FANS of 80s music can relive their youth with a tribute act featuring the music of Wham!

It is 37 years since George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed one of the most enduring pop groups of the decade.

In four short years Wham! sold more than 28 million records, topping the charts with three albums, four number one singles and eleven top ten hits.

They featured in the Live Aid concert of 1985 and were the first western pop group to ever tour in China.

The concert, including hits such as Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Freedom and I’m Your Man, stars Ben Evans, performing as George Michael.

He started his career at the age of eight performing in roles including Gavroche in Les Miserables, both the roles of Oliver and The Artful Dodger in Oliver.

On September 20, The Best of Wham! will be playing the Empire Theatre in Consett.

Julie Sweeney, of Sweeney Entertainments, which is producing the show, said: “The impact of Wham! and their influence on the 80s era and music today really cannot be over-emphasised.

“The Best of WHAM! show includes all those hits, a few B side favourites and a couple of early George Michael bonus songs.

“We are thrilled to be presenting this amazing new show to venues across the UK.

“With sensational vocals, choreography, costumes and an awesome live band, The Best of Wham! is an authentic musical journey that truly recaptures the full Wham! experience.

“This is a non-stop Wham! party that is sure to leave audiences singing and dancing the whole way home.”

Sweeney Entertainments has been providing touring shows for theatre and corporate events for over eighteen years both in the UK and internationally.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £23.30.

They can be booked by calling 03000-262-400 or online at