Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2017 review

Henry Lewis visited the Belladrum Estate for three days of entertainment from some of Scotland's finest musical exports, along with stars from around the world and a plethora of performers bringing their own unique acts.

Henry Lewis

Last updated: 28th Sep 2017.
Originally published: 7th Aug 2017

Half a century on from the Summer of Love, where hippy ideologies ruled and getting down in a field to great music was all that really mattered, Scottish 3 dayer Belladrum Tartan Heart looked to reignite the spark of 1967 to deliver a spectacular music festival that delivered in spades. 

With music from heap of Scottish acts, and plenty from around the world too, constant entertainment in the form of wrestling, karaoke, extreme bike sports, ice skating and more it was easy to let go of the outside world with total abandon and immerse yourself in the multitude of diverse delights Bella had to offer.

From magnificent headliners in the form of Sister Sledge, The Pretenders and Franz Ferdinand to the festival's glorious decor, everything played its part perfectly as a crowd of all ages was treated to top class entertainment. 

Wether you wanted to rave at the dub forest or crash landed aeroplane, enjoy whisky at the Tomatin shack, watch wrestlers grappling or see a host of Scottish talent bringing top musical performances, there was plenty to go around.

Playing in their native country were a number of acts including K T Tunstall, Twin Atlantic, Honeyblood, Young Fathers, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five (more on them later), Tamzene and Torridon - and that was just on the main stages. There was also heaps of local, grassroots talent and an array of spectacular singers and performers across the board.

The surroundings of the beautifully situated garden stage, with its outdoor theatre feel, made for some spectacular performances, with the opening day welcoming huge shows from the smouldering vocals of Louis Berry, the truly anthemic First Aid Kit, and a closing slot from the magical Sister Sledge.

Paying tribute to their late sister Joni Sledge in the most fitting way, the disco divas exhibited a copybook of dancefloor staples that left the crowd in high spirits, enjoying sparkling renditions on 'We Are Family', 'He's the Greatest Dancer' and more.

There were top performances from all of the headline acts, it has to be said. Friday saw The Pretenders deliver an astonishing amount of hits, with Chrissie Hynde's effortlessly cool vocals still sounding as good as ever, while James Walbourne shredded and chopped at his guitar in exhilarating fashion.

Ahead of them were the likes of Feeder, Honeyblood, and psych rockers Atomic Rooster, who notably played at 1970 event ‘The First Scottish Blues and Progressive Music Festival’, making for a deeply diverse day of music once again.

Saturday threw up a handful of stand out performances, including the first artist to sign to Belladrum records, Tamzene, who has had a remarkable 2017, performing at an LA Musexpo showcase event, before being joining up with the Scottish festival to deliver a string of releases, the most recent, "Enough For Me' coming out on the Friday of the festival.

Another Scottish act delivering big on the final day were Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five, who summed up better than anyone the true power of hippy culture. 

With a plethora of feel good numbers, which had foundations laid down in deep grooves, chiming guitars and easy singalongs, the yellow clad collective stole the show on Saturday afternoon, with peace and love at the heart of their message.

Franz Ferdinand's closing slot brought some indie magic to proceedings, with Alex Kapranos and co dishing up much loved numbers such as 'Take Me Out', 'You Girls', 'The Dark Of The Matinee' and plenty more. 

Ending in spectacular fashion with fireworks, then bagpipes of course, Belladrum further cemented its reputation as the jewel in a cultural crown of Scottish festivals.

Tickets for Belladrum 2018 are on sale from 9am on 28th September, secure yours below. 

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Type of Ticket Price QuantityQty
3 Day Weekend ticket
Adult Three Day Ticket
Includes entry to ceilidh, camping AND MAIN STAGE THURSDAY NIGHT.
£155.49
(£146.00 + bf)
2 Day Weekend tickets
Adult Two Day Ticket
Includes entry to ceilidh & camping Thurs night; EXCLUDES ENTRY TO MAIN STAGE THURS.
£129.93
(£122.00 + bf)
Saturday tickets
Saturday Adult Ticket
Includes entry to camping and arena from Saturday 4th August 2018
£91.59
(£86.00 + bf)
Children
Child Ticket (12 & Under)
Only valid with photo ID. All under-18s must be accompanied by an adult AGED 21 & OVER.
£0.00
Payment Plan
Payment Plan Initial Payment: Adult Three Day Ticket
3 Day Ticket; INCLUDES ENTRY TO MAIN STAGE THURS. A further 6 instalments of £20 due, see Ts & Cs.
This ticket is part of a payment plan - view terms and conditions
£36.99
(£26.00 + bf)
Payment Plan Initial Payment: Adult Two Day Ticket
2 Day Ticket; EXCLUDES ENTRY TO MAIN STAGE THURS. A further 6 instalments of £16 due, see Ts & Cs.
This ticket is part of a payment plan - view terms and conditions
£35.43
(£26.00 + bf)
Upgrades
Upgrade: Adult Saturday to Two Day Ticket
NOT VALID unless presented with a Saturday Ticket. Entry from Thurs, EXCLUDES MAIN STAGE THURS.
£47.52
(£44.00 + bf)
Upgrade: Adult Two Day Ticket to Three Day Ticket
NOT VALID unless presented with a Two Day Ticket. ALLOWS ENTRY TO MAIN STAGE THURS.
£36.72
(£34.00 + bf)
Live-In Vehicles
Standard Campervan/Caravan Pass
7 x 4.5m Pitch. One Per Vehicle. Does not include entry to the festival or electric hookup.
£77.75
(£73.00 + bf)
Jumbo Campervan/Caravan Pass
10x10m Pitch. One Per Vehicle. Does not include entry to the festival or electric hookup.
£120.34
(£113.00 + bf)
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VW Campervan Pass
One Per VW Campervan (separate VW area). Does not include entry to the festival or electric hookup.
£77.75
(£73.00 + bf)
Standard Electric Hookup Add-On - Does NOT include pitch
Upgrade: adds electric hook-up to a pitch ONLY WHEN PRESENTED WITH A Standard Campervan/Caravan Pass
£101.17
(£95.00 + bf)
VW Electric Hookup Add-On - Does NOT include pitch
Upgrade: adds electric hook-up to a pitch ONLY WHEN PRESENTED WITH A VW CAMPERVAN PASS
£101.17
(£95.00 + bf)
Amenities
Friendly Flush: 24hr Attended Toilets - Adult Pass
Located in Green campsite, out of arena. No access from Glamping or Caravans between 0200 & 0900.
£16.20
(£15.00 + bf)
Friendly Flush: 24hr Attended Toilets - Child Pass (12 & Under)
Located in Green campsite, out of arena. No access from Glamping or Caravans between 0200 & 0900.
£9.72
(£9.00 + bf)
Clean Fields
Clean Fields Wristband
Please read the Clean Fields agreement at tartanheartfestival.co.uk/info/clean-fields before booking
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