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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival organisers delighted with success of event, which featured such big names as Lewis Capaldi, Jess Glynne, Chvrches, Elbow, Johnny Marr and Tom Odell; Police Scotland confirm offending by revellers was 'very low' and hailed festival as 'an overwhelmingly positive experience'


By Staff Reporter


SOME surprise sunshine – in place of three days of previously forecast rain – and the presence of arguably the biggest name in British pop at present were just two reasons to remember this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

With 15,000 tickets sold revellers enjoyed the usual mix of live music and other entertainment, with previously rumoured no-show Jess Glynne wowing the crowds as the Saturday night headliner.

It was Lewis Capaldi who took to the stage before her, however, who proved to be the real golden ticket.

The demand was so great to see him on the Garden Stage that, for the first time in the festival’s history, the area had to be closed off and fans admitted on a strictly one-in-one-out basis.

Event producer Dougie Brown said: “Arguably, Lewis is too big to headline Belladrum at the moment.

“We got him in October and as his star exploded we knew there was a chance we would have capacity issues.

“He is the hottest act in the UK, if not the world, at the moment.”

On Saturday police reported the detection of 21 drugs-related offences along with five incidents of alcohol-related disorder, five thefts and one unauthorised use of a drone.

In terms of the total numbers attending the event this was regarded as a “very low” level of offending and police billed the festival “an overwhelmingly positive experience.”

Chief Inspector Mairi Macinnes, Police Scotland event commander, said: “I would like to pass on our thanks to the vast majority of the public who helped make the event a memorable one for all the right reasons.”

Tickets for next year’s Belladrum – set to be held a week earlier than usual to avoid the annual clash with the Black Isle show – go on sale this Friday.

- For more photos from this year's festival, pick up a copy of Tuesday's Inverness Courier and Thursday's Highland News.



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