Travis back for the best of British with a Tartan Heart
Scots rockers Travis are reuniting to headline Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2012.
The band has been on a touring hiatus since 2008's Ode to J Smith, but the boys have been busy working on new material for their seventh studio album due out next year.
Frontman Fran Healy promised a setlist of crowd favourites for Bella. He said, "We'll make it a greatest hits gig, just like every Travis gig. We tend to play our strengths at festivals. There will be hits."
Homegrown in the Highlands, the Beauly (Inverness-shire) music and performing arts festival is one of the friendliest on the
Last year's impressive line-up included some of the brightest talent from around the UK - including Texas, Deacon Blue, Brit Award winner Emeli Sandé, Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Lucy Rose.
This year the Garden Stage will welcome fellow Scotsmen Frightened Rabbit - as well as The Wombats, Beverley Knight and We Are Scientists.
Also on the bill is Carrbridge cutie Rachel Sermanni, The South (formerly The Beautiful South), Killie Trio Fatherson, Queensferry quartet Bwani Junction, Nottingham quintet Dog is Dead, and Edinburgh-based singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt - who will be making her debut at Bella having just returned from a European tour with Ed Sheeran.
Pink Floyd tribute band Macfloyd will also perform the whole of Dark Side of the Moon in all its glory, whilst a mystery special guest has been added to the main stage line up on the Friday evening.
Festival promoter Joe Gibbs teased, "The identity of this artist will not be revealed until they appear on the Garden Stage at 6.30pm on Friday 3 August. But - and here's a hint - judging by their previous receptions at Bella, they're going to be a popular choice."
Belladrum Tartan Heart is quite simply the friendliest, wackiest, most inclusive festival in Scotland.
Returning for its ninth year, couples can continue the tradition of getting married in the Temple, dancers can party down within the Mother's Ruin area, and those who like their folk sounds with a kick can hideout in the Grassroots tent.
There will be a Right Royal Children's Parade - with a fancy dress theme of Royalty, a prize bingo with musical merchandise to be won in aid of The ARCHIE Foundation, the Ciao Bella fashion arena returns once again and Bella will proudly host BBC Radio Scotland's The Big Debate - which will be broadcast live from the Co-operative Verb Garden.
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival will take place on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August. An adult weekend camping ticket costs £95 and includes up to three accompanying children under-12 for free. For more information, go to www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk or follow on Twitter @BelladrumFest.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 18 Jul 12
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