Party At The Palace 2016 Final Countdown
We’re just over a week away from Party at The Palace ’16 and it’s quite astonishing to think that next weekend will be the third time that Linlithgow has hosted this fantastic two-day music event.
It just seems like yesterday when we were looking forward to Deacon Blue and Simple Minds headlining the inaugural PATP. And I can’t believe it’s already been a year since Travis and Nile Rodgers rolled into town to headline the next one. Come to think of it I STILL can’t believe that Nile Rodgers actually gigged in Linlithgow! But he definitely did. I have the photographs…
So, to PATP ’16 then. And I think it’s safe to say that the organisers have taken the ‘go big or go home’ approach to things. They’ve moved the event slightly further around Linlithgow Loch to a larger site which can accommodate two stages, so PATP ’16 can feature more artists and bands than ever before. Since the new site is larger than the original one, more spectators can be accommodated, and as you’d expect there will be a huge range of concessions and activities to keep the whole family fed, watered and occupied between bands.
Although the lineup was announced some time ago, the organisers have just announced the addition of one more star to the proceedings. None other than TV star and style guru Gok Wan will be appearing onstage on day two (Sunday) to play a DJ set.
“I am beyond excited to be Dj-ing at Party At The Palace. I can’t guarantee any nakedness but I guarantee to show you lovely Scots how to look good dancing! “ Gok Wan
Yes, I have to admit that ordinarily we’d be nowhere near the front of the queue to photograph someone play their favourite tunes on a laptop. But PATP is a party after all, and Gok will no doubt bring a bucketload of charisma and fun to the proceedings.
The weekend, as ever, will of course be dominated by the two headline artists. And once again the event organisers have played an absolute blinder. On the Saturday night, The Proclaimers will take to the stage for what promises to be a truly memorable performance. Since releasing debut album This Is The Story back in 1987, Charlie and Craig Reid have gone on to become one of Scotland’s best loved live bands. If there is anyone out there who doesn’t get an uncontrollable urge to jump up and down during the chorus to I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), or sing along to Letter from America, or bounce up and down to I’m on My Way, they probably don’t have a pulse. And given their well known support of Hibs, Sunshine on Leith will doubtless pack more emotional punch than ever given the team’s recent historic Scottish Cup victory.
Sunday night’s headliner is just a little bit special. To say the very least! Billy Ocean is one of the UK’s most successful R&B artists and has achieved what many otherwise successful British artists have not – and that is to have cracked America. During his 80’s heyday Ocean had a string of hits which were successful on both sides of the Atlantic. Songs like Caribbean Queen, Suddenly and When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going cemented Ocean as one of the most popular artists of the decade, earning him a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Performance and a Brit Award for Best British Male Artist along the way.
Latest news from Party at The Palace HQ is that Saturday 13 has SOLD OUT. However, there are still some tickets available for Sunday 14. So if you’re still thinking about grabbing a ticket for the event, time is fast running out! Follow the link below for the latest ticketing info.
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See you there!
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