Parkes Elvis Festival blindsided by new dates of Tamworth Country Music Festival

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Parkes Elvis Festival is disappointed at the new dates announced for the Tamworth Country Music Festival after it was postponed over Covid health restrictions.

Tamworth Country Music Festival announced new dates in April that clash with the Parkes Elvis Festival.

The double up means some suppliers and artists may have to choose between the two festivals.

“It was really disappointing, because we kept them in the loop in our decision-making when we cancelled last year and when we made the decision to move our festival to April,” Parkes Elvis Festival director Tiffany Steel told The Northern Daily Leader.

“I think everyone’s quite taken aback and quite shocked at the announcement, we’ve had a number of phone calls this morning from market stall holders and people that just can’t believe the decision – we are a bit shocked and very disappointed.”

Tamworth Regional Council Mayor Russell Webb said he understood the disappointment from Parkes.

“Unfortunately it simply could not be avoided,” he told The Northern Daily Leader.

“I am confident the two can successfully co-exist on this occasion, because we know the pandemic has led to an increase in the number of Australians who want to holiday close to home.

“Parkes does not need to worry – there is enough difference between the two events to appeal to different audiences.”

In the meantime, Tamworth Country Music Festival is hoping to recoup some of the money it has already spent on advertising its earlier dates. The festival spent $400,000 on advertising before being forced to shift to new dates in April and is hoping to be compensated by the $43 million Event Saver Fund which opened yesterday.