Festival organisers are delighted to unveil your first wave of acts for Belladrum 2023, featuring headliners TRAVIS AND SIGRID, plus PEAT & DIESEL, SAM RYDER, KIEFER SUTHERLAND (yes, you heard that right!), ELEPHANT SESSIONS and many more!
Making a very welcome return and set to close the festival on the Saturday night are one of Scotland’s most loved Indie Rock bands TRAVIS. Their 2nd album ‘The Man Who’ sold 9 times Platinum & spent 9 weeks at no.1 in the UK charts and produced the anthemic single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’ alongside standout tracks ‘Turn’, ‘Driftwood’ and ‘Writing to Reach You’. The band recently wrapped up a world tour in the USA, performing their 4 times Platinum, 3rd album, The Invisible band. To date Travis have released 9 studio albums including their most recent 2020’s ‘10 Songs’. Having last headlined the festival back in 2012, Travis are guaranteed to provide the perfect singalong finale to Bella’s 21st outing.
Norwegian singer and winner of the BBC Sound of 2018, SIGRID will headline the festival’s Thursday night. One of the most exciting new pop acts of recent years Sigrid has delivered standout performances at festivals up and down the country from Glastonbury to TRNSMT and will bring her electrifying show to Belladrum for the first time. Her debut album featured the standout tracks ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and ‘Strangers’ while 2022 saw her collaborate with Griff on the track ‘Head on Fire’ and Bring Me the Horizon on ‘Bad Life’.
Other acts featuring in the first announcement include; an act who need no introduction, the one and only PEAT & DIESEL, Tik-Tok sensation and Eurovison runner up SAM RYDER, actor (star of 24 and The Lost Boys) and country musician KIEFER SUTHERLAND, multi-award winning neo-trad quintet ELEPHANTS SESSIONS, contemporary Irish Folk group THE MARY WALLOPERS, Celtic-Rock group SKERRYVORE, Scottish Indie New-Wave band THE BLUEBELLS, TOM MCGUIRE & THE BRASSHOLES the funk soul powerhouse from Glasgow and bringing their high energy punk rock covers PUNK ROCK FACTORY.
Also set to join over the weekend are Highland favourites TORRIDON, Ghanaian xylophone master will bring his band ISAAC BIRITURO & THE RAIL ABANDON, Scottish folk star RACHEL SERMANNI, winner of BBC 2’s best part-time band the Ska Juggernaut BOMBSKARE, rising singer-songwriter NATI DREDDD, Glasgow 4 piece DEAD PONY, singer-songwriter RORY BUTLER, roots reggae act RIDDEMPTION, making their Bella debut HOWLIN’ RIC & THE ROCKETEERS will bring their take on Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues, Scandanavia folk act BLOOD HARMONY, two Bella favourites THE DANGLEBERRIES & RHYTHMNREEL will also make a welcome return.
Final act rounding up the initial announcement are folk act CALUM MACPHAIL BAND, Inverness band INTO THE PINES, Highland singer-songwriter DYLAN TIERNEY, and two acts set to open the Grassroots stage on Friday and Saturday respectively FEIS ROIS CEILIDH TRAIL & FIDDLE FORTE.
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