Top Wedding Bands
This is the ultimate guide to finding the top wedding bands Ireland has to offer in 2018.
And let me be clear about something:
This is NOT a lame “Weddings Bands in Ireland” post.
Instead, we’re applying a rigorous rating and scoring of wedding bands that we call The Hooley Score.
So, if you’re looking to find the top wedding band in 2018, you’ll love this guide.
Let’s dance right in.
Hooley Score How's it Calculated?
For more than 50 years Q Scores has been the industry standard by which the media business has quantified the star power of celebrities, from music to movies.
Hooley has adapted these ranking factors for the Irish wedding band scene.
According to RTE.ie Ireland has approximately 1,000 wedding bands!!!
So enter Hooley Score.... to make your task of finding a wedding band easier and quicker.
The question is:
What is Hooley Score, exactly? And how is it calculated?
Hooley Score measures how popular wedding bands are in the combined terms of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and ranks them accordingly.
Ireland's Best Top Wedding Bands
The Following are the Best Wedding Bands in Ireland and then you will find the Best Wedding Bands in Leinster, Connaught, Munster and Ulster. Do you agree? Laeve a comment at the bottom!
 Ireland: Top 10 Wedding Bands
If you want to find the best Wedding Bands for Ireland in 2018, you need look no further. Listed below are the 10 top wedding bands that rank most highly on Hooley Score.
 Leinster:Top 10 Wedding Bands
The best Wedding Bands for Leinster in 2018, you need look no further. Listed below are the 10 top wedding bands that rank most highly on Hooley Score for Leinster.
 Munster:Top 10 Wedding Bands
If you want to find the best Wedding Bands for Munster in 2018, you need look no further. Listed below are the 10 top wedding bands that rank most highly on Hooley Score for Munster
 Connacht:Top 8 Wedding Bands
If you want to find the best Wedding Bands for Connacht in 2018, you need look no further. Listed below are the 8 top wedding bands that rank most highly on Hooley Score for Connacht.
 Ulster:Top 4 Wedding Bands
If you want to find the best Wedding Bands for Ulster in 2018, you need look no further. Listed below are the 4 top wedding bands that rank most highly on Hooley Score for Ulster.
Hooley Score and YouTube
Hooley Score is a ranking system that helps you find the best wedding bands based on a national or provincial basis.
It really is that simple!
Hooley Score measures how popular these bands are in the social media realms of YouTube, Faceboook and Twitter…
…and ranks them accordingly.
For example, let’s say you start your search for "best wedding bands Ireland" in YouTube.
The #3 result looks like a good fit. So, you quickly click on it.
And when you get there…wow! They have the best darn wedding band recording you've seen and have been wedding band of the year! So, you listen to the video.
Next you decide to click through to this wedding band's YouTube channel. You listen to their other videos and say "Yep" these are a good band and subscribe to their channel by pressing that big red <<subscribe>> button.
So, Hooley Score first takes note of the number of YouTube Subscribers a wedding band has and assigns a certain value to this. If a band has a good YouTube presence and decent quality videos then they will attract subscriptions to their channel.
Hooley Score and Facebook
Facebook is the biggest social network platform in the world. It has over 2 billion monthly active users.
This is the next ranking factor that we've included in the Hooley Score
If you've found a wedding band that you think are worth considering then you will most likely head over to their Facebook Page.
Here you will normally find up to date photos, videos and links to articles and updates about their band members or act.
Facebook fans or users can share, comment or like posts from the band and this will help increase the popularity of a band or group.
A simple indicator of how popular a band are can be indicated by the total number of likes they have amassed.
If a wedding band's Facebook page has regular updates and interaction with their followers then you can assume that they are conscious of their online presence. They will work to keep the dance floor full all night and strive to be an award winning irish wedding band.
A lack of updates or presence on Facebook can possibly indicate a group that are not actually that active as a band and are not overly customer focused. They may not be the best band in Ireland for your big day.
A wedding band group that works hard on their Facebook page and has a lot of followers are likely to have spent a great deal of time trying to build their following.
This approach should then by logic carry through to their dealings with you if you do decide to book them.
If you want to understand more about how businesses interact with Facebook, check out this video:
Hooley Score and Twitter
Sainsbury's managed to deal in a light-hearted way with a disgruntled customer through their twitter account:
This tweet basically says:
We acknowledge your complaint Mr Jones but it is not all that actionable.
If a wedding band has good or bad press on twitter it should show here. Look for their twitter account and read the tweets!
Twitter is again another social media platform where a band can share photos and videos along with articles or jokes.
If a band has many followers then they are doing something right and engaging their audience. Our Hooley Score takes this into account and brings this into the equation.
If you want a simple basic guide to Twitter, check out this infographic by Cheryl Lawson...
In summary we have surveyed hundreds of wedding bands in Ireland through this mechanism of Hooley Score. Who are the best wedding bands in Ireland? Well here you go... We've divided them into 5 categories; Ireland, Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster. Listed above are the best bands of 2017 in terms of Hooley Score that should hold true for booking in 2018…
Final Tips: Talk | Go See | Book
While Hooley Score is an excellent place to start your search to find the perfect wedding band, you must then talk to and go see a wedding band play live. A live performace will give you and idea of their set list and you will see if they are good wedding entertainers. You will need to find out the price for a wedding band in Ireland amongst many other things.
Without talking directly to your prospective band, you won't be able to gauge their professionalism, friendliness or if they are amenable to your music requirements. They may also be able to provide you with music for your drinks reception.
Listening to recordings of a band is a good starting point but doesn't beat going to see them perform live.
And it goes without saying you should try to book your band well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Possibly the most important task to undertake will be to go see the band live. If it is possible it does no harm to bring an extra friend or two along to see them perform. It's always good to have a third or even fourth opinion.
It's a good occasion to ask your band any outstanding questions you might have. You could even ask them to play a particular piece that you have in mind for the first dance for example.
The decisive step to all of your endeavours to find the perfect band is to go ahead and book. It's important that you get things in writing. You should get a booking confirmation detailing the service to be provided (music sets/time), fees, payment terms, additional services (i.e. DJ) and cancellation policy.
In short, research your bands using the Hooley Score and then go see, talk and book them.
Best of luck with booking your wedding band in 2018!
Now It’s Your Turn
So that’s what we believe will lead to helping you book the best wedding band in 2018.
Now we want to turn it over to you: Which of the wedding band’s would you be thinking of booking, have booked or had them play already your wedding?
What do you think of our Hooley Score ranking? Do you think we could improve upon it?
Let us know by leaving a quick comment below right now.