Deacon Blue and Sugababes Headline Belladrum 2024’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

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The Highland’s Most Beloved Festival Returns with an Exciting Lineup

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival is gearing up for its monumental 20th-anniversary celebration in the picturesque Scottish Highlands next summer. As the excitement builds, the first wave of acts have been announced including welcoming back the iconic Scottish band, Deacon Blue, who are set to headline once again, and the era-defying chart-toppers Sugababes.

Deacon Blue’s Return

Deacon Blue, the legendary Scottish band, formed in 1985, has consistently wowed audiences with their electrifying live performances. Comprising Ricky Ross (vocals), Lorraine McIntosh (vocals), James Prime (keyboards), and Dougie Vipond (drums), they’ll be taking you on a nostalgic journey through their remarkable 35-year career. Brace yourself for a weekend filled with classic hits like ‘Real Gone Kid,’ ‘Fergus Sings the Blues,’ and ‘Chocolate Girl.’

Sugababes – Chart-Topping Sensations

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Prepare for a Thursday night like no other as the original Sugababes lineup of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan, and Siobhan Donaghy grace the stage. With six number one singles, millions in global sales, and multi-platinum albums, they’re sure to deliver an unforgettable performance featuring their debut single ‘Overload,’ along with hits like ‘Push the Button,’ ‘Round Round,’ ‘About you Now,’ and the recent single ‘When the Rain Comes.’

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Electrifying Debut

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Adding a touch of glamour and style to Belladrum 2024 is the chart-topping singer, songwriter, and Kitchen Disco host, Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Her music combines elements of 1970s disco and 1980s electronica, creating a fresh and unique sound. With hits like ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ and ‘Take Me Home,’ Sophie is set to grace the Belladrum stage for the first time.

Bill Bailey: Comedy and Dance Champion

Breaking new ground, Belladrum welcomes its first comedian to the main stage – Bill Bailey. Renowned internationally as an eccentric stand-up comedian, Bill recently gained a whole new audience with his victory on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

A Diverse Lineup to Please Every Taste

The festival will also feature an array of outstanding acts, ensuring there’s something for everyone. You can look forward to Callum Beattie, the beloved Edinburgh singer-songwriter; Teenage Fanclub, known for their jangle-pop style; Lucy Spraggan, the unique blend of folk and indie-pop; and Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five, who feel like part of the Belladrum fabric.

A Diverse Array of Talent

The festival boasts a diverse lineup with award-winning folk band Talisk, Scottish alternative rock band The Vaselines, Ben Ottewell of Mercury Prize-winning band Gomez, and many more. Folk, rock, indie, and even ska – Belladrum 2024 has it all!

Late Night Love and Singalongs

Keeping with the love theme, Belladrum offers late-night slots featuring the ’70s-inspired disco show Brutus Gold’s Love Train and a mass singalong of some of the best love songs ever written with The Counterfeit Beatles.

More Acts to Be Announced

The excitement doesn’t stop here; many more acts will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned for even more surprises and performances.

Get Your Tickets Now!

Tickets are available at this link. Secure your spot at Belladrum 2024 and be a part of the 20th-anniversary celebration!

Full line-up announced so far (alphabetical)

Ben Ottewell
Callum Beattie
Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five
Croft No. 5
Deacon Blue
Fiddle Forte
Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail
Joe Goodall
Lucy Spraggan
Love feat. Johnny Echols
No Good Boyo
Roseanne Reid
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Teenage Fanclub
The Counterfeit Beatles
The Laurettes
The Vaselines

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Chris Lemon
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