This year’s comedy bill at the popular Highland festival is topped by 2003 Chortle Best Breakthrough Act winner REVEREND OBIDIAH STEPPENWOLFE III
He has since gone on to write for Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Channel 4 Radio as well as for BBC 2’s Mock The Week; he stole the show at the Reading Festival, his festival debut, and his Edinburgh Festival Show, ‘What Would Charlie Sheen Do?’ received 5-star reviews.
He could be most recently seen starring alongside Frankie Boyle on C4’s Tramadol Nights.
Other comedians appearing over the weekend include one of Scotland’s top stand-ups Gary Little joining us ahead of his Edinburgh Festival headline show ‘The Thing Is’; former journalist, presenter and Scottish Comedian of the year 2008 Scott Agnew; Glasgow’s Chris Conroy joins us fresh from supporting Tom Stade on his national tour; semi-finalist of ‘So You Think Your Funny’ Dublin’s Daisy Earl; double Bafta award winner Billy Kirkwood; regular comedy circuit favourite Mikey Adams; finalist of ‘So you think your funny’ 2008 and Scottish Comedian of the year 2009 John Gavin; from Glasgow’s East End comes Scotland’s newest and hottest comedy talent, Jamie Dalgleish; Sian Bevan who started gigging in 2004, reaching the semi-final of the BBC Talent search on her third ever gig ; 2012 Scottish Comedian of the year winner Eddie Cassidy; rising star John McGoldrick; and Dan Petherbridge who is currently tearing up the comedy circuit throughout the UK.
Completing the comedy line-up is ‘The Church’, which will bring a raucous interactive party experience and parody of a pentecostal church brimming with the best soul, blues and disco tunes.
Fronted by the insane pastor ‘Michael Alabama Jackson’ the service leads the audience through a sermon of dancing, singing, good times and the teachings of The Church of Legs Akimbo.
The legendary Tom Jones is to headline the Friday of the festival while the Saturday night features the popular rock band Razorlight at the top of the bill.
Frightened Rabbit will return to the event as very special guests. Also featured will be: Bill Bragg; Band of Skulls; The Temperance Movement; I Am Kloot; Adrian Emondson & The Bad Shepherds; Catfish & The Bottlemen; nine below zero; The Mekons with Robbie Fulks; Casual Sex; Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire; George Barnett; The New Picadilly’s; Esperanza; The vatersay Boys; Danny & The Champions Of The World; brownbear; Torridon; The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh Band; Raintown; Call To Mind; Randolph’s Leap; Luke Jackson; Dorec-a-Belle; The Lorelei; Scooty & The Skyhooks; Mad Dog McRea; The Singing Kettle; Caledonian Ceilidh Trail and Holly Atkinson from Inverness, the 2013 winner of Bella’s Got Talent. Many more artists are still to be announced.
The 2014 festival theme is ‘Wild Life’, in keeping with the party atmosphere the milestone event is bound to create. Belladrum 2014 takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its all-ages approach.
The festival won a VisitScotland Thistle Award in 2009 and is a past winner of the Grassroots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, the festival industry’s ‘oscars’. For more details visit www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk