What To Expect From Elvis Festival In Australia?
Throughout the last few decades, a great deal of music legends has come and gone. Some faded into obscurity, leaving only their contribution to music a sign they were here. Others continue to live on, immortalized in the music that blasts through speakers and the clothes that people wear in memory of those legends.
One of the biggest legends in music is Elvis Presley, also known by the nickname ‘King of rock-n-roll.’ Most people who listen to any sort of rock or other genre inspired by it will know the name. The younger generation might be unfamiliar with his music and who he was.
A Little History
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8th in 1935. He began his music career relatively early, getting into the industry just as he got into high school around 1954. Along with the help of producer and owner of Sun Records, Sam Philips, Presley was able to bring a uniquely blended sound to rock music.
Before his death in 1977 at the age of 42, Presley had touched on many genres. He had success in blue and gospel, country, and even pop. He received three Grammy Awards and is an inductee in various halls of fame related to music.
A Festival to Remember
There are a great deal of music festivals that either had their one day of fame or others that continue to be held at least once a year. Those particular festivals are dedicated to a number of artists and a variety of musical genres. But few festivals ever give tribute to a single artist and the lessons they gave to the whole music scene.
In Australia, the King of Rock, Elvis Presley, gets the ultimate tribute at the very beginning of every year. Held every year for nearly three decades now, the Parkes Elvis festival takes place the second week of every January for a full five days.
The festival’s own website says, “Recognized as one of the top three Festivals and Events in Australia, the Festival attracts over 26,500 fans, both nationally and internationally, having a global reach of more than 200 million with exposure in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia.”
The city of the park is home to only about 12,000 people and is a little over 200 miles westward from the metropolis of Sydney.
The Parkes Elvis Festival is so large now that they were able to host more than 200 events across the five days.
History of the Festival
The very first festival was relatively small. Held in 1993, less than 400 people had attended. 2006 saw about 5,000 people in attendance to that year’s Parkes Elvis Festival. In the years following, numbers steadily increasing eventually becoming so large, the people in attendants outnumbered the people who lived in town.
Because of his wide portfolio of music, those who’ve arrive to celebrate by getting in line with the year’s theme.
The 2019 Theme
Starting on January 7th this year, the theme for this year’s festival was All Shook Up. Having spent nearly nine weeks on Billboard’s Top 100 singles, it makes sense that this would be a person’s go-to classic for dancing.
Everything this year was 50s era inspired thanks to the theme chosen for the 2019 festival.
Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Suzy Quatro are just some of the names that have covered one of Elvis’ most popular songs.
What the Experience is like
For even the biggest fans of Elvis, the long five-day festival can be overwhelming. Helen Coles, one of this year’s attendees was completely at home. “Amazing. I can’t describe it. I feel like I’m in heaven,” she stated about how the festival affected her thinking.
“I came here with my wife last year and I saw a whole heap of like-minded people,” said Melbourne native Joe Osimo.
What’s on the 2020 Schedule?
The festival is projected to be as big next year as it was this year. All we know so far from www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au is that the featured artist will be Dean Z, an Elvis tribute artist hailing from Lancaster, California.
Dean also received the honor of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist in a 2013 competition held in the king’s hometown of Memphis. The contest itself was actually sponsored by members of Elvis’ family, through Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Thanks to his passionate tributes, he is now an envoy for Graceland and the Presley estate.
What’s your favorite Elvis Presley song? Do you like him enough to fly across the ocean for a festival celebrating his music?