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Wickerman Festival scrapped for good

The popular Scottish event, which lost nearly £200,000 last year amid rising costs, will not return, its organisers say in a statement

By IQ on 21 Nov 2016

Tom Odell, Wickerman Festival 2015

Tom Odell on the main stage at Wickerman 2015


image © Wickerman Festival

Despite saying in January Wickerman Festival would “be back bigger and stronger in 2017”, its directors have announced the event will not be held again.

“After much thought and consideration Patsy Gilroy and Jennie Camm have decided that the Wickerman Festival will not be continuing,” reads a statement. “Since its creation by Jamie Gilroy, founding director, the festival has provided us all with an eclectic mix of memories. It’s these that we wish people to look back on and remember. Thank you all for your loyal support over the years…”

“After much thought and consideration Patsy Gilroy and Jennie Camm have decided that the Wickerman Festival will not be continuing”

Festival promoter The Wickerman Festival Ltd lost £196,377 in 2015, with blame laid partially on Scotland’s “volatile” festival sector and increasing costs.

Example, Julian Cope, Squeeze, Tom Odell and The Waterboys headlined the last festival, in 2015. Gilroy, who founded Wickerman in 2001, was found dead in December 2014 at his farm in Dunbrennan with head injuries believed to have been caused by a firearm.

 


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