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5 Predicted Key Entertainment Trends for Corporate Events in 2020

The events entertainment industry is constantly in a state of flux. Companies demand uniqueness and originality in every corporate event they organise, the idea of being relevant fuelling every facet of their plans so they can always be up to date with the latest...

Our Weekly Entertainment Dose 27/07

HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS... ...Because it's Wednesday and we are back with The Weekly Dose. We are still in mourning with the end of Love Island, but finding ways to keep busy and get our fix (aka NOW AVAILABLE: BLAZIN SQUAD with MARCEL) See for yourself below what's hot...

Our Weekly Entertainment Dose 20/07

THAT'S RIGHT... ...It's Wednesday and we are back with The Weekly Dose. We won't go in to too much detail here, but see for yourself below what's hot this week, what's featured on our books, staff favourites and more! It's that time again - sit back, relax and enjoy...

Corporate events – why hire a celebrity singer?

Fancy giving your corporate event or awards ceremony a little bit of an X Factor? Many agencies will have a wide range of celebrity singers for hire on their books, most of which you will probably recognise from shows such as The X-Factor! Everything disagrees when it...

3 Blunders of Corporate Entertainment

Entertainment expert Anthony Bollotta shares three mistakes to avoid when booking corporate entertainment for special events. Called upon by the University of San Diego to provide some professional advice for its continuing education students, Anthony...

Why Book Entertainment through an Agency?

Why should you book your event's entertainment through a specialised agency instead of contacting the artists directly? You want to make sure your event is the best it can be, without worries or stress, looking great and, most importantly, as enjoyable as possible....

Our Weekly Entertainment Dose 28/06

...YOUR DOSE WE'RE BACK! The Contraband Team is here with your WEEKLY DOSE of all things entertainment, performance, acts & events for your viewing pleasure. It may be raining & cool here in the London, but that has NOT STOPPED the team from burning their way...

Our Weekly Entertainment Dose 14/06

...RELAX Missed us? Well not to worry, the Contraband Team is here with your WEEKLY DOSE of all things entertainment, performance, acts & events for you to check out and enjoy. The team has been hard at work this past week with loads of events in the pipeline and...

Our Weekly Entertainment Dose 13/07

THIS JUST IN - LOVE ISLAND 2017 CAST... We all know LOVE ISLAND is an instant classic! Here at Contraband, we have ensured you can access the latest cast of Love Island to secure cast members for your events, social media promotion, PR & Marketing and more......

Our performers get festive in the new “Bridget Jones’ Baby” film

If you have seen any of the previous Bridget Jones’s films, then you are aware of the hilarious ventures that Renee Zellweger encounters in her rollercoaster of a life. We were invited to the Cast & Crew screening on Sunday 4thSeptember 2016 at Leicester Square,...

Dry January

Following a year that most of us chose to erase from our collective memories, the morning of January 1st provided just the right cocktail of determination and nausea to kick start a period of sober reflection. You and every self-respecting person you know have been...

Develop Your Very Own Corporate Carnival With Contraband!

Highlights from the competition on day 4 of the 2016 Summer Games proved to be an artistic gymnastic show, which did not lack an ounce of creativity! The ladies representing China, America and the nation’s favourite Great Britain, flipped the extra mile to foot print...

Conference Awards 2016

Last Friday we sponsored and attended the 7th annual Conference Awards, this year the awards ceremony was held at The Tobacco Docks in London – an amazing venue perfect for the day. Our fabulous MD Archie was invited to present an award for one of the categories so we...

Aquabatix Perform at the Opening of the Terrace at Burj Al Arab

The Aquabatix synchronised swimmers jumped at the opportunity to perform in front Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and 500 guests at the opening of The Terrace in the Persian Gulf at the world’s only seven-star hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai. Dubai’s most...

Why Book Through an Agency for Your Wedding?

Why should you book through an entertainment agency for your wedding party entertainment instead of organising it yourself? Every married person can testify that a wedding is the most stressful day ever! You have to pay attention to every detail: check that the...

