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We have one heck of an exciting and busy week ahead with very special events lined up on Friday and Sunday:
Friday Night is Elvis night as we screen the new film from Jeanie Finlay: ORION The Man Who Would Be King (replete with a Viva Las Vegas cabaret dinner).

And on Sunday we host the returning, charming and exceedingly good French for Rabbits...
Live at the Waiting Room on Sunday 4th October
French For Rabbits + Grawlixes + James Gray Robson


From the remote natural setting of Waikuku Beach, on New Zealand’s South Island, come French For Rabbits. Vocalist Brooke Singer expresses intimate narratives against the cast of the damp colonial cold; her voice delicately steeled against winsome guitar lines, and the eerie instrumentation of her bandmates. It’s a weather-beaten dreamscape, nostalgic for warmth and hopefully lilting towards sunnier climes.

Debut LP Spirits was released in 2014, and was met with universal acclaim. ‘French For Rabbits occupy the space where gently sighing lullabies and otherworldly post-rock overlap’, wrote New York hipsters Stereogum. ‘Spirits, the band’s debut full-length, is a fully-formed vision come to life. It’s tender and intimate yet ambitious as the sky is wide’. The release coincided with an extensive tour in Autumn 2014, where French for Rabbits opened for Danish chanteuse Agnes Obel in some of the most beautiful concert halls through Europe.

Support comes from fellow New Zealanders Grawlixes; a folk-pop duo consisting of Penelope Esplin (accordion, vocals) and Robin Cederman (guitar, vocals). Formed in 2013 after being approached to play a series of open mics, Robin and Penelope quickly began to write together to develop their modest repertoire: ‘At first we had only two songs, and those songs were played in our other bands!’ Since then Grawlixes has become an exciting new addition to Dunedin’s burgeoning music scene, and their debut album is set for release in 2015.

And it’s a welcome Waiting Room debut for James Gray Robson… formerly of folk-poppers Vito, but now going it alone with a charming combination of acoustic folk and old country soul; alongside a love of beats and dub bass that combine to form the perfect backdrop for his trademark soaring vocals.

Have a listen...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mifr_fvHhSA
Tickets only £6 from... 
http://thewaitingroom.uk/events/french-for-rabbits-grawlixes/

ORION: The Man Who Would Be King (Directors Screening)

Director Jeanie Finlay introduces her new film, together with Elvis-themed dinner and karaoke!

Friday 2nd October, 7:00pm - 11:55pm

TICKETS 

We’re beyond excited to be staging the Teesside premiere of ORION: The Man Who Would Be King, the new feature length documentary by director Jeanie Finlay – of  Sound it Out and The Great Hip Hop Hoax fame.

ORION tells the story of Jimmy Ellis , an unknown singer plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis… back from the grave.

With an outlandish fictional identity torn from the pages of the novel Orionby Gail Brewer Giorgio, the backing of the legendary birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll Sun Records, and a voice that seemed to be the very twin of Presley’s himself, the scheme – concocted in the months after Presley’s death – exploded into a cult success and the ‘Elvis is alive’ myth was begun.

Borne by his incredible voice, Jimmy – as the masked and rhinestoned Orion – gained the success he’d always craved, the women he always desired and the adoration of screaming masses, but it wasn’t enough…

Orion proves that fact is indeed ‘stranger than fiction’. This is the story behind that story. Who was that masked man?

Jeanie will be with us in person – in jumpsuit and sequinned mask, we hope – to introduce the film, and that’s just the beginning…

To celebrate, and to accompany the screening, we’re also putting on a Viva Las Vegas Dinner (expect cheeseburgers, and peanut butter and banana sandwich cake aplenty) before decending into a no-holds-barred Elvis Karaoke.

Tickets are an all-inclusive £20 (plus booking fee) for the film, the food and the karaoke, so come and join us and – hey – get All Shook Up.

“A must watch” – Rolling Stone

“Catchy and engaging… A vivid whirl” – Variety

“Elusive and haunting” ★★★★ – Little White Lies

“A pop-cultural parable… Faust gone Nashville” – Sight and Sound

★★★★ Radio Times

“A gold-record documentary” ★★★★ – Movie Buzzers

★★★★ The Upcoming

“Fascinating… a must see” – The Wrap

“A story that’s just too good to be true” – The Moveable Fest

Preview
And today we're going to join The Big Dig at Preston Park Walled Garden, before planning what to cook for The Walled Garden Feast at the park on Sunday afternoon.

Here's our current menu - looking, smeeling, tasting gorgeous: http://thewaitingroom.uk/menu/ 

See you soon.

P.S. CLEANER WANTED
We're after a new cleaner to work 12 hours per week, including 6 hours on a Monday when we're closed. Please email hello@thewaitingroom.uk

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