Festival Preview: Party at the Palace 2021

Update: As of 15th July, festival organisers have elected to cancel this year’s Party at the Palace as a result of current Covid-19 restrictions.

Party at the Palace has become one of the mainstays of the festival scene in Scotland over the years and this year’s festival is one of special significance as it will surely serve as the first major festival that many have been able to attend in nearly two years thanks Covid-19.

For those who may not know, Party at the Palace is an annual festival held in Linlithgow, a lovely little town nestled in the middle of Glasgow and Edinburgh. This year will see the festival run from 6th – 8th August and it’ll be headlined by Manic Street Preachers on the Saturday night with Scotland’s own Del Amitri headlining the Sunday.

The Friday however is a slightly different take things when Irish comedian Dara O’Briain, who many will know as the host of Mock the Week on BBC 2, takes centre stage in a more comedy centric night.

A weekend ticket (Saturday / Sunday) will set you back £85.00 while a single day can be picked up for £49.00 for either days. The comedy focused Friday night comes in at a bargain price of £25.00.

You can also get discounted tickets for kids, less than half price of an adult ticket in fact, and some additional bolt on options to drive down the price of the Friday night ticket.

As with the rest festival previews, we’re aiming to give you a few options on what to see so hopefully you’ll find something listed here which will help better shape your weekend if you’re heading along to the festival.

01. Stephanie Cheape – This talented young artist has been making big waves over the last couple of years playing the likes of Trnsmt, Belladrum Tartan Hearts Festival as well as a previous appearance at Party at the Palace and let’s not forget that Stephanie has even sold out Glasgow’s legendary King Tut’s.

Check her out if you like Florence + The Machine, Garbage or Skyler Grey.

Essential Listening: Queen (single) and Blood, Sweat & Fear (single)

02. Kyle Falconer – The frontman of The View is set to release his second solo album later this month and has made quite the name for himself over the last couple of years. While I was never a huge fan of The View themselves, Kyle has come into his own as a solo artist and I think Party at the Palace is just the place to see him shine.

Check him out if you like Paolo Nutini, The View or Harry Styles

Essential Listening: No Love Songs for Laura

03. Connor Fyfe – Probably the youngest artists you’ll be able to see at the festival is one not to be missed. At just 16 years old, Connor Fyfe has everything it takes to be a star. He’ll be a name you’ll be hearing a lot over the next couple of years and is more than worthy of your attention.

Check him out if you like Lewis Capaldi, Sixth Avenue Traffic or Amy Macdonald.

Essential Listening: Don’t

04. Primes – While Primes may be the least known name on this list, they are by no means one to be ignored. Hailing from Falkirk, this three piece are season festival veterans at this point playing the likes of Rewind Festival, Vibration Festival and this year sees them make a return to Party at the Palace. So if you’re looking for something a little more upbeat then this is the band for you.

Check them out of you like Stereophonics, Snow Patrol or The Killers.

Essential Listening: Shangri-La (single) or Moment (single)

05. Space – With essential 90’s hits like Neighbourhood, Female of the Species and The Ballad of Tom Jones, Space will definitely be one for those looking for something a little more familiar in their festival experience this year but they are terrific live and

Check them out if you like Pulp, Shed Seven or Blur.

Essential Listening: Tin Planet