Queue the Bella blues. As of Sunday we returned from what was possibly one of the best experiences that we have had as a blog. Get ready to take in all of our best bits and why no one should miss out on Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
The festival started with a bang, with campsites opening at eight, festival goers flooded the site from early on and the weather definitely complemented everyone’s high spirits for the festival ahead. With Thursday seeing the main stage open with a roster of acts the day went on until the arena filled with people waiting in anticipation for the legends that are The Darkness to take the stage.
Justin Hawkins takes the stage in a sparkly purple catsuit and the band kick off in true Darkness style. The crowd seemingly enjoying the nostalgic rock and dancing away to each song that they teared into. The performance lacks the energy expected but everyone is enjoying the late summer evening and other festival goers dancing habits. They burst into ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ bringing the performance back as the crowd get into full swing.
Catholic Action took to the Hothouse Stage at half two on the Friday of the festival. We arrived midway through their first song and the crowd were already in full swing, with an ever growing crowd as their set went on and the crowd getting louder with their praise of the bands edgy pop songs that rang out across the tent. They gave festival goers a solid set with catchy, upbeat tunes, everyone was dancing away. Their showstopping performance makes them a big hit amongst Scotland’s up and coming acts, with a lot to offer, you will definitely be hearing more and more about Catholic Action. You can catch them on their UK tour throughout September and early October this year.
Taking the main stage on Friday were non other than The LaFontaines, with a large turn out and perfect weather, the crowd soaked up the bands multi genre up beat songs. With a highly energetic and confident performance, the crowd danced and sang away to each song the band went in to. With ‘Under The Storm’ sending the crowd into an absolute frenzy and people being a little more than appreciative of Kerr’s in crowd appearance. Their performance was fun and definitely gave the crowd the festival boost they needed to continue their day.
White took to the Hothouse Stage Friday evening and provided a packed tent of lively festival goers with a truly spectacular performance. Their energetic performance saw the whole crowd dancing away to their vibrant, absolute tunes. The Glasgow five-piece have been making rapid headway with an ever-growing fan-base and appearances at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues. Their unique style and stage presence, shines through in their performances. They provided a solid performance and proved just why they are undoubtedly lovable for their unique ways. I struggle to write about White’s performances purely because they are a completely unique experience that personally I feel that everyone needs to experience. They bring something completely different to their performances and I think the fact that it can’t be pinpointed is what makes their performances that little bit more special,
Two Door Cinema Club
Well aren’t we glad that Two Door are back, the crowd seemed to be in agreement with this also as the band kicked off their set, the crowd did not stop moving until they left the stage. With everyone singing along to the indie-pop classics at the top of their lungs. Two Door gave a high energy, solid performance but should we really have expected any less from them. With jangly guitar riffs and feelgood melodies you couldn’t help but move your feet to their infectious performance. Their impressive lights and stage set-up further added to the upbeat performance.
Obviously we had to go and catch Indigo Velvet as they smashed their set on XPO North’s Seedlings Stage. Each song generously flowing into the next, they provided a solid set and the crowd loved every minute of it. Their feel good tropical pop tunes rang out across the tents large crowd, giving people the positive vibes that they needed to continue the day at a very rainy Bella. Their up beat and energetic performance left everyone wanting more. You can catch IV on their UK tour starting in November, you’ll have all the regrets if you don’t make it.
So one of Scotland’s brightest up and coming bands took to the Seedlings Stage to belt out their indie-rock tuneage, providing fans with a haven of high energy and feel-good tracks to dance along to, making the dreary weather more than worth it. They proved fan favourites as lyrics were shouted back at them and the tent was packed with an impressive crowd. Heading into tracks like ‘Grab Life By’ gave everyone a glimpse as to just how much this band have in store for the future. Definitely get along to their shows if you haven’t already, totally missing out on a band that have an absolutely crowd starting set.
I don’t know what is left to say about Madness that hasn’t been said already. I definitely have a nostalgic love for them which i didn’t seem to be alone in feeling. They provided an amazing closing set for what was a spectacular weekend. Proving that they have still got it and belting out everyone’s favourites.
So that concludes are round up of our favourite Bella parts, thank you to everyone who made it an amazing experience. Onto Belladrum 2017, we better see some of you guy’s there.
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