Fratelli brings his magic to Wizard

Fresh from Glastonbury and Ibiza: Erol Alkan will DJ at the Wizard festival before he heads off to this year's Creamfields.
Fresh from Glastonbury and Ibiza: Erol Alkan will DJ at the Wizard festival before he heads off to this year's Creamfields.

Two of the UK’s biggest DJ acts have been confirmed to play at the New Deer Wizard Festival.

Erol Alkan will headline Friday, August 26 in the festival’s Club Snafu dance arena.

Also confirmed to headline the North-East festival are the Japanese Popstars, one of the UK’s biggest DJ acts who will take to the decks on the Saturday.

Jon Fratelli, of famous Scottish indie band The Fratellis, has also confirmed for a main stage slot at the festival. Playing with original Fratellis drummer Mince Fratelli, he will be showcasing new songs while delving into his considerable back catalogue of Fratelli hits.

Erol Alkan will be fresh from appearances at Glastonbury and Ibiza, and will be performing at Wizard ahead of a top stage slot at this year’s Creamfields Festival.

Steve Morris, of Aberdeen-based club Snafu said: “This is a huge booking for us of a major artist and fans of dance music everywhere will not want to miss this set.

“It’s great that we are able to attract DJ’s of this calibre to Wizard and with Japanese Popstars confirmed for the second night fans will not be disappointed with this year’s line up.”

This is the second appearance from Northern Irish DJ duo the Japanese Popstars, who have been remixed by DJ’s such as Pete Tong and recorded with Groove Armada.

Back as compere for the festival in 2011 is well known Scottish DJ and champion of new music, Jim Gellatly.

He will be the official voice of the main stage and also announce acts on the festival’s second stage, where up and coming acts are given the opportunity to perform.

Wizard Festival organiser Roy Thain said: “This will be the third year that we have hosted a dance and DJ arena at the festival and each time we are attracting bigger and better acts to this stage. Along with the announcements we have also confirmed today this proves that we have catered for music fans across the board.”

Wizard Festival is now in its fifth year and attracted almost 5,000 fans to the New Deer showground last year. It is the North-east’s biggest family friendly music festival with children aged 12 and under attending the event for free. It also provides free camping and car parking for revellers.

Described by press at Rockness as ‘defying limits and conventions’ Liverpool band Sound of Guns will also perform at this year’s event. Following a stunning year, where the band have been applauded by the UK music industry and are fresh off a tour with Scots indie band The View.