The first Wizard Festival at New Deer between Ellon and Peterhead in Aberdeenshire took place on the 24 and 25 August 2007. It was described as a magical music festival and an Aberdonian Glastonbury and featured some top bands, musicians and groups. There were two stages, set amongst the stunning Buchan countryside, playing back to back live music on the Friday and Saturday under cover.

The Wizard Festival continues each summer and visitors can bring their tent or camper van and camp out at the location which is a 50 acre showground at Craigford Park. There will also be a large car park for day visitors.


The main stage is called Voodoo whilst the supporting stage goes by the name of Banshee.

Rent a Tipi or Yurt

Rent a Tipi or Yurt at the Wizard Festival from Hearthworks the renowned tipi and yurt supplier. They include a reception area, separate toilets and be erected and ready for you to move in and make your outdoors home more fun and comfortable whilst enjoying the love music and entertainment. These tipis and yurts can be pre booked by Wizard festival goers. Each tipi or yurt for rent can sleep up to 15 people and are perfect for families or a group of friends. To make your tipi stay more comfortable Hearthworks can also supply chairs, a table. rugs and a stove. Rent a tipi or yurt from www.hearthworks.co.uk or via wizardfestival.com

Children aged under 12 years will get free entry to the Wizard Festival 2008 when accompanied by an adult. There is a large children's area with entertainment such as puppetry, face painting, climbing walls, fairground rides and other kids activities.

Site Work Stewards

The Wizard Festival 2008 needs your help and are looking for site work stewards. Those who work at the Wizard Festival will be rewarded with free entry to the musical event. Site work Stewards must be aged 16 years and can get an application form from The Wizard Festival website www.wizardfestival.com

Roy Thain, an experienced musician and musical promoter is the creative mind and energy behind the Wizard Festival at Craigford Park in New Deer. Roy is an Aberdeenshire loon born and bred and has always dreamt of hosting a music festival in Buchan. Roy says:

It couldn’t have been anywhere else really. It’s my home and a place I feel most passionate about. The area has seen music events come and go over the years. I wanted to create a festival, with a mixture of new and existing sounds, which would be here in ten, twenty maybe thirty years or more. It’s important locals have something to feel proud of and someplace they can go to relax, have a wicked time and ultimately take the whole family to. We hope to tick all those boxes.

More information with photographs can be found at the official Wizard Festival website at www.wizardfestival.com and there is various merchandise like Wizard festival t-shirts that will be on sale soon at their site.