Top bands cast spell on Wizard

The North east’s only two day festival has announced two more big acts that are set to perform at this year’s event, held on August 26 and 27.

Indie super-group CAST will headline Saturday night of the two day event while Irish folk rock balladeers The Saw Doctors have been announced as pre-headline support act.

The news follows the announcement that icons of the British music scene, The Stranglers, will headline Friday night’s festivities.

Now in its fifth year, Wizard Festival is an award winning family friendly music and arts festival held each year just outside the magical ancient village of New Deer, Aberdeenshire.

Liverpool act CAST will be appearing at the event as part of their fifteenth anniversary tour of the renowned album ‘All change’.  This groundbreaking album was one of the fastest selling albums of all time released on the Polydor label, outselling the likes of The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

Taking the headline support slot will be Irish rock band, The Saw Doctors.  With 18 top 30 singles this band are legendary for their live festival performances and promise to bring a fabulous Celtic rock and roll show to this year’s event.

Roy Thain, festival organiser said: “We are making sure that the bill is varied and interesting so that it suits a wide range of music fans.  We are really excited about these acts because they will bring something fresh and new to the festival.  Every year the challenge is to try and top the year before and we are convinced that these bands show that we can secure great acts year in and year out.”

Wizard festival attracted more than 5,000 fans last year when acts such as James and the Happy Mondays appeared.  Held on a huge site with a natural amphitheatre and surrounded by some of Scotland’s best scenery, Wizard is less than 30 miles from Aberdeen city centre.   The festival has three stages, a two day children’s programme and camping and car parking facilities.  The site also has a campervan and caravan arena.

Keen to build on its family friendly atmosphere Wizard also has a separate family camping area and children aged 12 and under attend the festival for free.

Roy continued: “We pride ourselves in the fact that Wizard is accessible to everyone, young and old and everyone else in between.  This year we are putting extra effort into the children’s and young people’s programme because we want to make sure that families have plenty to do over the weekend of the event.”

Held over the bank holiday weekend in August, the dates for this year’s event are Friday August 26 and Saturday August 27.

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