Johnny Marr, Hawkwind and The Coral head up new additions on the line-up for Beauly’s Tartan Heart Festival.

With headliners Elbow, Jess Glynne and Chrvches already announced, Belladrum have announced that iconic guitar legend JOHNNY MARR, space rockers HAWKWIND, Mercury Prize nominated rock band THE CORAL, Highland folk singer JULIE FOWLIS, and DIY artist DODIE will lead the next eclectic wave of acts announced for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2019.

Seen as one of the most influential guitarists of his generation JOHNNY MARR formed The Smiths when just 18 years old and has since gone on to be a member of a number of acts including, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.  As well as performing as a session guitarist for names including Talking Heads and Hans Zimmer, Johnny Marr has released 3 solo albums including his most successful to date, 2018’s Call the Comet to critical acclaim. 

THE CORAL who released their 9th studio album ‘Move Through the Dawn’ in August 2018 are an act whose diverse hybrid of psychedelia, dub reggae, Merseybeat and country have made them one of the UK’s most interesting indie-rock acts. 

2019 will see HAWKWIND celebrate their 50th anniversary with a huge tour taking in venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall and now closing the Hot House stage on the Thursday night at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. Known for their ground-breaking hit Silver Machine featuring the one and only Lemmy on vocals Hawkwind are band that truly deserve the tag of ‘Rock Legends’. 

Julie Fowlis 3 600x560 - Johnny Marr and more announced for Belladrum 2019

JULIE FOWLIS’ exquisite voice, her interpretation of Scottish Gaelic culture and ability to bring folk music out of the past and into something contemporary, dynamic and irresistible, are what have made her a genuine and multi-award winning crossover star. Not forgetting for millions of little children around the world – and their parents – Julie will forever be known for singing the theme song to Brave, Disney Pixar’s Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning animated film, set in the ancient highlands of Scotland.

One of the most successful DIY artists of recent times, DODIE will take to the Garden Stage. Rising to prominence with her piano and ukulele covers, as well as her original songs she has amassed over 250 million streams on YouTube alone.

DODGY will also join the bill as part of the 25th anniversary of their break-through album ‘Homegrown’ which featured the smash hit ‘Staying out for the Summer’.  Following on from her fourth album released this March, singer-songwriter and Bombay Bicycle Club collaborator LUCY ROSE has been added to the Grassroots Stage while over on the Hot House stage the one and only THE CUBAN BROTHERS will fill the late night slot. Scottish punk royalty THE REZILLOS are set to make their Bella debut and Highlands Neo-trad outfit ELEPHANTS SESSIONS make a welcome return to the festival. London’s ROYAL SOUNDS will also fill the Garden stage with their reggae beats. 

The Cuban Brothers at Groove CairnGorm
The Cuban Brothers at Groove CairnGorm



Other acts added include: contemporary family folk-indie trio WILDWOOD KIN, 90’s Scottish indie-pop band BIS, New York’s beat driven funk, soul, garage duo PARIS MONSTER, country duo MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, recently reformed Scottish Indo-Pop act ASTRID, the unstoppable force of nature from Lewis that is PEAT & DIESEL, buzz London song-writing duo FERRIS & SYLVESTER and alternative rock act PAWS. Bringing the country/bluegrass folk music from Kentucky to Belladrum are THE LOCAL HONEYS, rising Highland soulful pop artist TAMZENE, Scotland’s FAT SUIT bring their fusion of jazz, rock, and folk while Edinburgh’s SWAMPFOG join in with their take on the New Orleans funky brass sounds; expect Sea-Shanties aplenty from pirate folk band THE CAPTAIN’S BEARD; Scots Trad Award young up and coming artist of the year 2018 winners ASSYNT; Gaelic singer KIM CARNIE; Highland modern folk artist MOTEH PARROT, quirky singer-songwriter JOSEPHINE SILLARS & THE MANIC PIXIE DREAM; local rockers KING KOBALT; and final acts for the moment are FEIS ROIS CEILIDH TRAIL & FIDDLE FORTE

Belladrum, will be held on Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd August 2019.

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