About

What We Do

Need Music Ltd provides great live music for pubs, restaurants, weddings and corporate.

Specialising in acoustic music, we provide a hassle free, bespoke service, offering great singers & musicians fit for your purpose whether it be a chilled guitar vocalist to sit in the corner to create a relaxed atmosphere, or upbeat cover acts playing songs to get your guests up dancing - we have it all.

Please use our contact page to begin the process of booking a fantastic & exciting live act for your occasion.

“Absolutely perfect for the event” – 05/10/17

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for recommending Connor for our events this week. He was absolutely perfect for the event, so talented and such a lovely guy! We had so many people commenting about him and wanting his details.”

Laura Watson
Wylam Brewery

“Great night – would highly recommend” – 18/03/17

“Need Music Ltd organised my entertainment for my 70th party. Great night – would highly recommend for that special night if you have one coming up.”

Jenny Hulet
Birthday Party DJ

“Had a great range of music” – 01/05/17

“We had a great day, thank you! DJ Nathan was fab! Had a great range of music and kept the day going!
Would gladly recommend to anyone 😊
Thanks again for sorting us out!”
Marie
Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter

“From start to finish catered musically for everyone” – 18/08/17

“DJ Nathan was fab last night. From start to finish everything was really easy to sort out and DJ was brilliant- catered musically for everyone and just made the night! Please say a big thank you to him and also big thanks to you for sorting it out x”

Simone Banks
Engagement Party @ Blue Flames Benton

“Packed with original and fresh local talent” – 11/10/15

“Need Music offers great live music, packed with original and fresh local talent. I would certainly recommend their services.”

Client Services Co-ordinator
Newcastle United Football Club

“Everyone had an amazing time!” 03/09/16

“Thanks so much for providing the music on Saturday. Everyone had an amazing time! We’ve had so many great comments about the live music.”

Vanessa Adams
Hen Do, The Garden Station

“It was a fab night” – 12/08/2017

“It was a fab night. Jake was amazing and made it even more special for us.”

Toni Campbell
Engagement Party, South Shields

“We had a lovely day” – 02/06/17

“Dave (musician) was great. We had a lovely day, thanks!”

Deborah Syla
Wedding @ Jesmond Dene House

“He focused on the music we love” – 12/08/17

“DJ Bruce was exactly what we were looking for for our wedding party, he focused on the music we love, yet he read the crowd perfectly to pack the dance floor and help us create the most brilliant memories. People will be talking about it for years to come!”

Kate
Clay Barn, Hoults Yard

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you” – 31/08/15

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you to the guitarists and the DJ who were at our wedding. They were all great, particularly the DJ who joined in and was part of the guests by the end of the night!”

The Haste's
Wedding @ Horton Garage

“Brought a great atmosphere to the event” – 31/03/17

“Just a quick message to say thank you very much for all your help last week. Matty and Aimee were great and brought a great atmosphere to the event.”

Elisa Adams
Maker's Market, Newcastle

“Really impressed by the host and the artists” – 10/04/17

“I just wanted to say thank you for last night, we had a really great time and were really impressed by the host and the artists.

Kieran made us feel really welcome – you have a cracking night going there!

Thanks again and if you ever wanted us to play again, we would absolutely love to work with you again.”

Tom
Scribble Victory Band

“All have been professional and the quality of music has been great” – Jan 2018

“Used Need Music a variety of times over the past year and has provided excellent service and acts. Bruce is friendly, organised and even committed to attending the first few sessions to make sure everything went right. Fast response and has helped me out over a busy festive period when most other agencies couldn’t provide an act. I’ve used acoustic performers and saxophonists, all of which have been professional and the quality of music has been great. Would highly recommend for any business looking to put on some live music or music entertainment in the North East!”

BJammin

“The booking process was seamless and very easy” – Dec 2017

“Amazing DJ service for our Engagement party would highly recommend Bruce and the DJ we had for any event. The DJ had everyone up and dancing and only played music we asked for. The booking process through Need Music was seamless and very easy. Bruce was always there to answer any questions and did so quickly and efficiently.”

