Wickerman to celebrate Year of Homecoming with new festival features

Wickerman, one of Scotland’s hottest annual music festivals, will be launching two new features this summer to celebrate its partnership with Homecoming Scotland 2014 – a Lowland Links tent and the festival’s first kilted Wickerman.

The attractions will shine the spotlight on Scotland’s rich and exciting culture and welcome the world to the picturesque Dumfries and Galloway region, where the eclectic independent festival is held.

To bring the Wickerman’s Southern Scottish roots to life, the new Lowland Links Tent will showcase the region’s unique culture through a lively programme of events. Featuring a diverse line-up of music mixed with interactive entertainment and local history, it will play host to an energetic ceilidh at the end of each day to help Wicker fans get into the swing of the Lowland’s spirit. Local heritage experts, crafts and intriguing artefacts will also feature in the tent throughout the weekend.

To further celebrate Homecoming 2014, Wickerman’s famous icon will add a uniquely Scottish touch to the seasoned music event and act as a distinct marker for visitors. Towering 40ft above the picturesque festival site, the Wickerman statue is as iconic as the event itself, and is spectacularly set alight every year in an unforgettable festival finale. For the first time the statue will be expertly hand sculpted in an gravity defying pose and be dressed in a striking kilt woven from willow.

Wickerman’s Festival Coordinator, Helen Chalmers comments:

“We are really looking forward to unveiling our new Wickerman during the lead-up to the festival and are confident that his Homecoming inspired look will be a real talking point amongst festival fans.

Our partnership with Homecoming Scotland provides a great opportunity to showcase Dumfries and Galloway’s unique heritage, culture and beauty to an international audience and we are proud to be part of their 2014 celebrations.”

As one of Scotland’s leading cultural events , the festival will play a key role in Homecoming Scotland’s exciting year-long programme which will showcase all that’s great about Scotland.

Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland 2014 Director said of the partnership: “We are delighted to have the Wickerman  Festival as part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations and what better way to get into the spirit but to have the first ever kilted Wickerman! The festival offers something for everyone with its eclectic mix of music and family entertainment and has recently been showcased in our dedicated Homecoming Scotland television advert shown in the UK and Ireland. Dumfries and Galloway is set for a fantastic weekend!”

Tickets for the Wickerman Festival are on sale now, with acts such as Dizzee Rascal, Del Amitri, The Feeling, Alabama 3, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, The Zombies and many more lined up to play.

Hosted on a picturesque working farm, it attracts music lovers from all over the UK and will feature eleven stages that cater for every musical taste, in addition to a full programme of on-site activities.

Wickerman Festival 2014

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th July 2014 / www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk

East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan, Dumfries & Galloway

Tickets can be purchased from http://wickerman.skiddletickets.com/event.php?id=11715304

For further information, please contact Rachael Tyrrell or Vicki Byers at Burt Greener Communications / 0131 220 0003

Rachael: rachael@burtgreener.co.uk / 07818 075 606

Vicki: vbyers@burtgreener.co.uk / 0797 475 2865

More acts are still to be announced.

Notes to Editors

The Wickerman Festival

Wickerman is one of the UK’s best-loved independent music festivals and is now entering its 13th consecutive year. With ten stages featuring an eclectic and exciting mix of leading artists, alternative acts and up-and-coming talent, the two day summer party caters for all musical tastes.

It is one of the friendliest festivals in Scotland and with hundreds of music-loving families in attendance each year, there’s a host of cool kids entertainment and activities on offer. The festival site is a working farm in picturesque Dumfries and Galloway; its rolling hills, lush forests and fresh country air make for a refreshing vibe. It is also where the classic 1973 Wicker Man film was made – the inspiration for the festival’s name.

The Wickerman site is a wonderland for adults and children alike with a cinema, fun fair, circus entertainment, grass sledging, mountain biking and array of arts and craft activities scattered throughout its fields. High quality yurts, tipis and cloud houses and spacious campsites complete the magical festival experience.

Every year the festival stages an unforgettable finale, as thousands of fans flock to watch a towering 40ft Wickerman be spectacularly set alight.

Homecoming Scotland 2014

The Wickerman Festival forms part of Homecoming Scotland’s 2014 Events Programme. This year, Scotland will welcome the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 – providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.

The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run from 31 December 2013 to 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit www.homecomingscotland.com