Speak to your DJ about all of your requirements, and the right DJ will leave you feeling confident that you have hired the right person for the job.


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DJ David from Creative Co. Agency

5.0
8 reviews

2 years in business

5 hires on Bidvine

Fulham, West London SW6 5AZ

Lydia P. said "David, whilst being on the higher end of our budget for a small launch, was the perfect hire. Flexible with great communication before the event. Turned up in good time with full equipment and played two sets over two nights that got everyone in the right mood along with lots of great

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Bukonla idowu

5.0
1 review

1 year in business

1 hire on Bidvine

New Cross Gate, South East London SE14 5HQ

Nazma S. said "She was a little late setting up but other than that, SHE WAS BRILLIANT! Kids prom party was unforgettable with the music played. Absolutely would hire her again!"

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HiFever

5.0
1 review

5 years in business

1 hire on Bidvine

Denmark Hill, South East London SE5 8EQ

Roger M. said "Ollie DJ’d at my wife’s 40th Birthday Party. He did a brilliant job. Sorted out the dodgy venue PA equipment, was professional, friendly and most importantly played great music! Would definitely hire again! Big thumbs up 👍"

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DJ Butler

5.0
3 reviews

43 years in business

2 hires on Bidvine

Peckham, South East London SE15 2TU

Marcelo F. said "Mr Butler os more then a DJ, is a friend who is there to make the best for your party. thank you very much, super recommended."

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DJ Niki

5.0
4 reviews

15 years in business

8 hires on Bidvine

Brimsdown, North London EN3 7HH

Michelle B. said "We used DJ Niki for evening entertainment at our wedding he was brilliant. Always responded quickly and was professional and unobtrusive. Great music. Thank you again. Michelle"

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DJ MEMO

5.0
1 review

19 years in business

6 hires on Bidvine

Beckenham, South East London BR3 5DJ

I am 20 years experienced DJ with a diverse music archive and video clips of daily top 40s and dance tunes, from 40's 50's to 80's 90's, 2000's, funk, rock, house, Motown specials, Latin and universal songs. I play in all kinds of events such as weddings, engagements, corporate events, birthday part

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