If you are
having a disco and/or pop band, then this needs to happen after the Ceilidh / Barn Dance has finished.
Disco and similar music is highly processed recorded music, played at very high volume. From previous experience, allowing a disco in the break between the two halves of the Ceilidh and also sometimes before the Ceilidh began has killed the evening stone dead. Disco music is such a contrast to the quieter, more direct music of the Ceilidh that it has ruined the atmosphere and things never got going again.
What does work well is to have the Ceilidh, then go into the Disco / pop band music after the Ceilidh has ended. Then the sound level, music style is progressing in the right direction, and things work extremely well.
If you are totally set on having a disco or pop band before or during the ceilidh / barn dance, we will decline a booking and suggest you try to find a ceilidh or barn dance band that are happy to play in this way. We feel it spoils the event and can make it difficult or impossible to get a ceilidh going.
This applies to our bands: