Bella brings Skulls and Kettles in eclectic second announcement

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With the festival now sold out there has been much anticipation as to which acts will be filling up the slots.

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“Dark and compelling meaty riffs that would rival any classic rock song allowed Russell and Emma’s conjoined vocals to lift the proceedings way beyond the expectations of the alleged limitation inherent to a three piece.” Jim Kennedy on Band of Skulls when they visited the Ironworks

Announced to headline the Hothouse Stage are Southampton’s indie trio Band of Skulls. Their most recent album released in March of this year, ‘Himalayan’, peaked at number 14 in the charts and the band are sure to be a popular draw. Drawing praise from the NME who said that having supported “Queens Of The Stone Age and Muse in some of the world’s vaster enormodomes, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Band Of Skulls have returned with an album that sounds confident enough to fill those venues themselves.” I’m sure they will do the Hothouse Stage more than justice.

Meanwhile Friday night at the Black Isle Brewery Grassroots Stage sees quirky pop trio, I Am Kloot, headlining. A newcomer to the festival they will be warmly welcomed with open arms. With six studio albums under their belts they are an accomplished outfit who more than meet the criteria of a Grassroots headliner.

Well what can we say about The Vatersay Boys. They kick up a bit of a ruckus wherever they play and this modern ceilidh band from Barra will feature again on the Garden Stage. Good news for all those that like to get their hearts pumping and feet stomping!

Nine below Zero,the London R n B band borne out of the Seventies and reformed in Nineties have drawn similarities from the early days of the Kinks and Dr Feelgood.Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire appear after recently being announced on the Long List for this year’s SAY Award.

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“Reworking some rock and roll classics they have added a Piccadilly twist of punk to produce an intense, pacey, energetic, bone-shaker of a performance that the crowd loved.” Niamh Mackenzie of The New Piccadillys

The New Piccadlys, who our reviewer described as “Booted, suited and quifftastic The New Piccadillys swept on board and prowled the stage menacing the crowd with their intense stares and shiny guitars” at Loopallu 2013, will be joing the Belladrum 2014 line-up. So to will Catfish & The Bottlemen who were described by The Guardian as “defiantly uncool Welsh indie rockers who are building an audience the old-fashioned way”.

brownbear ,who have appeared to have dropped the capitals and their bandits, but hopefully they have retained their ability to combine folk guitar, celtic airs and pop hooks with meaningful lyrics.

Raintown, George Barnett, Luke Jackson , Torridon and Feis Rois also join the bill.

Saving the best , at least for a certain age group, for last Joe Gibbs said of The Singing Kettle “We are really thrilled to welcome The Singing Kettle to the show at last, we have a suspicion that today’s young‘uns will be joined by yesterday’s kids singing along to these guys on the Garden Stage.”

With all tickets now sold out (you see our guide as to how to get into Belladrum 2014), you can keep up to date with our coverage on our Belladrum mini-site.

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Frank Finlayson
Frank Finlayson
Chartered surveyor by day, music reviewer by night, and occasionally I get to use my camera. A strange mix, but one that I enjoy. A chance meeting in the queue for Bella in 2010 led to the opportunity to write for InvernessGigs; a far cry from the days of writing for a football fanzine back in the late 80s, early 90s. My interests lie between the mainstream, the emerging and the local. Increasingly I find that we have more than enough locally to entertain us to necessitate a trip south. I’m always happy to give a listen, whatever the genre. Inverness has a plethora of talent, all of which I am more than keen to write about. If it encourages just one person to make the effort to listen to some new music I’ll be happy. You can contact Frank direct via