More added to the bill for the Aviemore Stop Over.

Hunter & the Bear playing to a capacity tent at Ullapool
Hunter & the Bear playing to a capacity tent at Ullapool

With only four days to go the organisers have added the final acts to this weekend’s Aviemore Stopover festival. Patrick Nazemi, Jamie Joseph, Tweed, Model Aeroplanes, Beatenberg, Hunter and the Bear (whom we caught when they played Ullapool in July), Baby Strange, Catholic Action, Little Mammoth and Golden Arm have now been added to a pretty stellar line-up.

Additionally Spring Break will bring their own blend of Highland Hip Hop and punchy tales of dolphins to Speyside (catch the most recent interview with the band). And finally the legendary Spud the Piper will join Mumfords, Ben Howard and Primal Scream as an expected 20,000 music fans descend on the Rothiemurchus estate

Speaking ahead of this weekend, Mumford and Sons said, “After twelve months of planning, Gentlemen of the Road are so excited that the Aviemore Stopover is finally about to arrive. The stage is built, Aviemore is buzzing, now we’re just waiting for the 20,000 of you to arrive for the weekend.”

Mumford & Sons at Rockness 2012
Mumford & Sons at Rockness 2012

An inspired and eclectic line up of special guests is guaranteed to thrill the tens of thousands arriving on Thursday for the three-day extravaganza which spans a Main Stage and a New Talent stage devoted to the freshest and most exciting up and coming artists.

Furthermore, in keeping with the Gentlemen of the Road ethos of celebrating real places with real people, this weekend’s entertainment isn’t confined to the festival area, but spills out into the town and encourages those attending to eat the local food, drink the local drink and spend plenty of time in the area. Arrive early, stay late is the request from the band.

A dedicated campsite will be in place. Situated adjacent to the main site, festival goers can soak up this globally-renowned area of outstanding beauty including being blown away by the uninterrupted views of The Cairngorms. The campsite will host a range of food concessions.

A stress-free dedicated pan-Scotland coach and train service is operated by Citylink and ScotRail to Aviemore. Car parking will also be available adjacent to the site.

Tickets are available from the Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore and also online.

A weekend ticket is priced at £109, while weekend camping tickets are £129. Under-fives are admitted free, but tickets must be ordered in advance.

Gates open 7pm on Thursday, 1pm on Friday and 12 noon on Saturday. Open each night until 1am.

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