About this event
It’s our honour to induct seminal Australia surf rock band The Atlantics as the Parkes Elvis Festival Wall of Fame recipient. The Atlantics are an Australian surf band founded in 1961.
In 1963, their song Bombora, a surging surf instrumental, was hugely successful and its powerful sound resonates today with new generations of surf-music inspired bands riding the waves of The Atlantics pioneering sounds.
This special tribute event includes a concert by The Atlantics guitarist/producer Martin Cilia (The Atlantics, Mental As Anything) performing the music of The Atlantics alongside a special guest appearance by Lonnie Lee – Australia’s first Elvis contest winner, 1957, also a Parkes Australian Music Wall of Fame recipient. This very special event will be held at the Services Club at 12.30pm. Special introduction by founding member bassist Bosco Bosanac with Australian writer Clinton Walker, best known for his works on popular music. He is known for his books Highway to Hell, Buried Country, History is Made at Night, and recently published The Suburban Songbook (pre-Countdown Australian music).
In 1956 at the very start of Rock’n’Roll, a young country boy stood on stage alone with his guitar, introducing Rockabilly and Elvis to Australian audiences. Now 67 years later, as the last superstar from his era, his iconic career has come full circle. Those early years saw Lonnie Lee be the first to sing...Full Bio
In 2013 Martin toured Europe with The Atlantics for their 50th Anniversary of Bombora tour. After that tour finished he went on to a West Coast tour of America with his own band. When The Atlantics retired from touring in late 2013 he was invited to join Mental As Anything where he toured both nationally and internationally.Full Bio