Echo and the Bunnymen and Anna Calvi among highlights of Belladrum

Echo and the Bunnymen and Anna Calvi among highlights of Belladrum

Music festival set in deepest, brightest Inverness-shire

The award-winning festival event returns for an eighth time with a big bunch of music acts parking their campervans in deepest, brightest Inverness-shire. Alongside the music fare, there’s whole lot of entertainment for children, street theatre, cabaret, cinema, dance, alternative therapies, stalls and, you’ll be relieved to hear, food and drink. Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross reckons this is the first festival event the band have ever played, which is surely enough to tell anyone just how special this weekend must be. For the more extrovert among you, please bear in mind that the theme of the festival is space (as in outer) and those in the finest fancy dress will get a chance to stroll around a catwalk.

Line-up: Roddy Hart, Emeli Sandé, Echo and the Bunnymen, Anna Calvi, Texas

Plus: A festival on an estate (the posh kind)? Let’s do it!
Minus: Awful cow-related puns on the website

Belladrum Estate, Beauly, 5 & 6 Aug, Price: £30–£90

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

This family-friendly favourite of the Scottish music festival scene is back with theatre and spoken word events, ceilidhs, art and craft workshops and fancy dress. This year's music line-up includes Jess Glynne, Chvrches, Elbow, Tom Odell, Lewis Capaldi, Glasvegas, Richard Thompson and The Selecter.

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