Darren Lee Hughes has over 20 years experience as a Michael Jackson Tribute Act and in 2008, he performed for Michael Jackson’s family!
To assist you in booking UK Based Michael Jackson Tribute Act, Darren Lee Hughes for your upcoming event, we recently had a Q&A session with them!
Q. What are the most common events that you perform at?
A. The most common events I perform my Michael Jackson Tribute Show is Weddings. 1 in 2 people are a Michael Jackson fan and I find the bride or groom book my show as a surprise for their partner the reception. It’s the perfect entertainment to surprise everyone at the reception. The same also works great with birthday parties.
Q. How long have you been in the entertainment industry?
A. Michael Jackson became of interest to me when I was 9 years old but on a professional level, I have been in the industry 15 years.
Q. On average, how much do you cost to hire? A. The cost of my show is the same regardless of the type of event or the set up required. I offer a 1 hour show which can be tailored to the clients request which I charge from £345. I’m located in Berkshire, UK. For distances more than 150 miles, a travel cost may be added & stated in the quote.
Q. Is there audience interaction in your act? A. YES…. I had my show completely upgraded by adding audience interaction at certain key parts in my show. For example, THRILLER! Who doesn’t want to get up & show off their MJ style moonwalk and zombie moves??. I took my show to Cyprus last year performed 7 nights a week to audiences from all over the world. I noticed the audience felt as if they were a part of the show.
Q. What’s your most favourite gig to date and why? A. The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, UK. The venue is used by celebrities so the equipment and sound we had available to work with is something I can’t put in to words, and an audience of 1300 over 2 nights.
Q. Whereabouts have you played in the country/world?
A. UK, Ireland, Spain, Cyprus & Egypt.
Q. Describe your act in 5 words. A. Energetic, Experienced, Professional , Memorable.
Q. What do you personally enjoy most about performing? A. Meeting new people, using my passion as my full-time job which is rewarding in so many ways.
Q. Performing your act, what’s your biggest achievement so far? A. Performing at Michael Jackson’s birthday celebration for Channel 4 and for MJ’s Brother/Jackson 5 member, Tito Jackson. Also appearing on Sky One with David Guest, Derek Acorah & June Sarpong.
Q. Are there any occasions that you would not advise to book you for?
Q. What type of occasion/event have you the most experience performing at? A. Weddings & tribute nights.
Q. Do you have any overtime charges if the event runs late? A. No. When clients book my show they are booking me for the whole night so I am happy to stay after the show for photos and audience interaction.
Q. What questions would you like to ask your booker? A. Type of event, date, postcode & time.
Q. Are there any occasions that your act is better suited to?
A. No. As soon as I know the type of event I’ve been booked for the important things to consider are dance floor size, approx number of guests arriving for the event etc.
Q. Is you act child-friendly? A. Yes. there is nothing explicit or anything of that nature. The recommended age-range for my show is from 10 – 85. I became a fan at 9 years old, so I haven’t been surprised when enquiries for my show are for an 11 yr old’s surprise party, or a 85 year old’s 10th year anniversary…. There is always a Michael Jackson fan!
Q. What is the biggest crowd you’ve performed for so far?
A. Around 2K at a Christmas light switch on event.
Q. Do you have any video links on your Profile for a booker to view your act? A. Yes I have lots on YouTube. Raw footage from past performances over the years. I also have a website which clients can view photos videos and also book directly through a simple fast response online booking form.
Q. Can you tailor your act to the booker’s requirements?
Q. Do you require any special arrangements in order to perform? A. No, just a venue, a plug socket & a crowd. The show is fully contained.
Q. Do you have any online reviews a booker can read? A. Yes.
Q. What is the average duration of your act?
A. The full show is split in to 2×45 min’s however, as a recommendation for wedding events, 1×45 is suitable. I can tailor the show to any length.
Q. Are there any cancellation fees? A. Upon booking, I request a deposit (non – refundable) which can be paid via PAYPAL or Direct Bank Transfer between £35 to £50. This secures the date for the client and the outstanding balance can be paid on the day of the show.
Q. What sets your act apart from your competition? A. We set an outstanding show with an added WOW factor with positive feedback which can be viewed via our website testimonials page
Q. Do you have an idea age-range? A. No.
Q. How long before the event do you typically arrive at the venue?
A. I like to arrive early enough to do a soundcheck before the guests arrive.
Q. Do you have an interval?
A. Only if required by the client.
Q. Are you insured for Public Liability?
A. Yes. I’m insured with a company called Equity.
Q. Do you sell any merchandise?
A. Not at present but it is in the pipeline.
Q. If you were to cancel on the day due to an emergency, do you provide a back-up?
A. If it was an emergency that I couldn’t work around, then yes, I do have a backup.
Q. Are there any other services you provide such as MC’ing??
A. Yes I offer a disco. Clients who want to book the show but also require a disco after can do so with a combined package at a discounted rate.
Q. Do you require a meal?
A. No its not a requirement as the show is very energetic…however if a meal is on offer I would request to eat after the show if possible.
Q. How far in advance would you advise that the booker book you?
A. Around a week minimum to avoid disappointment.
Q. Would there be any fees that the booker is not accounting for?
A. Overnight stay or travel costs over 150 miles.
Q. What kind of outfit will you wear?
A. I have various costume changes throughout the show.
Q. Do you use flashing lights in your act?
A. Yes ….The lighting is DMX controlled so if required not to have anything flashing FX this can be arranged.
Q. Do you require help to set up your equipment/set-up?
Q. Do you have a back-up plan if there is a malfunction with the equipment?
A. Yes of course.
Q. Would you say you have a good rapport with your audience?
A. Yes, very.
Q. Does your pricing change during popular seasons?
A. No, apart from NEW YEARS EVE.
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