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FANS of the King of Pop Michael Jackson are invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his seminal album Bad this weekend.
In tribute to the superstar, a party will be held for fans from across the country in Sleaford on Saturday, September 29, from 7pm until 11pm.
The Michael Jackson UK FanFest will include music, films, a Jacko karaoke, quizzes and a celebratory cake inspired by Bad.
It will also be a chance for fans to don their own glittering gloves and black loafers and meet with like-minded people all touched and inspired by his music.
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Entry requires a £5 donation to one of the singer's favourite charities, the Great Ormond Street Hospital through www.justgiving.co.uk.
When the donation has been made, forward the confirmation e-mail to mjukfan email@example.com and the location will be revealed.
Emma Fairfield, 38, co-founder of the fan-fest, said that Michael Jackson's music taught many important messages still relevant today.
She said: "I remember when I was 12 my dad used to have the gatefold LP of Thriller and on the inside Michael was laid down with a baby tiger.
"I used to just sit with that album in my hands.
"But I really got into him when Bad was released. I was an impressionable teenager when I first heard Man in the Mirror and it was a really momentous song – it changed my life. To me though, it's all about the messages that are in his songs. If you actually listen to them, you can use them to teach really important values.
"For example, Dirty Diana tells us to be faithful and not to have two partners at once, while Earth Song teaches us that we should recycle and look after the earth.
"So many of his songs have these really deep messages to try and encourage us to heal the world and make it a better place, which is all Michael wanted."
The Michael Jackson UK FanFest debuted in Sleaford last year to celebrate the singer's 53rd birthday.
The event raised more than £200 for Great Ormond Street Hospital and a toy drive was held for children at the hospital. The toy drive will return this year and guests are asked to bring donations new and old, which will again be given to Great Ormond Street.
Jacob Cheetham, 21, a lifelong Michael Jackson fan from Ruskington, said: "Bad is the album which elevated Michael Jackson from a pop star into a pop deity.
"His voice had evolved from that of a fragile star into a sexual and aggressive instrument. Each song on this album is perfection.
"It's absolutely the definitive Jackson album – a true genius at his artistic peak."
For more information, contact Mrs Fairfield on 0844 848 6655 or e-mail mjukfan firstname.lastname@example.org