Nestled deep in the Scottish Highlands, Belladrum has rapidly become one of the more quaint and delightful offerings on the festival circuit (as evidenced by the highlight reel for last year's festival, below), but doing so by consistently punching above its weight in respect to artists. That reputation is further announced by the news that this years festivities will be headed up legendary Welsh troubadour Tom Jones and indie rock band Razorlight.
Tom Jones may be better known in recent years for his work as a Coach on BBC Reality TV phenomenon The Voice, but it is instantly recognisable baritone which made him a star across the globe. That hearty, deep Welsh lilt powered a series of unforgettable songs such as 'It's not Unusual' and 'What's new pussycat', and his keen ear for a collaboration has extended to work with The Cardigans, Cerys Mathews, Mousse T and Robbie Williams.
Razorlight formed in 2002, going on to top the UK charts with their single ‘America’ and their self-titled album in 2006, whilst other famous songs by the group have included ‘Somewhere Else’ and ‘In The Morning.’ Festival promoter Joe Gibbs stated the following about the presence of both headliners:
“Sir Tom has long been a hero of mine and it is a singular privilege to be able to welcome him to a Highland stage. We are also thrilled by the appearance of Razorlight at Bella whose last festival appearance in the Highlands was to headline RockNess in 2008.”
Also playing will be Frightened Rabbit as a Scottish Festival exclusive, politically informed punk folk legend Billy Bragg, Glaswegian blues rockers The Temperance Movement and comedian Ade Edmonson's group The Bad Shepherds. Also added are The Mekons, Casual Sex, Esepranza, Danny & The Champions Of The World, The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh Band, Call To Mind, Randolph’s Leap, Dorec-a-Belle, The Lorelei, Scooty & The Skyhooks, Mad Dog McRea, Caledonian Ceilidh Trail and Holly Atkinson.
With five stages and and an endearing lo-fi approach, Belladrum's long established appeal rests with blending local and international artists across a plethora of of musical genres. Mixed up in the Belladrum melting pot is indie, rock, Dance, Celtic, Celtic rock, blues, roots, and many more – with cabaret, street-cinema and a hugely endearing ensemble of children’s entertainment on offer making it a firm family favourite.
As we reported back when tickets went on Sale in September 2013, the deposit system has been simplified this year enabling you to pay a third of your cost (£50) now with the remaining £100 balance due by the 30th May.
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