MICHAEL Jackson fans are set to be wowed when the show hailed by UK fans as the ultimate tribute to the King of Pop heads to Malvern, in the new Year.

And the event will mark the tenth anniversary year since Jackson planned his “This is it” shows at the O2, but died before he could tip his Fedora at the audience and moon walk.

The live show Michael, starring Ben Bowman, visits Malvern’s Forum Theatre on Friday February 22.

A spokesman said: “Next year marks ten years since the death of Michael Jackson and Ben Bowman is embarking on a UK tour with more than 40 dates celebrating the life and work of arguably one of the most popular and influential entertainers in the world.

“Ben, who not only looks and sounds like Michael Jackson, has honed his routine so impeccably that audiences believe they are watching their hero.”

Ben was just eight-years-old when he saw his musical hero live in concert.

The spokesman added: “Already a devoted fan, the experience was to seal his fate as he embarked on a life-long career as a tribute artist to the star.

“Some 25 years later, Ben has been in demand across the world for his shows which have been hailed as the most exciting tribute of the King of Pop to have ever toured UK theatres. With an incredible live band, stunning costumes, iconic dance routines and of course, the inimitable Ben, the show delivers the most authentic, lively and powerful re-creation of the iconic superstar that audiences will see anywhere.

Speaking about the show and his hero, Ben said: “I was always enchanted by how people reacted to Michael, the way they screamed and became hysterical. I love that we, as a team, are able to provoke that kind of reaction from a crowd. I love the screaming crying girls! They’re my favourite!”

Tickets are on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com