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Parkes Elvis Festival Announces 2019 Program

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Parkes Elvis Festival Announces 2019 Program

September 12, 2018

Tickets on sale now

Well’a, bless my soul, let’s get ready to rock ’n’ roll — Parkes Elvis Festival is back! From Wednesday, January 9  — Sunday, January 13, 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 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival program is filled to the brim with more than 150 unique Elvis-themed events that are sure to get you all shook up. 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 revelers 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! 

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 1960s; My Way – A Journey Through the 70s; and All Shook Up – The King at His Best, showcasing Elvis’ greatest hits. 

New to the program are a range of exciting workshops for young and old. Don your favourite Hawaiian shirt and strum your way through classics like "Can’t Help Falling in Love" at the Ukulele Workshops, held on Thursday and Friday. Mini-Elvises can have all sorts of fun at the Kids Talent Workshops on Friday, hosted by the original yellow Wiggle and all-around Elvis fanatic, Greg Page.  

The beloved Mark Andrew, and special guests, returns to Parkes Elvis Festival with his Legends’ Show, on Friday. On Saturday is the Tribute to Phil Emmanuel, who passed in mid-2018, but whose rich history in Parkes and overall music contributions had him honoured on the Elvis Wall of Fame at the 2018 Festival. 

Kicking off the festival is the all new All Shook Up Special — a tribute to the Million Dollar Quartet, featuring Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis, Anthony Petrucci as Elvis Presley, Daniel Thompson as Johnny Cash and Brad Bergen as Carl Perkins. 

The regional train service, the Blue Suede Express, will return with the Elvis Express this year, featuring the luxury heritage passenger train, the Blue Zephyr and plenty of onboard entertainment. The 2019 Miss Priscilla Dinner on Thursday will feature a special performance by Elvis tribute artist, Jack Gatto, and will see the crowning of the 2019 Miss Priscilla. 

The 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival will see the country’s best up and coming Elvis Tribute Artists converge on NSW’s Central West for five days of incredible live music. The preliminary round of the international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest also returns in 2019, with leading Elvis tribute artists from Australia and abroad battling it out at Parkes Leagues Club. Officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc, the winner will represent Parkes in the Semifinal round of the 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, USA, during Elvis Week in August. 

Tickets to all Parkes Elvis Festival shows, across the many venues in the city, will be available to purchase online, making booking your entire five day Elvis extravaganza a breeze.

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