GRITTY indie trio Band of Skulls and long established Scottish children’s entertainers The Singing Kettle will be adding to the diversity at this year’s sell out Belladrum Festival.
Southampton trio Band of Skulls, who recently released third album Himalayan, will headline the festival’s second stage, The Hothouse, while The Singing Kettle, claimed as the UK’s biggest box office draw for children, will make a main stage appearance on Friday afternoon.
"We are really thrilled to welcome The Singing Kettle to the show at last," festival promoter Joe Gibbs said.
"We have a suspicion that today’s young‘uns will be joined by yesterday’s kids singing along to these guys on the Garden Stage."
Also newly announced for this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, which takes place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th August, are quirky pop trio, I Am Kloot, who will headline the Black Isle Brewery Grassroots Stage on the Friday night.
As with Band of Skulls, this will be their first Belladrum appearance — unlike cult ceilidh band The Vatersay Boys from Barra who will feature again on the main Garden Stage.
Other fresh additions to the line-up are Welsh indie buzz-band Catfish & The Bottlemen; cult blues band Nine Below Zero (recently seen in Inverness supporting The Stranglers); Glasgow’s Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire; multi-instrumentalist George Barnett; four piece Glasgow beat group The New Picadillys; Glasgow country duo Raintown; Ayrshire indie band Brownbear; singer-songwriter Luke Jackson; and Highland trad musicians Torridon and Feis Rois.
Belladrum sold out all its weekend and Saturday tickets in March for the sixth year running in record time, five months ahead of the event taking place and shortly after the announcement of headliners Sir Tom Jones and Razorlight.
The only remaining tickets for the 16,500 capacity festival are Saturday to weekend upgrades and electrical hook-up tickets for existing campervan/caravan ticket holders. The family-friendly festival, which is in its 11th year, always includes a large number of children under 12 who attend free of charge.
Other previously announced acts include Frightened Rabbit; Billy Bragg; The Temperance Movement; Adrian Emondson & The Bad Shepherds; The Mekons with Robbie Fulks; Casual Sex; Esperanza; Danny & The Champions Of The World; The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh Band; Call To Mind; Randolph’s Leap; Dorec-a-Belle; The Lorelei; Scooty & The Skyhooks; Mad Dog McRea; Caledonian Ceilidh Trail and Hollie Atkinson from Inverness, the 2013 winner of Bella’s Got Talent.