Media Release: Belladrum 2016 exclusively live on BBC ALBA

BBC ALBA Belladrum presenters - Niall Iain MacDonald and Fiona MacKenzie...


Thursday 4 August (LIVE)BBC ALBA, 9.30 – 11.00pm Friday 5 August (LIVE)BBC ALBA, 9.00 – 11.00pm Saturday 6 August (LIVE)BBC ALBA, 9.00 – 11.00pm

SUMMER continues on BBC ALBA as The Tartan Heart Festival returns to our TV screens with three exclusive programmes live from Belladrum.

One of Scotland’s friendliest festivals, it welcomes pop veterans Madness, rock gods The Darkness and Friday night headliners, the hotly-anticipated Two Door Cinema Club.

Fans can keep up with the musical action as Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald host three nights of spectacular live music on BBC ALBA, starting on Thursday 4th August, with further festival highlights to follow.

The 13th annual Tartan Heart festival takes place in the Scottish Highlands, at the Belladrum Estate near Inverness.

The festival’s main stage, housed in the estate’s idyllic Italian walled garden is the central location for three nights of music and festival colour on BBC ALBA, including some special acoustic sets.

Thursday’s live show includes rapper, singer and producer, Tiggs Da Author, who brings south London hustle to the Belladrum stage.

Festival favourites, The Darkness, are guaranteed to keep the party going, with their winning combination of rock and pop hooks.

Indie rockers, Two Door Cinema Club, headline a Friday live bill that covers a wide bandwidth of music including Skipinnish, The LaFontaines, Rachel Sermanni, Barbara Dickson and Super Furry Animals.

Belladrum’s reputation as the festival hot ticket is assured with a Saturday night broadcast that sees the rootsy folk five-piece, Breach, rubbing shoulders and sharing stages with legendary Wilko Johnson, Turin Brakes and the nation’s favourite nutty boys, Madness.

Belladrum 2016: Cridhe Tartan is produced by Bees Nees Media for BBC ALBA and the first episode will be broadcast live on Thursday 4 August at 9.30pm, followed by 9pm on Friday 5 August and 9pm on Saturday 6 August.


For further information, please contact Lorna Gardner or Gary McQueen at Media House on 0141 220 6040 or email /

Notes to editors:

BBC ALBA is available on the following platforms:

  • Sky 142
  • Freeview / You View 7 (Scotland only)
  • Virgin Media 161 (UK)
  • Freesat 109 (UK)
  • BBC iPlayer

BBC ALBA is run by MG ALBA in partnership with the BBC. MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig, the Gaelic Media Service. Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at or visit for scheduling and programme information.

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