Third Annual Europe’s Tribute to Elvis Festival Scheduled for July 2015

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Third Annual Europe’s Tribute to Elvis Festival Scheduled for July 2015

European Elvis fans are in for an amazing experience at the third annual Europe's Tribute to Elvis Festival.

This year's event will be July 3-5, 2015 in Blackpool, Lancanshire, England, at the world famous Winter Gardens. 

Produced by Tees Events Ltd., and officially licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., the festival includes an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist preliminary contest, and the winner will represent the festival in the semifinals in Memphis during Elvis Week 2015. Four celebrity judges will choose the winner.

Other events include performances by the Blackwood Quartet and the Sweet Inspirations, as well as "Conversations on Elvis," which gives fans inside stories on Elvis. Europe's Tribute to Elvis Festival also includes Elvis-themed shows, special guests, merchandise, after-show private parties, raffles and much more.

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Guest judges include:

Charles Stone: As the tour producer for Elvis Presley throughout the 1970's, Charles Stone had the rare opportunity to be closely associated with Elvis Presley. Charles flew with Elvis and his associates on Elvis' personal plane, The Lisa Marie, from city to city each time Elvis went on tour. Being in the unique position of travelling with Elvis and also managing the personal details of each tour, Charles experienced daily life in Elvis' world and also developed a close working relationship and close friendship with Colonel Parker and the entire TCB gang.

Sam Thompson: In November 1972, Sam Thompson was introduced to Elvis Presley by his sister, Linda Thompson. An officer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at the time, Elvis and Sam fast became friends. In July 1976, Sam went to work full time for Elvis, as his personal bodyguard and tour advance man, providing security for Elvis on all the road tours, including hotel and airport security.

Suzi Quatro: Between 1973 and 1980, Suzi Quatro featured in the British charts for no less than 101 weeks, and has sold over 55 million records to date with hits including "48 Crash," "Too Big," "Devil Gate Drive," "Daytona Demon," "The Wild One," "She’s In Love With You" and "Mama’s Boy," to name but a few. Today, Suzi can be heard on BBC Radio 2 where she has hosted her own weekly programs since 1999. She has also produced many documentaries, including one on the king himself - Elvis Presley.

Anne Helm: One of her favorite acting roles was co-starring with Elvis Presley in "Follow That Dream." Her last show was in the late eighties when she co-starred with John Lithgow in Stephan Spielberg’s television series, Amazing Stories titled, "The Doll."

Special guests include:

The Sweet Inspirations: From the Queen of Soul to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, The Sweet Inspirations have provided the background vocals on more platinum singles than any other group. Unsurpassed in the industry, they were the most sought after background vocalists by producers to inspire their artists to do their best work. In addition to their work on some of Aretha Franklin's greatest recordings in the late 60's (including "Son of a Preacher Man"), their numerous recordings and live performances with Elvis Presley (from 1969-1977), their work with Jimi Hendrix (on his "Electric Ladyland" recordings), to their work on most of Dionne Warwick's recordings produced by Burt Bacharach (including "Say a Little Prayer") The Sweet Inspirations are a legendary force in the record industry with many of their own hits.

The Blackwood Quartet: The Blackwood Family is the first family in their field of music, winning over 8 Grammy Awards, 27 Dove Awards and having sold over 60 million albums. They have performed in over 47 countries, and have been inducted into the Nashville Music Hall of Fame. Millions were privileged to hear The Blackwood Brothers sing in the Johnny Cash biopic, "I Walk the Line."

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 10:22 AM
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