Beth Rowland

“The best around” – Jan 2017

“The Best around. Ive worked for Need music on numerous occasions as a Dj. Bruce is an amazing and an extremely reliable booking agent and is finding me work very regularly. Ive attended many of his acoustic nights as well and they’re always great. They’re also hosted by friendly musicians and offer new musicians a chance to come along play the night and get involved with Need music. If you’re a Dj or musician looking for gigs in the North East I highly recommend getting involved with Need Music.”

NE Sounds

“It really made my night & my guests are still talking about it” – Jan 2018

“NEED Music provided a live band for my 30th birthday party at a city centre venue. They arranged a band that suited my requirements & liased directly with the venue so I didn’t have to worry about a thing. The band themselves were really brilliant & even got my young nephew up to play for one song. It really made my night & my guests are still talking about it. Would highly recommend. Thanks guys!”

Ash Dean

“A great variety of talent” – Feb 2018

“A great agency to work for. A great variety of talent if your looking for bookings for your venue.”

Statik Records

“We didn’t have to worry about a thing all night” – Jan 2018

“We used Need Music Ltd for a sound engineer for a charity event we held recently – the service couldn’t have been better! As people who had no idea about the equipment we would have been lost otherwise but Kieran arrived well before the event to help set up and answered any and all questions we had. We didn’t have to worry about a thing all night! Thanks so much!”

Rebecca Embling

“So professional, helpful and easy to work with” – Jan 2018

“I would highly recommend Need Music as they are an amazing company to work for. So professional, helpful and easy to work with and they provide everything that you will need.”

Charlotte Bredael

“Great system, simple to set up”

“Had to hire a PA system last minute for a gig and Need Music were fantastic. Great system, simple to set up and they were really helpful and easy to work with, will definitely be hiring PA from them again. Thanks so much!”

Holly Rees

“A truly memorable occasion”

“Need Music organised my mothers 70th birthday party from first meeting Bruce I could see I was in safe hands. Providing a DJ and live music I also ask if the musician could learn a specific song which meant a great deal to my mother which was no problem what so ever. My mother and her guests had a fantastic time. I’ve no doubt that it was down to the professional approach bruce and his acts bring was definitely a day to remember for all, would recommend need music to anyone after a truly memorable occasion. Thanks Need Music” – May 2017

Peter Hulett

“Tailored to your specific requirements”

“I’ve used Need Music regularly for the last few years. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a PA system that is tailored to your specific requirements. Hugely professional set up, always eager to accommodate any changes that might crop up and genuinely lovely folk to work with.”

Eliza Lawson
Singer, 14/11/16

“Really happy with the price”

“Thanks for the PA hire. Was so simple to set up, and we were really happy with the price. Will be in touch next time we put a band on. Thanks.”

Sarah
Casa Italia, Sunderland, 03/09/16

“You were fantastic and created the perfect atmosphere”

“It has been an absolute pleasure to have you sing on our wedding day.

You were fantastic and created the perfect atmosphere for our guests.” – 29/11/14

Hayley and Dave
Wedding @ Rockliffe Hall

“You have a beautiful voice and you made the night special”

“To Aimee, thank you so much for singing our first dance at the wedding party. You have a beautiful voice and you made the night special.” – 04/11/14

Kate and Gary
Wedding @ Boldon Cricket Club

“You made the whole process so easy and enjoyable”

“Thanks Aimee for playing at our wedding yesterday! You made it so special and everyone commented on how fantastic and original your sets were. You made the whole process so easy and enjoyable and I couldn’t thank you enough! X” – 15/05/17

Amy and Matty
Wedding @ Doxford Barnes

“Not only is he a fantastic musician, he is great at entertaining a crowd”

“Dave played at our wedding and really made our day special! Not only is he a fantastic musician, he is great at entertaining a crowd and getting everyone on the dance floor. His set list was brilliant with something for everyone and our guests have not stopped talking about how great he was! Thank you so much – looking forward to seeing you live again soon!” – 05/16

Michelle & Chris Morris
Northern Ireland

“What a great singer this young man is”

“Dave Red played here at The Bridge last nite and what a great singer this young man is.
New to our pub and he had the place rocking, Thank you Dave!” – 08/17

Elaine Spring
The Bridge Annitsford

“Professional, accommodating and of course talented!!”

