Buzzcocks added to Belladrum line-up

The Buzzcocks get set to wow Belladrum audiences at this year's Tartan Heart Festival in August.
The Buzzcocks get set to wow Belladrum audiences at this year's Tartan Heart Festival in August.

LEGENDARY punk heroes Buzzcocks have been added to the line-up for the ninth Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.

With a string of hits such as ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ and ‘Harmony In My Head’ to their credit, the band are sure to have a wide appeal amongst the Bella crowd when the 2012 festival takes place on August 3rd and 4th in Beauly, just outside Inverness.

US soul and rock band from Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, Vintage Trouble will also wow the Belladrum audience for the second year running with their speakeasy style music; and another addition to the bill are New York singer-songwriter Willy Mason and, in a Scottish festival exclusive, smoky voiced folk and soul singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas.

These are joined by plaintive Newcastle sextet Lanterns On The Lake who fuse folk melodies with light electronic instrumentation, and by Carrbridge artist Rachel Sermanni who makes a return to the festival after last year’s triumphant appearance.

Jiggery folkery six piece Mad Dog Mcrea bring their folk rock, gypsy jazz ‘shake you ass’ mix to Bella for the first time as do Red Sky July, an alt-country band formed by Texas guitarist Ally McErlaine and Shelly Poole of Alisha’s Attic.

Glasgow ska band Bombskare play the main stage, and Pink Floyd tribute band MacFloyd play the whole of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, plus Aberdeen blues band The Jerry Jablonski Band make their first appearance at the event.

Inverness band Little Mill Of Happiness will also be at Bella, as will Skye electronic fusion act Niteworks and Ullapool’s Grousebeater Sound System.

The new additions to Bella’s line-up join Scots indie stars Travis and Liverpool rockers The Wombats who are to healing the festival, and numerous other acts including: Beverley Knight, Frightened Rabbit, We Are Scientists, Stanley Odd and Treacherous Orchestra among others.

Belladrum has sold out each of the past three years and tickets to this year’s event continue to sell at well ahead of last year’s rate.

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