Rock n roll lovers need to block your diary out now for the 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival. Five full days of Elvis-loving fun begins Wednesday 9 January until Sunday 3 January 2019. There will be over 26,000 people shaking, rattling and rolling into Parkes, to celebrate the biggest tribute in the Southern Hemisphere.
The program is jampacked with over 150 Elvis-themed events - such as 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 line up of brand new acts to keep the party rockin and rollin all day and late into the night.
Each year, there is an Elvis theme and the title for the 2019 festival will be All Shook Up, celebrating Elvis' iconic song and all things '50s. Released in March 1957.
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!"
Tickets are on sale now to all events, including the 2019 Feature Concert Series, featuring U.S. 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.
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.
Workshops are new this year. Learn to play the classics like Can't Help Falling in Love at the Ukulele Workshops, held on Thursday and Friday. Mini-Elvis fans can show off their talent at the Kids Talent Workshops on Friday, hosted by the original yellow Wiggle and all-around Elvis fanatic, Greg Page.