Young Fathers and Hector Bizerk to headline bill of Scottish talent

Young Fathers
Young Fathers

Hip hop trio Young Fathers will headline the Wickerman Festival’s Solus Tent tent on Friday, while Saturday’s lead act will be experimental rappers Hector Bizerk, it was announced this week.

They will be joined by The Amazing Snakeheads, Neon Waltz, LAW and Tuff Love, as well as other rising stars.

On the Friday, Edinburgh-based crew Young Fathers will bring their alternative fusion of sounds influenced by their Liberian, Nigerian and Scottish roots. The self proclaimed ‘psychadelic hip hop boy band’ will mix tribal percussion and ambient synths with loping beats and hypnotic vocals.

Hip hop supremos Hector Bizerk will be returning to the festival on the Saturday with the promise of an explosive performance. The duo, which comprise of drummer Audrey and rapper Louie, have built a solid reputation for their illustrious live shows and have been dubbed a hybrid of The White Stripes and The Roots.

Also announced are The Amazing Snakeheads, a three-piece primal rock ‘n’ roll band from Glasgow whose unapologetic, emotionally charged songs echo the likes of The Pixies, The Cramps and The Gun Club. Joining them will be Neon Waltz, a powerful six- piece psychedelic indie rock band from Caithness and hotly tipped soloist LAW (aka Lauren Holt) who combines a little rap and a lot of soul in her intensive live performances.

Glaswegian trio Tuff Love will get the crowd going while all-female Cairn String Quartet will bring a touch of class to the exciting line-up. Badmouth Battles rapper Gasp will pick up the pace by MCing the festival’s first ever rap battle. The event will shine the spotlight on raw talent.

Other line-up additions include emerging blues rock band Tijuana Bibles who have drawn comparisons to The Black Keys and alternative comedy, dance, rock group Colonel Mustard and The Dijon 5. Electronica two piece Atom Tree, indie punk act Thin Privilege and dynamic pop musician Algernon Doll will also be commanding the stage. They will be joined by atmospheric indie rockers Call to Mind, Fat Suit a 15-piece band comprised of Glasgow music students and Gastric Band, who channel the taboo-breaking spirits of Frank Zappa and Karlheinz Stockhausen into their music.

Energetic indie rockers Pronto Mama, psychedelic blues band Deathcats, alternative indie folk act Foreign Fox and jazz rock instrumentalists Cutty’s Gym will complete the tent’s eclectic bill.

The Wickerman Festival takes place on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July 2014 at East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright.

Tickets can be purchased from http://wickerman.skiddletickets.com.