Elvis lives on at VIVA Surfers Paradise
IT'S a bit scary to realise that if Elvis Presley was alive today he would be 80 years old.
But for those of us raised on his music, he will live forever, and VIVA Surfers Paradise gives you every chance to celebrate over 10 days in July.
Hosted by Surfers Paradise Alliance, Elvis is the star of the festival which includes 25 free and ticketed events, including continuous tribute artist performances, live music, street performances and more.
Twenty high-calibre contestants compete over two days in the accredited Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, with the winner travelling to Memphis to compete in the semi-finals of the Ultimate Elvis Artist Contest during Elvis Week 2019.
Professional Elvis tributes will include reigning VIVA contest winner and Parkes Elvis Festival winner Brody Finlay. as well as international headliners Diogo "Di" Light and David Lee.
A tribute to the Blues Brothers by big band Soul Men, will be the climax to the Carnivale-style VIVA Street Parade which runs from 5.30-6.30pm on Saturday, July 13.
"VIVA Surfers Paradise is a celebration of everything there is to love about music, with spectacular performances from world-class tribute acts along with classic cars, the VIVA Street Parade, beachfront markets, the famous Renewal of Vows and street performances," said Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike
"With the event now in its eighth year, VIVA Surfers Paradise has gained worldwide recognition as the Asia Pacific's biggest celebration of the music, memories and moments of legendary music icons both past and present."
While the extensive program is aimed at people of all ages, its appeal to the older audience who remember some of the world's biggest rock, pop and soul artists at their height is undeniable.
Mike said the Renewal of Vows by Gold Coast Elvis tribute artist and registered marriage celebrant Dean Vegas would be a highlight on Saturday, July 13, while car enthusiasts would love the 70-strong show and shine from 10am-4pm, Sunday, July 14, on the foreshore.
Visitors are encouraged to use the G:link to get to Surfers to avoid parking problems.
VIVA Surfers Paradise runs from Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 21.
To view the full event program go to surfersparadise.com or phone 0755843700.