Proclaimers and Billy Ocean wow the crowds at PATP ‘16

Headlining day one of PATP - The Proclaimers.  Picture Michael Gillen.
Headlining day one of PATP - The Proclaimers. Picture Michael Gillen.

It’s billed as a party - a fun-filled family day out that everyone can enjoy - and boy did it deliver on that promise!

This years central Scotland summer musical extravaganza that is Party at the Palace pulled off a major coup, and firmly cemented themselves on the music fesival calendar.

The weekend gig, held against the backdrop of the historical Linlithgow Palace, was a sell-out success, and saw nearly 9000 partygoers rocking up each day.

And true to form, it was great to see a right mix of ages - from a four-week old babe-in-arms to the lady who had her name checked by the DJ - for her 70th birthday!

Saturday’s stage saw Lucia Fontaine, Gun, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, Bootleg Beatles, Brother Apollo, the Fratelli’s and of course the headline act, The Proclaimers.

The Reid brothers had the crowd lapping up that festival spirit and there was swaying, arms waving and singing as they belted out hit after hit.

The atmosphere on site was very laid back and easy going, and the busiest the couple of local police officers got was posing with festival goers for pics.

Sunday saw another sunny bright day dawning over West Lothian as The Begbies, Dirty Harry, The Farm, Big Country, Heaven 17, Andy Bell of Erasure fame and the man himself, Mr Billy Ocean took to the stage.

Talk about a cornucopia of music! There was something for everyone here, but for my generation, the middle-aged bunch, this was heaven. Hit after hit from my youth belted out.

And, it’s nice to see that this isn’t just a money making concern, theres a true community spirit with funding being ploughed back into the local area through ticket sales. This years charity partners who were also set for a wee windfall were Cash for Kids and Parkinson’s UK.

If there’s one festival you want to get to, then this is it, and I predict you’re going to need to grab tickets early next year - PATP is on a roll, and it’s only set to get bigger and better!