Last updated: 5th Aug 2018.
Originally published: 4th Aug 2018
Image: Belladrum Festival (credit)
The final day of Belladrum was one of the finest Scottish songwriting smorgasbord's you could have asked for, with the spotlight focused firmly on the main stage for an afternoon and evening dominated by a wealth of talent, from indie upstarts to seasoned rock and rollers of the highest order.
Early afternoon viewing saw a brilliant indie outfit, The MacGills, play no doubt the set of their dreams on the enormous Bella main stage leaving the stage to a rapturous response after a particularly tight set, and they were followed by Celtic cover band The Dangleberries who worked through massive tunes such as Kasabian's 'Fire', Black Eyed Peas' 'I Got A Feeling' and much more, with the addition of bagpipes to each track a popular decision.
We were lucky enough to join the yellow movement aka Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 behind the scenes before they brought Peace, Love and Mustard to the Garden Stage. We learned that pre show rituals for the band include blowing up and wet wipe cleaning massive inflatable animals and bringing as much yellow to the party as possible. With one of the best live sets you will see anywhere, Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 truly kicked off the party with an afternoon set that saw audience participation both vocally and physically maximised with a raft of all encompassing numbers.
Unsurprisingly, Scotland's latest guitar wielding cult hero Gerry Cinnamon brought an enormous crowd, itching to catch the singer songwriter in action and he certainly did not disappoint - his set saw flares erupt and widespread euphoria, fanning the flames of a music career that is catching fire extremely quickly.
Left to close what has been another sensational Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival were arguably one of the finest British rock and roll bands of all time, Primal Scream. Fronted by the mercurial Bobby Gillespie, who has lost none of his cool during a career that spans over three decades, the band tore through monster tracks such as 'Movin On Up', 'Come Together', 'Rocks' and a tonne of others, providing the perfect close to a highlands party like nothing else.
As the mandatory fireworks drew proceedings on the main stage to an awe inspiring close, the Belladrum organisers could no doubt rest easy knowing they had once again delivered one of Scotland's most eagerly anticipated weekenders in seamless and incredibly enjoyable fashion.
Coming together as one, as fans of music always do, is a message that prevailed this weekend and will do until the end of time; take a bow Belladrum.