Elvis Festival plans for the best and prepares for the worst

The organisers of Parkes Elvis Festival in regional NSW are remaining hopeful the 2021 event will still go ahead despite growing concern of a second wave of Covid-19.

The festival is scheduled to run in just over five months, but the organisers are reluctant to pull the pin on the popular event just yet.

“The health and safety of the community will come first in the decision of the 2021 festival proceeding,” Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith said.

“However, with just over five months to go we are still hopeful that the 2021 festival will proceed as planned and do not want to be premature in cancelling an event that has such a positive impact on the region.”

Festival director Cathy Treasure said they “don’t have a crystal ball” and will monitor the situation closely.

“We, so we are looking into all possible options and closely monitoring the situation,” she told the Parkes Champion Post

“The safety and well-being of our community, artists, fans, staff and businesses is foremost in our planning, and we are evaluating moving the festival to another date or cancelling it altogether.

“As you can probably imagine, a festival of this size takes year-round planning, therefore we are continuing to work behind the scenes.

“This way we can make sure that if we get the green light from NSW Health, we have everything in place to host a safe and fun festival for everyone.”

The 2021 festival is scheduled to take place from January 6-10, with the ticket launch delayed from September 7 to October 19 to give the organisers more time to evaluate the situation.

“The decision to move the festival to a later date will be made by August 31,” Treasure said.