Four dads whose daughters were devastated after a Little Mix concert was cancelled dressed up as the group – to recreate the gig for them.
Simon Harvey, 45, Andy Moody, 49, Dan La Borde, 37, and Matt Clarkson, 34, were due to take their eight-year-olds to see the group last Friday (July 3).
But to help them get over the disappointment they formed their unique tribute act ‘Little Dad’s Mix’ with each taking on a role within the group.
They donned the trademark skimpy outfits, wigs, tights and make-up, learnt the song lyrics and dance routines.
And after two nights of performances showed their stunned kids a video of their efforts.
Their exploits have since gone viral with more than 100,000 already witnessing their show on social media.
Andy said they were keen not to let the children down and they wanted to do something to make them laugh.
And he said the dads, all from Truro, Cornwall, enjoyed it so much they were open to offers if anyone wanted them to reunite.
He said: “It went down very well and definitely helped to cheer them up.
“But we’ve also had to promise to take them to the real thing when Little Mix starts touring again.”
The video begins with the group stating: “Dear kids,
“Tonight we should have been watching Little Mix in Plymouth. Sadly due to coronavirus that has not been possible but don’t worry, we got in touch with this amazing stand in girl group who are going to perform for you.
“We give you LittleDadsMix.”
The reaction from the children Lily-Mae, Ethel, Rose and Riley, all eight, were also filmed as they “rolled on the floor” laughing.
Andy added: “The kids are all best friends from school and like most eight-year-olds love singing and dancing.
“When Little Mix were coming to Plymouth we managed to get hold of tickets for them and they were buzzing. But it got cancelled due to the virus and in a parents group chat I photo-shopped our faces onto the band as a joke about how we should tell them.
“We said if Little Mix can’t do it, then Little Dad Mix will have to do. We then all dressed up with make-up and everything to make the video.
“It all started as a kind of joke, but we just ran with it.”
The dads spent three hours on the first performance before realising it had not recorded, so had to do it all again the following evening.
Andy added: “The show went well and we got the outfits and make up and were all looking good.
“We spent three hours recording the performance until we realised it had not worked and had to do it again the next night. So we got the dresses back out and did it again.
“We put it online on Friday and did not tell the kids. As it was the night they should have been going we just said we would dance with some Little Mix songs and there might be surprise or two.
“There were some confused looks when we popped up, but we filmed their reactions when they released it was their dads in make-up. They found it hilarious and just fell about laughing.
“It is absolutely incredible how many views it has got. It is well over 100,000 already.
“It was all a bit of a mash-up but we had a bit of a dance routine for the chorus. We spent three hours practising and learnt most of the lyrics, but it was a bit of a freestyle and we did it one line at a time.
“But it was a basic rule of keep moving if you get stuck do some turns.”
In terms of their own exposure, Andy says no offers for a gig as a Little Mix tribute band have come in yet but he said they were “open to offers.”
But with a lack of offers Andy, a builder, Matt, a dry liner, Dan, a teacher, and Simon, a freelance theatre director, have had to return to their day jobs.
Andy added: “We are up for reforming if the right offer comes in. But it is amazing how many people have seen it now. It’s typical that our 15 minutes of fame is dressed up as a girl group with make-up though.
“The reason we did it though was to put a smile back on four very disappointed young Little Mix fans. And with Little Dad’s Mix I hope we have done that.”