Festival good for the town if staged

The last major event was Chanel at Linlithgow Palace
The last major event was Chanel at Linlithgow Palace

Discussions are under way to stage a major music festival in Linlithgow this summer.

Music promoter PDF Promotions is proposing to hold a two-day ‘Party at the Palace’ on Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, which will celebrate the best of Scottish music over the past 30 years.

Potential bands being lined up to play at The Peel include Simple Minds, Deacon Blue, Wet Wet Wet, Del Amitri, Hue and Cry and others.

And a second stage would see more traditional Scottish acts perform, such as Eddie Reader, Julie Fowlis, Phil Cunningham and Ally Bain, as well as emerging acts.

The festival’s aim is to tie in with Scotland’s Homecoming 2014 celebrations.

It has already received support from Visit Scotland, Visit West Lothian, West Lothian Council, local business groups, musicians and various media partners.

PDF Promotions spokesman Peter Ferguson said: ‘‘Talks have been held with Historic Scotland and we await its decision on whether we can continue or not.

‘‘There are some concerns but it is hoped these issues can be addressed.’’

Historic Scotland will have the final say and its spokesman said this week: ‘‘We are in discussions with PDF Productions regarding a possible music event at Linlithgow Peel later this 

‘‘As the plans are still at an early stage, we are happy to provide advice and assistance as they move towards an application to hold the event at the site.

“It is only after the detailed application has been made that we can make a decision.”

The event on The Peel would have a capacity of 7500 people each day and the main access would be via Low Port Primary School, with a festival village staged within the school grounds.

Peter added: ‘‘We hope to bring this major event to Linlithgow. The prospect of such a festival which celebrates Scottish music over the past 30 years whets the 

‘‘It will be a major event for the town but, unlike the Chanel event of 2012, there will be no veil of secrecy and we would want to keep the community informed at all times. We have received support from all areas and we now look to the community to back our plans too.”

Traffic management is also being addressed with the promoters in discussions with Scotrail, which plans to set up a park and ride facility.