Wickerman to Celebrate Year of Homecoming with New Festival Features

Wickerman, one of Scotland’s hottest annual music festivals, will be launching two new features this summer to celebrate its partnership with Homecoming Scotland 2014 – a Lowland Links tent and the festival’s first kilted Wickerman.  The attractions will shine the spotlight on Scotland’s rich and exciting culture and welcome the world  to the picturesque Dumfries and Galloway region, where the eclectic independent festival is held.

To bring the Wickerman’s Southern Scottish roots to life,  the new Lowland Links Tent will showcase the  region’s unique culture through a lively programme of events. Featuring a diverse line-up of music mixed with interactive entertainment and local history, it will play host to an energetic  ceilidh at the end of each day to help Wicker fans get into the swing of the Lowland’s spirit. Local heritage experts, crafts and intriguing artefacts will also feature in the tent throughout the weekend.

To further celebrate Homecoming 2014, Wickerman’s famous icon will add a uniquely Scottish touch to the seasoned music event and act as a distinct marker for visitors.  Towering 40ft above the picturesque festival site, the Wickerman statue is as iconic as the event itself, and is spectacularly set alight every year in an unforgettable festival finale. For the first time the statue will be expertly hand sculpted in an gravity defying pose and be dressed in a striking kilt woven from willow.

Wickerman’s Festival Coordinator, Helen Chalmers comments:

“We are really looking forward to unveiling our new Wickerman during the lead-up to the festival and  are confident that his Homecoming inspired look will be a real talking point amongst festival fans. 

Our partnership with Homecoming Scotland provides a great opportunity to  showcase Dumfries and Galloway’s unique heritage, culture and beauty to an international audience and we are proud to be part of their 2014 celebrations.”

As one of Scotland’s leading cultural events , the festival will play a key role in Homecoming Scotland’s exciting year-long programme which will showcase all that’s great about Scotland.

Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland 2014 Director said of the partnership:

“We are delighted to have the Wickerman  Festival as part of the  Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations and what better way to get into the spirit but to have the first ever kilted Wickerman!  The festival offers something for everyone with its eclectic mix of music and family entertainment and has recently been showcased in our dedicated Homecoming Scotland television