Your Complete Guide to Booking a TRIBUTE ACT
Finding the right Tribute Act is easy with our unique and comprehensive guide, bursting with essential tips and answers to all those niggling questions, we help you book with confidence, so that you and your guests can relax and enjoy a truly fantastic and memorable event!
- WHAT WILL A TRIBUTE ACT DO AT YOUR EVENT?
- WHAT TYPE OF EVENTS ARE TRIBUTE ACTS HIRED FOR?
- HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TRIBUTE ACT FOR YOUR EVENT:
ROCK & ROLL TRIBUTE ACTS
RAT PACK & SWING TRIBUTE ACTS
SINGER SONGWRITER TRIBUTE ACTS
POPULAR FEMALE TRIBUTE ACTS
POPULAR MALE TRIBUTE ACTS
POP TRIBUTE ACTS
- BOOKING A TRIBUTE ACT FOR YOUR WEDDING
- HOW MUCH DOES A TRIBUTE ACT COST TO HIRE?
- HOW LONG WILL THEY PERFORM FOR?
- SUITABLE VENUES FOR TRIBUTE ACTS
- ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR BOOKING A TRIBUTE ACT:
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK?
WHAT EQUIPMENT AND SET UP REQUIREMENTS WILL THERE BE?
DO I NEED TO PROVIDE FOOD?
DO I NEED TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
WILL I HAVE TO COVER TRAVEL EXPENSES?
- CANCELLATION AND INSURANCE:
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE ACT CANCELS?
WHAT HAPPENS IF OUR EVENT IS CANCELLED?
INSURANCE / RISK ASSESSMENT
CHECK & CLARIFY DETAILS IN ADVANCE!
- HOW TO BOOK A TRIBUTE ACT
- HOW CAN I FIND AND BOOK A TRIBUTE ACT FOR AN EVENT NEAR ME?
WHAT WILL A TRIBUTE ACT DO AT YOUR EVENT?
Tribute Acts attend events and perform live music, impersonating a particular artist, replicating their singing voice and mannerisms. They can be accompanied by great quality backing tracks, a live guitarist or keyboard player, or a full band.
A singer who works as a tribute artist starts with a deep love and admiration for the performer they choose to emulate and will work hard to re-create their vocal sound, technique and performance style, right down to their look, hair, clothes and make-up.
It’s possible to find Tribute Acts in all genres, eras and styles, from swing music and rock ‘n’ roll to the latest chart-topping artists. Whether it’s Frank Sinatra or Katy Perry, these talented performers have studied the artists they impersonate in great detail and come amazingly close to the real thing.
So if you’re the world’s biggest Michael Bublé fan but your budget doesn’t quite stretch to hiring the man himself, a tribute act will recreate his look, sound and overall vibe, allowing your guests to experience his music up close and personal.
Ideal for recreating a special moment or evoking a particular theme, hiring a Tribute Act is a great way to get your guests talking, and enjoying an unforgettable evening.
WHAT TYPE OF EVENTS ARE TRIBUTE ACTS HIRED FOR?
Tribute Acts add an element of fun and surprise to birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, themed-events, drinks receptions and all kinds of special occasion.
They will draw a crowd at fairs, fun days, trade shows and corporate events, and are a great and affordable option for social clubs, live music venues, hotels and resorts, where guests will enjoy singing along to many of their favourite songs.
Freddie Mercury is a popular Tribute Act Booking in London
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TRIBUTE ACT FOR YOUR EVENT
The most important thing to consider when choosing a tribute act is your audience. Are your guests younger or older? Will they want to dance to current chart music or be transported back to a bygone era?
If you are hosting a party with younger guests, a tribute to a modern artist such as Bruno Mars or Katy Perry could be a perfect fit. If you are planning a party for an older crowd, a Rat Pack Tribute Act might be just the entertainment you are looking for.
If you’re getting married and thinking of hiring a tribute act that will be personal to you and help to make your day special, see our section on Hiring a Tribute Act for your Wedding below.
Here are some of most popular categories of Tribute Act:
Rock & Roll Tribute Acts
Elvis Presley is one of the most revered musicians of the 20th century. Outstanding vocal talent, unique interpretation, and even his daring dance moves made him a hugely influential figure in popular music. Elvis is just as loved today as he was when he was alive and it’s no surprise that Elvis is one of the most frequently requested tribute acts here at Entertainers Worldwide.
