Long live the King

SATURDAY JANUARY 8 2011 ELVIS FESTIVAL PROMOTION'Passers-by were 'all shook up' as they encountered Elvis, alias Steve Caprice, outside the Promenades Shopping Centre, Bridlington at the weekend as he joined other entertainers in promoting the forthcoming Elvis Weekender Festival in March. Picture: Terry Carrott
SATURDAY JANUARY 8 2011 ELVIS FESTIVAL PROMOTION'Passers-by were 'all shook up' as they encountered Elvis, alias Steve Caprice, outside the Promenades Shopping Centre, Bridlington at the weekend as he joined other entertainers in promoting the forthcoming Elvis Weekender Festival in March. Picture: Terry Carrott

THE King of Rock and Roll will be alive and kicking in Bridlington this weekend as the Elvis Weekender Festival comes to town.

It is the second time such a festival has come to the Spa, with hundreds of fans turning out for the first event in February last year.

This year’s festival features a host of top entertainment including the European ETA Masters, where Elvis soundalikes will battle to be named Europe’s top Elvis impersonator.

The Bridlington festival is the only one of its kind in England, and is twinned with a similar event which sees thousands of Elvis diehards descend on the Welsh town of Porthcawl from as far afield as Japan and Australia along with a regular bus load of Elvis fans from Malta.

The fun begins tomorrow, March 11 at 2pm with the first heats of the Masters event, in which hopefuls will sing three Elvis tracks on stage followed by the Mike Nova Elvis At The Movies show at 7.30pm.

Heat two of the Masters event will take place on Saturday from noon before the evening entertainment of special performances from three different Elvis eras, Sun Studios, ‘68 Special and The Vegas Years.

On Sunday, an amateur ETA contest will begin at noon, followed by the Elvis Gospel Show with Steve Caprice and guests at 2pm.

The main event on Sunday evening sees the grand final of the European Elvis Championship, which begins at 7.30pm. Tickets for each event vary in price and are available from the Spa Box Office on 678258, or online at www.thespabridlington.com. VIP weekend tickets are available at £75.

As well as the main shows, a fringe festival featuring Elvis themed aftershow rock ‘n roll disco, Sunday morning gospel service, swap shop, merchandise market, karaoke contest, prize quizzes, memorabilia and speed dating will be taking place.

During the festival, the 2011 season of The Spa’s new gallery launches with a major tribute to Elvis Presley by Sara Dix, the renowned Elvis artist. The exhibition is free and open from now until Sunday, March 13.

Twenty-seven children taking part in the council’s half term activities have also produced an Andy Warhol style Elvis canvas, to be displayed in the gallery, which when fastened together will make a canvas over 2 metres long. Gallery@TheSpa is open from 9am-6pm, Monday to Saturdays and 10am-4pm, on Sundays.