Elvis Express departs for the 2017 Parkes Elvis Festival
Hundreds of bejeweled jumpsuits, poodle skirts and hip swinging rockers are set to converge on Sydney Central Station on Thursday 12th January to board the NSW TrainLink Elvis Express headed to Parkes for the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival.
Parkes Chamber of Commerce President, Geoff Rice, along with NSW TrainLink Chief Executive Rob Mason and NSW Government representatives will welcome passengers as Elvis tribute artists perform live for the crowd.
The entertainment will commence on Platform 1 at 7am, with Elvis up on stage and a whole lot of fun to be had. Special concerts will be held throughout the journey by Elvis tribute artists.
The train will rock’n’roll into Parkes Railway Station on Thursday afternoon with passengers set to enjoy four fun-filled days of Elvis-themed entertainment.
Held over five days from Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 January, the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival features more than 120 free and ticketed events, shows, concerts and competitions.
Elvis Express departure details:
WHAT: 2017 NSW TrainLink Elvis Express Departs Central Station for the Parkes Elvis Festival
WHEN: Thursday 12 January 2017
WHERE: Platform 1, Sydney Central Railway Station
TIME: From 7am live performances
Train departs 9:20am
Visit www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au for all program and ticketing details.
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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 2016 over 22,000 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 120 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.