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Looking at….the Wickerman Festival

Dance like everyone is watching

It’s almost heresy to say it, but there can come a point in any gig-goers life when the concept of the festival just stops sounding fun. Around about the time you start to buy less but better booze and stop living in band t-shirts, the idea of standing in a muddy field with blisteringly drunk teenagers for three days seems about as attractive as asking Pete Doherty to decorate your guest bedroom. It just becomes too much of a rigmarole. The never-say-die spirit of youth gives way to the I-quite-enjoy-washing comfort of maturity. Of course, some people never lose the love of a festival, happily turning up in ill-fitting bermuda shorts and sporting ponytails despite being bald on top. They dance like no-ones watching. These people are to be admired. Honestly. But do it quickly, for they will be shot come the revolution.

Criminal Genius?

However, for many of us, emotional growth sees you unable to fit in to the festival scene any more. T in the Park and Reading are just too blatantly commercial. Glastonbury comes with an instruction book on how to appreciate it properly. It just seems too much hassle. Which is maybe why the Wickerman festival in Dumfries and Galloway is so refreshing. It is small but perfectly formed. A beautiful, rural setting in which a 60 foot Wickerman takes pride of place, this festival is laid-back and genuinely relaxed. The family vibe is obvious, if not overstated; there is still plenty of rowdiness and booze flying around, especially in the tents. The line-up may not be the most attractive of the summer – the Saw Doctors are nothing to boast about in 2010 – but there are plenty of wonderful acts, there is a wonderful community spirit and it is, gasp, fun.

Alex Kapranos
Franz Ferdinand. Much better when there’s just one of them?

We’ll have full coverage of what went down at Wickerman this week.


2 Responses

  1. Franz Ferdinand…..even better when theres none of them ?

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