Parkes Elvis Festival 2019: The train is on its way

Parkes is about to be all shook up.
Parkes is about to be all shook up.

Hundreds of Elvis tribute artists, lookalikes and fans are set to board the Blue Suede Express to regional NSW ahead of a weekend celebration of the King.

The 1957 hit All Shook Up and the 1950s decade are set to be the focus of the 27th Parkes Elvis Festival this weekend.

Parkes' population triples in the second week of January each year with more than 26,000 Elvis and Priscilla Presley fans arriving for the festival officially endorsed by the estate of the King of Rock and Roll.

The celebration features concerts, a street parade and The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest to decide who represents Australia in a global competition in Memphis, USA, later in 2019.

Two trains - dubbed the Blue Suede Express and Elvis Express - will take fans to the festival on Thursday with entertainment to begin at Sydney's Central station at 8am and continue on the seven-hour journey to Parkes.

Australian Associated Press