Rock down the old cell block at Peterhead Prison

"Everybody to the old cell block, for dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock"
"Everybody to the old cell block, for dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock"

Get some ready for some jailhouse rock down the old cell block as Elvis and Johnny Cash appear at Peterhead Prison this August.

Tribute acts to the two late greats will perform in the courtyard of the old prison where inmates were still being held just over two years ago.

Elvis will play the old Peterhead Prison on August 27

Elvis will play the old Peterhead Prison on August 27

George Walker, the concert event manager, said: “We like to create unique events and when Alec [Geddes, the prison museum’s facility development coordinator] had us up we knew we had to do something.”

He added: “It had to be Elvis.”

Mr Walker also joked that it would be on of the easiest events he’s ever had to manage as “no-one will be jumping the fence to get in.”

The concert will take place on August 27 with tickets costing between £28 and £35, with £95 tickets also available if you want to “do time” in VIP hospitality.

Part of the money raised will go to supporting the charities Funding Neuro and Crimond Charitable Trust.

Mr Walker believes the Elvis and Johnny Cash show could just be the beginning for Peterhead Prison’s as a venue.

He said: “We’d like this to be the first of many because we think it’s a great venue.”

The old prison opened as a museum last month and trade has been going well with people keen to catch a glimpse of what life was like for the convicts locked up there over the years.

Mr Geddes said: “It’s been nice and steady with a lot of positive feedback.

“It’s bringing a lot of people into the area.