“My fiancé and I booked Harry to play at our engagement party at Nancy’s Bordello in Newcastle and we just wanted to let everyone know how professional, accommodating and of course talented he was!!!!! Everyone on the night and afterwards, commented on how fantastic Harry was. I can highly recommend him to anyone that wants a musician to entertain them with a unique, varied and brilliant set that is catered to your taste. He is guaranteed to get people dancing and singing along!!!! Thank you very much Harry for being apart of our special night and making it as memorable as it was!” – 22/06/15

Adam Thompson
Wedding

“Absolutely fantastic”

“Thank you very much, Kirsty and Richard were absolutely fantastic on Monday, so many guests commented to us how great they were.  They really did make our day extra special, we couldn’t recommend them highly enough.  We’re already recommending them to other couples we know that are planning weddings!  We really appreciate how accommodating Grooveline were right from the start, learning a couple of new songs that were important to us, sending us demos, and being incredibly flexible on the day despite the slight delays from the bridal party. Thank you very much once again!” – 06/17

Dave and Gemma
Wedding @ Beamish Hall

“Instant charm and like-ability”

“Another amazing acoustic artist, Holly took to the red carpet bringing with her an instant charm and like-ability. With an array of original music, Holly’s songwriting ability was clear for everyone at Wood’s to hear. Unapologetically down to earth lyricism meant each song took you through a vivid and relatable story.” – 5/5/17

RideMusic
RideMusicBlog.com

“Soft and meaningful”

“Soft and meaningful guitar providing suitable backing to a quiet yet strong and purposeful, voice” – 2017

NE Volume

“Lovely stuff”

“Lovely stuff” – 2018

NARC Magazine

“Her track ‘toast’ floored me”

“I was listening to a girl from the North East the other day, Holly Rees, and her track ‘Toast’ and it floored me. It was so brave and created by someone who was really, truly, being themselves. Don’t believe anyone who tells you there is no future in music. There is. All you have to be is good.” – September 2017

Tom Robinson
Interview in Magazine

“Really set the perfect mood”

“Your performance was brilliant and you really set the perfect mood for our night. To be frank we were just not able to find anything quite like you in the North-East, so we were more than pleased and relieved to get you!” – 2017

Gary & Aygul
Wedding @ Brinkburn, Northumberland

“Incredibly professional, yet also warm and friendly”

“Glue were amazing, we were so glad that we stumbled upon their page! They were very organised before the event, and communication with them was very good. They listened carefully to our needs, and were very flexible with timings and organisation. On the evening, they were incredibly professional, yet also warm and friendly. Their performance was out of this world – perfect for the style and ‘vibe’ of the evening. They even learned one of my favourite jazz standards “Autumn Leaves” and performed it for us on the evening – even better, they performed part of the song in French for my French-speaking wife – stunning! Thank you SO much for the extraordinary effort.” – 2017

Simon
Wedding @ Baltic, Gateshead

“A truly captivating act”

“A truly captivating act whose storytelling and earnest wit help deliver an engaging set of truly original songs peppered with some well-chosen covers with their own inimitable twist!” – July 2017

Jon Tait

“It was so enjoyed by everyone”

“Thank you from everyone and particularly me for a fabulous set. It was so enjoyed by everyone and just added so much to the success of the night. Great songs and a fun night. The bar staff loved you and also the punters in the other bar!” – 16/12/17

Alan Shaw
60th Birthday Party @ The Plough, Cramlington

“Will definitely use them again!”

Hired a PA from Need Music without any issues at all and got it on the same day. Great, friendly service at a cheap cost. Will definitely use them again!

John Rootham
23/02/2018

“Amazing interaction with customers”

“Harry was really great yesterday, with amazing interaction with customers, he also had great feedback from customers in the pub.”

Megan, Bar Manager @ The One Eyed Stag
26/02/18

“Always has the crowd in full swing”

I think everyone we have had in, has been really professional, and to an amazing standard. I really enjoyed Kieran, he sounds amazing, and always has the crowd in full swing.”

