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Organisers cancel Belladrum music festival near Inverness due to coronavirus


By Margaret Chrystall

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BELLADRUM has been cancelled as the Covid-19 lockdown looks set to continue into the summer.

Crowds pictured at last year's Belladrum. The festival has now been cancelled for 2020. Picture: Gary Anthony
Crowds pictured at last year's Belladrum. The festival has now been cancelled for 2020. Picture: Gary Anthony

The "heartbroken team" made thefollowing announcement:

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we must confirm that Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

We had been progressing with plans to deliver our 17th outing but as the pandemic plays out across the UK, it has now become clear that delivering the event in 2020 simply isn’t going to be possible.

The health and safety of our Belladrum Family, staff, suppliers and local community are our number one priority. We are wholly aware of the role Belladrum has to play in the much bigger picture of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our local community, emergency services and country. Whilst we are absolutely devastated to not be able to go ahead this year, we have to look forward to safer times in 2021.

We will be offering ALL 2020 ticket holders the option to transfer your tickets to the 2021 event. Please be rest assured that if you cannot make the 2021 festival, you will be offered a full refund for all tickets purchased. Further info below.

The 2021 dates will be 29th, 30th & 31st July.

Stay safe, look after each other, and we look forward to welcoming you back next year to the biggest and best Bella yet. Updates on line up and programme will follow in due course and in relation to the cancellation please see link to updated FAQs

The latest briefing from the Scottish Government yesterday saw Nicola Sturgeon indicate that there could only be a phased ending to lockdown and that social distancing would continue with some measures continuing into next year and possibly beyond."

On April 8, Belladrum organisers issued a statement to give "our Bella family an update" about delivering this year's festival. In the event that Belladrum was cancelled, they said. ticket holders would be able to roll their tickets over to 2021, and theyhoped to make an update "in the not too distant future".

Sir Tom Jones is still set to perform in Inverness on June 27.
Sir Tom Jones is still set to perform in Inverness on June 27.

Plans remain for The Sir Tom Jones at Inverness Caledonian Stadium on Saturday, June 27, and The Stereophonics date at the Bught Park on Saturday, July 11

After Skipinnish, McFly and the expanded plans for The Gathering were cancelled as the lockdown got underway early on, plans had continued to host Sir Tom Jones at Inverness Caledonian Stadium on Saturday, June 27, and The Stereophonics at the Bught Park on Saturday, July 11 and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival from Thursday, July 31 to Saturday, August 1.

Stereophonics are still due to appear at Bught Park on July 11.
Stereophonics are still due to appear at Bught Park on July 11.

LCC Live – which had McFly coming to Bught Park on Sunday, July 5 put out a statement on April 17 when the band announced cancelling “all our shows across the UK, up until the end of June”.

On April 8 LCC had announced the planned July Skipinnish Big Top Tent date at Bught Park would be postponed until Saturday, July 3 2021.

Westlife announced on April 22 that their date on Sunday, June 28 would disappear, after they cancelled the remaining dates on their Stadiums In The Summer tour.

They took the step after the Irish Government extended the mass gathering ban to August 31, affecting their Irish dates.

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