2016 Line-up

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Hielan’ Coo Club

Escape the hurly burly of the festival in our Hielan’ Coo Club VIP area. A new addition to last years festival, The Hielan’ Coo Club proved popular with adults and children alike. This year the offerin’ has been improved with free shoulder massage, a Turkish steam room, late night headphone disco, pampering stalls and for the tech addicts amongst you free charging stations! Entry for the weekend costs £45 for adults and £25 for children (12& under). Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available from the ticket section on the Belladrum website.

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Jolly Green Sherpas

Gone are the days of struggling with luggage from the car park to the campsite at music festivals! The Jolly Green Sherpas are coming to Belladrum to transport your luggage for you!
If you are struggling with your bags, just look out for the teams of Sherpas in the car park, where they will be waiting to help. They will then get you and your luggage, to the exact spot that you wish to pitch your tent!
The Green Sherpa service will cost £15 and can be purchased on-site when you arrive.




We have made numerous changes for the 2016 festival to help ease traffic issues over the course of the festival but we would still advise arriving at the festival as early as possible to help minimise the risk of delay.

The gates & campsites will open from 0800 on Thursday 4th August to allow an earlier ingress than in previous years.

The arenas will open at 12noon.

The busiest periods for arrival are from 1600-2000 on Thursday so we advise that you avoid coming to the festival during this period if possible.

There are regular bus services to the festival from Inverness in including a new shuttle to and from the Black Isle Show (provided by Stagecoach www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/north-scotland/belladrum-shuttle-service and local area busses (Ross’s Minibusses). For more information and time tables, please see the www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/info/travel/.

On the day, we advise you listen to local radio and check travel updates online and via social media to ensure the least possible delay.
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HE AINT NO MANIC STREET PREACHER – He’s Rev Joe Barnard from New Orleans, now Minister at Kiltarlity Free Church of Scotland, and he’s going to hold a 30 minute service at 1000 on Sunday 7th August at the Welfare Tent, at the top if Red Camping. Musical accompaniment. All welcome!
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As Groucho Marx said, if a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that animal is going somewhere. But believe it or not, the costume theme for this year¹s 13th staging of Bella is nonetheless SUPERSTITION. You may wish to dress as the spirit moves you. You may choose to abandon drear reason and rationale. You may embrace shibboleths in all their forms: folklore and fantasy; ghosties and witches; high priests; graven images; snake coils and ladders; tarot and astrology alchemy, even. Let your imagination soar! Dress up your beliefs. Live the dream. Escape at Bella.
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We've got a brand new arena to add to Bella this summer in the form of a New Orleans style Jazz & Blues Bar featuring a selection of incredible live acts all situated within it’s own little corner of the festival with stunning views across the tipi fields and Hielan' Coo Club (vip area).

Acts performing over the weekend include the Highland ‘s favourite soul and party band Scooty & the Skyhooks, the fantastic Rooty MaToot Big Band, local blues legend Andy Gunn Band, along with GT's Boos Band, BIG JOE BONE, AM/FM, Dougie Burns and the Cadilacs, Baracuda Big Band, The Farr Bay Bluesflowers, and Mairi Green - trust us, you won't want to miss it!
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We're really happy announce a new bus route for everyone wanting to attend both the Black Isle Show & Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2016!

Stagecoach Bus will be supplementing their usual hourly service from Inverness with an extra shuttle running between both events on Thursday, departing Belladrum at 10am, 11am and 12noon - to give you time to park on site and set up your campsite.

Returning busses from the Black Isle Show will be running at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 11pm to get you back to Bella after a day at the show.

There will also be a route on Sunday at 12noon provided by Ross's Minibusses that will stop at en route to Muir of Ord if you wish to have a drink or two and leave your car at the Black Isle Show all weekend.

Full travel details and updated bus timetables are available here: www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/info/travel/

Stagecoach website: www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/north-scotland/belladrum-shuttle-service
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Now going into its sixth year the Free Range Folk Stage returns with another diverse line-up of acoustic based artists from the Highlands and guests from further afield.

Curated in association with Glachbeg Croft this years line-up features a selection of the finest young emerging talent from across the Highlands & Islands including Miss Irenie Rose, Moteh Parrott, Dylan Tierney, Jam Reid, Megan Blyth, Emily Isla and Neil Cannon.

A host of establish acts will also be appearing with performances from legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes, Davy Cowan, Robin Abbot (Lush Rollers/Mystic Shoes), Alan Turner, Alan Frew and Searching For Donkeys.

Other acts appearing over the weekend include, The Rising Souls, Ailsa Villegas - Singer, Alex Hynes, Teya Bawden, Daniel Gunn, Fonsecas, Laurence Made Me Cry, Toy Tin Soldier, Footerin' Aboot Ceilidh Band, All Hat No Cat, and Too Many Kooks.

The Friday and Saturday evenings will close with two of the best traditional acts in the north of Scotland, Hò-rò and Tweed Ceilidh Band.

Finally we have two acts appearing through the Scottish Music Centres Youth Music project Music+, Eilidh Anderson and Logan McGee.