If you long to experience the easy charm and charisma of this rock’n’roll legend up-close, and to hear authentic renditions of upbeat classics like Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog and All Shook Up, along with heartwarming ballads like Always on my Mind and Love me Tender, then hire one of our true-to-life Elvis Tribute Acts.
Other rock ’n’ roll tribute acts include Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash.
Rat Pack & Swing Acts
Affectionately known as The Chairman, Frank Sinatra is regarded by many as the finest jazz singer of all time. The smooth and authentic performance of a Frank Sinatra tribute will provide a sumptuous backdrop to a cocktail party or sophisticated drinks reception, and is an excellent choice for after-dinner entertainment. Equally, the dulcet tones of Ol’ Blue Eyes will add a dash of magic and glamour to any elegant corporate occasion, wedding, anniversary or birthday party.
Older guests and jazz fans will know famous tracks such as Luck Be a Lady, New York, New York, My Way and That’s Life by heart. For a more mellow mood, there are plenty of sentimental love songs in his repertoire, including I’ve Got You Under My Skin and One for My Baby.
If you’re putting on an event with a swing or vintage theme, this is a brilliant choice. Our Frank Sinatra Tribute Acts bring to life that amazing talent, vocal tone, range and emotion, as well as injecting some serious 1940s cool to your event, wearing the elegant suits, ties, sleek hair and trilby hats of the era.
Canadian singer and songwriter Michael Bublé is a hugely popular modern artist who sings swing music to perfection. He covers old classics and new material, all of which is very jazz-influenced and some would say easy-listening, making it ideal for more mellow entertainment or background music.
Most jazz-style tribute acts can perform solo or with a swing band and are perfect for a vintage dance, drinks reception, bar mitzvah, birthday party or smart corporate occasion. Check out our Michael Bublé Tribute Acts here at Entertainers Worldwide.
Rat Pack Tribute Acts
The Rat Pack was made up of several famous singers in the golden era of the ‘50s and ‘60s, including most famously, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. These guys were Hollywood royalty and they oozed charm and sophistication.
Our Rat Pack Tribute Acts sing sensational renditions of the best songs of the era, delighting your guests with sultry swooning and crooning, and bringing the individual Rat Pack members to life, dressing in glamorous suits, trilby hats and ties.
Audience members of all ages will love this timeless music, so for a fantastic live show with a real wow factor, go for a Rat Pack Tribute Act!
Others tribute acts available to hire in the Rat Pack and Swing band genre are Dean Martin, Matt Monro and Nat King Cole.
Singer Songwriter Tribute Acts
Neil Diamond is a hugely popular American singer songwriter who, in spite of not quite fitting into the traditional mould of a rock ‘n’ roll star, is nevertheless an international idol, adored by millions to this day.
His career began back in the 1960s and his concerts continued to be a huge draw right up until early 2018, when he was sadly forced to retire from touring due to ill-health. With a heartfelt a style that blends pop, folk, soft rock and country, he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
Famous numbers like Sweet Caroline, I’m a Believer, Red, Red Wine, Song Sung Blue and Cracklin’ Rosie are bound to go down well with fans as they sing along and reminisce about old times.
Take a look at our Neil Diamond Tribute Acts for a tribute act that will appeal to audience members aged 50 and over and will make great entertainment for a birthday party, wedding anniversary, fete, social club or a concert in its own right.
Sir Elton John needs no introduction. This English singer, pianist and composer is nothing short of a national treasure. With his long-term lyricist Bernie Taupin, he has penned such masterpieces as Bennie and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Your Song, Candle in the Wind, Daniel, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting and I’m Still Standing, to name just a sprinkling of hits.
Touring almost non-stop since the 1970s, Elton has not only produced a steady stream of chart-topping hits, he’s written musicals, sung with Pavarotti and is famous for mentoring and collaborating with upcoming artists. Not to mention his extensive work for charity.
Whether you’re after ballads or catchy pop and rock music to dance to, Elton has it all. Our talented tribute acts not only sing and play authentic versions of his songs, they exude all of his colourful eccentricity, wearing flamboyant glam rock costumes and emulating his different stage looks from over the years.
An Elton John tribute act will provide fantastic entertainment for any occasion, from your wedding ceremony to an evening party. Everyone knows the songs and their infectious melodies will appeal to guests of all ages.
To inject some wonderful music, fun and energy into your event, with a solo performer or full band, hire one of our Elton John Tribute Acts.
