Hope yet for fans of iconic rockers Runrig
Runrig have announced that tickets for both of their summer shows in Stirling have completely sold-out.
But there may still be hope for fans who didn’t manage to bag themselves one of the much soughtafter briefs.
The legendary Scots rockers announced news of a second show in the city last week after demand for tickets for their farewell gig The Last Dance went through the roof – selling out in just minutes.
They will perform at Falleninch Field, part of Stirling’s proposed city park, on Friday August 17 and Saturday August 18.
And while around 50,000 tickets have already been snapped up, the band say they are still trying to find ways to ensure their loyal support don’t miss out.
A post on their social media said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response from fans for tickets to The Last Dance.
Runrig at Stirling’s City Park
Tickets to the band’s Friday night concert at Stirling’s City Park have now sold out.
“At present the capacity for The Last Dance shows cannot be increased, but the concert promoter, LCC Live, is working with the relevant authorities in the hope we can release additional tickets for The Last Dance in the near future.
“At this time, we would like to thank our fans for their continued support and, of course, we will keep you updated.”
Former Runrig star turned politician Pete Wishart reckons fans will be in for a treat when the legendary rockers visit Stirling.
The SNP MP spent more than a decade with the band and he believes those lucky enough to bag themselves a ticket are in for a great night.
Mr Wishart played keyboard for Runrig for 15 years – and while he’s disappointed to see them bow out with The Last Dance performances, he’s sure they will be a fitting celebration of their 45-year-career.
He told our sister paper the Perthshire Advertiser: “I’m really saddened to hear that Runrig are calling it a day – but I’m sure that next year’s concert will be an amazing send-off.
“Runrig introduced a new generation of Scots to Gaelic – and they took Gaelic and Highland culture around the world. It’s difficult to comprehend and appreciate Runrig’s contribution to Scottish music but they have truly become one of Scotland’s iconic bands.”
Mr Wishart says that the highlight of his time with the band was the famous Loch Lomond concert which was attended by 50,000 people.
He added: “I had 16 wonderful years with Runrig and enjoyed every minute. In the early 90s we were perhaps Scotland’s biggest band and I will never forget the concert at Loch Lomond which practically every Scot of that particular vintage now claims they were at.”
Runrig became a driving force in Scottish and Gaelic cultural life after being founded in 1973, From their humble beginnings on Skye they have taken their unique brand of Celtic rock to some of the most iconic venues in the UK and Europe – from sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London to castles and arenas across Germany and Denmark, to Times Square in New York.
Their version of Loch Lomond has become truly iconic – having achieved universal status as an unofficial alternative national anthem.
They released their 14th and final studio album The Story in 2016.
Rockers Tickets for both of Runrig’s Stirling shows have sold out Insert MP Pete Wishart during his time with the band