Parkes Elvis Festival Celebrates 25 Years of Hip-Swiveling Fun

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Parkes Elvis Festival Celebrates 25 Years of Hip-Swiveling Fun

Jumpsuits are being preened and rhinestones polished as more than 22,000 people prepare to shake, rattle and roll their way to the regional Australian town of Parkes for a five day Elvis extravaganza. From January 11-15, 2017, Parkes Elvis Festival returns, celebrating its 25th birthday with the biggest Viva Las Vegas party Australia has ever seen! 

What started as a small get together between likeminded Elvis fans back in 1993 has today grown into an internationally renowned event authorized by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc./Graceland. 

Announced today, the 2017 Parkes Elvis Festival program is jam-packed with more than 120 events, including the headline Feature Concert Series, Elvis Gospel Service, the Northparkes Mines Street Parade, nonstop free entertainment in Cooke Park, the ever-popular Renewal of Vows, Goodsell Machinery Miss Priscilla Dinner, competitions, busking, dancing, and much more!


The theme for the 2017 event is the 1964 Elvis film "Viva Las Vegas." Think hot rods, neon lights, rhinestones and feathered showgirls as one of NSW’s most vibrant regional communities transforms into a glittering paradise to celebrate their special milestone year. 


Festival Director Cathy Treasure said, “To have reached 25 years is a huge achievement for the festival. The entire Parkes community has supported this event from the very beginning, helping us grow into the leading celebration of the life of Elvis Presley in Australia. Bob and Anne Steel, our festival founders, are still an integral part of the Festival to this day, which just goes to show a love of Elvis never dies. We’ve got all the festival’s favorite events returning plus we'll be hosting a 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner to mark our special milestone. Festival friends Mark Andrew and Greg Page will be part of the entertainment at this one-off event."


Tickets are now on sale to all events including the double-header 2017 Feature Concert Series featuring not one, but two leading Elvis tribute artists, Jake Rowley from the U.S., and the U.K’s Pete Storm. Both are set to perform four high-octane shows at Parkes Leagues Club, showcasing the best of The King's back catalog of classics.


Returning for a second year, Parkes Elvis Festival will stage a preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Leading Elvis tribute artists from Australia and abroad will battle it out for the chance to represent Parkes during the semifinal round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, USA, during Graceland’s Elvis Week next August. 

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EVENT NAME: Parkes Elvis Festival

DATES: January11-15, 2017 

THEME: Celebrating 25 years with a "Viva Las Vegas" theme 


LOCATION: Parkes, NSW, Australia

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