Other singer songwriter tribute acts include Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, George Michael, Adele and Karen Carpenter.
Popular Female Tribute Acts
Adele shot to fame in 2008 with her debut album 19. Since then she has become firmly established as one of the UK’s leading female artists. With her instantly recognisable voice and refreshingly down-to-earth stage persona, she is loved by all, young and old.
Her catalogue of songs blends easily into a variety of settings, including romantic ballads perfect for a wedding, or catchy pop numbers ideal for livening up a corporate event or product launch.
Our Adele Tribute Acts are amongst the selection of highly skilled female vocalists on Entertainers Worldwide who will bring a touch of magic to your event.
A favourite among audience members who grew up in the 1980s and earlier, is soul sensation Tina Turner. Want to know where Beyoncé got the inspiration for a lot of her dance moves? Yes, the lady herself.
Often referred to as the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Tina Turner rose to fame in 1960, as part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Huge R&B hits followed through the ‘60s and ‘70s including River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary and Nutbush City Limits.
After a break from the limelight, she made an enormous comeback in 1984 with the release of the pop soul album Private Dancer, featuring mega hits such as What’s Love Got to Do with It and a cover of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together.
For a night of raw rock and soul passion, check out our Tina Turner Tribute Acts.
Other popular female tribute acts include Cher, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Popular Male Tribute Acts
Welsh baritone Sir Tom Jones has always been one for the ladies. They will travel for miles to see one of his shows and yes, he’s still performing after a mind-blowing six decades in showbiz. So, why not treat your guests to the next best thing - a tribute to Tom Jones.
Hits like It's Not Unusual, What's New Pussycat, Delilah, Green, Green Grass of Home, She's a Lady, Kiss and Sex Bomb are bound to get your party started. In fact, guests will find it impossible not to get up and dance.
So, for some belting vocals and plenty of hip-swivelling fun, hire one or our Tom Jones Tribute Acts and have a blast!
British rock singer and songwriter Sir Rod Stewart has been performing since the 1960s. He started out as a front man for bands including the Dimensions, the Jeff Beck Group and The Small Faces.
As a solo artist he’s famous for hits such as Maggie May, Sailing, The First Cut is the Deepest and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy. He’s duetted with Cher, Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Elton John, among many others.
His style spans rock, pop, soul, folk rock and even jazz. He has recorded several albums of songs from the Great American Songbook, written in the 1930s and ‘40s.
Our Rod Stewart Tribute Acts have the vocal ability and charisma to bring these amazing career-spanning songs to life, from his romantic ballads to his funky rock tracks, and they are hugely popular for weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties.
So, for a chance to experience this major talent up-close and personal, check out these Rod Stewart tributes today!
For those of us who grew up in the ‘80s, George Michael holds a special place in our hearts. The love affair began with Wham! The perfect boy band with dashing good looks and unbelievably catchy tunes, they were one of the most popular acts of the decade.
Then we saw George emerge as a mature and gifted songwriter when he embarked on his solo career, writing heart-rending ballads such as Careless Whisper and Father Figure, catchy numbers like Faith and Amazing, and funky dance tracks including Outside, Too Funky and Fastlove.
Much in demand with his contemporaries, George duetted with Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Freddie Mercury, to name just a few.
Since his tragic and all-too-early death in 2016, George Michael tributes have surged in popularity, as people yearn to hear a great live performance of all of his wonderful songs.
If you’re looking for something special for a wedding ceremony, after-dinner entertainment, drinks reception, birthday party or other event, take a look at our talented George Michael Tribute Acts.
Other popular male tribute acts include Robbie Williams and Olly Murs.
Pop Tribute Acts
Michael Jackson is quite simply one of the greatest and most popular singers and dancers of all time. He was a global superstar and a major feature of life for anyone growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s - but he is loved by people of all ages, including younger listeners who may never have seen him perform live.
For fans of the King of Pop, what could be more exciting than seeing a talented artist who looks, sings and dances just like him, performing songs from his most famous albums? Hits like Thriller, Billie Jean, Beat It and Smooth Criminal are some of the finest pop songs ever written and are guaranteed to make you want to dance.
You can expect a Michael Jackson Tribute Act to perform numbers spanning the whole of the artist’s career, including hits from The Jackson Five to the Off The Wall album, combining funk, disco and soft rock, and the more rocky pop and soul albums Thriller and Bad.
