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Wickerman Festival announces more acts

Jimmy Cliff will play on the main stage at this year's Wickerman Festival Credit: Hans Berger

Regae star Jimmy Cliff is on the new list of acts announced for this year's Wickerman Festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

He will join the festival’s main stage bill.

Other acts set to play the Summerisle Stage and Scooter Tent include garage rockers The Sonics, Neneh Cherry, British electronic and hip hop group Stereo MCs, Julian Cope, and The Sugarhill Gang.

Neneh Cherry has also been announced in the line-up Credit: Burt Greener Communications


The Waterboys and Tom Odell confirmed for Wickerman Festival

Tom Odell is one of the acts confirmed for this year's Wickerman Festival Credit: PA

One of Scotland's biggest music festivals has announced this summer's headliners.

The Waterboys and Tom Odell will lead the line-up at the Wickerman Festival in Dumfries and Galloway.

Example and DJ Wire are also confirmed, and the remaining acts will be announced over he coming months.

Credit: ITV Border

Tributes paid to Wickerman founder

Tributes have been paid to the founder of the Wickerman Festival, after he died as a result of a shooting incident.

Jamie Gilroy, from Dundrennan in Dumfriesshire, was found with severe head injuries at his farm on Thursday 18th December.

The 66-year-old was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary but later died.

Police Scotland say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Family of festival founder describe 'shock' at his death

The family of the founder of the Wickerman Festival have expressed their shock and sadness at his death following a shooting incident.

Jamie Gilroy was found at his farm on Thursday 18th December with serious head injuries. He was taken to the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Following his death, Mr Gilroy's family released the following statement:

'It is with immense sadness that we confirm Jamie's death. This has come as a huge shock to us, to his many friends, and to members of the local and wider festival community in which he played such a vibrant part. We’d like to thank everyone for their support at this very difficult time.'

– Gilroy Family


Co-founder of Wickerman Festival in hospital following shooting

Jamie Gilroy, co-founder and owner of The Wickerman Festival Credit: ITV Border News

The owner of the Wickerman Festival was fighting for his life last night in hospital.

Jamie Gilroy, co-founder and owner of The Wickerman Festival site at Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, was found badly Injured on his farm at East Kirkcarswell yesterday morning.

Mr Gilroy, 66, was rushed to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with serious head injuries after what is believed to have been a shooting incident.

“We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery thismorning of a 66-year-old man found with serious injuries at EastKirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright.”

– Police Scotland

Mr Gilroy was treated at the farm by ambulance personnel before being taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for a serious head injury.

CID and uniformed officers spent most of the day at the farm which is also home to the Wickerman Festival which is held over two days in July each year. Police are not believed to be looking for anyone in connection with the incident.

One man who knows the family said:

“It is a tremendous shock for everyone around here. He was very well known, not only around here but all over the country through the Wickerman Festival. It is a terribly thing for the family and everyone’s thoughts are with them at this time.”

– One man who knows the family
The Wickerman Festival Credit: ITV Border News

The Wickerman Festival is often called Scotland's Alternative Music festival, the festival was started in 2001 when the festival’s former artistic director Sid Ambrose took the idea to Jamie and the festival was set up in a natural amphitheatre of 120acres of grazing land at East Kirkcarswell Farm.

On Wednesday Mr Gilroy was at a meeting of the Stewartry District Licensing Board applying for licences for next year's festival.

Mr Gilroy farms at East Kirkcarswell Farm and normally has a stock of around 1000 ewes and more than 250 cows.

Councillor Gilroy is the Conservative councillor for Dee ward and was first elected in 1999, previously serving as councillor for the former Kirkcudbright Tarff ward.

Dumfries & Galloway Police win award

A project to ensure festival-goers were safe to drive the next day has won the Consultation and Community Engagement award in the Police Scotland Local Policing Year One Awards.

Dumfries and Galloway police officers awarded Credit: Police Scotland

Officers based at ‘V’ Division in Dumfries and Galloway were rewarded for their work at the Wickerman Festival to stop music fans from drinking and driving by setting up a ‘breath test staging post’ where people could voluntarily be breath-tested to ensure they were safe to drive the morning after the concert.

This was undertaken by a plain clothed police officer to alleviate any anxiety or perceived stigma over accessing this service. If the individual had alcohol in their system, especially if above the legal limit, they were advised not to drive.

The officers also linked in with trained alcohol workers to provide educational information about the effects of alcohol.

Judges commented that the winning project showed “direct engagement on an important issue, prevents drink-driving as well as increasing awareness and challenging perceptions.”

“The Local Policing Year One Awards recognise innovation and excellence in delivering policing across Scotland and share best practice.

The Awards enable us to celebrate the achievements of Police Scotland officers and staff and their partners in keeping people safe and tackling the policing priorities identified by local communities.”

– Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick
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