Numbers up as four more top acts announced for Wizard

The North-east’s biggest family music festival has announced more acts to add to its already impressive line-up.

The Magic Numbers, The Twang, Tommy Reilly and Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds have all been confirmed to perform at the festival, held on August 26 and 27 at the New Deer Showground, New Deer.

The Magic Numbers will be making one of their only UK festival appearances at Wizard this year, following the release of their third album, The Runaway, at the end of 2010 to rave reviews. The Magic Numbers take the pre-headline slot on Friday August 26, ahead of an appearance by iconic band, The Stranglers.

English indie group The Twang have also been confirmed to play. Busy working in the studio on their third album, the addition of the rock-steady five piece from Birmingham is sure to delight indie music followers coming along to the festival this year.

Scottish singer/songwriter Tommy Reilly will be heading north to New Deer from his hometown of Torrance, just outside Glasgow. Since winning the Orange unsigned title in 2009, Tommy has released two critically acclaimed albums, toured with the Proclaimers and Justin Currie of Del Amitri.

This year Tommy is headlining his own tour and will be performing on Saturday, August 27 on Wizard Festival’s huge outdoor half dome stage in the heart of a 50 acre site of prime Aberdeenshire countryside.

Well known comic and musician Adrian Edmondson and his band, the Bad Shepherds are no laughing matter when it comes to performing live music. Nominated in 2010 for the Radio 2 ‘best live folk act award’, Edmondson and his band are renowned for their electric live performances.

Adrian is best known as a comedian in The Young Ones, Bottom, and The Comic Strip Presents but in this band he performs vocals and what is described as ‘thrash mandolin’. He is joined by the Bad Shepherds Troy Donockley and award winning fiddle player, Andy Dinan.

Roy Thain, Wizard Festival organiser said: “This year the bill just gets better and better. We feel like we have some successful years behind us and we can stretch the bill to make sure it suits lots of different people. We are keener than ever that the bands we book have a great reputation for live festival performances and we know each of these acts has that. We know that Wizard fans love their live music, camping and dancing so we are making sure we tick all those boxes for them.”

Also confirmed to perform at this year’s Wizard are CAST, who headline the Saturday night bill on August 27 and The Saw Doctors who take the pre-headline slot on the same evening.

Now in its fifth year, Wizard Festival is the North-east’s biggest family friendly music festival and offers free camping and car parking to revellers attending the event. There are three stages, a full campsite, caravanning and campervan sites and onsite food and merchandise stalls.

Last year more than 5,000 people attended the event which has tripled in size since it began in 2007. There is a full programme of children’s and young people’s activities including kid’s yoga, drumming and music workshops with hip hop and samba dancing classes also available. There will also be climbing walls, funfair rides and walkabout performers.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the website.

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