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All Shook Up! Elvis Festival gets 3 more years support

September 18, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Well’a, bless my soul, let’s get ready to rock’n’roll – Parkes Elvis Festival is back, filled to the brim with more than 150 Elvis-themed events and with three more years of NSW government support guaranteed.

From Wednesday 9 January to Sunday 13 January 2019, over 26,000 people will shake, rattle and roll into Parkes, NSW for the biggest tribute to The King in the Southern Hemisphere.

The program includes much loved events; the headline Feature Concert Series, Northparkes Mines Street Parade, Renewal of Vows Ceremony, free ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage Entertainment, Elvis Gospel Service, as well as a host of new programming designed to get revellers on their feet and shaking their hips.

Starting out as a small get together between like-minded Elvis fans in 1993, the Festival has grown today into an international renowned phenomenon, endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

This year’s Festival theme is All Shook Up, celebrating Elvis’ iconic song and all things ’50s. Released in March 1957, All Shook Up quickly topped several American charts and became certified double-platinum and an instant jukebox hit. Dust off the pompadour wigs, shine those blue suede shoes, and get ready to rock and roll at this celebration of all things ’50s!

Festival Director, Cathy Treasure said, “The Festival is back for another year of fun as we celebrate Elvis’ iconic single, All Shook Up, and all things ‘50s. All the Festival favourites are back, along with some great new highlights, family focused activities, special performances from world-renowned Elvis tribute artists and more!”

Parkes hails The King

In Parkes to help launch the 2019 program, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said the festival wasn’t just an event for Parkes, but has grown significantly, grabbing the attention of visitors from across Australia and the globe.

“The Parkes Elvis Festival is today recognised as one of the world’s largest Elvis Presley tribute events and it’s staged right here in beautiful regional NSW,” Barilaro said.

“As a major highlight on the NSW Events Calendar, the NSW Government is proud to be continuing our support for the Festival for a further three years through Destination NSW, the State’s tourism and major events agency.

“From 2019 until 2021 the Parkes Elvis Festival is expected to inject more than AUD 30 million into local hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions, helping to turbocharge the local economy and create more jobs.”

Elvis spectacular

Tickets are on sale now to all events, including the 2019 Feature Concert Series, featuring US Elvis tribute artist, Ted Torres Martin. Across four high-energy concerts at Parkes Leagues Club, Ted will recreate the performances that cemented Elvis as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, all the while being backed by a dynamic, eight-piece band. In addition, Ted will appear at the Parkes Elvis Festival Street Parade, Gospel Service and Renewal of Vows Ceremony.

Leaping Elvises in Parkes

Performances in the Feature Concert Series include, The Hill Billy Cat – The Making of a King, featuring hits of the ‘50; If I Can Dream – The Greatest Comeback of All Time, with hits from the 1960’s; My Way – A Journey Through the 70s; and All Shook Up – The King at His Best, showcasing Elvis’ greatest hits.

Parkes Elvis Festival is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Edited by Peter Needham

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