Hiring a tribute act or band for your event, venue, wedding, function
As a live entertainment company, we regularly book famous names and celebrities for events across the UK and overseas, however it is not always possible or affordable to have ‘the real thing’ perform at your event. The next best thing would be to hire a tribute act.
A tribute act is an artiste who specifically performs the music of a well-known music act. Alternatively it could be a comedy tribute, in which an artiste pays tribute to a famous comedian.
The main way in which a tribute band or act differs from a cover singer or band that plays songs by other artistes is that Tribute Acts and Tribute Band strive to capture every nuance of the genuine artistes’ performance and appearance for a perfect copy of their show, vocally and visually.
The popularity of tribute artistes seems to be increasing as the prices of seeing the original artistes are getting higher and higher. With Tribute Artistes, you can watch and listen to your favourite singers and bands with the tribute singer or tribute band performing as the original artists but at a price that is affordable.
Tributes generally perform the following type of sets.
1 x 60 minute performance as their tribute
1 x 45 minutes as their tribute and 1 x 45 minutes as themselves performing mixed covers.
With the more classic tributes, such as The Beatles, Queen, The Rolling Stones etc, they are usually able to perform 2 x 45 mins of their chosen tribute, due to the large back catalogue of the artiste they are imitating.
As with any music, there are various levels of quality and pricing within the tribute industry. At the top level you can hire amazingly accurate tribute artistes who are almost exactly like the original artiste with amazing costumes, vocals, and shows with full production. These tribute artistes are able to tour internationally and work at the absolute highest level. Some of these tribute artistes have their own following and gain such acclaim that they are able to sell out theatres and tour with famous artistes. The Bootleg Beatles even supported Oasis at Earls Court!.
However, there is also lots of demand for affordable tribute artistes with smaller scale shows. At Garston Entertainment, we have tribute artistes to suit every budget and regularly book our tribute shows for Hotels, Holiday parks, Restaurants, Live Music venues, Corporate events, Private parties and for clients locally, nationally and internationally.
Introducing….. JJJ Jessie J by Michelle Lawson
How long have you been performing your Jessie J tribute?
I have been performing my Jessie J tribute for just over two years now. This is by far the best decision I have ever made regards my singing, as I do really enjoy it and also the financial benefits are a bonus.
How much work was involved in putting the show together?
For me as a tribute there is a lot of work involved, as you have to do your homework regards watching the act that you are performing like, also a lot of editing of tracks and finding the exact costumes really helps your show stand out from other tribute acts.
What made you decide to form a tribute to this particular artiste?
I have never really been a fan of tribute acts… it is never something I thought I would see myself doing, that is until Jessie J came along, and for me she is a very challenging vocalist, I am a big fan of her music which also helps. I really do think that with Jessie J it is absolutely crucial to try and capture her vocal similarity as that is what she is all about.
In all your shows as Jessie J to date, what has been your favourite?
My favourite show as Jessie J so far would have to be when I performed with a four piece live band at Matthew Street Festival in my home town of Liverpool, in front of thousands (including my family). Being with a live band takes the tribute to a whole other level and allows me to do even more tricks just like Jessie J as there is more flexibility with how the show runs.
What is the most enjoyable thing about working as a tribute artiste today?
The most enjoyable thing about working as a tribute is getting to sing Jessie J’s music on a regular basis as I am a fan myself, but also when I get a booking for someone else that is a fan and they are overwhelmed that makes it all the more enjoyable. When I do holiday Parks as Jessie J it is great to see the kids faces light up and sing along knowing all of the words. It really is a dream job!
What packages do you offer as Jessie J?
I can do my Jessie J show a few different ways, the first one being with just me using backing track, also with my LED backdrop and a full sound and light show run by a professional sound and Lighting engineer using top-quality equipment.
Secondly I can do my Jessie J show with just me and an acoustic guitar player to give it a more intimate feel, for me this is where it is crucial to sound like her a lot more as there is less music to hide behind.
And last but not least my absolute favourite is to perform as Jessie J with a live band but there are costs involved as I would only want to use top-quality musicians, but the results of the show are definitely worth it.
What is your favourite song to perform?
With being a fan of Jessie J I do enjoy singing all of her songs but I think stand out ones are ‘Domino – acoustic’ “sexy lady’, ‘price tag- acoustic’ and ‘excuse my rude’.
Are you a fan of the real Jessie J, have you seen her perform in person?
From the very first time I saw Jessie J perform (on YouTube) at the pre-Brit awards party I was blown away. From that moment on I could not stop watching her. I went to watch her last concert at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, and as soon as the tickets for the forest gigs were announced I booked my tickets within the first hour, I’m also taking my children to watch her as they love her as well. I suppose they have no choice when all they ever here is her music constantly playing lol.
What do you do to prepare for a tribute performance?
To prepare for a tribute gig I watch a bit of Jessie J on YouTube and listen to her music before I’m about to perform. I also try and listen to her speaking as this I find is the hardest bit. I have all of the exact make up that she wears and it has to be put on in a sequence so there is a lot of preparation that goes in to the whole tribute.
Anything else you wish to add?
People always ask me ‘Why don’t you do another tribute?’ The reason I would never do another tribute is because my heart has to be in what I am doing and I really am a fan of Jessie J and her music. I do sing in quite a similar style to her anyway which helps it just be so much more of an enjoyable experience all round.
I hope to be doing the tribute for a long time to come and that Jessie J sticks around and carries on being successful but I can’t see this being a problem as she is very talented and has longevity!
View Michelle Lawson perform her stunning tribute to JJJ Jessie J with a live band below
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