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EXCLUSIVE: Wickerman cancelled due to lack of support

In an exclusive interview with ITV Border, the director of the Wickerman Festival has said the decision to cancel the event was down to a lack of support and a fall in ticket sales.

Patsy Gilroy told our Dumfries and Galloway reporter Lori Carnochan, that she was left with no choice, because the gamble was too big to carry on for another year.

Watch the full report below:


Wickerman Festival cancelled for 2016

Last year's festival. Credit: Wickerman Festival.

Organisers of the popular Wickerman music festival have revealed the festival will not go ahead 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, the Wickerman Festival organisers have decided to take a year off in 2016.

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."

– Wickerman Festival Director Jennie Camm

People who have purchased early bird tickets for 2016 will be refunded automatically by Skiddle.

The Wickerman Festival website, and social media, will be regularly updated to outline plans for 2017.

WATCH: Wickerman statue burns as festival draws to a close

The south of Scotland's biggest music festival drew to a close with the traditional burning of the Wickerman statue.

More than 17,000 watch Wickerman statue burn

The 40-foot Wickerman statue was set alight to close the festival Credit: Wickerman Festival

Organisers of the Wickerman Festival say 17,500 people watched the 40 foot high statue being burnt at the close of the festival on Saturday night. It's the traditional end to the weekend event in Dundrennan.

Festival organisers described the event as a 'huge hit' Credit: Wickerman Fesitval

Earlier festival-goers had watched performances from Tom Odell and Nenah Cherry.

Singer Tom Odell on the Main Stage Credit: Wickerman Festival

"Wickerman 2015 has been a real success and all our team’s hard work and planning has really paid off. This year we were really keen to enhance the Festival experience with exciting new tents and artists along with improved on-site attractions to give our Festival goers the best weekend possible.

This year’s line-up is one of our strongest yet and has been well received by our loyal Festival goers. We are delightedto have hosted such a variety of new and established artists and want to thankthem for making this year’s Festival one to really remember.”

– Festival Director Jennie Camm

Thousands 'shout' along to Lulu on day one of Wickerman Festival

The legendary Lulu wowing the crowds Credit: Wickerman Festival
The Waterboys headlined the festival Credit: Wickerman Festival

Thousands of festival goers enjoyed an eclectic line-up on day one of the Wickerman Festival. Scottish singer Lulu, the Waterboys and Stereo MCs were among the acts on stage at the site in Dundrennan.

The festival is popular with families Credit: Wickerman Festival


Watch: daughter speaks about festival founder's death

Lori Carnochan spoke to the daughter of Jamie Gilroy - the founder of Wickerman Festival, who died last year.

Jennie Camm is Director of this year's event:

Police offer advice ahead of Wickerman Festival

The Wickerman Festival is nearly upon us. Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland is offering advice on how to stay safe, while having fun, at the Wickerman Festival.

  • Before setting out on your journey, plan ahead and give plenty of time
  • The festival medical team is onsite 24/7 to support the audience and the event, but no one wants to miss their favourite band due to a trip to first aid. Remember to pack any medication you will need over the weekend, including prescriptions, inhalers and diabetic medicines. Watch the weather forecast too, and dress appropriately
  • Refuel, Rehydrate and Relax – It’s a long weekend so remember to pace yourself and take some time out to eat and drink
  • Drugs are illegal. Anyone caught in possession of illegal substances will be dealt with in the same way as anywhere else in the UK
  • ‘Legal, or herbal highs’ are not permitted onsite at The Wickerman. Selling these substances is prohibited and anyone found with these substances in their possession will have them immediately confiscated
  • Look after the festival site and each other - please put rubbish in the bins provided, take your tent home and be a good neighbour
  • Always report any incident no matter how big or small, to security or police, they are there to help
  • Local residents – the local community is extremely supportive of The Wickerman. Please show them respect when travelling to and from the event
  • Only bring essential items, and don’t leave anything of value in your tent
  • Wristbands – you need your wristband at all times

I am delighted that the main event is almost upon us again. It doesn’t seem like a year since we were last at Dundrennan. But, the organisers, the emergency services and the many agencies involved have packed in a power of work in months of extensive planning to deliver what will be another world class festival. It is a true team effort.

Wickerman is a landmark event that has been built on years of the experience, know-how and good-old fashioned hard work of everyone concerned.

Some of our officers and staff have played a part at The Wickerman since its early beginnings. From a policing perspective events of this magnitude will bring their own set of challenges but it is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for those involved.

Police officers will be operating within all areas of the venue. They are available to you so please take the opportunity to speak with them, particularly if you have any queries or concerns.

Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities, including the community that gathers for the weekend at The Wickerman. We want people to have fun and enjoy what is sure to be another excellent festival.

At the same time we want them to look after themselves, have respect for others and be mindful that what is against the law in Scotland is also against the law within any festival venue in Scotland.’’

Drugs are illegal and Police Scotland adopts the same pro-active approach to the dealing and misuse of drugs across the country, no matter where it happens and no matter what the occasion or venue. Police Scotland will take action against drugs dealers and drugs misuse.

Legal highs are dangerous and are not permitted at The Wickerman. Some of these substances do contain drugs that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1970, which means charges can be brought.

Anyone who takes legal (also known as herbal) highs has no idea of what they actually contain. They could have been mixed with drugs or other substances and their use becomes even more perilous when taken with alcohol or, indeed, other substance. Anyone who feels ill as a result of taking any substances should seek medical assistance immediately and stay with the person who is unwell until help arrives.

Drugs will not be tolerated and anyone caught dealing or carrying drugs will be arrested. Police Scotland’s specialist drugs dogs will also be operating at The Wickerman.

If you have information regarding drug misuse or dealing call Police Scotland on 101, or pass information anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

It’s common for people to relax and have a drink, but too much alcohol combined with what we hope will be a sunny weekend can pose real difficulties. Excessive alcohol consumption is a factor in crimes of disorder and violence. It also poses real health risks and can result in what would have been a memorable day being hard to recall.

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids – water - to avoid getting dehydrated, eat regularly and slow your pace when drinking alcohol."

– Inspector Stuart Davidson, Event Planner for The Wickerman
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