Sammi, Bar Manager @ One Eyed Stag
20/02/18

“Always a great vibe when playing in Tynemouth”

“There’s always a great vibe when playing in Tynemouth, people there really appreciate live music”

Dave Red, Musician
01/03/18

“A very healthy and eclectic music scene”

“Tynemouth is a vibrant coastal village and with the majority of bars and restaurants there regularly featuring live music it makes for a very healthy and eclectic music scene”

Jack Bowden, Allards Manager
02/03/18

“great music and very professional” – 10/03/2017

“YUMA provided monthy events and a buskers night for my venue for over a year and we really couldn’t fault them, great music and very professional”
_ Deb Woods, 2017, The Tipsy Cow

Deb Woods, The Tipsy Cow
10/03/2017

“Absolutely perfect and so well performed.”

We saw Paul play in Derby at the Book Cafe. His Playlist was absolutely perfect and so well performed. One man and a guitar but so much more! We would highly recommend him….someone similar (one man and a guitar) played our wedding in new zealand and people are still talking about it years on. Wish we could go back and see him again but we have to return home!

Amy Watson, The Book Cafe
07/07/2017

“Great voice, totally organised, learned all the songs I asked him to and sang more on top, and all delivered with a smile…absolute star!!”

Paul performed at my daughters’ surprise party recently, and was absolutely amazing. Great voice, totally organised, learned all the songs I asked him to and sang more on top, and all delivered with a smile…absolute star!! Would recommend to anyone. Thank you Paul, the girls and their guests loved it!

Amanda McPherson, Wonderland Cafe
19/08/2017

“Better than Ed Sheeran!”

We saw Paul play at the Book Cafe last night and loved it.
Better than Ed Sheeran!
Catherine Thomson, The Bookcafe
03/02/2018

Very Poignant And Emotional

Loved watching your performance today. Very Poignant And Emotional.

Neil Watson
08/04/2018

I Think You Have An Amazing Voice

Hi this is Rachael. You sang at my school and I just wanted to say that you are such an inspirational person and I think you have an amazing voice.

Rachael
10/02/2018

Stephen was brilliant last night. Thank you!

Naomi, Ketton Ox Yarm
28/04/2018

Drew Trainor was great for us on Sunday…can we book him again please.

Dave, Board Inn Manager
08/05/2018

He was fab – everyone loved him!

Hi Bruce. Please pass on our huge thanks to Kieran for last night. He was fab! Everyone loved him.

Emily. Private Party at Prohibition Bar
12/05/2018

Dave was excellent last night.

Just to say thanks for last night – Dave was excellent. I will be in touch for more acts.

George, NUFC Golf Club
12/05/2018

Matty and Aimee were great and brought a great atmosphere to the event.

“Just a quick message to say thank you very much for all your help last week. Matty and Aimee were great and brought a great atmosphere to the event.”

Elisa Adams, Maker's Market
31/03/2017

We just wanted to say a huge thank you

“Hi Bruce. We just wanted to say a huge thank you to the guitarists and the DJ who were at our wedding. They were all great, particularly the DJ who joined in and was part of the guests by the end of the night!”

The Haste's Wedding at Horton Grange
31/08/15

People will be talking about it for years to come!

“DJ Bruce was exactly what we were looking for for our wedding party, he focussed on the music we love, yet he read the crowd perfectly to pack the dance floor and help us create the most brilliant memories. People will be talking about it for years to come!”

Kate, Wedding at Hoult's Yard Newcastle
12/08/2017

We had a lovely day, thanks!

Dave Red (musician) was great. We had a lovely day, thanks!”

Deborah Syla Wedding at Jesmond Dene House
02/06/2017

Jake was amazing

“It was a fab night. Jake was amazing and made it even more special for us.”

Toni Campbell Engagement Party, Frankie's Diner S Shileds
012/08/2017

Everyone had an amazing time!

“Just wanted to drop you an email to say thanks so much for providing the music on Saturday. Everyone had an amazing time! We’ve had so many great comments about the live music.”

