Tag "MJ Fan"

Kingvention 2017 Access All Areas!

Michael Jackson fans in London

So we did it again! The team sat down to have the discussion, does Kingvention make a comeback in 2017? We had a lot to consider and figure out, always aiming to be bigger and better with our events. More importantly, were we ready to throw another big soirée if so how would we go about executing it? Any event connected to Michael Jackson requires originality, attention to detail, finesse and that added touch of MJ magic. Careful planning is a must and it takes around a year to prepare for such an occasion. Kingvention is an event that has taken on a life of it’s own over the past few years and whilst we are thrilled with the success, each year becomes that bit more challenging to bring the vision to life…

Before we get into this year, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane…

2015 Celebrating 20 years of HIStory

Michael Jackson fans in London Michael Jackson fans in LondonMichael Jackson fans in London

Me sharing a funny moment with the late Eddie Wolfl, whom we dedicated this year’s event to
2016 Celebrating 25 years of Dangerous

Michael Jackson fans in LondonMichael Jackson fans in LondonMichael Jackson fans in London

So after two amazing events how did we decide to come back and do it all again? After many drinks had been consumed in celebration of the 2016 event, a theme was in place. This time we decided to put the focus on Michael’s live performances and name this one ‘Access all areas’. The previous two events had highlighted key mile stones for two of Michael’s albums; the 20th anniversary of the HIStory album and my all time favourite album, Dangerous.

Michael Jackson Scream Album Launch LondonMichael Jackson Scream Album Launch London

This year Kingvention took place on what we dubbed MJ week. ‘Scream’ the Halloween themed hits album was released starting with a phenomenal launch party just a few days before Kingvention. The team were prepared for several long days and very few hours of sleep! After the arrival of our three special guests, we all sat down to dinner to get better acquainted. Each year we have a pre-event dinner as a welcome to London for our guests and to give them the chance to have a catch up and mingle a bit with some members of the team.

Friends At A London Restaurant

Photo Courtesy Of Steven Whitsitt

Following a fun evening of memories shared, good food and a few drinks with our guests. I got to assist Michael’s former photographer Steven Whitsitt as he captured Dorian Holley (former backing vocalist for Michael and This Is It vocal director) during an impromptu photoshoot in the middle of London Victoria. It was pretty fun to see how Steven works first hand. He had scouted out some interesting locations that very morning before we began work. His relaxed way of shooting and directing his artist or model explains how he has captured some really iconic frames over the years.

A photographer and his artist in LondonA Singer In LondonA Photographer In LondonA photographer and his artist in London

To say this day was a full one would be an understatement! It all started with the photoshoot followed by turning the Park Plaza Victoria in to a Michael Jackson haven!

Something that we all love is that each year we are always given the opportunity to learn and discover new things about Michael. Eddie Garcia is a man of many talents with the most energetic and fun personality! One of our VIP guests and a principal dancer on two of Michael’s world tours, ‘Bad’ and ‘Dangerous’ he was a huge hit with the fans. He shared with us some interesting anecdotes and techniques Michael liked to implement when putting together a live performance. It was extremely insightful to learn about how the routines were enhanced from what we see in the short films. Small nuances and tweaks in the choreography have brought new life to some of our beloved stage classics.

Eddie taught the original (Jackson/Peters) choreography to Thriller, the way Michael taught it to him as a new feature to this year’s event… ‘A Dance Masterclass’.

Michael Jackson Dance ClassMichael Jackson Dance ClassMichael Jackson Dance Class

I have to say that this year was our biggest event and in my opinion our best. The venue looked amazing when we had finished setting up. Every guest brought with them something totally different. The fans were hungry for nothing but a good time and the team were all in really high spirits. As always when you come to one of our events we like to kick things off with a bang and the Supafresh Dance crew definitely helped us get the party started!

Michael Jackson Dance CrewMichael Jackson Dance CrewMichael Jackson Dance Crew

What can you expect when you come to Kingvention? Well the key is in the name! It’s a convention all about the King Of Pop! MJ liked to always do things big and bold and as die-hard fans we always aim to throw an event that would be worthy of Michael’s attendance if he were still here with us today. Upon arrival huge banners and murals adorn the walls, professional live performances take place, exhibitors are set up, merchandise is everywhere and of course the main reason for our tiered tickets, our live interviews with our VIP guests…

Michael Jackson Fans In LondonMichael Jackson Fans In LondonMichael Jackson Fans In LondonMichael Jackson Fans In London

Live Interviews with Pez talking to Steven, Eddie & Dorian

Kingvention InterviewsKingvention Interviews

Dorian Performing his bluesy renditions of Billie Jean and The Way You Make Me Feel

Dorian Holley Singing Live In London At KingventionDorian Holley Singing Live In London At Kingvention

A number of fans told us that Kingvention is a major highlight in their calendar and that really means a lot, especially when you see a community that’s formed with Kingvention attendees. Some of our friends and delegates have even developed a social crew and branded themselves the K Squad. Putting an event like this together can be challenging and stressful for everyone involved at times. When you see the reaction of the guests, friendships forming, smiles all around and a group consisting of hundreds people of all ages and backgrounds partying the night away that’s what makes it all worth it.

Michael Jackson fans have always been loud and proud in our support of the King Of Pop. When it comes to music and entertainment MJ changed the game in more ways than one! He made us re-evaluate what constitutes as a great performer, writer and recording artist. His philanthropy, humanitarianism, personality and creativity have brought so many of us joy. Without Michael I wouldn’t have met some of the most important people in my life. Even eight years since his passing, I still meet new and inspiring people because of him. Being a member of the MJVibe, King Of Shop and Kingvention team is something I am extremely proud of. Knowing that 10 years ago we started something that has gone global and has brought so many people together whilst we honour Michael is what makes it all worth it.

