Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross
Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross

Wildfire Festival makes Wanlockhead its new home!

Wildfire Festival PosterWildfire Festival, Scotland’s rock and metal music event, will make Wanlockhead its new home this summer.

They’ll be celebrating their 8th anniversary with a new venue, a new concept, and main stage slots for 60 of the country’s brightest rising bands. 

The three-day event, running Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June, will also stand as one of the best value-for-money music festivals of 2019. Weekend tickets are just £65 – equivalent to around £1 a band – and children under 16 (accompanied by parents) can get their first festival experience for free.

With many new bands to be announced in the next few weeks, Wildfire Festival has announced the first batch of the 60 acts that will appear this June – Redfern Hutchinson & Ross, Deever and Devilfire join Hellbound Hearts, Theia, Hollowstar, Tarot Rats, These Wicked Rivers, Everyday Heroes, Last Alibi, Twister, Fallen Mafia, Vice, Scarlet Rebels, Tantrum, Stoneface, Nocturne Wulf, Promethium and Concrete Kingdoms.

The highest rock festival in the UK

Wildfire marks its 2019 return by making a new Scottish village its home for the summer. Rather than bands playing on the lawns of a listed manor, Wildfire is taking over a hilltop village for 2019. At 1,531ft above sea level, Wanlockhead makes Wildfire the highest rock festival in the UK. The festival will draw on the village’s facilities and bring business into the community, through its pubs, cottage lets, community centres and halls. Wildfire also aims to invest a proportion of each year’s profits into the village, contributing funds to social, leisure, health and welfare projects for the community.

Rock website Great Music Stories will sponsor one of the main stages at Wildfire Festival, following a crowdfunded radio broadcast last year which saw 90 bands and thousands of rock fans call for the festival’s return after it was cancelled last year due to rising infrastructure costs.

Dave Ritchie, Wildfire Festival organiser comments: “The decision to cancel Wildfire last year was heart-breaking and we suffered from the same issues that have affected grassroots venues across the UK. Unlike bigger, more commercial-feeling festivals, this is a grassroots event run from the heart. It made no money but it has become a vital first rung on the ladder for a generation of new bands. Many bands that have broken into national radio and the bigger festival circuit got a first or early break with us – and we are happy to play this role. 

Wildfire Festival

Wildfire Festival will return for the 8th time, after being forced to cancel last year’s event (Photo: Wildfire Festival/Facebook)

“The decision to return was in our blood, but we’ve also been blown away by the vocal support we have received from bands, radio and fans from all corners of the UK. So this June, the show will go on. We’re back with a new ethos, a bill of bands many of whom are getting their first Wildfire appearance – and, most importantly, it’s a chance for a national network of friends and families to come together once again for a weekend and celebrate tomorrow’s great bands today.”

“A few people have said that I must have my head in the clouds to refuse to give up on Wildfire. I won’t give up on new bands, I won’t give up on the fans and I won’t give up on the grassroots scene. And yes, I do have my head in the clouds. At 1,531 feet above sea level Wildfire is literally peeping through the clouds. We’re back with new energy, new bands, new backing and, for the scene we champion, the sky’s the limit. You could say Wildfire is for rockers with altitude.” 

Wildfire Festival tickets are now on sale here

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