McEwan’s Party at the Palace, Linlithgow 8th/9th August,2015.
Sitting just west of Edinburgh, twenty minutes by train is the very charming Scottish village Linlithgow. I’d been to the village before and once to the romantic and idyllic Linlithgow Palace to attend a wedding. Being the birth place of ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ its fair to say this place is steeped in history and one of Scotland’s most beautiful and sought after venues. On this occasion it was hosting the second annual McEwans’ Party At The Palace. We weren’t there to admire the wonderful panoramic views although impossible they were to ignore on a shocking and surprisingly sunny weekend. This two day musical feast had course after course of fantastic local, national and international musical acts.
Soon after we arrived Horse took to the stage and sang her heart out, I’ve wanted to see her live since watching Will Young & Horse on The Quay Sessions with Edith Bowman. This was an excellent performance, superb vocals with some proper Fife banter between songs.
Justin Currie still sounds great, I’ve a couple Del Amitri CD’s and was pretty chuffed to hear the man himself sing live. Cat was amazed I knew the words and I was disappointed she didn’t, Justin and I were both rocking Double Denim and nailing it.
When The Feeling took to the stage the Party went to another level, playing all their big numbers and pleasing a bouncing crowd. Dan Gillespie Sells crowd surf through frenzied revellers was magic. The Feeling are very much at the top of their game and personally speaking their performance stole the show.
On their only UK tour date, Travis took to the stage and we were treated to hit after hit of their legendary songbook. This was another incredible performance and indeed an honour to see a band I’ve loved for many years but had never seen live. You could feel the Scottish pride throughout the crowd, this was very a special occasion and a fantastic end to day one.
Our very own ‘Disco Prince’ Stephen was unable to resist the temptation any longer and decided to join us for Day Two at The Palace, I knew this would happen.
Soon after we arrived The Red Hot Chilli Pipers filled the stage with a fantastic wall of charismatic, immaculately presented kilted musicians. The crowd were loving it and “Bagpipe Rock” most likely was heard for miles, these guys know how to put on a show.
Scouting For Girls fans were well represented in the crowd, they played a great set as we moved further into evening time. Roy Stride has an incredible talent which although I don’t always connect to the lyrics, his skill and voice are very impressive.
By now everyone was in full party mode with massive excitement, anticipation and indeed acute Disco Fever building through the crowd of hungry music lovers present. I looked to the side and there was local woman Susan Boyle having a carryon and enjoying a night out and chatting to the various performers.
Evening fell into night and the DISCO was turned on and set alight with Nile Rodgers and Chic warming up the audience as night temperature fell . This wasn’t just the largest nor the poshest disco in the world indeed this was the best, open air and atmospheric setting you could ever wish for. Nile Rodgers and Chic give us everything they had as these top shelf musicians, famous for their singing, dancing and some funky disco lights and general ‘boogieness’ finished off a spectacular evening and weekend that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Also performing over the weekend though before our arrival unfortunately were ‘Battle of the Bands’ Winners Apache Darling, 100 Fables who are just about to release their debut, Little Eye, Julie Fowlis and Jamie & Shonny who I just managed to catch the end of, these guys are incredible and have an amazing energy so I guess the lesson for next year would be to arrive early afternoon. Already plans are taking shape for next year, to keep up to date and ‘in the know’ visit: Party At The Palace.