Stereo MCs and Sugarhill Gang on Wickerman bill

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Jimmy Cliff, Neneh Cherry, The Sonics, Stereo MCs, Julian Cope and The Sugarhill Gang have been announced for July’s Wickerman Festival.

The Saints, Pere Ubu, TV Smith (The Adverts) , Hector Bizerk, This is the Kit, The Amphetameanies, The Ramonas, Ela Orleans, Esperanza and Halfrican have also been announced.

On Saturday, Jamaican reggae sensation Jimmy Cliff will give a main stage performance. The two-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is best known for his chart topping hits such as ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’, ’You Can Get It If You Really Want’, ‘Ska All Over The world’, ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ and ‘I Can See Clearly Now’.

Joining him will be pop rebel Neneh Cherry. With a string of hits, including ‘Buffalo Stance’, ‘Woman’ and ‘7 Seconds’ under her belt, the Brit Award winner enjoyed a huge renaissance last year with a new album and sold out UK tour.

The Stereo MCs will also be taking to the main stage to stir up a storm with the Wickerman crowd. Described as ‘the big boys of British rap’, the hip hop/electronic dance group are best known for their 90s hits ‘Connected’ and ‘Step It Up’. The legendary former front man of post punk band Teardrop Explodes, Julian Cope, will also join the eclectic bill.

Further enhancing Wickerman’s hip hop vibe will be one of the world’s truly pioneering acts - The Sugarhill Gang. The Gang’s iconic 70s hit ‘Rapper’s Delight’ was one of the first songs to popularise the genre around the world. Performing alongside them will be the lead rapper and main songwriter for Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – Melle Mel.

On Friday, The Sonics, best known for their 60s cover ‘Have Love Will travel’, will be headlining the Festival’s hugely popular Scooter Tent.

Tickets can be purchased from www.skiddle.com.

More acts are still to be announced.