High in the Highlands: Belladrum 2015
Och aye the noo
Last week thousands of festival-goers made their way to the Highlands to enjoy the sheer madness that is Belladrum.
Famous for it’s quirky ways, the family-friendly festival encourages revellers to dress up and partake in unusual activities with a different theme each year.
For those keen enough 2015 was Superheroes.
Belladrum is different from other festivals in that it’s more than likely your parents are there. If not, maybe an aunt or uncle.
This should always be viewed positively. When booze runs out there’s no need to shell out for some bar tokens – just head straight to the Pimm’s tent, find a family member and scrounge.
Thursday meant waiting in the entrance queue for an hour. But this was made less painful by the guy in front of us carrying all his camping gear and alcohol in a trolley.
Realising he could open bottles on the plastic ridge, he created a lucrative business charging 10 pence-a-pop to those who desperately wanted to down their beers before having the glass bottles taken off them at security.
On Thursday night those lads The Proclaimers graced the main stage – one of the weekends main headliners.
Friday and Saturday saw the Manic Street Preachers and Kaiser Chiefs take centre-stage.
Aside from it’s more rural and rustic feel, Belladrum isn’t hugely different from other Scottish festivals.
It rained, of course.
There was someone pissing off the security, obviously.
There were new friends to be made.
Some old-gold style icons.
And of course, it was a Selfie Stick goldmine of opportunities.
There’s a continuous sense of liveliness as musicians perform on various stages during the daytime.
The Tab asked Jake Cameron: “What was the best thing about performing at Bella?”
“Obvs the sesh. And the crowd are so positive and responsive to all the songs, it’s incredible.”
The weekend ended with an unforgettable Kaiser Chiefs special.
Just another 51 weeks now. Until then, Bella.