Top Scots bands lined up for Linlithgow Palace gig

Simple Minds are just one of the big Scottish bands lined up for the concert. Picture: EN License
Simple Minds are just one of the big Scottish bands lined up for the concert. Picture: EN License
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they are iconic Scottish bands that feature in record collections across the land.

International rockers Simple Minds, Wet Wet Wet, who scored one of the biggest British hit singles of all time, and anthemic chart-toppers Del Amitri provided melodies that shaped the memories of thousands. Now the Evening News can reveal these very acts could be joined by a host of other top talent to celebrate the best of Scottish music at a new two- day music festival to be held at Linlithgow Palace this summer. Other bands tipped to play at the referendum curtain-raiser include Deacon Blue, Hue and Cry, Aly Bain an Eddi Reader.

The Party at the Palace, which will be held in the surrounding gardens, is being brought together by music promotor PDF Promotions.

PDF’s Peter Ferguson said plans for the event were well advanced.

“We’re 80 per cent down the line,” he said. “We’re just waiting on the final sign-off now from the various agencies. And then we’re good to go. It’s looking really great.

“Linlithgow Palace is such a fabulous location for the event. It’s so centrally based in Scotland. It’s accessible from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, pretty much anywhere in Scotland for rail links.”

The majestic venue has already been previewed by production specialists to achieve the best sound quality for the event. Mr Ferguson said: “The acoustics are going to sound absolutely fantastic. And it’s also going to be beneficial for the local residents because it won’t cause too many problems as far as noise pollution is concerned.”

The event has already won the backing of Visit Scotland, Visit West Lothian, West Lothian Council, local business groups, musicians and various media partners.

Each day is expected to draw around 7500 music lovers and with briefs priced at £50 organisers are expecting them to be snapped up straight away.

Mr Ferguson said: “The line-up we’ve got planned at the moment is quite exciting. We do have a couple of big names and we’re looking at a major headlining act for each night.

“The minute we get the green light and we’re ready to announce our headliners, I’m pretty sure we’ll be sold out pretty quickly.”

The palace previously hosted an extravagant fashion show in December 2012, when luxury Paris brand Chanel launched its Metiers d’Art collection. This event, however, was closed to the public. For the Party at the Palace, PDF Promotions is taking a different approach. “We’re going to really focus on the community this year,” said Mr Ferguson. “We will involve all the community groups as much as we can, so it’s looking to be absolutely great.”

Bruce Findlay, former manager of Simple Minds, was sceptical but said if the top names being touted were attracted then the festival could be a success. “The palace is a fabulous setting and these types of iconic settings are made for this kind of thing. It’s spectacular. ”

The event will take place the weekend of August 2-3.

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