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MacMoray Summer Festival to come to Elgin in August with Status Quo the first band announced


By Jonathan Clark



A BRAND-NEW MacMoray Summer Festival is coming to Elgin in August 2024 – with legendary rockers Status Quo the first band announced.

Status Quo are set to rock all over Elgin in August 2024. Picture: Robert Sutton
Status Quo are set to rock all over Elgin in August 2024. Picture: Robert Sutton

The weekend-long festival will take place on August 10 and 11 and will be "bigger, better and hotter" than MacMoray Easter Festival, according to organiser Andy Macdonald.

The number of tickets on sale will be 15,000 per day instead 10,000 and an overnight camping area will be available within walking distance of Cooper Park.

It is hoped that the one-off summer event can build on the success of its Easter counterpart. Andy is delighted to bring it to Moray.

"I have been planning a bigger, better and hotter summer festival for the last couple of years," he said.

"I was entertaining the notion of doing it somewhere else, but after a productive meeting with Elgin BID at the start of 2023, we took steps to keep it in the town.

"It is going to be bigger and better with extremely exciting announcements. It's going to be the biggest thing that has ever come to Moray."

Andy was "buzzing" to secure Status Quo, one of his all-time favourite bands, for the festival. He has listened to fan demand and will bring more rock to MacMoray Summer Festival.

Andy Macdonald is bringing more rock to MacMoray Summer Festival. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Andy Macdonald is bringing more rock to MacMoray Summer Festival. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

A new act will be announced every Monday and Friday up until Christmas. All will be worth the £45 entry fee alone, he said.

"I am so grateful that Status Quo want to play at MacMoray Summer Festival," Andy added. "They are really excited.

"Francis Rossi (lead singer) has just done a few dates in Scotland and is really eager for me to announce that he is coming back with the band.

"There are going to be announcements of Status Quo's calibre every week. I have listened to all the comments and feedback from MacMoray.

"All the bands that are coming have been requested by fans. Last year people mentioned a lack of rock and I agree. This is what I'm doing now – bringing Status Quo!

"You would pay more than £45 just to see one of these bands and there will be something for everyone. It hasn't been easy to pull off so I'm proud of the line-up."

Crowds are set to be even bigger at MacMoray Summer Festival. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Crowds are set to be even bigger at MacMoray Summer Festival. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Five piece rock band Status Quo were formed in 1962. Lead singer and guitarist Francis Rossi is joined by Andy Brown, John Edwards, Leon Cave and Richie Malone.

The British band are well-loved for their hits Rockin' All Over The World, In The Army Now and Whatever You Want.

The next band will be announced on Friday, November 24, with tickets going on sale the same day. A special discount launch price of £45 for an adult day ticket and £75 for a weekend ticket will be in place until Christmas.

Ticket lines open at 9.30am. Phone 01309 679613 for enquiries. Online ticket sales will begin the same day at 5pm at www.macmoray.com

In the event of Moray Council not granting a license for the event a full ticket refund will be provided.


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