Preview: Stereophonics, Edinburgh Castle

Welsh rockers Stereophonics have spoken out about performing in the Capital, ahead of their gig at Edinburgh Castle tonight.

Speaking to the Daily Record, frontman Kelly Jones said: “We are very excited to be playing Edinburgh Castle because over the last 20 years we’ve always ended up doing Glasgow and Aberdeen because there hasn’t been an arena situation in Edinburgh. I’m looking forward to doing something over a couple of nights there because I love Edinburgh as a city.

“Edinburgh was one of the first cities we ever came to as kids in the band -we were 20 and it felt like the first place we’d been abroad. None of us had done much travelling and I remember us getting off the tour bus and it was snowing on to the cobbled streets. It just felt very foreign but it felt very welcoming to our music so it’s always had a special place for us.”

When the two sold-out gigs were first announced, Mark Mackie, director of Castle Concerts/Regular Music promised fans a night to remember. He said: “The band will be playing hits from their whole career as well as from their most recent number one album, Keep the Village Alive. It’s sure to be a cracker of a night up there.”

Since the release of their debut album, Word Gets Around, in 1997, Stereophonics have enjoyed consistent mainstream success. Their biggest hits include Dakota, Local Boy In The Photograph, Just Looking and Pick A Part That’s New. Their latest album, Keep The Village Alive, was produced by frontman Kelly Jones and Jim Lowe.

Over the years, Edinburgh Castle has played host to some of the music industry’s biggest acts including Rod Stewart, P!nk, Blondie, Tom Jones, Lionel Richie and Boyzone. Last night, Simply Red kicked off this year’s series of concerts whilst Runrig will also perform on Saturday 23 July.

Words: Amy Anderson


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