Porthcawl Elvis Festival: Why you love the King

With just over a week to go until this year’s Porthcawl Elvis Festival, we wanted to find out what exactly it is you lot love about the annual event and the King of rock ‘n’ roll.

So veteran festival-goer Claire Curliss from Creigiau chatted to us about all things Presley. From her musical upbringing to her Porthcawl plans, here’s what the 51-year-old had to say.

How I was introduced to Elvis

I was lucky growing up in the 60s as it was a really exciting time music wise. The Beatles, The Who, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix were all totally amazing, but for me, the moment I heard Elvis Presley I was hooked.

I started buying his LPs and watching all his films, so despite Elvis never playing in the UK there was plenty of material out there to keep me happy.

Then, as I got older, in the way that high school groups are defined by their musical preferences, by happy coincidence a lot of the friends I made were also big Elvis fans.

Tribute acts over impersonators

I started to get invited along to see Elvis tribute acts (ETAs) but I’d mistakenly formed an opinion in my mind that they were Elvis impersonators, and so I didn’t bother to go to any events.

What I didn’t realise was that these guys are absolutely devoted Elvis fans – hence Elvis ‘tribute’ acts – they are performing as a tribute to Elvis.

This doesn’t mean they necessarily look like Elvis, of course they dress like him – that’s part of the show, just as we in turn as Elvis fans may choose to dress with a fifties or sixties slant.

It’s all part of the fun. And it was at the Porthcawl Festival that I started to watch these ETAs – some are good but some are totally amazing!

Claire Curliss and friends at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival
Claire and friends all shook up with an Elvis tribute act

 

Why I love Porthcawl Elvis Festival

When the Porthcawl Festival started up over 10 years ago, I don’t think the organisers had any idea that it would become one of the biggest Elvis festivals in the world.

The whole of Porthcawl seems to join in with the spirit, you can be sitting having a coffee watching Elvis and Priscilla wander by… not a sight you’d normally see and I love it!

A whole assortment of people turn up for the festival, many travelling from across the globe as there are 100 performances going on over the weekend. You’ve got the die-hard Elvis fans in their blue suede shoes next to the guy who is there for the atmosphere in his plastic Elvis wig!

My plans for this year’s festival

I’m lucky because I live within driving distance of Porthcawl, although this year my friends and I are leaving our cars behind and have hired a a mini bus to bring us down.

We’ve got our outfits sorted from the Little Shop of Vintage in Talbot Green and hair for us this year will be victory rolls and bouffants!

Dressing up is half the fun for us. Don’t feel you have to, though – just turn up and enjoy!

Porthcawl Elvis Festival
Long live the King

 

Advice to newcomers

All ages should come along (I mean Elvis would have been 80 in 2015), so we get quite a few older fans, but loads of youngsters too.

Porthcawl Elvis Festival runs between September 26 and 28. Take a peek at picture perfect Presleys from past events for some costume inspiration.

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