ELITE CONCERTS director John Patrick reports having a particularly successful year, with the company’s Killer Queen show.
The Queen tribute sold-out a short-hall configuration at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena (configured for 5,500) in September, grossing more than £130,000 in ticket sales.
The show is also expected to sell out at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (configured for 4,600) in January, with tickets costing £30.50.
“There is a stigma in the industry towards anything associated with the word tribute and many other promoters choose not to work with such shows,” says Patrick. ”It’s probably because they instantly think of the dreadful impersonator they once saw
“However, if you can find an incredible act who not only looks and sounds like the original, but also has the ability to perform on the biggest stage and hold an audience of thousands in the palm of their hand, then you have the makings for something really special.”
Among other shows Elite has promoted are King of Pop, a Michael Jackson tribute, which also visited Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena earlier this year.
Elite also took over control of the Grade ll listed St Mary’s Chambers in Rawtenstall, on the edge of Greater Manchester, and with investment of more than £100,0000, have turned it into a full-equipped 300-capacity live music venue.
“It was previously a rarely used functions
suite, but we have transformed it into a busy live music venue that is proving popular with artistes and locals,” says venue owner and promoter John Patrick.
Among artistes playing the venue are The Neville Staple Band, The Bluetones and A Band Called Malice.