The UK’s most northerly major festival and one of Scotland’s main family festivals, Bella - as the Belladrum Tartan Heart festival in Inverness-shire is known to its fans, has sold out its 15,800 capacity in advance – in record time, over six weeks before the event. It takes place on 2nd and 3rd of August.
This year, Bella patrons can buy e-tokens for their bar tokens in advance and exchange them on the way in at the box offices. Tokens can also be bought at the usual tokens booth at the event. And tickets are also available for the Portaloo Sunset posh toilets which will be sited at the top of the Red Campsite, near Mother’s Ruin. All these are can be found online here at Skiddle.
Manchester indie legends James and Glasgow rock prodigies Twin Atlantic have been booked to headline along with an exciting and wide-ranging list of other acts – listed below.
We are interested to see if anyone knows or can guess the identity of Midnight Shepherd, playing a blues set on the Free Range Folk Stage on the Friday of the festival – 2nd August. We’ll publish the identity, with details of the singer’s track record in performance this evening.
Meanwhile, the 2013 line up for Bella includes:
- The Straits – former members of Dire Straits;
- British band Noisettes;
- Bluesman Seasick Steve;
- stellar garage rockers
- The Horrors
- Alabama 3 [Bella favourites] ;
- King Charles
- Scots indie artists, Admiral Fallow;
- Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
- Pi`geon detectives, indie favourites
- We Are The Ocean
- Baby Strange
- Frank Hamilton
- Celtic rockers Peatbog Faeries who played the first Belladrum Festival way back in 2004;
- acoustic-folk-hip hop artist Lucy Spraggan
- emerging soul artist Jacob Banks, fresh from touring with Emile Sande;
- singer-songwriter Andy Burrows, former member of Razorlight
- Scots folk stars Dougie MacLean and Julie Fowlis with folk legend Martin Carthy and singer songwriter ex-Arab Strap Malcolm Middleton;
- Gavin James, an impressive young singer-songwriter from Ireland
- Rick Redbeard of the Phantom Band
- pagan pop-folk all-girl trio Stealing Sheep
- gentle Geordie jazzy swingy country troupe Shipcote and Friends
- It’s A Beautiful Day, created during San Francisco’s 1967 ‘Summer of Love’
- folk rockers Treetop Flyers who won Glastonbury’s 2011 emerging talent competition
- C&W exponents My Darling Clementine
- Bluegrass Southern Tenant Folk Union
- Scotland’s much loved Celtic rockers, The Dangleberries;
- Jericho Hill – three ex-punks and a cowboy playing Johnny Cash;
- Victorian Trout Conspiracy, great ska from Edinburgh
- Washington Irving
- Withered Hand
- The Boy Who Trapped The Sun
- Anderson McGinty Webster Ward & Fisher
- Wooden Box
- the Oxides
- Ashley & The Cosmonauts
- Be Like Pablo
- The Lafontaines
- emerging singer-songwriters Tich and Nick Mulvey
- Scotland’s most tipped unsigned band, Fatherson
- local heroes Scooty and the Skyhooks
- Brown Bear and the Bandits from Largs
- Coca Tenorio
- Feis Rois
- Rhythm and Reel
- Mind Funk
- Caledonian Ceilidh Trail
- Toby Michael’s Rolling Damned from the Highlands
The 2013 theme is ‘Carnival, in keeping with the birthday party atmosphere the milestone event is bound to create. A video of the 2012 event created by Tom Welsh from Deluxe.com, Edinburgh, can be seen on the Belladrum Tartan Hear t website here.
Belladrum 2013 takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its all-ages approach. The festival won a VisitScotland Thistle Award in 2009 and is a past winner of the Grassroots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, the festival industry’s ‘oscars’.
And don’t forget that your ‘starter for ten’ is ‘Who is Midnight Shepherd’?