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Festival goers celebrate the summer at Belladrum


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Elaine Downs looks ahead to the Highlands festival

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Summer season is festival season, and with no Glastonbury or T in the Park this year, many are heading north for their festival fix.

Belladrum is an award-winning festival in the beautiful highlands of Scotland, bringing families, friends and music lovers together for an unforgettable summer weekend. The 2018 line up promises an incredible array of talent at the Belladrum estate near Beauly. Traditional festival camping provides an authentic summer festival experience, but the less outdoorsy can take the softer option with friendly flush toilets (yes please) and glamping (you had me at glam..)

A choice of stages and activities promises to keep the crowds entertained, whatever the weather. From cyclists to celebrity rappers, from country queen Roseanne Cash to Scots songstress Amy Macdonald there is plenty to keep even the pickiest party goers happy.

Big draws for many will be The Charlatans who know how to rock a happy crowd, and Paloma Faith, never known to be shy or retiring in front of a huge outdoor audience. Beth Orton and The Lafontaines are also on my wishlist, unless I get distracted by other, as yet unknown, delights under the Bollywood banner.

One of the planned highlights was an appearance by the critically acclaimed Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. Due to the tragic and untimely death of Scott Hutchison, this set cannot go ahead. Instead, fans will come together to listen to their album Midnight Organ Fight which will accompany a film celebrating his life and talent. This seems a wonderful way to share in the sadness of his death while celebrating the joy he and his fellow band members have brought to many around the world. Another emotional highlight will be the first appearance at Belladrum by beloved Scottish band Primal Scream, whose album Screamadelica has recently been celebrated as a Classic Album by BBC Scotland.

Pack your welly boots, shorts and glitter, it’s festival time.


Originally from the west of Scotland, Elaine spent a couple of decades living and working in the festival city of Edinburgh, before migrating north to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. A lover of books and writing, she is also a science geek and believes most things can be improved with red wine.

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