With the countdown well and truly on, Belladrum have announced a further array of acts for the line-up.

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First on the list are the Manchester four piece The 1975, championed by the likes of Huw Stephens.Their debut album is due out in September and featuring well received tracks including ‘The City’ and ‘Chocolate’. The announcement also sees Nina Nesbitt return to the festival after an impressive set last year which even saw her singing a cover of ‘500 Miles’. Veterans Talisman bring their roots and reggae vibe to the festival, proudly boasting two members of the original line-up.

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The Leonard Jones Potential make a welcome return to the festival, having last headlined the Seedlings stage in 2011. Making a return from last year are High Life Fiddle Forte and The Elephant Session .

Camp Stag and Dingus Khan play the goNorth Seedlings Stage as part of the BBC Introducing Programme. Dingus Khan last played the area in April and will no doubt have the audience singing along to the deliciously macabre ‘Knifey Spooney’. The Seedling stage is further added to by purveyors of indie-pop Miniature Dinosaurs, Vic Galloway supported Birdhead and 15 piece fusion band Fat-Suit. Also play Seedlings are Inverness ‘Princes of Pop’,Furry Vengeance, no doubt they will convince supporters to “Be Furry”.

Final act to be announced on the bill is you. Bella fans also have a chance to star this year in ‘Bella’s Got Talent.’ Ticket-holders have been invited to submit videos of their acts to bellatalent@tartanheartfestval.co.uk. The best will be invited to perform on the Venus Flytrap Palais stage on Friday 2nd August and four finalists will go forward to a final in the same venue on the Saturday.

Organisers are looking for all kinds of talent including dance, comedy and novelty acts as well as music. “We know there is a wealth of talent out there in the Bella community. We wanted to give people a chance to show it off,” said festival promoter Joe Gibbs

The festival is of course sold out, you can keep track of our coverage of the festival and in particular read our recentinterview with main stage openers Be Like Pablo.

 

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