Vanessa Adams Hen Party, The Garden Station
03/09/16

I would certainly recommend their services

“Need Music offers great live music, packed with original and fresh local talent. I would certainly recommend their services.”

Claire Lambert Client Services Co-ordinator Newcastle United Football Club
11/10/15

DJ Nathan was fab last night

“Hey Bruce…DJ Nathan was fab last night. From start to finish everything was really easy to sort out and DJ was brilliant- catered musically for everyone and just made the night! Please say a big thank you to him and also big thanks to you gor sorting it out x”

Simone Banks Engagement Party Blue Flames Benton
18/08/2017

Would gladly recommend to anyone

“Hi Bruce, we had a great day, thank you! DJ Nathan was fab! Had a great range of music and kept the day going!
Would gladly recommend to anyone 😊
Thanks again for sorting us out!”
Marie, Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter Funday Event
01/05/2017

Would highly recomend for that special night

“Bruce organised my entertainment for my 70th party. Great night – would highly recomend for that special night if you have one coming up.”

(Kieran Taylor performed)

Jenny Hulet 70th Party Byker
18/03/2017

He was absolutely perfect for the event

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for recommending Connor for our events this week. He was absolutely perfect for the event, so talented and such a lovely guy! We had so many people commenting about him and wanting his details.”

Laura Watson @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
05/10/2017

They were so helpful, excellent service & such a fantastic variety of talented singers

I used Need Music to find an acoustic singer for my engagement party and I have to say they are brilliant. They were so helpful, excellent service & such a fantastic variety of talented singers/musicians so much so that I found it really hard to choose. In the end we chose Harry Smethurst and he was amazing, everyone commented on how fantastic he was & asked how we booked him etc. Will defo be recommending Need Music & Harry, thanks for such a brilliant night!

Danni Gibson Engagement Party Spennymoor
28/05/18

Hugely popular and sang a great variety of songs

We used Need Music as entertainment for Rothbury Food and Craft Festival; our crowds were entertained by Patrick and Kieran who were hugely popular and sang a great variety of songs which suited everyone. Some even brought back memories. Thank you Bruce for introducing us to Kieran and Patrick.

The team at Rothbury Food and Craft Festival
07/05/18

Professional and the quality of music has been great

Used Need Music a variety of times over the past year and has provided excellent service and acts. Bruce is friendly, organised and even committed to attending the first few sessions to make sure everything went right. Fast response and has helped me out over a busy festive period when most other agencies couldn’t provide an act. I’ve used acoustic performers and saxophonists, all of which have been professional and the quality of music has been great. Would highly recommend for any business looking to put on some live music or music entertainment in the North East!

Ben Jones Manager Revoltion Bar Sunderland
20/12/17

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Need Music

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Need Music throughout this past season. They were great at accommodating last minute requests and offered us a wide range of artists (Aimee Lambert, Kieran Taylor & Kirsty Forster Duo) who were perfectly placed to our hospitality environment.’

Rebecca Barber Newcastle United FC
01/06/18

He was absolutely brilliant!

We were so so pleased with Joe Reeve (sax) – he was absolutely brilliant.

Harriet Duffus Wedding
26/05/18

Highly recommend, great service thanks Bruce

Anyone need business cards or flyers designed & printed get in touch with Bruce.

Hannah Beauty Therapist
14/05/18

Fast service. Exactly what I wanted

Really happy with how the cards looked, and the delivery was really quick.

Adam Pub Manager
12/04/18

Steph is fantastic!

Steph is fantastic! She created a great atmosphere in the pub I work. Interacts with the customers making a great night. Just superb!

David Fabra The Grosvenor, Nottingham
12/05/18

I would highly recommend Steph for any event

We got married in a church and wanted live music which would set the scene but not be too overbearing. After hearing Steph sing at other events we immediately knew she would be perfect. Steph sang our requested songs beautifully, setting a gorgeous romantic and uplifting atmosphere while we signed the register. Steph was flexible with our requests, great to communicate with and quickly responded to messages. She made everything so easy at a time when you’ve got so much to organise! I would highly recommend Steph for any event, she adds her own little bit of magic to your big day!

