A musical celebration of Scotland and its patron saint is in store at what is being billed as the largest ever party in St Andrews.
Topping the bill at the not-to-be-missed free street concert on November 28 will be the Mercury Award-nominated artiste - and one of the East Neuk’s most famous residents - King Creosote, which will herald the switch-on of the town’s festive lights.
Providing support will be Ashton Lane - whose lead singer Esther O’Connor’s father, Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin will joining them for their set - Bella & The Bear, Coaltown Daisies and Kirsten Adamson, the daughter of the late Stuart Adamson of Big Country.
This year there will be two stages in Market Street on the Saturday of the four days of celebrations, providing more than four hours of non-stop music and entertainment from the late afternoon to early evening, with the focus on the best of Scottish musical talent in a variety of genres.
“It will be an all-Scottish musical line-up, from both near and far, as this will, after all, will be a celebration of our country’s patron saint’s day, being held in St Andrews itself and it is all about celebrating that in the community,” said Patrick Laughlin, manager of St Andrews Partnership, the charity behind the event.
This week the Scottish Government announced it was awarding £16,000 to the Partnership for the St Andrew’s Day Celebrations as part of its Winter Festival.
A record £390,000 will support 22 key cultural events which will form part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals 2015-16 programme.
Last year’s St Andrew’s Day events in St Andrews were attended by more than 12,000 people and brought more than £400,000 in economic benefit to the town.
In all, there will be 50 different events from Friday, November 27, to the day itself on Monday, November 30.
For full details of what will be on, visit the website www.visitstandrews.com