Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2016

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2016 - around the festival site
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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2016

Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th August 2016
Belladrum Estate, Beauly, Inverness-shire, IV4 7BA, Scotland MAP
£137 for 3 days - SOLD OUT
Daily capacity: 16,500
Last updated: Wed 13th Jul 2016

The 13th Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival sees the event expand to a 3 day event taking place on Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th August 2016.

The theme of the 2016 festival will be 'Superstition'.


Latest additions Bloodlines, Crash Club, Forever, HQFU, Jointpop, Pure Grief, Charlotte Carpenter, The Lapelles, Medicine Men, Ded Rabbit, Mt Doubt, Miracle Glass Company, Indigo Velvet, Be Charlotte, Onr, American Clay, Eleanor Nicolson, The Claramassa, Womps, Redolent, Laurence Made Me Cry, The MacGills, The Begbies, This Machine, Dead Zebras, and Purple Felts.

Two Door Cinema Club, and Madness will headline with The Darkness, topping the bill on Thursday, they will be joined by Arrested Development, Alabama 3, Circa Waves, Wilko Johnson, The Orb, Super Furry Animals, Public Service Broadcasting, Gavin James, Skippinish who replace The Vatersay Boys, Lucy Spraggan, White, and Bwani Junction who with Donald Shaw and Diane Garisto bring their Celtic Connections 2016 performance of Paul Simon’s Graceland to the main stage, Man of Moon, Main Street Blues, The Lush Rollers, Stephanie Urbina Jones & The New Madrids, Sinderins, The Retrophones, The Elephant Sessions, The Lapelles, Charlotte Carpenter, The Begbies, I See Rivers, James Mackenzie, Onr, Fiona Mackenzie and Brian O Headhra, The Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail, Hot Dub Time Machine, Billie Marten, Neck, C.C. Smugglers, Errol Linton's Blues Vibe, MacFloyd, Fun Box, The LaFontaines, Spring Break, Catholic Action, Nieves, Schnarff Schnarff, Lional, The Side, Man Made, Leanne Smith, Inverness & Kinloss Military Wives' Choirs, Rhythm 'N Reel, The Leonard Jones Potential, Hoodja, Gleadhraich, Tannara, Schiehallion, Rachel Sermanni, Gun, Turin Brakes, Son Of Dave, Bella Hardy, Astrid, Mungo's Hi Fi Sound System, Colonel Mustard and Dijon Five, Keston Cobblers Club, CoCo and the Butterfields, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Holy Moly & the Crackers, Rab Noakes, Medicine Men, The Dangleberries, C Duncan, Breabach, Tweed, Bella and the Bear, The Mermaids, Be Charlotte, The Dolly Parton Story, and The Beau Bow Belles.


Tickets have sold out. For the second year running, there was an option to buy three day tickets to include a programme of artists on the main stage on the Thursday night, in addition to the traditional two day tickets.

Tickets are in the form of E-tickets and a limited number of hard tickets. Weekend tickets were priced at £112. Three day tickets were priced at £137. Campervan/caravan tickets were priced at £57 (sold out) and electrical hook-up are priced at £87. (all plus booking fees). Children 12 and under attend free on all days.

A deposit scheme is available on standard weekend tickets, and upgrades from weekends to 3 days are also available.

Bella sold out in record time in January in 2015, and has sold out each of the last eight years, often months before the event so fans are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment.

Around the site

Belladrum offers plenty of interest aside from the music, including an array of entertainment for children, although the fairground rides will not be on site this year. Attractions include street theatre, cabaret, cinema, dance, alternative therapies, stalls, food and drink.

Thursday car parks and camping areas will be open from 10am in 2016 instead of the usual 1pm in an effort to encourage patrons to arrive in a steadier flow throughout the day and to reduce traffic congestion. Arena opening times will also be brought forward for the Thursday and details will be released in due course.

Fancy dress

The Fancy Dress theme has not yet been announced.

There'll be more information here when available.

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