Wickerman Festival set to open gates to 5,000 more

The Wickerman Festival could grow in size by allowing an extra 5000 attendees, a report to Dumfries and Galloway Council claimed this week.

The council’s policy and resources committee will discuss proposals to hold a council-led study into the fesability of opening the two-day music festival near Dundrennan up to a further 5,000 people by 2017.

The festival currently hold 20,000 which brings in an estimated £2 million net additional economic income to the area.

The study would look at the impact an extra 5,000 people would have on the infrastructure of the Stewartry, pick up potential benefits to the area and review the economic impact the festival has had on the area to date.

The report also states that the Wickerman Festival owners and organisers have expressed support for the study and would “input fully into its preparation”.

The sum of £4,000 would be contributed to the study, which would be completed by autumn of this year.

This year’s festival is 24-25 July.