Mag­i­cal ad­di­tions to Wizard Fes­ti­val line-up

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

ARAFT of great new acts have been an­nounced for the Wizard Fes­ti­val – join­ing head­lin­ers like The Stran­glers and Jon Fratelli. Mac Floyd, The Trav­el­ling Band and Rhythm n Reel have been con­firmed for the North-east’s big­gest out­door mu­sic fes­ti­val – sup­ported by the Evening Ex­press – which is at the New Deer Show­ground on Au­gust 26 and 27. And the hugely pop­u­lar event will also host some of Scot­land’s best up-and­com­ing tal­ent thanks to a part­ner­ship with new mu­sic ini­tia­tive goNORTH. Or­gan­iser Roy Thain said: “The bill is re­ally start­ing to take shape and we are look­ing for­ward to giv­ing fans of the best ever Wizard fes­ti­vals. “These bands, as well as the up-and­com­ing acts also an­nounced, are top-qual­ity artists that suit all mu­si­cal tastes.” Mac Floyd will make a wel­come re­turn to the fes­ti­val af­ter play­ing a tremen­dous set in 2008. They per­form clas­sic Pink Floyd tracks, cov­er­ing the band from 1973’s Dark Side Of The Moon, through to 1994’s The Divi­sion Bell al­bums. The Trav­el­ling Band, an al­ter­na­tive folk out­fit from Manch­ester, have a huge cult fol­low­ing and are bound to be an ex­cel­lent fit for the fes­ti­val, which prides it­self on a fam­i­lyfriendly at­mos­phere. They will be show­cas­ing their new al­bum Scream­ing Is Some­thing. Rhythm n Reel is Celtic rock at its best and they are set to have the show­ground jump­ing. The newly-an­nounced bands join a line-up that also has The Magic Num­bers, CAST, The Saw Doc­tors and Tommy Reilly. In ad­di­tion to these, the goNORTH acts will pro­vide a ground­break­ing el­e­ment to the stage. The bands on of­fer are The Frues, Cities and Sky­lines, Mitchell Mu­seum, Pareto, Crayons, Town­house, Tango In The At­tic and Trapped in Kansas. Roy said: “Ev­ery­thing is go­ing re­ally well in the run-up to the event and we are mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing is in place for our fes­ti­val fans to have a bril­liant time.” Wizard is now in its fifth year and last year more than 5,000 mu­sic fans turned up for the event, which also has a full pro­gramme of chil­dren’s and young peo­ple’s ac­tiv­i­ties. The fes­ti­val has been given a boost by at­tract­ing a main stage spon­sor, lo­cal firm Keenan Re­cy­cling. For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets visit www.wiz­ard­fes­ti­val.com

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