You know after Jay-Z played T In The Park this year someone sent out an order for 330 chicken wings for Jay-Z and his entourage because he really loves Nandos, that story is completely true. Did anything that exciting happen at this year’s Wickerman Festival? We don’t know, and even if Teenage Fanclub ordered thousands of chicken products they’d probably turn it into a bright piece of guitar-pop. It’s just not as interesting. Fortunately there are better reasons to be interested in the festival, and not just because they set a huge effigy (made of wicker, hence the name) on fire, although that is pretty damn cool. The line-up may have offered festival-goers the chance to see Brit-pop middleweights Ocean Colour Scene and The Charlatans outside, in indifferent weather, or a chance to see punk legends Buzzcocks and The Undertones, but the real beauty of the festival is the impressive range of emerging talents it showcases across eclectic styles, something for everyone, so goes the horrible cliché. However the Solus Tent manages the impressive feat of bringing some of Scotland’s most exciting indie bands into one place without time itself, collapsing, including such potential luminaries as Woodenbox with A Fistful of Fivers, Make Sparks, Kitty The Lion, White Heath, The OK Social Club, Django Django, the list goes on and on, or at least it would if I kept typing. Tony Christie was also there, which is a bit weird, like unexpectedly seeing a minor celebrity at a relatives’ funeral. There’s probably a good reason for it but you’ll never find out exactly what it is. Anyway, good for him. Photos by Jessica Newell Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket