Alabama 3, Malcolm Middleton and others join Bella line-up

Alabama 3 return to play at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival this August.
Alabama 3 return to play at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival this August.

Alabama 3 are confirmed to make a reappearance at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival when they headline the Friday night Hothouse Stage on the tenth anniversary of the event (Beauly, Inverness-shire; 2nd and 3rd August 2013).

Also announced is Malcolm Middleton as the Saturday night headliner on the Black Isle Brewery Grassroots Stage.

“We are really delighted to welcome back our old friends the Alabama 3,” said Belladrum promoter Joe Gibbs. “They are long-standing favourites of the Bella crowd.”

Further additions include: We Are The Ocean; Baby Strange; Frank Hamilton; Withered Hand; Ferocious Dog; Southern Tenant Folk Union; The Boy Who Trapped the Sun; Anderson McGinty Webster Ward & Fisher; Shutter; Vasquez; Davy Cowan; Woodenbox; My Darling Clementine; Coca Tenorio; Ashley & the Cosmonauts; The Oxides and Be Like Pablo.

Opening The Seedling Stage each day and having been selected by The University of The Highlands & Islands are FaR and Taghta who feature students from their BA Applied Music degree course.

The Craic It Open Ceilidh on the Thursday night will feature: Rhythm and Reel; Mind Funk and Hoodja.

This year, Bella patrons can buy e-tokens for their bar tokens in advance and exchange them on the way in at the box offices. Tokens can also be bought at the usual tokens booth at the event.

And tickets are also available for the Portaloo Sunset posh toilets which will be sited at the top of the Red Campsite, near Mother’s Ruin. All these are can be found at

Campervan/ Caravan tickets have sold out.

Manchester indie legends James and Glasgow rock prodigies Twin Atlantic have been booked to headline along with an exciting and wide-ranging list of other acts including: The Straits - former members of Dire Straits; the British band Noisettes; bluesman Seasick Steve; stellar garage rockers The Horrors; King Charles and Scots indie artists Admiral Fallow. 

Also up are Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, indie favourites Pigeon detectives, and Celtic rockers Peatbog Faeries who played the first Belladrum Festival way back in 2004.

Joining the line-up is acoustic-folk-hip hop artist Lucy Spraggan and emerging soul artist Jacob Banks, fresh from touring with Emile Sande; singer-songwriter Andy Burrows, former member of Razorlight ; Scots folk stars Dougie MacLean and Julie Fowlis with folk legend Martin Carthy; Gavin James, an impressive young singer-songwriter from Ireland and Rick Redbeard of the Phantom Band.

But there’s more: pagan pop-folk all-girl trio Stealing Sheep and gentle Geordie jazzy swingy country troupe Shipcote and Friends; It’s A Beautiful Day, created during San Francisco’s 1967 ‘Summer of Love;’ folk rockers Treetop Flyers who won Glastonbury’s 2011 emerging talent competition; Scotland’s much loved Celtic rockers, The Dangleberries; Jericho Hill – three ex-punks and a cowboy playing Johnny Cash; Victorian Trout Conspiracy, great ska from Edinburgh; Scots indie bands Meursault, Washington Irving; PAWS and The Lafontaines.

And rounding off the line-up are emerging singer-songwriters Tich and Nick Mulvey; Scotland’s most tipped unsigned band, Fatherson; local heroes Scooty and the Skyhooks; Brown Bear and the Bandits from Largs; Skerryvore; Feis Rois; Caledonian Ceilidh Trail and Toby Michaels Rolling Damned from the Highlands

Full weekend, Saturday, child (12 & under), electrical hook-up upgrade e-tickets for camper vans and caravans can be purchased by going to the ticket link on the festival’s web site

Prices have been pegged at 2012 levels. Booking fees have been reduced on e-tickets and a new ticket deposit scheme has been introduced for customers wishing to buy full weekend tickets in installments.

Bella has sold out each of the last four years, often months before the event so fans are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment.

The 2013 theme is ‘Carnival’, in keeping with the birthday party atmosphere the milestone event is bound to create.

A video of the 2012 event created by Tom Welsh from, Edinburgh, can be seen on the event’s web site.