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Welcome to the home page for Christchurch's leading school ball/formal sound, lighting & DJ Hire service provider!
*** 2023 Formal Packages ***
Please contact us with your booking information and we will send you our 2023 school formal brochure with costs and example's of our services.
Watch our demo video below!
We are a not your traditional background music service
We are a centre of attention entertainment service
At Party Hire Christchurch we provide a different style of entertainment to the traditional ball/formal. Over the past 10 years we've found that as a result of being able to chat to anyone, anytime without physically meeting with someone, its at our best analysis attendee's of formal events are looking towards the music as the primary source of entertainment now rather then talking all night with some background music to set the vibe.
Formal events in the 21st century are being judged almost solely on the entertainment rather than the energy of the event attendee's.
So what are we doing differently?
We come with a sound & lighting production fit for a music festival & we plop ourselves in the centre of a room as opposed to a corner. We have found that the dance floor is no longer being treated as a dance floor but more a mosh pit with all eyes on the DJ as if it's a concert!
Did you know, we travel not only around Canterbury but the entire South Island!
Our aim is to give students that American prom feel like we all see in the movies!
We can come meet with your ball Committee at your school!
We love our speakers which are the backbone of our company. We never lack bass as the music of the 21st century is predominantly bass driven so without a good set of premium subwoofers you're not hearing all the music as Dr Dre would say.
We're always equiped with some of the latest lighting technology! Our lighting equipment is controlled by either the DJ or a dedicated lighting operator that uses specialised computer software to sync the lights with the music to put on awesome light shows and make the lights strobe for the big drops!
We always recommend a smoke machine for our events as it dramatically changes the atmosphere! Light beams can be seen shooting through the room!
Our DJ's specialise in reading the crowd to get an idea of what the majority want to hear! We play the songs that they know and we keep a motto that if they aren't singing it, they aren't enjoying it and that it's time to change that song!
We ask for an example of music prior to the event and any special requests you may have such as music for a prefects dance!
We aren't afraid to dabble into some of the current popular genres at the time too such as Drum & Bass.
As we're young DJ's we certainly aren't out of touch with whats hot right now!
Who are we?
We've been doing this since 2012!
When managing director Ben Yorston was just year 11 at high school he was DJ'ing other school balls with students older then he was! He saw that although he was was trying to keep it traditional he was pressured into playing the music the students really wanted to hear as well as the old classics like Abba! After a couple more balls preforming how the attendee's really wanted he found the word had got out to other schools and it was apparent at this stage he was going to be doing this more often and would need to start building an arsenal of equipment that truely reflected his performance (strobe lights, bassy speakers)
Fast forward to post pandemic times and the accidental business is going stronger then ever with more DJ companies around the country following suit for this new type of ball!
Its not unheard of for students and even teachers to chant for 1 more song at the night's end!
Schools we work with:
Christchurch boys high school
Christchurch girls high school
St Andrews College
Rangi Ruru girls school
Villa Maria college
St Margarets College
Papanui high school
St Thomases College
Mount Hutt College
Riccarton High School
Multiple University Halls & Clubs
Schools we'd like to work with!
(We have a special deal for you!)
Hornby high school
Cashmere high school
Lincoln high school
Shirley boys high school
Burnside high school
Avonside girls high school
We offer a premium ball Service
Rather than just the typical 2 speakers, a couple of olden day lights with a DJ plopped in the corner of a room, we provide a much more modern and centre of attention sound & lighting experience!
We are an entertainment service so quote matching is irrelevant. Every company is different. Some may charge half the amount but the equipment used might only equate to 10k worth. Where we might be using around 100k worth of equipment and only charging $500 more for the hire.
It’s about the experience!
See our example setup's below!
Venue speakers were not ours.
Did you know we can make your formal event an afterMovie?
Book one of our silver or gold formal packages and you can get a
AfterMovie made for your ball!
See more Video's at our YouTube here or check out the video's on our facebook page Too! We make make lots of AfterMovies plus much more videos of lots of our events!
Let us make an AfterMovie of your special night!
Want to book now?
To make a booking or enquiry in order to receive our pricing & package offers brochure then click the green button at the bottom of the page below!
If you have your own DJ and are just wanting to create your own sound and lighting package then click here! From there you will just need to browse through our equipment hire web pages then send us the list of equipment your after for your event via the contact us tab in the menu bar and we'll take care of you from there!
Want us to provide the entire package including a venue, photobooth, photographer and much more? Then click here and have a look through our awesome AfterMovies of some of the events we could run on behalf of your school or organisation!
2023 Formal Package prices
Prices not including GST
Too inquire about booking and to see our 2023 school ball package brochure please get in contact with us now! Our brochure shows whats included in our packages and has heaps of information! Package prices don't work for you? Get in contact and we'll work a customisable offer out.
Our above prices is for production that uses computer controlled lighting. The packages also include a large sound system & upto 4 hours of a mainstream DJ.
New non-computer controlled lighting packages for smaller budget events listed below.
Cheaper non-computer lighting controlled ball package
$1499 (week nights only)
Prices seem scary?
Break it down like this:
Average School Ball Ticket: $70
Biggest Expense: Food - often $30pp
Average formal attendees: 300
Gold package divided by attendees: $13 approx
Average movie ticket 90 minutes: $16
Formals in your life: 1-2