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