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Hiring a tribute act or band for your event, venue, wedding, function

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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

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1 x 45 minutes as their tribute and 1 x 45 minutes as themselves performing mixed covers.

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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

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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

Domino

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOgbyHkgHk4

Who You Are

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwpeaaVW49Y

Mama Knows Best

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKgDBgPAMi8

Michelle Lawson as JJJ Jessie J is exclusively represented by Garston Entertainments

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Garston Entertainments has a superb range of top quality Tribute Acts and Tribute band based Nationwide throughout the UK and to suit all budgets and we have been providing live entertainment  to venues, events, client and functions since 1978

View our Tribute Acts

http://www.garston-entertainment.co.uk/category/2/Tribute-Acts-and-Tribute-Bands/

For professional help or advice on booking your Live Entertainment, please contact one of our entertainment co-ordinators on 0845 071 0988 or email info@garston-entertainment.co.uk or visit www.garston-entertainment.co.uk

 

 

 

Hiring Live Entertainment for your Wedding

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Hiring Live Entertainment for your Wedding!

When booking your wedding, there are lots of things to plan for and so much to think about, the dress, the venue, the cake, the cars, the guest list and so much more. All this can be a daunting task for even the most organized of Brides, so when planning your live wedding entertainment, the team here at Garston like to make choosing your Wedding Entertainment as easy as possible for you.

Live Entertainment is such a big part of the day, whether it is during the reception drinks, the wedding breakfast, or later on into the evening reception. Choosing the right live entertainment that fits with your taste, budget and you as a couple whilst keeping your guests entertained will be the cherry on top of a perfect day.

Live Bands

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A live band can add real energy to your evening reception, fill the dance floor, and create lasting memories for you and your guests. The band can learn your first dance song if required, and tailor their set lists to suit your wedding. We have bands to suit every budget from trios all the way up to 32 piece, and can perform a variety of styles from Modern Charts to 60s, Soul & Motown Bands, Swing Bands, Tribute Band, Decade themed bands – 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Jazz bands and more

Duos

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A duo is a great option if you are short on space and looking for something on a lower budget, as you still get the feel of a live band, just with less people. With many fantastic duos to choose from and performing in a variety of style – from modern to soul, motown to swing, acoustic to rock and much more we are sure to find the perfect duo for your wedding

Solo Singers

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A popular option for the wedding breakfast and/or for the evening reception is to hire a solo singer who will perform to high quality backing tracks providing the sound of a full band. Our solo wedding singers perform at small and large weddings and have professional sound equipment to cater for small and larger venues.

Hiring a solo wedding singer can also help with budget and space eg if you have a small area for performance but still want the live entertainment buzz at your wedding, then this is a live entertainment option for you.

With a wide choice of singers, male and female, modern to pop, soul to swing, rock to opera, there is a singer for every occasion and audience.

Wedding Musicians

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Hiring a musician to perform at your Wedding can add a touch of elegance, is not too imposing and creates a perfect atmosphere at your ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast. There are many to choose from: Harpists, Guitarists, Violinists, Pianists, String Quartets, Electric String Artistes, Jazz Bands, Acoustic Artistes and many more. This is a popular choice for drinks receptions, ceremonies and wedding breakfasts

Magicians

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Hiring a magician can add a different entertainment aspect to your wedding and can really help break the ice at the drinks reception or wedding breakfast keeping your guests entertained with their amazing skills and good humour.

Each magician is unique and (we even have a Captain Jack Sparrow lookalike/close up magician) and we have a range of Close up/Table magicians based nationwide throughout the UK who will perform amazing card and sleight of hand tricks adding a new dimension to your wedding and leaving your guests wondering “How did they do that?”

Wedding Entertainment Packages

Garston Entertainments offer a selection of wedding packages to suit all budgets and requirements. Below is a list of Wedding Entertainment package examples but we can also tailor the packages to suit your individual requirements

Bronze Package – Daytime or Evening

1 x 60 minutes singing set Daytime or Evening
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Silver Package – Daytime or Evening

2 x 45 minutes singing sets
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Gold Package – Evening

2 x 45mins singing sets (or 1 x 60mins)
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice
Full DJ/Disco package 7pm-1am (times can be amended to suit your wedding)

Platinum Package – Full Day package

Afternoon – 1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minutes set chilled `swing` or music of your choice, live vocals during the wedding breakfast
Use of microphones for speeches and announcements
Background Music
Evening – Full DJ/Disco package 7pm-1am
1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minute lively evening singing sets
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Diamond Package – Full Daytime & Ceremony

