Scotland’s favourite independent music festival returned to Dundrennan, near Dumfries & Galloway for it’s 11th year at the weekend.

The Wickerman Festival 2012 boasted one of the most impressive festival line-ups of the year with headline slots from New York’s Scissor Sisters and homegrown favourite’s, Texas as well as The View, Kassidy, Cast, The Levellers, Newton Faulkner and fresh talent, singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg.

Wickerman has grown in popularity since it’s modest beginnings thanks to it’s eclectic line-up on offer over numerous live stages; Summerisle Stage (Main Stage), The Solus Tent, The Acoustic Village and The GoNorth Tent to name but a few, as well as it’s various family-friendly activities to suit all ages and interests; children’s area with crafts and storytelling, cinema, hula hooping, yoga and grass sledging.

Day One of the event brought a varied bag of musical talent appealing to all appetites; young and old and the sunshine that eluded Balado earlier this month was out in force.

Bwani Junction pulled in an impressive, enthusiastic crowd and set the tone for the remainder of the day with the crowd clapping, singing and cheering them on. American singer/songwriter, Jenny O travelled all the way from Los Angeles to perform at Wickerman 2012 and her cool, confident set was slightly dwarfed by Summerisle Stage; she may have been more at home in The Acoustic Village where her style and sound would have flourished rather than floundered. One of the most talked about artists of the moment, singer/songwriter, Jake Bugg took to the stage and was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated acts of the whole weekend with thousands flooding the main stage to watch him perform his unique, folk-rock. Bugg appeared shy and slightly overwhelmed by the reaction but played confidently and appeared to enjoy playing forthcoming material from his debut album due for release in the Autumn.

Stirling based-band, Miniature Dinosaurs used a little self-promotion to lure punters to The GoNorth Tent for their slot with band members handing out leaflets that tagged the band as “electro pop with a young David Bowie on vocals”. Clearly, they have credible PR skills as revellers packed out the modest tent and where quickly won over with the band’s zesty, brand of electro-indie/pop and, as promised, the lead vocals were in the same vein of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” heyday.

Indie-royalty, Cast took to Summerisle Stage to overwhelming appreciation and stormed their way through the best bits of their back catalogue whipping the now well-lubricated crowd into “happy drunk” mode; dancing, clapping and singing. One of the most anticipated bands of Friday’s line-up, The Levellers kicked things off with “Beautiful Day” in tribute to the glorious (albeit a little unusual) sunny Scottish weather and the crowd lapped it up setting the tone for the remainder of their set making them ideal for warming up the crowd for the headliners.

Headliners Scissor Sisters brought the flamboyance and glamour of their beloved New York City to Dumfries, Scotland with a glittering, electric set performing hits both old and new, including “Take Your Mama”, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing”, “Fire With Fire”, highlight of the set, “Comfortably Numb” and controversial new effort, “Let’s Have A Kiki” (roughly translated, “a good ass time”) Frontman, Jake Shears was a fireball of energy but leading lady, Ms Ana Matronic shimmered in emerald green and proved she is one of the most exhilarating women in music today with sassy attitude that could give Queen Of Pop, Madonna or pretender to the throne, Lady GaGa a run for their money.

Day One at Wickerman 2012 came to a close with punters in high spirited, party mode having enjoyed their stellar selection of live music and surprising sunshine – it had been a ‘kiki’ that Ms Matronic would have been proud of!

 

Related posts: