Porthcawl Elvis Festival rocks out for final day

Elvis has left the building and headed to the seafront – well at least tens of thousands of Elvis look-a-likes have.

Porthcawl’s Elvis Festival, a three-day event which finishes today, has packed out the seaside resort for the 11th year running and is hailed as the biggest festival of its kind in the world.

Elvis festival founder Peter Phillips said: “Yesterday was the best day we’ve ever had at the Elvis festival.

“The police agreed the crowds were huge and the atmosphere has been amazing.

“The imagery on the seafront is brilliant – you couldn’t make it up – it’s just gridlocked with people and traffic, and three quarters of the people are dressed as Elvis.”

The swinging soundtrack to Porthcawl Elvis Festival

The annual celebration of the King has been taking place right across the town in more than 20 venues, with The Grand Pavilion and Hi Tide being the major hosts with over 100 shows across the weekend.

Other venues joining in the fun include the Bay, Blue Water Club, Brentwood Hotel, the Cabin, General Picton, Porthcawl Hotel, Rock Inn, the Seahorse, Ship and Castle and the Swan.

Although fancy dress is optional the weekend has so far brought with it a sea of blue suede shoes right through to full-on quiffs and jumpsuits.

And visitors from across the Channel have also been swept up in the rock ‘n’ roll party so much so that they hope to recreate the event back home.

Peter said: “We’ve had visitors here from Croatia who have been enjoying the event and getting a real taste so they can hold their own Elvis Festival.

“The event just seems to be getting more and more popular each year and everyone wants to get involved.

“We also run these festivals in Benidorm, Texis and Ireland.

“Even after running these events for so many years I still get excited for them.

“It’s clear others enjoy the events as much as I do because I’ve never had to spend a penny on advertising, yet the crowds just keep getting bigger.”

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