1 x 15 minute set at the church singing songs of your choice
Afternoon – 1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minutes set chilled `swing` or music of your choice, live vocals during the wedding breakfast Background Music
Use of microphones for speeches and announcements
Evening – Full DJ/Disco package 7pm-1am
1 x 60 or 2 x 45 minute lively evening singing sets
First Dance performed Live, a song of your choice

Again, the above are just examples of our Wedding Entertainment Packages, our artistes will be happy to individualize the live entertainment to your requirements

 Wedding FAQs

There are many important questions to ask and answers required when choosing your wedding entertainment supplier. Below is our responses to some of the most frequently asked questions

Q. How do I choose the artiste which is right for my wedding?

A. Our website contains hundreds of artiste profiles of different music genres from all over the UK. The majority of artiste profiles contain audio clips, photos, video clips, song lists, testimonials etc to help you in your search for the perfect live entertainment for your wedding

Q. Can I speak to an experienced entertainment advisor who can help me further in choosing my wedding entertainment?

A. Yes, we positively encourage this! Our office is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.00pm. All of the artistes on the website have been seen performing live (often many times) by a member of the booking team who will listen to your requirements, provide advice and recommend the most suitable live entertainment

Q. I would like to see the artiste perform live before I proceed and book

A. Understandable, but not always practical and possible. We can only provisionally hold a date on one of our artistes realistically for a few days. Our artistes perform at many weddings and functions throughout the UK and these may not be open to the public for obvious reasons. It may be a few weeks or even months before they have a booking which is open to the public, in this time your artiste may not be available on your chosen date leading to disappointment. Garston Entertainments advertised wedding singers, bands and entertainment is carefully selected, quality and reliable live entertainment. Your entertainment advisor will honestly and professionally advise and recommend the artiste most suitable for your wedding

Q. How do I know that the wedding singer or band that I choose is the one I will see at my wedding?

A. Simple, everything you see and hear on our website is what will perform at your wedding if you choose to book. Personnel in bands particularly do change from time to time and we are vigilant in maintaining our knowledge of each individual band and its` members. If a member change does not alter the quality of the band in a negative sense then we will continue to allow the band to honour existing bookings. If the band has a major change of line up or the singer is replaced we will review the band and advise any client with an existing booking, that there has been a significant change and consequently either reassure them to continue with the booking or recommend replacing with a quality alternative band

Q. If I book an artiste with Garston, how secure is my booking?

A. When you book an artiste with Garston Entertainments you have the security and peace of mind of dealing with a professional company that was established in 1978. Every year we supply live entertainment to thousands of events, functions, venues and weddings. Garston Entertainments use industry approved contracts. The contracts are legally binding and cannot be cancelled except in the case of a fatality, illness, force majeure, war, act of god etc. Full terms will appear on the contract

Q. Why book with an agency and not direct with the artiste?

A. There are many beneficial reasons to secure your wedding entertainment with Garston Entertainments, please see 10 top reasons to book your wedding entertainment with us. Other essential points to consider and common misconceptions are that artistes are not necessarily cheaper by booking direct! They may be performing many bookings with us per year and therefore we have buying power to secure the most competitive price.

Our office is a full time structured organization that books and deals with artistes in a professional capacity every day of the year. Artistes have a responsibility to us when performing on our bookings to uphold our reputation and to adhere to our codes of conduct. A direct booking with an artiste may not be contracted which could lead to them not turning up, or cancelling to accept a better/higher priced booking.

We are full members of the largest trade association of its kind (The Agents Association of Great Britain) and as such adhere to a strict code of conduct. For security, peace of mind, quality and professionalism, book your wedding entertainment through Garston Entertainments

Q. What happens if the artiste cancels due to illness/accident?

A. This is unlikely, but as your live entertainment is a human being, this cannot be ruled out. Firstly, full evidence from the artiste – example – medical note, breakdown report etc would be required from the artiste within 7 days. Secondly, Garston Entertainments has a superb network of artistes and will utilize our experience and contacts to seek to offer a similar standard artiste as a replacement. We operate a full emergency standby service till 9pm, 365 days of the year, where an entertainment advisor will do everything possible to provide the best solution to any situation that may occur

Q. Can I speak with the artiste directly before my Wedding?

A. Once you have booked your live entertainment with us you can update your entertainment advisor at any time with any additional information example, first dance, wedding itinerary etc. These will all be forwarded and confirmed with your chosen wedding entertainer. If you would then like to speak directly with your artiste then this can be arranged a few weeks before the wedding.

