Press Release

Have you ever been mistaken for The King? Do you have a voice like butter and moves that make hearts flutter? Then the Parkes 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest (UETA) could be just the thing to see you to shake, rattle and roll your way to Elvis stardom.

Across two momentous days during the Parkes Elvis Festival (10-14 Jan), Elvii from across Australia and New Zealand will take to the Parkes Leagues Club to leg break, shimmy shake and gyrate before a panel of international judges in the hopes of being named as the Parkes Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest winner.

And it’s not all about the moves; contestants are judged on stage presence, singing ability and the overall quality of the performance.

The winner receives a cash prize of $3,000 and  goes on to represent the Parkes at the home of The King, Graceland, Memphis, USA, in the semi-final of the international 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc.

The contest is serious stuff for semi-professional & professional artists and is a part of a worldwide search for artists who are the best representation of the Legacy of Elvis Presley. Amateur Evlii are encouraged to sign up to the Tribute to Elvis competition held on the ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage during the Festival.

Applications close Monday 30 October, 2017. Visit the website at to download your application form.

EVENT NAME: Parkes Elvis Festival
DATES: 10-14 January 2018
THEME: The ’68 Comeback Special
LOCATION: Parkes, NSW, Australia

Parkes Elvis Festival

Parkes Elvis Festival is held annually in the second week of January in Parkes, New South Wales, coinciding with the birthday of Elvis Presley. Parkes has a population of 12,000 and is located 365 kilometres west of Sydney. In January 2017 over 25,000 visitors attended the Festival, more than doubling Parkes’ population.

The Festival began in January 1993 as a small birthday party for the local newspaper editor. It was so much fun they decided to do it again – and again! Over the following 10 years additional events were added and it became a two-day Festival. With the vision and effort of the voluntary organising committee as well as the support of Parkes Shire Council, the Festival exploded in popularity and word quickly spread across Australia of the fun and unique event in regional NSW.

Following its tremendous success, in 2014 the Festival transitioned management to Parkes Shire Council under a Section 355 Festival Committee. The Festival now regularly attracts visitors from all around Australia and stages more than 150 events annually. In January 2015, Parkes Elvis Festival was officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., the trustees of the estate of Elvis Presley. Official endorsement elevates Parkes Elvis Festival to the ranks of premiere Elvis tribute festivals in the world.

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



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