Whether you prefer early or late Michael Jackson, or a bit of everything, this is bound to be a compelling and totally thrilling experience that your guests won’t forget in a hurry.
For an extraordinary moment of entertainment, perfect for birthday parties and all kinds of special occasion, take a look at our Michael Jackson Tribute Acts.
Katy Perry is an American singer and songwriter who zoomed into the limelight in 2007. Massively popular with boys and girls, her songs are as catchy as they come and always accompanied by elaborate and colourful videos. With tribute acts performing Katy Perry's hits including I Kissed a Girl, Dark Horse, Friday Night and Chained to the Rhythm, her upbeat style is perfect for a teenager’s birthday party!
Other pop tribute acts available are: Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue.
Still not found what you’re looking for? Check out our Other Tribute Acts and Tribute Bands & Groups.
BOOKING A TRIBUTE ACT FOR YOUR WEDDING
Tribute Acts are a popular choice at weddings, because they give couples the chance to have authentic renditions of their favourite music performed live. This is a wonderful way to add an extra touch of magic and romance to your special day.
For fans of Adele, why not add a sprinkling of stardust to proceedings by having an Adele tribute singing Love Song or Sweetest Devotion as you walk down the aisle, or for your first dance? Or if you adore Elton John, imagine hearing piano ballads like Your Song, The One or Can You Feel the Love Tonight sung live as you tie the knot.
Many of our trusted Tribute Acts offer solo sets with backing tracks as well as packages with a piano or guitar accompaniment or full band. If you need gentler music for the first part of the day and something more energetic, with a bigger sound, for your evening reception, speak to our acts and find out what they can offer.
To be sure you’re hiring the perfect act for your perfect day, we recommend taking a good look through our profiles. You can read about what experience they have and whether they have performed at weddings before, look at their song lists, read those all-important testimonials from previous bookers, watch showreels of them performing live and, if you see an act you like the look of, drop them a line to make an initial enquiry, or ask for a quote, with no obligation.
HOW MUCH DOES A TRIBUTE ACT COST TO HIRE?
This will depend on their level of experience, whether they are performing solo or with a band, how far they have to travel to your event and the type of event you’re holding. Here is a rough guide to prices:
- Solo Tribute Act / Guitar Singer / Keyboard Singer: £300 - £600 in the UK ($600 in the U.S. and €700 in Europe)
- Tribute Act + guitarist / keyboardist (Duo): £400 to £700 ($700 in the U.S. and 800€ in Europe)
- Tribute Act including 4 or 5 piece band: £1000 - £2000 in the UK ($1000-$2000 in the U.S. and 600€-1200€ in Europe)
- High profile Tribute Band with top notch musicians: £2000 to £10,000 in the UK ($2000 to $10,000 in the U.S. and 2,200€ to 11,000€ in Europe)
Tribute Acts and Bands will charge more at key times of the year such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
As with booking any act, we advise that it’s worth paying for a reliable performer who will turn up on time and deliver a great evening’s entertainment. See our Essential Tips below for information on booking terms and conditions.
Before they even attend your event, tribute artists spend years studying their idols and learning how to emulate them, right down to the finest detail. They also work continually on developing their vocal range and repertoire, paying for lessons, sheet music, rehearsal and studio time. Then there are equipment, costume, marketing and travel costs. Acts need to factor these things in when setting their fees.
We’re here to help you find the perfect Tribute Act for your occasion and budget, with our easy-to-use entertainment directory. You can start searching now in your area and when you find exactly the act you’re looking for you can message them directly. You will find that some acts also add a rough price guide to their profile.
Since the prices do vary widely, we highly recommend getting in touch with your chosen performer for a completely free, no-obligation quote.
HOW LONG WILL THEY PERFORM FOR?
Set lengths for tribute acts vary. Two 45-minute or 60-minute sets are fairly standard, but for certain events they may be asked to sing just one or two songs. Make sure you clarify how long you wish your act to sing for when you book. Our performers will do their best to accommodate your requests.
If your event is due to last all day, you can speak to your chosen singer and agree on a schedule together. Extra or longer performances will cost more, so keep an eye on your budget.
Many singers can offer acoustic sets as well as a full band lineup, or will have the facility to play pre-recorded music through the PA using a laptop. Either way, your guests can enjoy some background music during dinner or in between sets and this will be cheaper than hiring multiple acts.
