In our series of previews, Julia Morgan casts her eye on The Potting Shed and Free Range Folk Stage holds for Belladrum 2013.

The Highlands are a hot bed of musical talent, with all year round gigs presented by dedicated promoters seeking out the hottest new talents and cherishing the time served.Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival offers two further platforms showcasing the best of local talents to main stages.

Belladrum 2011-5

At the heart of the Festival you will find the ‘The Potting Shed’ . Nestled in a central sunny location is a Mecca for music lovers and musicians a like, where they capture the very essence of Belladrum and embrace the feel good vibes of summer with a diverse line up. With names like The Whiskeys, Fash Stewart, The Slim Panatellas, Hamish Roberts, Phil Lee, and Earls of Caithness. Year after year people flock to this stage and these festival veterans have built a reputation for being the best thing about Belladrum.

Newer to the Festival, located within the wall garden you will find the ‘Free Range Folk’ stage. This stage compliments the festival with a platform for homegrown talent. This year offering an impressive lineup of acts that have offered memorable performances throughout the year. Boasting class acts like Duncan Overmeer, Eilidh Macenzie , Jim Kennedy, Grouse Beater Sound System, Megan Blyth,Little Kingdom  and The Lorelei

Belladrum is a celebration for each stage for all the hard work that goes into keeping music live in the Highlands through out the year so seek them out and show your support and join the celebrations. Click to keep up to date with our Belladrum 2013 news and interviews with Dougie Maclean and many more..

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Tea drinking, Vintage Caravan towing, Festival floozey, I have long been in engaged in the local music scene. The opportunity to write came when I was considering donating my brain to a good cause, having suspended such pursuits, dithering over other artistic endeavours and raising my three sons. Despite being immersed in music I am not a musician, writing about what I love is the next best thing. When it comes to musical tastes I must admit that my iPod has something of a split personality. I'd like to say its not all fun and gigs but that wouldn't be true as I run The Tea Posy a quirky Vintage Tearoom, creative community space and unique live music venue within The Greenhouse Dingwall. You can contact Julia at Julia@Invernessgigs.co.uk