Please find, in it’s entirity the First Official Bella 2011 announcement. We would really appreciate your comments on this and you can leave them at the bottom of the page. Also for those interested our comment will be on-line later in the day.

Texas_-_General_Shothigh_HIGH_RESTwin Scots rock legends Texas and Deacon Blue are to headline the eighth Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (5th & 6th August 2011).

For Deacon Blue, the occasion will mark the first Scottish festival they have played.

A spokesman for Texas, who have two six-fold platinum albums to their credit, said: “We’ve heard so much about Belladrum and are really looking forward to performing there”.

Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue, who have sold six million albums worldwide, said: “We’re very excited to be playing our first Festival in Scotland – ever! If we have played one before it’s so lost in the mists of time that we’ve forgotten. We’re particularly pleased to be playing in The Highlands in the summertime.”

Also announced for Bella are: the Brit-nominated, million selling singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner; Frank Turner, exponent of passionateNF folk/ punk; fast-rising Scots indie band Admiral Fallow; indie rock quartet Little Comets; up-and-coming alt-folk Dry The River who mix americana, gospel and indie rock; The Webb Sisters, otherwise known as the legendary Leonard Cohen’s backing singers; Australian blues singer-songwriter CW Stoneking; celtic rock fusion band Skerryvore from the island of Tiree; electro-acoustic band Saint Saviour, singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Lefwich; and kick-ass gypsy punk band Drunken Balordi.

Other confirmations include the top international reggae act, Easy Star All Stars; Highland artiste James Mackenzie & The Aquascene; blues country rockers Cousti; and glam trash punks Diddums.

Festival organisers have warned regular Bella fans to buy their tickets soon as tickets are already selling at double the rate of last year’s event which sold out well in advance. “We don’t want our long-term supporters to be caught out and left without tickets if they intend coming,” said festival director Joe Gibbs.

Belladrum 2011 takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its all-ages approach. The festival won a VisitScotland Thistle Award in 2009 and is a past winner of the Grassroots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, the festival industry’s ‘oscars’.

Advance adult weekend tickets are £90. They include parking and camping, except for campervans and caravans which will be charged £30 per vehicle.. As in previous years, tickets for children 12 & under are free. Online e-tickets are available from Skiddle ( and online hard tickets from The Booth (, Ticketmaster (, Tickets Scotland (, Visit Loch Ness ( , and Eventim.Tickets ( are also available from TicketScotland in Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Ripping in Edinburgh, Grouchos in Dundee, One-Up in Aberdeen, The Ironworks, Mania, Hootenanny’s, HMV and Eden Court in Inverness; Off The Peg in Dingwall, Sound & Vision in Elgin, Macallans in Wick and Thurso, Morrisons Ironmongers in Beauly and Kiltarlity Post Office.