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Elvis gives ‘Doonie’ a lift

13 July 2017

‘Love me tender, love me sweet’ – it’s time to rock Elvis-style at the annual Doonside Village Festival on July 22.

Doonside’s resident Elvis impersonator, Glenn Freestone, will delight fans on the main stage with a tribute show to the King of Rock.  

He will be joined on stage by talented belly dancer Nadia Mihova, children from the Bolivian Dance Group and opera singer, Linda Trinidad.

Mayor of Blacktown City Stephen Bali said the festival, now in its 35th year, was an opportunity to celebrate local talent and community spirit.  

“As a proud ‘Doonie’ local all my life, I know just how vibrant and passionate this community is,” he said.

“The Doonside Festival is proof of this as we come together to celebrate Doonside’s rich heritage and community spirit.”

Top of the festival entertainment bill this year is Glenn Freestone, AKA Absolutely Elvis, who will perform all the King’s greatest hits.

Mr Freestone has been an Elvis Presley fan since he was a boy, but it wasn’t until he retired seven years ago that he decided to turn his passion into a performance gig. 

He has been impersonating Elvis ever since, entertaining at clubs and events all over Sydney, including a memorable stint on Australia’s Got Talent in 2016.

“Absolutely Elvis is my musical tribute to Elvis and the wonderful legacy he has left behind,” he said.

“I always enjoy entertaining an audience, and I’m really looking forward to performing in front of my home town at the Doonside Festival – it’s always a great family day out.” 

Off the stage, there will be free amusement rides for children, the Arnotts Tiny Teddy mobile oven and a wildlife display led by Featherdale Wildlife Park rangers.

Visitors can check out more than 100 food trucks and stalls, selling cupcakes, hot food, crafts and candles. 

 “The Doonside Village Festival is set to be a great day out for the whole family,” Mayor Bali said.

“I encourage everyone to come together, enjoy the entertainment and celebrate the community spirit that is alive and well in Doonside.”

Event Details at a Glance

When:             Saturday 22 July 2017

Where:           Corner Cross St and Hill End Road Doonside

Time:              9.00am – 3.00pm

Cost:              Free

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