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By Kyle Walker

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Belladrum 2019 headliners have been announced as Chvrches and Jess Glynne.
Belladrum 2019 headliners have been announced as Chvrches and Jess Glynne.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has announced its Friday and Saturday night headliners for next year’s sci-fi-themed outing – and they’re both out of this world.

Critically-acclaimed Glasgow synth-pop trio Chvrches will headline the festival on Friday night.

And UK chart-topping pop star Jess Glynne will bring Belladrum to a close, headlining on Saturday night.

Joe Gibbs, the festival’s founder, said: “Jess Glynne is an artist at the top of her game and guaranteed to round off the weekend on a high.

“We have always been extremely proud of home-grown Scottish talent and look forward to welcoming Chvrches to Bella for the first time to headline the Friday night.”

Exploding onto the music scene in 2013 with their debut single The Mother We Share, Chvrches have been on a meteoric rise ever since and join Bella on a Scottish festival exclusive show next summer.

Upon its release in May of this year, Love is Dead became the band’s third successive top 10 UK album, following their 2013 debut The Bones of What You Believe and the 2015 follow up Every Open Eye.

Jess Glynne rose to prominence in 2014 featuring as a guest vocalist on huge hits for Clean Bandit, Rather Be and Route 94’s My Love.

Her debut album released the following year I Cry When I Laugh featured a string of hits including Hold My Hand and Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself.

Her second album released in 2018 Always In Between featured further number ones, All I Am and I’ll Be There which have given Jess the accolade of being the first British female solo artist to have seven number one singles in the UK Charts.

Chvrches headline Friday night at Belladrum 2019.
Chvrches headline Friday night at Belladrum 2019.

The two head up a raft of new headline announcements for the festival. Scottish indie-rock band Glasvegas will make their debut Belladrum appearance headlining the Hot House stage.

The band have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of their self-titled platinum selling debut album this year culminating in a sold-out show on 14th December at the iconic Glasgow Barrowlands.

And Fairpoint Convention founder Richard Thompson will headline the Grassroots Stage on the Friday evening. Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters.

He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic- from the Americanas in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards, and the prestigious Ivor Novellos.

Other acts joining over the weekend include; Australian Roots act Round Mountain Girls; Bristol’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, Inverness’ own Lional; The Carloways; local favourites Davy Cowan and the Stormchasers; Highland trad acts Hoodja and Gleadhraich; emerging singer-songwriter Keir Gibson; and final act for the moment Calum Mackenzie Jones and the Trad Project.

These acts join previously announced Thursday night headliner Elbow, along with Tom Odell, Lewis Capaldi, The Selecter, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, Skerryvore, Coco and the Butterfields, The Poozies, Torridon, The Dangleberries, Bombskare, Tom McGuire and the Brassholes, Rhythmnreel, Awkward Family Portraits, Funbox, Rionnagan Ross, MacFloyd and The Sensational David Bowie Band.

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2019 takes place from Thursday, August 1 to Saturday, August 3. For more info or ticket options, go to www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk

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