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Wednesday 17 November 2021

Elvis Festival brings Memphis to regional Australia

There's a whole lot of shakin' going on. 

The reason: the Elvises are back in the building. 

Motors are revving in Central West New South Wales with the Parkes Elvis Festival set to return on April 202-24 with a program jam-packed with rockin’ n’ rollin’ fun.

It's now or never for bookings, so forget your suspicious minds and grab your blue suede shoes. 
The itinerary boasts over 200 Elvis and speedway-inspired events, including much-loved festival favourites Northparkes Mines Street Parade, a Renewal of Vows Ceremony, Goodsell Machinery Miss Priscilla Dinner, the free Cooke Park Main Stage Entertainment and an Elvis Gospel Service.

The Festival will host new events, including a speedway exhibit of rare and classic race cars, meet-and-greet racing stars and virtual reality simulators. 

A Pin-Up Pageant will be hosted over three days of the Festival for rockabilly and vintage fashion lovers. 

For the theatrical, Sons of Sun is a wild rock 'n' roll play about Sun Records, Memphis, featuring songs from Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison.

And for the first time, fans will enjoy four days of free entertainment from the impressive new performance stage at Cooke Park.

Having started as a small get-together between like-minded Elvis fans in 1993, the festival has grown into a phenomenon, attracting over 24,000 fans.

This year’s Festival theme is Speedway, dedicated to Elvis’ 1968 musical hit about a race car driver with a heart of gold. 

Festival attendees are encouraged to dress in theme. Think go-go dancing girls, overalls, racing suits and red, white and blue. Top Australian tribute artist Mark Anthony will also stage a one-off special Speedway Show to celebrate the festival theme.

Festival director Cathy Treasure said: “The festival is so excited to return next year, bigger and better than ever with a huge program of activities. 

"Although we can’t celebrate on Elvis’ birthday like we normally do, we’re planning a big party regardless and look forward to sharing this iconic festival experience with locals and visitors coming to Parkes.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the NSW Regional Events Acceleration Fund will help next year’s Parkes Elvis Festival deliver a bigger program of events.

“The multi-award-winning Parkes Elvis Festival will attract huge crowds of locals and visitors across five fabulous fun-filled days,” Toole said.

“The NSW Government is proud to support this event through Destination NSW, our tourism and major events agency. This event will provide a significant injection into the local visitor economy by attracting music lovers to the region from all over the country.

“We are delighted to be back in business, celebrating such an exciting festival with the people of Parkes, after a challenging time for regional NSW. Events like this are vital to the recovery of our regions.”

Tickets to all events are on sale now, including the Feature Concert Series which will see the USA’s 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion, Taylor Rodriguez, make his Australian debut with four shows performed across the festival. 

Country singer Adam Harvey joins the festival line-up for Elvis Country Special, performing a tribute to Elvis’ many country music hits.

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