DJs Darren Emerson and Steve Lawler Top Wickerman Festival’s Dance Bill

Steve Lawler
Steve Lawler

DANCE music legend Darren Emerson and creative phenomenon Steve Lawler will be heading to The Wickerman Festival’s ‘Bass Camp’.

The famous dance tents will host almost 30 DJs playing out across two tents until 5am on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July.

Legendary clubbing talent Steve Lawler will bring his trademark style to the Wickerman crowd for the first time, as he headlines the Skiddle: ‘2012 - A Bass Odyssey’ tent on Friday 20th July. Other fresh additions for the day are high energy female DJ Ginny Koppenhol and Uber resident DJ Ki Creighton, while Dance Lady Dance vs Disco Dom, house DJ Matt Hinde and the phenomenal Kid Blast have been announced as new additions to the accessible Saturday line up.

More new names have also been announced for the Bass Camp - Em-It tent, the Friday bill now including Plump DJs, aka Lee Rous and Andy Gardner. Fresh from an international tour the duo will be pumping out electro, house and bass beats as the tent’s headliners. Techno funk from Londoner and Wickerman regular Meat Katie will get music fans into the groove, next to cutting edge house and electro from Simon Jackson and experimental techno soundscapes from Edinburgh based DJ and producer Ingen. Energy driven mash-ups and remixes will also come from Believe and Carlisle based DJ/producer Andy Ballantyne.

On Saturday 21st July globetrotting Darren Emerson, one of the most influential figures in dance music, will take inspiration from the vibe of the Wickerman Festival crowd, serving up a one-off mix of his trademark British electronica. Original tracks, remixes and collaborations from the notoriously experimental Rcaine and fresh beats from the hotly tipped Call me T are also set to be amongst the highlights. Scott McCormick, Liam Gordon and Ray McKinney complete the line-up of acts taking to the Em-It decks on Saturday.

Simon Jackson, DJ and booker for the Em-It tent added: “This year there’s a great mix of genres across both Bass Camp tents this year. Up and coming DJs from across the country include one of my favourite newcomers Call me T and of course there’s headliner Darren Emerson, whose name has been synonymous with dance music for over 20 years. Festival goers should get ready for a party.”

Acts already announced for Skiddle: ‘2012 -A Bass Odyssey’ include BBC Radio 1 In New DJs We Trust’s Jordan Suckley, the carnival like Organic DJs, fresh faced beats from turntable wizard D.O.D, one of the world’s best DJs Yousef, as well as an underground edge to progressive house and trance from Kryder and driving beats from duo Filter Script.

Offering a different tone for festival goers, Saturday is set to host legendary club DJ David Dunne, ex Coronation Street actor Graeme Hawley, Jamie Scahill, modern day disco from Crazy P and prolific producer Sonny Wharton.

One of Scotland’s best loved music and arts festivals, the Wickerman Festival has also announced monumental New York pop stars Scissor Sisters and top Scottish popsters Texas as the main stage headliners. They will be joined by Britpop icons Cast, Dundee rockers The View, folk rock heroes Levellers and singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner, before a DJ set from Mike Skinner after the spectacular Wickerman burning. With ten live music stages in total music fans can also witness legendary punk and ska acts, up and coming Scottish talent, reggae and acoustic performances.