Chances are you are unlikely to see the real deal live in action on stage for a few years, so it’s no wonder the opening night guests at Copacabana made the most of the next best thing, Adele tribute act Olivia Leigh.
The Wakefield-based singer was making her Blackpool debut and impressed both vocally (her voice is a dead ringer for the chart-topping star) and visually (slimmer but with all the stage movements and mannerisms) at the resort’s only dedicated over-25s bar.
Featuring songs from Adele’s 19 and 21 albums, including Someone Like You, To Make You Feel My Love, Rolling In The Deep, Turning Tables and Set Fire To The Rain she commanded the stage area and brought the venue to a standstill with the best launch the place could have wished for.
And if for some unlikely reason Adele wasn’t to everyone’s taste, she featured songs from Pixie Lott, The Noisettes and Duffy in an impressively varied second set.
After the star-studded opening week (Adele on Thursday and Odyssey on Friday), this weekend saw Diana Ross tribute act Jacky Webbe live on stage.
Jacky has been singing for many years and first came to light when she appeared on Opportunity Knocks with the late Les Dawson.
Following this, she went on to support acts such as Michael Barrymore, Freddie Starr, Elvis Costello and The Three Degrees and a variety of other celebrities.
About 15 years ago she decided to perform her tribute to Diana Ross, which started with her winning her heat in Stars in Your Eyes and performing in the grand final.
Since then, Jacky has performed regularly in Butlins and Pontins, top hotels and corporate events throughout the UK and abroad.
Having helped successfully launch Copacabana with Dominic Herdsman, Peter Schofield has severed his connection with the venue.
His reached his decision after the late arrival on stage last weekend of disco group Odyssey.
“I want to let people know how sorry I am for the terrible wait they had for Odyssey – it was not my fault at all, and they eventually came on about 12.45am,” says Peter. “A lot of people were very disappointed and blamed me as I built the crowd up for 11.30pm and some people had been in since 9pm. So I explained it wasn’t my club and I wasn’t doing it on purpose.
“Dominic and I have done a great launch and as usual can I say thank you for the huge turnout, if it’s done right it will be a great success.
“I have booked some fantastic live bands and very shortly there will be a level two Northern Soul, Motown and Philly room opening upstairs giving the venue a twin scene.
“Dominic and I have worked together on and off for 20 years and have had some fun. My reasons for leaving are the Odyssey situation and a few policy issues, it is a great club and I wish them every success but I can’t help being such a perfectionist which isn’t a bad thing.
“My decision to leave is nothing to do with Dominic and I hope one day I will work with him again.”