Village to pay tribute to George Michael at sell-out birthday gig

A concert planned to mark what would have been George Michael’s 54th birthday is a sell-out.

The George Michael Tribute Band will be formed specially to celebrate the life of the singer, who died on Christmas Day, aged 53.

Last week police confirmed the investigation into Mr Michael’s death had “concluded” after Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said the musician had died from natural causes.

In a statement Mr Salter said: “Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.

“As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further inquiries.”

In memory of the Wham! star, David Wright, part of a The Bootleg Bee Gees tribute act, has organised the concert.

Taking place in his home village of Goring, at the village hall, on Sunday, June 25, what would have been Mr Michael’s 54th birthday, the event will raise money for charity Childline.

Tickets sold out within a fortnight.

Posting on social networking site Facebook, he said: “The George Michael Tribute Band formed specially to celebrate the music of the late, great George with a charity concert on what would have been his 54th birthday in his home village, at Goring Village Hall.

“You Have Been Loved: Celebrating the life & music of George Michael concert on Sunday 25 June at Goring Village Hall is now sold out!

“Many thanks to everyone who bought a ticket, we’ll celebrate the magic of George and raise money for Childline.

“As George would say, you’re all ‘AMAZING!’”

Goring Parish Council is looking to create a permanent memorial to George Michael and is currently consulting on what would be appropriate.

Parish council chairman Kevin Bulmer said that the consultation is “ongoing” and it is unclear how long it would take to erect a memorial but that they would not rush the process.

Since his death fans have travelled from across the globe to lay flowers, candles and other memorabilia at his home off Goring High Street.

After his death it was revealed Mr Michael had donated millions to charities and good causes, including Childline, the Terrence Higgins Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.