SUITABLE VENUES FOR TRIBUTE ACTS
When choosing your venue, it’s a good idea to consider the type of event you’re planning and how much space you’ll need.
Is your Tribute Act performing solo or with other musicians? If they are a Piano Singer, are they playing a full-sized piano or an electronic keyboard? Will you need extra room for a DJ or host? Is there room for equipment such as speakers? Is the room big enough for all of your guests? Is there parking and easy access, allowing for easy set up?
Even if your singer generally stands still while singing, they will need a certain amount of room in order to be comfortable and perform at their best. We recommend using the following guidelines to ensure that your stage area is the right size for your Tribute Act or Band (measurements given are Width x Depth):
Solo Performer: 8ft x 6ft (2.5m x 2m)
Duo: 12ft x 8ft (3.6m x 2.5m)
Trio: 16ft x 12ft (4.8m x 3.6m)
4-5 Piece Band: 20ft x 12ft (6m x 3.6m)
5-6 Piece Band: 20ft x 16ft (6m x 4.8m)
7-8 Piece Band: 17ft x 10ft (5m x 3m)
Performers may need more space if they are bringing a PA system and monitors.
While not all tribute artists expect the luxury of a fully-fitted dressing room, they will need somewhere away from the guests, ideally with a mirror, to get changed, warm up and relax in between sets. A small, lockable room or back office may be sufficient.
ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR BOOKING A TRIBUTE ACT
How far in advance should I book?
Popular tributes get booked up months, and even years, in advance. Friday and Saturday nights are often busy times and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve get booked up well in advance. So, get your booking in nice and early!
What equipment and set up requirements will there be?
A lot of tribute singers will provide their own equipment, including instruments, microphones, amplifiers, PA system with monitors and a mixing desk, and even basic stage lighting - but this will vary with each act so we advise checking when you book.
It usually takes an hour to an hour and a half for a singer to unload their equipment, set up and sound check. They will need a safe supply of electricity and power point sockets near the stage area.
Do I need to provide food?
They may have travelled some distance to get to your event and have a long night ahead. For daytime performances, acts will require soft drinks and tea or coffee free of charge. For evening events, you should provide a proper meal as well. This will be much appreciated!
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Tribute Acts usually require a deposit of around 15-20% of the overall cost, in order to secure the booking. This protects the performer against lost income in the event of cancellation, and also gives you reassurance that you have a confirmed booking.
Will I have to cover travel expenses?
These will usually be included in the quote you are given, as the singer will need to calculate their travel costs, especially if they are travelling some distance.
Cancellation and Insurance
What happens if the act cancels?
Thankfully this rarely happens, but in the unlikely event that, due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, the singer is unable to perform for you as agreed, they will usually have a contingency plan. This means they can send a similar performer in their place, at no extra cost to you. For confirmation of this, you can check the Terms and Conditions in your contract.
What happens if our event is cancelled?
If you are in the unlucky position of having to cancel your event, there will be a cancellation fee. The amount usually increases the closer it gets to the event date. For example, cancelling 90 days before the event might incur 75% of the overall fee, while cancelling less than 30 days prior might mean paying the entire sum.
These conditions should be laid out in the contract you receive when booking, so check before signing. If you have any reason to think your event may not go ahead as planned, it would be better to let your act know as soon as possible
Insurance / Risk Assessment
Ideally, the venue and the act you hire will have Public Liability Insurance. This covers you and them in the event of a claim, should any members of the public or guests be injured at your event, or any damage be caused to property.
If your act is a member of the Musician’s Union or Equity, trade unions that represent live performers in the entertainment industry in the UK (or the American Federation of Musicians in the U.S.), this gives you extra reassurance that they are professional and trustworthy, fully insured and abiding by industry standard contracts.
Clarify in Advance!
When it comes to practicalities, it’s always better to discuss them in advance, to avoid any unexpected hitches on the night. Whatever questions you have, however silly they might seem to you, you can bet they’ve heard them before, and worse! So, don’t be shy - good communication is the key to planning a great event.
HOW TO BOOK A TRIBUTE ACT
Booking a Tribute Act is easy with Entertainers Worldwide. You can search through different acts, view their profiles and read their all-important reviews. Some of our listed acts also include video samples of their performances.
Once you’ve found the act you want to book, simply use the contact form on their profile page. We are not an agency, so you can deal directly with your chosen group, with no extra booking fees or commission to pay.
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