Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has announced that AMY MACDONALD will make a long overdue return to the festival when she headlines the Thursday night main stage.
In further line-up announcements, FRIGHTENED RABBIT will play an intimate headline set on the Hothouse (second) stage, performing the whole of their epic album ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’.
BBC Radio 2 and 6music DJ CRAIG CHARLES brings his FUNK AND SOUL CLUB to the festival for the first time. By very popular demand and fresh from selling out Glasgow’s iconic Barrowlands THE LAFONTAINES join us for our 15th outing.
LUCY SPRAGGAN will make a return to the festival and new Celtic sensation TIDE LINES will also feature. And festival favourites COLONEL MUSTARD & THE DIJON FIVE will appear on the main stage as well.
“This really is the life now that we can welcome back Scotland’s own wonderful Amy Macdonald to the festival for the first time since 2010, since when she has gone from strength to strength,” said Belladrum promoter Joe Gibbs. “The Bella crowd are among her greatest fans.”
2018 tickets for the 15th Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, voted Holiday Lettings by Trip Advisor’s most popular UK festival in 2017, are on sale on-line and via ticket agents. Buyers can pay in seven monthly instalments if they buy tickets before 1st January 2018. All on-line ticket buyers can take advantage of a 72 hour cooling off period after purchase during which they can return bought tickets.
Following the tradition of a fancy dress theme at the event, Bella has announced that ‘Bollywood’ will be its 2018 theme. “We will be bringing back the fancy dress parade and prizes in 2018. We’re hoping for a riot of Bollydrum exhibitionism,” said festival promoter Joe Gibbs
E-tickets are on sale via the festival website at www.tartanheartfestival.co.ukand via www.skiddle.com. Printed tickets can be bought from agents including: Inverness – The Ironworks, Eden Court Theatre, Caffery’s and Hootananny’s; Kiltarlity – Post Office; Beauly – Morrison’s; Dingwall – Sweet Treats; Elgin – Sound & Vision; Edinburgh and Glasgow – TicketsScotland; Alness – Iain’s Barber Shop. And Isle of Skye Paint Coy in Portree and Grant’s Fine Foods in Dornoch have been added as agents this year.
Bella patrons will need a three day ticket to see artists on the Garden main stage on the Thursday night. Two day tickets are also on sale, and allow access to the rest of the festival (excluding main stage) from Thursday night onwards. Also on sale will be Saturday tickets, Campervan / caravan, BellaDub VW Campervan and electric hook-up tickets.
Last year’s sell-out free Cleanfields area tickets are available again with an expanded capacity. To camp there patrons need to sign up to an agreement to maintaining and leaving a spotlessly clean camp site and living together harmoniously.
Patrons planning a stag or hen party, or just coming with a group of friends, can make a group bookings of 10 or more tickets with no booking fee via the festival website tickets page as can disabled ticket applications. VW campervan owners can buy tickets to the BellaDub VW Campervan area.
Glamping providers Pitch Village have their tents on sale via Bella’s Skiddle tickets page and Yurts & Squrts accommodation is available via the festival’s website page.
Bella’s lead charitable cause for a second year running is its local shinty club’s bid to build a new pavilion. Donations can be added to ticket purchases via Skiddle or patrons can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/lovatshintyclubCamanachd Cup winning Lovat Shinty Club is one of the pillars of Bella’s local community, with a strong social side, an extensive youth initiative and a successful ladies’ team. The new pavilion will provide a community hub with rooms for hire and a room for NHS clinics, plus male and female changing rooms, a social space, and a kitchen.
Car parks and camping areas will be open from 0800 and arenas will open from 1300 on the Thursday. When buying tickets on-line with Skiddle, Bella patrons are being given an opportunity to contribute to Lovat Shinty Club’s new clubhouse appeal.
Bella sold out in 2017 for the ninth year in a row so fans are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment. Last year’s headliners and major artists included: Sister Sledge; The Pretenders; Franz Ferdinand; Twin Atlantic and First Aid Kit.
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 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’.