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Blow as Highland's landmark music festival at Belladrum 2021 'postponed' until 2022

By Louise Glen

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Belladrum festival postponed until 2022.
Belladrum festival postponed until 2022.

Organisers of the Belladrum Festival have announced that after 'considerable efforts' they have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year's event.

A spokesman for the festival, held in July at Belladrum near Beauly, said they understood the decision would not please everyone, but safety of staff and those attending came first.

It is the second year the festival has been postponed, people with tickets for 2021 will automatically be transferred to 2022.

In a statement, a spokesman said: "After months of considered efforts, it is with deep regret that we are today, announcing the postponement of the 2021 Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

"No one wants to be back in the fields at Bella more than us, however, the status of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made it clear that delivering an event we all know and love, just isn’t going to be possible this year.

"Whilst the vaccine programme appears to be progressing well and there are signs of light at the end of the very long tunnel, we feel there are still too many uncertainties surrounding the potential restrictions that may be in place.

"We don’t want to deliver an event we aren’t proud of or compromise in any way on the magic that makes Bella so special to all of us. We are aware that there are some events that are going ahead and we have considered all options for how Bella might look but the nature of the weekend camping show we have just doesn’t make it possible."

He continued: "We have been working closely with the rest of the UK event industry in lengthy conversations with Westminster Government to provide an insurance policy for our industry. Without this, the risk of pushing on with planning with no certainty on what the future holds are simply too huge.

"We have listened to you all over the last few months and whilst we know that this decision won’t please everyone it’s a decision we have made with our whole community in mind. Our community in every sense of the word is at the beating heart of our festival and we feel that postponing to 2022 is the safest decision for that whole community.

"To postpone two years in a row is a tough blow and we cannot thank you enough for your support for the festival. You blew us away in 2020 with your participation in our virtual event and your engagement throughout these really tough times has kept us all going here at Bella HQ.

"We will be offering all 2021 ticket holders the option to transfer your tickets to the 2022 event. Please be rest assured that if you cannot make the 2022 festival, you will be offered a full refund for all tickets purchased.

He added: "Until we can be together again, stay safe, look after each other…and watch this space."

The 2022 dates will be July 28, 29 and 30.

What happens now?

Want to roll over to 2022?

For those who wish to roll their ticket over to the 2022 dates (at the bargain 2019 price), you simply have to do nothing. Your tickets will automatically roll over. Customers who were on a payment plan from 2020 that was due to pick back up after their payment holiday, these payments will resume on 1st May to complete your ticket purchase.

Hard Ticket Refunds

For those who bought a ticket from our independent retailers please email hardtickets@tartanheartfestival.co.uk with your ticket reference number.

Skiddle Tickets Refunds

You will automatically receive an email from Skiddle updating you of our postponement. Within this email there will be a link to start your refund process. Please do check your junk email folder for the email if not received in your inbox.

Any tickets that become available for 2022 from the postponement will go on sale later this summer. Please keep an eye on our socials for more info. 2022 prices will be announced in due course.

Read more about Belladrum here.

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