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Scotland these days boasts myriad festivals at a range of dramatic venues. There is no place more epic to catch a festival, though, than Linlithgow Palace. This ancient seat of the Stuart kings, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, is one of Scotland’s most spectacular historic sites. This summer it’s also playing host to that most family friendly of festivals, Glen’s Party at the Palace.

Robin & his daughter at last year's event

Robin & his daughter at last year’s event (c) Robin McKelvie

Integral Palace View

Some of Scotland’s music festivals have had a tough time of late, with the much publicised travails of T in the Park in 2015 and 2016 seeing the cancellation of the 2017 event. There are no such problems for Glen’s Party at The Palace, which is now in its fourth year. In 2017 this two-day extravaganza will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August in the royal burgh of Linlithgow. The location is spot on – just 20 minutes from Edinburgh and 35 minutes from Glasgow on the motorway. The train station at Linlithgow is handily located too.

The action this year is again down on the loch with a view of that palace integral. There will again be a second stage, the Scottish Sun Break Out Stage, giving you a wide choice of bands. There will also be a string of food outlets and a large kids zone to help keep children entertained. I for one am glad of that as I am taking my two wee girls along.

Party at the Palace

Party at the Palace (c) Barry Teece

Stellar Line Up

The line up this year is great, especially for lovers of 1980s and 1990s music. On Saturday the main stage sees the likes of the Lightning Seeds, Ash and the headliners, seminal indie rockers, the Kaiser Chiefs, bash out their tunes. On the Scottish Sun Break Out Stage The Snuts and Lucy Spraggan catch the eye.

Moving on to Sunday the main stage sees the return of cult Scottish indie heroes the BMX Bandits and 1980s wonders Hipsway. They are backed up by Abba tribute act Bjorn Again and the indie anthem monsters Razorlight. The Scottish Sun Break Out Stage meanwhile tempts with the likes of The Phantoms and Raintown.

Fairground fun, Party at the Palace

Fairground fun, Party at the Palace (c) Robin McKelvie


The good news is that there are still tickets left online. At the time of writing they were priced at:

– Weekend Tier 3 adult ticket £90.10
– Single Day Tier 3 adult ticket: Saturday £57.24, Sunday £47.70.
– Children aged 6-15: Saturday £21.20 (Tier 3), Sunday £5.30 (Tier 1)
– Children aged 0 to 5 free of charge

If you want to enjoy the weekend in style there is also a VIP Package, which is £104.94 for Sunday (Saturday VIP tickets have been sold out), or £58.30 when upgrading an adult ticket. This includes Fast Track entry to the site and use of an exclusive VIP marquee with a dedicated Bar. As well as a complimentary souvenir programme, treatments from a team of therapists and access to the exclusive VIP garden. VIP briefs include maybe most importantly posh loos!


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