Pannone Corporate Advises The Warehouse Project

The International group Live Nation-Gaiety Holdings has bought shares in the Warehouse Project and Parklife festival. Pannone Corporate has advised the founders of The Warehouse Project and Parklife festival on a deal with international entertainment giant, Live...

Jazz Fest Gets $200k for Live Streaming on Mobile App

The Detroit Jazz Festival has received a $200,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. They are expanding their current mobile app to provide live streaming of performances from the downtown festival, beginning with this year's event on Labor Day weekend....

Alfa Romeo – New Alfa Giulietta PR Campaign with Speed Painter Jon

As an entertainment agency, organising corporate events such as the promotion of the new Alfa Romeo is part of our job. Performance Communications, a Media & PR company, asked Contraband for entertainment ideas to carry out a social experiment to inspire passion...

Corporate Christmas Party Entertainment Ideas

As the summer festival season slowly comes to an end, and autumn waits to drop. The crazy preparation for Christmas parties and corporate entertainment starts to rise as the season emerges. On top of juggling countless duties, and wondering how the hell you are going...

Sporting Events 2016

One of the major corporate events of the summer should be the Olympics Games which take place from August the 5th to the 21st in Rio. No more than 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will compete during 17 days. What a party entertainment! 42 sports will be contested,...

Festival Season! Booking Agent

Contraband has been working alongside top successful artists for over 10 years now, their reputation is very well known and respected in the media industry – being the top booking agent in the UK! Contraband manages and provides guests and props for events daily, they...

St Patrick’s Day

Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick's Day? 10 Facts About History Of Irish Holiday It's March 17 and that only means one thing... Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody! We hope you are all wearing green because if you're not. you know you'll get pinched. As everyone goes out...

What does a Talent Booking Agent do?

A Talent booking agent is somebody who acts on behalf of professional actors, writers, musicians, performers, artists, and athletes to name a few. Talent booking agents work to endorse and represent their clients’ welfare, and will usually manage the bulk of all...

AGATHE’S BLOG ON INTERNING AT CONTRABAND INTERNATIONAL

Agathe from France Joined Contraband International a 6 Week Internship. She is currently a 1st year student at Ecole Atlantique de Commerce, a business school in Nantes. Here is a blog about her time with us. I had the opportunity to do my internship at...

2014 SUMMER AWAY DAY

One important thing about Contraband is that we like to feel that we are surrounded by friends and happiness when we come to work every day. We like to appreciate the time we spend with our colleagues and having fun around them… and not just when we have the pleasure...

SOPHIA’S BLOG ON INTERNING AT CONTRABAND

Hi there! I am Sofia, 24-year-old student from Portugal. Somehow, I have always been connected to this fantastic world of performance, acrobatics and shows. I could say everything started in 2005, but that was just the first time I felt the need to open my horizons… I...

Cool Promotional Event Ideas – Flash Mobs!

Looking for cool promotional event ideas? When looking to carry out a cool promotional event there are many avenues in which you can take. Do you want a celebration of your brand or are you trying to promote a new service/ product? Will the events be a one-off...

Digital Caricaturists vs iPad Caricaturists

This is what one of our talented Digital Caricaturists says about iPad Caricatures: Firstly we use the term 'ipad' generically as virtually all caricaturists who work digitally do NOT work on ipad Why? Because ipad's are rubbish for drawing on. "What about David...

THE CORPORATE EVENT ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY

Want to make sure that you have an event that really will leave your guests talking? Bring in an element of magic or introduce your crowd to the supernatural, by hiring corporate entertainment for your event that really seems to come from another world! Our...

VICTORIA’S BLOG ON INTERNING AT CONTRABAND.

I am currently in a first year of three in a French business school which focuses on marketing, communication, management and languages. I come from France, my city is Nantes. It’s at 2 hours in train from Paris; it’s in the north west of France and it’s very near...