The Porthcawl Elvis Festival has been named as one of the 40 best things to do in the world

Wales is home to loads of brilliant events and one of them has been named as one of the most exciting things to do in the world in 2020.

The Elvis Festival , which takes place each year in Porthcawl, should be on everyone’s must-visit events list, according to Time Out.

It’s Europe’s largest gathering of Elvis fans and attracts thousands of people from all over the world.

You can see the best pictures from 2019’s Elvis Festival, here .

Time Out, which listed the event at number 40, described the festival as an “eccentric weekend bash that regularly attracts over 35,000 people to the brilliantly tacky seaside town of Porthcawl in Wales”.

(Image: Jonathan Meyers)

They add that it probably wouldn’t work anywhere else – apart from “unpretentious Porthcawl”.

Asking local experts for unique experiences you just couldn’t have elsewhere, Time Out’s round up was compiled by the publication’s local editors and contributors.

What happens at the Elvis Festival:


Organiser and founder, Peter Phillips, said he’s very proud to be included on the list.

The 61-year-old, who launched the event in 2004 said: “I think we should be very proud of the Elvis Festival, it’s become a Welsh institution.

“I’m lucky that I travel quite a bit and talking to people in bars in Las Vegas, New York, Sydney and you say Wales and people say ‘do you know Porthcawl in Wales, they have a weird Elvis festival’.

“More Elvis fans come to Porthcawl at the end of September to celebrate Elvis than go to Memphis on the anniversary of his death – which used to be the big sort of pilgrimage for Elvis fans. We have 40,000 fans and a couple of years ago Memphis has 25,000.

“I think we can be very proud of this.

“It is bizarre, cool – in a very weird way – event.”

This is why Time Out think visitors should go:

“Because this year, for the first time, the world’s greatest competition for Elvis tribute acts includes a ‘Best LGBT+ Elvis’ category.

“We’re hoping for some gender-busting takes that’ll tap into the international drag revival and turn the King into the Queen.

“You really don’t need to have a massive crush on the king of rock ’n’ roll to get a kick out of these two days of Elvis-mania: this festival is such an essential experience because it’s so unique.

“It probably wouldn’t work anywhere else apart from unpretentious Porthcawl, or without the support of the town’s unflappable, fun-loving population.

“For utterly silly, unaffected fun, book your heartbreak hotel, pack your blue suede shoes and let your guard down at this weird and wonderful Welsh weekend.”

TimeOut’s 40 most exciting things to do in the world in 2020

  1. Drop in and dine out at Paris’s epic urban farm – Paris, France

  2. Check out King Tut’s enormous new pad – Giza, Egypt

  3. See Dorothy’s slippers at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures – Los Angeles, USA

  4. Gaze from the highest viewpoint in the western hemisphere – New York, USA

  5. Enter a submarine base full of digital art – Bordeaux, France

  6. Celebrate an icon at the Nick Cave exhibition – Copenhagen, Denmark

  7. Enter Madrid’s flamenco fever dream – Madrid, Spain

  8. Get cultured on Ireland’s west coast – Galway, Ireland

  9. Brave the icy water at a floating Arctic hotel – Swedish Lapland, Sweden

  10. Mark 50 years of Glastonbury – Swedish Lapland, Sweden

  11. Wonder at a long-lost collection of classical sculpture – Rome, Italy

  12. Party at an abandoned resort in Africa – Jinja, Uganda, Africa

  13. Go down the rabbit hole at a celebration of Alice – London, UK

  14. Visit Japan’s penis festival – Kawasaki, Japan

  15. Pay tribute to musical gods in Nashville – Nashville, USA

  16. Glimpse the future at Expo 2020 Dubai – Dubai, UAE

  17. Discover Scotland through the eyes of artists – Glasgow, UK

  18. Enter a galaxy of immersive art – Macau, Macau SAR

  19. Dive into the creative world of Grace Jones – London, UK

  20. Gawp at Rio’s jaw-dropping architecture – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  21. Watch a film under the Arctic midnight sun – Sodankylä, Finland

  22. Marvel at Boston’s new (and free!) art museum – Boston, USA

  23. Turn green in the Portuguese capital – Lisbon, Portugal

  24. Stay in a magical American ‘landscape hotel’ – Arizona, USA

  25. Get lost in Athens’s slick new art museum – Athens, Greece

  26. See the latest from the king of light art – Mexico City, Mexico

  27. Get your rocks off at The Unconformity – Tasmania, Australia

  28. Marvel at the Middle East’s mega-aquarium – Abu Dhabi, UAE

  29. Hit up the comeback of Jamaica’s most iconic reggae festival – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

  30. Marvel at Morocco’s mystical master musicians – Joujouka, Morocco

  31. Get reacquainted with the gastronomic wizards of elBulli – Girona, Spain

  32. Explore the world’s weirdest mall: AREA15 Las Vegas – Las Vegas, USA

  33. Join the NBA frenzy in America’s sports capital – Chicago, USA

  34. Smell Van Gogh’s sunflowers at a new immersive gallery – Melbourne, Australia

  35. Bike across the USA with Babes Ride Out – Melbourne, Australia

  36. Watch Moscow get lit – Moscow, Russia

  37. Dance at Barcelona’s resurrected party hotspot – Barcelona, Spain

  38. Step into a fusion of art, tech and nature – Singapore

  39. Attend a mega-fest’s homecoming party – Miami, USA

  40. Meet drag Kings at the Welsh seaside – Porthcawl, Wales

See the full Time Out article here .

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