Laura Walker Wedding Donnington Park Farmhouse
20/08/18

Would highly recommend!

Martin was great, he’s got a lovely voice, excellent choice of set for our country pub and did fantastic requests which our customers and staff enjoyed. A really nice guy too, professional and friendly.  Would highly recommend!
Pub Manager The Three Merry Lads, Sheffield
10/03/18

His covers were brilliant, we can’t recommend him enough!

“Martin was great! He provided two sets for our wedding party and he helped to make the evening really special. He is a great musician and was really professional (his drummer was great as well!). The guests loved him,and he even took their weird and wonderful requests. His covers were brilliant, we can’t recommend him enough. Book him now!”
Roseanna Barnes-BrettWedding Sheffield
25/10/17

I didnt expect my mum to get up dancing- but she did!

Martin helped make a very difficult day far more pleasant last week.  With his carefully chosen songs he sang his way to making my dads wake, a beautiful celebration of his life. I didnt expect my mum to get up dancing- but she did!
We all danced to his favourite songs and towards the end his set we were jumping up and down & with smiles remembering him to the songs he loved. So thank you Martin you were very much appreciated and gave us some priceless moments at a very difficult time.
Carly, Huntingdon
29/06/17

Conor performed an amazing set and I had really good compliments!

I put together a gig on the 25th November 2017 at the Quantum exhibition centre digbeth. I asked Conor to be one of my acts for me and he said yes. I was overwhelmed. On the day Conor performed an amazing set and I had really good compliments from audience on Conor’s performance. I couldn’t thank Conor enough for stepping up and played a few more songs as some other acts cancelled last minute. Conor was a big help & an amazing performer, I couldn’t of had a successful gig if I didn’t have Conor.

Beth
30/11/17

The dancefloor was full all night!

Steve played at our wedding last month. We thought he was brilliant from the first time we saw him a few years ago. We were having an amazing day anyway and then Steve came on. We had asked him to play our first dance song, which he did perfectly.
From that point on the dancefloor was full all night, he created an unbelievable party atmosphere. All our friends and family have been singing his praises since the wedding. He is an extremely talented musician with an amazing voice and we’d just like to thank him for helping make our day so special!
Matt & Leanne Sharpe Wedding
August 2018

His mix of songs and performance is incredible

After randomly seeing Steve playing on a few occasions, I was so blown away I had to invite him to play at my 30th!  His mix of songs and performance is incredible. His looping ability adds a dimension rarely seen & allows for a big sound and a lot of fun in the performance. What a night! Thanks Steve!”
Ewellina Sherriff 30th Party
April 2015

Two words… Class Act!!”

“I can honestly say that Steve’s set had the whole place rocking and to this day, his name and ‘that night’ still crops up in conversation. Two words… Class Act!!”
Chris Hockey
November 2015

For Venues:

  • We provide the best entertainment
  • 100% reliable and professional
  • Hassle-free service

For Brides:

We provide a range of carefully selected acts that are sure to entertain you and your guests on your special day.

DJ and wedding singers/bands available.

To take a look please click here.

For Musicians:

  • We offer paid gigs
  • Support to make you a better musician
  • Mentoring
  • You will gain a lot of gigging experience

PA Hire:

We offer PA hire from just £25... this is great for musicians who do not have one of their own. We can also arrange drop-offs to venues for a small additional charge.

A Bit of Background...

North East born Bruce Tate founded Need Music Ltd in 2012 after 10 years of recording and touring as a musician.

After having considerable success with the rock band Jetson (BBC Radio 1 Airplay and 2 UK tours), and completing his degree in Business Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Bruce cofounded the electro band Viva City, who went on to tour the USA 5 times. This included showcase gigs at the SXSW music conferences in Texas and The Viper Rooms in LA, California. Viva City signed a recording contract which brought about the release of debut album ‘Phobia’.

Bruce left the band in March 2012 to pursue a new career as an events co-ordinator and music promoter. He set up Need Music Ltd - a live music agency which has grown quickly over the past 6 years and are now one of the leading suppliers of live music here in the North East. In 2018 Need Music Studios will be opened in the city centre to help up and coming artists record their music.