Belladrum 2014 announces the line-up for the UHI Verb Garden, giving folk to enter into debate on current issues and here from some of the stars of the line-up.

MSP John Finney, being shown round the Inverness Gigs photography exhibition earlier this year, will be part of the panel discussing independence.
MSP John Finney, being shown round the Inverness Gigs photography exhibition earlier this year, will be part of the panel discussing independence.

Four debates will be chaired by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Gary Robertson over the two days. The themes include climate change, body image in the fashion industry, raptors in the Scottish country side and independence (of course). With varying experts joining the respective panels, expect heated exchanges and thought provoking discussion.

The line up for the “up close” Interviews will feature Grandmaster Flash talking about his role in the evolution of DJing, “The Bard of Barking”, Billy Bragg , comedian, actor and musician Ade Edmonson and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis whose anti-technology ethic flies against the digital era.

Also on the line-up Scots crime writer Christopher Brookmyre and Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick and so too the previously announced industry panel for unsigned artists. Adding to the eclectic mix is co-convenor of the left-wing Solidarity Party, Tommy Sheridan.

Monty Hall, TV presenter, explorer and marine biologist ensures that the stage embraces the wild life theme for this year.

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A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.In fairness fifteen years of being a psychiatric nurse never prepared me for the experiences that we have had over the last few years and the evolution of Inverness Gigs has certainly been a steep learning curve.I currently write (less and less), edit and co-ordinate most of the Inverness Gigs activities.Occasionally seen on Twitter, and  LinkedIn, if you want get in touch you can contact me direct at chris@igi.gs