Live Belladrum coverage on BBC ALBA

BBC ALBA Belladrum presenters Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald.

BBC ALBA Belladrum presenters Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald.

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TEXAS, Deacon Blue, Guillemots and Kassidy, plus many more locally and internationally renowned bands and artists, will be shown live on BBC ALBA as the sold-our Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival gets television coverage for the first time.

BBC ALBA is producing two special live two hour programmes, ‘Belladrum 2011: Cridhe Tartan’, from the picturesque surroundings of Belladrum Estate, by Beauly, on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August, from 10pm till midnight.

Popular Gaelic presenters Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald will host the programmes representing music from all of the festival’s five stages with live coverage and highlights of the best of the rest from across the two day event, with a diverse mix of musical performances including acoustic sessions and many back stage interviews.

Margaret Cameron, channel editor of BBC ALBA, said: “Being the first Scottish Highland festival that Deacon Blue have ever played, it is absolutely fantastic that we will be able to provide live coverage for fans who have missed out on tickets and who can enjoy the best of the festival from home.

“Along with live coverage of Texas plus many more top bands, acoustic sessions and band interviews, our Friday and Saturday night programmes are sure to provide entertainment for all music lovers.”

Along with the headline acts, the festival package will allow viewers to enjoy performances from top bands from the main stage including the likes of Frank Turner, Little Comets, Vintage Trouble, Dangleberries, Guilliemots, and Eli Paperboy Reed to name but a few.

Some of the acoustic sessions that will be broadcast from the various festival stages include The River 68s, Teddy Thompson, Kassidy, Roddy Woomble, Rachel Sermanni, Emeli Sande, Young Rebel Set and The Staves, plus many more.

This is the first time in the festival’s eight year history that it will be televised and with BBC ALBA now available on Freeview it can be enjoyed by audiences throughout the whole of Scotland and with catch-up viewing via the BBC iPlayer.