Belladrum Festival adds Grandmaster Flash, Capercaillie, The Blockheads and more

Set for Belladrum this summer, the Grand-daddy of Hip Hop, Grandmaster Flash
Set for Belladrum this summer, the Grand-daddy of Hip Hop, Grandmaster Flash

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (Beauly, Inverness-shire; 8th and 9th August) has announced the addition of Grandmaster Flash, the Grammy award winning, Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame inductee who took the hip-hop world by storm and made it into the genre it is today.

He joins a raft of new announcements for the sold-out festival.

Celebrating their 30th year Scottish folk act Capercaillie also join the bill.

Credited with being the major force in bringing Celtic music to the world stage, with their unique fusion of Gaelic culture and contemporary sound, the band has always stretched boundaries in their quest to keep the music evolving.

Although band members Karen Matheson and Donald Shaw played the first festival eleven years ago, this is Capercaillie’s first appearance at the event.

Also making their Belladrum debut are The Blockheads.

Backing up Ian Dury’s poetic lyrics, this is the band that brought you ‘Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick’; ‘What A Waste’; ‘Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)’, and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock &Roll’, among many others.

During hip-hop’s nearly 30-year history, few names have become as well known to music lovers across the globe as that of Grandmaster Flash.

Not only is he one of the Three Godfathers responsible for inventing the musical genre called hip-hop and a worldwide musical culture, but his pioneering use of the turntables make him the first DJ to play the turntables as a musical instrument thus helping to elevate the status of the DJ to a masterful, artistic position.

He is responsible for assembling one of the earliest and greatest rap groups of all time Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - these are some of the hallmarks of a career which has extended from the Bronx in the early 1970s to all corners of the globe into the 21st century.

Bella will also feature a band whose identity will not be released in advance on the Crabbie’s Hothouse Stage on the Saturday of the event

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.

And Frightened Rabbit will return to the event as very special guests.

Also featured will be: Bill Bragg; The Temperance Movement; Adrian Emondson & The Bad Shepherds; The Mekons with Robbie Fulks; Casual Sex; Esperanza; Danny & The Champions Of The World; The Big Fat Electric Ceilidh Band; Call To Mind; Randolph’s Leap; Dorec-a-Belle; The Lorelei; Scooty & The Skyhooks; Mad Dog McRea; Caledonian Ceilidh Trail and Holly Atkinson from Inverness, the 2013 winner of Bella’s Got Talent, plus many many more.

Bella sold out all its weekend and Saturday tickets for the sixth year running in record time, five months ahead of the event taking place.

The family-friendly festival, which is in its eleventh year, has a 16,500 capacity, which includes a large number of children under 12 who attend free of charge.

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