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Former Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks is bringing his festive tale ‘The Gritterman’ to the Union Chapel

Lisa Wright

Swapping guitars and tour buses for paper and pens, Orlando Weeks – former frontman of indie faves The Maccabees – spent the months following the band’s split last summer unveiling his first book ‘The Gritterman’. It’s an illustrated, impossibly heartwarming tale of an elderly gentleman on his last day of work, set to an equally tearjerking soundtrack.

Last December the singer debuted the project live at the Union Chapel, complete with a choir, Paul Whitehouse on narration duties and enough festive spirit to shatter the Scroogiest of hearts.

That night sold out in mere moments but now, in Christmas tradition, the singer comes bearing gifts in the form of some Christmas 2018 shows.

Returning to the Union Chapel on December 10 and 11, Weeks and his pals will be crafting some more sentimental magic and justifying the many reviews that have compared ‘The Gritterman’ to Raymond Briggs’ original illustrated festive classic ‘The Snowman’.

Yeah it’s only September, but trust us – this one’s worth planning early for.

Tickets for ‘The Gritterman: Live’ go on sale at 9am on Friday September 28 from here.

Can’t wait that long? Check out the best gigs happening in London this October.

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