Big names and big crowds for Party

Jim Kerr of Simple Minds
Jim Kerr of Simple Minds

Local residents were first in the queue when tickets for Party at the Palace went on sale on Tuesday.

The two day event at Linlithgow Peel on the weekend of August 9 and 10 is set to feature some of Scotland’s top bands including Deacon Blue and Simple Minds as revealed in last week’s Journal and Gazette.

Ticket sales were brisk with many locals taking up the offer to snap up briefs at the Burgh Halls on Tuesday, a day prior to going on sale online.

People began queuing outside the building from 6am and by the time the box office opened at 9am, the queue had reached the top of Kirk Wynd.

One music fan who took advantage of the local ticket sale said: ‘‘I arrived at 8.30am and was surprised I was around 25th in the queue. I managed to buy seven tickets for myself and friends who could not get along on the day due to work commitments.’’

John Richardson, festival organiser, said he had been overwhelmed with the reaction to the music event which will form part of this year’s Homecoming Scotland 2014.

He said: ‘‘I believe the Burgh Halls sold over 1000 tickets in the first two hours.

‘‘And by close of play on Tuesday, they had sold around 2000 tickets and that was before they went on sale online. It’s a great start!’’

Asked if further bands had been signed up for the event, the promoter added: ‘‘I think it will be next week before we are able to announce another couple of bands.

‘‘It’s a bit like buying a house, there are a number of things to sort out before signing a deal.’’

The line up for Party at the Palace so far revealed is: Saturday - Deacon Blue, Attic Lights, Hue and Cry and The Bluebells; Sunday - 
Simple Minds, The Silencers and Horse.

Tickets are still available at the Burgh Halls and online at These cost £95 for a two-day ticket. £52 for a single-day ticket, children 12 and under £20, under 3s free.

Please note a booking fee will be charged.