Wickerman Festival 2012 kicked into it’s second and last day of music and activities to a little less sunshine but spirits high and thirsty for more live performances after the success of the day before . . . could day two exceed Scissor Sisters, Cast, Jake Bugg and The Levellers?

GingerBeardMen, the winner of Sunday Herald’s unsigned band competition kicked off thing on the Summerisle Stage with their unique brand of laptop eletro-pop; it was only a matter of time before laptops and music collaborated and they have done just that, and do it rather well, indeed. A later slot and smaller stage may have benefited their sound but they made it work nonetheless.

Beck Goldsmith played a mellow but confident acoustic set at The Acoustic Village; the perfect anecdote for a hangover and singer/songwriter, Jono proved a hit with the crowd (particularly the girls) with his brand of soothing rock/pop.

Horndog Brass Band ruled the Summerisle Stage with their “Jungle Book” style brass band taker on much loved classics including Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You”. Indie outfit, The Heartbreaks delivered a half-hearted, indie-pop set looking uncomfortable and making limited effort with the crowd.

One of the most exciting and successful Scottish bands to emerge in recent years, Kassidy took to the Main Stage to electric anticipation and launched into a zesty, folk-rock set where material from their debut album, “Hope St” dominated including, “Oh My God”, “I Don’t Know” and “Stray Cat” reminding punters why they initially fell in love with the band (as if we needed reminding). Fresh from their stellar set at Glasgow’s 02 Academy earlier this month, Dundee’s finest, The View brought their much-loved, Libertines-esque set to a much bigger audience, however, the stage size did nothing to their confidence as they effortlessly swaggered through hits old and new including, “Wasted Little DJs”, “5Rebbeccas”, “Same Jeans” and “How Long?” whipping the crowd into a frenzy with their infamous “pint throwing” in full swing.

Following on from the electric performance of previous headliners, Scissor Sisters, one of Scotland’s biggest and best bands, Texas took to the Summerisle Stage to a reception that overwhemled even the band themselves. The hits that made them the band they are today shaped their flawless set, “Inner Smile”, “Say What You Want”, “Halo” and “Black Eyed Boy” with a singalong to rival a football crowd on a Saturday at Hampden Stadium. Frontwoman, Sharleen Spitiri was in fine form owning the stage from the get-go with a confidence that her male counterparts could only dream of; reminding us that her inspiration is the reason Scotland has singer/songwriters KT Tunstall and Amy MacDonald.

Wickerman Festival 2012 came to it’s conclusion with the burning of a 25ft Wicker Man especially built in honor of the festival itself; Mike Skinner’s DJ set saw revellers party the night away till the early hours and the cinema provided movie buffs with a special screening of the festival’s name-sake film, “The Wicker Man”.

Wickerman combines live music, creativity and a family-friendly atmosphere sorely lacking from other Scottish festivals: long may it continue – till next year!

 

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