Elbow to headline Belladrum Festival 2019


We are delighted to announce today that ELBOW, one of the UK’s most successful bands of recent times, will headline the Thursday night of Bella 2019.  

Over twenty years and seven studio albums, ELBOW have achieved many of the accolades that mark out a successful band. Their cabinet boasts three Ivor Novellos, a Mercury Music Prize, and a BRIT award for Best British Band. Their most recent albums, ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’ (2014) and ‘Little Fictions’ (2017) have both debuted at Number One in the UK album charts. Lead singer Guy Garvey, who also has his own BBC 6 Music radio show, has been rightly commended with two awards in 2018 for his contribution to UK music. 

The Manchester band have released a series of anthemic singles including, ‘Magnificent (She Says)’, ‘Grounds for Divorce’, and ‘One Day Like This’ which will fill the Garden Stage on our opening night.

Elbow have been at the top of our wish list for a few years now and we are delighted to have finally secured them for the festival. We can’t wait to bring them to the Highlands for the first time – Joe Gibbs Festival Promoter

In further line-up announcements TOM ODELL will make his Belladrum debut. Having burst onto the scene in 2013 with his debut album ‘Long Way Down’ and winning the Brits Critics Choice award the same year, Tom has firmly established himself as one the standout solo artists of recent times.  

The unstoppable Scottish artist LEWIS CAPALDI will also be joining the Garden Stage line-up. Over the last 12 months Lewis has released a string of incredible heart-breaking and beautiful singles including, ‘Lost on You’, ‘Grace’, ‘Someone You Loved’ and his debut ‘Bruises’ which has racked up in excess of 87 million plays on Spotify to date. 

Coventry’s original 2-Tone Ska band THE SELECTER fronted by the iconic Pauline Black are set to join us and back by popular demand bringing their very unique themes of Peace, Love and Mustard are the one and only COLONEL MUSTARD & THE DIJON FIVE

Other acts appearing over the weekend include, celtic folk rock act SKERRYVORE, indie folk pop act COCO & THE BUTTERFIELDS, trad-folk band THE POOZIES and the Highlands own TORRIDON. THE DANGLEBERRIES will make a very welcome return, also everyone’s favourite Scottish Ska band BOMBSKARE join us as well as TOM MCGUIRE & THE BRASSHOLES who will close the Ice House stage on the Saturday night.

RHYTHMNREEL, AWKWARD FAMILY PORTRAITS, FUN BOX and Children’s Gaelic Choir RIONNAGAN ROIS will open the mainstage in the Saturday night.  

Finally, our late-night sets on the Grassroots stage will feature firm favourites MACFLOYD alongside THE SENSATIONAL DAVID BOWIE BAND.

Many more acts will be announced shortly.

Belladrum Festival UK 2019 first acts poster