Do I need to buy a ticket for the Porthcawl Elvis Festival? – WalesOnline

What is it?

The Porthcawl Elvis Festival is a celebration of Elvis Presley aka The King that takes place in the seaside town over a weekend each year.

The official shows take place in the Grand Pavilion and there are also performances at The Hi Tide, the official sponsor of the festival. Fifty Elvis Tribute Artists will perform more than 100 shows in four bars over the weekend.

When is it on?

In 2015 the festival will take place this weekend, from Friday to Sunday, September 25-27.

Do I need a ticket?

If you want to get into the main shows at the Grand Pavilion and the Hi Tide, then yes, you’ll need a ticket.

But a number of shows in the Harbour Lights Bar and Bayroom of the Hi Tide are FREE.

Where do I get them from?

Call the Grand Pavilion Box Office on 01656 815995. But be quick about it, they’re close to selling out.

For the headline acts at the Hi Tide call 01656 782432.

What can I expect from the festival?

Elvis Presley Festival Porthcawl.

* Heat One of the Best Festival Elvis Competition takes place on Friday afternoon in the Grand Pavilion.

* On Friday night there’s a new show in town – Elvis Cymraeg – featuring Darren ‘Graceland’ Jones and guests.

* On Saturday afternoon it’s Heat Two of the Best Festival Elvis followed by the Grand Final.

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* On Saturday night it’s The Elvies – the most prestigious award show in the World for Elvis Tribute Artists.

* On Sunday afternoon it’s the traditional Elvis Gospel Show, presented by Dean Mack, followed by Elvis at the Movies.

* On Sunday night three award-winning Elvis Tribute Acts present Trilogy, three sets featuring a Sun Studio set from Ben Thompson, a ’68 Special by Colbert Hamilton and a full Las Vegas concert set from Germany’s Oliver Steinhoff.

At the Hi Tide there are more than 100 shows in four bars over the weekend.

Full details on the official Porthcawl Elvis Festival website

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