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Australia's Parkes Elvis Festival Celebrates the King

January 05, 2018

The final countdown to the Parkes Elvis Festival is on, with the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest tribute to the king grooving into Parkes from January 10-14, 2018.

Expect a program full to the brim of non-stop entertainment, competitions, dancing and loads of black leather for this year’s festival theme ’68 Comeback Special, in celebration of 50 years since the king appeared on television in a special unplugged style performance that helped re-launch him back into the music industry.

Highlights include:

  • There’s no mystery that this year’s new train service, the Blue Suede Express, will join the Elvis Express train and make the journey into the Festival an experience for the ages with colourful characters and plenty of on-board entertainment. (Thursday, January 11, 2018).

  • The 2018 Feature Concert Series will feature for the first time in Australia, multi-award winning UK Elvis tribute artist Ben Thompson, showcasing the King’s greatest hits. (Thursday, January 11 - Sunday, January 14, 2018).

  • The 2018 Miss Priscilla Dinner will feature a special performance by Parkes 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner Jack Gatto, and will see the crowning of the 2018 Miss Priscilla. (Thursday, January 11, 2018).

  • Stay up late for the Midnight Show at Parkes Leagues Club. Tribute Artist Nic Nicolas  promises an action packed show with precision moves, amazing vocal ability and charisma, to ensure festival-goers are rockin’ round the clock ‘til the early morning. (Friday, January 12, 2018).

  • Don’t miss all the action happening in 2018’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest! The heats will go down on the Friday with the top eight continuing to the finals. The winner will go on to represent Parkes in the semi-final round of the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist in Memphis during Elvis Week, August 2018. (Heats: Friday, January 12, 2018 – Finals: Saturday, January 13, 2018).

  • Join a panel of Elvis-experts including Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Andrew, esteemed musical journalist Glenn A. Baker, and Louisiana native, Bernard Pearce for the Festivals inaugural Music Symposium: The Musical Landscape That Inspired a Young Elvis. (Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4-5pm).

  • The Northparkes Mines Street Parade will host a parade full of Elvis-themed floats, Elvis and Priscilla look-a-likes, vintage and classic cars and motorbikes and marching bands, a highlight every year for the Parkes Elvis Festival (Saturday, January 13, 018).

  • Sunday in the park is jam packed with entertainment, with the Elvis Gospel Service a celebration of all gospel music beloved by the King first up, followed by a Renewal of Vows Ceremony where you’ll witness couples rekindle their love before an Elvis celebrant (Sunday, January 14, 2018).

With a program that has something for everyone, the 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival is one internationally renowned phenomenon not to be missed.

For all programming and ticketing information, visit www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au.

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