Q. Do I have to pay a deposit?

A. In order to secure your booking, Garston Entertainments will require a small deposit (usually approximately 20% + vat of the total fee). This deposit is none refundable. However, If the artiste cancels due to illness/accident/fatality we will seek to offer a suitable, replacement artiste (s). If you decide not to accept the replacement(s) offered then we will refund 50% of your deposit paid. The remaining 50% deposit balance will be retained by Garston Entertainments towards ours administration costs in maintaining the booking

Q. What Payment methods do you accept?

A. We accept cheques, postal orders, BACS payments and direct payments into our business account.

A few words from popular wedding singer…… Paul Hand.

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Paul is an exceptional singer, musician and performer in demand across the UK.

A massive fan of all musical styles Paul performs a wide range of material from a large repertoire making him suitable for all occasions and events. He prides himself on performing an up to date set together with a range of classics guaranteed to get the party rocking, whether it be Wayne Rooney’s house party as he has previously performed or a Corporate event he has the versatility, charisma and professionalism to ensure your event is a success.

What do you love most about your job?

I love going to different places, venues and meeting lots of different people and characters at my performances.  I really enjoy performing and entertaining people and especially enjoy being part of peoples special occasions at weddings and parties.

I love that every show can be a little bit different and its great to be doing what I am doing.

Tell us a little about the shows you offer….

I perform 3 shows as well as my standard show performing a mix of classics right through the decades with classic pop hits from the 50’s right through to the latest chart hits.

I also perform an acoustic ‘Live Lounge’ show where i perform with my acoustic guitar and loop pedal a range of acoustic pop covers stripped right back to the core of the song.

Perfect for corporate events, wine bars/restaurants and weddings. I perform classic songs where i also create multiple guitar parts and vocal harmonies looping elements of the song for creative rich songs.

I offer a tribute to Britpop show, ‘Britpop Anthems’ featuring classic tracks from the 90’s Britpop genre perfect for the indie lovers out there.

I also perform an 80’s tribute show ‘Smash Hits of the 80’s’ performing great range of songs from one of my fav genres of music, featuring synth pop, guitar rock ballads and some of the alternative hits from the 80s years.

Do you have a most memorable moment of an event you have performed at?

I perform at Manchester City writing and performing original comedy songs about match days and players and i also arranged and recorded an new version of the clubs song Blue Moon. I sang this on the pitch just before City played Manchester United in front of forty seven thousand fans in an electric atmosphere. As a big City fan it was an amazing experience and a memory i’ll hold forever.

What kind of requests do you get for weddings?

Amongst performing numerous first dance songs for couples weddings i have often been asked to write and perform an original comedy song about the bride & groom and how they met. With information provided separately by the bride and groom I have made song about them giving a totally unique twist to the day and a personal touch for the wedding couple.

Do you have any favourite songs you like to perform?

I make and produce my own little mash up songs of classic hits and party tunes that I blend together to keep the dance floor rocking. I also love to sing ballads that are often hits from female singers. Some of the classic songs from over the years are also great to perform, they have stood the test of time and its great to perform them knowing they are sure to get people on the dance floor.

As a guitar player and Manchester musician I am a fan of some of the all the Manchester bands and artists like Oasis, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays as well as the great indie /guitar tunes from the great guitar bands past and present.

What packages do you offer?

I offer 4 packages, my standard show covering all hits from the decades right up to chart hits of today, an acoustic ‘Live Lounge’ show.

A britpop tribute and an 80’s tribute show.

I can also DJ classic wedding/party sets and can beat mix if you are more into clubbing tunes and funky house sets

I can perform at any point of your day,, there are various packages that cover this, I can even take care of your full days entertainment from your ceremony, right to the very end with a lively DJ set.

Anything you wish to add?

I also have a great sound system and lighting set up to make sure that my show looks and sounds professional and pleasing.

Its great to do what I do and i show that in my performances and its a pleasure to be exclusively represented by Garston Entertainments and all their great team.

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Garston Entertainments has a wide range of top quality Wedding Entertainment based Nationwide throughout the UK and to suit all budgets and have been providing live entertainment since 1978

For any professional help or advice on booking your Wedding Entertainment, please contact one of our entertainment co-ordinators on 0845 071 0988 or email info@garston-entertainment.co.uk or visit www.garston-entertainment.co.uk