More acts confirmed for Wizard

Wizard, Saturday Main Stage Crowd
Wizard, Saturday Main Stage Crowd

MORE acts have been confirmed for this year’s Wizard Festival.

The North-east’s biggest two-day music festival happens on August 26 and 27 at the New Deer showground. Mac Floyd, The Travelling Band and Rhythm n Reel have now been confirmed for top slots on the festival’s main and second stages.

Already confirmed to play on the main stage are acts such as The Stranglers, CAST, The Saw Doctors, The Magic Numbers, Jon Fratelli and Tommy Reilly.

Mac Floyd will be making a welcome return to the festival following a tremendous set in 2008. Mac Floyd play classic tracks, covering what is simply the best of Pink Floyd from 1973’s The Dark Side Of The Moon, through to 1994’s The Division Bell albums.

The set list will also include the anthems ‘wish you were here’, ‘comfortably numb’, plus some of the more obscure material from the psychedelic years.

The Travelling Band will be showcasing their latest album ‘Screaming is something’ and are sure to be a welcome addition to the line up.

Roy Thain Wizard Festival organiser said: “The bill is really starting to take shape and we are looking forward to giving fans one of the best ever Wizard Festivals. These bands, as well as the up and coming acts also announced are all top quality artists that suit all musical tastes.

“Everything is going really well in the lead up to the event and we are making sure that everything is in place for all our festival fans to have a brilliant time.”

A brand new festival partnership between new music initiative goNorth means that eight acts have also been given to some of Scotland’s best up and coming talent.

Up and coming Scottish acts that will be appearing on the Banshee stage as part of the goNorth summer festival tour include The Frues, Cities & Skylines, Mitchell Museum, Pareto, Crayons, Townhouse, Tango In The Attic andTrapped in Kansas.

goNorth works on presenting the best ‘ground breaking’ talent from the North of Scotland to the wider music industry by promoting acts and putting on showcase events, helping new acts to break into the music business.

Organisers have also announced that main stage sponsorship has been taken by local recycling firm, Keenan Recycling. Based only a few miles from the festival site, the business has been a longstanding supporter of the festival and so has stepped up to take main stage sponsor slot to support the local event.

Now in its fifth year, Wizard Festival is the North East’s biggest family friendly music festival and offers free camping and car parking to revellers attending the event. There are three stages, a full campsite, caravan and campervan site and onsite food and merchandise stalls.

Last year more than 5,000 people attended the event that has tripled in size since it began in 2007.

There is a full programme of children’s and young people’s activities including kid’s yoga, drumming and music workshops with hip hop and zumba dancing classes also available.