One of Scotland’s friendliest independent festivals, the Wickerman Festival attracts an eclectic crowd of music-mad families, wicker fans and camping enthusiasts to the happy atmosphere of a working farm in Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries & Galloway. As part of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Wickerman Festival is now in its 13th year. Growing up in the region, this two-day summer party was always an annual ritual on my calendar and this year, it promises to be unmissable.
Taking place on 25 – 26 July, 2014’s line-up is bursting with talent, from world-famous acts, alternative performances and talented newcomers. Don’t miss an energetic set from the Friday night headliner Dizzee Rascal and prepare to rave the night away to the British rapper’s chart-topping tunes. Del Amitri are also headling the Summerisle Stage, adding a Scottish twist to the proceedings. There’s also feel-good pop from The Feeling, motown legends Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Zombies, Galloway locals Finding Albert and Big Country. Find out more information about this year’s amazing acts and watch this space for more big announcements.
The region was the setting for the 1973 Wicker Man film and the festival stages its own unforgettable finale every year. Crowds gather to watch a towering 40 ft wicker statue be set alight in a dramatic end to the festival at midnight on the Saturday. The statue takes a different shape and form each year, and is made by local craftspeople nearby. This year, for the first time, the Wickerman statue will be dressing up for the occasion in a kilt!
Why not get inspired by the many other talented locals while you’re in town? You will find a hive of cultural activity in galleries, shops and studios in the Artist’s Town of Kirkcudbright.
The festival’s hidden setting in amongst Dumfries & Galloway’s rural countryside and lush forests makes for a uniquely chilled out festival experience. Embrace the selection of activities available, including grass-sledging, mountain biking, a cinema and many arts and crafts stalls. You can even stay over in a cosy yurt, tipi or cloud house which will add to the Wickerman magic!
To celebrate the Wickerman’s southern Scottish roots, this year’s festival will feature a brand new Lowland Links Tent, which will showcase the region’s local history and unique culture through a lively programme of events.
At the heart of southern Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway’s unspoilt landscapes and hilly terrain make it an outdoor playground for adventure seekers. While you are in the area, discover exhilarating mountain-biking at the 7stane’s routes at Dalbeattie, Glentrool and Ae. And for some delicious local produce, be sure to sample some of the tasty treats in the designated Food Town, Castle Douglas, which is filled with local eateries, farm shops and flavoursome foodie delights.
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