We close out each event with an after party in an area of the venue – Club 30s in honour of the movie Moonwalker. Here are some highlights featuring me and the team…

Michael Jackson Fans In LondonMichael Jackson Fans In LondonMichael Jackson Fans In LondonMichael Jackson Fans In LondonMichael Jackson Fans In London

Will we be back to do it all again? We’re not sure… I guess all I can say is stay tuned!

Retro Vintage Style – A Michael Jackson Tribute

A plus size woman wearing vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater and white tutu skirt

This is the time of year when everything begins to change. Summer is fast coming to a close, autumn is approaching and school starts again for the youngsters. In my case the season has always brought with it madness and mayhem. By the time my school days were well and truly over another major element of my life began to really come into the forefront of things. Michael Jackson became an even bigger part of my life! It was back in October 2005 I finally saw the King Of Pop for the first time. In all of his superstar glory, MJ had arrived in my hometown of London and with this everything changed! Each year I love showcasing my fanship for Michael and this year i’ll be bringing in my retro vintage style!

A plus size woman smiling in a Michael Jackson vintage retro style varsity sweaterA plus size woman wearing vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater and white tutu skirt

All music fans out there like to represent their chosen style, genre or favourite artist. There were many years when I was limited in how I could incorporate MJ into my wardrobe. T-shirts were available in pretty much 1-2 dresses sizes, 99% of them in a black print or colourway. In all honesty there was great difficulty when it came to dressing in MJ related apparel and being girly at the same time. I like to be casual as much as the next person but every now and then my inner girly girl comes calling and I have to dress up in some way. When I found this amazing varsity style sweater I knew it had to be mine…

A plus size woman wearing vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater and white tutu skirtA plus size woman wearing vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater and white tutu skirt

Of course I could rock this one with jeans but I wanted to do something a little different. As a lover of tutus and puffy skirts I thought I could bring a little MJ swagger into a sweet, cute and dainty style. I recently bought this white tutu and knew that with a cute pair of heels I could create a fun and fresh transitional outfit. Where did I find this amazing top with world famous dancing feet logo? Las Vegas Nevada…

Vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater with dancing feet logoMichael Jackson varsity sweater with MJ logo A plus size woman wearing a white tutu skirt and high heeled sandals

This July one of my best friends Pez and I ventured out to Vegas for an MJ packed adventure. The plan was to do as many MJ related things as possible including getting some key items for Kingvention! For those of you who aren’t aware, myself and the boys celebrate Michael in ultimate style. Over the past 2 years we have thrown the only Michael Jackson fan convention that has reached the European continent! In a recent post I wrote called Bad Bitch you can find out in detail what is taking place this year!

A plus size woman wearing vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater and white tutu skirtA plus size woman wearing vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater

As with many things concerning the King Of Pop if you want something done, you simply have to do it yourself! The sad thing is that there are millions of fans all over the world with limited outlets to have a good time and pay tribute en mass. I say this in reference to not only events and gatherings but also when it comes to merchandise. Fans for years have enjoyed fanzines, parties, special events etc. In recent years the option to pick up new apparel and merchandise has gotten even harder and more expensive…
Launching King Of Shop a few years ago we were able bring new official merchandise to the fans at a fair price. When the incredible stage show MJ One opened an amazing boutique and gift shop opened alongside the Cirque Du Soleil production.

A plus size woman wearing vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater and white tutu skirtA plus size woman wearing vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater and white tutu skirt

Items that the fans had been seeking for years were finally available! Incredible right? The problem is that these are goods only available able to those who journey to Las Vegas. As you can imagine for many people this is a long way to go and extremely expensive. We decided that we would make the trip for the fans and pick up some goodies so that a little bit of MJ One could reach the UK and European fans. Many of these items are available at King Of Shop but, we have saved some specially for Kingvention attendees.

I went to the gift store every day that I was in Vegas! Truth be told, I saw the stage show in the middle of my trip. July 15th my birthday, I finally made it into the audience. I can honestly say that it was so worth the wait, it took me a few years to finally get there but I did it! A Michael Jackson event to a fan is like the NBA all stars event for a basket ball fan! If you have a ticket at the ready you can’t sit still until the day arrives! So there I was MJ-t-shirt on, black sequin jacket and all smiles. I have to say that anyone who has seen the Immortal show will be blown away by this one. It’s not at all what you expect and is very different to the first Cirque show based around Michael. Talk about a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed hysterically, cried with emotion, danced like I hadn’t in years and found myself awestruck. We see incredible acrobatics, choreography and MJ magic in one stage show!

Cirque Du Soleil MJ One commemorative memorabilia Cirque Du Soleil MJ One commemorative photos

One thing that was so incredible about seeing MJ One is the attention to detail. As soon as the doors open for you to walk in you are greeted by a stretched red carpet and paparazzi ready to take your photo! World famous costumes and props of Michael’s are on display in beautiful glass cabinets for all to see. A select menu of MJ style cocktails are available to enjoy in commemorative cups during the show… There is just so much to experience! The entire city of Las Vegas is celebrating Michael at the moment. Buses, trams, cabs, billboards and shuttles adorn the show’s Logo and of course I’m biased but, it’s not hard to see why the show is one of the best sellers of ALL the shows on the strip! The combination of Michael Jackson and Cirque is just perfection!

So as I said before, the boys and I will be celebrating MJ in style this September 30th. Limited tickets are available so if you’re an MJ fan, music lover or convention goer this is an event you simply cannot miss! Kingvention is by far the place to be this coming month. We have live interviews, performances, screenings, merchandise, exhibits, dancing and so much more! Be sure to get your ticket here!

A plus size woman wearing vintage retro style Michael Jackson varsity sweater

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!