The Blockheads and Bad Manners top Wickerman Festival’s biggest ever punk and ska bill

The Blockheads: group are celebrating 35th anniversary this year
The Blockheads: group are celebrating 35th anniversary this year

The Wickerman Festival has today revealed that The Blockheads and Bad Manners will headline the Scooter Tent this July, as it is expanded to accommodate hundreds more music fans in 2012.

Other acts confirmed for the punk and ska line-up include Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Goldblade, The Skints, Pronghorn, The Toasters, Sharks, The Vibrators, Janice Graham Band, Orange, Hearts on Fire, The Foundations and The Dugz.

Helen Chalmers, Wickerman’s Festival Coordinator, added: “Wickerman is rooted in punk and ska and the continued growth of the Scooter tent is reflective of the festival’s growth overall. For many of our fans the Scooter Tent is still Wickerman’s main attraction – it’s more important than the main stage.

“After listening to the feedback we’ve expanded the tent and felt it was only right to ask Bad Manners to return so those who missed out in 2009 have a second chance to catch their set. We’re thrilled to bring such an exciting line up of performers to the 2012 festival. Roll on July!”

The Wickerman Festival takes place on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July at East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan in Dumfries & Galloway.

New York dance-pop stars Scissor Sisters and Scottish legends Texas were recently announced as the headline acts for the main Summerisle stage, joined by very special guests The View, a DJ set from Mike Skinner, Levellers, Newton Faulkner and Kassidy, amongst many others. 

Now festival goers will also be able to take in The Blockheads as they close the Scooter Tent on the Friday.

Having first played Wickerman’s main stage six years ago the jazz-rock collective, who celebrate their 35th anniversary this September, will be delivering a slate of crowd-pleasing classic material.

The Blockheads Mick Gallagher commented: "We played Wickerman six years ago and what makes it stand out from other festivals is its genuinely friendly atmosphere. 

“It's a festival for everyone who loves music and it gives us a chance to play a festival in Scotland which can only be a good thing!"

They are joined on the bill by fellow Wickerman veterans Manchester-based Goldblade, the critically acclaimed Sharks and London-based reggae and dub upstarts The Skints. Seventies punk act Peter & The Test Tube Babies, US and UK pop punk rising stars Orange, the all-girl four-piece Hearts Under Fire, musical pioneers The Vibrators and Dumfries & Galloway’s own The Foundations will also be on the festival’s Friday line-up.

Amongst those taking to the Scooter tent stage on the Saturday are British ‘cow punk’ act Pronghorn and America’s first ska band, Manhattan based The Toasters, currently on their 30th anniversary tour. Manchester funkateers The Janice Graham Band will give the Wickerman crowd a taste of their new concept album, Scotland’s The Dugz will bringing some raw street punk and Davy Cowan & The Hose Beast will be providing some high energy punk covers.

However, the most eagerly anticipated set may well come as Saturday night’s antics are brought to a close by ska sensationalists Bad Manners.  

Bad Manners frontman Buster Bloodvessel commented: “I remember Wickerman very fondly, the smiles and the dancing. For me it’s a top European Festival and Bad Manners and Wickerman seem to go hand in hand. See you all there!”

With ten stages of live music there’s plenty more to come and the Axis Reggae Tent, Em-It Tent, Acoustic Village, goNorth Festival Tour Tent, Greenman Inn and Ho-down Wendy House are all still to be announced.

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