I want to talk about something different today on the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. I remember 25 June 2009 like it was yesterday when I heard the news.
Michael Jackson is my absolute favourite artist – to me he is the ultimate performer, the full package, there’s no other superstar like him he is an absolute legend and it is so sad that he’s gone I truly think that he’s gone before his time.
I want to tell you about the way that we can continue to celebrate his life and his art.
Kingvention is the first European convention dedicated entirely to Michael Jackson. I was lucky enough to go to for the first time in 2017. I wish that I had discovered it earlier. There are so many things that I learned about Michael Jackson’s life and art on the day.
The theme for Kingvention 2017 was MJ’s live performances. The structure of the day was speakers followed by live on stage interviews. The first speaker was Steven Paul Whitsitt a photographer for MJ. Steven went through the large library he had created over the years and gave some insight into what was happening behind the scenes.
Following this was Michael’s Dancer, Eddie Garcia. Eddie has the best energy. Eddie told us what it was like working with MJ, going on tour and featuring in music videos such as The Way You Make Me Feel and Smooth Criminal. Did you know that Eddie has also danced for Janet Jackson.
Vocal Director Dorian Holley also spoke and then treated us to some smooth vocals. Following each speaker there was a question and answer session.
A special treat for fans who love choreography is the Eddie Garcia dance class which takes place on the Friday evening before. During the class Eddie taught everybody the choreography to Beat It and Thriller.
After the talks there was The Silver Screen which was a montage of Michael Jackson’s live performances.
Outside of the talks there is plenty of memorabilia to look at and purchases from t-shirts, hoodies, CDs to DVDs and books.
There was an art exhibition which showcased beautiful imagery of Michael Jackson performing live. You can also see the props which were used during video shoots.
There were two massive murals on the wall to take pictures against.
There was also a backdrop of a wall which contains the spray paint and the brick wall from the famous video bad.
Most people made an effort and dressed up as Michael Jackson from one of the eras. I was amazed to learn how many people had flown into the country for the event from Europe and America.
For me my favourite part of the evening was the disco, this is included in your ticket. It was fantastic to here purely Michael Jackson’s music being played for the entire evening. One of the highlights of the night was watching people who attended the dance class previous night performing the routine to Beat It and Thriller in the middle of the dance floor.
It was absolutely beautiful to be surrounded by people who are as passionate about Michael Jackson as I am. With everyone singing every single word together is just something that I could not have possibly imagined.
For anybody that is a Michael Jackson fan, I would 100% recommend attending Kingvention – you will never attend an event like this ever again.
I was sad to learn that kingvention won’t be taking place in 2018 but this is because they want to take the event to the next level and make it bigger and better than it has ever been before.
I can’t wait for the next one which is scheduled to take place in early 2019 I hope to see you there.