Organisers of the Royal Highland Show have revealed this year’s programme of live music and entertainment, set to appear alongside the best livestock, farming, food and rural life at this year’s event (22-25 June).
Absolute Elvis dons white jumpsuit and rhinestones, to headline on Saturday 24 June as the indisputable King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and bring some of his greatest hits to the West Stage.
Bands and performers from across the musical spectrum will appear throughout the four days of the Show. With 11 solo albums to date, John Barker brings his Trumpet Magic to the East and West Stages, while Glasgow-based Awkward Family Portraits blend contemporary folk with Americana.
Pipe Band fans will be spoilt for choice with no fewer than five performing at the Show: Queen Victoria Pipe Band, West Lothian Schools Pipe Band, St Columba’s Pipe Band, the Royal British Legion Band, the Scots Guards Association Pipe Band. Brass is also represented by the Clackmannan District Brass Band.
The Scottish tone continues with the aptly-named Footstompin’ Ceilidh Band, the Cutting Edge Ceilidh Band, and the Fife Strathspey & Reel Society. Schools from around Scotland will also put music centre-stage: Lathallan School, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire pipe bands from this year’s host area will be marching through the avenues, as will a band from West Calder High School.
Jazz aficionados can enjoy the Dick Lee Trio while the Phoenix Gospel Choir and the Farmers & Farmers’ Wives Choir will appeal to choral enthusiasts. Acoustic group Blu Flint, the Stirling Orchestra, Ups & Downs Theatre Company and family entertainers Damo & Marvo complete this year’s line-up.
Show Manager David Jackson said, “This year’s programme brings together a broad musical mix, from traditional Scottish melodies to ‘The King’ himself. Visitors to The Royal Highland Show this June can look forward to four days of great entertainment as well as the best of the Show.”