The Pretenders, First Aid Kit, Feeder & more for Belladrum Tartan Heart 2017

with Birdy, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Honeyblood, Louis Berry ...

By Neil Greenway | Published: Thu 23rd Mar 2017

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2017 - The Pretenders
Photo credit: Andy Pitt

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2017

Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th August 2017
Belladrum Estate, Beauly, Inverness-shire, IV4 7BA, Scotland MAP
£142 for 3 days
Daily capacity: 16,500

The Pretenders are amongst the many new acts announced for the 14th Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival which takes place from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th August 2017 in the picturesque surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire, Scotland. They'll be headlining on the Friday.

Also new are First Aid Kit, the ever-green Feeder, singer/songwriter Birdy, Hothouse Stage headliners Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Honeyblood, and Louis Berry.

The Grassroots Stage will be headlined by Karine Polwart, and Gallagher & Lyle, and will also feature William McCarthy (Augustines), and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

There's also Milburn, Hot Dub Time Machine, Neon Waltz, Slow Club, Vukovi, Urban Voodoo Machine, The James Hunter Six, 3 Daft Monkeys, Bloodlines, Bossy Love, Broken Bones Matilda, The Broken Ravens, C.Macleod, The Dolly Parton Story, Feis Inbhir Narrainn Caldonian Ceilidh Trail, Feis Rois Ceilidh Band, Full Tilt Ceilidh Band, Fun Box, Gerry Cinnamon, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, The Haggis Horns, Heron Valley, Ho-Ro, Indigo Velvet, I See Rivers, Kioko, Lewis Capaldi, MacFloyd, Oxbow Lake, rhythmnreel, Root System, Saltfishforty, Schiehallion, Scooty And The Skyhooks, Single By Sunday, Tamzene, The Dangleberries, The Jar Family, Tigerstyle, Torridon, and Zervas and Pepper.

These join Saturday headliners Franz Ferdinand, plus KT Tunstall and Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five, and the Thursday Headliner of Sister Sledge (who have confirmed their appearance at the festival following the sad death of their sister Joni).

Patrons wishing to see main stage acts on the Thursday of the festival will need a three day ticket. The Thursday line-up includes: Sister Sledge, Feeder, Louis Berry, Scooty & The Skyhooks and Torridon.

Thursday car parks and camping areas will be open from 8am again after this year’s successful trial run to encourage patrons to arrive in a steadier flow throughout the day to reduce traffic congestion. Arenas will open from 1pm on the Thursday.

Bella sold out each of the last eight years, often months before the event so fans are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment.

Music comes from around 90 acts across five stages featuring locally and internationally renowned artists and favouring a lo-fi approach. 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.

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For the third year running, there is 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 are priced at £117. Three day tickets are priced at £142. Campervan/caravan tickets are priced at £70, and electrical hook-up are priced at £92. (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.

E-tickets will be on sale via the festival website, and printed tickets will be available from 9am on Thursday 27th October from the usual agents including: Inverness – The Ironworks, Eden Court Theatre, Caffery’s and Hootananny’s; Kiltarlity – Post Office; Beauly – Morrison’s; Dingwall – Sweet Treats; Elgin – Sound & Vision; Aberdeen – Aberdeen Performing Arts; Edinburgh and Glasgow – TicketsScotland.

When buying tickets on-line Bella patrons are being given an opportunity to contribute to the Archie Foundation, a charity which is helping to improve children’s hospital facilities in the Highlands.

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