A Big Hunk O' Elvis: Convention returns to Birmingham

The largest European Elvis Presley tribute convention is in Birmingham.
The largest European Elvis Presley tribute convention is in Birmingham. Photo: PA

The largest European Elvis Presley tribute convention is in Birmingham this weekend.

The European Elvis Championships and Convention is held each year around Elvis' birthday weekend. More than 80 of Europe's best Elvis tributes will compete to be crowned the European Champion at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

Widely considered to be the best selling solo artist in the history of popular music, Elvis' death in 1977 and the persistent rumours about his death created an industry of impersonators.

It is thought there are more than 85,000 Elvis tribute acts around the world.

'The King of the Kings', Gordon Elvis with then Prime Minister Gordon Brown
'The King of the Kings', Gordon Elvis with then Prime Minister Gordon Brown Credit: PA

Last year's European Champion was Gordon Elvis from Birmingham. Gordon was also named the world's best Elvis at a competition in Memphis .