Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival still holds the number one spot for us in terms of festivals. Not just because it’s homegrown here in the Highlands but beacuse year on year it continues to showcase some of the finest new and emerging acts.

On our new page #DiscoverBella we will be shining a spotlight on the countless brilliant acts futher down the line-up who could be set for much bigger things in the future.

This will be an evolving page showcasing some the best new acts appearing at some of our favourite events.


Podcast – Season 7, Episode 9

YOOP YOOP! We have eight new glorious tracks for you on our latest podcast.

They include two live session tracks from The Youth & Young and Michael Cassidy recorded at The IG:LU in Inverness during goNORTH.  You can hear and see more of the sessions we recorded over on our YouTube channel.

We also have a smashing brand new song from Garden of Elks who will be joining Algernon Doll at one of our live club nights at Mad Hatters on 18th July.

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Chemists – Vision In Fur
Insect Heroes – Pop Music
Alburn – The Nurses Can’t Help Me
Garden Of Elks – YOOP
Algernon Doll – Justine
Michael Cassidy – The Road (live session)
The Youth & Young – Whispers (live session)
Dante – Wake

The Seedlings Stage – Belladrum 2014

The goNORTH Seedlings Stage line-up for Belladrum has been announced. 

As ever we are always drawn to The Seedlings Stage due the fine selection of new and emerging acts that are performing over both days.  This year is no exception so you can fully expect to find us camped out there in August.  We may even be doing “something” in and around The Seedlings Stage…

We believe that headliners on the Friday night are the “headbanging, foot stomping, rip roaring, fireball of fuzz” The Broken Ravens and on Saturday night the raucous, rabble rousing Hector Bizerk.

The North Star Arena for breaking acts is where the goNORTH Seedlings Stage will be located and will also include  ‘The Boatshed Sessions’.  We will have more information to share on the North Star Arena soon.

We’ve got a Bella Mixtape coming soon and I suspect it will feature a fair few of the acts listed below. In fact looking at this stage alone it may well be our most challenging mixtape yet.

The sold out Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival takes place just outside Inverness on  8th and 9th August and we will be there with bells on and possible animal esque attire.  (This year’s theme is wildlife).

Here’s the full Seedlings Stage line-up:

Hector Bizerk
Model Aeroplanes
Our Future Glory
Neon Waltz
Tijuana Bibles
Broken Ravens
Ella the Bird (Siobhan Wilson)
Poor Things
Hunter & The Bear
Garden of Elks
Campfires in Winter
Cryptic Keys
Jipsy Magic
Ollie Forrest
Last of the Privateers
Eleanor Nicolson
Whispery Club
Silver Coast
Holy Esque
Searching For Donkeys
An Cùrsa Ciùil
Na Balaich

For more details about Belladrum and the line-up in full visit www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk


Podcast – Season 7, Episode 8

8 tracks for episode 8, seems only fair.

On this episode we have session tracks from Miss Irenie Rose from the Isle of Lewis, Dundee lass Charlotte Brimner and Glasgow based Friends In America who we recorded at IG:LU in Inverness during the goNORTH Festival.

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Also new music from Praything, Night Noise Team, Pale Honey, Siobhan Wilson and Jeremiah Nelson.

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Praything – Kids WIll Be Kids
Night Noise Team – Suddenly
Pale Honey – Fiction
Siobhan Wilson – Dear God
Friends In America – The More I Have, The Less I Own (The More I Learn, The Less I Know) – Live Session
Nelson Can – Letting Go
Charlotte Brimner – Sunshine Mornings (Live Session)
Jeremiah Nelson – Truckers In Drag

Algernon Doll + Garden of Elks live

Netsounds Unsigned + Mad Hatters present ALGERNON DOLL + GARDEN OF ELKS live at Mad Hatters on Friday 18th July.

Well here’s another show we are putting on with our pals at Mad Hatters that we are super excited about; Algernon Doll and Garden Of Elks!

It’s only been a few weeks since we saw Algernon Doll in their full band format at goNORTH but we can’t wait to be blasted by more from their powerful, expressive and sometimes fragile canon.  We shout “hear, hear” from the gallery at Artrocker Magazine’s claim that Algernon Doll is “one of the most exciting artists to emerge in a while.”

Here! It's a Facebook Event!

Algernon Doll’s return to Inverness follows the release of the already acclaimed third album Omphalic, released on 30th June.

Omphalic sees Algernon Doll break out from his one man band persona as he continues to hone and perfect an alternative guitar sound that harks back to a sound reminiscent of early 90’s grunge. At just 24 years old, Ewan Grant is carving out a place in the hearts and minds of fans and critics alike and has already released two critically acclaimed albums, Camomile and Citalo-pop, that has seen him compared to the likes of Elliott Smith.  Algernon Doll recently performed Radio 1′s Big Weekend and has already lined up festivals such as Wickerman and Belladrum for the summer.

We are also hugely excited about receiving another fuzzy shot of adrenaline from the 3 headed noise beast that is Garden of Elks. Formed in 2012 they have already played shows with Tokyo band Tacobonds, The Yawns and Deathcats as well as smashing it at Belladrum, Wickerman, Wide Days and the Nordiff-Robbins Awards.

The Elks released a string of sell out DIY cassettes and the 18th of July sees them return to Mad Hatters to launch their new EP, YOOP.  The title song will be online at the end of June and is a “Great Elking Blaster” of a track and a pretty good indicator of what to expect from their debut album which will be out later this year.  Alex Gordon (from VASA) will be joining the Elk family on drums for their Mad Hatters and wider UK dates this year.

Algernon Doll + Garden of Elks at Mad Hatters on Friday 18th July is free entry.  Doors open at 9:30pm and we shall be spinning some pop/rock/funk/soul/indie/hiphop/whatevermakesyouandushappy until 3am!

We have a Facebook event here so you can join it and share it.