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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.

https://jollygreensherpas.com/about-us/


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Caledonian Sleeper Brings Music to Inverness Children’s Ears!

Children attending a popular Highland music festival are set to enjoy events set to their own beat thanks to a new partnership with Caledonian Sleeper.

The Inverness-based overnight train service is supporting the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival’s Tir nA nOg children’s area. Offering some of the event’s youngest visitors a chance to trial circus workshops, music, games and theatre sessions, the area will act as a fantasy playground for attending children keen to learn the skills of some of their favourite fictional characters.

The collaboration comes as Caledonian Sleeper seeks to enhance its links with the best of Scotland’s cultural festivals and attractions by showing what the country has to offer to audiences across the UK.

To celebrate the partnership, Caledonian Sleeper will be giving festival-going families a chance to experience the overnight rail journey for themselves. Those attending will have an opportunity to win a family trip to London, with youngsters being given a chance to mingle with Muggles or take a trip to Platform 9¾. Ticketholders will be contacted about the competition after the event closes.

Peter Strachan, Caledonian Sleeper’s Managing Director, said: “As a family-friendly service which strives to deliver the best experience for our younger guests, we are very pleased to partner with an event that shares our focus on creating the best family environments.

“Our range of on board services including interconnecting berths and lounge car menus offering children under the age of 12 free meals, provide the perfect start to a family adventure in Scotland or London.

“Belladrum is one of the many great events that families can visit in The Highlands and with free entry for younger children and a large family camping area, I’m sure it will be enjoyed by all.”

Taking place over three days from Thursday 4 August, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival showcases a range of musical and theatrical talent from across the country and further afield.

Joe Gibbs, founder of the Festival added: “We have always encouraged families to enjoy Belladrum and this year is no different. We have a host of new activities for 2016 including a zipline and jazz and blues bar, but it is our family focus which makes us popular year after year.

“Our new and improved children’s area adds a touch of magic courtesy of Caledonian Sleeper, and we’re sure our young guests will enjoy the new-look Tir nA nOg.”

Families joining the festivities at the children’s area will have an opportunity to win a family trip to London. Travelling standard class, young festival fans can fall asleep on board and wake up refreshed and ready to experience the magic of the Big Smoke. Further details can be found at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

For further information about Caledonian Sleeper, visit www.sleeper.scot
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Iconic island ferry provider Caledonian MacBrayne has announced a brand new route for emerging artists to reach the stage at Bella 2016. The aim of this new partnership is to allow up-and-coming artists to perform on the festival’s fleet of busking vessels over the course of the lucky 13th staging of the event this summer.

Building on the success of the CalMac Culture Music initiative, which was awarded the inaugural Creative Business Award at the Arts and Business Scotland Awards in February this year, the brands have joined forces to continue a shared mission of offering Scotland’s most talented newcomers the opportunity to perform at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival on its much loved and intimate busking stages.

To celebrate, the festival has announced that there will be two new busking stages added to the bill in 2016, and both will be made from old fishing boats.

Appropriately, the first of new stages will be named “Boaty MacBoatface”, as an ode to the recent viral phenomenon. The name of the second new stage, which when added will form an armada of three CalMac boat busking stages at the festival, will be “The Octopus’s Garden”.

Marketing manager Peter Griffiths said: “After three years, CalMac Culture Music has gained a reputation as a great platform for budding singer songwriters and a trusted source of new talent for a growing number of festivals.

“The CalMac busking stages at Bella provide an exciting opportunity for individuals and bands to really make an impact and we’re delighted this flotilla of stages is growing further this year.

“As well as slots on the main stages for CalMac Culture winners The Begbies and Tom Vevers, previous winners Bella and the Bear will also headline. It’s an exciting time and we’re pleased to be part of the Bella experience.”
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HAY! HO! ONLY A WEEK TO GO! It’s exactly 1 week until we open the gates for #Belladrum16! Even the hay bales are getting into the fancy dress spirit in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness! Please keep an eye on social media and our newsletter for important announcements in the run up to this year’s festival! ❤ ... See MoreSee Less

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Incase you missed it we were mentioned on last nights BBC One Show as part of their village special! Thank you Julie MacFarlane for nominating Beauly and including Bella in your nomination! Last nights One Show also included Reef who played Bella 2014! It was practically a Bella special! Click on the link below to watch (we're at 34:00 and Reef preform at the end of the show!)

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07lkwzv/the-one-show-27072016
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MOTHERS RUIN DJs ANNOUNCED FOR BELLADRUM!

Headlining the Friday night on the newly re-designed audio/visual Mother’s Ruin stage will be Inverness DJ & producer Polymath who will be joined with support by Abi She-Bang, founding member of Edinburgh based female DJ collective She-Bang Rave Unit; Clyde Rouge / Chief Rouge Records the Scottish DJ/Producer and Chief Indian @ Chief Rouge Records who has been gaining the attention of big record labels with his releases this year and resident of Hector’s House Do Rego. Also on Friday’s bill are HomeAlone - DJ from Aberdeen who has played his R&B jams all over the UK including opening for Drake at London’s O2 Arena; DJ collective Main Ingredient who have a deep affection for New York, Chicago and Detroit music, with a foot firmly rooted in the early rise of UK Acid House; Fergus Findlay; Craig McLintock of Tea Party Records; Acutek; Digitized and Eadan Sutherland (M+)

Closing the Ruins on Saturday’s headline slot will be Alan MacPherson, a DJ who has been instrumental in the Inverness dance scene since 2005 when he co-founded Audiolife. Main support will be from Grant Clark (Young Cardinals)/Khalid (Hector’s House) B2B who are regulars at Edinburgh’s biggest events; Skye Live founder Munroso; Label, and bloggers & general party animals Unity Glasgow. Also appearing on Saturday are: Dingwall favourite Jamie B ; resident for Rare at The Tunnels Ciaran Donaghy; Martyn Cardno of Underground Essentials who recently played at Groove CairnGorm; Aberdeen based disco aficionados All Night Passion; and young talents Jamie Moyes, returning for his second year; Toby Flynn and Jack Young (M+) who will be opening the stage on Saturday.
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ARRIVING AT BELLA 2016!

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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SONGS OF PRAISE

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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13 DAYS UNTIL A VERY SUPERSTITIOUS BELLA!

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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BELLADRUM UNVEILS NEW ICE HOUSE JAZZ N BLUES BAR!

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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