Elvis will be alive in Hackney E2

“There’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis,” sang Kirsty MacColl.

The singer-songwriter MacColl (1959-2000) is no longer with us but in a way her words have come true: a guy who sings Elvis is performing down the Agra tandoori house one night early next month.

Actually, he doesn’t say he’s even an El impersonator, more of a tribute artist. Sal emails Loving Dalston to clarify: “I bring my own personality while portraying Elvis in a totally dignified manner. I am a lifelong Elvis fan.”

It’s probably not wise to examine too closely the link between “a totally dignified manner” and the life, doings and death of Elvis Aaron Presley (1935-1977); best just to say that for £15 you can get a glass of something sparkly and a three-course meal while you digest one of Sal’s two shows, between 8pm and 11pm.

* Elvis tribute, Agra Tandoori, 277 Hackney Road. Shoreditch, London E2 8NA (50m west of Hackney City Farm), Thurs 3 Feb 2011. Restaurant says it can seat 80 for the shows.

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