Published: 22/02/2018 19:00 - Updated: 22/02/2018 16:19

Movin' on up north for Bella festival

Written byMargaret Chrystall


Primal Scream
Primal Scream will headline at this year's Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

SCOTTISH rockers Primal Scream will make their Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival debut by closing the main stage on the final night of this year’s event.

Formed in 1984 and winners of the first-ever Mercury Music Prize for 1991’s Screamadelica, Primal Scream have been added to headliners Paloma Faith and Amy Macdonald for the event on August 2-4.

Pop-punk/rock act You Me At Six are also added to the Garden Stage line-up and joining these acts will be a secret special guest as part of the Saturday main stage line-up.

Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Ward Thomas have been added to Thursday night schedule.

Other new additions include Highland’s own and Belladrum Records artist Tamzene, plus Beth Orton, Yonaka, Sea Girls, Ryan McMullan, MF Robots, Whisky Shivers, The Burning Hell, Adam Holmes & The Embers, Torridon, The Eskies, Barbarella Bang Bang, Rews, The Rumjacks, Dancing On Tables, The Tumbling Souls, Macfloyd, Lionel, The Macgills, The Undercover Hippy, Noble Jacks, The Carloways, Ernest Rambles, Highland Voices Choir, and Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail.

Also confirmed is the return of the ever-popular headphone disco, family favourites Fun Box will entertain on the Garden Stage and Big Fish Little Fish – which debuts in Inverness this Sunday – is back.

Other previously announced acts include Frightened Rabbit, The Charlatans, Rosanne Cash, Songhoy Blues, Craig Charles and his Funk & Soul Club, The Lafontaines, Lucy Spraggan, Tidelines, Darlingside, The Supernaturals, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five, Kissmet, Niteworks, The Filthy Tongues, Ho-Ro, and Dougie Burns & The Cadilacs.

Belladrum promoter Joe Gibbs said: "We have pulled off our best ever line-up in terms of headliners and strength in depth this year.

"The Primals are one iconic Scottish rock act who have never played Bella and so we are utterly delighted."

More acts still to be announced in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the Proclaimers will perform at Inverness Leisure on November 23.

Known for their sing-along anthems, twins Charlie and Craig Reid were once regular performers at Inverness venue The Market Bar in the mid-’80s before striking it big.

The gig is being put on by LCC Live, and is the first of their Live in the City announcements for 2018.

Tickets for the Proclaimers go on sale tomorrow. For more, visit

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