Australia’s leading Elvis Presley festival, the 2016 Parkes Elvis™ Festival, will celebrate The King of Rock’n’Roll™ with headline U.S. Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards as well as a major new concert series event, the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest™. The 2016 Parkes Elvis Festival will take place over five hip-swingin’ days from Wednesday 06 to Sunday 11 January in Parkes, NSW.
Headlining the 2016 ClubsNSW Keno Feature Concert Series will be U.S. Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards who will showcase The King’s classics over four spectacular tribute shows.
On Thursday 7 January Donny Edwards will perform a special Opening Night Concert in ‘Donny Edwards Live From Las Vegas’. Then go back to where it all began in Sun Studios as Donny brings to life the best of Elvis in the ’50s in ‘The King of Rock’n’Roll’ on Friday 8 January.
Relive The King’s passion for live performance and power ballads with ‘Elvis: the ’70s’ on Saturday 9 January, and for his Sunday afternoon matinee finale, Donny will celebrate the monumental event that reignited our passion for Elvis, ‘The ’68 Special’.
Donny Edwards has performed extensively across the globe, performing his flawless tribute to The King in front of audiences as large as 25,000. Donny has worked alongside many of the original musicians who performed with Elvis Presley including the Jordanaires, the Sweet Inspirations, DJ Fontana, Charlie Hodge and Bob Moore. Donny Edwards is the only Elvis tribute artist to be granted permission to perform his show at Elvis’s Graceland estate since 1977.
Parkes Elvis Festival continues to deliver the best Elvis tribute artists in the world. For the first time in its history, the Festival proudly presents a preliminary round of the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The best Elvis tribute artists from Australia and New Zealand will compete live at Parkes Leagues Club. Backed by the dynamic eight-piece Elvis In Concert band, the Heats will be at 2pm on Friday 8 January before the top eight battle it out in the Final at 2pm on Saturday 9 January.
The winner of the Parkes preliminary round will then travel to Memphis to compete in the semi-final round of the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest during ‘Elvis Week’ in August 2016. The worldwide Contest is officially endorsed by the estate of Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.
The 2016 Parkes Elvis Festival features more than 150 free and ticketed events, shows, concerts and competitions. The 2016 program is now available online and in free print pocket-guide format. The souvenir program is available for pre-order and will be distributed in November.