Elvis Presley and Star Wars – you would not think the two have much in common.
But for one north-east band, the pair work in perfect harmony.
Darth Elvis & The Imperials is an Aberdeen-based Star Wars-themed Elvis tribute band that has taken the UK by storm.
Founded almost a decade ago, the group play countless weddings, conventions and gigs across the UK every year, and have become big names in the sci-fi fandom world.
Now the troupe are getting set to appear in a new documentary celebrating the biggest and best Star Wars fans to coincide with the release of the next film in the franchise.
A TV crew will visit Aberdeen from London next week to watch the band play – and lead singer, Greig Robertson, is urging locals to get involved.
Mr Robertson is an IT project manager at legal firm Aberdein Considine by day.
But by night, he dons a Jedi Cape and takes to the stage as DarthElvis to perform self-styled hits like ‘That’s Alright Jabba’ and ‘You Ain’t Nothing But A Nerf Herder’.
Mr Robertson has been singing in bands since the age of 15, and in 2006 decided to merge two passions in his life – The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll with one of the greatest film series of all time.
“Elvis died and Star Wars was released in the same year – 1977,” he explained.
“So I say he didn’t die, he turned to the Darkside of the Force and ever since he has been playing music venues.
“It’s a bit different, but our fanbase is getting bigger and bigger. It’s really taken off.
“One couple asked us to play at their wedding down south. They said they weren’t big fans of Elvis or Star Wars, but they loved what we do.”
Earlier this year, Channel 5 launched a search for people to star in a documentary on Star Wars fandom in time for the upcoming release of Episode VII – The Force Awakens in December.
The band was suggested to producers, who were keen to have them featured.
“We were delighted to be chosen. We’ve been getting really good feedback,” said Mr Robertson.
The band had no imminent gigs lined up, so have organised a “last minute” free performance for the cameras.
It will take place at Downstairs on Holburn Street on Tuesday from 7.30pm, with the band onstage at 9pm.
Mr Robertson urged people to come along to give producers the ultimate atmosphere.
“The gig has been organised last minute as we had none lined up,” he said.
“The film crews are planning on coming along beforehand to watch us rehearse and get into make up.
“Then we want them to see the reaction the band usually gets.”