With only six weeks to go until Scotland’s hottest summer party kicks off, The Wickerman Festival has announced its eagerly anticipated goNORTH Festival Tour line-up, hot on the heels of goNORTH, which took place in Inverness last week.
Now in its third year, the tent will showcase some of the most exciting new acts to have emerged from the Scottish music scene, with acts selected following submissions earlier in the year.
Glasgow four-piece Three Blind Wolves will headline the tent on Friday bringing their very special brand of folk-tinged psychedelic blues-rock to the stage. Influenced by Neil Young, Pavement, My Morning Jacket and Nirvana, the band’s wild stage presence and transfixing harmonies have received critical acclaim.
Saturday’s lead act will be super talented Scottish trio Prides who are set to captivate the crowds with their blend of cutting hooks and memorable, honest lyrics. They will be joined by power pop band Be Like Pablo, who combine catchy guitar riffs and bright vocal harmonies with a healthy dose of nerdy enthusiasm – think the Beach Boys with Scottish accents.
Hip-hop duo Hector Bizerk will be returning to Wickerman this year to deliver what is set to be another storming performance. Their versatile drumming combined with poetic social commentaries has cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting, diverse and original Scottish live acts. Also joining the line-up will be international act MAASK. Hailing from The Netherlands, the electronic artist and beat boxer seamlessly blurs the boundaries of pop, dance, jazz, ska and dubstep to create a stylistically unique sound.
Other Friday line-up additions include Glaswegian band Blood Relatives, who mix Scottish humour with catchy pop hooks and Friend in America whose atmospheric sound is driven by bold lyrics and heartfelt vocal performances. Alternative punk rock duo Pinact, five-piece rock band Arches, singer songwriter Lidh, Eugene Twist, The Deadline Shakes, atmospheric punk act Plastic Animals and rock n roll guitar band The Velveteen Saints will also take centre stage.
On Saturday Scottish indie band Casual Sex are set to deliver an electrifying performance, they will be joined by fellow indie act The Yawns and The OK Social Club who are fast becoming one of the hottest young bands to appear from Edinburgh’s underground music scene. Scottish singer songwriters Willie Campbell and Jemma Tweedie, pop three-piece Garden of Elks, Edinburgh band Book Group and progressive rock act Alarm Bells are also confirmed to perform.
“We are delighted to be returning to Wickerman again this summer”, said goNORTH Project Manager, Alex Smith. “The festival has built a fantastic reputation for supporting emerging talent and embracing diversity, and we are really excited to be showcasing such a broad range of artists at the goNORTH Festival Tour Tent this year”.