No rain guarantee means music lovers in Linlithgow are quids in at party

Headliners Travis performed their hit song Why Does It Always Rain On Me at Party at the Palace 2015
Headliners Travis performed their hit song Why Does It Always Rain On Me at Party at the Palace 2015

Festival bosses have carried through on a promise - to sell half price tickets for next year’s Party at the Palace if it rained at the event in August.

Despite the sun shining for the best part of two full days at the weekend-long event last year, rain did fall on the 8000 strong crowd for a few moments, after organisers had promised perfect weather.

No rain guarantee tickets are priced at £50 for the full weekend or £30 for a single day and were on sale to those who purchased tickets last year until Thursday, December 31.

Organiser John Richardson said the tickets honoured the guarantee made to customers at last year’s event and have been very popular so far.

This year’s Party at the Palace is set to take place during the weekend beginning Saturday, August 13 and it is hoped the headline acts will be announced in the spring.

John said: “The line up will most likely be announced late February or early March.

“We’ve already been speaking to a number of bands and we are excited by the responses so far.

“With two years behind us I think people will expect a high standard and we won’t disappoint anyone.”

There are a number of additions to the event this year, including an extra stage.

The food on offer will also be more extensive than previous years, in an effort to cater for more tastes and requirements.

John said: “As well as having the main stage, we are also launching a second stage for the first time.

“This will hopefully give emerging and local talent an opportunity to perform at the event.

“We’re doubling the number of food stalls next year to allow for new ‘street food’ outlets. This will also cater for all dietary tastes.”

He also hopes to develop the campsite in 2016, to allow more people from further afield to stay for the whole weekend.

Analysis was done on feedback given from attendees last year, and food and drink was one of the areas which scored poorly.

Some people said there was not enough choice and customer service was poor.

However, around three quarters of respondents said they would go to Party at the Palace next year and 32 per cent said they would return depending on the acts who are booked to perform.

Ticket sales at last year’s event were down 3000 on the previous year and the company behind Party at the Palace recently went into liquidation.

The debt stood at £188,920.95 and some local businesses were owed money. At the time John said the new company underwent some restructuring to allow for fresh investment.