Belladrum 2017 announce a deluge of acts for the Summer of Love themed event.
With all of the three headliners now revealed in Sister Sledge, Franz Ferdinand and most recently the Pretenders. Belladrum have announced an avalanche of acts for the August festival.
Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg are better know as First Aid Kit, the folk duo from Stockholm are currently working on the follow up to Stay Gold. They will be joined by previous 2010 headliners Feeder who are currently promoting ‘All Bright Electric’ will no doubt be drinking ‘cider from a lemon’ along with a tonne of high octane rock tunes that have seen them sell over 5 million records.
Grammys and the Brits nominated singer songwriter, Birdy, whose enchanting ‘Wings’ was described as a song that would get “stuck in your head and you’ll be happy to have it there”. Definitely contrasting ,and ensuring that eclectic won’t be far away from general description of Belladrum 2017 line-up, are Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes who are heading Stateside for a 21 date tour in April.
HoneyBlood were described by The Guardian as creating an “exciting, crunchy sugar-rush racket” and they certainly have a load of momentum at the moment that has seen them share billing with Biffy Clyro, Mumford & Sons and support the Foo-Fighters in the last couple of years. From his recent Facebook post Louis Berry declared ‘I don’t follow no trends. I play rock and roll music because it feels more honest than what’s out there. I sing soul because it comes from the heart. ‘ His heart and soul is certainly drawing attention, with a pair of sold-out gigs in London, preceding his biggest headline date at KOKO in May.
Grassroots stage is certainly not being ignored in the current announcement with headliners for Friday and Saturday respectively being Karine Polwart and Gallagher & Lyle. Also in the tent over the weekend will be William McCarthy of the Augustines and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
Hot Dub Time Machine will return to the festival after having to cancel at the last minute before their 2016 appearance. Highlanders Neon Waltz return to the festival and will be joined by Slow Club, Milburn, Urban Vodoo Machine, The James Hunter Six and still riding high after the impressive response to their debut album, Vukovi.
Catching up with , Bloodlines, winners of Best Live Act at the SAMA’s last year, love is clearly in the air…. “We are honoured to have been invited back to Bella’ for our third consecutive year gaining more momentum with each visit, after closing the Seedlings Stage last year we are back opening Saturday’s Hothouse Stage, a welcome step up for us and will provide a vibrant eruption to launch the final day of the festival. We cannot wait to power through our collective hangover and produce a set bursting with our trademark on stage energy, exhibiting our unique identity of melodic noise. This is a special one for one of us in particular with our front man tying the knot with his beloved at Bella’s chapel shortly after our set. It is and is bound to continue to be our favourite festival. We are coming for you Belladrum, you’d better be ready!”.
There will certainly also be some familiar faces with even more appearances at the festival on their CV including Scooty & The Skyhooks, Rhythmnereel and ,love ’em or loathe ’em, The Dangleberries.
Other acts announced are 3 Daft Monkeys, Bossy Love (ones to watch mark our words), Broken Bones Matilda, Broken Ravens, C. Macleod, Dolly Parton Story, Feis Inbhir Narration Caladonian Ceilidh Trail Feis Rois Ceildh Band, Full Tilt Ceilidh Band, Fun Box, Gerry Cinnamon, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Haggis Horns, Heron Valley, Ho-Ro, Indigo Velvet, I See Rivers, Kioko, Lewis Capaldi, Macfloyd, Oxbow Lake, Root System, Saltfish Forty, Schiehallion, Tamzene, The Jar Family and Single By Sunday. The latter keen to impress (what we think most of the other bands will be feeling too) “we are SUPER excited to be playing and really looking forward to it!”.
Previously announced acts for Belladrum 2017 include Franz Ferdinand, KT Tunstall and more.