Wednesday 5 July 2017 celebrated the very best tribute acts from around the country. In a glittering ceremony at Leicester’s stunning Athena venue, acts from a range of genres competed for the prestigious awards across 11 categories.
Since the awards began in 2013, they have become the highlight of the tribute calendar and this year the they were bigger than ever before. Once again Champions (UK) plc organised the awards alongside the Entertainment Agents’ Association (GB).
Tribute acts entertain thousands of people every year and their contribution to the music industry cannot be understated. The awards offer a platform to reward acts for all their hard work and winners are able to use the ‘Official UK No.1 Tribute Award’ logo and branding on all their promotional material giving their acts a real boost.
Following a delicious three course meal, the event was hosted by comedian Patrick Monahan who kept the audience entertained during proceedings, which also saw some of the nominees showcase their wonderful act.
With 11 awards up for grabs the full list of winners were as follows:
· Best Video Production- Mark Summers as Elvis Legacy
· Best Sound & Lighting Production- Totally Tina
· Best Website- Glastonbudget
· Best Marketing and PR-LMS Worldwide
· Booking Venue of the Year-The Concorde Club
· Tribute Agent of the Year-Peller Artistes
· Best Band-Hats off to Led Zeppelin
· Best Female Artist- Tania Alboni as Cher
· Best Male- Paul Reason as Robbie Williams
· Music Industry Award- Bourne Leisure inc Butlins, Warners and Haven
· Lifetime Achievement Award- Totally Tina
Totally Tina, who is the UK’s leading Tina Turner tribute artist took home two awards on the night including ‘Best Sound & Lighting Production’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’ The ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ recognises the act who has demonstrated unwavering commitment, enthusiasm and hard work to the industry over the years and really is the highlight of the night.
As well as acknowledging everyone who works so hard to make tribute acts successful the night also provided the opportunity to raise important funds for two worthy charities. Global’s Make Some Noise charity supports disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Rainbow’s Hospice for Children and Young People care for children suffering with life threatening and terminal illnesses and money was also raised for them on the night.