YESS !!!!! The legendary Tom Jones is to headline the Friday main stage of Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (8th & 9th August 2014) for what is believed to be his first ever performance in the Highlands. Headlining the same stage on the Saturday night are the popular rock band Razorlight. (Tom = good. Razorlight = shite. Based on personal experience at an AECC performance in 2006 or something like that – anyway. they were mince.)
In a Scottish festival exclusive, very special guests Frightened Rabbit will return to the event. The Scots indie band last played the festival in 2012 .Since then they released the album ‘Pedestrian Verse’ which peaked at number nine in the UK charts. Jolly good !!
Making his first appearance at the festival is the celebrated singer-songwriter Billy Bragg who blends folk and punk styles in protest songs and romantic ballads. Headliners of one of the days on the Hothouse second stage are blues rockers The Temperance Movement formed by Glasgow-born vocalist Phil Campbell. They have garnered a strong following after releasing their first studio album in 2013. I had the pleasure of meeting them on the A9 at Bruar after their last Hoots gig or rather my daughter charmed them at the table – hehe – great band !!
Adrian Edmondson brings Loopallu veterans The Bad Shepherds who play punk songs with traditional folk instruments and cow punk, alt country British band The Mekons will make an appearance on the Black Isle Brewery Grassroots Stage.
Exciting Scots indie band Casual Sex are also announced for the festival. And other artists engaged for the lineup include: Glasgow ska band Esperanza, Danny & The Champions Of The World; The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh Band; Call To Mind; Randolph’s Leap; Dorec-a-Belle; The Lorelei and Hollie Atkinson from Inverness, the 2013 winner of Bella’s Got Talent. Many more artists are still to be announced.
See you in August – think I better daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaance now !!