Local talent given a spot to shine

Scruffy Buzzards at Eden Festival. Photo: Pete White

Scruffy Buzzards at Eden Festival. Photo: Pete White

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HOMEGROWN talent will be evident at this weekend’s Wickerman Festival, one of Scotland’s biggest independent musical events, as youngsters, bands and DJs take to the various stages to strut their stuff.

Wigtown’s rising star, Zoe Bestel, will open the Acoustic Stage on Friday at 12pm in her first Wickerman appearance at the age of just 14 - but her recent spate of confident and enchanting performances prove she’s just the lass for the job.

Friday 4th May'14yr old singer/songwriter Wigtown Lass Zoe Bestel at the launch of her first single 35 missed calls in the Belted Galloway Newton Stewart

Friday 4th May'14yr old singer/songwriter Wigtown Lass Zoe Bestel at the launch of her first single 35 missed calls in the Belted Galloway Newton Stewart

Clashing with Zoe will be Dumfries singer/songwriter Sean vs the Robots on the Summerisle Stage. But given the intimate nature of this festival, fans will have plenty of time to make it between the two stages to catch a few tunes from each.

At 6pm in the Acoustic Village, The Razorbills (formerly The Geese) will show what they can do in the Acoustic Village.

On Saturday, up-and-coming band Finding Albert who are making waves on the music scene nationally will wow the crowds on the main Summerisle Stage at 12.55pm, kick-starting the big names for the second day of the festival.

On Saturday, Stewartry group Scruffy Buzzards will bring their folk/rock sounds to the Ingrid Pit Word Stage at 5pm. Calum Gilligan from New Galloway will continue his recent list of shows and Dumfries group The Cats will also be playing, as well as many, many other locals and visitors who will join the 20,000 people descending on the fields of Dundrennan for this annual festival.