A hot and sticky weekend saw the fields of East Kirkcarswell near Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright fill up with over 20,000 music lovers from all corners of the who basked in the sunshine for yet another unforgettable Wickerman Festival.
Attendees couldn’t have asked for a better weekend weather-wise until the heavens opened just in time for the lighting of the giant wicker minotaur at midnight on Saturday.
But revellers beforehand had been treated to two full days of music from both local acts and chart-topping sensations with a little bit of everything else in between.
Zoe Bestel took the Acoustic Village by storm with standing room only shortly after Kirkcudbright’s Bruce McKenzie opened the stage, and Stewartry band the Scruffy Buzzards picked up the pace after a relaxing acoustic set from Alan Frew.
And when the big names came out to play, the crowd went wild - in particular for KT Tunstall and later Primal Scream who treated the capacity audience to a few familiar soundtracks from the 90s.
Saturday’s continued sunshine drew the campers from their tents for an afternoon of new and old music. A firm favourite with the crowd gearing up for another night of partying were the 11-piece Radio2 Folk Sessions favourite, Bellowhead, whose sounds lifted the stage and had the site jumping.
Headliner Amy Macdonald battled through her set with a sore throat which may account for her somewhat relaxed pace but the crowd soon picked up for the burning of the wicker man at midnight. The crowds descended to the foot of the mound to see the annual ritual - this year kicked off by Amy Macdonald herself who lit the first flame. The firework display which followed was one to rival any other and summed up the sell-out success of this year’s festival.
Attending police officers were held in high regard by the crowd, who were appreciative of their hands-off approach (and of the glowstick hats worn by several officers), and festival-goers were praised in return for their good behaviour.
However, a serious assault, alleged drug possession and supply and setting off flares caused police intervention.