Music legends The Jacksons confirmed for new Scotfest festival

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The Jacksons are coming to the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston.

Organisers of Scotland’s newest music extravaganza hope Fifers will support the event next summer after the PKD Festival effectively moved over the Forth.

An incredible line-up has been unveiled for Scotfest at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston on July 6 and 7, with American legends The Jacksons the latest big name to be confirmed for the Friday night alongside the likes of 80s staple 5 Star, soul star David Lee Andrews, Dionne Hickey and Tam Scott.

The Saturday is also shaping up to be superb for fans of 90s pop, with Irish boyband Boyzone, B*witched, Five, Liberty X and East 17 all among those on the bill.

With the entertainment taking shape, those behind Scotfest are keen to see people who supported its previous incarnation as the PKD Festival in Fife secure a spot at its new home.

Organiser Mark Bennett said it had been a wrench to move the festival out of the kingdom after nine years, but admitted they had been left with no choice.

PKD started life in Dalgety Bay and relocated to Rosyth for 2017, but the need for a bigger venue – among other things – prompted the switch to Ingliston and a rebranding exercise.

Regret as PKD Festival forced to relocate to new home outside Fife

However, he believes the bigger venue and the performers already committed to July’s two-day event will make it a memorable occasion.

“I hope people in Fife will come out and support it,” he said.

“Most people this year parked at the park and ride and caught the shuttle bus to Rosyth, but now they can park at either Halbeath or Inverkeithing and catch the 747 bus which drops them right outside Ingliston.

“By doing that, people don’t even have to go over the new bridge – they can use the old bridge – and it’ll cut journey times by around 10 minutes.

“Plus there’s a huge site at Ingliston where people who want to drive can park their car, so it’s got everything we could have hoped for really.”

The announcement of The Jacksons as the Friday night headliners is likely to spark a fair bit of interest, especially as Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon are considered music royalty by many.

The iconic sibling pop group played a one-off UK show at Blenheim Palace as part of their 50th anniversary tour last year, and fans can expect to hear a mix of their greatest hits alongside covers of several Michael Jackson hits when they appear in Scotland next summer.

Mr Bennett added that Scotfest has also teamed up with Forces Online in a deal which will see the organisation which supports ex-servicemen and women run the festival’s camping experience.

That means weekend camping tickets are being sold for just £10, which will include a donation to Forces Online as part of the package.

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