Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has booked The Proclaimers and Alabama 3 to headline The Garden Stage for the two day event in the Italian Gardens, Belladrum, near Beauly, Inverness-shire on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August 2005.

Belladrum Festival has also confirmed rumours that The Bees are to play the two-day Highland outdoor music festival. The festival has announced that Emiliana Torrini, El Presidente, Editors, Aberfeldy, The Brakes, Exist and Mohair will also join the line-up for event in the Italian Gardens, Belladrum, near Beauly, Inverness-shire on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August 2005.

In what promises to be a feast of rock, celtic, country, blues, folk and world musical talent, 45 acts will play across three stages over the two days. The headliners will be supported by indie favourites British Seapower, Skye acid croft rockers the Peatbog Faeries, and Radio 2 triple folk award winner Karine Polwart.

World music element will be supplied by afro-celtic fusion exponents Baka Beyond, Canadian rock/folk fusion band The Duhks, Dexter Ardoine and the Creole Ramblers and N’Faly Kouyate. Also featuring will be alt-country cowpunk Jason Ringenberg, Heather MacLeod, Andy White, Hotlicks Cookie, the Karl Broadie Band and the Unholy Trinity – Ronnie Elliott, Terry Clarke and Wes McGhee.

A strong Highland presence includes Stetsonhead, the Galipaygos, Steve Smith (Ruthless Blues), Andy Gunn, Davy Cowan, Calamateur, Michael Wadada, Ruth Sutherland and the Feis Rois Ceilidh Band.

Further acts are still to be announced.

Weekend tickets cost £50 (incl VAT, excl booking fee) and entitle holders to free parking and camping 4.00 PM 11th August – 1.00 PM 14th August. Children under 12 enter free. Passes are needed for both camping and under 12s. Weekend tickets for the festival went on sale online at 9.00 AM, Monday 25th April. Check the web site link for details. Day tickets will go on sale if any are available on 27th June. Friday day tickets will cost £25 and will not allow camping. Saturday day tickets will cost £35 and will allow one night’s free camping on 13th August. Under 12 tickets will be available on both days. Both day tickets allow free parking.

For a second year, Belladrum Festival has announced that Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre will be the beneficiary of a charitable donation from the festival.

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