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Top band to cast their spell at Wizard Fes­ti­val “We’ve got the mix just right” Gigs galore as city shows off its tal­ent

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Eoin Smith By Scott Beg­bie

Aberdeen band Stan­ley.

WIZARD, the North-east’s big­gest and best-loved out­door mu­sic fes­ti­val, is set to work its magic again. And not only that, Wizard will of­fer a plat­form for the finest emerg­ing bands in Scot­land as part of the pres­ti­gious goNORTH tour. Both these mu­si­cal treats are just for open­ers, with more big name acts and top artists set to be an­nounced in the run-up to the event at the New Deer Show­ground on Au­gust 26 and 27. This is the fifth Wizard Fes­ti­val – and it’s a big one for the event that has grown in pop­u­lar­ity ev­ery year, said or­gan­iser Roy Thain. “We are just re­ally ex­cited about con­firm­ing that The Stran­glers will be play­ing,” he said. ABERDEEN bands Evil De­mon The­ory and Rebel Roulette take to The Moor­ings Bar stage on Satur­day night along­side Edinburgh alt-punk out­fit Hose­mox. Play­ing an up-tempo brand of hard rock, Evil De­mon The­ory are de­serv­ing head­lin­ers, and are set to bring the house down with their en­er­getic live set that is al­ways a crowd-pleaser. Fan­tas­tic sup­port on the night comes in the form of fe­male-fronted lo­cal rock­ers Rebel Roulette, pic­tured right, whose melodic rock will def­i­nitely get the crowd in the mood to party for the week­end. “This is a big year for us and we are con­vinced that even more fans will be join­ing us at Wizard this year than any other since we be­gan. “It is al­ways a great thrill let­ting our fans know what bands we have lined up for the event and this is the first an­nounce­ment of many that we will be putting out in the next few months.” Last year’s bill fea­tured James and The Happy Mon­days. Roy said: “We knew last year would be a hard act to fol­low but we think we have got the mix just right this year. “As al­ways, we have tried to book acts that will have a wide ap­peal and that we know fans re­ally want to see. “We will be mak­ing sure that there is some­thing for ev­ery­one and we’re de­lighted that even in our fifth year we are still bring­ing great bands to the North-east of Scot­land.” Last year, the event at­tracted 5,000 fans from across the UK and coun­tries in­clud­ing the US and Is­rael. The Stran­glers have clocked up more than 30 years as one of the UK’s most suc­cess­ful acts. They have had 24 top 40 sin­gles and 18 top 40 al­bums and per­formed live for more than three decades. Known for an­thems such as Peaches, Golden Brown and No More Heroes, The Stran­glers head up a bill that will ALSO on Satur­day, Aberdeen­based stu­dent-run mu­sic blog Her­cules Mo­ments cel­e­brates its sec­ond birth­day with a spe­cial gig at The Tun­nels on Carnegie’s Brae. Fea­tur­ing three of Aberdeen’s ris­ing stars – Stan­ley, Min Diesel and Am­ber Wil­son – the night is sure to be packed full of good fun.

LINE-UP: Or­gan­iser Roy Thain.

SHOW-STOP­PER: Shaun Ry­der. SUC­CESS: Crowds at last year’s Wizard Fes­ti­val. This year’s two-day ex­trav­a­ganza was launched to­day with the news that mu­sic le­gends The Stran­glers will head­line the open­ing night.

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