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Six Reasons to Visit Europe’s Largest Elvis Festival

August 24, 2018

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Elvis Festival Porthcawl

The King is back and he is ready to party in Porthcawl! Join thousands of Elvis lookalikes around the seaside town of Porthcawl from 28th-30th September, for a truly rock 'n' roll weekend. With a brand new stage, 100s of Elvis inspired events and award winning acts, this year's Elvis Festival is set to be a show stopping weekend you won't want to miss.

Join the single largest Elvis event in Europe!

Did you know Porthcawl Elvis Fest is the single largest Elvis gathering in Europe (arguably the world)? Visitors can expect loads of free events including over 100 shows from the Elvis Fringe Festival taking place around Porthcawl. The bonkers event has even broken numerous world records, including the record for 814 Elvises singing 'Hound Dog' together in 2012!

Find out who will be crowned this year's Best Elvis

Throughout the weekend Elvises from all over will be battling it out to become the Festival's Best King. You can watch the first heat onFriday 28th at 2.30pm,followed by the second heat and grand finale onSaturday 29th from noon.For more live music head to the iconic Grand Pavilion on Friday at 7.30pm to dance the night away with The Three Kings. Find out which Elvis will become the King on Saturday evening with the grand Elvies awards - the Oscars of the Elvis World!  

Best Festival Elvis Heat 1: Friday 28th at 2.30pm, Porthcawl Grand Pavilion

Heat 2 and Grand Finale: Saturday 29th from noon, Porthcawl Grand Pavilion

Join the Usherettes in Hawaiian Paradise

Join Porthcawl's fabulous Usherettes for a unique screening of Elvis' no.1 hit film, Blue Hawaii. Hosted by Kitsch n Sync comedy trio, The Usherettes, guests can expect plenty of entertaining surprises along the way! Take in the beauty of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu and Kauai while marvelling at the King, all ahead of Porthcawl's very own Elvis fest to begin the following day.

Thursday 27th September at 5.30pm

Put on your blue suede shoes for the win

Dogs, children and adults will all be invited to dress up like the King, with plenty of prizes for the best dressed to be won. Take on the Ty Hafan Fancy Dress Contest or join the Priscilla, Queen of The Promenade Parade in your best vintage dress. At Midday on the Saturday Elvies can also try their luck for the legendary Best Dressed Hound Dog event, where pooches will be judged on categories like Best Dressed Priscilla, Waggiest Tail and of course, the Best Dressed Hound Dog.

Run like the King

If you're up for a challenge, take on The Elvis Park Run - a 5km run, jog or crawl up to Rest Bay and back. Make sure you come fully clad in your royal attire, as the best dressed 'King' will receive an award. This run is free to enter but all Elvies should pre-register on the Porthcawl Park Run website.

Porthcawl Esplanade, Saturday 29th September, 9am

Look up to the heavens with rooftop performances

Watch your favourite Elvis acts on this year's new rooftop stage. Performers will be gracing the roof of the Porthcawl Grand Pavilion, overlooking the family zone hosting loads of Elvis inspired events. Listen to finalists from Rhonnda Cynon Taff Does Elvis, contestants from this years' Best Festival Elvis, Darren 'Graceland' Jones, Reggae Elvis and even the best Tom Jones Tribute act in Wales!

Porthcawl Grand Pavilion, 28th-30th September

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