BBC ALBA brings Belladrum 2014 to small screen

Bringing all the Bella action to the small screen this weekend will be Fiona Mackenzie
Bringing all the Bella action to the small screen this weekend will be Fiona Mackenzie
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BBC ALBA will screen a host of acclaimed Scottish and international acts this weekend as the channel provides exclusive live coverage of Scotland’s celebrated music festival, Belladrum.

More than 16,000 fans will descend on the site by Beauly, Inverness-shire, to see an eclectic mix of acts take to the stage and BBC ALBA will be on hand with two special live two-hour programmes - Belladrum 2014: Cridhe Tartan – on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th August at 9.00pm.

Fiona MacKenzie, fresh from co-hosting television coverage of T in the Park, is back in the Bella campervan for exclusive interviews with the artists and will bring viewers all the best coverage and highlights from the sensational two day event.

As well as covering the finest music from Belladrum’s Garden Stage, for the first time ever BBC ALBA will also be showcasing some of the best acts from the festival’s Grassroots Stage.

Among the acts leading Friday’s coverage will be Frightened Rabbit, with the Selkirk band performing tracks from their most recent studio album, Pedestrian Verse, released last year.

Belladrum 2014 is Frightened Rabbit’s only Scottish festival appearance and they will play exclusively on BBC ALBA.

Alongside performances from a host of other artists, BBC ALBA will also feature Friday Grassroots stage shows from Mercury nominated Mancunian band, I Am Kloot, as well as legendary Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook.

Saturday’s schedule includes a much anticipated set from Razorlight, marking ten years since the release of critically acclaimed debut album, Up All Night.

Reef, who celebrate 21 years together, are also taking to the Garden Stage, inviting the crowds to Place Your Hands, in the air for what promises to be a spectacular set.

And, providing a Scottish feel to Belladrum proceedings will be two of the country’s most loved bands: The Vatersay Boys, who play the Garden Stage, and Capercaillie.

Back in 2004 when Belladrum started, Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw featured on the bill and this year they return with the entire band and their headline appearance on the Grassroots Stage is expected to draw large crowds for the iconic group’s performance.

Other acts scheduled to perform for viewers across the two-day event include Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Billy Bragg, XSM, Sam Lee, Merrymouth, The Mekons & Robbie Fulks, Luke Sital-Singh, Mad Dog Macrea, AMWF, and Rae Morris.