Elvis festival ‘all shook up’ by date clash with country music event

Published: January 13, 2022

Organisers of the Parkes Elvis Festival are upset that the postponed Tamworth Country Music Festival will now overlap heavily with the dates their own event will be held.

The New South Wales Government’s snap decision to impose restrictions on singing and dancing in hospitality venues last week prompted the Tamworth Country Music Festival’s start date to be shifted until April 18, thereby pitting the music of the likes of Slim Dusty against the King of Rock and Roll.

Riverina MP Michael McCormack, whose electorate includes Parkes, channelled the King of Rock and Roll in describing Tamworth’s date change move as a ‘hound dog of an act’.

Parkes Elvis Festival for grey nomads

“Some in Parkes are saying Tamworth are ‘the devil in disguise’ for this, they’ve really had their blue suede shoes trodden on, and they’re all shook up,” the former Deputy Prime Minister told the Daily Telegraph. “It’s a shame … they’re both on the radar of government tourism bodies and a simple phone call could have avoided this.”

He said although the towns aren’t next to each other … in fact, they are more than 400kms apart …. there are still only so many visitors to go around in New South Wales.

Orange state MP Phil Donato agreed, telling the Daily Telegraph it was  poor planning from the Tamworth Music Festival.

“It’ll hurt them both … a lot of people — caravanners, grey nomads, retirees — would go to both,” he said. “It would have been great to have one leading to the other over consecutive weekends but now they’re going to be competing against each other, it’s very disappointing.”

Parkes organisers say the move has already resulted in bookings being withdrawn, leading to fears of the economic fallout of a festival which brought in more than 20,000 visitors and $13 million when it was last held in 2020.

In a statement, Tamworth Mayor Russell Webb said country music organisers ‘simply did not have time to consult or call’ Elvis Festival organisers.

“I totally understand the disappointment from Parkes that the Elvis Festival and our event overlap but unfortunately it simply could not be avoided,’’ Cr Webb said, insisting “Parkes does not need to worry – there is enough difference between the two events to appeal to different audiences”.

  • Do you think the Tamworth Country Music Festival organisers should have thought about the implications of the possible clash? Will the festival’s new dates affect your plans? Comment below.
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Lyn Carter
5 months ago

I have been to both and would recommend that people still attend the Elvis Festival, it is one of a kind. Tamworth goes for 10 days so you will still catch a lot of events and activities

Barbara Williams
5 months ago
Reply to  Lyn Carter

Perhaps both Parkes and Tamworth both should have done their homework because I think that Boggabri Camp oven festival is also on that week and that has always been their date .Boggabri community relies on their festival to boost their little town’s economy.I hope if Boggabri is on that people still attend and boycott the other two town’s who have taken their date

Brian Drysdale
5 months ago

The Boggabri Camp Oven Festival has been CANCELLED for 2022

Barbara Williams
5 months ago
Reply to  Brian Drysdale

Okay I didn’t realise that

5 months ago

One that has been missed here is Parkes transferred from the January date some time ago

Leo Foley
5 months ago

I’m in Tasmania. I’d already booked for 4 nights at Parkes. I will now book for 3 nights at Tamworth. I would not have otherwise considered Tamworth. Both is better!
Port Macquarie will hardly miss me (us), and Armidale will get some extra business too.
Covid is making everything difficult. Congrats to the organisers in both Tamworth and Parkes. Great job, guys!

Ralf Steyer
5 months ago

Even though the music is different, Mundi Mundi Bash is on in Broken Hill at the same time and it was announced months ago.

5 months ago

Definatly !
Wouldnt have taken that much to make a call !!


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