Published: 23/06/2014 09:55 - Updated: 23/06/2014 10:11

Grandmaster Flash and Capercaillie add to Belladrum diversity

Hip-hip pioneer Grandmaster Flash.
Hip-hip pioneer Grandmaster Flash.

RAP pioneer Grandmaster Flash, Gaelic ambassadors Capercaillie and Ian Dury’s old mates The Blockheads will be adding to the diversity of this year’s sell out Belladrum Festival.

They lead the latest batch of announcements for the Highland festival, which takes place near Kiltarlity on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th August.

Headlining the 2014 event, which sold out for the sixth year in succession in record time are Sir Tom Jones and Razorlight, and the new acts announced include a second appearance for the latter band’s frontman as he brings his new project Johnny Borrell & The Zazou to the Highlands.

Also newly confirmed are Newcastle indie rock trio Little Comets;

Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook;

 Ex-Simple Minds featuring Derek Forbes and Brian McGee from one of Scotland’s most successful bands;

The New Mendicants featuring Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Joe Pernice of The Pernice Brothers and The Scud Mountain Boys;

PAWS, a Glasgow based alternative band with strong Highland connections;

up-and-coming singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh;

 folk-singer Sam Lee;

 X Factor finalist Luke Friend;

 Ocean Colour Scene frontman Simon Fowler with his new folk band, Merrymouth;

 Dundee alternative three piece Fat Goth;

tribute acts MacFloyd and Classic Clapton;

 rising indie rock band Eliza & The Bear;

 Glasgow speed folk outfit Trongate Rum Riots;

 Josephine & The Artizans bringing their blend of hip-hop, opera and rock;

and Dundee five piece Anderson, McGinty. Webster, Ward and Fisher.

Representing the local area will be Inverness ceilidh-rock band Tweed; a return visit by The Mystic Shoes; eight piece Celtic rock band Rhythmnreel; rock acts Lionel and Schnarff Schnarff; and Inverness fiddle group Fiddle Forte.

Bella will also feature a surprise performance from a secret guest band on the Crabbie’s Hothouse Stage on Saturday.

Grammy award winner and Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame inductee Grandmaster Flash is regarded as one of the Three Godfathers responsible for inventing hip-hop.

His pioneering use of the turntables make him the first DJ to play the turntables as a musical instrument, and he is responsible for assembling one of the earliest and greatest rap groups of all time Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.

In contrast, Capercaillie draw from Scotland’s Gaelic tradition.

Having recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, the band have helped Gaelic make an impact on the UK singles chart, worked with Soul II Soul’s Will Mowat and made an appearance in the Liam Neeson film Rob Roy. Although band founders Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw played the first Belladrum Festival 11 years ago, this is Capercaillie’s first appearance at the event.

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