Stirling’s culture credentials have been underlined yet again with the announcement of Texas as headliners for next year’s Big Top - Under Canvas event.

The Scottish pop favourites will take to the stage at Stirling City Park on 19 August 2022 as part of the special summer show that also includes top Scottish trad band Skippinish the following day.

The news that Texas is coming to Stirling is another fantastic fillip for the city and the surrounding area as the country recovers from the pandemic.

Thousands of fans are expected to pour into Stirling for the event, which will be set to the stunning backdrop of Stirling Castle, providing a significant economic boost for local businesses. 

It also reaffirms Stirling’s reputation as world-class events destination, helped by the city’s excellent transport links and central location.

Wow factor

Cllr Chris Kane, Community Planning and Regeneration convener for Stirling Council said: “As we emerge from the pandemic and start to look forward to seeing our favourite bands in person again, it’s easy to see why Stirling is well placed to attract major acts like Texas. 

“We have a fantastic events field at Stirling City Park with Stirling Castle providing a wow factor backdrop; Stirling is at the heart of Scotland and the heart of the motorway and rail network and our city centre has excellent bars, cafes and cultural gems to enhance everyone’s trip to the city.

“Stirling is a top class destination for culture and events; Texas knows that and I can’t wait to welcome the band to the city in August 2022.” 

The announcement also comes on the back of the news that some live audiences will be allowed for next month’s Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival 2021, another cornerstone event of Stirling’s cultural offering, highlighted in the area’s bid for City of Culture 2025.

Getting back open for business

Cllr Scott Farmer, vice convener, added: “With everything that’s happened in the last year, this is some much-needed good news for the people of Stirling and really gives them something to look forward to.

“Texas is a global act with proud Scottish roots and I’m sure the band will be given a proper welcome, alongside the thousands of fans, when they take to the stage next year.

“Stirling is really getting back open for business and this show underlines our aspirations to make Stirling a proper city of culture now and in the future.”