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Wickerman Festival 2016 cancelled

The Scottish festival, headlined in 2015 by Example, Squeeze, The Waterboys and Tom Odell, will be back next year

By Jon Chapple on 27 Jan 2016

Wickerman Festival, 2009, Stephen McLeod Blythe

The eponymous wicker man at Wickerman Festival 2009


image © Stephen McLeod Blythe

There will be no Wickerman Festival this year.

The Scottish festival, held near the village of Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, was scheduled for 22 and 23 July but had yet to announce a line-up. Example, Julian Cope, Squeeze, Tom Odell and The Waterboys headlined in 2015.

Wickerman Festival was founded in 2001 by Jamie Gilroy, who was found dead in December 2014 after being found at his farm in Dunbrennan with severe head injuries believed to have been caused by a firearm.

“Following the Wickerman Festival in 2015, which followed shortly after the death of the event’s co-founder, Jamie Gilroy, organisers have decided to take a year off in 2016”

“Following the hugely successful running of the Wickerman Festival in 2015, which followed shortly after the death of the event’s co-founder, Jamie Gilroy, festival organisers have decided to take a year off in 2016,” says Jennie Camm, the festival’s director and Gilroy’s daughter, in a statement. “The event will go ahead in 2017, and plans are already taking shape.

“The organisers are grateful for the kind messages and loyal support from all Wicker fans and look forward to announcing further details about the 2017 festival shortly.”

Those who have purchased early-bird tickets for 2016 will be refunded automatically by the event’s ticketing partner, Skiddle.