2024 Festival Theme

Parkes will come alive from 10-14 January 2024 to celebrate Elvis Presley and all things Rock ‘n’ Roll and our 31st year. There’ll be hundreds of Elvis, Jailhouse Rock and Rock ‘n’ Roll themed events across five fabulous, fun-filled days.

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The theme for the 2024 Festival is Elvis’ 1957 musical drama, Jailhouse Rock.

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll plays the role of Vince Everett who is serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter. While in the big house, his cellmate, a former country singer, introduces him to the record business. Everett takes to it so well that he decides to become a singer when he gets out. However, he is quickly disillusioned by the record business. But with the help of a new friend, he decides to form his own label, and soon becomes an overnight sensation. But when he becomes a superstar, will his desire for fame and money cause him to forget the people who got him there?

Jailhouse Rock was Elvis’ third film that captures early Elvis in all his leg-quivering, nostril-flaring, lip-snarling teen idol glory in black and white.