An award-winning Elvis impersonator is hip-swivelling his way to town – and you could see the show for free.
A Vision of Elvis is coming to the Customs House, in South Shields, on Thursday.
Rob Kingsley will be taking to the stage at the Mill Dam venue to perform The King’s hits.
He said: “I’ve been to the Customs House before but it was years ago so I’m looking forward to coming back.
“It was a great atmosphere and the people up north are always lovely and up for a good night out – it’s a good crowd up there.”
Rob has been working as an Elvis impersonator since 2008. He said: “I was in the army but had to leave because of a knee injury. I was on holiday in Cyprus and got up to sing on the karaoke in a bar and the owner asked me to be his Elvis. I ended up being there for two years.
I was on holiday in Cyprus and got up to sing on the karaoke in a bar and the owner asked me to be his Elvis. I ended up being there for two years.Rob Kingsley
“I like giving people an idea of what it would have been like to see the man himself in concert. It’s my interpretation though and I’m not trying to be Elvis, just to give people a good night out.
“Elvis’ music is timeless and songs like Suspicious Minds, even though I probably hear it every day, still make a big impact.
“There are about 40 songs in the show all together and we try to do all the hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s, and some of the lesser known songs as well to get people to go away and listen through his back catalogue a bit more.”
He added: “When I first started impersonating Elvis I entered a European championship and won – there must have been over 100 Elvises there.
“I decided to stop competing after that though and just enjoy performing. Elvis has a huge appeal and I get people of all ages coming along to my gigs. I’ve had kids as young as three and women aged 100 who come along and still get up and have a dance.”
Tickets for the 7.45pm show cost £18 with a £17 concession. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 454 1234.
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