Guitarist Iain Harvie commented: “It’s been a long time, but what a prospect it is to play to a Scottish festival crowd again; we’re really looking forward to joining all the Wicker fans this Summer.”

As one festival cancels, another one thrives. Wickerman, one of Scotland’s best-loved independent music festivals, has revealed that the Saturday night headliner for this summer’s event will be seminal Scottish pop-rock band Del Amitri following on from the news that Dizzee Rascal would headline the Friday night.

 On Saturday 26th July Del Amitri are set to storm the stage in what will be their first festival appearance in 12 years. The chart topping band, who have sold six million albums, will rock the crowds with their signature mix of indie art pop, folk infused ballads and Brit rock, performing hits such as ‘Nothing Ever Happens’, ‘Always the Last to Know’, ‘Roll to Me’ and ‘Kiss This Thing Goodbye’.

And it really isn’t a festival unless you have Alabama 3! The English, alternative rock act will be joining the line-up on the Friday. The band are famed for their fusion of styles, mixing rock, dance, blues, country, gospel, and spoken word, as well as their electric presence on stage.

The group will return to the Summerisle Stage to once again wow the Wickerman crowds with hits both old and new, including ‘Woke Up This Morning’ the theme tune to hit American TV series, ‘The Sopranos’ which the band are renowned for the world over.

 

Alabama 3 at Belladrum 2013
Alabama 3 at Belladrum 2013

Wickerman Festival Coordinator Helen Chalmers is delighted to reveal yet more acts for the 2014 festival. She commented: “We are over the moon that Del Amitri have chosen Wickerman to make their Scottish festival comeback, after such a distinguished and memorable career it’ll be amazing to see the original members performing live again. It will be great to see Alabama 3 return to the festival this year, they have always had such an affinity with the Wickerman crowd. The atmosphere is sure to be electric.”

Located near Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway, The Wickerman Festival is on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July. Weekend camping tickets are a very reasonable  £105 with kids under 12 going free. Wickerman 2014 tickets.

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Chartered surveyor by day, music reviewer by night, and occasionally I get to use my camera. A strange mix, but one that I enjoy.A chance meeting in the queue for Bella in 2010 led to the opportunity to write for InvernessGigs; a far cry from the days of writing for a football fanzine back in the late 80s, early 90s. My interests lie between the mainstream, the emerging and the local. Increasingly I find that we have more than enough locally to entertain us to necessitate a trip south. I’m always happy to give a listen, whatever the genre.Inverness has a plethora of talent, all of which I am more than keen to write about. If it encourages just one person to make the effort to listen to some new music I’ll be happy.You can contact Frank direct via frankieboyfin@gmail.com