“We are delighted with the eclectic line-up of acts appearing over the weekend and it goes to show again that Belladrum is not just about the household names on the big stages, but you will hear some real treats on the other smaller stages including The Free Range Folk Stage ”. Bob Bull (Glachbeg Croft)
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Students from Perth College UHI will be showcasing and developing their skills at this year’s Belladrum festival. Music and hospitality students have been selected for opportunities offered through the University of the Highlands and Islands’ careers centre and music department.

Seven students have secured work experience placements at the festival. Audio engineering students Christine Heriot and Erika Schweighofer will be working with the production team, while music business students Lauren Patterson, Christopher Glynn and Kitt Carr will take up roles as press and site assistants. Ruth Stewart, a technical theatre student will develop her experience as a lighting assistant and popular music student Stuart Duncan will work as an artist liaison.

Speaking about the opportunity, Stuart Duncan from Aberdeen, said: “I’m really looking forward to joining a strong team dedicated to creating a brilliant experience for event-goers event-makers alike. As it’s my first time, I am thrilled to have been selected for artist liaison and I’m ready to build my best self for this.”

Student band The Purple Felts, meanwhile, will showcase their talents with an appearance on the XpoNorth Seedlings stage. The Perth-based six-piece, made up of students from the university’s BA (Hons) popular music course, will open the stage at 11:30am on Saturday with a set of original funk and high-energy ska.

The Purple Felts drummer, Matt Walker from Kirkcaldy, said: “We’re really excited for what we hope to be one of our biggest shows to date, which comes just after the launch of our debut EP! The show comes at a good time for us as it will be an opportunity to get our music to a bunch of fresh ears. Plus, we can't wait to experience the festival!”

Joe Gibbs, festival founder, said: “Perth College UHI’s BA course consistently nurtures talent and provides students with industry standard skills. We have a great relationship with the team who look after the course and welcome new students each year to the festival for experience, many of whom impress so much that they return to the event to work in subsequent years.”
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Headlining the Thursday night on the Garden Stage in 2016 are extroverted crowed pleasers, cult glam rockers The Darkness, best known for their timeless anthem “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”.

Beatboxer and multi-vocalist Beardyman, who marks his first feature at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, will be main support appearing along with his dream team.

Tanzanian born and London raised Tiggs Da Author, a wordsmith and rapper who’s musical influence spans Motown to Grime will also be appearing along with Main Street Blues, one of the top electric blues/rock bands to emerge from the East of Scotland in the last six years, famed for delighting audiences with up-tempo electric blues with a broad range of R 'n B and funk influences.

Local heroes Torridon will bring their folk rock to the main stage while Stephanie Urbina Jones will be adding a splash of Texan Latin Country and Americana to the bill, appearing with Scottish band The New Madrids.

Thursday ticket holders will also be treated to a set from Edinburgh based 10-piece funk outfit, The Retrophones featuring Colin Steele, Invernesian rockers Woodentooth and the regional runners-up of the prestigious UK School’s competition, Rock Challenge, Invergordan Academy., who will be bringing over 30 secondary school pupils perform at the opening of the festival.

Upgrades available at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/tickets
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A great opportunity through UHI Careers to work at Bella 2016! ... See MoreSee Less

Opportunity to work at this year's Tartan Heart Festival in Beauly! We are looking for people to work in the Box Offices Belladrum Thursday 4th and Friday 5th August 2016.Earn £6.50 an hour and get FREE entry to the festival, FREE camping and FREE food whilst working. You must be able to attend a staff briefing on the evening of Wednesday 3rd August and be available to work all day Thursday and all day Friday - you will have Saturday free to enjoy the festival. Shifts and times will be confirmed with you once you've been in touch. Please email caroline@athletesangels.com ASAP to register your interest and we'll take it from there.

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The Official Belladrum APP is back for 2016 with a Superstitious make over! Find our Line Up, Playlist and more including your very own Bella Survival Guide! Over the festival we'll be updating the APP around the clock with news updates and our best picks of the day to make sure you're always in the loop about everything Bella!

Stay connected this Bella by buying passes for the Co-op wifi Village from www.voove.com/product-category/wi-fi-vouchers/belladrum-wi-fi-vouchers/

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Discarded camping gear from last year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival helped to raise over £500 for Muir of Ord Scouts with the remaining sleeping bags, tents and mats joining items sent to people in need by The Highlands Support Refugees (THSR).

This year, campers will be offered the chance to leave their unwanted gear in THSR collection areas near the gates as they depart.

Dingwall-based THSR have now dispatched over 100,000 aid items to Calais, Slovenia, Dunkerque and Lesbos in three full 40 ft containers. In addition, seven tonnes of food have been purchased and sent to the Calais Kitchen and others.

What is most useful for the collection:
· Complete undamaged tents and Popups
· Sleeping Bags
· Sleeping Mats
· Good clothing
· Lights/torches/lamps
· Chairs
· Stoves and Gas
· Footwear - inc Wellingtons!
· Any items in good working order that can be sold to raise funds for the project

At present, there is no need for airbeds, damaged equipment or gazebos....

All those at the festival who are looking for more information should look out for the THSRs team who will be manning a stand on site to talk about the refugee’s issue and wider campaign.
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