Gordon Hendricks as Elvis, Birdcage, Manchester

There is something about Elvis, more than any other star, that lends him to tribute acts. And Gordon Hendricks, a former Stars In Their Eyes winner is one of those lucky few who can make a career out of impersonating the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

The Birdcage aspires to offer a Las Vegas style experience and largely succeeds, although the bar is a bit workings men’s club: slow service to find only cooking lager on draft and a very poor slection of bottled beers. I went on the Gin & Tonic. Carved out of the side of the Arndale and facing the Printworks, it’s neither as big as it looks from the outside – we were almost sat on the stage – nor as tacky. I could easily be persuaded to try the Birdcage out on a Friday or Saturday night.

Gordon Hendricks treated us to two sets, of which the second was probably the best, but was a little marred by sound problems. It seems Elvis was a little too loud for the Birdcage and as a result we suffered some distortion and a little feedback. You wouldn’t get that in Las Vegas, but if you’re lucky you will find Gordon Hendricks.


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