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Shaking up the seaside.

at the Movies.

the Elvis festival? himself above an arcade of shops in the town.

Do I need a ticket? If you want to get into the main shows at the Grand Pavilion and the Hi Tide, then yes, you'll need a ticket.

Heat One of the Best Festival Elvis Competition takes place this afternoon in the Grand Pavilion.

What is it? The Porthcawl Elvis Festival is a celebration of Elvis Presley, aka The King, that takes place in the seaside town over a weekend each year.

Or the 13ft frieze in front of a takeaway in the seaside resort that this weekend pays homage to the legend that is Elvis Presley.

On Sunday night three award-winning Elvis Tribute Acts present Trilogy, three sets featuring a Sun Studio set from Ben Thompson, a '68 Special by Colbert Hamilton and a full Las Vegas concert set from Germany's Oliver Steinhoff.

Tonight there's a new show in town - Elvis Cymraeg - featuring Darren 'Graceland' Jones and guests.

But a number of shows in the Harbour Lights Bar and Bayroom of the Hi Tide are FREE.

The friezes are the work of digital graphic enthusiast David Houlton, who by day works in IT and who spends his spare time fundraising for cancer charities.

At the Hi Tide there are more than 100 shows in four bars over the weekend.

The official shows take place in the Grand Pavilion and there are also performances at The Hi Tide, the official sponsor of the festival. Fifty Elvis Tribute Artists will perform more than 100 shows in four bars over the weekend.

Tomorrow afternoon it's Heat Two of the Best Festival Elvis followed by the Grand Final.

Where do I get them from? Call the Grand Pavilion box office on 01656 815995. But be quick about it, they're close to selling out.

Tomorrow night it's The Elvies - the most prestigious award show in the World for Elvis Tribute Artists.

We hear that there's also artwork on display celebrating Elvis? Last year, a 6ft frieze of Elvis Presley helped to raise almost PS3,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and this year David is hoping to raise even more.

For the headline acts at the Hi Tide call 01656 782432.

When is it on? In 2015 the festival will take place from today until Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon it's the tra-ditional Elvis Gospel Show, presented by Dean Mack, followed by Elvis There is! If you're heading to the festival chances are you'll easily spot the 140ft frieze featuring The King So, what exactly can I expect from David has been raising funds for of Sinatra's Takeaway and a 25ft Mansel's Chippy banner.

Marie Curie Cancer Care since his brother Richard was cared for by Marie Curie nurses more than 30 years ago.

He has raised on average PS3,000 a year for charities by organising art exhibitions, pub quizzes, sponsored cycle rides and more.

David said: "My aim is for me to become to Porthcawl what Gaudi is to Barcelona - wherever you walk you come across another one of my pictures!" All David's artwork is for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to Marie Curie.

This year an 8ft folding picture of The King will be raffled for Marie Curie for PS1 a ticket - with 100% of the proceeds going to charity (if you want to be in it to win it email

You can see more of David's work at and on | The Porthcawl Elvis Festival runs from today until Sunday. For full details, visit Other friezes for sale this year include a 13ft frieze of Elvis which will take pride of place on the front
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 25, 2015
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